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December 11, 2014 12:49 PM

F1 » Retained Button ‘inspired’ by Prost

Yes, funny it is. I am interested in the inter-team rivalry for the year. The pressure will be on Alonso, I think, as he must outperform JB and by quite a wide margin to justify the salary differential. But somehow I do not believe that will happen. JB has always been competitive with the very best team mates over the years and next year could be similar, with Alonso qualifying better but JB earning his fare share of the points. Regardless, will be an interesting team battle and it might be the only compelling reason to watch the sport as the Mercedes fly off into the distance on lap two of every race.


December 08, 2014 11:53 AM

F1 » Hamilton: I don’t want it easy

Unfortunately, I do not see much changing for next year. Sure, the other teams will be better prepared but so too will Mercedes. they have a one second or more advantage and now they have the entire winter to work on the reliability issues. They may very well win ever race and have both drivers complete every race. Not great racing but this is the state of F1, where a new engine formula is so complex that only manufacturers have the opportunity to compete for championships.


December 04, 2014 10:58 AM

F1 » McLaren set for 2015 F1 line-up decison

I was rather pessimistic but now I feel the tide has shifted and JB is again the favoured driver. He did not sign a WEC contract, though I suspect he has an offer that he can exercise should the McLaren decision go his way. The decision to not do so suggests he feels he has a real shot at retaining his drive. Also, the negative publicity that McLaren has attracted can be immediately rectified by retaining JB as driver and KM as test and reserve driver. the team would then have its short and longer term driver situation resolved and the negativity would quickly dissipate. The obstacle? Jenson's salary, but I think he will likely command significantly less than his current premium. I suspect he would cut his salary to a third and take performance incentives instead. Hope this all works out. He is one of only a few reasons I still watch the sport.


December 04, 2014 8:11 PM

F1 » McLaren fails to reach driver decision

Clearly, the board is split on the issue. However, I find it astonishing that the selection of drivers is even going to the board for input. Best governance would suggest the board concern itself with ensuring that a proper process of selection is undertaken and within the financial parameters established. Then, the team principle, or CEO, would be charged with making the decision. If his decision is wrong, he suffers for poor management. If the McLaren board is this operational one can only imagine the splits that will occur at the other crisis that will inevitably arise in all F1 teams.

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