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29th December 2014, 3:42 at 3:42 am #289690
@Rodney That depends on what you exactly define by “settling into”. Alonso was a long time Renault driver even before his second spell with the team. He joined the team as test driver in 2002 and then raced from 2003 to 2006 – four years as a driver plus one as test driver. That seems reasonable enough to me. Five years with Ferrari (2010 to 2014) also seems long enough to me, for a driver who is keen on winning and adding to his title tally.
Staying on and on with a team isn’t necessarily a plus point for a competitive driver. If Schumacher, Vettel or Hamilton have stayed long with some teams it is probably because, either things were good or they had the belief that things would get better. When they knew or felt it wouldn’t they left their respective squads.
Ayrton Senna never “settled in” based on your definition – one year with Toleman, three years with Lotus and six years with McLaren (that too the last year was spent grudgingly) before the fateful Williams spell. Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet are all examples.23rd December 2014, 5:37 at 5:37 am #289482
Hearty thanks to @Prof Kirk (a professor indeed) for that exhaustive list. I acknowledge my forgetfulness of many key aspects, particularly that of Button and Vettel’s pre-Red Bull years.
Thanks also to @JamieFranklinF1 for dusting the cobwebs about Button’s vast pre-McLaren experience.17th December 2014, 13:54 at 1:54 pm #289196
Yeah, how silly of me to forget Vettel’s Toro Rosso and BMW Sauber years. Just overlooked them. So Vettel has race winning experience with Ferrari and Renault engines. Thanks for reminding mate.20th June 2014, 5:07 at 5:07 am #26352819th June 2014, 7:08 at 7:08 am #263377
Thanks for the information @andae23. 1970 was when most of the grid switched to the full face helmets, but since the picture from 1970 shows him in an open face helmet he could have been the last one to change…22nd May 2012, 21:53 at 9:53 pm #201818
Another brilliant Robin Gibb number!22nd May 2012, 20:44 at 8:44 pm #201817
One of my favourite Robin Gibb and Bee Gees masterclass performances.22nd May 2012, 18:53 at 6:53 pm #201816
Robin, your voice will always be ringing in our ears22nd May 2012, 17:35 at 5:35 pm #201815
That’s absolutely true, F1Yankee. I’ve watched their 1997 comeback tour video again and again. Listening to it just make your mind light. It’s a strange feeling of nostalgia and aesthetic pleasure. There are few things that attract me apart from following motor racing, and the Bee Gees are certainly one of them.14th February 2012, 7:10 at 7:10 am #192386
It will be freezing to the bone in New Delhi at that time of the year!
Anyway, I loved the GT1 championship in its first year thanks to those exotic models such as Lamborghini Murcielago, Ford GT, Nissan GT-R, Maserati MC12, etc. I haven’t been following it after that. I read somewhere that the series will now only be open to GT2 cars? I hope the series succeeds but I like to see more Lambos, Fords, Nissans and even some American muscle cars such as the Camaro and Mustang in a championship together. I’m tired of seeing the Porsche 911 GT3 RS silhouette every other time.
In fact the Italian Superstars championship really caught my attention because of the wide range of machinery being raced including a big Chrysler. Don’t know how the series is now.30th January 2012, 15:52 at 3:52 pm #187896
I’m really sorry mate – I didn’t check this post till today when I saw the detailed explanation you’ve given. Thanks a lot – it really cleared my doubts. I am of the opinion that the Dakar is one of the few remnants of real, raw motorsports but I’m absolutely not comfortable with these French people running the entire. This isn’t the only Dakar when some partiality is being shown. Isn’t there anyone to bring the ASO to question some of their decisions?29th January 2012, 21:44 at 9:44 pm #144916
@Fer No.65, @Ned Flanders, and other, check the link above.29th January 2012, 21:43 at 9:43 pm #144915
I should have seen this post earlier. Drawing is one of my passions though I have not quite excelled in it yet. Please check these guys:14th January 2012, 16:42 at 4:42 pm #187890
Thanks for the videos. Yes, his frankness is something we don’t find often in this modern world of corporate diplomacy. Minis are for girls and the girls are non other than Stephane Peterhansel, Nani Roma and the ASO stewards (if Gordon is truly innocent) who whined over what seems to be, to me, discontent over seeing a non-European manufacturer and team winning.
But I could be wrong. I’m not an automobile engineer (I wish I were) or I could have understood what the problem actually is. It seems very complicated. Could anyone tell me in detail what the issue really is?13th January 2012, 13:15 at 1:15 pm #187887
Interesting! It’s a case of “to be or not to be.” Is he really capable of doing anything to win? In today’s 26 Min Dakar broadcast, Peterhansel and Roma were really angry and seemed convinced Gordon has done something. Seems like stewards, penalties and appeals to the FIA are restricted not only to Formula 1!