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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 06, 2014 2:06 PM
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F1 » Raikkonen: ‘Is it safe ever?’

Richard , You contradict yourself "Sutil's car was not located in a dangerous position", I beg to differ on the very next lap Bianchi crashed at the same place. Also the fact that most drivers had no problem is irrelevant, clearly these two did which is why I believe the saftey car should have been out especially as the marshalls appeared to be having trouble getting Sutil's car out of the way. Anyway whatever we think somebody has been very gravely injured and this should have been avoided.


October 06, 2014 1:35 PM

F1 » Raikkonen: ‘Is it safe ever?’

I would expect Raikonnen to take the hard line but the facts speak for themselves, Sutil crashed yet the safety car was not used, the weather deteriorated rapidly in the last few laps and since the minimum number of laps for a full points score had passed what was the point of not red flagging the race earlier. In addition given all of the safety measures that are in place why are tractors allowed on the track with no form of crash protection?


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.


October 02, 2014 12:34 PM

F1 » McLaren ‘the best option’ in F1 for Button

Until we know if Alonso is joining Mclaren it is all just speculation. If he does there will be a vacancy at Ferrari so maybe a straight swop is on the cards. Button has had talks with Ferrari in the past and has stated that he would like to drive for Ferrari before he retires. The only other option is retirement and Button has said he wants to drive for several more seasons.


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.


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.

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