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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 #25796423rd April 2014, 3:46 at 3:46 am #257958
I don’t think Ricciardo has had to use the knife from any cheesy 80′s movies yet, but this reporter gets a great reaction from Alonso…21st April 2014, 4:05 at 4:05 am #257732
I didn’t mind ROS on VET either16th April 2014, 10:47 at 10:47 am #257118
Without going into the anals of Minardi and other bottom feeding teams, I think the earliest I wrote off a team was Ferrari in 1996, they gained Schumi, Brawn, and a buttload of talent, they ditched the horribly heavy/thirsty V12 for a more well rounded V10 and… Rd1 the car was terrible and the year just descended into the worst moment in France when Schumi’s engine lunched itself on warmup lap from pole :/16th April 2014, 10:43 at 10:43 am #257117
MAL’s pass on GUT was memorable ;)14th April 2014, 10:47 at 10:47 am #256871
I just saw the twitter feed, while I can’t say that it was a total shock, what I am surprised with is, that Ferrari aren’t that far back on pace, its just that Mercedes are that good this year. It seems that 3 races of mediocrity is enough for LDM…
I feel for Domenicali, it was never going to be easy post Todt/Brawn/Schumacher Ferrari era, but he did very well. I wish him all the best.17th March 2014, 15:37 at 3:37 pm #252933
Just when you start to think that American motorsport might be making strides in the right direction, I’ve always thought American motorsport has always been about bigger engines, not about faster cars, recently they’ve been improving a hell of a lot, the NASCAR academy is one of the best motorsport academies in the world… Then this…
This is the sort of thing that leads to serious injuries, I’m just glad in this instance the only thing injured is the back pockets of the teams that have to pay to repair their wreckages.12th March 2014, 1:42 at 1:42 am #251621
@mpj1994 Everyone has different things that they look for in a good spot in viewing the action. Some of the things I take into consideration is “how much you see” in terms of whether you see a car dicing for position, or braking for a turn, or whether you like seeing the raw speed of acceleration. The other thing to think of that you may not have thought about is the viewing screens, they’re important as even though there is commentary blaring out of speakers at the track, when cars are circulating it is very hard to hear, so the viewing screens are really important if you’re after info like lap times and seeing action on other parts of the track unfold.
Personally I like turn 9, but most people go for turn 5/6 or towards the end of the lap where you might see cars pit in.
If you are going GA, then I would also recommend turning up early and making sure you bring a friend so that when you go to the toilet that they can save your spot. Although if you don’t have a friend, make a new one at the track and have something like a matt or chair to mark your territory and your newly acquainted friend can share/save your spot and vice versa when toilet/food/drink breaks are required.
Use Thursday and Friday as your wandering days and sat/sun are days where you will find yourself glued to your spot :P15th February 2014, 5:21 at 5:21 am #248631
I like the new wysiswyg in the comments :)
And it looks far better in Chrome now…5th February 2014, 8:25 at 8:25 am #248492
@wsrgo From my understanding there was a lot of questions about how the fund came into being in the first place, and that there wasn’t any discernible process followed in the creation of the fund and the allocation of said funds to the drivers.
So I’m not sure its a case of trying to put all their eggs in one basket… Might be a case of cleaning up the previous regime’s mess.