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Everything posted by Sakae

  1. True. Risk - both ways. Had he taken sabbatical, there might not have been a (winning) seat for him, unless RBR would have given to him, but I didn't read anywhere they would have such inclination.
  3. This issue has been confirmed by former staff. What is kinda misplaced is the never-ending trust by his fans in all good and beautiful around this driver, despite various reports how divisive, and difficult it is to work with him. Even Hamilton touched on the same issues when asked why he never wants to be Alonso's teammate again. People should do little more research.
  4. Sebastian, if he wants to continue and have a seat offered, he doesn't need me to tell him that he has to get ahead. Whether that is possible at all is a good question. Defeatist comments heard from him and Otmar Szafnauer are rather suggestive that AM will probably drop this season and focus on tommoorrow. Car cannot be fixed for getting into top 5. What will happen with Vettel remains to be seen, but it doesn't look good.
  5. Anti-Vettel frenzy in media and commentators is intensifying left, right and centre. Hard to say how that will end up, but surely it is not confidence building environment. Moreover, AM is receiving undesirable publicity, whether they deserve it, or not.
  6. If quoted accurately, I would consider Sebastian's assertion quite alarming. He is usually so early in a season very mild mannered, avoiding critique of his team or a car, and hopeful, but this tone is new. UK press is launching speculations about Vettel being fired by mid season (and definitely not on the grid next year). And life goes on... I have only one or two questions - after all this BIG talk from AM side how they understand what Vettel needs, and they have tools to adjust to his preferences, what happened to that blah blah? Tost meanwhile judged Vettel's car as unstable and nervous. A lot to digest right in first month of this season.
  7. Hello, KM. Nice to have you back, in modest portion as it is. Ageless optimist you are, but that's good. Someone has to be in midst of that misery of March 2021, if you are/were fan of that certain driver.
  8. OK, and when we are planning to get on the top of it?
  9. No, I haven't. I think couple of drivers logged 6 laps, but most had 4. Saving tires, or equipment..? Either way, if anyone, small group of drivers could use more track time in their new office.
  10. Don't you find strange, that after admittedly short on laps testing, they managed only 4 laps in P2 hour? As most teams. Why so few?
  11. How did you validated said fixes to really know that correct solutions were applied, and same problems will not re-appear in least convenient time like when a race is on.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. Yeah, that's one plausible theory. Whether that is all what is to it, I of course don't know.
  15. 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).
  16. 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.
  17. AM has a strong package? OK, so we are good for a podium next week?
  18. Some people aren't capable to face reality. World seems full of it in recent years.
  19. Like McLaren, they have to complete new plant just to keep up with upgrades through the year. At least that's my understanding.
  20. After testing he hs disappeared from PR scene. The quote was before testing.
  21. Vettel in first person on disastrous testing with his new team. Well, good luck, Seb.
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