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ZEDX

September 01, 2015 12:06 PM

F1 » Hulkenberg signs two-year contract extension with Force India


Looks like my speculative post of a few weeks ago is coming true... that Hulk will slip into the "nearly men" category of F1 drivers, following-on from Warwick, Heidfeld, et al. Can't see him getting a win except by lucking-in, so a few podiums maybe.... no doubt he's been offered a good salary package, but let's hope Force India stay solvent to pay him! (So.... does this open the door for Chilton to Haas?)

ZEDX

September 01, 2015 12:28 PM

F1 » Grosjean insists Monza podium ‘is possible’


Well, he should know / have a feeling for how good his car is at the moment, more than anyone.... it's not so clear-cut now though - small variables seem to creep in, and next thing you know.. 2 or 3 tenths have gone missing! Still, he seems to be having a bit of a good run, & that will boost his confidence (as well as the Renault return), so good luck to him.. I say just go out & drive for yourself - forget all the shennanigans in the background and go for it!

ZEDX

September 01, 2015 7:54 PM

F1 » Hulkenberg signs two-year contract extension with Force India


ridelikeaturtle: Hulkenberg's been before left standing when the music stops - I'm sure he doesn't want that to happen again and values some level of security (contracts being what they are, I'm sure if a manufacturer came calling he'd be able to opt out). Since there aren't any better options out there (Haas would've been the beginning of the end), Force India all of a sudden looks pretty darn good.
I'm sure you're right too. The Haas "deal" may well have been just talk at this stage anyway... but I wonder if he was remembering what happened to Kovalienen & Trulli (& Glock) signing for new teams? Maybe he does have "I can also do some WEC" or "sub-for-injured-Merc/Ferrari-driver" written-in to his contract!

ZEDX

August 28, 2015 2:01 PM

F1 » FIA to study closed-cockpit concepts


The question has been posed about the "ricochet" effect of deflected debris (esp small bolts, bearings etc) glancing off the screen and hitting other drivers & their cars or unprotected marshalls and spectators. Again, this would probably be in the realm of rare/freak, and we'd probably have known about it from crashes involving WEC/GT cars if it happened to any extent. I'd be inclined to either keep F1 cars as they are, or ditch them completely and just have WEC style cars (also dropping the open prototype models). I think a more important discussion has been overlooked for decades & that is the open wheel concept. Again, I recall deaths, injuries and shouts for closed front /rear wheels to stop cars riding up on to another or being catapulted into the air from contact. Only recently have the Indy cars design given this area some improvement.

ZEDX

August 27, 2015 12:27 PM

F1 » Max Chilton reveals Haas F1 talks


Y'know... I had a feeling there would be a "surprise" announcement about Haas's driver line-up! Danica Patrick has been ruled out, so not her....VDGarde? mmm, no... The "All-American Dream Team" is looking very "European" at the moment! ... Not sure if Rossi is really a contender any more... ? M4X is doing good in the Lites series, and had a go with the Nissan lot too, so he's better-placed of the two track time-wise,(oh yes and the money, of course!). He's downplaying it , but ...... I might put a fiver on him getting it!

ZEDX

August 26, 2015 5:25 PM

F1 » FIA to study closed-cockpit concepts


Of course, like everyone else, I was shocked & saddened by this awful incident. Before "they" (officialdom) rush off & start designing and fitting canopies to the cars, it occurred to me to ask what the stats are for these kind of deaths / injuries throughout all open wheel series, not just F1 ? I know a similar incident happening in say, F3 or another lower formula would probably go largely unreported (especially if there was no fatality), except maybe for a short piece in the race report . It would certainly put it all into context... as others have posted here - it's a pretty scarce event, so are we being too worried by it? would all open wheeler cars have to then be fitted with canopies as per F1 ???


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