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2nd February 2016, 12:52 at 12:52 pm #312061
Really surprised that Chilton managed to land a seat at a team as good as Ganassi to be honest. I had assumed that they would be funded well enough not to need a driver with a budget (which Max is surely bringing). He hasn’t really set the world alight in any of the series he has raced in, so he has really managed to land on his feet and it’ll be interesting to see how he performs. If he can’t succeed in Indycar with Ganassi, he won’t succeed with anyone.1st February 2016, 12:08 at 12:08 pm #312013
“Was Maldonado poised for a breakthrough?” Without him putting his hands up, admitting that he is at fault for the vast majority (granted not all) of the incidents he has been involved in over the course of his career, no.
Having Maldonado and Grosjean in the same team was a great marker for the development of the two drivers. Both are GP2 champions, both have massive raw pace, both are seemingly nice family guys out the car and both have(had) a reputation for being a bit wayward. But only Grosjean put his hands up, sought help and managed to overcome his reputation as a crasher (or first lap nutcase if you prefer). Maldonado has the capacity to do the same, but because he seems to steadfastly deny hat he has any failings he will never fulfil his potential.
Maldonado may end up regretting not asking for Grosjean’s psychologist’s phone number.13th January 2016, 8:25 at 8:25 am #311382
I think we all agree that tarmac runoff is evil. Other than that, I’m pretty sure we disagree on practically everything else which is no bad thing as it promotes healthy debate among fans.11th January 2016, 12:11 at 12:11 pm #311315
He is the real deal for me, a massive talent. He’s quick, level headed and he seems to be dedicated and personable. In the right equipment he will win races and championships.8th January 2016, 8:36 at 8:36 am #311206
I think people will assume, as this is a sideways step to an extent, that he will walk it, but I am not so sure it will be that easy. There is a lot of talent at the sharp end of the Super Formula grid and he will be racing on a few tracks he has never seen before. His reputation is on the line here, if he doesn’t do well it’ll be seen as a major failure as Super Formula isn’t really regarded as a frontline series by many (wrongly of course). If he does win it people will say “well, with his pedigree, he should have shouldn’t he”. It’s sort of a lose lose situation for him.
As good as Vandoorne is he is going to have to have his wits about him next season, this isn’t going to just be a victory lap before slipping into a McLaren race seat in 2017.4th January 2016, 13:14 at 1:14 pm #311061
Honestly, the blog is pretty much spot on at the moment. The round-up and regular (and it must be said, speedy) news updates keep us up to date with what is happening while the regular comment pieces and “rate the race”/”driver of the weekend” sections create room for debate. I have to mention that I love the “start shots” piece you do ahead of each race, it really whets the appetite ahead of a Grand Prix. The post-race statistics is also another piece I always really look forward to, the comments never fail to turn up a few gems.
I do miss are the technical pieces you used to put up periodically however (in collaboration with a chap whose name has slipped my mind) and, speaking selfishly as someone who no longer uses social media, I do miss the weekend in tweets summary you used to do. Lots of tweets over the weekend are either just bumf or poor “jokes” from teams PR people, but you always managed to pick out the key ones and it added colour to the coverage of the weekend. The odd Top 10 wouldn’t go amiss either, there have been some crackers over the years.
Keep up the good work @keithcollantine!7th December 2015, 19:16 at 7:16 pm #310436
Well the rule as I always understood it was “all the time you have to leave a space”…7th December 2015, 12:23 at 12:23 pm #310428
@magon4 “Can’t understand how HUL is that far behind PER – gotta take into account the whole season!” Yup, these ratings are always skewed, drivers who do better in the latter half of the season always end yup higher in the rankings.
Anyway, here is my 2p’s worth.
21. Mehri – Shaded by Stevens, competent but probably shouldn’t be in F1.
20. Rossi – Performed well against the only person you could fairly compare him to. If performance was all that mattered that seat should have been his all season.
19. Maldonado – I really do want Pastor to succeed, and I do think he is genuinely quick enough to be in F1, but his failure to learn from his mistakes means that if I was running a team I wouldn’t give him a seat.
18. Stevens – Competent, but struggled to beat both Mehri and Rossi.
17. Raikkonen – Utterly dominated by Vettel, when he did stand on the podium it had more to do with the inherent pace of the ST15-T than his driving. If poor Jules had been around you would be heading to retirement.
16. Ericsson – Did well against Nasr, but…
15. Nasr – he got the headline grabbing result. And it was his rookie year.
13. Alonso – Hard to judge these two given how poor the MP4-30 was, so I’ll rank them the same somewhere in the midfield
13. Button – Ditto.
12. Massa – Comparisons to Bottas’ points total ignore the fact that Bottas didn’t race in Melbourne. Wasn’t really at his best this season, but he did have his moments.
11. Ricciardo – Disappointing year for me, he deserved a much better car than he got. He’s still a star of the field though but I ranked Kvyat higher because (a) he scored more points over the season and (b) got the team’s best result.
10. Kvyat – A coming of age season, started wobbly (though that was probably down to the car) but he really did come on strong. Still made a few errors but he is young. A star of the future and deserving of his seat.
9. Sainz – I’m sympathetic to Sainz because he will inevitably get less plaudits than Verstappen because the latter is a teenager. But let’s not forget that Sainz is only 20 and he got by far the worse of the reliably gremlins (one of which hit when Verstappen scored very heavily).
8. Verstappen – Was terrific, but let’s not forget that some of his season highlights (like the lauded “pass round the outside of Blanchimont” were down to tyre advantages – and at Blanchimont track limits violations). He is a phenomenal talent but lets see how he does in season 2.
7. Grosjean – The Lotus was an ok car but the team lacked the cash to develop it. That never got him down and he consistently out-performed it and his team mate. Spa was one of the drives of the season.
6. Rosberg – Feel like I’m being generous by ranking him so high up. While the championship was still up for grabs he was 10-3 down in race wins and 12-4 behind in qualifying. He did perform well at the end of the season, but the damage was already done.
5. Hulkenberg – Started stronger than Perez, performed really well all season (other than a late season wobble). And he won Le Mans for goodness sake.
4. Perez – Probably his best season, was as good as Hulkenberg but edges it because he (again) got the headline grabbing results.
3. Bottas – I know a lot of people will disagree with this, but he was the best non-Mercedes/Ferrari driver most weekends and he was in with a shout of beating one of them in the championship despite starting one less race. Took his opportunities and made few mistakes. Consolidated his position as one of the top talents of the future.
2. Hamilton – It’s hard not to rank the man who dominated in the way Hamilton did number one, but the performance advantage the W06 had meant that probably any top driver would have won the championship in it. If Hamilton had carried on winning after the championship was sealed he would have been number 1.
1. Vettel – A massive transformation from Vettel. He was by far the most impressive driver of the year and he was sublime in the races he did win and he kept the Mercedes honest all year when the SF15-T didn’t have the pace to win. Utterly obliterated Raikkonen. And he was the star of the post-race press conference.25th November 2015, 16:15 at 4:15 pm #309487
If Ticktum was willing to do something that stupid over an incident that minor he thoroughly deserves that ban.16th November 2015, 11:40 at 11:40 am #309156
I have to agree with both @dragoll and @matthijs, it doesn’t feel right to include Rosberg in the group of the “best drivers never to have won a world championship” simply because of the manner in which he has been beaten to date. He is much more of a Barrichello, Irvine, Webber or Coulthard than a Moss, Villeneuve or Peterson. He gave it his best last season of that I have no doubt, but I can’t help but think that he never really had the pace to beat Hamilton and take the title. His meke performances earlier this season gave the impression that he still didn’t quite have enough.
He seems a lovely chap and his performances earlier in his career make him deserving of a spot in a top team, but I just don’t think he has what it takes to be (a) a world champion or (b) in the “best who never” category.
Though because I’ve said that, he’ll probably walk the title next season. ;)12th November 2015, 16:56 at 4:56 pm #308795
Given that the various chassis are all designed around their own engine’s dimensions and heat rejection figures this is nigh on impossible to get right. That said, I am sure that the STR10 should be higher up that list…it is an absolute cracker of a car and is really letting Sainz and Verstappen shine.6th November 2015, 11:58 at 11:58 am #308574
Anything Chris Amon sat in? Poor guy couldn’t buy a win in F1 which is a great shame.30th October 2015, 10:04 at 10:04 am #308021
I always put the Monza spec MP4-22 very high on my list of best looking F1 cars…it is a stunner. The ridiculous rear wing, lack of horns (though I do kinda like them) and no bridge wing combine to make it look awesome.
That said, its no Jordan 191…29th October 2015, 17:43 at 5:43 pm #308024
Taki Inoue and Jean-Denis Delatraz.
Job done.29th October 2015, 17:41 at 5:41 pm #308023
Yup, that is all true. As much as people want to put their rose tinted specs on and say that everything was better in X era, the “problems” we have now (fuel saving/tyre management) have always been part of the game. In the past though, doing these well was seen to be a skill and doing it well enough to get a great result (i.e. Berger in Mexico 1986 or Mansell at Silverstone in 1988) was lauded as an act of genius rather than just “boring racing”.
Glad people are talking about the camera work, because I think the improvement in camera technology is partly to blame for the loss of spectacle for the TV viewer. When watching the “F1 Rewind” shows on the beeb I am always struck by how frantic the races look (90’s races in particular) because of the choppy camera work. The on board shots from the 80’s also look insane because the camera is bouncing all over the place, which they don’t do now giving the (incorrect) impression that the tracks are all billiard table smooth.