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August 27, 2015 11:23 AM

F1 » Red Bull waiting on Renault for answers

I enjoy the irony. Red Bull's Horner postured publicly through much of the early season that if Renault did not pull up their socks, Red Bull might dump them and seek their power units elsewhere. After chronic public shaming, during which time the two Renault powered teams have become more competitive, Renault has said enough and seems prepared to buy its own team, leaving Red Bull to get exactly what it threatened months ago. And now Red Bull is saying not so fast, we have a contract. Mercedes might be the only option but this is not assured. And Red Bull will never again enjoy factory status. I suspect they wish they had kept their grumblings quiet and worked with Renault through the hard time. Renault might not be seeking to buy a team and might even have looked to strengthen ownership in Red Bull, as they are contemplating with Force India.


September 03, 2015 4:04 PM

F1 » Pirelli: Debris, prolonged use caused Vettel tyre failure

Again, I said it before, I wish a team spokesman had spoken with Seb before he lashed out, understandably, for having a significant tire failure. The evidence is clear. When you have 63 cuts for an event versus only one or two for all of the others, you have a debris problem which was going to be magnified as tires were run longer and with thinning tread. Clearly, the FIA needs to ensure tracks are properly cleaned between events, particularly when the preceding event had numerous failures.


August 26, 2015 12:44 PM

F1 » FIA to study closed-cockpit concepts

My previous comment has two disagrees, either for rejecting the closed cockpit or for suggesting a windscreen. I would be interested in knowing which reason. I remember years ago having a bird strike part of my helmet and my upper torso in a shifter Kart race. I was travelling on the straight at about 140 kph, the bird was small, and yet I was winded and very nearly left the track. Later I thought that I would have preferred to be on my sport bike, tucked in behind the screen, knowing that it would have taken the blow. That is why I prefer an integrated wind screen that could rise to a level near the top of the helmet. I suspect the engineers would quickly integrate one into the aero package and it would have eliminated or greatly lessened the blow in the case of Massa's or Wilson's accident. I think a complete closure of the cockpit changes the sport and creates other problems with driver extraction, fire, etc. It would also likely eliminate any wet weather running whatsoever. But I

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