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April 02, 2014 6:28 AM

F1 » Massa stands by call to ignore team order

We have had this discussion on this forum for year after year...... When is a team order a team order??? Why do drivers obey the team order not to take each other off? Is that a team order or not?? Why did Bottas obey the team order not to attack Massa? Why did Massa disobey the team order to let Bottas through? Does he think the team simply hates him? Or is he so inexperienced as not to understand the tactical reason behind the call? Williams employed him and not another pay/rookie driver. If Williams did that for his experience, why is that not showing through? Does he NOT understand that the team may also ask Bottas to let him through later on in the season?


April 02, 2014 6:10 AM

F1 » Massa stands by call to ignore team order

So...this is now a case of "obey team orders when it is worded the right way. Disobey it if it is worded in a way you don't like"?? What are the chances that the shoe will soon be on the other foot and Felipe will have fresher tyres and expect Bottas to let him past to get on with it? Bottas will refuse and Felipe and his fans will moan about it? As a team slowly on the rise again, Williams cannot afford this egotistical BS! Claire Williams needs to sit them down and get it sorted!


April 01, 2014 10:48 PM

F1 » Williams: we would have swapped Massa and Bottas back

I must be missing something..... Do the drivers work for the team or does the team work for the drivers? The Sky F1 commentators were going on about how they agreed with Massa for ignoring the team orders! Because he had been a number 2 in previous teams to Schumie and Alonso. Who is paying his wages??? If there are team sponsors and the big guns at a race and a team principal sees an opportunity for maximum points by letting his faster driver (eg Bottas) hunt down a driver from a different team (eg Button), should Felipe be getting all sentimental and refusing to yield because of his past history??? If I did that in my job, I would be getting my P45 pronto! Claire Williams should be stamping her authority and not letting Felipe (or whoever) decide which team order he will obey or disobey! And the TV commentators should get a grip!


March 18, 2014 12:40 PM

F1 » Chilton reports 2014 Marussia ‘a step forward’

I know the expression about beating a man when he's down and all that, but I reckon he and his team deserve all the flak they're getting... Some things are just pointless and this is one of them. Scrapping around at the back race after race, year after year is just a pointless exercise in throwing money away. Maybe they get *some publicity* for their road cars or whatever else they sell and promote as a company, but I think at best, this guy should be in GP2 or DTM or someplace else. It's getting embarrassing to watch!


March 18, 2014 12:59 PM

F1 » 'Ferrari is behind' - Stefano Domenicali

I am beginning to hear the voices of those who say that perhaps Domenicali is not the man for the job. He is too nice a bloke and will not make the kind of *radical decisions* that a team like Ferrari sometimes needs. The kinds that Mercedes have been making and that Ron Dennis came back to make at MacLaren a few weeks ago. As an analogy, Juventus (the grand old lady of Italian football) have not been at the forefront of the European game for a long time now. I see similar developments with Ferrari as a brand - if those radical decisions are not made.


March 14, 2014 2:28 PM

F1 » Hamilton fastest as Mercedes shows pace

It's going to be a fascinating season. When Merc grabbed Lewis and started to put that phenomenal technical department together, they aimed to do battle with Adrian Newey and his awesome technical team. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I hope Ferrari stays right in the mix. Fans are going to love this season. I KNOW I am....


March 11, 2014 5:02 AM

F1 » Ricciardo not intimidated by Vettel

It's not about whether Dan is fast in an F1 car or not. It's more subtle than that. Vettel will obviously smile with him in adverts for the team now and do all the PR duties necessary. It's when the season starts that we are talking about. When he has to face down Alonso and Lewis and Kimi and Rosberg and Hulk and the heat of battle...going into Monaco, etc. When he is spun around by Maldonado or Perez in the second lap, will he come through the field? It's about mixing it with the fastest guys every weekend and staring them down! No quarter given, none expected. When Alonso throws it down the inside, approaching Eau Rouge, will Dan blink? Will he hunt Alonso down on that straight and take the position back? Will he do that for EVERY LAP of the race because Alonso will not go away? When Alonso pits, it will be Lewis next...and then Rosberg. Every race! Does he have the appetite, or is he just a nice guy? It's also about the PR and travel and other distraction

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