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  1. What's with the headlines? One day we read Cowell is not joining (said allegedly Wolf), today apparently he is. I am not convinced that F1 media really care whether we take them seriously, or not. Blog here, blog there, everybody is a journalist these days. If Cowell was hired, then I take it RBR seems to go into engine business for real. Another potential implication of such commitment might lead to RBR's extended presence in the F1.
  2. So, claiming that Vettel is crap is fine, but when we talk about DR, it is undue judgement. You are making my case for me. BTW, I think I mentioned I was referring to how Vettel was judged in y. 2014. Why not to judge both the same way? Shortcomings of Vettel in recent years... lord help me. You have understood absolutely nothing. Nothing I say.
  3. Rosberg seems to talk too much lately.
  4. In speculative terms, I think there is a primary goal, savings, which is propagated teams like McLaren and Williams. Side effect, which some might see as benefitial for increasing F1 popularity (waking races from boredom) is grid positional variety, when good drivers end up in midfield, and have to fight their way back. Thing is, I would like to see MB drivers in lesser cars, so we can have some fun for a change, but that did not happened. LH drives the same car for ages, and he can close his eyes and make a race. Car design will change in next a few years, and whether towards better or the same remains to be seen. Vettel is one of those drivers who do not totally trust that specs are going into right direction.
  5. Perez: Limited track time makes changing teams harder It would be nice if someone who can initiate change would actually pay attention. I fear they will however leave it as it is just to shuffle deck of cards (in the absence of overtaking on the track). Sainz, who is mentioned in the article, I think is just lucky, as he find car in synch with his driving style. His success thus far doesn't however negates fact, that change of teams and equipment can be hard sell.
  6. McLaren have ‘clear idea' of Ricciardo struggles ( I wonder if DR knows today how Vettel felt in 2014. No one is telling him today that he is inferior to his teammate as they have said (and still claiming so) about Vettel.
  7. Oh well, point is, I can relate to that. In a second language usually one doesn't experiences coarsness of words as it is often in mother tongue language, especially if it is in later stages of life. Those are just words, but for listeners of course it might not be that pleasant. Yuki is being sent to Italy by Dr. Marko for supervised training under Tost. Reading data, how factory works, European culture (explained), self-control, etc. For now - potential for Yuki being great racer is there, it just has to be cultivated and brought to next level worthy F1.
  8. No need for it. Clint became active when he was 25 (not 35+). It was a different era then, when age was not at the top of requirements list, and his impressive physical stature represented western style image which was then in demand. Today he is more than an established actor, which is why at 90 he is still active as director, etc.
  9. Well, someone has a plan. That's a good thing. I am not sure whether he knows it, but Hollywood dosen't hire old people to act, that is who starts after 35 of age.
  10. So, goofy weekend at Monaco was all MB's fault, not driver's. Some articles do suggest how Hamilton will hold "constructive meeting" with Mercedes (probably to address his bad mood). I wonder if someone had temerity and told him where was Bottas on the track in relationship to him before a mechanic saved Hamilton's pride by taking Bottas out of the race. Blaming a wheel-nut is nice touch.
  11. FiA to do something what makes sense? Are you kidding me? When was it last time something like that happened?
  12. You won't hear it from English media, it has to be Austrian, who compliments Vettel. I for one am just happy. I wasn't there, so I cannot tell, but Karl is an ex-F1 driver, so he is sort off qualified to detect fine nuances of such races. On more sober note, on speed tracks like Spa or Suzuka, I fear back down to Mother Earth, yet I take it, on the nose if I got this one wrong.
  13. When a car, like a new shoe, doesn't fit, then it doesn't fit. I am not blaming Alonso. Not at all. This year, more than ever, we see this phenomenon across the grid. Usually it's a single driver, and media dismiss his plight mercilessly. This time we have quite a few. What I find frustrating, when it happens to Vettel, then we get truckload of so called expert opinions how Vettel is "spent force" and the other usual rubbish. Seb in 2014 also could not fit into that car, whereas DR did. Today the same DR is struggling in McLaren, for a change. He has admitted it's him, not a car. He needs more training, that's all, despite one could hardly call him greenhorn. Situation casts spotlight on how important it is for drivers to train before a racing season begins.
  14. From what I am reading, data suggest that TV as a medium is on decline. People under 40 in many cases do not own TV. Future: Notebook, tablet, mobile phone. TV - less. The thing is - I don't mind to watch a race on my computer, but still, someone on track side has to take video for me, and that in last race could have been better over what it was. Where I am lost is, how anyone can watch a race on a phablet, and still understand race nuances.
  16. Date 2021.05.27 Time 6:40 (UTC) here Talking about spoiled child MB, you have what you sowed. This is not first time we have seen this circus. Happened when Rosberg was teammate as well. Toto had to then reshuffle bunch of mechanics from Rosberg side ("better ones") to Hamilton side.
  17. I have no clue what you are talking about.
  18. Well, I don't wish him anything bad, but I haven't forgot 2014 how big was his head talking. Today everyone is worrying about him, and no one says he is a fraud. Internet in English language wasn't that kind to Vettel. Driver's ability to adapt his machinery is under spotlight, and no amount of hours in simulator can fully substitute real track experience. I am repeating this like idiot for many years, but is anyone listening? Brown is one of those who was talking against track practice. Now its backfiring right on his American nose. I say- good. Surely DR is better than result shows, but that cost cutting push is burning fire.
  19. TV coverage of races and FiA race stewardship are topics of charged conversation old as F1 is. They talk, but they never do anything.
  20. How many people you need there? Was it 18 or 20 with one policeman (in red) watching? With budgetary restrictions I guess this will change. 2 jacks 2 side pods 8 right wheels 6 or 8 left wheels
  21. That's funny. When Sebastian was in similar situation in 2014, we all know what was said about him. Fraud, DR is so much better driver, beating socks out of him, and so on. Blah, blah, blah... When shoe is now on the other foot... Point is, comparing Vettel vs Ricciardo should have happen in 2013, than I would believed DR was a better driver. 2014 was merely a transitional year with many shades of problems, and not good ground for far reaching conclusions. I am not sure if Norris is beating DR today as optics do suggest. What is merely clear that DR is out of his skin for past several years. This car, and also in his time with Renault - problems everywhere. RB was closest to his liking, and even that was partly a false flag, because when Verstappen came on board, he liked the car even more, and DR became a defeated man overnight. As far what future holds for him - hard to say, but he wants to overcome his difficulties, re-learn how to drive that car, and as long as he doesn't gives up, there is chance he might succeed.
  22. I am not sure what you are on about, but Michael won all his titles in competetive field. Any team could work on their car, change things around and challenge him. In my memory there never were such atrocious conditions we have experienced in F1 since 2014. Like Alonso, like Kimi, like Mika, Hill, Prost, Senna, like Jaques and Michael...none of them had such cushy layer of protection LH had/maybe even today has. Teams are not really permitted to do the work which is necessary to level playing field. Anyway, I have no intention to rehash history, which is known to us all. Difference is, some of us realising impact of regulations on competitive field then and now, others don't want to think about it.
  23. To avoid any misunderstanding, let me clarify; I think Verstappen will win his WDC in clean fight in a competitive field, just as Michel did.He will not need his employer to hide him for 7 years behind bunch of protectionist measures from any competition, including internal , and behave pretentiously how great he is. That's about all.
  24. I rate LH at Häkkinen level, and Verstappen potentially at Schumacher's level. (And I mean it).
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