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theoldgitspeaks

November 24, 2015 9:10 AM

F1 » McLaren uses Abu Dhabi GP as early start on winter tests


The real problem is the powerplant and they won't be testing anything new on that front. and in addition the car is so slow I wonder if any of the aero updates can be that relevant when the car is several hundred horsepower down. All teams develop continuously so they are not really gaining anything much. The crunch will come at the start of next season when the new powerplant will or will not be competitive, no amount of development can make up for the power deficit they have run this season and that is not going to change.

theoldgitspeaks

November 18, 2015 9:23 AM

F1 » Honda confident it can ‘catch up’ over winter


It takes a huge leap of faith to believe that they can come out next season and be competitive. This season must have been a huge eye opener for them and the fact that they were not only totally uncompetitive but unreliable as well means that they are still miles away from being in a good position. I would think they will have what will amount to a totally new powerplant next season and for it to be competitive from the start will mean a near miracle will have to happen, and if it is not and is unreliable as well another season will go by. We should not be surprised by this, Ross Brawn and others who know FI have said it takes five years to get to the front and that assumes that you are doing everything correctly, Ferrari did, RedBull and Mercedes did, it just doesn't happen very often that somebody gets it right from the word go so I'm not holding out much hope and of course the others aren't sitting about hoping they catch up.

theoldgitspeaks

November 24, 2015 11:02 AM

F1 » McLaren uses Abu Dhabi GP as early start on winter tests


107SS2009:
theoldgitspeaks: The real problem is the powerplant and they won't be testing anything new on that front. and in addition the car is so slow I wonder if any of the aero updates can be that relevant when the car is several hundred horsepower down. All teams develop continuously so they are not really gaining anything much. The crunch will come at the start of next season when the new powerplant will or will not be competitive, no amount of development can make up for the power deficit they have run this season and that is not going to change.
“And that is not going to change” How come you are so sure?.
I was inferring to aero and other development not the powerplant,

theoldgitspeaks

November 22, 2015 8:11 AM

F1 » Maldonado: F1 doesn't allow contact now


Coming from the man who has the worst record for crashing since Andrea De Crasheris you can see his point. However most people manage to race closely without hitting everybody and everything in sight so he needs to take a look at his technique and remember that he is only there because of the millions put in by his backers, without it he would have long been consumed to history.

theoldgitspeaks

November 20, 2015 9:17 AM

F1 » Button defends McLaren, expects 'big margins' in winter


Very difficult to play catch up especially coming from the lowest of low points. Let's say next year's powerplant is a big improvement and McLaren manage a half decent chassis, what can we expect, wins, NO, podium's POSSIBLY, race finishes well up in the points i would jolly well hope so! but if not and unreliability creeps in again it will be another season of excuses, and with sponsors fleeing like rats departing a sinking ship where does the future lie. Honda pay the drivers salarys and much more so how long are they going to stick around? Redbull have taken TAG Heur and maybe they will take the Honda powerplant come 2017 when the McLaren deal has gone totally sour. A new start with the best chassis and designers would make sense or perhaps I'm being a bit premature!

theoldgitspeaks

November 03, 2015 9:31 AM

F1 » No debate for McLaren, but Honda keen to supply Red Bull


There has to be a deal in this, what if Redbull were to offer Mclaren money and lot's of it plus perhaps an offer to take Stoffel Vandoorne on board with a clause saying he goes back to McLaren in 2017. I'm sure Bernie is talking to both parties to broker a deal. McLaren are short of a top sponsor and could it just be that RD sees the bigger picture and is holding out for a deal that suits him down to the ground. It must be a benefit to have two teams running the Honda engine for pure development purposes and if as I suspect Redbull do a better job than McLaren then so be it.

theoldgitspeaks

November 04, 2015 11:50 AM

F1 » Kvyat Red Bull seat not under threat – Horner


The fact that Horner has seen fit to mention it suggests to me that the Redbull/Honda deal is on the cards as Bernie will get a deal out of Mclaren probably money plus a driver change, Vandoorne for Kvyat. People will poo poo it but I've been around long enough to know that no one is safe when a deal has to be done. Money is the reason, Mclaren need it, Redbull have it and so does Bernie and he needs 20 cars on the grid so I believe a deal will be done even if Bernis has to put in some cash


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