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Everything posted by Sakae

  1. Noted; no race in Germany, despite decent German representation on and off the grid.
  2. So, where does this leaves Vettel while AM is developing alongside stated plan? One thing Sebastian said, namely, he will not stay in F1 as long as some others do; I am assuming he was thinking about Alonso. What I would like to see is for Seb to have a very good restoration year with AM, and then replace retiring Hamilton or outgoing Verstappen. That would bode well with my ideas where Seb belongs.
  3. Vettel on track for Aston Martin for the first time, as he and Stroll shakedown AMR21 at Silverstone Colour seems darker than what I thought it would be. Vettel didn't say I want to beat Ferrari as my first objective. Paraphrasing, what he actually said, we (AM) are aiming to move up, and that might also mean in that endeavour we could end up getting ahead of Ferrari. Seb was very polite and forgiving with his language.
  4., AM is keeping last year MB' rear, says Mr. Green. My thoughts - D*** token sys.
  5. In short, no. Filming day, as you know, is limited by distance (used to be 100 km), and by showing colours, not really taking down any data. If they do, those will not be shared. Sounds good. I like what I am reading.
  6. Otmar Szafnauer was actually talking about 5 years. I do remember that remark quite vividly, because of immediate realization of implications for Vettel. (he is not going to be there 5 years.) Today I rather guessing that Mr. Szafnauer and Mr. BOSS weren't on the same page. I would not be surprised however if Otmar got corrected by now, and admitted error of his way. It's going to be fun. Ownership stated aim is to better 2020 results. Problem is, as most of us know, progression to higher up is somewhat easier in midfield, but once you are in top 5, not all dreams come true.
  7. Ms Lipstick, you and I are living in two different worlds. You believe on brainwashing, pomp, and language full of iconic expressions, whereas I live in world in which you make a product which people want to buy, and consequently this way you prosper. If you fail in that endeavour, you go bankrupt. In old times bankruptcy was dishonourable end to business. People put tail between legs, and clear the scene. Today obviously it is something else, and mismanagement seems new normal.
  8. AM - The company has gone bankrupt seven times in its history (Wiki), yet Seb was cowed parting with his 40MM (reportedly) for this what seems to be non-profit place. I was watching body language of Otmar Szafnauer and Andrew Green when BOSS was talking. They appeared little stiff over hoopla and excitement as they were sitting there. Vettel will have 1,5 testing days to find his sweet spot. Well, good luck with that, especially when some time usually is consumed by track testing systems first, before engaging in any time trials. World is different these days to what I was used to, I must say. Big question - how long it will take before Stroll sell his shares and disappear into night after AM will lose money year after year? F1 was never about making a buck for team owners. Only BE and CVC made it, whereas Liberty... well, there is the pandemic...
  9. My position on people who are getting ahead of themselves is well known around here, so there is no need for me to repeat it all. I do suspect that owner is seeking cheap headlines by making unsubstantiated claims. He is making really difficult for me to say anything nice at the moment on that subject. He is comparing AM to Ferrari, as AM, says he, is the most iconic brand. Give me a breake, please. Mercedes is in business over 120 years, never bankrupt, and it is a brand which was in GP racing when BE had milk on his chin. Ferrari is continuously racing, with various degree of success since F1 was born. These are really ironic brands, and that without overpaid PR man on board.
  10. My rating of the team - P7 - reflects my current level of confidence in them.
  11. This all helps Stroll's financial coffers, but I am totally lost, how it helps to Vettel, who hasn't driven a meter in that contraption, whilst almost everyone else has. So far I have zero confidence that Stroll is managing his team well. Hasn't heard anything which would calm my concerns. There is difference I can detect between selling women underwear, and managing a sporting technical unit. The over-reliance on sim might come back to bite them; big way. Just plain stupid start.
  12. Brad, care to take a shot how teams will end up this year? (I've made mine today.)
  13. You have calming effect on me, Brad. Come to think of it, I would not mind if Vettel would return to RBR for about 2 years (should Verstappen leave for better pastures). Not that RB is desperate, not at all. They have young blood coming up, and there was talk about securing their future. Perez might stay more than one year, and Gastly is impatient. I am however puzzled why Seb is committed to only one season. Was he offered only short stay? Was he seeking option to get out, if the car is dud? Has he been talking to his long time mentor (Dr. Marko) and he knows something we don't? RB admitted that Verstappen might leave, so the consequences are rather obvious. I think Seb would like to stay another 3 years, and retire by the end of 2023, but he cannot have another year like the last one.
  14. Is that's what Vettel signed for and invested purportedly 40MM? Needless to say I don't see Stroll Jr. quitting any time soon. I had a few nightmares in which knife in back played a prominent role, so I am hoping this is just simply one of those and I will wake up.
  15. F1 makes claims it is top shelve motorsport, yet its principal actors aren't allowed to train on a race track. F1 is boasting WCC, yet actors aren't allowed to work on WCC related stuff as they deem necessary. So, what's value of that trophy?
  16. How many low end teams have their boss walking around and saying we should win some races this year, yet car is parked, untested? Where I live, first you do sensible things, then you win, and then, and only then you talk. Not the other way around. (I do not live in UK).
  17. I am reading how this driver or that driver (Perez with RBR) had a chance to try his 2021 car after changing teams, yet nothing from AM, despite that ownership of AM is aiming to finish high this year. I wonder who gave that idea whilst a car is sitting in the garage? Over-reliance on sim seems to be over the top, and hardly justified IMO. I used to get angry over such stupidity, but these days there is no more anger left in me, just bitterness.
  18. I am not sure that I understand your question, but the thread which is being replaced is hereunder bearing following heading: Technical issues were reported by a poster, but not analysed and identified beyond offering following simple solution. It is hoped that a new thread will address and resolve amicably the issue in hand whatever that is. No need to speculate now about all options beyond that.
  19. This thread replaces previous one, which was closed for technical reasons.
  20. The new Aston Martin F1 car will be launched on March 3 at 1500 GMT,
  21. Haas went to UK first, and now they are moving into EU. UK quarantine has been imposed. I thought Haas could anticipate that much, and install countermeasures much earlier. It will be interesting what teams will do returning home from Bahrain.
  22. Date 2021.02.01 Time 9:08 (UTC) COVID in action. As if FiA hasn't done enough of damage to the sport already, now add Brexit and COVID, and you have really one big mess. Poor Mick.
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