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July 15, 2015 12:27 AM

F1 » Massa expects to stay at Williams in 2016

Typically, top shelf teams spend the extra dollars on a driver that can shave a tenth or two per lap and deliver wins or podiums. Massa and Bottas are valuable and will earn a retainer somewhere, likely still with Williams. Ferrari, by season's end, will keep Raikkonen because he will deliver podiums over the next three or four races. McLaren might dump Button but really they could dismiss both Button and Alonso. They do not have a car worthy of the payroll invested in driver talent. I think the silly season will be sillier than usual, with the addition of Haas for next year.


July 24, 2015 6:03 PM

F1 » Hungarian Grand Prix - Free practice results (2)

I am at the Hungaroring for this weekend's race and enjoyed today's practice sessions. A few observations that may or may not be correct, tomorrow will tell. Lewis has Nico covered this weekend. The margin is quite large for a short track and Lewis looked strong. The Red Bulls, while quick, were working hard to make their times. The Ferraris are quicker but after posting strong laps they focused on on long runs. Seb had a few issues, while Kimi had strong long run pace. I suspect they could possibly split the Mercedes this weekend. The Williams are rather ordinary on this high downforce circuit. Don't expect much. The McLarens looked good. Really. Nothing to choose between the two drivers, who both completed long programs without any glitches. The sound?Much better than expected. The GP 2 cars still sound a little better though. If F1 can raise the RPM's for next year then I will actually be quite pleased with the sounds of the modern F1 car. And I was a big critic.


July 23, 2015 6:16 PM

F1 » Hamilton ‘not against’ closed cockpit prospect

Perhaps the geniuses that govern F1 might consider a complete crane redesign, with high energy impact zones, counter active airbags, and positional telemetry to interact with approaching F1 cars. In addition to closed cockpits, and covered wheels they will have addressed the safety concern of this particular incident. Or, as noted, maybe remove the crane, work on sensible rules and procedures that mitigate many of the risks, and keep F1 an open wheel open cockpit formula.


July 17, 2015 4:36 PM

F1 » Bottas to Ferrari deal agreed?

I doubt this report. While I think Bottas is likely at the top of the Ferrari list, the timing would be strange. Ferrari can buy Bottas later in the year, if they wish, should they choose to say farewell to Kimi. I still think they would rather Kimi rebound well and race another year, allowing them to sign Bottas or whomever in a year's time, saving money while further evaluating the younger talent. And Williams need not hurry as their car is now a desirable drive.


July 11, 2015 2:09 AM

F1 » Hulkenberg: Le Mans win will let me shine in F1

Hulk is a very good driver and deserves a good ride, but I think he will be passed over for the younger ones just entering the sport now. The accolades of lemans? Well, you have to go back many, many years to find another F1 regular who won the race. JJ Lehto. The other drivers are excellent pilots and some have won multiple times in recent years but this does not make them top shelf F1 candidates. Congrats on the win, Hulk, but I doubt it will help secure a Ferrari ride.


July 07, 2015 3:14 PM

F1 » Ron Dennis brands Eddie Jordan ‘a village idiot’

Have to agree with Ron on this one. I actually hit the mute button when Jordan is on, he is that repulsive. DC is great! The McLaren chassis is problematic but then they have not been able to complete the necessary mileage to evolve the package. I suspect had they stayed with a Mercedes engine for an additional year they would be fighting with Ferrari and Williams. Button and Alonso? I suppose they are performing well but how can one tell? The car either breaks or runs so slowly that neither driver's talents can be displayed. Honda was unable to get their act together for their last F1 period and left. Their return is punctuated with references to the Senna era but these days are long past and all of the other manufacturers have caught up. Even in Indycar the Chevrolet is the engine of choice. I do hope Honda comes good but I question whether they will.

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