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October 11, 2014 1:17 PM

F1 » Hamilton on pole as Bottas squanders chance

Wow! Am beginning to think Ferrari has made a big mistake by signing Vettel. He is looking very average amongst all of the RB and Toro Rosso drivers. And Alonso may not have a ride at all. Button and Magnusson are getting the job done quite nicely now. And personal bias aside, does anyone really think Mercedes want to part ways with Hamilton? Don't think so. And with Kimi becoming more comfortable and running similar pace to FA, Fernando is no longer the great saviour demanded by any team. A year sabbatical will only see Kyvat, Bottas, Magnusson, Verstappen etc. mature and become the next wave of highly desired drivers in the sport. Time will tell.


October 11, 2014 7:22 PM

F1 » Rosberg: Hamilton just quicker at Sochi F1 track

Hamilton learns tracks quickly, always has. His pace has always been quick but, when on a roll and when he is confident, he can dominate. I am not a Hamilton fan boy but this is historical fact. Nico is extremely good but he is not quite as quick as Lewis. If Lewis wins this race he will almost certainly go on to win the championship. On another point, I do not think either Lewis or Rosberg will leave the team at the end of this year or next, but if Alonso somehow made his way onto the team as a teammate of Hamilton, I do not know how he would think he would win the inter-team rivalry. He did not do so in Hamilton's first year at McLaren so he would be in tough with a veteran two-time world champion. I am beginning to think Alonso will end up with Lotus or take a sabbatical. I think the McLaren door is closing quickly.


October 09, 2014 10:23 PM

F1 » Alonso urges F1 to consider closed-cockpits

So, let's not just close the cockpit of these hybrid machines, let's close the wheels to reduce the risk of inter wheel launches. Oh wait, if e do that we will have created a Lemans prototype racer. Perhaps the FIA should complete the investigation, gather the necessary data, and consider rule changes that might avoid incidents like these in the first place. A "slow zone" such as those in Lemans racing, if respected, would have worked well in this instance.


October 07, 2014 10:06 AM

F1 » Smedley: Closed F1 cockpits ‘very easy to implement’

In serious accidents, full course double yellow utilizing the pit lane speed button to regulate speeds for different parts of the track should be possible, negating the need for a safety car while ensuring a reasonable gap remains between the different cars. Closed cockpit? Not what I want to watch. The Indycars with the partial wheel shrouds bother me as it is.


October 07, 2014 11:36 AM

F1 » Smedley: Closed F1 cockpits ‘very easy to implement’

107SS2009: “the arguments for a speed limiter” The FIA rule makers cannot impose the use of a speed limiter as by doing so they will be contradicting the spirit of and the meaning of F1 racing “driver should drive the car on his own” the pit lane “speed limiter device” wasn’t imposed by the FIA rules, it was the speed limit which was imposed. As I said, the problem is not the rules as they stand, the problem is abusing said rules.
Well, they could, but they shouldn't and I agree with you. My point was just that there is much that can be done before changing the essentials of an open wheel, open cockpit racing series. There is little doubt that the data will indicated excessive speed by Bianchi in the yellow zone. Still think the recovery vehicles could have barrier protection like we see on many Indy car support vehicles.


October 06, 2014 7:34 PM

F1 » Dennis’ dig at Mercedes F1 engines

Just a dig by Ron. The engines will be identical. The complete power unit is another story with different teams running different energy recovery systems. The factory Mercedes has the best combined unit and their chassis is as good as anyone's, including Red Bull. Mercedes has the complete package and it will take some time for others to catch them. I do think the gap this weekend will be lessened in Russia if the conditions are dry but if wet, Mercedes will drive away once again.


October 07, 2014 4:34 PM

F1 » Bianchi injuries confirmed, condition remains critical

This is a very serious injury. The next few days to a week will provide a better indication of its severity. In other news I just read that Todt visited Schumacher and offered the following comment. "We must assume that Schumacher can lead a relatively normal life again within a short period of time," he is quoted as saying by The Independent. Can this be true? Have others read similar positive comments? Here's hoping.

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