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October 10, 2014 1:57 PM

F1 » Ricciardo: Vettel has controlled frustrations well

The writing is on the wall. Non-works teams will struggle going forward against those who can co-develop the PU and chassis as one. Vettel knows that as well as anyone with eyes. He also knows that with Newey backing away from F1 / Red Bull as his primary focus, while being saddled with the liability of Renault Sport, Red Bull will not be in a position to recover its dominance. While Ricciardo has benefited greatly from Vettel adjusting to the new formula and Mercedes working bugs out (which must end - as Mercedes brand image demands, or the party will be ended by its own board of directors) - neither he nor Red Bull stand a chance of winning the WDC (team orders or not) in 2014 or 15, or even 16. The odds are that Red Bull will slip down the order over the next few seasons, including their WCC strength. For Vettel, desirous of future championships and new challenges, moving on to a works based team makes sense... I'm guessing it is not Ferrari, but Mercedes to team with Rossberg, wh


October 04, 2014 3:51 PM

F1 » Alonso: I’m the F1 decision maker

I love watching Alonso drive, but cringe when he opens his mouth. The guy is a narcissist to the nth degree, and sounds like a delusional bafoon with statements like these. He is also reaching the end of his career, with prospects declining - now to very few options. Not Mercedes, not Red Bull. If he gets a drive at McLaren through Honda, he essentially becomes a pay driver to McLaren - that's a sad prospect for someone who has himself pumped up as he has himself. If Ferrari recovers with Vettel at the wheel, and McLaren/Honda struggle, he won't look like the super-hero he believes himself to be, he'll look like a nutter. Going to be interesting...


August 29, 2014 8:21 AM

MotoGP » Marc Marquez clears up F1 talk

MotoGP has great fans, fantastic racing, and heroic riders. F1 has hateful petty fans, boring racing, and spoiled brat drivers. What on earth could attract Marquez to move from where he is revered to a place where his every move will be met with visceral criticism? Nothing is perfect, motorcycle racing has its flaws to be sure. However, compared to the mess F1 has made of itself, it's nearly perfect.


July 30, 2014 1:14 PM

F1 » F1 fans back Hamilton over team orders

Firefly: Either this site has changed a lot since Malaysia 2013 or... You're all a bunch of hypocrites :D
Exactly spot on. The flip from last year's freak out over the absolute authority of team orders without qualification - to this full reversal - is remarkable and truly hilarious. A new world record has just been set in credibility destroyed in just a few days. Bring out the clowns, this circus is jumping now.


July 29, 2014 3:01 PM

F1 » Hamilton: Reliability all that can stop me

Now it appears the view of team orders is once again returned to opposition of them as an artificial interference in race proceedings. Now, those who look upon this latest spectacle with some amazement at the reversal from the hatred and visceral abuse laid upon others in recent past for ignoring team orders, are themselves haters. This is social media at its finest... and why it is complete rubbish.


July 28, 2014 10:52 AM
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F1 » McLaren ‘threw it all away’ – Button

Button is facing an ugly situation. Next season, all teams will have new power units, as homologation is reset - Honda's supposed late entry advantage is not real. They begin with the liability of one year in data and direct lessons learned behind the others.Renault's new agreement with Red Bull is likely to put those two back in the hunt. Ferrari is also in desperate need to recover in 2015. Williams will ride the momentum of 2014 powered by an even stronger Merc. Further, the FIA and F1 management will make changes to insure closer competition to save F1's bacon from media and fan abandonment, erasing any potential for another Merc like runaway in 2015 for Honda. Button is screwed no matter how one dices it. The ugly reality is that McLaren will have at least one more season on its backside...


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.

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