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June 20, 2015 3:41 PM

F1 » Austrian Grand Prix - Qualifying results

I would not write off Kimi's chances for remaining just yet as I believe traffic played a key role in his poor qualification. More importantly will be how he moves throughout the field. Will he emulate Seb at Montreal? We'll see. But I agree that his odds to remain continue to go down. I also think that Ferrari should look beyond Bottas for the next great talent. Nothing against Bottas as he is a top driver but he is similar in pace to Massa. I am not sure Ferrari would be getting a future multiple world champion. I do agree they should look to the youth. I think Verstappen has the greatest future potential of any of the young ones and Ferrari should consider snapping him up quickly. I know many will disagree.


June 19, 2015 11:26 AM

F1 » Red Bull dismisses bid for Ferrari engines

Renault may leave the sport, but I hope not. I still believe they will choose to purchase a team and become a full works participant. The RB slagging has ironically forced their hand and, if RB leave, this could be good for Renault longer term as they won't have to listen to the crap spewing from the RB leadership. RB has never paid even close to full price for Renault engines. They have had a sweet commercial and manufacturing deal since they entered F1 and they won four championships. But you never see Frank Williams behave in this manner when his team was less than comptetitive. RB should take their sugared water elsewhere. Racing is not in their DNA. Making money is their only pursuit.However, I do feel bad for the employees, reading this nonsense and wondering about their future employment.


June 16, 2015 11:06 PM

F1 » Horner bemoans conservative tyres, wants F1 sprints

Interestingly, Michelin is making a bid, even with the concept of 18 inch wheels, stating that a formula that sees tires degrade and rendered destroyed as quickly as the Pirellis is not good for the sport, the environment, or the manufacturer reputation. They allude to the tires of LeMans as an alternative. 18 inch debate aside, I agree with them and think there are other ways to spice up the action. It will be interesting to see where their bid goes.


June 15, 2015 12:37 PM

F1 » Horner bemoans conservative tyres, wants F1 sprints

Pirelli could make a tire with great grip that would last the entire race, but this was not their mandate. I found the refuelling era to be entertaining but that was because a pit pass was almost always the only pass that was made. Today, the DRS, like it or not, allows for the correct sorting out at most circuits. Actually, I think F1 should take a page from MotoGP. Continue with two compounds per race but with no degradation, just a difference in performance. Mandate each is used in the race and mandate two tire stops per race. And offer a third faster tire to those smaller teams that can produce clear accounting that they are spending less than 100 million a season.


June 15, 2015 2:56 PM

F1 » Horner bemoans conservative tyres, wants F1 sprints

Personally, I do not like the idea of a tire advantage either. However, the financial disparity with revenue sharing and the lack of interest in sharing with the small teams creates an advantage of sorts now. I think a tire advantage for teams that can prove they adhere to spending limits might be a lever to bring others into compliance. If a team is prepared to "reserve" an extra 100 million for itself a in revenue sharing the advantage of doing so could be offset quite quickly with a faster tire. I think a Sauber on a faster tire would be great fun and I suspect the big teams would quickly find ways to create equity.

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