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  1. For the few

    non-rhyming. Edit button doesn't work. hmm
  2. For the few

    Ah, non-riming poem. Excellent!!!!
  3. The fact that the British press is reporting only half of the facts regarding Williams got me thinking. The fact that Williams is so far behind is well known and there might be a lot of reasons. More puzzling is the fact that Kubica is consistently outperformed by Russell. Now, if these were hundreds or thousands of a second, it could be easily explained by driver's skills (strange as it would be anyway). However, we are talking 0.5 s, which normally means difference in the cars. Williams as much as admitted it after GP china - they had no choice, as when Kubica and Russell swapped floors and nose cone, Kubica was faster in FP-1 by... 0.5 seconds. (they used their own floors and cones for the rest of the weekend, and Kubica was again slower by 0.5 seconds). Kubica said that at the same settings, his car's grip is 8% off the Russell's Having a capability of reading British, as well as Polish press (and, therefore, also German and Italian one), I gathered the following: 1. Chassis - The chassis that Kubica has been driving was built for Barcelona testing. It is widely believed that, besides having over 6,000 km (oldest on the grid), it was faulty due to manufacturing defects. Specifically, it is likely too flexible (thus Kubica cannot attack the kerbs without shedding pieces of his floor). This would explain hitting curbs (too much flexing), lack of predictability, and 8% differencec in aero from Russell. Russell got the newer chassis built to spec. Kubica was to receive new chassis in Barcelona, but after Baku fiasco, it went to Russell (again). Williams stated they have no intention of building a fourth one at this time. Bad luck Kubica. 2. Rest of the car - Kubica seems to be given used spare parts from Russell's car or broken parts repaired by his crew. This includes his floor. Russell receives a complete set of new spares to go with his new chassis. Not to mention Kubica's car develops weird faults and ailments. For instance, in Baku, his brakes worked unpredictably locking at weird moments. 5 minutes before his crash in Q 1, Kubica reported that his brakes don't work correctly. The press took his explanation after a crash as admitting to an error - what he actually said was that he did not / could not (as a Polish person, his word choice could mean either) properly adjust to the changing brake characteristics. Watching video of his first turn in Baku, it's clear that his brakes locked up again and he almost crashed in the same spot. The car CLEARLY swerved to the right, as he was turning left. Not to mention pieces of his car falling off in every race. 3. Pit Crew - Russell so far had flawlessly performing pit crew. Kubica's pit crew committed 2 pit stops of over 10 seconds each (both time crew mistakes). And, of course, that drive-through penalty in Baku due to the race start procedure infringement. Does anyone in Williams know F1 regulations????/ 3. Race management - this one is probably the second worst of his worries after chassis . The transcript of his conversation with his race engineer shows a complete inability of his race engineer to properly communicate appropriate data to Kubica either by complete ineptitude or lack of engagement in the race. How that engineer has a job, is a mystery to me. Not to mention completely baffling strategy, which seems to be designed to slow Kubica down every time he gets close to Russell (like pitting him 7 laps AFTER the virtual safety car, or changing his fast tires to slower once BEFORE the faster ones even started to degrade, or switching his engine to a slower mode): https://www.reddit.com/r/formula1/comments/bioryi/1_oclock_or_11_oclock_engine_mode_6_and_100/ 4. NOBODY on the team talks to Kubica about car improvements. Note, that in EVERY interview when asked about improvements or engineering work, he says " talk to George or the team." this is from the guy who is legendary about giving invaluable information about the car to the engineers (reportedly, last years mid-season improvement was due to the comments he gave engineers). Taken one at a time, these issues point to a badly run team that just doesn't care. Taken together, they point to something more sinister. At the beginning of the season, several Russian bloggers commented to Polish bloggers that they feel sorry for Kubica, because Williams WILL destroy his comeback just like they destroyed Sirotkin's career. I did not understand what they meant. Now I surely do.
  4. What is Williams doing to Kubica????

    Considering how Williams treats Robert's car, I WISH he was driving a Mercedes. And now, British media feels they have to attack Polish fans. This was expected after Robert gain the first point for Williams. I seriously doubt that if George did not make a rookie mistake and allowed Robert's slower car to pass him, ANYBODY would claim it was a "lucky" point. Or claim that Polish fans hate Russell (we hate Williams for favoring Russell in absolutely everything). But, it is expected of "British Mafia" writing about British team with a British driver. It is beyond disgusting but, luckily, reminds people what Williams did to Maldonado in 2013 US GP. Which was even worse.
  5. What is Williams doing to Kubica????

    Brilliant answer. You are kidding me, right? Is this the first year you watch F1? The only reason Williams was ANYWHERE in 2014-15 was the fact that Mercedes' engine was so dominant. Once that started to wear off, Williams pathetic aero work shortcomings became obvious. Remind me where was Williams last year? or 2017? Kubica does EXACTLY what is asked of him. In other words, driving a C-class car without any improvements that go to Georgi first, and with a race engineer, who should be sweeping the garage, not run races in F1. On top of this NOBODY at Williams seems to want to answer the basic question WHY Russell is allowed to use aggressive engine modes (such as "Defend") up to 30-35 laps into the race, while Kubica is told to go to slow "go race" mode on lap 2. EVERY SINGLE RACE. And still, half way through the season, Williams is unable to answer that little question why, if both cars are equal, Kubica car seems to swerve to the right under breaking in every OTHER race. But, of course, this requires a bit of analysis, and not just looking at the time tables...Based on your comment, I bet you read British F1 blogs (or vlogs) run by Russell fanboys that seem to forget that Kubica has been a legend in F1 in terms of his ability to communicate to the engineers what needs to improve in any car he drives. Reading a bit history of this guy would go a long way to imptoving your knowledge of F1... .
  6. Initial thoughts

    For those of you who think this was the right decision by the stewards, go back and re-watch my favorite - Massa vs. Kubica at Fuji in 2007. In the downpour. They each broke several rules, but NOBODY protested or complained. Nobody remembers who won that race, but everybody remembers that short duel. It didn't even matter that Massa won it. It is now a classic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRpQ-w6d6xU
  7. And so here I am, 7 years later. I bet nobody remembers me, but so be it. I'm excited Kubi is back, and like millions (yes, millions) of his fans, I consider him a winner, regardless where he places next year.
  8. Williams: We did BETTER than expected

    You should read the summary of c#ckpit radio between Kubica and his race engineer. Kubica has to correct his engineer several times during the race. Moreover, every time Kubica was closing in on Russell, his race engineer would request him to do things to actually slow him down. And the infraction of the starting procedure is completely inexplicable. Where did Williams get their racing personnel? Karting? It's a disgrace. And now Williams stated Kubica will NOT get a new chassis. So he will have to keep driving that heap for the rest of the season, even though they new it was faulty after Barcelona - TWO MONTH ago!!! WTF, Claire???
  9. You are ridiculous. WHAT stand toward BMW ? Kubica wanted to push for the win, BMW decided to wait, and then quit F1 altogether, so I am a bit confused here. He is NOT bringing as much money as Sirotkin, so he did not "buy" his seat. Vettel is practically as old as Kubica, which makes Vettel a hypocrite. "Nonsense that he will be helping develop the car?" Do you know ANYTHING about Kubica? Do you know ANYTHING about F1 pre 2018????? Literally EVERY team Kubica worked for indicated that his knowledge about the car sets him apart from all other drivers, VETTEL included. Again, it cracks me up when a arm-chair "expert" worries about "the safety." F1 evaluated him in 2017 and determined it is safe for him to drive. People who forgot more than WE will ever know about the safety in F1 declared that Kubica is safe. Kubica clearly has shown he was faster than both Williams drivers to date. So, what is it really that you have a problem with??
  10. Well, if we go that far... I remember Ronnie Peterson burning alive on live TV. Besides that, I agree with you... LOL
  11. Wow, I just noticed the pic in my avatar. My son was 4 years old then. He is 18 now and going to college... i FEEL old. More Kudos to Kubica for coming back after all that time...
  12. Cool! So you remember my fights with Kati regarding Nick Heidfeld vs Kubica? Good old times!
  13. Ecclestone hails Hamilton as saviour of F1 By Alan BaldwinSaturday, October 6th 2007, 04:03 GMT Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has hailed Lewis Hamilton as the saviour of the sport. While the 22-year-old McLaren driver prepared for a Chinese Grand Prix that could make him Formula One's first rookie champion on Sunday, leading lights led a chorus of praise for the Briton. "Lewis Hamilton has been a real breath of fresh air and has resurrected Formula One," Britain's Guardian newspaper quoted commercial rights holder Ecclestone, who is not in Shanghai, as saying. "I have been in motor racing longer than I care to remember, but I have never seen anyone like him. He has been nothing short of a miracle worker. "We lost a big hero in Michael Schumacher but in Lewis we have another. But for him, I'm not sure where the sport would be heading." Hamilton, winner of four races so far this year, leads teammate and double world champion Fernando Alonso by 12 points with just one race remaining after Sunday. He has already claimed a string of records, including first rookie to finish his opening nine races on the podium, youngest British race winner and first driver to score 100 points from his first 15 starts. If he dethrones Alonso, he will also replace the Spaniard as Formula One's youngest champion. "It is painfully obvious to me that the right guy to be world champion is Lewis," said Ecclestone. "In fact, my main fear would be if he didn't win it. Kimi Raikkonen barely talks to anyone and as such has done little for the sport, and as for Fernando Alonso, in his two years as world champion he has done nothing." Damon Hill, Britain's last world champion with Williams in 1996, said he was "totally amazed" by what Hamilton had achieved. Frank Williams, Hill's former boss, compared Hamilton to Ferrari's seven times world champion Schumacher and the late Brazilian champion Ayrton Senna. "He is very special. Once every 10 years they come along, like Ayrton and Michael. It is a very rare event and a fantastic event and a story for Formula One," he told a news conference at the Shanghai circuit. Ferrari boss Jean Todt added his compliments: "Normally a very talented driver in his first year in F1 doesn't drive for a winning team with a winning car. "That was the opportunity he had and he used it very well. We can only have respect and admiration for what he has achieved this year." Hamilton's own team boss, Ron Dennis, said the facts were plain to see. "He has broken more records than any other young driver, and I think the records speak for themselves. We can all eulogise his achievements, but I think actions speak louder than words," he said. "He is just an exceptional talent, and I am sure he will set many more records in the future." Now, with all that's going on and accusations of favoritism flying all around, you'd think that Bernie would watch what he is saying. So, he either doesn't care, or simply doesn't realize what he is saying. I understand what context he said it in, but come ON!!! a little discretion and maybe just a touch neutrality would go a long way, Bernie! Note I do NOT QUESTION the validity or the lack of thereof of what's being said, but rather Bernie's tone. Damn, I HATE when I make a typo in the topic title. It should be "Is Bernie..." Can anyone fix it?
  14. Goodbye Farce 1, You Will Not Be Missed!

    Same genetic material?
  15. Goodbye Farce 1, You Will Not Be Missed!

    Funny, I work with a lady JUST like you - nasty, sarcastic, and vindictive.[ It's GOOD to be back...]
  16. Goodbye Farce 1, You Will Not Be Missed!

    I found the fault with your reasoning. As per Webber, they were both told that the race was over and to dial down their engines. Therefore, Webber expected that, according to his team, Vettel would not be racing or trying to pass him. So, in effect, Vettel cheated. As is appropriate of a team that was cheating for years now. I mean, "were finding ways to bend the rules."
  17. Goodbye Farce 1, You Will Not Be Missed!

    And vice versa, I'm sure.
  18. Goodbye Farce 1, You Will Not Be Missed!

    PLEASE post something I can disagree with? I miss good 'ole times...
  19. Goodbye Farce 1, You Will Not Be Missed!

    Well, I just saw an incredible pass (sans DRS and KERS) by.... Sato! remember him? He is driving indy cars, and boy, was it exciting to watch (St. Petersburg, Fl). Kubica will contest 7 rallies in the WRC series this year, after crashing out (and almost going down a cliff face) in the Canary Island rally (he was leading by 1m05s at that point). DTM is heating up. PLENTY to choose from. And I agree - this was a farce, not a race.
  20. Malaysian Grand Prix

    Exciting, but not as much as Kubi almost going down cliff face in the Canary Islands Rally... [sigh...] I really miss Kubi in F1...
  21. Monza

    OK, I give up. What does it mean? I see most of the Old Guard still here? I'm always lurking, but I'm too busy to watch most of the races nowadays...The bad news with Kubi is his hand looks pale and immobile, almost like an old prosthesis. Also, he limps a bit. BUT, the fact he can drive a race car is a good news. At worst he will join Polish drivers (Holowczyc and Malysz - the first from WRC and the second a multiple World Champion in ski jumping) in the next Dakar Rally. Now THAT would be worth seeing.
  22. Monza

    Never mind all that. KUBICA IS CONTESTING A MINOR RALLY IN ITALY THESE WEEKEND!! based on his interview with an Italian reporter he targets return to F1 for 2014. However, he denied it during his interview with a Polish news program. He stated that he will be racing in 2013, but he doesn't know where. He will also take part in a bigger rally next weekend. All of this is a part of his rehabilitation process. he admitted his hand is not 100% and will likely never be fully functional, but he is working now to compensate for it. The goal of racing now is to "get his body and his head to remember what he did while racing for the last 20 years". Sounds like he is trying to get back to F1 via rallying. I'll keep you posted!!! And yes, the pic below is from yesterday!
  23. Replacing Massa

    Not true. Heidfeldt and Kubica had "the same car" and yet one was thriving and the other didn't (who they were depended on the car and the year. Heidfeld did great in 2007, Kubica in 2008.
  24. Replacing Massa

    It wouldn't work anyway, because Robert is already driving an F1 car. Ok, maybe "driving is a strech, on account he is winning all of the on-line F1 races....
  25. Replacing Massa

    I see you conveniently forgot about 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Of course, we'd rather forget 2007, and 2006 was really only 1/2 season. a triffle compared to one podium finish.