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  1. Date 2021.05.13 Time 10:10 (UTC) Crash Vettel commented after race: What's going on with those people? Slow pitstop for him (fastest for his teammate), and lousy strategy. Repeated theme. Iconic - my foot.
  2. You have a point, which actually tears me apart. Like you, I am (rather selfishly) happy to continue and follow his racing, yet on the other side, I am not sure whether he deserves the toxic commentaries on sidelines.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Date 2021.05.12 Time 7:42 (UTC) Track limits existed since F1 became the sport of my choice, and suddenly after what seems life time, they discovered track limits are problem? OK then, I was wrong. I thought problem are primadonna drivers who have habit to whine a lot, and get attention, instead quietly adhering to given rules.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Date 2021.05.10 Time 6:55 (UTC) Good for AM! At least one of their drivers is being consistently served well.
  11. I had something totally different on my mind. Something more impactful.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Lately I am hearing this kind of sentiment a lot. Sebastian could say exactly the same driving his 2014 RB, whilst from side lines people could quack how much DR is a better racer (as the car characteristics of 2014 design suited him more, than to his teammate). Since it takes long time and a lot of experimentation before car design can be tailored to racer's preferences, surely this situation begs a question whether it is better to keep a driver for long time (MB-Hamilton), or seeking a driver who is flexible in adaptability. (I am actually not sure that I know one). Hulk was good with RP, but could he take it to the top levels? We might never know. Russell was shining in MB, but was it because his competition stunk? Point is, People can ride a car with some pain and imperfections, but top spot requires perfection, and for that car and a driver must match completely. MB is probably right to stick with a driver who knows the car in and out over those years, and the car is top notch. You can't beat that combination.
  15. ‘Kubica didn’t help himself with comments to press at BMW Sauber’ says Heidfeld Old story, nice return in memory lane, but it was turning point for me. I've turned away from Kubica (for good) and never found any likes for his behaviour. I took a lot of flak for it from Polish members on the forum. One compared me to Iraqui minister of propaganda, who was executed. (So much for love on the forums). BMW gave Kubica chance in F1, lifted him up, yet on a few occasions he badly badmouthed them. I got so mad BMW hired and kept this guy at the expenses of his teammate, and as part of my tiny chunk of protest, I sold my beamer, and took me a few years before I returned as a customer.
  16. +1 Good remainder for some people in management.
  17. Just a gesture, but nice one. Torger is a good guy after all. Could be very effective PR.
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Vettel hired to make Lance Stroll look better Adding insult to the injury comes to mind...
  23. I am lacking full understanding of current equipment management strategy. We (fans) were told some time ago an F1 engine needs to last seven races, so seven races at 305 kilometres each equals 2135 kilometres. Teams are permitted only 3 units per season without penalty (21 races), yet Liberty/FiA are aiming at 23 races per season, with additional 3 qualifications races this year. How does this works? I am lost over arithmetics of it. What am I missing?
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