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  1. Seb might not have any other good options. Two top teams are full, so he is in with AM until the end. He is stuck. I would like to believe what you are saying Brad, but deep down doubts persist. Put it differently, I don't believe in miracles, just as lack of trust that the owner will stay out of micromanaging team, especially when his advisor is his own son. Stroll Sr. plays Marchionne, but as bad as that was, at least Sergio was working in automotive. Mr. Stroll works selling women lingerie. Similarities are well defined, that is, there are none.
  2. Date 2021.05.13 Time 6:11 (UTC) In retrospect one wonders whether Dr. Marko was right all along when he advised Sebastian to take a year sabbatical, or retire, but pass on AM. G. Berger was telling him the same. Point is, both gents know Seb very well on and off the track, genuinely like him, and their counsel was meant we'll for him. Instead, Seb got suck up into false flag PR, and now will pay hefty price.
  3. Seb is not going to convert the car into a podium contender. It's a dud this year, and in terms of future..? Who's coming to make it right? Date 2021.05.12 Time 7:37 (UTC) Crash: Hard to argue with that assessment.
  4. Sebastian Vettel's problem Date 2021.05.11 Time 14:54 (UTC) Thank you Marc Surer for speaking up. That's what I thought as well. All that "iconic" nonsense was worthless, short lived promotional campaign, until we realised that Emperor has no cloths.
  5. Date 2021.05.10 Time 18:50 (UTC) MB purchased F1 engine outfit, however they also have their own vast experience in building powerful engines for road cars and other sporting series, which spans about last 100 years. RB has experience with mixing drink known as Red Bull. Build you own engines, and especially hybrids is the answer? Anyone who thinks building engines is a piece of cake might find big surprise under the rainbow before this is over. I don't want to sound negative over their decision, but I remain sceptical. Staying with Alpine was IMHO a wiser decision. Having in-house bunch of Honda guys is one thing, but what they have done here is difficult to understand accurately from outside. They hired some Japanese personnel of Honda, but it is not clear where maintenance ends, and improvements continue. It is an experiment which could go either way, and sometimes it is more intriguing for me, than the race itself.
  6. Date 2021.05.10 Time 16:23 (UTC) One has to really search bottom of sport pages, or even further back to find anything written about AM this time of the racing season. Maybe some people forgot this is basically the old Force India team which got a new paint job, and hard to justify superlative headlines. Whilst it is true that in last race top spots are being occupied by teams having their own PU sources, it is also true that McLaren is 5 positions ahead of AM having the same brand of PU. It seems as AM needs to pull socks in floor/aero departments (before we replace drivers). In Portugal I thought, admittedly foolishly, that things are begging to move into right direction, but after last race I am inclined to accept, that this year AM is done with racing. Just muddle through, and pretending we love it so much... The only remining news to be yet announced who is staying, and who is leaving.
  7. Date 2021.05.10 Time 6:55 (UTC) Good for AM! At least one of their drivers is being consistently served well.
  8. I had something totally different on my mind. Something more impactful.
  9. Date 2021.05.09 Time 15:09 (UTC) They say, time heals everything. I am waiting when that much needed healing begins. It was paintful today. There is not much hope left for Sebastian as a driver, in his place of work. Working upgrades facilitated improvement from usual P15 advancing to P12? That's just great.
  10. Date 2021.05.07 Time 10:56 (UTC) Aston Martin ‘demoralised’ under Stroll reign I would not be surprised. Engineering is a funny volition in some respect. I am sure guys were working at the limit of exhaustion, and to crack whip and tell them think faster, work longer, and without mistakes... That's not how it works in real life. You can tell your sales guy in lingerie store to get hair cut, but kick around engineers is a different ball game. The article describes toxicity within a team. Is it true? I cannot tell, but one thing is certain - based on fact how far they felt after last year results, at AM pressure is ON, big way.
  11. Year and half of considerations was given to Vettel? News to me. Vettel was made fun of, discarded like old bedroom slippers, written off, termed as "spent force" by a former has-been, thrown under the bus, and generally disrespected in media and on public forums more, than anyone I know in F1. Day in, day out. That's positive and forgiving consideration? Not in my book. In contrast, I don't know of anyone throwing flak at Alonso. It has been noted that he needs more time in that car, but that's all. Observation is just that, observation, which BTW he agree with. So, why spread even more misinformation around here?
  12. Noted: after first three race AM stands as constructor in P7. I am not particularly proud I've predicted low standing, but they have precious little time to make any significant changes on the car for next race. I wonder what Mr. Stroll Sr. thinks about all of this. Well, he has hired iconic PR man (despite my hope for engineering staff), so he had probably bad feelings in his bones. The thing is, I haven't heard from the PR man lately; is he in hiding? Where is iconic James Bond when you need one.
  13. Yes, that's my understanding as well. My question however was about difference between two upgrades, since both drivers have slightly different driving styles. On engine side I am not sure what AM ordered from MB. There are several versions of MB engine teams can purchase at different pricing levels. Both drivers complained they did not have speed, but I am not sure causes were engine or aero (maybe both) related.
  14. Let's hope new upgrade for him will yield a better race in Spain. I wonder if both drivers have the same, or different development. If Vettel's upgrade was more complex, that could explain why it wasn't ready for last race.
  15. Vettel hired to make Lance Stroll look better Adding insult to the injury comes to mind...
  16. Post race comments: ...we ask Sebastian to move over - junior is on better strategy and has fresher tires ...junior has upgrades, Seb doesn't Perez said he had similar experience with Strolls.
  17. FP3 ... AM is a joke. The leading driver is in P16, and Sebastian in P18, both beaten by Mick Schumacher in Haas. What an iconic team AM is. Both drivers clocked these ultra fast laps on soft tires.
  18. Why is Vettel struggling? TP - (paraphrasing) the car has not one characteristics, but many. It is unpredictable, says Szafnauer. Smart Alec question: Otmar, why then don't you give him a car which will be more stable? Before a season start your English Chief Engineer was boasting how AM knows exactly what Vettel needs, and his team will give it to him. Is the English team just all talk, or they planning to deliver what was promised, and when that would be? Maybe soon...
  19. Perhaps this is merely an isolated incident with justifiable reasons behind it. Is it too soon to remind you - I told you so? Let's hope it is.
  21. Hulkenberg plays down chances of replacing Vettel Some in media ranks are really trying to kick Vettel out of the F1. The linked article is neither first one of its kind, nor isolated one. Situation is more than just unpleasant.
  22. 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).
  23. 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).
  24. 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%.
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