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theoldgitspeaks

May 19, 2015 4:11 PM

F1 » Button insists ‘solid progress’ despite frustrations


There are already suggestions about that Button will not be in a McLaren next season. RD didn't want him in the first place and will feel he's made a concession having Button in the car this year. If Vandoorne wins GP3 I suspect he will leapfrog past Magnussen to take Button's drive. Makes sense, why pay Button £6M to drive an uncompetitive car when they can have Vandorne for next to nothing. Button's had his day sadly and once he's gone Alonso will gain true NO1 status again.

theoldgitspeaks

May 18, 2015 1:13 PM

F1 » Honda still devising plan for engine token spend


Honda have clearly uderestimated the complexities of developing a power unit. With their experience one would have expected a more competitive effort, however the chassis seems to be lacking as well but that is always the case with Mclaren. I don't see any success for this venture before 2017/8 and that will only be if they get everything right. In addition the others will have moved on by then so they will always be chasing their tail.

theoldgitspeaks

May 10, 2015 7:21 AM

F1 » Brake problems frustrate Button


It's good to see McLaren improve but they are still a long, long way from being competitive and the nearer to the front they get the harder it will become to gain those extra fractions of a second. My guess is that it will be 2017 before we see Mclaren on the front row and by that time Button will be gone having done all the hard work, a great shame he deserves much better than that.

theoldgitspeaks

May 15, 2015 2:11 PM
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F1 » Alonso in it for the duration at McLaren-Honda


Quite frankly Alonso is between a rock and a hard place, he made his decision to jump ship from Ferrari on promises of a competitive car which have been broken by McLaren Honda. He now doesn't have any real options, while most teams would want him, Mercedes/RedBull/Williams are all sorted for drivers, obviously he won't go back to Ferrari so that leaves his present team McLaren, personally I think he has made a very big mistake, McLaren have been in decline since winning the championship with Hamilton while Ferrari have upped their game to the point where they can win races, must be very very frustrating but maybe £30M a year or whatever he gets softens the blow. I believe McLaren are two to three years away from being genuinly competitive so he will have a long wait.

theoldgitspeaks

May 13, 2015 5:49 PM

F1 » Arai talks ‘pressure’ and McLaren podiums by mid-season


CrazyHorse23:
theoldgitspeaks: Is this guy for real, they are anywhere between a second and a half and two-seconds off the pace, the car is unreliable and according to both drivers scary to drive. Unless there is a huge accident or mass unreliability they have about as much chance of scoring points as Marussia do, NONE! Despite the constant bull**** we are not being told the truth, rather like politicians they think we are all idiots and believe anything they serve up, it took Ferrari/Redbull/Mercedes about five years to get to the point where they were winning races, why do McLaren think they are going to do it in half a season with a car still at the back of the grid at this stage of the season?
I don't recall Alonso having any problems with his cars handling or pace while running 7th. If it weren't for the one in a million chance of his visor rip-off blocking his rear brake duct there's a good chance he could have dragged that car into at least

theoldgitspeaks

May 13, 2015 12:23 PM

F1 » Arai talks ‘pressure’ and McLaren podiums by mid-season


Is this guy for real, they are anywhere between a second and a half and two-seconds off the pace, the car is unreliable and according to both drivers scary to drive. Unless there is a huge accident or mass unreliability they have about as much chance of scoring points as Marussia do, NONE! Despite the constant bull**** we are not being told the truth, rather like politicians they think we are all idiots and believe anything they serve up, it took Ferrari/Redbull/Mercedes about five years to get to the point where they were winning races, why do McLaren think they are going to do it in half a season with a car still at the back of the grid at this stage of the season?

theoldgitspeaks

May 12, 2015 9:43 AM

F1 » Red Bull: Audi comes in or we are out


RedBull are basically trying to force VW/Audi in, are they sure that a VW/Audi powerplant would be any better than Hondas? Clearly another powerplant provider would be a good thing as no one is going to want the Honda until it is competitive and I was under the impression that Cosworth are ready to go as a supplier. Either way it is not the right way to behave, throwing your toys out of the pram never got anybody anywhere and is not going to endear them to anybody.

theoldgitspeaks

May 11, 2015 1:05 PM

F1 » Alonso: McLaren is a long way off


If McLaren concentrated on the car and not the bull**** perhaps they would be moving forward somewhat quicker but the reality is as several well known people have said is that they are two or three years away from being competitive and that assumes that they get evrything right. They are a back of the grid team at present and we are expecting them to be at the front, we don't expect that of Marussia, Force India, Sauber etc we know they are going to stay where they are, the only difference is money and money does not buy success in the short or long term, you need to know what you are doing first and the McLaren/Honda partnership has made some serious mistakes and underestimated the size of the problem.


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