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About Ruslan

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  1. Yea, there was a time, after his firing from Mclaren, when he was my least favorite driver out there. I wasn’t to impressed with him trying to blackmail Ron Dennis (and I am no Ron Dennis fan). But, in the end all those impressive drives with underperforming cars got my attention. So yea, even if you are not an Alonso fan, you are an Alonso fan.
  2. Well, I am sure that will be the ultimate decision. Whether Vettel was aware that is what will happen and whether he is going to be patiently part of the process will be interesting to watch.
  3. Well, certainly backmarkers have a motivation to cheat a little in testing to get some good times and some free press. Never hurts. So, I will wait until qualifying and race day before I make a decision as to where Alfa really is at.
  4. Well, I do think Aston Martin was a little overrated. Ferrari was certainly going to bounce back and with its large budget and the vestiges thereof, was probably going to bounce back to 3rd place. McLaren is on the rise, and there were times late last season when Alpine/Renault looked to be the third best team out there. I suspect they are also on the rise, especially now that they are budgeted up to the cap and have Alonso on board. So yea, it is kind of natural to expect Aston Martin to fall back to sixth. The question is: Is Aston Martin ready to beat Alpine and McLaren? Before the season, I thought it was possible. After testing, clearly they are not quite within reach. On the other hand, I do think they have a long-term ambitious plan, which may well mean they could be a real competitive team in 3-4 years. It becomes easier to break into the top 3 now that there is a budget cap. We shall see how Daddy Stroll does.
  5. We will see how the two Alpha/Alfa teams do. I don’t really consider them real teams in the long run, but if Red Bull and Ferrari are doing well, they also do well. But they are not designed to move forward and be an actual regular race winning team year after year. I gather that is the goal of AM.
  6. Now, from a practical point of view, I gather the real issue is that Mercedes and the very similar Aston Martin do not respond as well to the new aero rules by Ross Brawn, whereas Red Bull with its high rake concept, is less affected by the changes. So, if that is the case, then some of the changes that Mercedes and AM make will result in improvement over the next couple of races. Not sure if we are going to see a rush to high rake cars. But if so, I gather this will evolving across multiple teams over the season, kind of like the double diffuser season where one team showed up with an aerodynamic advantage created by rule changes, and it took a half-season for the rest of the teams to catch up. So, if Red Bull does have an aerodynamic advantage caused by the high rake, then they kind of have to win the championship in the first half of the season, before everyone catches up. The first couple of races will be interesting and very telling.
  7. Well, part of the reason for Force India/Racing Point success was that everyone else was in the doldrums. Ferrari last year was a disaster, McLaren has been in trouble for a few years, Renault wasn’t living up to its potential, etc. Now it appears they are all coming back and the end result is Aston Martin doesn’t look as good. But, with all the money coming in, the tie-in with Aston Martin, marketing, etc.... they should be improving over the season and into the next. In the past they looked better because so many other major teams were down. So yea, a building season.
  8. Hey guys. It looks to me like Aston Martin is the 6th best team on the grid and has reliability problems to boot. It could be a very long season for them. I suspect this will turn into a building season for them. Where they are at the end of season will be pretty telling.
  9. Just testing to see if this works: http://@Sakae Not sure how you are linking people's names into the thread.
  10. Hey Paolo,

       I am thinking about migrating forums (again). I have been disappointed in the quality of posting in this forum and find myself mostly just talking to you (not that this is a bad thing). is kind of ghost of a forum.

       I was approached last week by a new forum: They asked me to join their forum and also post to their front page. I was hardly looking for another writing project, having just finished up the first draft of a new book....but, I am tempted by the forum and the format. Apparently Lipstick79 has already migrated there (as Pepsi79).  

       So....1) would you be tempted to move to this new forum and 2) would you be tempted to post your great post-race summaries to the front page? I am probably going to take them up on the offer to post on their front page occasionally, although I already have a blog I maintain: ....but I consider your post-race summaries far better than anything I can write.

       I have told them that you are the guy they really want on their forum, although I have not told them anything about your background.

       Anyhow, let me know if you are interested in migrating.










  11. Welcome Hawaii. Why 5.44? P.S. I was born in Honolulu: Tripler Army Hospital.
  12. Just bumping this thread up. Do we have any new members?
  13. This is my new home...although I have not been very active lately.
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