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October 25, 2015 11:33 AM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: Rossi let off because of his name

I was and remain a huge Rossi fan. But he definitely let the pressure get to him. Did he intend to dump Marquez? Probably not, but he did intend to kick his bike and he clearly and deliberately caused the fall. Looking back, he probably thought, damn. Now how do I explain this? Should be have been disqualified? Possibly, but the race directors' penalty for next race essentially seals a Lorenzo championship, so the penalty will prove severe. I do not understand why Lorenzo is making comments, regardless of his views. He has nothing to gain and Yamaha must be trying to circle the wagons and do not need him speaking out at this time. I sincerely hope Rossi takes some blame for the incident. Deep down, despite his criticisms of Marquez, which have merit, his response was far too severe.


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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