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March 21, 2015 10:56 AM

F1 » FIA confirms F2 revival as official F1 feeder category

It's a good idea in principle but my main problem is that whatever feeder series is successful, drivers with money rather than talent move into FI thereby lowering the standard of what is supposed to be the world's premier racing series. Perhaps it should be part of the regulations that only the top 2 or 3 finishers in the championship would be allowed to be considered for F1 to ensure that only the best drivers get into F1.


March 18, 2015 8:32 AM

F1 » Mercedes dominance is good for F1, says Smedley

Total dominence has always existed in F1, unfortunately due to huge cost of being competitive this is only shared out between several teams in any era. Mercedes have done a superb job but they did'nt get there overnight it's taken 5-6 years of hard work. The others notably Renault/Ferrari/McLaren have failed and it's up to them to improve and catch up. It's no use cryboy Horner wingeing on about equality when RedBull have just won 4 championships on the trott with a lot of dodgy rule bending and a huge budget. There has always been one or two dominent teams in the fact is that Mercedes have a huge budget, have the right people and spend it well means the results are not unexpected. There is an answer but F1 won't swallow cost cutting/equalization and the people who don't want it are those with the most, Mercedes/Redbull/Ferrari/McLaren. There is an answer to the problem but it won't be solved within the current setup of F1.


March 18, 2015 1:44 PM

F1 » Boullier defends cautious McLaren-Honda start

Boullier is a joke, Honda have had plenty of time to get their powertrain up to speed so how is it that at the very first race they had to turn it down because it was hot, the first few races are always likely to be hot and havn't changed so something has gone very wrong. Perhaps like Renault Honda have completely underestimated what is required in F1 these days, also McLaren are far from being free of critcism, Button saying that the car doesn't have enough downforce yet again. One wonders if this partnership can ever be successful and if by midseason they are still trailing round at the back I wonder how Alonso will be feeling. Button's lucky to have the drive so he will keep his mouth shut and collect his pay reduction without complaint but Alonso will have begun to realise that he's in the wrong place yet again.


March 20, 2015 1:55 PM

F1 » Do Honda’s issues harm more than just McLaren?

The failure of Honda to produce a competitive engine will have repercussions for them, I imagine Red Bull for one might have been looking in their direction so if they ditch Renault where do they turn. Bernie has mentioned Cosworth who I believe have an engine on the slab waiting for someone to put some money in. Either way this fiasco will frighten off prospective engine suppliers and new teams wishing to enter. I could see this coming, we had perfectly good V10 engines and despite talking cost cutting they go and introduce these very expensive and complicated engines, totally brainless I think but what do they care about the punter who pays to watch.


March 17, 2015 8:24 AM

F1 » Red Bull issues quit threat over regulations

RedBull should put up and shut up, they pushed the boundaries of the rules as a matter of policy so it's no surprise action was taken. Mercedes have not broken any rules they've just done a superb job and Renault have not hence Horner's problem. Penalising engine suppliers and teams for doing a great job will be the death of F1 and it has brought this situation on itself by allowing the top teams to spend much more money leaving the others with no chance. Horner has been at the forefront of that argument, he has a huge ego, huge amount of money and is only interested in RedBull winning everthing in sight regardless of the effect it has on F1. Until there is some kind of equality together with cost linitation F1 is doomed.


March 16, 2015 8:25 AM

F1 » Button two laps down but staying upbeat

I find it difficult to accept this situation, Honda have been developing this powerplant for well over a year and yet come to the first race saying they have to detune the engine because the weather is very hot. The schedule for the championship is similar every season so they knew the flyaway races would be very hot so why do they have such a problem? It all smacks of a lack of knowledge and preparedness compounded by bad reliability. McLaren are not without fault either as Button's remarks suggest that the car has very little downforce and this is despite Mclaren poaching Peter Promodu from RedBull. A lot is talked about Honda and McLarens success together but that was years ago and Honda have failed more recently when they suddenly withdrew in 2008/9. Button always said that engine was way down on power and now the same thing has happened again. I gather there are already rumblings of discontent at McLaren and I can see a very rocky road ahead for this relationship.


March 14, 2015 2:35 PM

F1 » Button not downbeat despite McLaren last row lock-out

I predicted this last week and was scoffed at by many on here, six seconds off the pace is not funny and must rank as the worst ever start of a major team collaboration. What is the point at turning up and running with a downtuned engine, it's a race believe it or not and it would have been better to at least try and get a fast lap out of the car, as it is it looks like they are taking the piss. Heads will no doubt start to roll and they have a mountain to climb as the season progresses. Will they catch up, the answer is no because they will not get the mileage on the car because it is unreliable and they will be in a viscous circle downwards as everybody else pulls away into the distance. A great shame but I predict an early bath for this relationship.

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