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  • #150722

    Kobayashi of course. But there are some “but’s”. First of all outpacing Pedro de la Rosa isn’t all that impressive. The guy hasn’t raced a full F1 season since 2002 and had raced for the last time in 2006. Despite the testing he did in the bridging years, he looked too old and too un-excited to run with the fast kids from the beginning. Nick Heidfeld took his seat and since then gathered more points than Kobayashi.

    I think Senna and Di Grassi didn’t do a good job, but neither had a good team to support them. Di Grassi has the best track-record before F1, and perhaps deserves another year to prove himself. I never saw much in Chandhok and Petrov, and I still don’t. I hope next year Pastor Maldonado and Jules Bianchi get a chance, although I read Bianchi signed as a test-driver with Ferrari. Too bad, we need some Michel Valiant-type of Frenchman back in F1.

    #150643

    Although I happen to be Dutch I watch the entire coverage on the BBC because it is excellent. Dutch TV has cut back on its’ coverage of F1. Now the camera crew and commentator only attend the races in Europe. So outside Europe there’s no more interviews with drivers and updates on the latest technical changes team make in the pit.

    My ritual during the race is simple: I make sure there’s a fresh supply of hot coffee and a good magazine (Der Spiegel or something). Because to be honest: after the start things can get a bit boring at times…

    #149077

    Looking at his past performance in GP2 (8th in the first season, 2nd in his second) and British F3 (10th in his first and 3rd in his second season), he must have talent. I think the HRT team is desperately slow this year and that Senna should be properly tested by a better team.

    #149119

    1. More realistic crash-models.

    2. Guys waving flags when there is a calamity.

    3. A little more easiness on the penalties… sometimes you barely touch a car and you get 5 places or 10 seconds.

    4. Better A.I.

    5. It’s childish, but I wanna be on a podium with hot women and champagne.

    6. Co-op season, with 22 computer-driven cars and 2 humans.

    7. Why not the ability to walk around the pit and on the track with all the cars being prepared instead of the lame interview-system.

    #148932

    I consider Kobayashi a great talent. He reminds me of my country-fellowman Jos Verstappen and Ralf Schumacher. Both, if I recollect correctly, also had a problem finishing races in their first full season. Both had what Kobayashi seems to have, a superior instinct and drive to overtake and defend. This makes him reckless at times indeed. But I like the aggressive sons of bitches still better than those clean fast boys who need to start at pole or they aren’t anywhere at all at the end of the race… Btw, the guy’s a great commercial asset too. Japan is quite crazy about Formula 1 and according to the main sportspapers of Japan, like Sanspo and Nikkan, their greatest talents (Takuma Sato, Kazuki Nakajima – perhaps even Tsugio Matsuda and Satoshi Motoyama) didn’t get much if any chance in a decent F1-ride.

    #148522

    Prisoner,

    You’re correct about Bahrain, my sincere apologies. So, ok, it’s another tiny state with about 700 or 800.000 people in the Gulf. About Malaysia/Singapore: I know very well they are seperate nations, actually until the early 1960s they were still one nation. I think racing in both Singapore and Malaysia (what’s that, 35 million people in total?) is too much. Germany supplies 5 or 6 drivers, two car brands and gets 1 lousy track… and racing in UAE and Bayrain is definately too much (5,2/5,3 million).

    You say Bernie is playing the long game. But neglecting to some extent half a billion Europeans so some sheikhs can have a chill party doesn’t sound like long-term development of F1 to me. I understand that limiting supply pushes the price up, but there’s always a breaking-point when people lose interest and decide to trade overpriced champagne for lager. Also, you don’t always HAVE to push the price up per se, do you? I feel the American racing leagues care more about serving the main market well first.

    Anyway, if you feel developing the apparently promising racing markets of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain is very useful, and makes more sense than perhaps another race in England or Germany, I’m happy for you things are going that way more and more.

    Kind regards,

    Johannes

    #148684

    Totally out of my way here but: shouldn’t the Rangers and Celtic be in the Premier League? If they don’t enter a serious competition they won’t be very competitive anymore real soon…

    #134362

    Hi, I’m Johannes and I am a 28 year old journalist from The Netherlands, specialized in economics. I’ve been a fan of F1 thanks to my dad, who just couldn’t get over the legendary Alain Prost just failing being better than Ayrton Senna. Visited only a few F1 races to be honest. Besides F1 I’m also a fan of the Super GT series in Japan.

    #148693

    Singapore of course! Oh, if only we could race in Hong Kong! In the past I really loved Buenos Aires by the way, and I think Sochi offers a lot for the future. In terms of character though, Suzuka and Spa/Francorchamps do it the most for me.

    #148517

    Well, thanks for the reply…

    Some of you suggest that I, if I were mr. Ecclestone, would turn F1 into a European competition. This is far from the case. Japan, Australia and Brazil have established themselves well as F1 countries in my view. The three nations have deep-rooted racing cultures and produced a number of high-quality drivers. No need to be confined to Europe with venues such as Interlagos, Suzuka and Albert Park. Also, I am definately not against pushing bounderies. China makes business-sense. Korea, a market of 48,5 million consumers and close to F1-crazy Japan, the Russian Far East and Northeast China, makes sense and the Singapore race can serve Southeast-Asia. And racing in the USA is good for prestige….

    But how about two (!!!) races in the UAE sandbox? C’mon there’s only about 4,5 million people living there, 85 percent of them impoverished guest-workers from countries where owning a car is rare… And nobody can seriously argue the region (Iraq, Iran) makes for much of a market. Sure the sheikhs of the UAE must have paid a nice price with their oil-dollars but wouldn’t the stands of Donington Park, Hockenheim or Imola be more crowded, and crowded with people who actually care (fans, not rich folk on a weekend trip to the UAE)? Isn’t investing in those fans real long-term planning, as opposed to short-term profit-taking in the Middle-East?

    And what’s up with a race in both Singapore and Malaysia? Essentially that’s 2 races in an entity in population smaller than Spain and again without any racing culture (I still try to forget about Alex Yoong) . Isn’t 1 race for that area enough? Europe is an entity of about half a billion ppl. The IRL is organizing 15 races in North America (with a population smaller than that of Europe), 1 race in Japan and 1 in Brazil. Now that’s too few races across the globe, but I think F1 is overdoing it. And I am saying that as a European who travels across the globe several times a year with a huge smile.

    Just to remind you folks: of the 26 drivers in action this year 19 are European, 2 Japanese, 1 Australian and 3 Brazilian. The only wild goose here is an Indian who btw wasn’t very good. And which of the teams has a factory/team outside of Europe? Even our Indian team is actually, if you look at it’s members, a British team paid for by a rich Indian who needed a hobby.

    All I argue for is maybe a race or two extra in the European heartland of the F1-world, and a little less in places that pay but do not love the sports.

    Kind regards,

    Johannes

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