The Renault may not be down much power anymore, but it certainly had reliability issues at the beginning. I think Red Bull are unfairly riding the “Renault Sucks” bus to deflect blame from their car which hasn’t lived up to the last 4 years of dominance.
Have you seen where Sauber are compared to last year? How do you know that the difference is constructors, not engines?
I also don’t think that the Renault engine is as bad as Red Bull want us all to believe. Red Bull got out-qualified by Mercedes by 0.5 seconds, the same circuit where Alonso and Renault dominated in 2003 despite having…[Read more]
The loss of the network (ABC) deal in 2008 (that used to cover the whole schedule) didn’t help. F1 gets low ratings on NBCSN as well, only NHL hockey tends to draw consistently well on that channel.
The ratings for ABC coverage have been good, even Indy 500 qualifying had north of 1 million viewers.
IndyCar’s long path to any kind of serious popularity remains its greatest challenge, six years on from reunification.
The condensing of the 2014 schedule into an intense burst of races across five months was partly done to increase its impact, and this note in press release is a sign it may have had a positive effect.
It’s a clear sign the…[Read more]
@f1kb Thanks for answering my questions! One of my main beefs with Olav in his latter years at RTL7 was his mumbling and rehashing facts we could see, being more involved maybe lit his spark again.
I think I’ll give it a try for the Belgian GP, I can luckily subscribe/cancel instantly, so I don’t mind the 15 euros for once. (As I’d say it…[Read more]
One observation: Anyone looking at the constructors championship for the first time would say Renault have the second best engine in 2014.
2. Red Bull Renault
4. Williams Mercedes
5. Force India Mercedes
6. McLaren Mercedes
7. Toro Rosso Renault
8. Lotus Renault
9. Marussia Ferrari
10. Sauber Ferrari
11. Caterham…[Read more]
I’m strongly against success ballasts, anywhere.
Or reverse grids, of course. Though somehow, as another user posted on one of the articles, Flavio’s return to F1 was nonetheless an instant success.
“Let’s build the best car we can, let’s spend millions researching new solutions so we can have an advantage over our competition that the FIA will diminish with ballast because that’s the right way to do for the field to be competitive”
Yeah… that always work.
Again. Why? why is this needed? if they don’t want the dominant car to win, why not…[Read more]
The problem with F1 is the constant changes of rules. That’s one of the point why people don’t watch it; they do not understand it.
As @GeeMac mentioned above as ‘qualifying handicap’, why would you handicap the team/driver that has done a better job? They don’t do that in football, and it’s the most popular sport over the globe.
Teams spend millions upon millions designing and developing their car. For them to then be punished for doing the best job completely goes against what Formula 1 is all about. Formula 1 needs to celebrate design genius too, not just make it all about the drivers. Colin Chapman, Gordon Murray and Adrian Newey deserve their place in Formula 1…[Read more]
I think the majority would be strongly against. I know I would be. It’d be the final straw for me if they bought this in.
And @GeeMac – completely agree with everything bar the Formula E fanboost thing. Can’t get my head around that.
Remarkably there are now rumours success ballast is being considered for F1. Obviously it’s already widely used in touring cars. Would it be acceptable in F1?
I have to say I’m strongly against it. I don’t agree with handicapping the top performers. To my mind it’s another example of the integrity of the sport being sacrificed in the name of…[Read more]
Me and my good lady wife are driving down on Wednesday 3rd September and stopping near Lecco on Lake Como as part of our honeymoon.
Really looking forward to the weekend now!
Has anyone stopped up in Lake Como before? I’ve been in touch with our campsite and we can get the train down from Lecco (30 mins).
We have tickets for one…[Read more]
Maldonado on Bianchi – a classic!
My (serious) vote goes to Ricciardo getting past Hamilton, as he didn’t attack in the predictable DRS place, but instead hung back a little at the last corner, made sure he got turn 1 just right, then threw the kitchen sink at Lewis into turn 2. Really enjoyed that one, particularly as it was his second attempt.
I guys, I’m new to this message board.
My and my good lady wife are off to Monza in September and I would love to hear from anyone who has or who is going to Monza, any info, tips or recommendations would be greatly received.
We are driving down on Wednesday 3rd Sept and stopping near Lecco on Lake Como (as part of our honeymoon).
Its our first…[Read more]
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