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16th April 2013, 21:59 at 9:59 pm #200367
What a sad state of affairs. The worst thing is there’s no real prospect of change while the same hardliners are in power and the irrational Iranophobia persists.
It’s also such a shame that the Bahrain GP is causing such damage to F1’s reputation. I know that’s a very trivial complaint compared to the woes the Bahraini Shias are facing, but F1 has been a huge part of my life since I was a kid, and to see quite how rotten and amoral it has become is really quite saddening.15th April 2013, 16:25 at 4:25 pm #231999
Lin- I’m not suggesting that Nakajima deserves a return- he was pretty mediocre at Williams- but it’s unusual for there not to be a Japanese driver on the grid, and maybe Honda’s return will bring the Japanese funding to support them15th April 2013, 13:04 at 1:04 pm #231996
Interesting that Kazuki Nakajima was champion last season. Wonder if he could ever make a return to F1 if he got some sponsors behind him?18th February 2013, 10:18 at 10:18 am #225378
Great work Guilherme! I’d love to see them ranked in order of what they’re paying or how much space they have, but presumably that information isn’t available20th January 2013, 11:44 at 11:44 am #221109
Wow, that was a big one. Hope it doesn’t hurt his confidence too much, it must already have been quite low having been outpaced by Ogier all weekend9th January 2013, 23:12 at 11:12 pm #221079
Anyone know if/ where Ott Tanak will be driving this season. I had a quick look online but I couldn’t find what, if any, plans he has for 2013. It’d be a shame if he wasn’t driving, he had been touted as the next big thing over the last few years.2nd April 2012, 0:29 at 12:29 am #198315
Ostberg is one of my favourite drivers at the moment so I should be glad to see him win. But it´s such an undesirable way to take your maiden win, reminding me of the timing debacle at the 2003 Brazilian GP robbing Giancarlo Fisichella of the chance to celebrate his first win.
Also, the WRC could do without this right now. They´re trying to rebuild and changing the results after the rally is over is always going to annoy and confuse the casual fan.
I know rules are rules, and if the car was illegal then I suppose it needed to be penalised, but did the crime warrant exclusion? I recall Sebastien Loeb getting a time penalty after Rally Australia in (I think) 2009 rather than outright exclusion24th January 2012, 2:24 at 2:24 am #190413
A dodo egg24th January 2012, 2:22 at 2:22 am #190743
I´m amazed everyone seems to think Solberg has a shout. He peaked years ago, he´s rarely even threatened to win in the last few years. Even in his heyday I don´t think he was ever anything particularly special. Ford would seem to agree because they´ve admitted he´s officially number 2 to Latvala this season.
Saying as Ogier doesn´t have a WRC car this season and Hirvonen is never going to beat Loeb in the same car, the only other man I see having a shot at the title is Latvala. I think he´s far better than his career results so far would suggest, and with a combination of more luck and fewer crashes he could regularly have the beating of Loeb11th January 2012, 1:27 at 1:27 am #188510
Can I do the full grid myself?! I’ll keep it as realistic as I can without being too boring
1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Jean Eric Vergne
3. Heikki Kovalainen
4. Timo Glock
5. Kimi Raikkonen
6. Jules Bianchi
7. Sebastian Vettel
8. Paul di Resta
9. Fernando Alonso
10. Michael Schumacher
11. Rubens Barrichello
12. Nico Rosberg
14. Felipe Massa
15. Romain Grosjean
16. Mark Webber
17. Neel Jani
18. Vitaly Petrov
19. Jarno Trulli
20. Jenson Button
21. Kamui Kobayashi
22. Marc Gene
23. Sergio Perez
24. Adrian Sutil
25. Daniel Ricciardo17th November 2011, 9:45 at 9:45 am #184601
Oh yeah, I completely forgot about that! Probably because Saward’s love for Liuzzi seems to have cooled considerably this year17th November 2011, 0:04 at 12:04 am #184599
I don’t like Vijay Mallya at all (I particularly hate that preened goatee of his), but I’d always take what Joes Saward says about him with a pinch of salt. Saward seems to have built up quite a vendetta towards him17th November 2011, 0:00 at 12:00 am #184662
PM- I think what you say is generally correct, but you shouldn’t forget the fact that Loeb is getting on a bit, and Hirvonen must have considered that he could be the lead driver at Citroen as early as 2013. Maybe he’s looking at the bigger picture here16th November 2011, 15:06 at 3:06 pm #184652
Exciting news! I wasn’t really expecing it, but I suppose it should hardly be a surprise given how little support Citroen were giving to Ogier.
Ogier is supposed to be off to Ford now, and it’ll be fascinating to see him up against Latvala. Then again, if the deal hasn’t been signed maybe Volkswagon could tempt him with a big money offer?
Either way, looking at the long run surely the big loser in this is Citroen. As long as Loeb is around they’ll be fine, but maybe he won’t be around for more than a year or two more. Ogier was surely the man to guarantee them continued success in the future- I certainly don’t think Hirvonen can guarantee that, and besides he’s no spring chicken himself23rd October 2011, 10:09 at 10:09 am #183536
I remember that terrible week back in July 2009 where first Henry Surtees was killed in F2 and then Felipe Massa was terribly injured in Hungary. On the weekend of Massa’s incident I was actually at the MotoGP at Donington, and I remember the fright I got every time I saw a rider fall and their bike disintegrate. I had grown up thinking that serious injuries and fatalities in motorsport were a thing of the past, and that week shattered that illusion.
The last 7 days have usurped that week in my mind as the most shocking few days in motorsport I can remember. Seeing the Wheldon death was a huge bolt from the blue, a nasty shock. The Simoncelli news shocked me just as much, but already I’m beginning to come to terms with it.
I suppose it’s finally beginning to dawn on me the inevitability that when you speed big hunks of metal around a racetrack at 200mph thinks will inevitably go wrong and people will die. The human body is very fragile. Perhaps the bigger surprise should be that it doesn’t happen more often?
I think motorsport will take a lot of criticism in the next few days, and I fully understand that. It’s wrong for us fanatics to sit on our high horse looking down on people for daring to criticise something we love. If I was John Smith, the man on the street, I’d be asking why people are going out and losing their lives for our entertainment. And I bet there are plenty of sponsors out there who justifiably won’t want to be associated with these tragedies