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November 04, 2014 9:53 AM

F1 » Horner: F1 teams not here to sponsor each other

Just the sort of self serving remark I would expect of someone in his position, it's because of people like him that F1 is in the huge mess it is in however I'm glad to see that Toto Wolff may have slightly different views. This situation can be sorted out it will just take some give and take although I very much doubt that people like Horner and Dennis have anything other then their own interests at heart.


November 03, 2014 12:19 PM

F1 » Button laments Magnussen pit call, tyre woes

This should be as clear a message that he is out of Mclaren as anything I can think of but it made little difference to the results as the Mclarens were not competitive anyway. RD's proficy that they would win a race this season has all but gone up in smoke. I hope Button makes the best of his last two GPs as it would be good to see him go out on a highnote.


November 03, 2014 5:17 PM

F1 » Smaller F1 teams to get ‘base payment’

When push comes to shove Bernie will always do a deal to save his own neck, pity it has come to late for some. In addition much more needs to be done to bring some sort of equality to the whole field otherwise things will remain much the same. Spending more and more money does not improve the racing only the egos of people like Ron Dennis/Christian Horner and Toto Wolff.


October 25, 2014 12:07 PM

F1 » Ecclestone: Caterham, Marussia could miss Austin

Does anyone really care?, it's been known for some time that these and possibly other teams were close to pulling out. Bernie says one thing and then does another, but he's always said he didn't need these teams although he was quick enough to accept them when he needed a few holes filled BMW/toyota/Renault. I f F1 is to regain any credence it needs to have 12 or more teams competing on a equal basis and until that happens this saga will drag on and on. The facts speak for themselves it's a major manufacturers series and unless other major car makers join in we will continue to have a succession of inadequately funded minor teams run by deluded people who have no hope of competing. Bernie should either put up or shut up and only accept teams with the funding to compete at this highest level.


October 16, 2014 3:46 PM

F1 » Boullier wants 2015 line-up to ‘boost’ McLaren

I believe Button knows he's out, his body language and some of his remarks of late point to a man who knows his career is finished if Alonso comes to Mclaren, several things Boullier and RD have said makes it very obvious that the decision has been made assuming Alonso joins Mclaren. Nowhere for Button to go to unless he has a year out and perhaps picks up a second string drive, he would be ideal for the Haas team who will really need someone of his experience, personally despite what he say's I think he's not really bothered and he has no interest in LMP1 or DTM so we have to hope Alonso does'nt join and Button get's another year.


October 15, 2014 12:40 PM

F1 » Boullier: Ferrari in McLaren’s sights

RD said Mclaren would win races this season, that has proved to be wrong and is unlikely now given the advantage of the leading teams. However Mclaren have improved in the last few races and since Ferrari are basically a one car team Mclaren might well catch them with a couple of good results. Boullier has been talking up Mclaren all season but considering their budget progress has been slow, little time left to win those races RD was talking about.


October 11, 2014 3:55 PM

F1 » Button: McLaren's F1 pace ‘exciting’

I think the upturn in Mclarens form has come too late to save Button from the chop, he's now being regularly outpaced in practice by Magnussen although his race form has been good. If he could get a good podium maybe that would save him for another season, just depends on what Alonso wants really. Button has of course always been a poor qualifier and that's one of the reasons why Mclaren want Alonso. I just hope he can do enough but quite what enough is I will have to ask RD.


October 09, 2014 5:19 PM

F1 » Alonso urges F1 to consider closed-cockpits

In order for a closed cockpit to be strong enough to withstand a car landing on top or a roll over it would need to be incredibly strong, Not sure that this is the way to go, cockpit sides were raised some time ago. The first thing to do is to ensure tractors or the like have suitable protection and that the regs are amended for very wet conditions. Knee-jerk reaction is not what is required, this was a freak accident and serious level headed thought is needed to come to a workable solution.


October 07, 2014 1:05 PM

F1 » Smedley: Closed F1 cockpits ‘very easy to implement’

I'm not keen on the idea and it wouldn't have helped Bianchi anyway, of more immediate importance is why with all of the safety technology put in place, recovery vehicles have been allowed on the track with no crash protection whatever. Given how thorough they have been was this just an oversight? Going back to the closed cockpit issue, clearly in order to withstand another car landing on top or a rollover where the rollbar digs into the ground they would need to be very substantial. I can forsee them looking very like LMP1 cars minus the wheel covers, perhaps that is the way to go but I don't believe we need any kneejerk reaction from the FIA, this accident as bad as it was, was a oneoff and should be treated as such.

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