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benignlyindifferent

March 15, 2015 2:06 PM

F1 » Raikkonen: Ferrari not too far from Mercedes


It is possible the Mercs were running a more conservative engine mode but I suspect not, based on the straight line speed of the other Merc powered cars. Yes, Hamilton was managing race but equally true was that Rosberg was pushing him. Also, Sebastian was clearly in cruise mode once he had third place locked down. Equally important was Raikkonen's pace on the second set of tires prior to the wheel nut failure with his third. He was very fast. I think Ferrari is definitely much closer to Mercedes this year. Don't forget, Australia is not fully representative of the different teams pace. Magnussen was on the podium last year. Malaysia will be a better indicator.

benignlyindifferent

March 13, 2015 11:08 PM

F1 » Kaltenborn will not quit over Sauber contract fiasco


Kaltenborn is essentially the CEO of the company and she reports to a board of directors of sorts. Her comments will be guarded to ensure she does not provide GVD's team with additional ammo for the ongoing litigation. There are really two courts in play. The legal court and the court of public opinion. She must concern herself with the first while GVD focuses on both in his attempts to secure his ride? Should she be fired?Don't know and it doesn't matter, it's not our call. For all we know she might have informed the board that GVD had a contract but they chose to disregard it to secure additional funding, hoping he would let it be. The fact is, we just don't know and to postulate provides little insight. We may learn more of the factual details in a few week's time or so but until then I will reserve judgement of both she and GVD.

benignlyindifferent

March 10, 2015 12:11 PM

F1 » Alonso disappointed to miss Australia with McLaren


Alonso's absence reminds me of another era, when it was not uncommon for drivers to miss part or large chunks of a season with injuries. Improvements in driver safety has thankfully resulted in drivers almost never missing a race for injury. I am glad for that. Alonso's and button's comments consistently but guardedly suggest the new McLaren chassis is strong. I think, finally, the second half of the season could go well for them as Honda comes to terms with its new power plant. Here's hoping.

benignlyindifferent

March 10, 2015 12:45 PM

F1 » Alonso disappointed to miss Australia with McLaren


107SS2009:
benignlyindifferent: Alonso's absence reminds me of another era, when it was not uncommon for drivers to miss part or large chunks of a season with injuries. Improvements in driver safety has thankfully resulted in drivers almost never missing a race for injury. I am glad for that. Alonso's and button's comments consistently but guardedly suggest the new McLaren chassis is strong. I think, finally, the second half of the season could go well for them as Honda comes to terms with its new power plant. Here's hoping.
"Alonso and Button saying that the MP4-30 is strong" I have no doubt about the chassis and neither about the engine, from what I have seen running with very little ERS the time/s they managed in their limited mileage covered was not bad at all, when they sort out their problems they will be running with the best at the front.
Hope so.

benignlyindifferent

March 10, 2015 3:46 PM

F1 » Max Verstappen: A name, not a number


I suspect there are many former champions who would have starred had they had the opportunity to drive at age 17. Maturity and readiness are more important than age. That being said, I do agree with a minimum age requirement for F1. Not because drivers are "too young" at age 17, but because another year in a lower series can only help better prepare them for what is to come. Don't forget, several of the feeder series have very powerful and competitive vehicles that provide more whee to wheel racing than can be expected in F1. I am thinking back to what I was doing in the spring of my 17th year. I was planning to buy a motorcycle, a 175 cc Yamaha two stroke, and hoping I was ready for it:)


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