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October 07, 2014 12:35 PM

F1 » Smedley: Closed F1 cockpits ‘very easy to implement’

Nick, that green flag at first look appears to be truly bizarre. The flag should only be waved at the marshall post after the incident. Waved yellows whilst anything or anyone is on a live circuit. I doubt it contributed to the crash as I suspect he had lost control before he saw the green flag, if he ever did. With the marshall next to the crane it could have been even worse. I don't think closed cockpits are a good idea. Takes too much away from the spectacle, and the bravery. The FIA should concentrate on why he crashed when waved yellows were out. I was very much of the opinion that a waved yellow means slow down sufficiently to definitely not crash, and to be able to take avoiding action (I've raced and marshalled so know how this works). Despite that he still crashed. Then Raikonnen said it is still possible to crash having backed off, so I'll go with his word. Question then is what use are double yellows if drivers cannot guarantee not crashing when people/equipment a


September 15, 2014 4:17 PM

MotoGP » Smith: We need to learn from Rossi, Lorenzo

Revilo, You make some good points, particularly that he has the skill to be there, although needs to find something to give him the edge in races. I would challenge your set up point. Data and set up is everything at this level. Even the phenomenon that is Marquez cannot win when he doesn't have the set up. There is also a natural order thing at play here. Look at the results this weekend. 5 full factory bikes (yes, I include Iannone, particularly as Misano is Ducatis home circuit), followed by a factory supported satellite, followed by a satellite. Plus then of course a disappointing Cal and Bautista. What Smith needs is more consistency to back up his occassional fast pace. I think he right though, him and Pol are slipping back, but that is again the natural order between factory and satellite as the season progresses.


August 27, 2014 11:00 PM

F1 » Hamilton ‘will always put the team first’

Clichy27: I do not understand the vilification of Hamilton. To my mind he is the best Grand Prix driver the UK has ever produced with the possible exception of Jackie Stewart. From my generation Surtees, Mansell and Hunt were all great and certainly the latter two had character flaws but they were still great drivers. Clark was like Vettel and lucked into the right car at Lotus as Vettel did at Red Bull. Moss was before my time but still remains bitter that Hawthorn won the WDC. I am no fanboy but do appreciate driving talent and Lewis has that in abundance. Button is correct that the wrong Mercedes driver is leading the WDC.
Stewart revered Clark, as did his other peers. He could drive anything. Hamilton is a very good driver, and great to watch, but since he burst onto the scene and just pipped Massa to the championship he has yet to put together a great season. On that basis he can't yet line up against multiple world champions.


August 29, 2014 12:58 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP Silverstone - Free Practice (1) Results

sodesu: Pretty crazy really how Aleix Espargaro is 10 kph down on many of the factory bikes and still manages to be in the top 5...
Not really, he is a very good rider on very sticky tyres. Lap times are gained through the fast corners, and if you have super sticky tyres, well...... Still needs a large dose of talent to deliver on those tyres though. Never really understood what the higher fuel limit on the open class delivers. Anyone help? Surely they can turn the wick up to deliver better torque/drive if not outright top speed?


August 22, 2014 3:57 PM

MotoGP » 50-year-old McWilliams talks grand prix return!

custard: I'm sorry but saying that someone can't do something because they are too old is the same as saying they can't because they are black! It's all down to their ability and he is going to hand at least half the field their ****s on a plate, and that's being generous! Get in there Jezza!
Jezza ia a winner at this level, and has kept his hand in, but the bike is an unknown quantity at this level. No-one on the grid is slow, not even the backmarkers. He has his hands full, but really looking forward to it!

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