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July 11, 2014 6:00 PM

F1 » Whiting: McLaren proposed standing starts

The issue now will be, how many added safety car periods will we be subjected to to pull the grid together for an exciting new re-start? Indy and NASCAR are riddled with disgusting full course yellow flags to intentionally bunch up the field, conveniently this occurs almost every race just a dozen or so laps from the end of every race, sometimes for something as lame as invisible "debris" on the track, or some other ridiculous excuse - amazing. The question then is, how many standing starts can an F1 car make before the clutch is gone? If it's like Indy, one re-start after a yellow frequently begats another, due to crashes on the re-start itself. Add the standing re-start risk and this is just as likely to happen in F1. In the end, the results of races will be influenced by a random act, thrown in by happenstance or with purpose... and not founded on actual racing at all. Just one more fake on the pile of fakes F1 is imposing on itself. The turbos aren't the only thing that blows about


July 09, 2014 5:46 PM

F1 » McLaren surprised by FRIC ban

walrus909: Assuming this is a mechanical variant of traction control, I'm surprised it slipped through in the first place.
Not traction control per-se, but a method for maintaining the height of the front wing under hard braking, allowing the car to be set at a lower loaded height for maximum corner exit grip, thus the intent and effect is an aero effecting device - since there is no other gain to be realized from this. When this was introduced on the Mercedes last season, very little attention was paid to it, as other teams decided is was cool, so installed their own versions within a few races. The FIA simply ignored it with no comment at the time. This is eerily similar to the entire Renault mass damper system affair, which had the identical intent/effect in mind - also found illegal in the middle of its second season.


July 07, 2014 10:40 PM

F1 » Hamilton disappointed at lost Rosberg battle

REALITY1: You all were watching something else obviously, as Lewis was catching Rosberg by a second a lap and would have beaten him easily,...
The real reality 1: If you look at the lap times (F1 Fanatic posts them for all to see). The two were within 4-7 tenths of one another, swapping who was fastest lap by lap, with Nico maintaining a 5s+ gap consistently - until he called in with a downshifting issue that slowed him down with each successive lap (watch the race, and listen to the radio calls), leading to the stop. Hamilton is being disingenuous when he claimed he was 1s faster a lap... as he knows that wasn't true when Nico's car was functioning properly. How can one be 1s faster and not close a 5s gap in 5 laps... proof that it just was not the case, at all.


July 07, 2014 11:03 PM

F1 » Horner praises ‘great racing’ between Vettel and Alonso

Alonso proved he can hold someone up that is 1.5s quicker, big deal. Payback for 2010 I suppose, as it's what happened to him when he got jammed up behind the Russian in the season closer. It's hardly real racing is it? The start for Vettel was likely scuppered by an overheated clutch caused by Rossberg taking a leisurely stroll to the grid. Meanwhile, Red Bull are exposing a serious flaw in the team management and/or capabilities - they do not seem capable of fielding two strong cars with strong strategies at the same time. Mercedes doesn't seem to suffer this malady, nor does Williams at this moment. Red Bull is looking a lot like the team it was in 2008 and 2009, when it had moments of brilliance blended with really amateurish and embarrassing screw ups.


July 07, 2014 5:47 PM

F1 » Wolff concerned by Mercedes reliability

No real worries, even with a couple more DNFs. In the face of certain defeat, (one or two more races) the rest of the field will be entering 2015 prep mode and the Mercedes duo will have the track pretty much to themselves to close the books on this one. Which one in the front seat of the Silver Arrows wins the WDC is a just side-story to the work Mercedes has done at the back of the car. Mercedes deserves the reward, it came to a gun fight with a big, nasty, fully automatic large bore weapon, while Renault showed up with a Daisy air rifle, and Ferrari figured it could dominate on style points alone. 2015 is not likely to be as much a cake walk as this.


May 29, 2014 3:34 PM

F1 » Ricciardo: I knew I could challenge Vettel

Ricciardo has definitely made a great start. However, the competition against his team mate has yet to fully materialize. Vettel has had some uncharacteristic misfortunes so far with the car letting him down repeatedly. 15th to 4th and fastest lap in Spain was a solid indicator that the 4X champion is still alive and well - he just needs the car to cooperate consistently.


May 18, 2014 4:10 PM

F1 » Rosberg: 'Megaphone exhaust' made no change

The shiny trumpet appendage was obviously a ploy of Mercedes to make the megaphone solution look ridiculous. Meanwhile, over-regulation, passing aide gimickery, tire degradation fakery, ineffective spec racer "equality", corporate takeover of innovation to suit tax write-off positioning, and the largest teams spending truck loads of cash in the face of a growing financial crisis, the real issues threatening the future of F1, are drowned out by this inane discussion of exhaust noise.


April 27, 2014 4:40 PM
Last Edited 86 days ago

F1 » F1 'insiders' doubt wisdom of Haas’ US-based bid

Heaven forbid someone tries something different in F1. Perhaps the FIA need to get involved and limit the location of all F1 teams to a radius of 200 miles from Silverstone, with a Maranello exception? The USF1 deal collapsed because of several factors, not at all related to the location of the shops. The economy was in the tank, there was no large money involved at the off, the US government has its head up its bum, and the negative publicity and speculation that a US team would never work pretty much kept interest to a minimum. Haas has the cash now, can weather the storm of Euro-centric negativity, could care less about federal participation, and is operating in a growing (slow, but recovering) economy, I see no reason it won't work, with the cars eventually be made in the states. There is enough engineering talent and carbon fiber here to get the job done. Becoming just one more UK based F1 team seems a rather a bore.


April 10, 2014 2:31 PM
Last Edited 100 days ago

F1 » Rosberg’s pride at silencing ‘very unfair’ critics

The "battle" between the Mercs was a faked PR stunt to blunt criticism of what is turning out to be a flawed formula on many levels. Mercedes knows that if fans continue to disapprove, the pressure will be on to change the regs, in ways that will harm Mercedes advantage. So, they staged the back-and-forth, and follow up "conflict" between their drivers, 20s clear of the field. Its amazing to see how many fell for this. Mercedes can pretty much put their cars (if running) wherever they want. I applaud Mercedes for their accomplishment, they deserve to win and succeed based on that effort. I am not thrilled with stunts that are so obviously designed to manipulate public opinion. Go race, win it all. But, F1 has more than enough fakery in it already - the last thing we need are contrived "battles" at the front - where team orders are elevated to art direction and orchestration of the show.


April 10, 2014 5:11 PM

F1 » Rosberg’s pride at silencing ‘very unfair’ critics

rob01: yeah nico faked it letting lewis pass him at the start. and then continued to fake it with Hamilton by accepting second place while on the faster tire......
Why did he accept second place on the faster tire? The start is irrelevant. The orchestrated and careful "battle" was played in the laps just prior to and immediately following the safety car, when is was blatantly obvious they were holding the cars back. While they were "batteling" one another, they remained in fuel saving mode (as indicated by their lower use of fuel) - hardly an indication of the exciting all-out street fight advertised by Mercedes. I say leave the cars alone, leave the regs as they are, and let the cards fall. Mercedes has earned their position, and should not be hammered by those who screwed the pooch... just give the fakery and PR a break is all. It is what it is, playing silly games just cheapens it.

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