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July 02, 2014 3:42 PM

F1 » Caterham F1 confirms change of ownership

They must have more money than sense, Christian Albers failed as a driver so I don't really see what he has to offer as a team manager, in addition Kolles has been involved in several teams in the past and has failed to deliver any success. My best bet is that they will be gone by the end of the season when they realise just how much money they need to spend and how they are going to be continually screwed by the FIA and Bernie.


June 30, 2014 9:21 AM

F1 » Dennis: No question we are going forward

Going forward at snails pace I would have said, no real improvement in performance and I read elseware that Dennis has taken to suggesting that Button ups his game despite the crap car, if that is not a threat i don't know what is! He also says Button should be beating Magnussen all the time as that is the normal benchmark for a driver. This all goes to confirm my view that Button is on the way out. I rather suspect there will be a big announcement of new driver and new main sponsor before seasons end. Button will go the way of Whitmarsh unwanted and out the backdoor, however there is an exciting new opening with the new Haas team in 2016 as they want an experienced F1 driver and Buttons not short of that.


June 27, 2014 12:33 PM

F1 » Boullier coy on driver futures

I agree with Nick101, Mclaren would be making a mistake to get rid of Button but I have reason to believe that that is the case. RD has never thought much of him describing him as a "Playboy" at one stage. If and it's a very big if they were keeping him would it not be sensible to resign him immediately? Problem is RD has other irons in the fire, he wants Alonso/Vettel/Hamilton in no particular order and is believed to be in negotiation with at least one of them regardless of their contractual positions. Presumably Honda are also putting pressure on for a top three driver despite Buttons connections with Honda and Japan. A top sponsor is waiting in the wings and that is tied to getting one of these drivers, in other words they will pay the huge bill to buy out whoever. This of course might not happen but Mclaren and RD have a history of getting what they want, if not my bets still on Grosjean (out of a drive if Lotus go) and Hulkenburg who needs to be at a top team regardless of Force


June 27, 2014 9:20 AM

F1 » Boullier coy on driver futures

Seems pretty clear that Button is on the way out but not clear which top driver they may be targetting. Alonso and even Vettel have been mentioned but all are under contract. Magnussen looks a good bet but whether that is enough is doubtful. Personally I think Grosjean and Hulkenburg are the most likely candidates with Magnussen as third driver. I guess Button will be forced to retire because there are no suitable seats available especially as a number of teams are unlikely to be around next season.


June 25, 2014 4:30 PM

F1 » Boullier: Works engine now crucial in F1

Unfortunate but true, mind you, you need to have a good car and that is beyond Mclaren at the moment whatever they say. Next season will be a learning curve for Honda so I don't expect things to get much better especially as next years car will have largely been designed by the current staff. Hopefully come 2016 Peter Promodu and co will have a handle on the aero and chassis and Honda will be up to speed with the engine. Just sorry for Button that he won't be there to enjoy it.


June 24, 2014 4:37 PM

F1 » Boullier keen to build momentum

There is clearly a big damage limitation excercise going on in the Mclaren camp with RD, Boullier and Button and Magnussen saying how pleased they are with their progress. I maybe in a small minority but I don't see any real signs of improvement, 7th and 11th in Canada is about where they have been since their promising start to the season, as things stand Williams will soon push them down to 7th in the standings. My guess is that that is where they will end up they simply don't have the right people to make the sort of difference that is required. Considering they have the best power package their performance is simply third rate.

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