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  1. D/T 2022.03.22 10:10 UTC



    Another big loser of the new 2022 season so far is McLaren.

    “All that experience, knowledge and skill in car design,” 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve told the Dutch publication Formule 1. “It’s unbelievable that they screwed up like this.

    I had less expectations of Aston Martin, who copied Mercedes for so many years that maybe they forgot how to design their own car,” the Canadian added.

    Competing at the top takes more than ambition and money,” Villeneuve insisted. “Formula 1 is a special sport. It’s not just marketing and branding. i thought as well. 

  2. D/T 2022.03.21 7:10 UTC



    As was the case for many of its rivals, Aston Martin’s porpoising problems were made more challenging because it wasn’t able to anticipate the issue while developing the car in the windtunnel.

    Case by case, again and again we see evidence despite wind tunnel is a good tool, it will not have all answers. There is need to place cars on actual track for full development. Honda at McLaren found only on the track mis-calibration of their dyno, and there were other significant cases standing as witness, how much F1 needs adequate timely testing with rubber being in contact with tarmac.

  3. 1 hour ago, BradSpeedMan said:

    I hope Mr.Berger had a wrong moment too. But then again, he has this experience...

    Don't think he is wrong... Just saying...

    I have to trust Gerhard on this one. He knows Mike as Seb does, and perhaps even more, whereas I do not at all. (I have actually posted that much.) So, Stroll had miss on that one per Berger. Is Withmarsh such big win? From what I read, that's probably a second miss.

  4. D/T 2022.03.20 7:46 UTC


    That is the view of former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, who noted that despite his eleventh-hour call-up to replace the ill Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg still managed to out-qualify the Aston Martin regular.

    “It’s an understatement to say that he was beaten by a teammate,” Schumacher said in Bahrain.

    “I believe that when someone who has not driven for a year and a half comes in and is three tenths faster than you straight away, you should think very carefully about whether you are doing everything right.”

    Some paddock insiders even said the result was “embarrassing” for Stroll, whose father Lawrence owns the Silverstone based team.

    Credit for article to one Stop Strategy.

    One wonders if Mr. Stroll will lash out, and who is going to be on receiving end. It's not going to be his son, that much is a safe bet. This is what happen when you shake team's structure in wrong moment. Timing is everything. Teams which sustained stability usually had more success in the F1. Mr. Whitmarsh upon his arrival said, he will be massively involved in running the F1 team. I wish then he should take full responsibility for what we have seen yesterday.  

    To put it straight, the team is now run by Mr. Stroll, Whitmarsh, Krack, several other directors on the inside...any other volunteer?.

    Based what Stroll Jr. said, and he has some inside into what's going on, it doesn't looks like some quick overnight fix, and it remains to be seen if it can be decent after several races, or they start working on next year car. Seb becomes officially a bee keeper by Christmas.

  5. D/T 2022.03.09 17:16 UTC


    The European Union have added Nikita Mazepin, and father Dmitry, to its list of individuals sanctioned because of their connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Mazepin was sacked by Haas on Saturday, with its Uralkali sponsorship also terminated, and expressed disappointment at the situation during a briefing with media on Wednesday.

    Mazepin's position with the F1 was untenable.

  6. 1 minute ago, lipstick79 said:

    homology  - the modern F1 with different interpretations.

    What do you mean by "modern F1"? 

    The F1 motor-sport was never static (unchanged standard). F1 cars always changed during seasons, and in between season. Always "modern". One can perhaps identify different periods by some significant features. Hybrid PU under brainless rules, Normally Aspirated Engines period, etc. That's how I look at it. 

  7. Just now, lipstick79 said:

    U do NOT understand  F1 - it is NOT about standing up 4 things/people - everybody IS equal.
    F1 IS about raisin awareness - to a fizzy drink !!! - Situations brought 2 attention, F1 IS talked about  - sponsors R seen.

    There are as many perceptions what F1 is. Mine is merely different one from one you are describing in your response. Neither of us is right or wrong. Simply just different. It would be difficult to submit a logical argument based on facts in post facts world we live today. Personal values are just that, personal.

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    In a clip from an interview with the seven-time World Champion in the popular Netflix series, Hamilton hinted while discussing Verstappen’s driving that he tries to overcome “bullies” in close contact.


    Not that I disagree, however my question is, where was your judgement when Verstappen displayed almost dangerous behavior on track aginst Vettel, and was applauded for it. Vettel's name consequently was dragged in mud of shame just because on his defensive moves it affected tight proximity of other drivers on that location. When I was defending Vettel, i was then lectured - it's racing!! 

    It is clear that in sports, just as in life outside of a sporting arenas people are occasionally driven by emotions, rather than cool headed judgements. Hamilton suddenly become religious because it suits him in his public projection, and that's a shame because like it or not, it screams loud and has written hypocricy all over. 

  9. D/T 2022.03.04 6:15 UTC

    Aston Martin "potential" key to new Vettel deal - new boss Krack

    I really don't think Seb has will mentally suffer for much longer. He has recently admitted that much. Krack has struck right tone with me. Sebastian will probably sign for another 2 years (if the car has potential), and then either he will stand on the podium, or takes off to life sans F1. In a few weeks we will learn more. 

    Yes, that's Seb

    That's why I like and respect Seb. I am lost of words why some posters on the internet wear as their signature "life long Vettel hater". It seems we are really different in many aspect.

  10. 6 hours ago, Sakae said:

    D/T 2022.03.03 12:37 UTC

    Mazepin is cleared to participate in racing, however what about financial support by his father for Haas? PM Johnson seems on the attack. I don't know whether he included Mazepin Sr. on his list of people of interest, but one wonders if Haas has a plan B if lighting strikes.  Perhaps selling the team to Andretti could be a final solution if his hand is forced.


    Haas seems to have tied the knot: Nikita Mazepin will not drive for the team from America this season. This is reported by the German Sky Sports. As a result, it also seems increasingly likely that UralKali will not be found on the car in 2022.

    D/T 2022.03.03 18:53 UTC

    This is rather surprising for me personally. There must be much more hidden out of our sight and ears. I am not sure whether I should trust Sky, but that's huge.

  11. D/T 2022.03.03 12:37 UTC

    Mazepin is cleared to participate in racing, however what about financial support by his father for Haas? PM Johnson seems on the attack. I don't know whether he included Mazepin Sr. on his list of people of interest, but one wonders if Haas has a plan B if lighting strikes.  Perhaps selling the team to Andretti could be a final solution if his hand is forced.

  12. D/T 2022.03.03 10:23 UTC

    It has been reported Max Verstappen signed his contract with RBR until 2028. It appears then that a position of leading driver with that team is settled, at least for next a few years. Ferrari has their drivers also until (I think 2025). Sainz is almost certain to get drive for next 2 or 3 years. Where does this leaves Mick Schumacher is a good question. I used to like Binotto, but today for some reason I wonder why. I am not trying to say he is a bad man, not at all, but I wish he would be little more honest in public arena with candidates for Ferrari racing seat, and release them to seek job elsewhere. Maybe a hatched job he has done on Seb left me with bitter feelings. 

    So, what's left? Not much. Mercedes after Hamilton, Alpine after Alonso, and midfield. It would be nice if leading part of the grid (I term it as Tier 1) would expand at least to 6 teams which can compete for podium on regular basis. I am not convinced that we are there as yet.

    RBR,  Mercedes,  Ferrari,      ... probably Alpine / McLaren, of them. More is coming shortly. People promised a lot of upgrades. That could shake up my perceptions from ground up. 

  13. 12 hours ago, lipstick79 said:

    Which in turn would B a bad thing.
    Bernie WOULD like people discussin F1 though, in the way it currently IS.
    > My thoughts R that this IS school yard behaviour - 2 wrongs DON`T make a right.

    D/T 2022.03.03 6:35 UTC

    My (sophomoric) thoughts on the subject: firstly, this discussion concerns the F1 only due to the fact, that an event is (was?) scheduled in a country at war. Sanctions imposed by various parties on warring factions carry potential consequences on properties and actors of the F1. We simply cannot predict what would happen, if anything, to materials and personnel transported in and out of Sochi. 

    Excluding this one particular event appears to be primarily a political statement. Is F1 a political entity? Of course not. Let's feather therefore the brakes.

    My own discomfort is with selective rhetoric we are presented with. For example, one of many, Russian subjects were (are) living in comfort in UK, yet suddenly after attack on Ukraine.their properties were overnight declared by UK govern. as “there will be nowhere to hide your ill-gotten gains". Really? You didn't know about it yesterday? Not that I disagree, but the hypocrisy around here is overwhelming.

    We would be better off to end this discussion, and focus on forthcoming season, a subject much more pleasant. The race in Sochi seems no-go at the moment, so there is no point to talk about it. BE, the old man of F1, sometimes utters something which pleases my ears, but he has also said a lot of things which drove me literally to the brink of insanity. Today he is a man of respected age, and we have to live with it. Locking him in a closet is basically non-starter. If I live as long as he has, I might be also dribbling my thoughts which may not please everyone.

    Back to racing, please.

  14. D/T 2022.03.02 13:31 UTC


    The announced ban has implications for Haas and Russian driver Nikita Mazepin. Under the FIA rules announced on Tuesday, Mazepin can race in F1 this season, however he now will be barred from entering the British Grand Prix in July. The only option for Mazepin at this time would be to race would be under a different nationality.

    FiA really made dog's breakfast out of that issue. Seb doesn't want to go there (Rusland)...

    BE would ignore politics...

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