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24th June 2014, 13:54 at 1:54 pm #264355
Can’t see Sam Bird getting a drive there! if they really wanted him in F1 I’m sure they would have made some deal with one of their engine supplied teams who were struggling for cash (Williams??) for say lower engine cost to take Sam on and give him experience.
Big question of the driver market this year is Button and Mclaren, i have read that Ron Dennis isn’t his biggest fan..22nd April 2014, 16:33 at 4:33 pm #257924
I have read a few! I read Christopher Hilton’s “The Whole Story” on Michael Schumacher and while I found the information about his earlier career helpful as i wasn’t a motor racing fan when i was a young child but it is a basic retelling of his career (Keith has reviewed it and is pretty spot on with his comments on it)
I found James Allen’s “The Edge of greatness” book on Schumacher a lot better and more revealing about his character and what other people in the sport felt about him. It did lack a definitive conclusion and opinion from Allen though which would have been good to read what he, as a huge Ferrari enthusiast, really felt about it all.
I have also read Christopher Hilton’s “The Whole Story” on Aryton Senna, i found this quite good, mainly because i wanted to learn more about Senna, all the races are in that if they do lack any real detail and insight from contemporaries etc.
I am currently reading “SHUNT” on the career of James Hunt. So far it’s a good read with some funny stories in!
hope this may be of help8th April 2014, 10:54 at 10:54 am #255991
What car was the BT46B?
Suppose looking back it’s different because of the Refueling but the last time i remember a car as clearly quicker as this was the Mclaren in 98. They completely wiped the floor with the opposition for the first 2 grand Prix that season.
Then their controversial brake steer technology was banned and Ferrari closed the gap.26th November 2013, 17:54 at 5:54 pm #245900
Rosberg definitely deserves to be recognised as one of the top drivers in F1 now. I think he has to be ranked in the top 5 (for me he’s better than Button as he has much better qualifying speed) it also proves that Michael Schumacher didn’t do that bad a job either although clearly he was a few tenths per lap from his best.
I think with a car more suited to his style next season Hamilton could be a real force again.26th November 2013, 8:33 at 8:33 am #24586018th November 2013, 13:49 at 1:49 pm #245139
I think you need to try take a balanced view on things. To me Rosberg is one of them drivers (a bit like jenson button) that when he has everything to his liking he will be very hard to beat, what I dont think you’ll ever see Rosberg do is win in a car that hasn’t really got the speed for it (which is what i think seperates Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton from the rest of the grid)
Rosberg is definitely a match for hamilton and there will probably be days he beats him but I think with the new regs next year Hamilton needs to take this opportunity to get a real grip on what the cars need to get the max from them.
Everyone seems to say that Hamilton is the most naturally talented guy out there and that shows with his qualifying record, when he needs a lap he gets one. What he needs to work on is the other bits so stop the off days. Look at Vettel this year, he hasn’t finished lower than 4th while his team mate has had his struggles, ok he’s got the best car but he’s ensuring he’s getting the maximum of it.
That’s what Lewis needs to do! and I hope he does as a fan of his, he needs to make the most of his potential.20th March 2013, 20:07 at 8:07 pm #229058
I think that with the strength of the field right now it’s very hard to say.
Vettel and Hmailton only have a few years between them, Alonso and Button are now into their thirties as is Raikkonen.
So there’s certainly scope for Hamilton and Vettel being around still in 8- years! Vettel seems almost certain to join Ferrari once Alonso leaves/retires and there’s no doubt that Mercedes have brought Hamilton in to be their man to bring them the success that they are investing in with all the top technical talent now there/due to join.
I’d certainly think that Hulkenberg will eventually be up there…other than that Bottas is very highly rated so will be good to the likes of him and Perez develop over the next few seasons.
Main thing to notice though is how lucky we are..I first started watching F1 in th mid 90s and then you Had Schumacher/Hill/Villenueve/Hakkinen. Other than that there were not a lot of great drivers about! In the early 2000′s Schumacher was way on his own while Raikkonen & Alonso came in and learnt their trade.
At the moment we have world champions:
One time winners:
so plenty of drivers who have achieved success of some kind plus young drivers who look to have lots of potential: Perez/Hulkenberg/Bottas/Maldonado etc19th March 2013, 21:13 at 9:13 pm #228821
I think I know what some people are saying here. I think at the start of last season some teams all of a sudden had the tires performing, but they didn’t really know why! It’s the perceived randomness of it all that I think gets to people.
I’d like to see drivers being able to push a bit more myself! the fact the tires go off a cliff isn’t a problem to me it’s just the fact there’s such a narrow operating window so very rarely are the drivers anywhere near to actually pushing.
That being said, strategy and preserving your tires/fuel has always been part of the sport.
It’s a hard one…I just think pirelli have gone slightly too far in the wrong direction but lets just hope with time they can get it right.
they’ll never please anyone that’s for sure :-)19th March 2013, 20:52 at 8:52 pm #229042
Yeah looking good! I think part the reason that Raikkonen looked so much quicker down the straight was at that point Hamilton had been struggling with his tyres so his lines into a lot of corners were compromised as he tried to cover the moves from Kimi! Plus with a wet quali session people’s set ups wouldn’t have been completely optimised for the dry (In my belief, I may be wrong there because the session finished on sunday but I thought the cars went into parc ferme as soon as qualifying had begun)
But with the mercs trying the 2 stopper obviously they wern’t going for ultimate pace early on! Encouraging was how long they did on the super softs I thought! We will get a better picture this weekend hopefully! I think a lot of the tyre performance in Australia was due to conditions, was a bit cooler than people probably expected!13th March 2013, 10:04 at 10:04 am #228610
As a Sky subscriber, the addition of the Classic Races in the week before GP’s will make good viewing!
I liked sky’s coverage last year and I think over time it will get better. Luckily for me I already subscribed to sky and sky sports before F1 switched over as I’m a football fan also.
What’s everyone else’s thoughts?11th March 2013, 17:18 at 5:18 pm #228340
1997 was my first full season and it was very good!
other than that, I enjoyed 1998 (Schumacher & Ferrari coming back from miles off the pace of the Mclarens and taking it to the last race)
2000 – First Schumacher championship with Ferrari plus some good races and battles with Hakkinen
2003 – a really close season, plenty of different drivers on the podium over the season and the emergence of Raikkonen & Alonso plus Schumacher winning it at the end.
2007 – Just because of how close it was at the end and the awesome first season for Hamilton
2008 Drama to the last lap and Hamilton taking the title
2012 – plenty of brilliant races and loads of drama28th November 2012, 21:41 at 9:41 pm #216284
I think you’re right with a few of them points! Mercedes have themselves admitted they were too pre-occupied with the DDRS early in the season which is why they fell back (in the first 3 rounds the Merc looked to be the closest Car to Mclaren although it struggled with its race pace because of tyre issues) and then I think probably from the summer break onwards its all been about the 2013 car.
Im not sure that Mercedes are “solely” developing their car around Hamilton but I would have thought after their investment in him that they are going to make sure they give him something he can work with. But I think its vital he gets that team around him (which he has more chance of doing away from Mclaren were it always seemed to be more of a parent/child relationship) because that’s what he lacked at Mclaren that Ferrari and Red Bull give Vettel and Alonso – Emotionally (and technically in Ferrari’s case) they are behind their number 1 drivers.
I think Hamilton will win a race or 2 and that Mercedes will be a lot more competitive this year than they were for the 2nd half of 2012 but the championship will be too far away. 2014 will be their big chance, and they will surely get it right at some point with all the great technical people now there.
The Hamilton-Brawn partnership I believe has the makings of a great 1 and there’s no doubt that Lewis will wring every last thousandth of a seconds worth of performance out of it. Going to be interesting to see especially as a Hamilton fan!
How long is Rosberg tied up to Mercedes? I wonder what his feelings are with it all? He’s probably going to be on about half the salary that Hamilton is on.28th November 2012, 9:46 at 9:46 am #215772
take a look at that article from James Allen – a good in depth analysis on their time as team mates.
Most telling statistic to me – Ahead in two-car finish: Hamilton 24 / Button 1326th November 2012, 13:45 at 1:45 pm #215768
“But this is all Formula 1, Button was as many as 40 something points behind during one point in the season, but he recovered.”
True…but in any of them races other than perhaps yesterday Button was never going to beat Hamilton. Abu Dhabi and singapore Lewis was out in front and would have won. That’s the point…. Button recovered maionly due to hamilton’s misfortunes. You can’t take anything away from Button the last 3 years he has surprised many (including me) by how good hes been. But you cant deny the fact Hamilton has out performed him…
I think Hamilton though will have learned a thing or 2 from JB about getting a team around you!
It is getting stale saying that Hamilton lost lots of points due to mechanical problems yes (and im 1 of the 1s often championing that fact when this is brought up) But he has! And how many of the races where Hamilton did drop out for mechanical reasons/taken out of by another driver was he ahead of Button…all of them I believe?26th November 2012, 11:32 at 11:32 am #215764
“Button is the more consistent driver.”
Not this season though? Hamilton has been up there all year out performing Button pretty comprehensively!
Hamilton had 6 retirements this season and 5 of them were through no fault of his own! The only 1 you can say perhaps he could have avoided was the 1 in Valencia with Maldonado (although personally I blame Pastor for that 1)
Button in contrast had much fewer retirements and had some races where he was just miles off the pace (Canada being the obvious 1)
When hamilton had his retirements they tended to lose him big points:
3rd or 4th place Valencia
1st or 2nd Singapore
1st Abu Dhabi
1st or 2nd Brazil
The last 3 years my recpect for Jenson has grown enormously – he’s in the top 5 or 6 F1 Drivers and he’s very good on his day. But there were very few occasions this season he out raced lewis.
I think this was Hamiltons best season yet, bl;istering speed comined with a maturity and a longer term view than previously. He had more poles than anyone and should have had more wins than anyone else this season.
Button had 3 wins and a good drive in america but thatw as it in my opinion