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October 11, 2015 3:50 PM

F1 » Raikkonen slapped with 30secs penalty, drops to 8th

Lots of criticism for Kimi, and yes, I must admit he was to blame. But the second tire change placed him behind the others and he drove hard for the remainder of the race, overtaking, or making attempts whenever possible. In short, he raced hard, and in clean air set a fastest lap. He was fighting for a podium and was not prepared to settle. Good for him. He seldom takes others off and I don't think Ferrari will be too displeased with his efforts today.


October 10, 2015 7:35 PM

F1 » Horner confident Red Bull can ‘find a solution’

Red Bull definitely shot themselves in the foot with their antics and may pay the price for their actions. That being said, I have serious concerns with the current formula. These power units are extremely complex as we can tell from Honda's difficulties getting up to speed. And yet we have these power units because the manufacturers demanded the changes. Fine. It brought back Honda and likely kept Renault and Mercedes from bolting. After all, V8 engines are not a large part of their market anymore. But we now have an engine formula that is so complex that only the manufacturers can ever hope to be successful. I doubt Cosworth, even with considerable backing, could again enter a competitive package. And now the manufacturers will only share year old product. That stinks. If they want the complexities then they should be required to equip all teams with the package in a reasonable period of time. Each should be required to equip three teams minimum, and remaining teams through a lottery


October 24, 2015 11:08 AM

F1 » Honda emerges as Red Bull engine option

Perhaps the VW talks were farther along than we thought, and that RB still has reason to believe they could occur in a year's time from now. If so, they need an engine, any engine, for next year. A Honda deal might be the best way forward since Ferrari and Mercedes are out. Yes, a year old Ferrari would be a better option but the optics of a major manufacturer using year old equipment has a longer term negative impact. But yes, Torro Rosso will probably score more points. Still, if in a year's time we see VW enter and purchase a controlling interest and rebrand it as Audi, this will be good for the sport. I suspect this is the "sorted" statement Bernie alluded to.


October 14, 2015 11:22 AM

F1 » FIA rules customer engines must be same specification

Good move. The manufacturers have created power units so complex that only a few can build competitive units, and then they were keeping them for themselves. Yes, Red Bull might be required to stay with Renault but the Renault power unit will be more competitive. They didn't really break the bank on token usage and development once RB started badmouthing them. But they will be working hard once they own their own team. And if Red Bull leave? So what? Torro Rosso is likely staying with a competitive Ferrari unit and within weeks I think you would see Newey and others migrate to the smaller team. They can change the name to Red Bull 2.0.

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