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June 25, 2015 1:24 PM

F1 » Todt: F1 has a headache, not a cancer

F1's problem is that it has never replaced the tobacco money, and that has shifted the balance of power to the manufacturers. They're the only ones who can afford to bank-roll F1 teams on a long term basis, and they want technology relevant to the cars they sell. 30 years ago we had independent teams who had plenty of cash from Marlboro, Mild West or Camel, and a manufacturer who made them an engine. The FIA could do what they needed to make the racing exciting. Now the FIA are constantly under pressure to keep the rules relevant to road cars. So we have hybrid engines, KERS etc, cars that are far too easy to drive, private teams who can't compete and a championship won by the best car regardless of who drives it.


June 25, 2015 11:57 AM

MotoGP » Moto3 Assen - Free Practice (1) Results

@madh4tt3r I get where you're coming from but he's not dull.He's just a very focused young man. This isn't a criticism of some of the other young riders out there, but it is a lot easier to get a good ride in GPs if you're from Italy or Spain, and so it's a lot easier for them to relax and have fun with their racing. It's serious for everyone at that level, but for some it's more fun than for others. Danny hasn't had a big financial support through his career and has got to where he is through hard work and sacrifice. He's 1000% serious about his racing because he's needed to be, and I think that focus is what comes across in his interviews. He's not all big smiles and silly celebrations when he wins, because he is so serious about his racing and winning that title. That's all that he is concerned about.


July 03, 2015 12:16 PM

MotoGP » Aoyama back in place of Abraham?

Tomco: Might as well just leave it parked up in the garage. More chance of it scoring points than giving it to Aoyama, with all due respect.
Aoyama scored points in every single race except one last season? He's also a 250cc World Champion who beat SuperSic fair and square in a straight fight. I know Japanese wildcards have, at times, been a bum on a seat and offered nothing to the racing, but Hiro Aoyama is a class act who is certainly not out of place on a MotoGP grid. Oli


July 07, 2015 3:20 PM

F1 » Ron Dennis brands Eddie Jordan ‘a village idiot’

I'm no fan of Ron Dennis, but he's right. EJ is a tool. I just can't reconcile how such a complete idiot managed to run a successful F1 team. Granted, he never had the success Dennis has, but still, he must've been pretty good at what he did? Yet now every time he opens his mouth he embarrasses himself. Maybe Jordan decided when he went into tv punditry that he'd try to entertain by being controversial? Either way, I cringe for him whenever he speaks these days.


June 30, 2015 8:04 PM

MotoGP » Barbera: I don't know what Miller was thinking

Lots of people slagging Miller off? I don't have strong feelings about the guy either way, but he's made a decent start in my opinion. He's top open Honda, ahead of Hayden and Laverty. Sure he's made mistakes, but all rookies do. I don't look at the guy and think "he's really missed out by not doing Moto2". I think it's interesting to see someone go direct to the big class again, I can't recall anyone else doing it since Garry McCoy.


June 26, 2015 6:24 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo readies himself for ‘big challenge’

Got to agree with juggaknot. I want Rossi to win, but anyone who thinks Lorenzo is anything but world class is a fool. Having said that, I think he has (since his crash in 2013) a mental problem with Assen. Not so much a fear of crashing because he has crashed many times on many circuits, but something about Assen just no longer clicks for him. Sometimes the mind can work in strange ways. For some reason it's no longer a track he likes. I think he will be 3rd or 4th tomorrow, behind Marquez and Rossi, maybe fighting with Pedrobot. But he will be fast again in the next races.


June 25, 2015 1:16 PM

F1 » Massa issues warning over making F1 faster

Sasha sums up the rock and the hard place F1 finds itself between. Fans want to watch proper racing cars, not computers on wheels. Tons of power, minimum software and minimum aero = cars that are hard to drive and exciting to watch. But since the tobacco money went, F1 has become over reliant on manufacturers because they're the only ones with the cash to go racing (them and a particular energy drink company). And manufacturers want technology relevant to road cars, hence we have KERS, fuel limits, and computers that pretty much drive the things.


June 25, 2015 2:47 PM

F1 » Todt: F1 has a headache, not a cancer

BlackMike: Who gives a toss about road car relevance anyway ... this is racing after all.
The manufacturers do, and they're the ones with the money. Not saying it's right, I actually agree with you. An open rulebook dictated by safety only would be great. But money and manufacturer input is why it won't happen and F1 will suffer as a result.

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