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Everything posted by Sakae

  1. How many UK drivers we need in the F1 at the expenses of other nationalities?
  2. Maybe he should. I didn't know Russel is that much arrogant and unplesant. Russel's head is growing in size. Especially after he was names into driver's association. He speaks maybe a tad too much.
  3. Under most recent discussion two aspects of racing are getting mixed up. Complain that racing has been for far too long static due to lack of overtaking is old as my memory, and even under best of time, at the front seldom more than two or three drivers were in contention. So much is true. Winning on Saturday meant often race was very predictable. Point is, this aspect was not discussed initially. There was another topic on the table. lipstick initially refused to accept, that drivers in their new cars need a seat time. She has complained they have contract and must drive, because cars are easier to drive than in the past. Discussion then evolved from her proposition until she started mixing the other issue into it. I can only repeat my opinion, there is significant difference between being able to just circle on a track for whatever reasons, and actually race it to full potential by both, a driver and equipment to his disposal. Getting most out of both, driver and his car is not easy. Some succeed, some have equipment below their capabilities, and some drivers are just not that special. (Only Alonso get 120%. Oh well, people say darnest things sometimes). Having contract to drive is enough - as lipstick says - has actually nothing much to do with performance. To excel and getting into that top zone takes time. If I recall correctly, I think it was DR who said recently it has taken him almost a year (full season), before he got hang of it (got use to his Renault).
  4. I didn't say cars and drivers are at their best, however that special place at the top is a target of every team and every driver. Target stays regardless how screwed up the F1 is. (Oh I know, it's all Ferrari's and Todt's fault - as one UK fan wrote, and he meant it).
  5. How long do you watch F1? There is significant difference between Sunday drive in a racing car, and race the racing car to its full potential. Of course, only Alonso drives 20% over full car potential (according to him and his disciples). Famous 120%.
  6. Forgive me, but this is just another silly post of yours. Technology series is not in your grasp of understanding, I got it. Maybe you could stop telling people like Seidl and Szafnauer to stop complaining. It's not their fault that after many months (years?) of watching F1 on a smart phone, you still didn't get jest how things really do work (or suppose to work) on a thingy they are calling a CAR. Getting used to a new car has nothing to do whether a driver signed contract to drive it. It is a question of mastering the equipment to its full potential, and that's the zone both TPs are referring to. Driver's skills and equipment potential must meet at the top. Drivers like Vettel, Ricciardo, Alonso, Perez and others are working on that as we speak. No one is complaining, but they are asking for patience. It may take a while for some, whereas other will not reach the summit, regardless how hard they try.
  7. How Aston Martin's "biggest regret" has severely hampered Vettel Before testing began, I have expressed concerns about very short indoctrination period driver was afforded. 1.5 days was simply unrealistic, despite assurances I heard how an experienced driver needs only hours to slip in. Well, no, not really. Vettel is behind Stroll, Ricciardo is behind his teammate, Perez has his issues, and so it goes. In Vettel's case as if testing misery wasn't enough, now he is haunted with reliability beyond, yet so called "experts" on sidelines consistently blaming Vettel and Vettel alone, fair or not. Talking about tinted glasses. How about ignorant glasses? Szafnauer: Precisely. This didn't take Ph.D. to figure it out. After imposing cost capping measures, also a reason for FiA to remove testing restrictions IMO. More time will also stamp how future will looks like. Now, finding calming assurances in voice of the man at the helm, I am still unsettled why Seb resides in P14, instead top 5 or 8. That is another matter and question is, is it all down to him, or him and his car? Alonso also admitted much of slow running is up to him. Seidl:
  8. Unfortunate. Too soon to read anything into such unfortunate incident? Pit lane start was only begging. Additional time penalty to Vettel was his bonus for the day.
  9. Vettel will not join Williams. He stated more than once that his current position is a last one before he retires. He wants to win, not building another team from scratch. I do however think that people like Dr. Marko, Tost, Ecclestone and Wolff have enough of a relationship with him to potentially change his mind. I have no doubt that Sebastian was under impression he will take over where Perez ended up last year, and now that shock. What's his state of mind today is a good question. He could use a mentor right now (Marko, Michael), but it is impossible. Times are difficult for him.
  10. Enlighten us, please. Reasons for his hire were by the team's TP and the owner explained somewhat differently. Vettel, due to his accomplishments, were hired among others to elevate team's spirit from mid-field mind body of men to a team with winning attitude. As long as AM fulfilled theirs part of bargin (which they definitely did not). Despite all noise and BIG advanced talk, what this English iconic team delivered is bad, smelly joke of a car. There is no other way to put it. I could consider your statement as a serious proposition, however based on all what transpired since day one in testing until today, it is too soon IMO for drawing conclusions about future after two races. Some improvements might be expected, but probably just enough to save faces at AM, rather than to make dent in the championship. Sure, there has to be change. Current situation is not sustainable, but change to what..? Maybe you know (but, again, I doubt that too).
  11. 4 hrs ago I've posted the same in MB thread. Kolles's words regarding risk for Vettel are open for interpretation. My perception of what he is suggesting is, that Vettel will be sacrificed, if necessary, in money-plans Stroll is playing. He will explain it to Seb afterfact as "investment risk" which did not worked out or something to that effect. Sebastian has several cards in the game. 40 MM. Advancement of his sporting career. Hulk could drive for AM in 2022, thus Seb has no guaranteed he will drive next year. Legacy image. Seb could lose all of it under certain conditions which I can envisage. I am not saying that will happen, but it was risk I have understood when he undersigned contract, and Kolles just saying or confirmng my earlier thoughts. I have however nothing specific right now which makes this worst scenario imminent. Mine is just guessing, and I don't know how much inside Kolles has. FiA punishing AM last year indicated separation, and potential messy ride with impaired car in 2021. This is why I've slot them in P7 as a team before season started.
  12. What is FiA up to? Destroying Vettel psychologically? Voices were heard in Bahrain and Imola how harsh FiA is treating Vettel. This malpractice has been noticed for number of years. Most painfully I felt about it in that race in Mexico when Seb handed on the radio recommendation to his team what Whiting can do...
  13. Koles on MB, Wolff, Stroll and much more. Exactly. Confirmed someone who know. Check. I am not very fond of Mr. Koles, never had been, but he said - per article - a lot of things I do agree with. He also confirms my dark "fears" that Seb might have committed a mistake after all by signing for AM. I am not fearing Wolff, but the owner, who is in for i) son's fame, and ii) making money. Sport factor was set aside by many people long time ago when CVC and alike got foot between door.-
  14. RP was able to built a reliable car last year. The same team (albeit under a different name) should be able to carry the same level of reliability forward. Mandated changes to a car should not be related to reliability issues. The car needs to be however sorted out, and that may take time and greater millage. Unfortunately some bad problems are playing out mostly on my favourite driver's car.
  15. Stroll Jr. has done well at Imola. Seb had trouble already before race start, and then DNF. Another day to forget. I am not suggesting anything dark, but Vettel seems to have more problems on his car than his teammate. (Similar situation in 2014.) I am not sure what AM will do about it. TP was talking again about Seb needs more running in the car, which is fine, we heard that before, but I am not sure he explained in post race interview why Vettel had that many pit stops at Imola. I doubt that has anything to do with how much millage he has in that car. Not really satisfactory explanation from Otmar. Some, but not all problems: - Failed tire gamble - Brakes - FiA' penalty - What else?
  16. Team quotes: Szafnauer seems less excited over q-results than Vettel is.
  17. Yes. This is a small sample why I am fond of the guy. From the interview with TPs, Szafnauer continues to insist that Sebastian needs more time. I tend to agree with that position, however occupying P15 seems off by any standard in my book. It goes beyond a different powertrain explanation why he was slow. They tried new upgrades yesterday. Again, good explanation, but not enough. How he will go from that far back to top 5 (where I want to see him at this point of time) seems an impossible dream.
  18. A lot of self-patting on shoulders. I am not too impressed. Fact remains, as I understand it, fundamentals to recent success of MB were laid as foundation in 2010 onwards. Blood and tears were commonplace long before any one current names were known to anyone. One needs to realise there weren't any significant changes of specs, until now. Allison and alike had to make just sure they will not screw up what Brawn & Co. laid out for them many years ago. MB actually worked on h-engines for road cars well before Cowell got involved. (So was Honda apparently; MB succeeded, Honda as well, but about 10 years later).
  19. Money, money, money... There is nothing better than Grand Prix series full of, if not only, automakers (IMO). This mix of Investors (make money) vs Racers (car people promoting a product - a car) in series is simply no good.
  20. Hello Is Otmar put under pressure to perform or else..? I would be actually surprised if that is true. My perception is, that Szafnauer is performing very well with resources to his disposal.
  21. Well, I don't know, but I have seen this movie once before, when Sergio Marchionne has done almost exactly the same with him and about same words of explanation. I also do recall how it ended. (Not well, seeing his car on the track, just if you wonder..) If you like him, there is no harm to see this move positively. I am however more attracted to people who have proven their authentic results of their own (like Andreas Seidl) behind them. I am not sure what will happen to AS at McLaren (I don't trust that organisation much as being reliable partner), but that's the guy I would like on my team.
  22. Well, we will find out. Right now his new role sort of vague. As in my earlier (above) post, I thought too he might be groomed for taking Wolff's position, and I am sure English media are trying to put best face on it, but there are some discrepancies in that potential promotion I've noticed. Forgot where, but in one article Allison claimed he needs and wants rest, which is why he is stepping away from his current role. Well OK, but if he wants Wolff's job, I am not sure how restive that role is. Second thing which seems out of place in his path to TP role, if he wants to be groomed as Torger's successor, he needs to be attached to Wolff's side, tagging alone with him day and night. Being closed somewhere back in the basement office and claim you are learning to be a leader is funny way to do it. So I don't know what's with him. There is a job opening however. When time comes to replace current PU with new generation (in 4 years?), that should be planned right now. I thought however that job should go to Cowell, not Allison, so I still don't know what's going on. Allison is an aero guy; Cowell is needed back. Admittedly there is the job focused on scaling back current operations to compliance with new rules. That function requires certain know-how, but I would say you need to be ready for it. There is no learning period. (You have to be fully "groomed" for it already).
  23. Your explanation is plausible. Hulk is a good fit as a replacement driver (as proved when COVID struck or will strike again), and also a development guy.
  24. I have to be careful with my response. It should not be surprise to those around me, that I am not an admirer of Allison. Based on publicly available bits and pieces of information, explicit or implied, and observing his impact over several years on products under his care, I think he was overrated and not as good as media tried to portrayed him. I think the move might mean following two things. He is demoted without stating so, and he will fade into background, or, he was moved aside for reasons stated (not a big loss), and he will be groomed on organisation side as potential replacement of Wolff. Maybe he will be better there (however I doubt that too; probably another Binotto). Do you remember just a few weeks back we had this discussion already, and I've told you that car was basically brainchild of people before Allison has taken his job. He was riding somebody else's coctails. It is only now when specs were changed, and as at Ferrari, this year car has suddenly issues. It is his baby. So much for that. We have to wait, what this all means. There is no other way. We know Torger wanted out of this daily grind, but for some reason he was convinced to stay. I was always wondering what actually went on in that room which ended him saying OK, I stay.
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