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September 28, 2014 7:27 PM
Last Edited 499 days ago

F1 » Mercedes: Rosberg stopped in Singapore by 'contaminant'

How did it get there? How was it found? This is odd. If it is something that is used and is a possible contaminant why was it not suspected straight away, and why use such a substance if it can have such an effect. If it is something which is not used, or should not be used in the wiring loom area, then how was it introduced and by whom and when? And use of the word "foreign" suggests the latter. So what sort of quality control is Mercedes running then, very selective it would seem. Hopefully Nico can emulate his father, 1982. The driver with the most points wins however they are accumulated.


September 22, 2014 9:47 AM

F1 » Rosberg calls for improved reliability

Well done Nico for taking this set back on the chin and acting and conducting yourself like a true professional F1 racing driver. The call for better reliability is nothing controversial and is warranted. The Merc car is unreliable. The only conspiracy theories were only ever in the minds of Hamilton zealots. I do notice how Nicos woes are put down to karma whereas Hamiltons were always a great conspiracy on behalf of the Germans favouring their own, utter rubbish. Hopefully Mercedes will get their reliability sorted out. I would hate, at the seasons end, when either driver wins the WDC there should be any doubt as to its authenticity or merit.


September 22, 2014 10:00 AM
Last Edited 507 days ago

F1 » Hamilton: Rosberg retirement bittersweet

Theres no coded message in Hamiltons statement. He knows that without a strong challenge his win cannot be fully validated just as Nicos wins, when Hamilton was having technical issues, were being trashed by Hamilton zealots as unworthy and due to Hamilton being nobbled and Nico being favoured. I do notice the difference in reaction between the Hamilton zealots and the true race fans after this result. This is just Formula 1. Remember we have new cars this year and to be honest I am astonished at how reliable they have been. They are far more technical and full of electrickery than ever before. And remember that the Mercedes out of all of them is pushing the envelope far more than the others, a Brawn legacy, so the reliability issues are perhaps a result of this. Hopefully both drivers will get a straight run to the end now.


September 22, 2014 10:26 AM

F1 » Hamilton takes F1 title lead as Rosberg retires

You've got to laugh. Hamilton went out today and did just what any F1 driver worth his salt would do given the circumstances. Zealots should note you are bigging up Hamilton for the same circumstances you rubbished Button for when they drove together and the stupid bashing was going on at McLaren. Buttons wins and WDC at Brawn only because he had the best car????? He had pole, his only challenger was crocked and he had by far the fastest car on the circuit. On this occasion he managed to drive without any dramas, there was never any challenge or pressure, and got the result. In a boring processional race he actually did a good professional job and controlled the race nicely. Well done. Hopefully now we get both drivers in reliable cars to the end of the season and get this season out of the way.


September 19, 2014 5:57 AM

F1 » Radio ban could make starts ‘more random’

Totally agree. Performance information does not corralate directly with safety. If a part is failing or not performing properly and the driver cannot recognise or manage that himself the team can stop the car if it feels it is dangerous to continue. If you listen to Magnussen it is quite worrying how drivers have become disconnected from actually driving the car. Christ the driver will now have to think about setting the clutch by how it feels!!! Oh dear disaster. So if it is carried out and enforced we may actually see the best "drivers" coming to the fore not just the exocet drivers who go out and rely on the teams to make up for the deficit in their overall driving nous.


September 19, 2014 5:28 AM

F1 » Hamilton ‘excited’ by lack of radio

We will have to wait and see what the fall out from this move will be. Lets be honest it will not change the field settings, Merc will be dominant still. Based on driving styles it is my view that it is Lewis is liable to suffer more from this and we may see more retirements from him due to his do or die driving. I just cannot see him being able to manage certain areas without help from the pits especially management of tyres throughout phases in the race. But the teams will try to circumvent this and although radio assistance is banned what is to stop such advice being relayed via the steering wheel or dash. To my mind a message giving a target fuel consumption via the dash display is a contravention of the rules but is it covered by the ban? I shall watch the Singapore race with interest.


September 19, 2014 5:44 AM

F1 » Rosberg unfazed by ban on radio

No longer can the pit wall with the benefit of banks of computers and analysts sat in sterile rooms back at headquarters hundreds of miles away be utilised from making up for the deficiencies of their drivers and spoon feeding information that would otherwise have to be worked out by actually racing for a few laps. As long as steering/wheel dash messages are included in this, otherwise expect a few curious codes to be flashed to drivers throughout the race, just curious why Nico mentioned going on the simulators to learn what? Who will really gain from this will remain to be seen. But I'm glad it will stop the selected sound bytes we have to endure selected for WWE type hype and drama rather than inform and help F1 fans to enjoy the racing.


August 29, 2014 7:24 PM
Last Edited 529 days ago

F1 » Hamilton: We both made mistakes

Unfortunately Lewis cannot race without resorting to intimidating tactics like launching from way back into a corner and hoping others will scatter or taking others lines and not being content until they are bullied off the track. Now if Mercedes have told Lewis that he has to restrain this style then the title must be Nicos. Nico is the cleaner driver who does respect others in wheel to wheel racing as do most others. Just take the battles with Alonso and Ricciardo as an example of hard but fair racing. So now we will see how effective the Merc management have been. My view is that Lewis cannot race in any other way and hope that Nico does now not back down if being bullied. Then we will see how much integrity and bottle Wolff Lowe and Lauda really have. I predict more controversy at Monza.


August 29, 2014 7:14 PM

F1 » Rosberg apologises to Hamilton and fans

Yet more poor management on behalf of Mercedes. If Nico had anything to apologise for then the stewards would have been involved. They deemed it a racing incident as did any true racing fan. On this occasion Nico chose not to be force off track and thus be further disadvantaged. Now I do hope that if the same situation arises Nico has the bottle to do it again. It is encumbant on both drivers in situations like these to give room, note how Alonso/Ricciardo have managed it this year. Lewis knew where Nico was but decided to take his line, as he usually does, but on this occasion he (Nico) wasn't going to be bullied. Mercedes management need to stop with the knee jerk reactions. If they don't want contact then just tell the drivers the race is won or lost in qualifying and they hold to that. If they are saying they want them to race then let them get on with it warts n all.

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