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24th July 2014, 2:22 at 2:22 am #267904
I do believe if Bernie was told by the UN or by the British parliament that he was not allowed to hold the race in Russia that he would pocket whatever fees that the organisers have already given him and cancel the event. It would give Bernie the perfect out clause. However he wont cancel the race based on sentiment alone, Bahrain has already set the precedent on this.7th July 2014, 10:07 at 10:07 am #265975
I originally thought Bottas’ move was brilliant (can’t remember who he got), but I do think Alonso on Ricciardo around Club.27th May 2014, 11:08 at 11:08 am #261904
Hulk on Magnussen for pass of the year for sure…
Fail of the year was Kimi on Magnussen, but gets quote of the year, Kimi said to autosport afterwards:
“I never hit him until I reversed, because obviously he was behind me.”16th May 2014, 10:47 at 10:47 am #260535
Alfa Romeo, red cars go faster ;)
Best number 2 driver? Eddie Irvine or Rubens Barrichello?11th May 2014, 8:34 at 8:34 am #259714
It isn’t the first time VET has come back at the 2nd half of a championship season, however, at this moment in time, it seems very distant. However, it is clear to me that the RBR is the best of the rest.10th May 2014, 10:41 at 10:41 am #259475
2010 Red Bull RB6, but I’m biased :P
Which of these 2014 innovations will most likely be around in 10 years, Turbos powered by energy or KERS powered by energy?10th May 2014, 3:51 at 3:51 am #259473
Vettel at Abu Dhabi, great championship winning drive…
What produces a faster car aerodynamics or horsepower?4th May 2014, 1:20 at 1:20 am #258723
Perhaps the Ferrari cars aren’t well earthed, there is a lot more electricity generation going on in the cars, perhaps this isn’t by design and its just a by product of all the new technologies and Ferrari haven’t sorted their MGU-K and HGU-K units. That would still go towards what you are saying about Ferrari powered teams, however, you’ve assumed its by design, when it could be a bug.
Obviously the levels of static build up aren’t enough to be dangerous to mechanics working on the cars in pit stops, however, maybe its enough interference to mess with the cameras. Furthermore, teams control how the cameras are mounted to their cars and also how they are wired up, perhaps its also a case of not installing the camera correctly.
Or perhaps the quality of the cameras on a handful of cars, which you’ve found to be ferrari powered cars by chance aren’t great quality.2nd May 2014, 23:33 at 11:33 pm #258696
oh wow, this is incredible news to hear. As Nick has said above, despite the spygate scandal, which will always remain a low point in his career in motorsport, he was quite a big influence in the Schumacher era at Ferrari.
My thoughts turn to his family and friends and I send them my condolences.24th April 2014, 10:29 at 10:29 am #258048
@hamilfan is right, if it stays this close til the end, then the last race will decide it… Who needs a points structure when you only need 1 race right?23rd April 2014, 10:34 at 10:34 am #257979
@roald I was given “The Chariot Makers” as a christmas present, the gifter just saw an F1 book and didn’t know that he wrote previous books. There really is no adverse affects from reading them in the wrong order, but you can see the progression of his writing over the 3 books. By the time he got to Chariot Makers it was very polished :)23rd April 2014, 8:04 at 8:04 am #257969
Jackie Stweart’s autobiography “Winning is not enough” is one book I would highly recommend, it not only serves as an autobiography, but is fantastically inspirational.
The other books that I loved, and I premise this by admitting to not being all that technical at all, in case you fear it gets too technical, however they are written by former Benetton mechanic Steve Matchett. I read them in the wrong order, but would recommend 2 of his books:
“The Chariot Makers” and “The Mechanic’s Tale”
I’ve read Alan Henry’s “100 Best Drivers” and while it is well written, I found it a bit of a cheap thrill to read, its not something you would go back to often, whereas the others I have read multiple times.
If you’re of the electronic age, you can get Steve Matchett’s books on Kindle, which I thought was a great way to unwind while lying back on a deck chair on holidays.
PS Steve Matchett’s books have great photos too, especially of the Jos Verstappen pit fire in 1994, in which he is unfortunately was in the middle of.23rd April 2014, 7:52 at 7:52 am #257968
Davidson is just another great talent that got spat out of the F1 circle unceremoniously due to some factors outside his control, e.g. the whole Super Aguri thing, and also some factors inside his control e.g. lack of support/money, while it is difficult to swallow, F1 is about money and I think ultimately that undone him.
We we’re very close to this exact same conversation at the end of 2013 with Hulkenberg, regardless if you think he should have a top drive or not, he was facing the prospect of having no drive in 2014 off the back of some awesome performances last year. However, this year, I do note that Hulkenberg is sporting the Dekra hat a lot more, so I think one of Schumi’s old sponsors has jumped on board the Hulkenberg train.
The first time I really saw this happen to any driver was when I saw Jean Alesi end up in the wrong car for every year of his career until he finally left F1, the guy was one of the most talented and instinctively raw paced drivers F1 has ever seen, but he just found himself in the right team at the wrong time, or the wrong team at the wrong time…. He thought he had his break with Ferrari in the early 90′s, however, every car they produced until 1997, was an absolute dog, but it took Michael Schumacher, Rory Byrne, Ross Brawn and Jean Todt to turn Ferrari around, not to mention ditching the V12 engines for a lighter/smoother power delivery car. Alesi then found himself in Schumachers old team Benetton in 1996 and was absolutely shocked to see just how bad the followup car to the 1995 World Constructors Championship winning team from the previous year was. Then Alesi just found himself struggling to stay in F1 as he slowly spiralled his way down the teams.
In short, because you are good, doesn’t mean that you will get a drive in F1… I don’t like this aspect of F1, however, if you do find yourself following a driver, and they do get into a top team that reaps the rewards with WDC and a WCC, then revel in it, because its rare.
Without making this post too much longer, I’ll also add this little bit. I’ve been involved in motorbike racing in Australia, and have seen how tough privateers have it, and I’m only talking about a national championship, forget about the world stage. However, if you have friends/family/acquaintances in any form of motor racing trying to get a leg up, then you might actually think its a great thing to have achieved an F1 drive, albeit a fleeting appearance. Its all about perspective, but, my advice is, don’t dwell on the past and look to the future, as I’m sure Davidson has done this as well :)23rd April 2014, 7:30 at 7:30 am #257965
I’d drag Hakkinen out of retirement and have him drive alongside Kimi… Talk about the quietest F1 team in the paddock, FOM would have to broadcast crickets in the background of radio communications to show the public that they aren’t holding back on radio transcripts for the team.
But in all seriousness, I think the balance of young and experienced is too hard to go past, its been a success over many decades, as the new kid on the block pushes and motivates the experienced old hand, sometimes the younger gains advantage over the older, other times its the wise head on old shoulders that triumphs. So in that vein, I’d look for a pairing like:
Alonso has been around the blocks long enough and is worthy of his WDC’s on talent alone, but he’s matured over the years to be one of the most solid performers on the grid. He isn’t at retirement age yet, so you can get a couple of good seasons out of him still.
Bottas is an emerging talent, still a gamble, prone to mistakes, like Melbourne 2014 when he slid into the wall and punctured his tyre, but he has pace and with years and maybe a mentor like Alonso could be a future world champion.23rd April 2014, 7:11 at 7:11 am #257964