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benignlyindifferent

March 20, 2014 8:08 PM

F1 » McLaren won’t increase Magnussen expectations


Taipan, Agreed. I saw him race last year and was impressed. I had heard that he was fast but erratic, but the race I witnessed was pure speed and control, and through testing and the first race this appears to be the new norm for Kevin. If so, he could be mega. It just seems great drivers just arrive, doesn't it? I think back to Kimi's first days. Fast and unflappable. Kevin reminds me a little of this, only a bit more talkative:)

benignlyindifferent

March 19, 2014 7:18 PM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: The rule just got better for us again!


These rules, however confusing the process through which they were determined, make more sense than the last bunch. I did no agree with a factory team like Ducati bypassing the factory rules to run with the independents. And they could do so indefinitely. Now at least they keep the same advantage only until they have scored the required points and return to the level playing field. Good interim rules on the way to the standard ECU. Fine with me.

benignlyindifferent

March 19, 2014 12:38 PM

F1 » Wolff admits title must be delivered


Mercedes currently has a significant advantage, and there is no doubt they will continue to develop the car. Regardless of bias, both drivers have the talent to deliver wins and a championship. So I understand Wolff's comments. What we do not know is the true pace of the other teams and where they will be in two races from now. After the third race I think we can better determine the differentials between the front runners. Right now is VERY early to make any predictions.

benignlyindifferent

March 16, 2014 1:41 PM

F1 » Rosberg comfortably wins season-opener


I enjoyed that race. Perhaps someone can devise an app that will superimpose V10 engine noise to synch with the television coverage to allow the viewers to at least pretend they are listening to high revving engines:) Questions I have are as follows: How much does Mercedes have in hand? Could they have won by a minute? How long until Renault engined teams get their act together and we can see the true pace of their chassis? How fast is the Williams in race trim, since Bottas came through much of the field twice? Where is Ferrari? Tough to tell from this race. No questions about Ricciardo or Magnussen. Any I had have ben answered.

benignlyindifferent

March 18, 2014 2:23 PM

F1 » Ecclestone warns quieter F1 could be costly


Lots of Bernie noise. Not so much engine noise. I am disappointed with the sound but I do not think the sky is falling. I certainly liked watching the cars slide a bit, though I think the overtaking could be an issue. How much of that is new regulations and how much is due to the hesitancy of the teams as they were doing everything to survive the first race I do not know. We will know more in a few races. I suspect the racing will be good. The noise? Yes, Ron is correct. I think these regulations came a year early and it would have been good to evaluate the changes for a year and make the necessary modifications for next. The teams are already well ahead on the fuel consumption so perhaps an increase in the maximum revs with a different exhaust configuration and a little more fuel will do the trick. I hope the three manufacturers will explore these possibilities in private through the year and make a recommendation to the FIA. Planned to go to Budapest this year and see no reason to ca

benignlyindifferent

March 16, 2014 8:50 PM

F1 » Ricciardo excluded from Australian GP


I completely understand Red Bull's position, though the FIA cannot possibly back down on this issue as it would open up the flood gates of further manipulation of the rules. What i do not understand is why Red Bull refused to switch back during the race? They knew their flow rate, they know they had plenty of fuel, why not follow FIA rules? Had they been found to have burned too much fuel too quickly post race they could have presented that they switched back to the faultily FIA system only after being ordered to do so. I think they would have been better placed to win that one. I think Horner was making a stubborn point that RB technology was better and now they will have to pay the price. Too bad, because i question whether any team can challenge the Mercedes for wins for at least a few races and so points will be even more crucial.

benignlyindifferent

March 16, 2014 1:36 PM

F1 » Ricciardo excluded from Australian GP


Truth is, we really do not know. Despite the perception of a faulty sensor, why not follow FIA instructions during the race? Enough had been run to better understand the flow rate. Perhaps they RB were running additional fuel at key moments to richen the mixture and cool the cylinders as they have struggled with heating issues. Or perhaps they wanted to look competitive and were surprised they finished and would actually be checked. It seems like quite a severe punishment, however, the FIA cannot allow that door to be opened by all of the teams and after the first safety car, fuel was not an issue for anyone so why not revert to the FIA approved method? I am sure we will learn much more, but a major shame for Ricciardo, who never put a wheel wrong all weekend.

benignlyindifferent

March 14, 2014 9:09 PM

F1 » Friday running ‘a big relief’ for Vettel


Seb is fast. I have not been a fan but I am coming around. He has proven his talent, beating every teammate he has ever had, and while he has clearly had the best car at times, not always, considering the end of year standings of Webber. He has demonstrated staggering pace when starting from pole to break the DRS and never puts a wheel wrong off the grid during the very stressful open laps. That is talent. So, it does not surprise me that he is again in the mix and should Red Bull get their act together, he will be positioned for race wins in short order. Really, that has been the history of F1. Excellent drivers come and go, winning a championship and perhaps a second, but great drivers often win several, and they have the best car because every team wants them.

benignlyindifferent

March 14, 2014 2:37 PM

F1 » Friday running ‘a big relief’ for Vettel


Garbumble Point taken, as I was not questioning Ricciardo's talent or speed. But Seb has always been about two tenths quicker than his teammates at Red Bull and Torro Rosso. It seems when the times begin to matter he finds the little extra pace and I wonder if this will be the case this year too. I agree that it will take a few races to begin to draw any conclusions, however, after the first sessions he is the quicker of the two.


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