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June 11, 2014 12:46 PM

F1 » Haas wants Patrick in F1 team

I am naive. Despite the past failings of previous U.S. based teams I somehow convinced myself that this time would be different. Here was a very wealthy man with a motor sport pedigree whomight finally field a respectable F1 team. Wrong. This marketing exercise is unlikely to work and should the unexpected occur and he does field a team, it is likely destined for failure. Think about it. Let's take a driver who has never won anything of significance in any of the lesser categories, put her in an F1 car comprised of various parts from various suppliers, base it in the U.S., and try to compete with other F1 teams. Nonsense. Even the minnows of F1 are very large, established outfits and Haas, if he truly wants a successful F1 team, should purchase a team like Caterham, build its technology and manufacturing capabilities, learn, and field an experienced F1 driver with a young American talent such as Kyle Larson. Danica Patrick? Beyond belief.


June 15, 2014 8:06 PM

MotoGP » 'Best race of the season' for runner-up Rossi

Rossi was subject to a great deal of criticism when he changed crew chiefs. But his performances since that time have continued to improve and his comments about the handling and setup characteristics of his bike demonstrate his continued growth in confidence. Honda still has the edge but Yamaha is quickly closing the gap and VR is demonstrating once again his enormous talent and as well as the joy he gets when riding a competitive bike. His gestures towards Pedrosa and Marquez say a lot about the man. There are a few haters that continue to click disagree whenever well deserving comments are made but I do not think they are true MotoGP fans. The true fans are pleased to have him back at the sharp end of the field and we now look forward to the races for the exciting battles we witnessed last race and now this race too.


June 11, 2014 1:48 PM

F1 » Haas wants Patrick in F1 team

To add to my earlier comment. Listening to Haas makes me think he is clearly underestimating the enormity of the challenge or he is arrogant. His response to the question concerning the size of the successful teams was dismissive. He said, I think when you have 600-plus people nobody really knows what everybody is doing. Really? Nobody? Not Mercedes who lead the championship and have close to 1,200? Or Red Bull who have won the past four with nearly 1,000? How about McLaren, with close to 1,000, an incredible racing pedigree, and known well beyond F1 for their sophisticated space age technologies? (and winless in quite some time too) None of these teams know what they are doing? I think they know exactly what they are doing and they understand exactly what it takes to be successful. Ron Dennis talks about the enormous challenge to get back to winning ways. Haas makes it sound like a foregone conclusion. Yes, I think it is arrogance.


June 11, 2014 7:39 PM

F1 » Boullier: Driver line-up not a priority

I am a Button fan so my comment is biased. However, why do people think he is he finished? He outperformed Perez last season and is outperforming Magnusson this season. He performed very well when paired with Lewis and he is known to be an excellent test driver. I could understand McLaren keeping Magnusson and replacing JB only if they could get a very top driver. Who is available? Alonso? don't see him moving. Grosjean? Highly rated but would be an unknown. Seb? Not going anywhere. Kimi? Maybe. Lewis or Nico? Nope. One of the Torro Rosso team. Possible but unlikely and JB is a British world champion, so the sponsorship is important too. So, unless something strange occurs I think JB returns next season. The length of the contract is likely holding things up, I suspect.

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