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theoldgitspeaks

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 F1.so 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.

theoldgitspeaks

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.

theoldgitspeaks

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.

theoldgitspeaks

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.

theoldgitspeaks

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.

theoldgitspeaks

March 12, 2015 1:51 PM

F1 » Button confident McLaren will finish Australian GP


To finish it first he has to start, not something that can be guaranteed thus far, the car is well off the pace and has been very unreliable. I will be surprised if they are not on the back two rows or do qualify due to repeated reliability problems. It's all very well talking it up but that does not help the problem, time and miles is what is needed and they have neither.

theoldgitspeaks

March 11, 2015 10:36 AM

F1 » Button ready to open ‘new chapter’ down under


I feel so sorry for Button, he's putting a diplomatic brave face on it but he must have hoped for so much more. With their disasterous run of testing alowing them limited mileage they will be lucky to get on the back of the grid and will probably be fighting with Marussia for the last row. Not what they would have hoped for but the other teams have as usual done a much better job of producing a reliablly competitive car. I can see McLaren dropping ever more behind unless their reliability problems are swiftly solved.

theoldgitspeaks

March 11, 2015 2:13 PM

F1 » Button ready to open ‘new chapter’ down under


Buzz45:
theoldgitspeaks: I feel so sorry for Button, he's putting a diplomatic brave face on it but he must have hoped for so much more. With their disasterous run of testing alowing them limited mileage they will be lucky to get on the back of the grid and will probably be fighting with Marussia for the last row. Not what they would have hoped for but the other teams have as usual done a much better job of producing a reliablly competitive car. I can see McLaren dropping ever more behind unless their reliability problems are swiftly solved.
I hate to be pedantic but there are two big spelling errors in your post 1 Disasterous should be disastrous 2 Marussia I believe should be Manor. I really hope they have sorted out the reliability so we can get an idea of their prospective competitiveness. ( Hope I spelt that correctly :-) )
SORRY about that my spell check is worse than me!


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