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    http://www.planet-f1.com/story/0,18954,3213_5192633,00.html Perhaps some new car bits for Renault? Can't wait for friday practice.
  2. I find that Ferrari are being total asshats for letting this assumption (it has been neither confirmed or denied) flourish. Stefano Dumbenicali better get his head on straight about all of this. I'm sure Ferrari are trying to skate under the radar now, considering a lot of attention is on Mclaren but honestly Ferrari look like fools right now; letting a 7 time WDC take the blame for a tire choice decision is totally bush league. How about if someone actually running the team steps up and says, "yeah my bad. You're right we look like amatuers. Now we're gonna pull our collective heads out of our asses and figure out how to actually finish some races." That would be brilliant, Ferrari. Thanks.
  3. Yeah, I recently saw an older interview with Kimi (I think it was 2007 when he first started with Ferrari) basically reiterating that Ferrari will be his last F1 team. Considering how his contract is up at the end of the 2010 season and he's already made his rally debut - I suspect that he's got one foot out of F1. He's basically said point blank that he loves the drive but hates the BS of F1.
  4. good cuz I don't. Damn Alonso fan...ruining it for all us other damn Alonso fans. PS - Nelsinho. What a maroon. I'm not sure if I should pity him or continue to mock him. Yeah...mocking is definitely the way to go.
  5. For a man who's universally known for having a shrewd business mind and has made a gazillion dollars, he sure says some moronic things. Yeah I guess he's right. How were they to know that it would rain... in the afternoon...in Malaysia...during monsoon season? Ecclestone stands by late start time By Jonathan Noble Monday, April 6th 2009, 07:11 GMT Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone sees no reason to abandon the move to twilight races, despite seeing the Malaysian Grand Prix cut short because of a downpour. Ecclestone had insisted that the Sepang race should start at 5pm this year, because it would help boost television audience figures back in Europe. However, as expected, the race was marred by the evening rain showers common to the region - and in the end had to be called off when conditions made it too dangerous to continue. Despite the chaos of the race, Ecclestone has made it clear that he still thinks the start time is correct. Speaking to AUTOSPORT about whether he had regrets about starting the race at 5pm, Ecclestone said: "No. I just have regrets about the rain. "I don't see anything wrong with the start time, we just didn't know about the rain. If we had started at 2pm then it would have rained as well." Despite Ecclestone's stance about the start time, Malaysian GP organisers have said they want to speak to F1's commercial chiefs to discuss the situation. Sepang International Circuit chairman Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir told the New Straits Times that he was looking into the matter. "We will review it," he said. "As to exactly what time it will start next year, we are not sure. But we are reviewing the timing for next year's race." F1 teams themselves have had a mixed response to the decision to move the Malaysian race start time back to 5pm. BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen said: "We should not have a twilight race. Either we have a race without lighting, then it should finish earlier, or we have a night race and you can go on when you want. Here it was on the edge. "It would have been on the edge in dry conditions and I have heard before that they are discussing to pull it forward again for next year. "It [an abandoned race] is definitely not what we want to see, but that is not depending on the time of the day. We had that at Sao Paulo at 2pm too. What we have to understand is that here, generally in Malaysia, rain probability raises in the afternoon." But Renault boss Flavio Briatore told AUTOSPORT: "This was about the weather. You can control the start time but you cannot control the weather. "We were unlucky because yesterday the storm was at the same time, and today as well. I believe if it wasn't for the weather, then the timing was great for Europe. Sure, the people watching the racing had fun."
  6. <raises hand> Alonso fan right here. And agreed. Brilliant start but so-so race. Welcome King. As you can see Murray is also quite the Alonso fan
  7. Awkward pre-race interview on Speedtv with Piquet Sr. I kinda feel sorry for junior, tbh...
  8. Just read that Kimi topped the timesheets during practice. Excellent. Can't wait to go home and watch the dvr. Should be an interesting quali considering all that's going on...
  9. Sorry Macca, Lewis just threw you guys under the bus.
  10. I dunno. Seems a bit contradictory. I think we can all agree the race steward system is flawed. However, to question the stewards for correcting an error seems like a no-win situation.
  11. Understood and agreed that Macca got lost in the land of epic stupidity when it pulled this off-track maneuver. You're right. The FIA could impose such a penalty. My point is that in doing so they would provide endless fuel for conspiracy theorists, so I hope it doesn't come to fruition, even if it might be deserved. I'm of the opinion that the punishment meted out to Hamilton for going along with such foolishness was appropriate. My only regret is that Alonso didn't gain a position from this mess.
  12. The reality of F1 would suggest that throwing them out of the championship would not be the optimal choice. Perhaps a race suspension? IMO, throwing them out would have the danger of elevating them to matrys (to some), which they certainly are not. Honestly, I think the McLaren (white-hats) vs. Evildoers (stewards, Ferrari, FA) has gone stale. Take the bad with the good and let's get on with it.
  13. I am no fan of Macca, but I will admit that past steward decisions have been debatable when it comes to Mr. Hamilton. However, the phrase "monumentally idiotic" would not be enough to describe the utter stupidity of this move by Lewis and Macca. Honestly, what c#ckup lawyer would recommend lying to the stewards about what happened on the track? A rank amatuer may not have been able to foresee a chain of events that would lead Trulli/Toyota to say, "hey wait a minute...," which would lead to a review of video, which would lead to a review of car telemetry, which would lead to a review of pit-to-car transmission?! Seriously. Who told Lewis to lie? I'm sorry, but I'm not buying the lawyer made us do it excuse. Not the brightest move by McLaren and Mr. Hamilton. Honestly though, I hope the FIA don't levy more sanctions against Lewis - that would be a shame.
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