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benignlyindifferent

November 13, 2014 11:07 AM

F1 » F1: Webber to Button: Get on with it!


I find it ironic that the driver, and person, who has done the most for the positive PR for McLaren since arriving after SpyGate is Jenson, yet the team's treatment of him is destroying all of the hard work and accomplishments he has made to date. Well done, Ron. We are all again realizing the reasons why you were forced from leadership in the first place. I thinkCoulthard's comment that McLaren is now treating its drivers like lightbulbs is apt.

benignlyindifferent

November 13, 2014 12:49 PM

F1 » McLaren-Honda F1 car to run on Friday


A bit of sarcasm in my previous statement, but not entirely off the mark. Yes, times will not be representative because of tires etc., but the feedback of how how the total power unit operates in the back of an actual racing car will reveal a great deal about the total power and initial drivability of the package. I suspect they will not be cutting away body parts as Red Bull was forced to do during their early days with the new technology.

benignlyindifferent

November 14, 2014 11:11 AM

F1 » Caterham F1 ‘90%’ likely to race in Abu Dhabi


Dont laugh when you read this, but the Caterham is not a bad car. Think of it. After an entire season of being completely underfunded and being driven by largely pay drivers it is still at times within 4 seconds of the Mercedes. Or three seconds for everyone else. Now, it the Ferrari pell had had that chassis for the entire year, developed it, and plugged their drivers in it I suspect it would be competing with the other mid-field teams by now. So, the team is an attractive possibility for investors wanting to get into F1 immediately. If someone invests the correct money Caterham could be respectable quite quickly. Don't forget the origins of Red Bull and Torro Rosso.

benignlyindifferent

November 11, 2014 4:41 PM

F1 » Kaltenborn: F1’s agenda is ‘four or five names’


She may be correct. And Horner is now calling on a return of V8's, claiming the increased costs forced the small teams out. How decent of him. While i do not like the new engines, they likely kept Mercedes involved and have enticed Honda to return. The big five need to look inwards, realize the commercial deals they signed are extremely discriminatory towards the small teams, and agree to a 10% reduction in commercial revenue. This decrease would hurt a little but would be affordable, and this money would increase some of the smaller team budgets by as much as 50%. As Lopez rightly states, how does a corporation with 900 million in revenue fine itself to be unsustainable for half of the entries.

benignlyindifferent

November 11, 2014 2:28 PM

F1 » F1: Wolff praises ‘very impressive’ Rosberg


As we arrive at the last race the comments regarding where either driver might have lost or won the championship begin. However, the season of sport is filled with little errors and circumstances that lead us to the present. Hamilton has what in most years would be considered a significant lead but the double points final may influence the outcome in a rather artificial way. Personally, I hope Hamilton wins the championship or, if not, he loses it because of a DNF. This would mean the results would have occurred regardless. But if he loses by finishing third to a Nico win, then the results at some of the great tracks are diminished. I just hope the double points is not a factor and that we can return to a normal system for next year.

benignlyindifferent

November 11, 2014 1:37 PM

F1 » Button: Money no issue in F1 future


Despite the public niceties, Alonso has until recently been speaking exclusively with Honda. He will be a Honda driver paid almost entirely with Honda money. I am not entirely certain Ron wants Fernando at any cost but it is clear he will join the team packaged with the Honda engines. This leaves plenty of money to retain JB if they choose. And despite some comments, Alonso is now stating he would prefer Button as a mate to help develop the package. I still think there is a reasonable chance this will happen but it must irk Ron to have an unsigned driver in Alonso already making the kinds of comments he is making before turning a wheel. This was the behaviour that eventually became too tiresome for the Ferrari folks to accept. Who knows, Alonso could join McLaren, have a famous falling out if the package isn't up to expectations, and Button remain as the main man. He has outlasted several in different teams. Long shot musings, I know.


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