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March 15, 2015 2:06 PM

F1 » Raikkonen: Ferrari not too far from Mercedes

It is possible the Mercs were running a more conservative engine mode but I suspect not, based on the straight line speed of the other Merc powered cars. Yes, Hamilton was managing race but equally true was that Rosberg was pushing him. Also, Sebastian was clearly in cruise mode once he had third place locked down. Equally important was Raikkonen's pace on the second set of tires prior to the wheel nut failure with his third. He was very fast. I think Ferrari is definitely much closer to Mercedes this year. Don't forget, Australia is not fully representative of the different teams pace. Magnussen was on the podium last year. Malaysia will be a better indicator.


March 17, 2015 3:21 PM

F1 » Mercedes dominance is good for F1, says Smedley

True, but he does have the Mercedes engine because their management did their due diligence and moved away from the Renault package. Red Bull did not and have spent their efforts to try to equalize the others rather than improving their own. They will be rewarded by having Renault withdraw factory status support and they will have none other than themselves to blame. I wonder how the 1,000 plus Red Bull employees feel about their security every time Horner makes another threat to quit? No wonder they are quietly bleeding top personnel to other teams. If Red Bull wants to improve they should release Horner and change the culture at the top. Williams has done so and it is paying dividends.


March 18, 2015 12:36 PM

F1 » van der Garde reaches agreement, takes parting shot at Sauber

I agree with Richard. Despite the optics, both sides of the story have not been heard and I will reserve judgment until this has occurred. Peter Sauber has always struck me as an honest man and his failure to publicly admonish or fire the team manager is at this point a mark of quiet support. I agree also with DC that this mess has hurt the credibility of F1 and that an independent inquiry is needed to review the chronology of events that led to this mess and make recommendations to ensure another like situation does not occur again.


March 16, 2015 9:06 PM

F1 » Ecclestone backs Red Bull's 'equalisation mechanism' call

Hmmm, If you freeze the Mercedes engine, Bernie, you punish Lotus, Williams and the other Mercedes customers too. While the races are lopsided, the spirit of F1 must be preserved and punishing a team for their efforts makes little sense. Besides, the Williams folk clearly believe the Mercedes advantage is only partially due to the power train.


March 16, 2015 12:21 PM

F1 » Red Bull issues quit threat over regulations

When I tire of an old car and wish to trade it, I often begin by finding faults with it to justify my final decision. I used to think I was petty (probably am) but it turns out this is a common psychological occurrence frequently employed to justify change. Red Bull successfully maneuvered to have Renault the works provider for RB and it has not worked out. Instead of quietly working to fix the issues Horner and others have publicly berated Renault for its substandard engine unit despite having enjoyed four championships with it in the back end of the Red Bull. They even changed their junior to Renault for continuity. I understand why RB does not like the current rules. Neither do I. But these same rules have seen Mercedes expand their stake in F1, has seen Honda return to F1, and it appears Renault is now interested in purchasing Torro Rosso to prepare works team. And the VW rumours are becoming more credible as time goes on. Red Bull may soon be without a works deal, relegated to


March 16, 2015 1:22 PM

F1 » Hamilton always in control down under

Yup. I am not a Hamilton fan but I do appreciate his talent. He is one of those drivers that performs extremely well provided everything else in his garage and personal life is going well too, which it is at the moment. It is certainly not his fault that Mercedes has a stranglehold on the top step of the podium at this point. I am hoping Malaysia might prove Ferrari and Williams are a bit more competitive with the Mercedes package.

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