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  1. 5 minutes ago, BradSpeedMan said:

    Here's another issue with that budget cap Sakae

    Horner is rubbing it in. I don't blame him.  He wants to develop more

    This is what happen when technology sector is run by PR people instead qualified engineers.

    This was all so predictable. Maybe Mr. Brown can stand up and explain - what now - to rest of them.

    They have new technology, almost no testing so they didn't know what cr**y car they put out, and they go with budget limit. (Similar to 2014). This is absolutely unbelievable, yet I could tell them the same just sitting on my couch at home.

  2. 2 minutes ago, BradSpeedMan said:

    It was a really great decision to recall KMag.

    Mick is still learning, but he is steadily improving. I've read some good things about him. He definately belongs in top-tier racing

    If we can trust articles posted on the internet (I mostly don't), Guenther Steiner allegedly issued performance related warning to Mick. Shape up, or there are others ready to take your seat. If he did so, that's his prerogative, however one could find causes why young Schumacher is not (yet) at Kevin's level. Psychologically such talks I find counterproductive. It's not like Schumacher is partying too much. He needs track time in a decent car, and it is up to Haas to provide all of it to him.

  3. 7 hours ago, BradSpeedMan said:

    Amazing is'nt it. I find it hard to believe they did NOT bring some sort of upgrade parts

    D/T 2022.05.22 4:32 UTC

    As outsiders we are left guessing about Haas' internal situation. Based on some comments during previous races it was admitted that car crashes (mostly Mick) really hit them on available spare parts they had, including budget limit. So, they are scrambling on resources.

    I think their design basically was less problematic than those of their rivals, and Kevin especially managed to make most of it, despite suffering some technical issues on his own (at least in 2 races). Yesterday it was dysfunctional DRS. Last year relocation to Maranello seems a good decision for that team.

    Having praise them, it is not clear yet whether superb results are predominantly on the account of car/driver being so good, or rivals drowning in their own problems. Probably a good mix of it. Haas is definitely leading (IMO) midfield at the moment. Three teams are ahead of them, as would be expected.

    Before I go, a word on Mick. I think after some technical bad luck, yesterday's entry into Q1 can make him proud. (For someone who doesn't belong here - says internet - it was yay!) There will be probably drop in the race today, but one step at the time. Regarding Kevin; I've never paid attention to him in the past, but now I am drowning in superlatives. Haas hit bullseye with him.



  4. D/T 2022.05.21 19:32 UTC

    Brilliant Haas!

    Very much so:


    (Haas) By soundly beating the likes of McLaren, Alpine, AlphaTauri and Aston Martin with their zero-upgrade car the American team proved that money does not buy success. None of the abovementioned teams improved, the likes of Aston Martin blatantly copying Red Bull’s mighty RB18 for a not so small fortune no doubt.

    Haas hasn't had any upgrades, and in fact due to a few crashes, they were running out of spare parts. 

  5. 1 hour ago, BradSpeedMan said:

    Lol Yes.

    Teams won't manage to compete if they reach the ceiling, The answer is probably a spec series where parts are homologated while teams have free reign on aero and engine. and TESTING Pls

    Permit me to offer other alternative, namely, if you cannot afford to play, stay out. We can stay here whole evening and cite one case after another, especially in golf, where exactly such rule is in effect.If you cannot put down 1 M down for annual fee, they lock a gate and not let you in. Take the F1 for example. Unless you pay some hideously high gate fee, they don't let you in. Unless you pay 200 MM entrant fee, they don't let you in, yet some TPs insist, there has to be low cost budget inflicted on them all, so they can play too. Make sense? Of course not.

  6. Brad, do you recall my question, what will a team do when they reach budgetary limits in September? After intensive search on the internet, no one from media asked such question. Today I am amused that Brown from all people who is pushing most for all budgetary decreases is actually first one to ask for budget increase. 

    This is what happen when technology sector is run by PR people instead qualified engineers.

  7. 1 hour ago, BradSpeedMan said:

    I agree with your sentiment, but what do you mean with bolded part. How can it not be policed? I suspect teams must have an accurate logbook, which needs to be presented and reviewed.

    The no-testing bs can cause real harm to the drivers in the longer term, I've read. The  porpoising issue goes way beyond the F1 rulebook, it's a threat to the driver's health conditions.. Surely on that basis alone, I'm just using a specific example, teams should be allowed to sort this out with their respected Visual Identities . Performance-wise, allow teams test to level the playing field, in terms of competition. The concern is, how do you prevent teams who just forges ahead, with unlimited budget...



    Log book is one thing. Reality is another. It is difficult to be precise, and even with a small deviation a team can and will loose a second here, a second there, and a race. Implementation of a technical tasks has endless variants and nuances, therefore very hard to get forensic overview how things are done. Team can (and probably do) covertly split technical investigation and then share results. Budding students of law do that all the time. Some equality can be achieved only when series is standardized through and through, but is that what we want?

    Forgive me for repeating my old favorite, but if you don't want Mercedes to built a space shuttle, and Haas poor man's fast consumer car, then you need to control it through technical specs. In deterministic process you limit several major governing elements of performance. Some teams may reach such limit, others will be below, but no one will "run away". Actually we have this already in many areas, so why not relax some of the restrictiveness, and use sensible control? Example, fuel consumption is capped, and if J. Bauer (Tech. Delegate) will not find a liter of fuel in you car after race, the team is doomed. Ask Seb. Such limitations work as intended, so why not apply it sensibly elsewhere? There will be always innovation. Engine is frozen? Fine. We develop performance fuel. We have limit on that? We develop tastier water we drink...human mind is hard to lock in jail with silly budget caps. 

    If I may add, this notion that all teams must be equal is a case of history turned on its head. The GP racing was NEVER about equals. It was a cluster of excesses. That's why old timers like me were drawn to this noise and glitz, in which always someone got their rear whipped. Problem is, technology advanced to the stage, when teams like McLaren, Williams, Haas, and others cannot compete with research labs of automobile companies. Trying to make them equal is waste of effort.  

    With respect to porpoising - two decades ago the teams would have identified this problem already in November in preceding year, and possibly could have done something about it. Today, with all that preoccupancy with SAVINGS I suspect  Sainz is probably getting ill in the car, which is why he is carefully coming out with that. (If I recall, he is not the only one with health concerns). God bless savings.

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    McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has welcomed discussions over a raise to the budget cap following what he has described as an 'uncontrollable cost explosion' in F1 this year.

    I've received a lot of verbal abuse over years with my opposition to budget cap, favoring team's financial planners instead to control cost. They align entity expenditures to real world. Cost capping on racing car development can be, if so desired, controlled by specs.

    But no, especially McLaren (Brown) was running around, trumpeting budget as F1 savior.

    It was a bad idea then, it is lousy idea today, impossible to police it, and it was badly implemented. Brown, instead apologizing for his mistakes sends Seidl to weasel out of that predicament, which was so easily predictable to happen. 

    Conclusion: this is what happen when technology sector is run by PR people instead qualified engineers.


    Speaking ahead of his home Spanish Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz raised questions about the long-term health implications to drivers of Formula 1’s latest generation of cars.

    No testing allowed, not needed? 

    Conclusion: this is what happen when technology sector is run by PR people instead qualified engineers.


  9. A fan is responding to rumors. 

    By Sergio Vauduro:


    Even though I'm Ayrton's fellow countryman, for me Vettel is the biggest phenomenon I've seen appear in Formula 1 since I've been following the competition since 1970 and I'm sure his potential remains at a high level, and I had the pleasure of having this opinion partially shared by a recent poll on Formula1News.UK at the end of 2020, when more than half of his readers voted him the best of his generation.
    His unexpectedly negative performances in 2014 and 2020 were directly related to commercial matters rather than his ability as a pilot.
    His young age suggests that he could stay in the category for longer, but his problem is that he is not linked to any manager, and that makes the doors open more for drivers with this type of advice.
    In light of these aspects, there is an inconsistency in the argumentation of the text about him being replaced by a pilot 6 years older, whose last victory will turn 9 years old soon, on May 12, but who works hard behind the scenes to stay in evidence, besides that it would be unwise for him to transfer to a team with worse structure and management than the one he is in today.
    Sorry for the text, I used Google Translate.

    Thank you Sergio.

  10. 4 hours ago, lipstick79 said:

    Remember investment is NOT, just MONETARY.
    Everythin HAS a value, what somebody will pay.  The value of Seb HAS fallen off the cliff, whilst he HAS been at AM.
    The Seb brand, at this time NEEDS AM probably MORE than AM need Seb.
    Sunday WILL not prove anythin.
    Remember F1 is not just 1 race.  
    Have 2 do it again and again - the rep effect. 

    Speaking about who needs who, it appears that you are unaware that Sebastian was about a millimeter apart from retiring on his own volition, with over 100 MM € to his name in a Swiss bank. For you to claim he needs AMR with any level of intensity speaks IMO more about you, than him. He loves racing, which is why he is continuing. That thing what Anglo/Can team gave him is not exactly supporting what is now his hobby. Comes December, a decision awaits for him to make.  

    This is where all talk gets you.


  11. D/T 2022.04.04 7:59 UTC

    Opinion of a man on the inside.

    Helmut Marko fears for Sebastian Vettel’s “motivation”

    Dr. Marko is a former mentor of Sebastian, and knows him better than most so called "experts" on sidelines. People can and do write any trash just to please their readership, and to justify their existential stream of income, however despite negativity, fact is, among many attributes a driver presumably must possess to win, motivation would be probably at the top ones. Seb might be loosing it. Not his skills, he just might be demotivated to clime that wall in his path. Dr. Marko is not that wrong about it. I fear too that Sebastian's tenure with AMR is running on wrong track, despite his investment in that team (40 MM?), but it would not be first time investments go bad.



  12. Wow


    But if F1 had any sense at all, someone should find Vettel a role, potentially as an understudy to CEO Stefano Domenicali, to ensure his wisdom is not lost to the sport.

    F1 could do far worse than having Vettel as Domenicali's successor when the time comes.

    This is first time in my 48 years with the F1, when a driver I support (Prost, M. Schumacher, Vettel) received such recognition in media. Of course this is just an idle talk, but nevertheless very warm consideration and recognition on man's unselfish, straight and uncomplicated character. 

  13. 16 hours ago, Sakae said:

    D/T 2022.03.31 14:45 UTC

    F1 is suppose to race in Las Vegas.

    At 22:00 - 24:00 local time, racing at est. 340 [km/hr] on the strip straight.

    Apparently some people are pleased. 

    D/T 2022.04.01 6:21 UTC


    Surer on Las Vegas GP '81: "Most F1-unworthy circuit ever

    Yeah, but it's not about racing at all Mr. Surer. Ever since people from FIRE "industry" and alike got involved, F1 went to different direction. Decades ago when German Mercedes CEO (Jürgen Hubert) said, let's establish manufacturers racing series, several people knifed him in his back for that thought, and UK fans and media cried how that will be the end of racing. Many so called fans are probably until today unaware, that F1 has its roots in Grand Prix style racing by manufacturers like Mercedes.

    Today we have what we have.


  14. 53 minutes ago, BradSpeedMan said:

    like every other F1 champion

    lipstick79 is committing the usual lazy thinking, and repeating something which is patently false. Repeating it thousand times it will not convert into facts, never-mind how hard some people try. It is mantra of people who cannot accept facts of that era. The case has been reasoned endlessly, however blocked minds remain so probably for ever.

    1. Vettel won in competitive environment when teams could copy his car within three months (not they didn't try it).

    2. Vettel won through his driving/braking technique (especially in turns), as Horner explained on several occasions. Seb was just better at it than his contemporary rivals.

    3.  It was Paddy Lowe of McLaren, who has on several occasions claimed that his car was just as good and fast as RBR. His drivers however didn't make much of it. Ferrari was there to fight Vettel as well in hands of Alonso. So, competition was there for Sebastian, who had not only them, but also his teammate who decided to help (openly) other team just to take down Vettel.

    There is no comparison between Vettel and Hamilton IMO. As someone in pits said, Mercedes engine masked a lot of driver's mistakes in recent years, however it is not popular to talk about it. In the world of lies we live in, I am not surprised to learn when Vettel wins, it's actually his car, whereas when someone else wins, it is a driver who makes difference. There is nothing more to do, other than just to shrug it off.

  15. D/T 2022.03.30 14:45 UTC

    Opinion: Will Vettel return? ... on_Martin/

    “It’s certainly a very daring thesis but I’m (Koles) sure that he thinks a lot about whether he should still be doing what he’s doing.”

    There is an abundance of leaders at the Silverstone squad, and former team principal Otmar Szafnauer left due to the convoluted nature of the running of the team.

    Running bees colonies is looking better and better?

    I do recall that Boullier said something similar about McLaren. Far too many bloated and meaningless titles with little accountability and diluted responsibilities.

  16. D/T 2022.03.24 15:36 UTC


    F1's engine freeze: What is it and how will it affect teams?

    Formula 1’s power unit freeze comes into force this season, which means the engine specification used in the 2022 Bahrain GP will be raced for four full seasons.

    I have only one question, namely, who are you people behind such *^$^# ideas?

  17. Ferrari

    Not too long ago I was reading salty condemnation of Ferrari's approach, especially they do not built a car in England, or hire British experts. They will NEVER succeed. 

    Well, I think they are OK so far. I am not sure for how long, but, Italian blood is red and full of vitality. 

  18. DRS in this new era are supposedly very weak, and almost ineffective due to new aero. We need to remember that so early in the season we are relying on testimony of drivers, not someone on sidelines. is Alonso wrong? I cannot judge. From what i am hearing, this is most likely last year with DRS.

  19. D/T 2022.03.22 12:57 UTC


    Alonso: Overtaking in F1 still difficult despite 2022 rules

    Alpine driver Fernando Alonso thinks that following other cars has been made easier by the 2022 rules, but overtaking will still be difficult in Formula 1 this year.

    If the goal was to introduce major specs permitting car overtaking, then this is bad new for everyone. Who wants to drive behind and pretend that's an achievement?

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