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  1. Wow. KM, when you warm up, we see you in really new light.
  2. Date 2020.07.15 Time 16:33 (UTC) I have no idea what you are talking about. I wonder if you can prove that, or even suggest where and when it happened. I want facts, not rumors perpetuated by fans. I do watch races religiously for quite a while, and I don't recall seeing anything of that kind you are suggesting. What I do however recall is that this (basically nonsensical) mantra has been repeated ad infinitum for very long time. Alonso had always cars designed to accommodate his driving style, often to the detriment of his teammates, especially Kimi, a reason why he often was perceived like a candidate for Nobel price after races, while Kimi was experiencing difficulties. It made me actually quite violently ill to hear Alonso's (BS) claims so often how he got out of the car 110%. Hamilton never won in a car that didn't suit him, and which was at least equal to others. In fact, even smallest deviation on setup from his style ended with his hysterical blow out to media after the race. In fact Hamilton had McLaren which Paddy Lowe assessed as good as RB on majority of tracks. Guess who however won WDC. (Hint, it wasn't Hamilton). Spin that Vettel had BEST car followed. It was the only way how to excuse McLaren's driver. That's my take on those claims.
  3. There is no doubt that Hamilton is protected species. Internally they don't dare to do anything to make him angry (they will even steal teammate's crew for him, if necessary, as they have done, just to stop his very public whining). Externally, there is no way regulatory conditions permits competining teams to work on their cars and make necessary improvements. If you don't recognize this as a protection racket, then I am afraid any further explanation is not possible from my side. Hamilton's car was faster in last weekend than slower, much slower RB, you say, and that's sign of what? Hamilton's superiority? Let them switch seats, and if Hamilton will generate again a such huge gap, I will take all back what I ever said about this guy with huge apology on top. Problem is, from history we know, that when Hamilton has the same (McLaren years), or even slightly lesser car on some circuits, he will not win, at least no always, which is why Vettel has his trophies, and Hamilton has his, because he won (sort off) six seasons with that car. It is not as surprising and impressive for everyone, as his fans would like to be. And that's a guy who once said, that he wants to win deservedly, not on "cheap" like Schumacher. He makes really hard for some of us to like him with his superiority complex.
  4. Good design, a few, if any, errors in development, protection from competition by all kind of devilish schemes Brawn and Todt can come up with, what do you expect? Tokens, limits on work directed towards countermeasures rivals need badly, and more. Whole so called "cost savings" campaign looks and smells really fishy to me. No wonder it makes Hamilton unbeatable being protected and insulated from external, and from internal pressure points.
  5. It has to be news to him, if you tell him that.
  6. 💘 for not being scare to say what everyone else thinks, but not saying.
  7. Date 2020.06.21 Time 18:19 (UTC) Will Mercedes share with us their plans for next commercial cycle before first race kick in? For me at the moment that is as much if not more exciting as first race without fans by the track side.
  8. Date 2020.06.19 Time 9:29 (UTC) What a headline! One guy has decided to do something else with his life, and Mercedes is consequently falling apart. It's time to feel sorry for Hamilton. Is it what COVID-19 has done to our minds, or it was always crazy as that?
  9. OK, it was my mistake and it's corrected (I think). Good to know how little makes you happy.
  10. Date 2020.06.15 Time 17:26 (UTC) Cowell will be leaving Mercedes engine division. I gather it has to be most likely his decision, since Mercedes is committed supplying engines in the new commercial cycle, and I cannot fathom out from many why exactly him would be on a chopping block. I wonder who procured his services. (Cosworth?)
  11. Date 2020.06.13 Time 13:57 (UTC) Mercedes F1 future is secure - Wolff First car - i've been in that museum, seen it...a lot of history behind it. I've enjoyed that visit. Looks like with respect to philosophy linking race cars with commuter machines is very much aligned with Ferrari. A lot of inventions on the race cars was adopted for daily travel. Spot on. Unfortunately there are some people in F1 today, who do not get it.
  12. I'am not sure about the funny part, however I am rather annoyed over this proposition that Mercedes would be concerned about rise of Honda, and might choose to "run away". It's the same group which suggested that Renault (engine) run away scare of Honda, the same group which suggested BMW run away for being a weak team, the same group which suggested Vettel run away from Ricciardo, and they are now starting the same nonsense with Mercedes. The "run away" strategy is some kind of mantra with them. Must be something unhealthy in water those people drink, making them incapable to understand, that people do change their minds, and it's quite normal to do so. Sure, it's easier to make a flippant remark than conduct conversation about situational dynamism and predicament Mercedes is finding themselves today.
  13. Date 2020.06.10 Time 15:29 (UTC) Despite all recent assurances from Mercedes brass, rumors aren't dying down they are stepping down after this season. I am not sure who in German media originated this account, but despite general alignment with thrust to reduce cost, there are some friction points reported as follows. (I am just summarizing main points as I understand it). Budget cuts (fine), however Liberty / FiA went too far, and that's seems not going down well (potential for damage to image due to fielding poor product). Building totally new car requiring new outlay of funds. Funny way to save money in post pandemic economy. Some people in F1 simply lacking any situational awareness. General technical direction sport is taking. Germany has allocated large sums of money to support research and development of new energy sources, something automakers in F1 cannot ignore. Hydrogen is a key term on the top of heap. On a seminar I've attended with automakers about 15 years ago in Mexico, hydrogen as future energy sources was already then on the top (sky is a limit). I think return to Normally Aspirated Engines just to please a few players might be not really realistic to keep many other serious players interested. Mercedes next to Ferrari in luxury car market has also BMW and VW to think about in real life. F1 might be one day racing merely in UK, Asia and US, but not in continental Europe, where thrust for carbon footprint on downward slope is in effect, and no racing track will get license at some point in the future to operate with series full of smoking engines. That's safe bet. Renewal of driver's contracts is on hold (no negotiations in progress). That's not normal way how Mercedes conducts usually their business. If Mercedes intents to keep us in suspense, it's working.
  14. It's problem with anti-competitiveness. / (perceived) conflict of interest.
  15. Thanks Lord for having you in here to explain it to us how it works.
  16. Date 2020.06.07 Time 6:48 (UTC) Wolff: Is he implying aero will rule? Testing in Feb raised more questions (like where is Ferrari), and supplied very few answers. Cars will be coming out from containers with very few, or no changes to them because of lack of testing. First race might be very interesting for some people, if the setup gets messed up. Setup data from last season might be copied to the dot.
  17. Date 2020.06.06 Time 7:06 (UTC) I should start with admission, that I have nothing against Wolff. Very seldom, if ever (well, maybe once or twice) he angered me for how he mistreated Hamilton's teammates. Today however I want to talk about something else, namely, his business. We are reading about him investing money here and there, and as it happened, all in F1 frame. Aren't there some anti-competitive laws which should prevent him from doing so? How the hek he can be affiliated with Mercedes, and invest in competing Racing Point, or in Williams? I was already scratching my head when Dietrich Mateschitz purchased Minardi and turned that team into his drivers development farm. In my mind that was outrages, yet looks like I am the only one who is not on board with it, and now this Stroll / Wolff, Stroll - son, ... WT*? Poor anyone stepping into claws of new style, money oriented, "management". This is suppose to be a sporting arena, and not a playground for FIRE actors. If you look what (damage) regulatory and commercial organs have inflicted upon F1 allowing this kind of commercial trickery, add downright obscene and degenerate rule book, in totality this can make an old man cry. Are we all so brainwashed that we don's see it anymore and demand better?
  18. Date 2020.06.05 Time 12:56 (UTC) In German media Wolff confirmed forthcoming unspecified changes at Mercedes F1 organization, including potentially his own new position in that team. Since all is behind the closed doors, no one on the outside really can know much more.
  19. Date 2020.05.29 Time 5:29 (UTC) I wanted a statement from a team. Well they heard me, and response came swiftly in less than 24 hrs. This doesn't mean Wolff will stay, and continue with this nomadic (stressful) life. He might want to take easy and choose different direction at this point of his life. Nothing is finalized until all is confirmed also by him.
  20. Err thanks for that, but I was rather thinking about this messy signal (maybe its not messy); here you have two guys, two teams, and now what? Will Racing Point continue as a junior team, and exMercedes will be renamed and it will be their first tier team? They want to reassign shares which are now in RP bank.... Maybe I wait for a team to issue official press statement.
  21. Huh, this sounds juicy. I will be d**** if I understand what those two are up to. This "bromance" thing seems little overcooked. Buying Racing Point first, now buying (ex)Mercedes, so, what's next? Which team is left and who owns what? Moving money around in smart way is not my strong suit, and I need someone to explain this back and forth dance in very plain language. Here... Philip Van Osten:
  22. Any news - selling, not selling...
  23. The rumor about Mercedes leaving as a team is not loosing any strength. On the contrary. Apparently ill relationship between Wolff and Källenius regarding direction of technology seems growing. Automakers look for innovations in renewable energy, whereas F1 - where Wolff live - is not. I doubt low cost series will save it from extinctions. Fans aren't interested in how much it cost. Fans want to see something not available anywhere else - it's called uniqueness. Back in history Americans killed luxury Packard when it lost its uniqueness (expensive and available only to a few), British killed just about everything else, and now this. Good riddance.
  24. For sale? This rumor might not be too far from the truth. How many times we have singled out small things that were pointing into that direction? - New boss (not as enthusiastic into F1 as his predecessor) - Auto market is down - Hamilton allegedly asked for 60 MM per season? No kidding. It's not hard to imagine that at all! That's normal, when news is, that your trophy team didn't win a race, and wining turns into big yawn. Victims of their own success? What an empty sounding cliche, but so apt in this situation. There is another problem, namely, who has money to buy it? Another actor from FIRE economy perhaps? - but - Sale of the team is not yet confirmed.
  25. I think with that one we need Wes to assist us. I forgot earlier to thank Ruslan for suggestion to relocate thread from a racing section to Cafe, so I will do it now. We are lucky to have him.
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