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  1. Embarrassing

    Teams come and go. It was always that way. It would be useful if some teams on weaker side realize that, and stop dragging everybody else to abyss. Much had changed for their benefit in recent years, and I doubt towards better. Regulations should not choke competitive spirit in technical field to death. Drivers expressed their doubt that latest changes to car aero will lead to better racing, but what do they know...(/sarcasm off). Problem is, it will take a few years to prove who is right; them, or some nameless individuals in the background who put their stamp onto a design. I am one of those who believe in design and it's validation on the track with real cars running in close proximity by top shelve drivers capable providing objective feedback. I am not aware of any real track time that was implemented in London's offices.To make things even more "interesting", then comes in last moment a new tire which surprises them all (and not always pleasantly), and scramble for patching up continues.
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    Over time it has become obvious to everyone, that there is no such thing as foolproof regulations. Since series inception, teams sought compliance with regulations, yet deviate from everyone else in how to interpret facts. That's true F1 DNA. If you want to prevent exceptionalism, then you have to create standardise series, and we pretty much heading to that point, and get a new name for it. I can think of one such suitable name - "Former F1 series". US conservative essayist Dr. George Will once said, paraphrasing, "there is no point to make laws, that you cannot enforce". I think you cannot put lid on man's desire to better himself and improve. That is one of the tenets FiA ought to be well advised to keep on their minds. (Not they would listen.)
  3. Embarrassing

    Good question for Liberty and FiA. I didn't say I like what happened to Ferrari (alleged fuelgate). As apparent for some time, I am in the column which believes that F1 is heading wrong direction with their current regulatory and commercial policies. E-series is probably a winer here. Brawn let me down.
  4. Embarrassing

    Well, isn't this exactly what Liberty is pushing on teams, being the same (uniformity)? Take most recent case of Ferrari; obviously they haven't broke any laws (FiA has not charge them), yet as soon as they become innovative and got chance to get ahead, all he~~ broke loose in paddock and F1 tabloid press.
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    All good questions, however I think while Honda is not 100% on board (yet), they would prefer to stay. That's my feeling. Technology thrust and promotion might perhaps sway them to follow the trend, especially if all money will move to electrics. Regarding RBR, well there is always the option Horner dropping on his knees and pleading for mercy. We should also not forget RB on several occasions declared, that unless conditions after 2020 aren't to their liking, they too will leave series. Admittedly I am not paying too much attention to Horner and Co. therefore I am not sure how seriously they meant all threats. On the side note, as rhetorical question, intent to leave is one thing, but on pragmatic level, who will buy all those abandoned teams left behind? Huge investments were made, and dumping it means huge losses. With budgetary restrictions a lot of people will look for new jobs, as teams cannot keep everyone employed. What's with McLaren? Are they closing the door?
  6. Embarrassing

    That's true, however as you surely know, ownership is different, and therefore decision whether to continue beyond 2020 is done independently in different boardrooms. Point I was making, that a decision by one may or may not necessarily mean their partner will follow.
  7. Embarrassing

    In ref. to Renault, I am holding back on any forecast to where they are heading. Especially now when Brexit is presumed as done deal. It seems Renault let themselves down this year, I have no doubt about it. With Carlos Ghosn's departure (reminds me of Ferrari), force behind got muted, and new big telephone numbers -- Jean-Dominique Senard as chairman and Ghosn’s former deputy Thierry Bolloré -- are question marks in terms of formulating technology of future. Probably not as much what, but how to get there. From some sketchy reports both men are not very found of F1 (as it is today). Time will tell. No-one from the group Mercedes, Ferrari, Honda, Renault or RBR are on board yet 100% for continuation beyond 2020, and may withdraw anytime. Anyone who thinks people are hungry to stay in that mess F1 is today are deluding themselves. Problem is, not all news about negotiations is public, and tabloid F1 media and lackey websites can be ignored with their insidious opinions. We have to wait for real news, which means, confirmation signatures on the bottom line.
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    Point is, there is nothing substantive to discus here from my side about Ferrari's alleged games with fuel, unless concrete evidence emerges. Next to admission by someone in red suit, FiA is the only one external organ which can speak authoritatively on that subject, yet everyone from that group is quiet. On several other bulletin boards imagination runs rampant on dark side about this subject, I am however not going to accuse Ferrari from cheating, as some others do. There are other plausible technical explanations related to degradation of performance. Fuel related audit on red cars was performed, nothing sensational came out of it, and now is time to move on.
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    It is not new revelation that in pre-season testing teams very seldom reveal their full capabilities. Beats me why, but there must be something to it, since tradition is alive and well. Pre-season charade is as old as racing itself, and good reason for large part to ignore it. First six races in a season is good size sample to plunge into speculations about individual potentials. (At least that's what I am doing.)
  11. Embarrassing

    Ferrari... Situation with Sebastian is unconfirmed in terms of his seat in 2021, however it might have been decided at the top already; I am of course speculating, seeing how they dealt with him through the year, and how thick air is around him today.
  12. Embarrassing

    I am not going to argue your point Ruslan, welcome back BTW, since I have some doubts about veracity of your premise that Ferrari was the best car to beat on the track even for a one race, for there are numerous factors in the play, which could be deceiving and hiding naked truth about Mercedes's PR strategy. Who knows what was going on in that camp, but surely that's not your point. Yours, I gather, is focus on degradation of Ferrari performance which is (mostly in UK's supermarket tabloids) attributed to fuel pull-back. Interesting, but not worth time to lose sleep over that. FiA investigated, no one was charged, thus there is nothing much to know as factual, but leave us to speculate. Mattia Binotto said just a few days ago, ours wasn't best car, and we do plan to do better next year. The man has a point. BTW I've read Publius; fantastically perceptive fellow (IMHO), and I am really sorry I was forced out from there, and consequently left out from the discourse. Good man he is to educate rest of us.
  13. 2021 Rule Changes

    Where can I find a place to quietly applaud to one of the brightest among us? Publius...
  14. 2021 Rule Changes

    As Marie Antoinette said: That's that.
  15. 2021 Rule Changes

    You can say Mercedes, not Hamilton, won all races in last 5 years.