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douggren

July 18, 2014 5:22 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: F1’s long road to recovery


Todt has been totally conspicuous by his complete inconspicuousness. Fiat, sorry I mean Ferrari are exactly where they should be, at the bottom of the manure heap, their car is utterly uncompetitive as they were for the last few years, there is no leadership at Maranello, McLaren went there with Whitmarsh but finally dumped him and Ron had to come back, unfortunately the car was already designed so should do well when Honda return with a fully developed engine that if their previous efforts are anything to go by should put Mercedes back down the order. F1 is far too regulated, look at the Le Mans top category where the teams must use hybrid power but the engineers are then left to go their iwn way, so three different cars and three different ways of interpretting the regs, result good racing.

douggren

July 18, 2014 5:40 PM

F1 » 'My dear team-mate boxed without warning' - Rosberg


The FRIC if it is anything like the hydrolatic suspension that Leyland used in the 60's on the Mini, 1100, 1300, 1800 and 3litre then that is definately a problems, for those BL cars it was a positive hindrance as they drove like castrated ducks, slewing all over the place and from what I've seen so far this year the F1 equivalent is just the same. The fact that all the teams adopted it does not prove that it works, you just have to see tyhe TV footage at the drivers sawing away at the steering to see that it does not work, a rally driver now seems to do less correcting of the wheel than F1 drivers. The tyres are rediculously inadequate for the cars and the tyre maker should be allowed to develop tyres that allow the cars to drive properly but keep the idea where two compounds per race must be used with a minimum use of at least one third race distance for each compound.

douggren

July 18, 2014 6:19 PM

MotoGP » ‘Thumb brake’ appears on final day of Honda test


One of the things that I have noticed about the MM cornering style is that he is usually in line with the exit even before he is in the corner therefore virtually straightlining the corner, the art is to allow the rear wheel to slide out of line to the exit direction then apply the power, also MM achieves quite extraordinary angles of lean usually between 1 and 2 degrees more than his rivals, this style of riding but without the knees out of today was the way 50cc and 125cc bikes were ridden in the 60's and 70's, it did npt look as exciting as it does today because the riders did not clamber all over the bikes. Also watch the current Moto 2 and 3 riders and most tend to slide the bikes around ala MM whereas those like Rossi, Pedrosa and Lorenzo all came through the junior ranks before the current 4 stroke regs and used 125cc and 250cc two strokes which did not tend to slide but just flip you off.

douggren

June 13, 2014 11:37 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: Racing towards the future


Spent a good few hours over the last days watching the qualifying for tomorrows race at Le Mans, great cars but it is a shame that the new Corvette didnt get its homologation through in time but the fight between Audi, Toyota and Porsche for the top spot was brilliant The factor that the1 car was rebuilt overnight after such a crash was brilliant, plus the fact that after such a crash the driver was virtually unharmed Plus even the diesel cars sound far better than the current crop of F1 monstrosities plus with the differential of speeds between the classes means that the drivers have to be ever watchful plus plenty of passing The attempt by Zeod to complete a racing lap around Le Mans using just battery power will be a real milestone

douggren

April 14, 2014 10:32 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: We destroyed the front tyre


Unfortunately Dorna are going down the same road as the FIA has in F1, mess about with the tyres until the product becomes a danger to those who have to depend on them. The current tyre specs mean that the tyres slide and then suddenly grip, when they grip they are inconsistent, sometimes they chew themselves to bits another time they cast the rider off. Dorna should leave the tyres alone otherwise someone is going to get killed.

douggren

March 17, 2014 11:30 AM

F1 » Ricciardo excluded from Australian GP


It would seem that RBR were again choosing to ignore the FIA, and it would seem that they were given more than one chance to comply with what the FIA asked but Horner chose to ignore them and decided a computer program was more apt. If the fuel flow sensor was not working properly is irrelevant, the same could have happened to Mercedes or Ferrari engined cars, if RBR are allowed to do this then all must be allowed which would make a farce of the regulations. Certainly RBR's lack of pace during winter testing would make me suspicious if they showed such an improvement then blame a sensor for everything.


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