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26th April 2017, 9:13 at 9:13 am
Franklin “disgusted” by recent Ruiz comments
Enrique Ruiz has suffered some backlash after his comments coming off of the back of the Chinese V-prix.
When asked to comment, Team Principal Jamie Franklin has claimed to be “disgusted” by the comments that other teams have made.
“I’m sorry, but who are they to comment? We have the data here to prove that he is one hundred percent correct in the statement that he made, and he has no reason to take fault for the incident, because it was a car issue. I’m absolutely disgusted by some of the comments made by the other team principals. Enrique has done more than enough to prove that he is the best talent on the grid today and doesn’t need armchair experts telling him that they’re ‘disappointed’ in him, or that he should take responsibility. How about this…when all of your teams are as successful as Franklin, then you can comment, until then…keep your ridiculous opinions to yourselves,”
With that said, Jamie proceeded to drop the mic and walk off…
25th April 2017, 18:59 at 6:59 pm
Glad to hear it :) didn’t want it to sound personal, but nice to see another team that likes to follow the more controversial “bad guy” side of this Virtual world ;)
25th April 2017, 18:23 at 6:23 pm
Whether this is in character, or a genuine opinion, I don’t know, but cash has little to do with being at the front. A lot more goes into it than that.
The system works with its own budget cap, because teams can’t spend their way to the front in one race, and those teams that do do well have to spend more on retaining their drivers, therefore come the time to give prize money, most teams will be fairly equal.
As I said, I don’t know if this is a genuine opinion, or one to merely create conversation, and if it’s the latter, I apologise for the lengthy lecture, but unlike Formula One, Formula Virtual is not built on rewarding the “top teams” with continued success. Our successes shouldn’t be disminished as easily as “oh, it’s because they have so much money,” because that’s not the case.
Cash can bring you a small amount of success, great strategy gives you sustained success.
And to suggest otherwise after four races, which depict a very variable grid, heading into the European portion of the season where a lot could well change is quite ludicrous.
Perhaps I should get off my high horse now, but with three Constructor’s titles, three driver’s championships, one of only two teams to win at least one race every season since its inception, and statistically the most successful team in the series thus far, I feel I’m qualified to weigh in on how this series works and what makes a team successful.
And if I wasn’t so attached to winning, perhaps I’d start again to prove it.
25th April 2017, 4:11 at 4:11 am
Always great to see things like that after trying to pad out the series with a little more story :)
23rd April 2017, 19:04 at 7:04 pm
Ruiz claims gearbox issue cost him podium
Lap 53 of the Chinese V-prix saw Franklin’s Enrique Ruiz spin in sector two, costing him a podium, along with Allar Kangur, whom had collided with Ruiz shortly after.
When questioned, Ruiz stated that it was in fact a technical issue which eventually saw him fall from second and out of the points.
“Towards the end of the race, I was suffering with a gearbox issue, which was occasionally randomly selecting different gears. I was on to the team about it for a couple of laps, and they were trying to find the root of the problem, but unfortunately it wasn’t quick enough and as I rode the kerb, it selected a different gear, unsettling the car at high speed and causing the spin. When I went to select neutral, the car went into reverse and then I got in the way of Allar, spoiling his race as well. I can only apologise to him and hope the stewards can see it wasn’t driver error, but if I get a penalty, then that’s racing. We tried to fix the issue in the pits with a full reset, but it didn’t work. It is such a shame because the car felt good today, but just one of those things,”
This is the second race in a row that Franklin has scored very little to no points. They’re going to need a few things to go their way to get back into the fight.
23rd April 2017, 16:23 at 4:23 pm
@mathers – We can’t judge every incident by the same rule as actual Motorsport regulations all of the time, otherwise we would be penalising backmarkers left right and centre every race, and whilst we are at it, might as well also penalise one of the Westwoods for cutting a corner to overtake. Whilst I agree it’s unfortunate for both drivers to be caught up in this incident, I don’t see the necessity to punish Ruiz, especially when you compare the incident to the likes of Wagner, who drove back onto the racing line into the path of oncoming traffic.
Not to mention you’re slightly exaggerating with your original proposal. Ruiz indeed did move back, but it wasn’t to “block” Kangur, if anything it was the opposite and it was unfortunate that Kangur tried to take the path of most resistance instead of the racing line. And there certainly wasn’t any moving forward to block again.
You also mention a sizeable gap between the drivers behind, which you wouldn’t expect a driver to know anyway.
23rd April 2017, 15:39 at 3:39 pm
@mathers – Whilst I see where you’re coming from, I don’t agree with that, and not just simply because Ruiz’ race was ruined by the same incident, but by the fact that the racing line is not on the outside of that corner and it would have been much more dangerous to drive forward on to the racing line into the path of much faster cars, than it would have reversing backwards off of the track. It’s very unfortunate that Kangur decided to try to drive around the back of him, but the blame can’t be solely put on Ruiz, not enough for a penalty.
To me it boils down to two options.
1. Stay or drive on to the racing line, potentially into the path of speeding cars, aka Wagner today.
2. Try to move off of the track to give speeding cars a chance at avoiding the incident and gain a better view of what cars may be coming in order to rejoin safely.
23rd April 2017, 9:47 at 9:47 am
Well, that was a disaster. As said on commentary, I don’t believe it was anything but a racing incident. Giodano went for a gap, there wasn’t a lot of room and when Simon swept around, just didn’t leave quite enough gap, and just touched. Both very unfortunate to have retired from that.
The second was clearly Ruiz’ fault, but was punished enough and again I don’t think really did anything wrong as such, unlike Wagner for example.
Positives to take from the race…Giodano is definitely a better driver than Jochem, so there’s hope in future. The pace of the car was still there and in the mix still. Downton do seem to have the edge, as expected, but not so definitive that they can afford any mistakes.
I think we’re quite unlucky to be where we are after four races, but I imagine it may even out over the season.
Congrats to Downtown and FIRST as well for a great performance today.
22nd April 2017, 22:54 at 10:54 pm
22nd April 2017, 20:14 at 8:14 pm
You’re right about that. This is probably the most cars we’ve ever seen on one tyre, which will be interesting as I feel it’s usually the differing strategies that keep the race exciting. Obviously that’s not the only exciting part, but even so I feel it may have a few quiet periods.
22nd April 2017, 16:04 at 4:04 pm
Very happy with that performance. I’m sure Giodano can keep the car where it is as opposed to qualifying well and dropping out of the points!
Key to the race is going to be the start I think, but very much looking forward to it :)
Congrats to First and Hutchinson as well, even if it makes my job more difficult!
17th April 2017, 13:36 at 1:36 pm
For those who watched the race, you’re all well aware of my frustrations, so before we fly over to China for the next chapter of the 2017 season, here’s a little update for you all.
15th April 2017, 13:24 at 1:24 pm
Pretty solid performance from the team, quite happy with that!
9th April 2017, 18:10 at 6:10 pm
31st March 2017, 22:47 at 10:47 pm
Ahh well, just practice. We were better in practice in Australia and didn’t turn out well in Quali, but I’m sure we can turn it around for tomorrow.
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