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theoldgitspeaks

September 29, 2014 2:15 PM

F1 » McLaren ‘coming back to the top’ of F1


We've been hearing this for two years now and they still haven't got anywhere near the top, also there seems to be an expectation that the Honda engine is automatically going to propel them to the front. I doubt very much whether next season will be anymore productive than the past two, Mclaren have a problem with their design team and until that is eradicated they will continue to lag behind Mercedes/Red Bull and Ferrari. Until they sign a top three driver (probably in 2016/7) they will struggle to get the best out of what they have, as good as Button is on his day, his day does'nt come very often, they need Alonso/Hamilton whoever to get the best results. Assuming the car and Honda engine are up to scratch it will be several years before they are really in the mix.

theoldgitspeaks

September 30, 2014 12:54 PM

F1 » Boullier sees promising signs at McLaren


He's obviously got very long vision because these promising signs have been just that for the past two seasons. I understand that he has to talk up their prospects but it is getting a bit repetitive to say the least, despite what RD has said they are no nearer winning a race then they were 18 months ago, true the car has improved but so has everybody else so they are really just standing still. If the optimism over the Honda engine proves to be misplaced they wll remain where they are mid grid and no real chance of moving forward. In short it going to need a near miracle to drag them up to the front and I for one don't believe in miracles.

theoldgitspeaks

September 25, 2014 6:28 PM

F1 » McLaren needs six months to prepare third F1 entry


It just means that there would be three uncompetitive Mclarens clogging up the midfield!!!! Seriously though they will need to do something if teams drop out although there already is one new team and another in preparation so the problem may not be as large as anticipated. The problem lies much deeper for until there is an agreement on cost reduction no team with a budget of a fraction of the big four is ever going to have a chance. Unfortunately I don't think this will ever happen so perhaps it would just be better if the top four ran six cars each and forget the others, daft I know but when has there ever been any common sense applied in F1?

theoldgitspeaks

September 24, 2014 12:43 PM

F1 » McLaren ‘definitely moving forward’


Too little too late, the car is still way off the pace and it's taken them all season to have a proper shot at sixth place hardly the stuff dreams are made of. Button is between a rock and a hard place, nowhere to go to and his boss offering his drive to just about anybody who might be interested, problem for RD is that top drivers demand the best and Mclaren have'nt been able to produce it and I don't believe next season will be much better, if Button stays it will be another lost season droning round in tenth place complaining of no downforce and lack of grip, perhaps RD should have a shot at driving he might just get the picture then.

theoldgitspeaks

September 23, 2014 3:57 PM

F1 » Kaltenborn: Sauber merger difficult


Looks like the end for Sauber, nobody is going to Switzerland! Who would want to merge anyway? Caterham and Marussia are unlikely to be around and Lotus if they are still there might prefer to merge with another Mercedes powered team if they get the engines. Nobody else needs to merge, the only team I can see that might be interested is the new HAAS team as they use Ferrari engines but they are not starting until 2016. Looks like thank you and goodnight which would be a sad end for Peter Sauber.

theoldgitspeaks

September 22, 2014 12:15 PM

F1 » Wolff keen to avoid DNFs being title decider


It has always been the case that championships were won on others bad luck, it's just that we have become used to near 100% reliability over the last few years. It is also pretty obvious that Hamilton is the chosen one so I'm sure they won't be too bothered if Rosburg suddenly starts getting problems imagined or otherwise. The worst that could happen is that they would lose 2nd place in the championship and nobody cares who comes second anyway.

theoldgitspeaks

September 20, 2014 9:54 AM

F1 » F1 could see three-car teams in 2015


Can't agree more BryanG, but that has been the case for years. Most of the people posting on hear are only airing their personal biases/ideas. It is totally irrelevant who runs who or what and who owns each team. The new teams came in on the promise of a budget cap which was quickly killed off by the big three. Bernie blows this way and that and comes up with such brilliant ideas as spraying the track with water to make races more interesting, F1 has lost credilbility because no one agrees and they chop and change as the eason progresses. Is it nor possible for a group of people to agree on the rules and stick with them? Three car teams won't make a jot of difference as I pointed out in my earlier post. There is only so much money and unless it is spread more evenly the results will always be domination by a small select elite. There is also the problem that they have already accepted at least one new team on the basis of two cars. Bernie has repeatedly said 20 cars is ideal at this ra

theoldgitspeaks

September 23, 2014 8:59 AM

F1 » McLaren not planning Suzuka driver announcement


It is generally accepred that Alonso like most drivers has clauses in his contract apertaining to performance/championship position etc etc and if these are not met by Ferrari he has a get out. We don't know what or when these would come into play but is it not likely that say he has not won a race or is not in a position to do so then he can walk away. Clearly money is not a problem at this level so we may still see some rather unlikely changes to the line ups once this has been sorted out.


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