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March 26, 2016 2:42 PM

F1 » Verstappen: You have to be loyal

I agree. I think Grosjean would be perfect for Ferrari. But somehow I think Ferrari or Mercedes will move heaven and earth to sign Verstappen, if he performs as well thought the first part of the season as he did last year. Whether people agree or not, clearly many of the team principles place him above the other young guns and see him as a once in a generation driver. Don't forget, Ferrari showed Mansell and Prost the door, and while I think Seb is firmly entrenched and could likely veto DR, I do not think he could prevent them from signing Max. I remember when Senna tested the Williams with which Rosberg had won the championship, and on the same track and tires, he was over a second a lap quicker. But they did not sign him because of his age and lost the opportunity until a decade later. I think all of the big teams are looking carefully at the young guns and Max is seemingly the best. Time will tell.


March 20, 2016 12:58 PM

F1 » Australian Grand Prix - Race results

After watching the race and the several post-race interviews, I think a few suspicions are becoming clear. The Ferrari race pace is real. Without a red flag and a Raikkonen retirement, a Ferrari one and two was very possible. The Mercedes pair both said they had good starts but succumbed to the Ferraris in the first corner. Could it be the Ferrari start systems will outperform Mercedes? If so, qualifying on the second row will not be too upsetting in future races. Can't imagine the FIA doing anything other than revert to last year's qualifying format.... hopefully. Haas has built a great car and have employed a great driver. All of the driver talent now belongs in F1. Palmer's battles were exceptional. The Renault power plant looks like it has closed the gap. Ricciardo's pass on the Williams on the long straight demonstrates this fact. McLaren probably have closed the gap too, though Alonso's crash and stupid tire choices for JB ruined their opportunity to show well. Finally, I can't


March 27, 2016 12:31 PM

MotoGP » Yamaha to Lorenzo: Stay and win more titles

Ducati was a boat anchor a couple of years ago, and many of the posts from the pessimists stated they would always be slow. Well, new ownership, proper funding, and a clear direction with engineering have turned things around in a couple of short years and they will win races this year. I think Jorge will go to Ducati and three years from now he will have won at least one title, maybe two, for his new team.


March 19, 2016 6:06 PM

MotoGP » Yamaha suspects Lorenzo waiting on Ducati

The Ducati of today is miles ahead of the Ducati of two years ago. Several of us said Ducati would dramatically improve with the new ownership but the skeptics said no. But here we are. And I believe the Ducati of next year will continue to demonstrate a very positive evolution. If Lorenzo jumps it will be to a Ducati team in resurgence and I think the odds are equal that he stays or goes. And with a Suzuki team returning to form and with several great young riders I do believe this year and next will be exceptionally competitive. Yamaha and Honda will win the majority of the races this year, but not all. And next year I suspect Ducati will win several and Suzuki one or two as well.


March 19, 2016 8:28 PM

MotoGP » Yamaha suspects Lorenzo waiting on Ducati

Luvnit: Lorenzo is probably raging that Valentino has had his contract extended but nobody has said anything to him! Lorenzo wanted his contract with Yamaha sorted out before now, but as it hasn't happened I think he is trying to play it cool and look like he has other options so that Yamaha will panic! I don't think Yamaha are bothered as I think they have their eyes on Maverick Vinales! Valentino has watched Vinales a lot lately and it looks as if he is sussing him out as a prospective teammate! Young blood is needed in the Yamaha garage and Maverick Vinales fits the bill!
I believe it was stated in this article, and in others, that Rossi and Lorenzo were offered contracts simultaneously, and that Lorenzo's is the largest offer to date for the Yamaha team. He is just exploring his options, as well he should.


March 17, 2016 12:33 PM

F1 » Alonso admits regret if Ferrari wins title

Of course he would regret not being in the winning car. Who wouldn't? But his comments suggest his leaving was completely his decision. Clearly, this is not true and he had worn out his welcome with the scarlet team two years early. Do not forget the renaissance of Ferrari began when the engineers stopped listening to Fernando and began to listen to Kimi, and Seb's arrival has strengthened the team. FA is not a good test driver. He is an exceptional racer. Now Ferrari has both. I am sure there are no regrets with the Ferrari brass.

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