Bullfrog

Forum Replies Created

Viewing 5 posts - 451 through 455 (of 455 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #150248

    Bullfrog
    Participant

    Thought he raced well today, with fewer errors than his otherwise decent races in Korea and Monza. Good clean defence against faster cars, particularly Hamilton, and he kept ahead of Kubica for lap after lap. It took some top-class attacks and dummies from Webber and Alonso to outsmart him, and he was unlucky to lose out being lapped just before the safety car.

    The other impressive thing about the pole is it was a normal grid behind him, not a crazy mixed-up one.

    I guess even Rubens will go over the hill eventually, but he’s got some OK results for Williams, it was his idea to go on slicks in qualifying (which Hulkenberg then tried, you know the rest) and it sounds like he’s contributed greatly to car development this year and next. As for dropping Rubens for a pay driver – that’s no way to end such a distinguished career, surely even Frank Williams wouldn’t do that…!

    #150139

    Bullfrog
    Participant

    I think Lotus should become Renault.

    #142146

    Bullfrog
    Participant

    Watched the Watkins Glen Indycar race last night – a modern incarnation of a classic track – and was shocked how narrow the track seemed, and how close the steel barriers were to it, in areas where F1 fanatics would expect to see masses of tarmac run-off! No way F1 could go back there without a lot of gardening. And there were one or two rumours it would, before Austin was announced.

    Couldn’t agree more about Barcelona – that last turn should be as fast as possible for me – and I’d also change the new chicane at Spa. Would love to see a nearly-flat-out left-hander heading towards La Source, or failing that a faster chicane where a driver can attack and make a difference (like the old Bus Stop).

    #135538

    Bullfrog
    Participant

    “I should have engaged a more aggressive manager” – that’s the telling part for me. Arguably it was contacts that helped him to his most competitive F1 drive, as Ross Brawn and Tom Walkinshaw from the Jaguar sportscar team were involved at Benetton in ’92.

    He never had the benefit of continuity – seemed to move teams each year – so he’d be holding out for a drive all winter (most spectacularly with McLaren), miss out on the pre-season, then make a slow start to the season, and only hit his stride once the best drives (and his own one) were gone…

    I was always impressed how he seemed to apply this experience to managing another driver. He helped keep David Coulthard secure at McLaren for year after year, then into a key role at Red Bull.

    Seemed a bright and resourceful driver, and a proper all-rounder, with a great record in sportscars, and tried other things like rallies and IROC in the States. Someone mentioned Nick Heidfeld, and I’d agree – MB often qualified behind his team-mate but would match or beat him in the race. But equally he’d get stuck, or hit, in the midfield.

    #136344

    Bullfrog
    Participant

    It’s always good fun when a caption competition breaks out, so I wonder if more attention could be drawn to the comments on pictures – say a number in brackets after each caption that links to its comments.

    It’s nice to be able to comment on an individual photo, but I wonder if anyone ever reads these.

    And how about limiting the length on individual comments – or paragraphs? ;)

Viewing 5 posts - 451 through 455 (of 455 total)