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Sakae

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  1. Not as much as you, for lack of knowledge, think. Mercedes is recognised as an international company with foreign influence. It is not as intense like for example UK is for AM. Germany IMO is important as a country of well-off, well educated earners, who do understand motor-sport, and spend their money wisely. When CVC jacked up prices, they found out that stands were empty. People are in control of their emotions and open wallet for something of value, not just PR blah blah. They fill stands, and watch TV, if there is something to watch. Liberty cannot say - Germans are not interested in F1. Actually it is true only if F1 is what it has been in recent years. F1 needs to pull its socks to deserve German (and maybe international) audience.
  2. That's it! Nothing more. This headline is replacing news. Does anyone has more about this topic? I for one think it's highest time for season cannot start soon enough to stop the madness. Here
  3. At last we have someone at the table who will do something about it. 👏
  4. It is true that people associate Vettel with 4 x WDC, but he is also one who has 11 victories under his belt while driving for Ferrari. Under normal conditions it would be rather poor and shameful performance, but point is, since 2014 we didn't have "normal" conditions. Superior performance by MB motors had them all those years in class on their own, while others were in left behind as "also run". There was no balanced field to be defeated. Strange management by FiA and Commercial Owners precluded others from even remotely challenging frontrunners. The gap 0.5 sec to the front was always there, and as other started improving, MB simply press pedal little more, and 0.5 has not been erased. We on sidelines waited and waited for miracle, or at least until MB defeat itself by being too c#cky. We waited 7 years, and maybe, just maybe now we might see it this week, that waiting is over. BTW, how many more drivers can say we fought MB, and I have more than 11 victories during that painful period?
  5. So much for trust in that car.
  6. SC Iconic, famous, unrivalled...a lot of language about a car which is yet to prove it can get actually out of garage on time to catch Start-test time. I don't know how Stroll managed to push Mercedes aside and get his foot into what is already crowded SC garage. We will have two more SCs to join races, but looking at them, surely they are acquired taste. One has to be an old fans of such body work, but as someone who is used to German designs, I am experiencing stomach pains just watching the front mask. Not my taste. I guess there are people who do like it and find beauty where I failed. On Sundays before lunch, I usually scan digital pages, glossing over certain sections, but this time I've check what (supposedly top) 25 famous American sport of movie people (crowd with money) drive. Next to Italian jobs in large numbers, one can find Mercedes Maybach, Mercedes SUV, Mercedes AMG, BMW RR, VW Audi, VW Bentley, one VW Porsche, one Tata Range Rover, but not a single AM. I must be probably looking at "wrong" people then. Stroll needs to ramp up bloated rhetoric even more than it is already, if he wants to penetrate that crowd's buying habits. Let's hope money spent on F1 will help him more than just talk, talk, talk,,, That last part, cheeky as its is, would help Sebi, and that's all I care right now.
  7. 2022? Old stuff will be back? I like some of it. Watch.
  8. Ferrari is not going to take Mick. They are full for next a few years, and they have no memory. Mick is in danger being a forgotten man. What puzzles me why Mercedes would hire only British drivers, and let Schumacher's name to die in some Russian camp.
  9. Yeah, that's one plausible theory. Whether that is all what is to it, I of course don't know.
  10. Hard to say what happened. People have all kind of opinions. Hill says this, another UK guy say Vettel is "spent force", and so it goes. Sitting by the race track, I have my opinion as well. I think Vettel suffered incremental, sectional losses, which cumulatively created really bad optics and bad outcome. Without in depth analysis of data, it is near impossible for me to know where he could do better, and where he faced the wall because of car he drove. We know that it doesn't take much to lose time and push you back on score board. Drivers are close to each other. In this year testing people can talk about times mean nothing (BS, if they mean nothing, why we then bother to collect them?), but his 5.5 sec or whatever it was off the pace could use some explanation (for benefit of fans).
  11. After testing I think any thoughts Verstappen had for running to MB are probably quickly vaporizing. I think he will stay where he is. At MB, one current driver will be retired, and one might retire. Sebastian would have chance only if Stuttgart will press for a German driver, and Wolff would support it. Remember, there are 3 shareholders now. I know of course nothing about how much weight each carries regarding choice of drivers. There is of course the Williams guy... At MB ... there is the man you like, Brad. Now, when specs changed, it is time for him to prove that your trust wasn't misplaced, as Wolff is slowly withdrawing from day-to day operations.
  12. I cannot say all teams have done it in one time or another, but we were assured by former or current drivers, that such practice exists in many teams, be it RBR, MB, Ferrari, McLaren, Williams...to name a few. At Williams, despite stone faced denials, it was Hill, who has contradicted owners.
  13. Really? I seems to remember we were told there is no such thing as team orders at MB. I am confused (not).
  14. From recent, pre-season rhetoric by AM leadership, each in its own careful way admitting, they do need time to progress into position of legitimate rivals for front running teams. Numbers like 3 to 5 years were floating around. Whatever it is, I am however confused over Vettel's position. Sebastian on more than one occasion stated he doesn't want to stay for too long in F1. (Was he thinking about Alonso and some others..?) Is he ready then just drive around and watch grass grow as the team is rebuilding? During initial pre-contract talks, this subject of building the team must have, safe to assume, come up. What are his thoughts? I don't know that, but he sunk some money into this (as rumour has it). Stroll must have done really some big talking. Stroll has certain expectation from Seb, namely, assisting with elevating team's mindset from back-marker, or mid-fielder team to a frontrunner, hungry for podiums on regular basis. When asked, Stroll admitted having thoughts about Hamilton, should he knock on the door. I believe him. So, where does this leave Vettel? Probably hanging dry. My thoughts - Stroll will toss Vettel to the curb for Hamilton as PR stunt. For that reason Seb needs to be careful with those people, and leave ASAP, if the opportunity for him should arise. RBR, MB, or retirement with his head high, but get out. That's my recommendation. A few more thoughts. On the level talk...
  15. It was said that AM is building a new facility, and it is supposedly be finish in a year or two. Then calibration, etc. What happened this year before testing leads me to believe, they are bone dry on resources right now. They will be in tights with upgrades be it quantity or expediency. I think we will hear from them soon - we are concentrating on 2022. That's my prediction, but, again, I will be happy to be wrong.
  16. Speaking about unreasonable targets, where did I hear the same just recently. Just where...hmmm. There are many stories about Allison.
  17. I need to sh** up now, because I am most negative about their prospect around here. I think they are overrated, last year was a fluke, but in a week or so, lets actual racing do the talking. What is getting to me, that I think I have seen this movie before. Rhetoric, poor training, and I also do remember how it ended. I am however also flexible and open minded to accept success and admit I was wrong, if they give me reason for it.
  18. That many? Totally unexpected on my part.
  19. AM has a strong package? OK, so we are good for a podium next week?
  20. Well, I don't expect we will agree on everything Brad, and this seems to be probably one of those occasions. I have special relationship with Canada. Lived there for bunch of years, actually in the same town where he had a family house, and in my recollection Marchionne in one of those "home/Canadian" interviews was grilled about Ferrari's design. From that specific interview I recall him talking about absolute and top freedom Allison had over design, whilst shielded from operational day-to-day issues. Car under his management was a dud IMO regardless what anyone thinks about it. Data do not lie. 2016 was not a good year. I would ignore opinion by UK media. Negative bias against anything made in EU, especially Ferrari, and overly fluffy rhetoric at the opposite end precludes me to take them seriously. Historical data is a better source.
  21. Looks promising. I like images, I like process and choices they made. If I had anything to say about it, I would have probably followed similar line of thinking. Mango for F1 as a reward.
  22. Is Allison really that good? I am sure my friends in here do think so, but I don't. He owns IMHO failed project at Ferrari when leadership gave him over a year free hand, and protected him from daily rash pressure, so he could concentrate and produce a winner. His car was dud, and until today I think he has left Ferrari (admittedly under rather unfortunate circumstances) before he got fired. At MB I think he sat long time on success, harvesting fruits of his predecessors. Now there is really significant change in specs, and MB has aero problems. Who is the man behind it? It's his problem (again). MB is a place to watch how they will resolve that issue with rake. AM probably will face similar challenge. Some opinions on the web making claims that rake has nothing to do with show during testing. Interesting. If that's so, what's then problem? The best aero man on the job, new Newey so to speak, rumour has it, is James Key. Some are going even so far, marking Newey as a "spent force". Well, we will see soon; in a week or so. Fact is, MB and AM are on display, measured against RBR, and there will be a lot to talk about before end of this month.
  23. Good pace would have been recorded. Vettel did not have any, and Stroll had some good laps for P-something. Assumption among so called "experts" is, that Stroll will beat Vettel on Saturday, and Vettel will get upper hand on Sunday. My own expectations are on ice for now. I have seen nothing yet which would convince me they are good to go this year.
  24. Some people aren't capable to face reality. World seems full of it in recent years.
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