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benignlyindifferent

January 14, 2014 11:41 AM

F1 » Raikkonen starts work at Ferrari for second time


"good to be back to work", "like the simulator", nice to visit with old friends":) Sounds like Kimi will have to talk even less as Ferrari has secured a great PR person to run interference with the media:) Kidding, but I do hope they will handle him better this time around. It is clear that when Kimi is comfortable her performs very well. Think about it. He left McLaren yet they wanted him back. He left Ferrari and they have hired him again. He clearly must have proven himself to the members of both teams. How many drivers do we know that are welcomed back to a previous team? Not many.

benignlyindifferent

January 13, 2014 12:14 AM

F1 » Gerhard Berger critical of 'underpowered' modern F1


Taipan, I agree with you with respect to speed. I think some of the additional corners etc. added to slow down the speeds on the straights and other meddlings with track design have been part of the problem. But in some cases the cars are faster today and yet less spectacular. Because of the improved aero packages Eu Rouge can be driven flat out. I think we all wish to see the drivers challenged and the cars dance a little more on the track. Those were exciting times and i still hope that better tires and less aero equal more mechanical grip and better racing.

benignlyindifferent

January 12, 2014 10:20 PM

F1 » Gerhard Berger critical of 'underpowered' modern F1


What would Senna think of the new cars? Well, in one of the new cars he would almost certainly have survived the crash and be in a position to offer an opinion, which is good. So I disagree that the sport has become too safe. I do, however, agree that some of the spectacle has been lost. Yes, they had 1000 hp engines but lap times are still extremely fast due to other developments. I think engines with fuel to run flat out for the full race, and tires that provide great grip for at least 20 laps would add to the show. The DRS has effectively dealt with the inability to pass criticism. Also, I would prefer to go back to single lap qualifying. I loved watching that part of F1.

benignlyindifferent

January 03, 2014 11:56 AM

F1 » F1 Driver of the Year vote: 1st


If I recall, I voted Seb, Kimi, and Fernando in that order. I put Kimi ahead of Fernando because I thought his race craft during the races was exceptional, considering what he was dealing with off track. Towards the end, I think perhaps Grosjean deserved a top placing. If it was Driver of the Second Half of the Year award he would probably be number two. I know the decisions have created controversy. Perhaps Crash can more clearly articulate the factors they wish for us to consider when making our selection next year. Popularity? Best driver? Most talented driver? etc.

benignlyindifferent

December 30, 2013 3:19 PM

F1 » F1 Driver of the Year vote: 2nd


I am a huge Kimi fan, but if I was starting an F1 team tomorrow I would want Seb as my first choice and then Alonso or Kimi. I think Alonso is probably the more complete driver but I think Kimi would get along better with a tier 1 teammate. So I do not know which I would choose. I do look forward to the season to see how the polemics unfold at Ferrari, and to see how Riciardo responds when he is likely to be out qualified by Seb in the first few races. I know much is written about the negative aspect of the rules but really, the significant changes have all of us wondering, and we also must realize that there will be greater opportunities for significant improvements by teams throughout the year. As Newey said, new rules create great opportunities.

benignlyindifferent

December 31, 2013 1:58 PM

F1 » F1 Driver of the Year vote: 1st


Interestingly, this popularity poll is somewhat in line with the poll of the team bosses, which had Seb, Fernando, and Kimi in the top three positions, albeit with 1 and 3 reversed. I think Taipan said yesterday that this reversal would be more apt and I agree. The poll is partially a popularity contest and I can accept that. Kimi has raced extremely well for a team that was not one of the top three, and for peanuts. I think the readers like his no BS attitude, his funny quips, and his race craft. Clearly, the rules now favour drivers that can manage the total race package and I think that is why Seb, Alonso, Kimi have performed so well and other talents like Massa have failed to shine as they one did when every lap was a qualifier. Maybe next year Crash can ask two questions. Rate your favourite driver, and if you had one driver to pick to begin a new team, who would that driver be?

benignlyindifferent

December 31, 2013 1:41 PM

F1 » Schumacher undergoes second operation


I was encouraged a little by the following statement byTony Belli, a consultant neurosurgeon and reader in neurotrauma at Birmingham University. Having dealt with many similar injuries he made this statement in the Guardian regarding Michael's prognosis. "He's got a lot of factors in his favour. He's more likely than not to make a good recovery, despite all the concerns that have been raised. From the description of his injuries, it will take weeks, even months to recover, but I do expect him to make a good recovery." Grasping at straws, perhaps, but I was pleased to read a little good news by someone with expertise in this medical field.

benignlyindifferent

December 29, 2013 12:48 PM

F1 » F1 Driver of the Year vote: 3rd


In a way, I am surprised he finished third. This was clearly a popularity contest and as such Kimi and Alonso were destined to finish ahead of Seb. Making it to third in a popularity contest is an accomplishment. I do hope the sarcasm is obvious. The results remind me of a hockey playoff pool I used to belong to, and the haters always ended up taking the top players when the money was on the line. It is easy to relegate someone to third or lower based on hate but money tends to clear rings up.


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