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Everything posted by Sakae

  1. 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.
  2. +1 It's comforting to have you around, KM.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Season even did not started, and Seb has already 3 demerit points. What was he thinking?
  7. OK, and when we are planning to get on the top of it?
  8. 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.
  9. Mazepin is taking a lot of heat from fans. ...and many more similar. Is he a new bad man of the F1?
  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. Fact or pre-emptive excuse?
  13. I don't agree with Jacques too often, but I do on this topic. Enough of one driver, and it is MB who needs to step forward.
  14. Too many races Not sport, but money, money, money... I hope Dome will stop that madness at some point of time in the future. Ignore people like Brown, and use common sense instead.
  15. Something to think about. Jacques Villeneuve: I might be isolated with this, but in the room full of diverging thoughts, I think MB has done mistake keeping this driver on for so long, and definitely he should have been let go this year. British media building his frame into something only we read and tell about in stories for children, whereas a car is added only as afterthought. For a driver who contributes about 20%, surely something is out of proportions.
  16. Modest he is not. Hate him, or love him, he really likes to steer sh*t wherever he goes.
  17. Sounds like Dome is a man close to my heart. He speaks and does what Europeans do (for now). He will need more time to steer this Titanic-F1 away from the iceberg, but I trust if anyone, he can do that. He certainly has right qualifications, demeanour, knows right people, and has proper idea what Grand Prix means in traditional sense.
  18. Gasly, how could I forgot him? I think he was little bit mistreated by RBR/sister team. I tend to agree that he needs an opportunity to carry French flag. Ocon is also not as bad as optics suggest, but he was pushed back for benefit of DR. I don't want to go there, but I was quite angry a few times over what I saw. Start over, do better, but with Alonso...
  19. Ferrari period all over again (Kimi vs. Alonso). I've understood that. Alpine will need to make their mind which driver fits into their future. What puzzles me are choices Alpine has made so far. Are they telling us they didn't do their due diligence to find out what Alonso has done while at Ferrari and McLaren, or they do not care how situation will affect future of their own young French driver? So, where or what is their future?
  20. My honest opinion - after posting this, you should be banned permananetly from this forum. You need Hollywood made up hatefull stories to conduct conversation why Germany should have its own permanent place on F1 calendar? I find it disgusting, and offensive.
  21. Really? My question: Are the alleged issues intrinsic to a driver or to a machine? The same people who are excusing Alonso (I guess from not performing better) told Vettel repeatedly that a good driver should be able to drive anything. Anything they said. So, they implied Vettel is not a good driver. According such decree, Alonso then has no case. He should receive the order from a team manager - get in, get strapped, and drive without excuses, please. Pronto. -- or -- Maybe a lot of people on sidelines were/are just ignorant or mean, perhaps both. I've seen more than once claims by insiders how little driver really matters these days. 20% driver's influence on race performance is a value posted often. Seb has not only to deal with a lot buttons, but at his new office, he has them on all "wrong" places. I guess fun never ends. Where are machines from Schumacher era, as his son said, with steering wheel having very few buttons, and it was up to driver how he scored. I am missing those times.
  22. ...and when two instincts collide, internet goes broke with volumious blame and ridicule.
  23. Ms. Garloff: Conversation with Mick Schumacher Thoughts before a season beggins. On subject of overtaking: According this it is clear that on a mike commentator with his interjection about unsuccessful pass - "I don't know what he was thinking" is then widely off mark.
  24. 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.
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