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December 23, 2013 7:00 PM

F1 » DC: Alonso will have too much for Raikkonen

I do not believe Alonso is clearly superior. I believe you can probably throw a blanket over the top four drivers in F1 where talent is concerned. DC expressed surprise when Kimi performed well on his return to F1, having predicted that he would not be successful. DC does not respect Kimi and I think his judgment is biased towards him. As for the Alonso versus Kimi battle, it is too difficult to call and may rely on team polemics as much as anything. We know Kimi will not be bothered by comments or press clippings. As long as the car is equally prepared he will be fine. Alonso not so much. If he starts strong he could dominate the team. But if not, he will complain and this will not be well received. Let's not forget, he is the one who clearly tried to leave Ferrari last year, where Kimi is returning as the chosen one to a team that feels it made a mistake in firing him. And of the two, only only one has won a world championship for Ferrari. Kimi. And that matters.


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.


December 23, 2013 11:11 PM

F1 » DC: Alonso will have too much for Raikkonen

Taipan, I agree that Kimi will not be given an advantage. But his world championship and his status will ensure he will not be asked to move over either, though he wouldn't anyway. What I really mean is that if Alonso starts the year strong, as he most certainly can, life will be good in the Ferrari camp. If he does not, and Kimi does, some of the stories of his desire to leave from this year will likely resurface, and that could favour Kimi. Let's face it, unlike McLaren or Williams of the past, Ferrari has never managed two world champions in the same team. But back to DC, his criticisms of Kimi have been largely unfounded. I hope we have a season of great team rivalries within Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren, but Ferrari poses the greatest opportunity with the two drivers they have.


December 20, 2013 12:22 PM

F1 » Pirelli: Rosberg tyre won’t be used again

This is very strange. Earlier tire failures occurred partly because teams under inflated or ran tires on opposite sides of the car, placing to much strain on the carcass. Pirelli subsequently reverted to an older and safer construction. But this failure would have occurred with Mercedes running Pirelli's exact inflation recommendations. Something is amiss in the R & D department.


December 21, 2013 11:31 AM

F1 » Ferrari: F1 needs to plan post-Ecclestone

Wow! Twice in two days I agree totally with Luca. Let's face it. Bernie built the business, professionalized it, but the leadership model of a singular and aging figure in charge of the totality of the various licensing agreements is ridiculous, and very risky. If the teams owned and operated F1 through a professional but arm's length management company most of the money begin pumped into the so called shareholders group would be freed up for distribution amongst teams and disbursement to other FIA ventures and responsibilities. the teams better get moving because I think Bernie is possible going to jail or at least be forced to step down. Regardless, I do not see him managing F1 in five years time regardless of the outcome of the court proceedings.

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