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March 29, 2014 10:26 PM

F1 » Hamilton takes pole at soaked Sepang

I do hope the race is dry. There are many questions to be answered. Is Seb two or three tenths faster than his teammate or not? Don't know, but maybe. Is Lewis on the verge of having a championship year? Maybe. Have to admit he has been very inconsistent and at times mentally fragile over the past few years but he has always been extremely fast. Perhaps this will be his year. Kimi was faster than Alonso for three practices but nipped in qualifying. Where are the two with outright pace in race trim? I am very interested in this battle. So too is Ferrari. How about Perez and Maldonado? New teams, new teammates, and a great deal of posturing from both. I have a feeing both will be dominated by their teammates. And Magnussen? Well, I am a Button fan but i want Kevin to do very well and open the doors for other great young drivers. Am getting tired of the paid drivers and their antics.


March 29, 2014 10:16 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: The sound of a conspiracy

richard, Do not disagree, though Dennis suggested exhaust modifications were possible. I really do not know how, though. I do know the 100 kg weight for fuel is largely moot as it will be unlikely that this will be issue this year, as the efficiencies have been greater than anticipated. So perhaps increased revs can be obtained without increased mass of fuel on board. But the revs are an issue. I wonder if moving away from the 8 gear rule, back to a 7 or 6 might force them to use the full range. I do not know and it is early speculation, but i find qualifying this race easier on the ears than race one. So hopefully we will be accustomed. Unlike others, I support the flow rate meters. I think that having unlimited fuel flow for limited periods will make passing impossible and will encourage coasting on the straights and into the corners. I think we should sit back, watch the first three or four races, and assess the show at that time.


March 28, 2014 2:19 PM

F1 » Red Bull could risk FIA wrath again

Hmmm. Issues of fuel meter accuracy aside, the very public Red Bull approach has seen them lose important second place points in Australia and they run the risk disqualification again. Does Horner really think the authorities will capitulate on this issue? His success with the Pirelli tire issue of last year notwithstanding, I cannot see how the FIA will back down, or compromise even a little bit, considering Horner's very public criticism of a spec part. He does not even have strength in numbers as there is clearly no other teams publicly lining up with support (though they may be privately and appropriately critical) though the floodgates would open if Red Bull was successful.


March 27, 2014 9:44 PM

F1 » F1 in 2014 sounds ‘sh*t’ – Vettel

I will say it again, the F1 owners and manufacturers knew there would be a quieter and different sound, but they felt it was essential to evolve the power plants for the longer term interests of the sport. I agree. I think the racing is going to be fine in short order and most of the drivers say they like the way the cars behave. The cars will get faster, and quickly. The sound? Quit complaining. It will not change this year. F1 will not be bringing back V8's. Period. There is opportunity to evolve the power plants to increase the volume and tone for next year, with different exhausts and increased revs. I happen to agree with Button on this one. I wonder how Renault feel when drivers like Seb are so critical of the product that has provided him with four world championships?


March 25, 2014 11:04 PM

F1 » Promoters will walk away over sound ‘disgrace’

What a buch of drivel. Yes, the sound can be improved but that will be taken care of for next year, i suspect. Mr. Walker needs to understand that he is a customer. If he does not like the show he can go elsewhere. I like the direction of F1. I like the new cars. I like the high level of technology that has attracted another manufacturer. I wish the cars were louder but i am sure this will be addressed. I attend F1 races and if you think that GP2 or GP 3 is going to suddenly take over you are sadly mistaken. Complaints aside, we want to see the best and that is F1.

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