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  1. On 4/8/2021 at 6:36 AM, blackpebel said:

    Aye.. Indeed.

    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. 4 hours ago, Sakae said:

    I think we will hear from them soon - we are concentrating on 2022. That's my prediction, but, again, I will be happy to be wrong.

    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. 4 hours ago, BradSpeedMan said:

    True Rus, especially the AM part. I think from testing there are conclusions that Alfa Romeo might be as quick or even quicker than Ferrari which might pose some problems. It will be a real shame if the customer beats the supplier with it's vaunted strength, although, with Binotto at the helm, I do actually think it can happen. You still have a top driver in Kimi and Gio has improved every year.

    What are the goals of those teams then? Talent spotting? The thrill of racing? 

    They inevitably end up,... near bankcrupt

    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. 5 hours ago, Sakae said:

    I need to sh** up now, because I am most negative about their prospect around here. I think they are overrated, last year was a fluke, but in a week or so, lets actual racing do the talking. What is getting to me, that I think I have seen this movie before. Rhetoric, poor training, and I also do remember how it ended.

    I am however also flexible and open minded to accept success and admit I was wrong, if they give me reason for it.

    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. 22 hours ago, Sakae said:

    AM ranks 7th

    I say.

    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. 21 hours ago, lipstick79 said:

     U mean like, the LAST 4 season`s - a building season
    Just a DIFFERENT name above the factory now.
    > As Force India, they built and as Racing Point, they built - did NOT come close enough.
    As Aston Martin - the foundations SHOULD already B in place.
    NO point this season bein a building season 4 ANY team.
    The Regs WILL soon change.
    Anythin built WILL B, swept UNDER the carpet 4 the NEW regs. In 2022

    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. 7 hours ago, Sakae said:

    Date 2020.04.10   Time 7:53 (UTC)

    The thread has been moved from a racing section. Its purpose is, as the heading suggests, let you express on these pages what's on your mind (big thanks to Wes for allowing it).

    I have to thank everyone who has contributed in positive manner to earlier thread, and I have to apologies for not being able to transfer all posts. For the record, posts aren't deleted, just out of the way, so we stop adding to it. This was another thing, I could not "freeze it", but that's OK. We can carry on happily in here.

    I have to also thank to my partner Brad (a gentle fellow). 




    Just testing to see if this works:  http://@Sakae

    Not sure how you are linking people's names into the thread.


  9. Well, looks like the forum is back up. I am here to stay....I am not going back (even though I was a moderator there). I gather the same is true for Lyria/Angellica.

    The guy (Mark Karp) closed the forum there for months without warning and would not communicate with us. So......

    At least now we are able to tell the rest of the forum mates where we went to.

  10. Yes, I had a business website with a forum and I noticed that it starting dying off around 2007 or so. The same appears to have been the case later with, although it was with a lot more drama. I gather that this forum is not as active as it once was.

    I do have facebook, linkedin, twitter and a blog, mostly for business. I still prefer the community of a forum and have developed some real friends in the process.

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