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Jim Eagan

July 04, 2010 7:46 AM

F1 » Coulthard: Gap between best and worst F1 cars is 'dangerous'

Considering that the new teams are within 107% in qualifying, it makes it a moot point. There will always be slower cars. As has been said in this thread before, it is up to the driver that is passing to make sure that the pass is being made safely. This is true in even your local indoor kart track. I know for a fact that it is explicitly stated it both the SCCA and NASA rulebooks. And those are mostly amateur racers. I've seen multi-class open-wheel racing in SCCA that would make Coulthard's head spin from the huge difference in closing speeds. And yet, somehow, these amateur racers manage to deal with it quite handily.

Jim Eagan

March 11, 2010 3:57 AM

F1 » 'We don't need another casualty in F1 2010!'

Despite the fact that, in the hands of the Williams team, the Cosworth lump seems to be doing pretty well for itself? You're also forgetting that until M. Schumacher came along, Ferrari was pretty much crap for several years. They were struggling to qualify in the top 15 for quite a while. Will it take the new teams a while to move forward on the grid? Sure. Just remember, the teams that we lament falling out of the series (Toyota, Honda and BMW) struggled for a long while. Only BMW really rose to championship contenders. Given 2-3 more years, perhaps Honda and Toyota could have been at the front.

Jim Eagan

March 11, 2010 3:35 AM

F1 » 'We don't need another casualty in F1 2010!'

It's amazing how many of the team principles of those at the sharp end of the grid have very short memories. It wasn't *that* long ago that there were more than 24-26 cars on the grid, and several of them were at least 4-6 seconds slower than the pole contenders. The only reason the 107% rule was in effect was that there were more entrants than one could safely have on the grid at any given time (I could be wrong, though). And again, people forget that without the smaller teams in F1, there would be no Fernando Alonso. Starting his career at Minardi was probably the best thing for his career. Better to learn in the shallow end of the pool than to be thrown into the ocean and told to swim.

Jim Eagan

January 27, 2010 4:14 AM

F1 » Windsor 'thrilled' as USF1 officially confirms first driver

I would just like to point out that without the smaller teams, the Tifosi wouldn't have their new King Fernando. (His first team was Minardi, perennial backmarkers, for those that forget that little bit of history.) I'm getting a little tired of the constant slagging of the US F1 team. I have seen NOTHING in the way of news (except driver announcements) from Campos, Lotus or Virgin. In fact (I think), the only thing we've seen out of the 'established' teams is a few press shots of the new Mercedes GP livery, and that was slapped on a 2009 car. Anyway, my point is don't put all your bad eggs in one basket just yet. I just think that US F1 isn't going to be quite the bag of suckage you do.

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