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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 28, 2013 12:09 PM

F1 » Vergne: Webber tired of team-mate’s success


Webber is nothing if not outspoken. If he had been given an inferior car at Red Bull he would know, and he would be screaming bloody murder. Instead, he has stated that he is proud to have competed against the two best drivers of his generation, Alonso and Seb. No, he has been given equal machinery and has been outperformed by a driver who we saw totally dominate every single teammate when he was at Torro Rosso, including Cart champion Sebastian Bordais. The haters will soon have to acknowledge his talent. I know I do. Still don't like him.

benignlyindifferent

December 28, 2013 1:09 AM

F1 » Vergne: Webber tired of team-mate’s success


Hmm, I do not recall Webber stating that he had shared with Vergne the reasons for his retirement. Speculation, or wishful thinking, on Vergne's part, and even Riciardo is emboldened to suggest the coming year might be a great year to challenge Seb. I think both would be wise to keep quiet. One has yet to make it out of a Torro Rosso and the other is yet to score a point in a Red Bull. Why poke the four time champ with a stick at this point? I am definitely not a Seb fan but I do believe, as do his peers and team owners, that he is a very, very good driver at the peak of his career. Both Vergne and Riciardo may find that in comparison to their performance against Seb, Webber was actually quite good. I think Riciardo could find himself totally dominated this year at Red Bull. I do not wish it, but I think there is a real chance of this happening.

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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