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October 04, 2014 6:27 PM

F1 » Alonso: I’m the F1 decision maker

107SS2009: Was that serial F1 prognosticator right again, has he hit the nail on the head once more when he told German broadcaster sky “I don’t think Fernando is going to go to mclaren to struggle and build a team-up, he will take a year off”
I am beginning to think the same. However, if Red Bull don't want him now, and Mercedes are rebuffing any connection, and Ferrari is out, and if he can't strike a deal with McLaren now, what will his options be in a year's time? I really cannot believe this is happening. However, the Honda chief did let slip that informal conversations have been occurring and maybe a deal is in place, to be announced after the race.


October 04, 2014 12:08 PM

F1 » Alonso: I’m the F1 decision maker

His ego has blinded his wisdom and his decision making ability. If he truly knows where he is headed then he has been lying to the public and to Ferrari for the past while, claiming his support for doing what's best for the team. If not, then he has been trumped by Seb and by Red Bull. Ferrari, tired of his political antics, have signed Seb. Horner has immediately informed everyone where Seb is headed and he has immediately taken a Red Bull position out of the equation by promoting the young Russian. This leaves Alonso with no negotiating ability to play team against team. McLaren? Probably, but Dennis has quickly stated they do not have any driver under contract. So, Alonso may get the McLaren drive but he will not get the large sum of money he might have received had he acted before Seb. It may be just as likely that he take a year off.


October 05, 2014 1:38 PM

F1 » Massa ‘was already screaming’ for race to stop

Massa was losing places and was dropping down the order. That might have been his motivation. Most drivers feel it was tricky but safe to continue. There were several offline passing maneuvers attempted and completed by a number of drivers, indicating the grip was available and predictable. Bianchi's accident will be investigated, including the telemetry to see if his pace under the yellow was a bit fast. Clearly, in an era of driver capsules and safer barriers, more might be done to improve the safety of the recovery vehicles. It should not be possible for a car to drive under any on course vehicle. I hope the FIA investigates and improves the one antiquated piece of machinery in F1. Mostly, I hope Bianchi recovers well from his very serious head injury.


October 05, 2014 11:56 AM

F1 » Bianchi suffers 'severe head injury' in crash

Yes, the race could have been started earlier and they would have finished in the conditions that existed at the beginning of the actual race,which were not good and required a safety car. Second guessing is always easy. Cars pitted during the final caution and some took full wets, others took intermediates, and some did not pit at all. Clearly, the drivers were managing the conditions. Greater examination of yellow flags in poor conditions needs to be conducted. Perhaps an immediate full course caution when a car crashes in wet conditions needs to be considered, as well as the type of recover vehicles the FIA allows for vehicle recovery. Many questions but these can wait. For now, let's hope Jules recovers well.


October 04, 2014 3:01 AM

F1 » Vettel to announce next F1 move 'very soon'

Ferrari. The Scuderia has "fired" Alonso after having to deal with his demands over the past few years. The best driver? Likely. But high maintenance? Obviously. It will gall him that he is being forced out for the younger Vettel. Alonso will have much to prove next year, as will Seb. I suspect that, as the Ferrari comes good in handling, Kimi will own him as Ricciardo has done this year.


October 03, 2014 12:10 PM

F1 » Alonso close to Ferrari exit

Nope. If Alonso moves then Button remains as teammate or he goes to Ferrari as part of the swap. I think that is why he is confident of his position but won't identify the team, saying only F1. Button would be good at Ferrari for a year or so, a tireless tester, very good race performance, and this would provide Ferrari the gap in time to next sign Vettel and promote Bianchi. Actually, a Button Raikkonen pairing and then a Vettel Bianchi pairing looks quite attractive.


October 02, 2014 12:35 PM

F1 » Hamilton praises Rosberg’s mentality

Lewis bashing aside, having Rosberg and Hamilton patching up their differences for the next few races is NOT what the other teams want right now. Yes, the championship is over but there has clearly been hope that a major falling out would result in either driver becoming available for next year. This becomes far less likely if they have reliability, they do not clash, and if the points race stays close.

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