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  1. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.09.04 Time 11:42 (UTC) More of LdM wisdom; a man who has hired Sebastian Vettel, and knows a thing or two about him, and how F1 operates: Sounds to me like another reason for Sebastian Vettel not to join RP. He is not going to be at home there. He will not be an adopted son. Lance Stroll occupies that seat, and is it worth for him it to play a second fiddle in that team? More one thinks about it, more warnings just popping up around him.
  2. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    LdM I assume he knows little more about those cars than all those self-declared experts on various public forums. So much for the claims that Vettel can win only with the fastest (or best) cars.
  3. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.09.03 Time 10:20 (UTC) LdM on Vettel:
  4. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.09.03 Time 9:05 (UTC) LdM is blamed for current state of Ferrari... Plenty people and "experts" on sidelines or in paddock alike accusing Ferrari from mismanagement, and cheating. Trashy internet sites are full of such stories day-in-day-out. Maybe Ferrari is as charged, however there are some questions in my mind, which create doubts whether situation is really that as portrayed by (mostly British) media. Watching the same scene, and the same history, my interpretation what is happening is different one. Brawn and formerly FiA under Whiting talked about PU parity, but actual regulatory activities were all exactly opposite and concentrated to keep a British driver at the top, and everyone else behind. Ferrari got castrated recently for using oil to protect the engine in high revs. It was really ingenious and not cheating. (FiA could not determined which regulation, if any, was actually broken.) In contrast, what is MB under Cowell doing? What creates that dark smoke behind MB's cars? Nothing? What about early jump MB was allowed to keep in development fo hybrids - jail free - and build upon that knowledge data base since 2014? Nothing? LdM is allegedly beating up himself for agreeing to accept intro of hybrids into racing, despite his firm was far behind where MB was in development. And result? FiA with tokens and other limits finished him off, if not complexity of hybrids itself alone. F1 lost any last credibility it had with me, yet I think enough was said about that subject more than once, and it's time to put all behind. LdM can sleep well. No one can blame him he was betrayed. Binotto might be this or that to many people, but I have intuitively some understanding what he is probably facing, and despite his clumsiness in PR arena, he is not a such bad guy IMO. As the old saying goes, if you start arguing with idiots and cheaters, they will drag you to their level, and beat you on experience. Binotto needs not to respond, and do his thing. There is a job to be done.
  5. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.09.02 Time 18:24 (UTC) GP247 Question is, how big update Ferrari requires to close a gap to their rivals, and while they are focusing on that effort, how is going development of next generation of the power plant per new specs, especially with mandated cuts in manpower? Must be fun to be a TP at Maranello these days. MB with their overtime managed to sent some people to hospital with exhaustion.
  6. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.09.02 Time 7:18 (UTC) News for Mattia - did you think Seb will not have a car next year? Well, think again. Vettel buys Mansell’s Williams FW14B Sebi will race around his house, that's that.
  7. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.09.01 Time 6:41 (UTC) Chris Medland writes about Ferrari, and quotes: Many years? Yes, of course, for new entrants, but is it true for this team? Records shows last WCC Ferrari has won in 2008. 12 years since last WCC seems like many years already, therefore what Binotto is suggesting sounds to me like half-truth only. I have no doubt that patience and stability is required, to state obvious, but time in this case might be not enough. I would rather suggest missing are men of ideas who are needed even more urgently. I've worked with Italians, and my colleagues were extremely polite, cultivated, bright people, but in a sport full of extremes such as F1 is, sometimes only a man comfortable with extremes can make that last step. Is a such man working in Maranello already? If he is, then he has been silenced, as evident in product performance. I will end here with an unsolicited advise to Mattia; go, find him, and let him have his go at it. That could be the silver bullet you are seeking. That replacement driver for next year might be for a few sleepless nights as it stands right now.
  8. I'am not so sure about that. LdM was once a (worthy IMO) candidate to replace BE, and Ferrari blocked his nomination. (Concern of bias).
  9. I don't get this. If it is wrong today and it requires regulatory amendment, why it wasn't wrong several years ago?
  10. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    As long as Leclerc is placing well, Sebastian is facing mistrust aimed at his skills. Car is not the best, but maybe it should not be in P12. That's a problem. A lot of people have their own theories why is that. Personally I have no explanation to offer.
  11. Date 2020.08.12 Time 9:46 (UTC) News. If factual, MB has done right thing IMO.
  12. Date 2020.08.08 Time 10:40 (UTC) ...(unbreakable) "foursome". (Mercedes, Torger, Bottas, Hamilton). Are you sure about that unbreakable thing?
  13. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.08.05 Time 12:26 (UTC) Is this (almost exactly) the same how Vettel felt in 2015 and before Sergio told him to mind his own business? Anyhoo, good luck to him.
  14. I am sorry, but I have been offered a link to another speculative story, but nothing more. Could MB pull plug on team ownership? Yes they might. Is there a buyer? It was not publicly confirmed as far as I am aware. Will they leave? It was not confirmed. The most telling indicators that team may after all stay together in my interpretation was: 1. Ola stating that both current drivers are good for Mercedes and that should continue. 2. Torger just a few days ago said, we are (unbreakable) "foursome". (Mercedes, Torger, Bottas, Hamilton).
  15. ...and I think we were told it's all Hamilton, so it should not matter then who is constructor. Ot will he..? Where did you get that?
  16. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    I think Mattia just wants to make me feel better that Sebastian is leaving. OK, mission accomplished. I feel better now. (Anyone feels the same that Liberty, Brawn, and FiA are all ripe to receive a pink slip?)
  17. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.07.28 Time 7:25 (UTC) GP247: Elkann In other words - we hope to be visible in March 2022.
  18. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    It was up to FiA, a regulator, negated advantage MB gained due to its substantial lead time over rivals on the hybrid research with intended application to racing in the F1. In theory and in the name of fairness, when teams received nod to go ahead, they all should had been on the same baseline on challenges in the field of thermodynamics they were about to undertake. Based on performance disparities demonstrated already early in 2014, I have my doubts that the issue to launch was handled as well as it should or could had been. MB got away. We can only guess why and how. Maybe wrong questions were asked by regulators, maybe rivals were too relaxed in due diligence process, maybe it was just too complex for them to correctly assess risk they are facing. I joke often about conspiracy in favor of Hamilton, but on more serious note, I don't think that's what happened. As LdM said recently, given a chance to do this again, I would not agree to sign for it. (Implied insufficient knowledge in crucial moment of negotiations.) Now we will have a new baseline in 2022, is it? That is only way to put this mess behind us. I am not advocating for MB to release intellectual properties, however there are different methods available how to level field without stepping on MB's foot. Point is, you need sufficient knowledge about the subject matter, and will to do it.
  19. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.07.23 Time 14:21 (UTC) Binotto of course will not do any such thing for Vettel. Long pit stops for anyone? It's time for Seb to kick them to the curb.
  20. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.07.23 Time 6:45 (UTC) Clever, but I am not yet convinced about the "sinister" aspect you described earlier. Intelligent cluster of engineers working together for two years (in advance) probably produced load of information on feasibility of the technology, and presentation of key points should had been (IMO) shown to rivals as part of "convincing" leverage for getting the all binding agreement signed, which allowed hybrid era to take off. Beyond that point I would expect everyone to work on his own. Maybe it was that way, or very close to it, maybe not. I don't know in reality who knew what when LdM gave his nod to go ahead and spend money. There was one more issue which generated a lot of headlines later on. Cost. BE claimed he didn't know how expensive PUs will be. I have difficulty to believe that, had he asked right people. Engineers do not launch projects of this magnitude without estimates. Those could have been off (20 - 30%), but they had some figures for their internal financial planning, and those could had been updated periodically. That's how real world works. It is mystery to me, that entities like Williams had no idea what it will cost them, as it was claimed some time ago.
  21. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.07.23 Time 6:03 (UTC) Would you elaborate, please? This is based on what evidence? I am aware that Renault, Ferrari, Mercedes and FiA held series of engineering meetings sometimes before 2014 with text of specs on the agenda. It has been said, true or false, that Mercedes helped FiA to write some specs apart from the others, however how sinister that was is anyone's guess. Unsettling for me personally were statements by BE, confirmed now by LdM, that MB had in their research 2 years lead over everyone else, therefore it is implied, that when season in 2014 came along, MB had better understanding than everyone else of their system, and it served them well compared to rivals. Unfortunately the others produced less efficient PU, and haven't fully recovered yet, as MB is also improving, and keeping performance gap alive and well. That was not a start of the era from the same baseline, so how much are worth all those trophies, especially when they all are permitted these days to work on their products only in small chunks, and inadequate to make a difference on the scoreboard. Situation is also blurred because additional mistakes were made in body and the floor designs. RBR has done good job, some others did not, and that's where we are. All of the above has been now repeated n-th times before, and I would assume we all are familiar with this part of history.
  22. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    I also think that MB didn't deceive anyone or cheated anyone. They did most likely what they legally were permitted to do. Better question is, who let them, and why other teams didn't scream "murder" to stop it? Really puzzling, and I think it will be one of those things that certain person of advance age will take with him when he leaves us. My own explanation is, some people, like LdM, clever as he is, probably underestimated complexity of the hybrid project, and got burnt.
  23. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    GP247 https://www.grandprix247.com/2020/07/22/montezemolo-ferraris-problem-is-its-organisation/ Wiki: The FIA announced the intention to change the 2.4 litre V8 engines to 1.6 litre V6 turbo engines for the 2014 season. I think Luca gots date wrong. He had to agree with acceptance of hybrids around 2011/2012. It takes a while to get them on the grid in 2014. This also would make claim plausible that MB was conducting research of hybrids already about 2010. (2 years ahead of Italians.)
  24. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Source: I would have to look at it, and search for BE comments. This is however something he really stated. You have access to CTA. Search for Publius's post. Someone challenged him on the same question and he posted link. FiA was in consultation with MB before 2014. (I am not aware of anything similar after 2013). Engine - it is complex technical system, which requires a lot of engineering empirical work and testing of assumptions, which has been curtailed in recent years (cost cutting). What was however allowed is simply not enough. Don't forget MB is not standstill all those years, and as others walk slowly one step forward, and two backwards, MB is just improving what was initially a very good job. These days there are even restrictions how many hours teams are allowed on the design-hours, wind tunnel, etc. (Re: conversation with Tost). Unbelievable? Maybe, but that's how it is today. No mistakes, otherwise you are finish for months, if not a season. Ripple effect - I am not defending teams from errors on the vehicle. What Ferrari for example has done with their car has nothing to do with MB. That's home grown pain, and that's more or less the same for them all. The thing is, while teams are channeling money on recovery from errors on PU design, MB doesn't has to do it, and can spend similar chunks of money on new vehicle research, to get ahead even further. Maybe this is why they all will be building a new car in 2022 and start all over, because this current racket has no satisfactory solution.
  25. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Why? Because they were allowed to develop advantage. The same was denied others (moratorium in the first year). Different starting lines for all of them. In fact, if I recall, it was said that FiA worked with Mercedes to write regulatory specs for whole group. I am not suggesting they should have shared unlimited data, just correct status report up to the point before rest of them launched their own work. Lab, research, factory, training, etc. MB had tremendous advantage IMHO, and whole F1 is still feeing it - as pain - even today. I am perplexed. You guys don't see anything wrong with it?????
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