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Everything posted by Sakae

  1. Ralf Schumacher's comment: Well, that's a new one. I wonder how Ralf got hold of it. Fact is, he has enough connections to hear background noise. If true, Seb has no choice, but get use to it. There is no other way out of it, other than quit, but that he will not do, not now. Turning 10000 km on various tracks could help...
  2. Barretto's assessment of testing winners and loosers: Maybe Mr. Barretto didn't have to frame it that way, but he is from UK, and he cannot help himself. He used such designation for Vettel quite often through past a year or so.
  3. So, what about sim? Brown once claimed that sim is as good if not better than running on the track. Here is what Vettel said after last weekend: So, whom I should believe; a racing driver with decade of experience in top racing series, or a PR/commerical person?
  4. FiA acts under pressure from people like Brown and others - to cut cost. The cost - not racing quality - is in forefront of those dicussions every time we learn from latest news. F1 however needs people who do understand racing, nature of the machine, and can think strategically. Not expensive, not cheap, just right amount. Seidl for example is one of them, but he is alone at the moment. Spending 400 MM per season is perhaps too much and not really useful, but now they went to the opposite extreme. Neither is good.
  5. At the end... I would like to see this optimism converted into something concrete. I think we should end this hip-hip-hurray blood churning festifities, and get going for real stuff. We have heard all of similar fluff somewhere else, and we know how it ended. Fool me once, shame on thee; fool me twice, shame on me (but it's not going to happen).
  6. Sebi, you have 3 hrs after today, to make it happen this week. You can't drive where you are today. I've predicted AM to be about 7th best team on the grid, and I have seen nothing yet to change my mind. but, I am flexible on that. It will take miracle to come close to top four. I've told you guys the 1.5 days reserved for testing is not enough. You didn't believe me, and now you are getting it directly from the horses mouth.
  7. Sounds like simulator - again - hasn't really replaced on track driving. Seb is talking about experiencing a new power unit, controls layout, etc. One would have thought it all can be learnt on the sim, but now we are hearing how it was found and go for him today. 3 days testing allowed for teams is obviously not sufficient. It might be for well established teams with undisturbed continuity, but others could use more time.
  8. I think you have misunderstood that point (stated n-times in the past). Cars, even under best intentions to prepare them THE SAME, for practical reasons are de facto never the same. Differences between cars in the same stable are from minute up to massive, and significant.
  9. Interesting His former sponsor Peter Mücke: Mücke', who is very close to F1 in tangible way, his comments are very close what was said on these pages for vast chunk of last season. A tenth here, or tenth there, and a driver looks like idiot. Claims that Vettel is bad are not new. As far as I can tell, I am hearing it for past 10 years+, but he is still My Driver.
  10. Vettel and his driving style. I am not sure if this was posted already, but I find the linked article interesting. It corrects my perception which was having Seb on more extreme side (where Perez sits). That of course begs a question about 2020 - what the **** was going on there? Wolf apparently admitted having his hand in hiring saga of Vettel by AM. So now we have BE, and TW on the same page. Dr. Marko - advised Seb to take sabbatical. Practicality of that is hotly debated subject. We know that Seb is not favouring sitting out, said he. Once you are out, you are out for good. (His opinion).
  11. Interesting. That would give credence to Brad's op. Do people change their mind (or have someone change it for them)? Stroll was drooling about Hamilton at AM. I am very much in doubt that Junior would give up his seat.
  12. There seems to be ongoing certain dynamics between Stroll's and Otmar Szafnauer's rhetoric. Stroll is quoted about chasing title, OS is talking about challenge just to stay at the top of midfield. I am still listing them out of first 5 teams, but we will get some indications soon who is who, and what is what. What's with the engine Wolff is complaining about? How, if at all, it affects MB's customers? Beats me what type of political pressure Stroll applied (on anybody) that he was awarded getting AM to join MB as a SC and MC. Ferrari would have been far more deserving brand IMO, including McLaren and Renault if it comes to it.
  13. Being aware of the past, living fully today, and have, or working on a plan for future. (Adopted Eastern Philosophy on Pragmatic Way of Life). Being aware off, but not living in the past seems sensible to me.
  14. I rather guess different reasons. It's not past, but rather future which influences his decisions. From his general attitude towards life, he understands that F1 is not the end of his life journey. He has some other plans what to do after he hangs his helmet on a nail. Besides, he wants to be next to his kids before they are all grown up. Chilling at home on a couch, and having kids climbing all over him is one of those blessings he loves that much.
  15. Both AM driver's favourite track is Suzuka, especially first sequence of several corners. So is mine, altho Spa is close second. Nordschleife is unique, with history preceding F1, and nothing IMO can compare to it.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18., AM is keeping last year MB' rear, says Mr. Green. My thoughts - D*** token sys.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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...
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