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March 31, 2015 11:41 AM

F1 » Alonso expects McLaren success to come ‘soon’

Yes, the lack of pre-season testing is stupid. Name any other sport where the ticket holders would be willing to watch their athletes work themselves into shape for the first few matches. Australia holds a great event but it seems rather foolish to expect them to pay full prices for half a grid with others retiring as they get up to speed. Perhaps Bernie will pro rate the tickets and charge customers based on the size of the grid, giving everyone a half price rebate. Not. Or, perhaps if F1 more equitably shared revenue everyone could afford four or five mileage sessions where they could run the reserve drivers and potential drivers for the future, saving only three test days for the regular drivers for the season.


April 02, 2015 11:30 AM

F1 » Horner: Ferrari shows everything is possible

On another news site I read that last year's exposure to F1 was valued at approximately 2.5 billion dollars for Mercedes. This justifies their involvement, no doubt. Negative exposure likely is the cause for Renault's cold feet but with Torro Rosso coming to form and if Horner stops trashing them in public I suspect they will stay. Therefore I cannot imagine Red Bull pulling out. They have invested much and their marketing exposure must be enormous as well. Leaving would hurt them twofold. They would lose the F1 exposure and, other energy drink companies would enjoy increased exposure. I do suspect calmer heads have prevailed. Both need each other. Red Bull has no hope at this point in attracting another engine manufacturer and Red Bull is Renault's best long term chance for more victories. I know others disagree with me but I think Horner is no longer an asset to RB racing and a change in leadership should be considered. His comments have hurt Renault and instilled doubt in the team.


March 30, 2015 5:03 PM

F1 » Lauda: Now Bernie can’t complain about ‘boring’ Vettel

I thought Seb's move on Nico at the start was hard but fair, and both agreed. A few years back Seb was criticized for a move on Alonzo at Monza, and even I thought he was overly aggressive in that instance. But he clearly is a decisive racing driver and he capitalizes on every opportunity as all the greats have done. I am beginning to agree more with Coulthard's assessment of Rosberg. He is talented but indecisive, and leaves too many opportunities on the track.


March 31, 2015 11:16 AM

F1 » Alonso expects McLaren success to come ‘soon’

The chassis seems to be very good, as both drivers have nothing but good things to say about it. I think the big question will be how competitive the Honda will be when they finally turn it up completely. I suspect they will make big steps until they are 1.5 seconds off the pace. Then the gains will be much, much harder to come by. How long will Alonso stay positive and motivated? Anybody's guess but watching the Ferrari must be galling. However, he is essentially out of teams that want him. Unless a Mercedes spot opens unexpectedly where could he go and be assured of a winning car? Hopefully Honda and McLaren get that race win this year but it could just as easily be Button who seems to have the measure of FA at this point.


March 30, 2015 10:09 AM

F1 » Maximum effort yields ‘maximum result’ for Raikkonen

Kimi's opportunity was compromised with the new safety car rules. He had just pitted for tires and, had he been allowed to blast around the back side of the track while the car gatherers the others, he would have leapt passed all those that pitted and started the restart at about 6th place. However, the new rule required the drivers keep to a prescribed speed under the virtual car and Kimi remained at the back. This is fair and it treated us to a great show. But this new rule will have similar consequences in races to come. Personally, I am fine with it as it is for the purpose of driver and marshall safety.


March 29, 2015 10:33 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso: Ducati has done an amazing job

Ha. Some of the critics of Ducati have short memories. Two years ago they were calling for Ducati to quit MotoGp, saying the VW group purchase would do nothing for the team. Here we are two years later and they are calling for the removal of the prescribed advantages. This will happen soon enough and, if Suzuki can take another step, we will have four legitimate manufacture contenders. Great!

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