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benignlyindifferent

August 23, 2015 4:10 PM

F1 » Furious Vettel fumes at Pirelli after tyre blow


Yup, Can't agree with him on this one. Years ago, Kimi's tires fell of the cliff and he lost positions to the sudden deterioration of his tire. The complaints from the teams demanded a tire that did not fall off the cliff but degraded much more gradually, inviting teams to push them for many more laps than they were designed. Vettel and Ferrari gambled by pushing these tires to this degree and it appears the thread bare tread remaining separated from the carcass, causing the sudden failure. Don't think it had anything to do with Rosberg's failure, and I cannot remember the last time a Pirelli had a sudden tire failure. Wish someone from the team had got to him before he talked in anger.

benignlyindifferent

August 19, 2015 11:18 AM

F1 » Button will be smiling at Spa whatever happens


A great circuit indeed! I remember Villeneuve's massive crash exiting eu rouge a number of years ago. The drivers of the day were saying you could, on occasion, remain flat on the throttle but it was very challenging to do so. Today, drivers run the corner flat without trouble, underlining the negative impact the increases in aero downforce have had on the sport. Hopefully, F1 will act on its desire to dramatically remove aero and increase mechanical grip, making tracks like Spa, Monza and Suzuka truly great once again.

benignlyindifferent

August 23, 2015 6:45 PM

F1 » Furious Vettel fumes at Pirelli after tyre blow


Soothsayer:
benignlyindifferent: Yup, Can't agree with him on this one. Years ago, Kimi's tires fell of the cliff and he lost positions to the sudden deterioration of his tire. The complaints from the teams demanded a tire that did not fall off the cliff but degraded much more gradually, inviting teams to push them for many more laps than they were designed. Vettel and Ferrari gambled by pushing these tires to this degree and it appears the thread bare tread remaining separated from the carcass, causing the sudden failure. Don't think it had anything to do with Rosberg's failure, and I cannot remember the last time a Pirelli had a sudden tire failure. Wish someone from the team had got to him before he talked in anger.
Wasn't there a mess with tyre failures at the 2013 British GP?
Yes, but I believe these failures were clearly the fault of the teams, who were mounting them backwards, dialling in significantly more than the prescribed

benignlyindifferent

August 25, 2015 10:50 PM

F1 » Lotus urges Renault sale as bailiffs move in


Sasha Alexandrovich: The questions are these a. Does Renault have the budget for the buyout b. Does Renault have the budget and capabilities for increasing engine performance, because the Renault is not a Mercedes and Lotus will be at the back of the grid with a Renault. The problem is that it is getting more and more expensive by the minute. Lotus debt is increasing day by day, Renault engine performance and reliability is still pretty bad and the problems with the RBR contract are going to leave a big hole in the Renault budget for 2016. And Bernie still needs the go ahead for making Renault a historic team while his revenue side is dropping (for example RTL Germany just got a huge discount and Sky Germany doesn't want any rights. So even if Renault is granted historic status, the financial reward is still unsure. That is not a good climate to buy a team with financial and legal trouble.
The team problems are problematic but not insurmountable for a large com

benignlyindifferent

August 25, 2015 10:48 AM

F1 » Lotus urges Renault sale as bailiffs move in


I suspect Renault very much wish to buy the team but do not wish to buy the debt. And I suspect the amount of debt has remained cloudy at best. If they allow the team to go into receivership, they can probably get it for a more realistic price and agree to pay debtors a fraction on each dollar. The downside is we might lose Lotus for several races or for the remainder of the season. Hopefully a deal can be struck soon.


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