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KevinW

February 28, 2014 8:01 PM

F1 » ‘The car naturally feels a lot worse’ – Hamilton


Here is the actual message Lewis is attempting to convey: "Yeah, sure, from the outside, it looks like the Mercedes has a massive advantage, but we really don't. When I win the championship this season, it will be because I drove this awful car, it will be all me. I'll make sure to remind everyone how horrible it is every time I win. Not like some people we know who won their championships with superior equipment... not anything like that at all, so let's not even have that conversation, unless of course this car turns out to be a massive disappointment, which you will be able to see by my not being able to drive the pig to the front. So to be clear, I win - it's my driving that did it. I lose, it's the pig of a car these new rules forced upon us to blame... any questions?" I may be paraphrasing a touch.

KevinW

February 26, 2014 4:06 PM

F1 » Ecclestone responds to NASCAR criticism


This will polarize NASCAR fans (who attended US F1 races for fun, but don't follow F1) against F1 outright. Bernie underestimates how emotionally volatile the US market is. We're a good market when we like you, and a caustic market when we don't. Negativity over a perceived slight spreads like a brush fire. As far as attracting drifter kids to F1? Not a chance. They simply don't see F1 as any more relevant than NASCAR. I see younger people in greater numbers at pro motorcycle races (where the racing is truly exciting, and tickets affordable) than F1. I also see them at import drag races in huge numbers, as well as tuner events. I've seen more under-30's attendees at a So-Cal street race than at any open wheel road race event, including F1. Just not a youth oriented sport, with its $300 tickets and irrelevant cars and sponsors (Red Bull excepted). Tapping the US youth market with F1 is going to require a serious effort to make it relevant, which today it is not.

KevinW

February 04, 2014 4:48 PM

F1 » Coulthard: Pressure on Vettel, not Ricciardo


Coulthard is right in that the team will rely on Vettel to keep thing on track and to lead Ricciardo. The attacks continuing against Vettel have become a serious bore. I hope he continues to be hugely successful, simply because it seems to take up so much space in the heads of his detractors. Unfortunately 2014 is a throw away season with reliability, fuel strategy and tire management a greater factor than all out driver skill. In this regard, who wins the WDC will be the one on the team delivering a car that can win the WCC, not the other way round. Red Bull is capable of it, the question is whether Renault can deliver the power unit they need to make a go of it. The jury is obviously still out on that. Mercedes seems to have an early advantage, but these things evaporate all too quickly to make any predictions now that aren't pedantic.

KevinW

February 04, 2014 6:09 PM

F1 » Coulthard: Pressure on Vettel, not Ricciardo


Fullofit: Even if Seb DNF'd every race of the 2014 season, the team ... or any team ... would take him over Ricciardo any day. I see that as NO pressure on Seb.
I think the point was, since Ricciardo is not expected to beat Vettel, failing to do so will be expected, while should he do better, will all be positive. Assuming Vettel is expected to out-perform him, it's pretty much all on him if Ricciardo is able to stay close or beat him. All grand egos and giant Aussie smiles aside, I don't see it happening. But, who knows. The haters will certainly see any microscopic spark from Ricciardo as proof positive that Vettel is a tortoise wrapped in a Newey designed rabbit suit. If they are both off, it will be all champagne a popping and hands a wringing with bells a ringing the end of Red Bull era at last - until it isn't of course.

KevinW

January 29, 2014 3:43 PM

F1 » Energy store issue ends Vettel’s running


Looks like F1 2014 will be a war of hybrid system reliability (not power or grip, or quick times) and gas mileage (not actual racing.) One has to question the change in direction by the FIA. In my days, F1 was the fastest, most extreme motorsport on a twisted track. The money spent, speeds and lap times were insane, the engine noise intense, and the competition to go faster over the top. This all apexed with the 1,300HP qualifier engines and 1,000 race motors in cars that weighed less than a toaster oven. Now, F1's only a tad quicker than lower formulas, is formatted around over-strict specifications, single wear-fast tire maker, tight single spec engine formulas, and fakery to close up competition. Layer on pseudo eco-enviro crap, budget caps to make things fair to all comers, artificial complexity that requires 600+ member teams to race, and unnecessary nanny-state safety rules that result in hideous cars... F1 is near dead, by its own hand.

KevinW

January 23, 2014 2:19 PM

F1 » Double points rule set to stay


Abu Dhabi is a boring track with generally boring results that will not be fixed by some faked up Bernie-the-demented double-bubble points extravaganza. Why not just end the season with Brazil and hold a special entertainment event in Abu Dhabi, with TV intermissions ala NFL Monday night football, and have a half time break with concert and pretty pit girls running around in wet t-shirts, motorcycle jumps over team motor-coaches, team burnout contests to tires and spare engines blowing up right before fireworks shooting off to re-start engines - perhaps accompanies by Bernie blowing himself up in a TNT chair. Have live bands play when the race gets boring, spray a corner down with water randomly (another Bernie idea). or just call out the safety car to tighten the pack ala NASCAR 10 laps from the end to really make things fun. Seriously, If the official championship is won or lost by some trick of media pandering fakery, F1 is lost.

KevinW

January 18, 2014 4:03 PM

F1 » Brawn to replace Whitmarsh - fresh reports


Brawn without the Shumacher/Byrne/Todt dream team is not the solution McLaren needs. It's time for new stars to be born, time for some new blood, time for McLaren to rebuild a new and exciting future that can be sustained around the hot shot young guns in the sport anxious to make big things happen. Brawn is not that. He over-commits to clever gadgets that seldom lead to competitive advantage (excepting the double diffuser exploit in 2009 of course). McLaren is exactly the wrong environment for that approach - as it frequently out-clevers itself without finding actual advantage. Time for a more dynamic approach where failed ideas are found out and tossed aside quickly and efficiently. This is not a Brawn trait. He'll just make McLaren's liabilities worse, without bringing it the new strength it needs. McLaren needs a brilliant new design head and great driver more than it needs a seasoned old team principle. If all Dennis does is hire his old guy network pals, the game is over before

KevinW

January 18, 2014 7:42 PM

F1 » Brawn to replace Whitmarsh - fresh reports


Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results each time. Based on the past several years, Brawn can be expected to deliver mediocre results, sprinkled with blown strategies, inconsistencies between two cars, and unreliable race day results - even if the drivers are brilliant. For McLaren to repeat this expecting something new is insanity. I think some people put far too much credit in the "name brand" imagery and forget that as even the most skilled age, they become less productive. I know this, as I live it every day. I'd give anything to be 30 or 40 again, and would rather see someone 35-45 in the principles seat over another over-paid grey hair like myself making carefully considered decisions based on years of experience no longer relevant and getting mediocre results in the offing. Fresh thought comes from fresh minds - McLaren needs that now more than ever.


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