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April 05, 2014 2:05 PM

F1 » Newey critical of new F1

Newey does not design engines, he just makes them fit into the package. Anything that makes total power performance more unpredictable is a concern to him. I agree with him, but i suspect he would be singing a different song if he had a Mercedes in the back. An aside, I am concerned that the power plants are becoming so sophisticated that only a few manufacturers will be willing to take the chance to compete in F1.


April 06, 2014 1:55 PM

F1 » Ecclestone: Mercedes will be behind changes

I do not like the current state of F1 either, but I am becoming accustomed to the sound, I like the way the cars are handling, and the power delivery, while very high tech, means little to me as a performance fan. However, huddling up with the chief of Ferrari two races in to the season seems a bit odd. Me thinks this has more to do with Ferrari's dissatisfaction with performance and Bernie's continued capitulation to all things Ferrari. The regulations are set for the year. Period. Any changes will drive manufactures away and will likely cause teams to fold. Not really what we want either. I do wish F1 had considered a 2.2 litter V8 with an 18,000 rev limit and increased reliance on KERS to offset the loss of power. The benefit of saving fuel would then be less weight in fuel required. But to change rules three races in would be disastrous.


April 06, 2014 11:18 PM

F1 » Ecclestone: Mercedes will be behind changes

Taipan, Race is over as I write this, so context is everything. I do not want rule changes because they seem reactionary, not because they are not needed. However, after today's race I still think we should wait a race or two before considering any changes whatsoever. The Mercedes power plant package is clearly tops but the Renault is beginning to evolve nicely. And the factory Mercedes advantage has as much to do with chassis and aero as it does with power plant. But i understand and respect your point of view.


April 06, 2014 7:38 PM

F1 » Hamilton wins thrilling battle in Bahrain

Isn't it great when teams let their drivers race? I think this was always going to be the Mercedes strategy, but allowing the two to race certainly pours cold water on any of Luca di Montezemolo and Bernie's meeting about dealing with the "emergency" that is F1. Lots of great racing through the field, and the torque produced allows many passing options and demands great talent to keep another car behind. Sound still is poor but i think that can be addressed for next year.


April 05, 2014 6:12 PM

F1 » Rosberg takes pole after Hamilton error

Mercedes is mighty, but not quite as mighty as last race. The gap, while considerable, is no longer 1.5 seconds. With night running and varying rates of tire degradation it might be a little closer at the front, and if one or two of the drivers on row two and three are able to jump the Mercedes at the start, proceedings could be entertaining. I am very interested in the inner team battles. Button is quicker than Kevin, even though he is not known as a qualifying master. Bottas is up on Massa. Kimi out qualified Alonso by a considerable gap, and Ricciardo will start only two places behind Seb, despite his ten place penalty. I am hoping the Mercedes do not run away and hide. If they do not, we may have an entertaining race.

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