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  1. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Assuming we have facts straight, it seems rather wrong to have Mercedes enjoying longer lead time in development of (complex) hybrid power plant without sharing. That alone should have them probably disqualify from competition, but when F1 regulators said - keep it - and furthermore in first year (2014) declared limits and slowed down catching up work for rivals, that's a point when F1 credibility comes into a question. There is nothing wrong being good, or best, but this has to remain world in which competition strives. I don't have feeling it is so today. On the starting grid when a car moves a millimeter before lights go off you can get penalized, yet here (I remember what BE stated long time ago), a major competitor is allowed to build a huge jump on everyone else. Think about it. It is very big Swedish ball to swallow without choking on it.
  2. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Motive for Vettel leaving RBR has been discussed for past some 5 odd years. People, like our friend here, claim they "love" Vettel, but then they go and accuse him basically of cowardice, repeating internet mantra. N. Chomsky said: Well, it doesn't always works that way professor. Thinking requires work, and that is not on.
  3. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    There should be distinction drawn, as I've intended, between an actor (such as a team is) walking away, and hopeless observer (a fan like me). Other than time, I have nothing much more invested in this. Brawn, Brown, Liberty and Todt don't care about me, however when Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes would say in unifying voice - we had enough, then that is something else. Impact on the investment is I think a key term for such situation which can produce The Change.
  4. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    There is always an option in life. It might not be a good one, but those who do not like what they see, they can walk away from the sport, and should not sign for another term. Instead, they will moan and talk, but stay. We can spend time and write pages of possible reasons for self-defeating course of action, but I am not planning to engage in that. There is no unity among manufacturers, and people working in FIRE sector are skillful how to exploit such situations to their advantage. Nothing new to see here. F1 stopped being sport long time ago. It's investment business now.
  5. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.07.21 Time 14:08 (UTC) The entire car project has to be revised’ admits Binotto – but says sacking people is not the answer That's strange. If sacking is not in your repertoire, then what was all that about with Vettel?
  6. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Mr. Briatore loves only two things; himself, and Alonso. As far as Ferrari is concerned hiring him, that would be No.
  7. How many times we need to come back to this topic when mostly Hamilton fans are trying to defend indefensible? Facts are the same, interpretations vary, that's not in dispute. Mercedes is ahead of everybody else, and until reg. change, they, under normal conditions, they will stay there. The car, and consequently their drivers are circulating race tracks in the world of their own. Freezing or suppressing (corrective) developments on rival's equipment is not something useful in the name of fair game, however Hamilton is looking for WDC trophies 7 and 8, and that's the true objective, isn't it? Those are the facts as I dare to interpret them. I am not in full understanding what's going on with the Racing Point which suddenly came to life from nowhere, however claims the team had access to Mercedes owned design are ongoing with no end in sight. That's rather new exception to the rule. I was not going to comment on this, but fact is, it's more people who are not on board with golden boy, not just myself. This is not new, just latest in series of other incidents, almost always excused, and short lived especially when history if dusted off..
  8. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.07.17 Time 14:36 (UTC) INSIDE LINE: WHY BINOTTO? RATHER FIRE ELKANN AND CAMILLERI I think Velasco must be reading my lines. I wasn't as direct, but for some time I suspected that strings are pulled from far above, and not always good way. I do agree that those two names has not shown that they know anything of value about F1 racing. LeClerk in the centre, Vettel on the outside (old photo), but telling - writing on the wall in big letters for Seb.
  9. Our recollections obviously differ, but to be frank, I am tired of getting back and pulling out the same topics repeatedly. Hamilton is sheltered internally and externally, that's how I see it, and I've read nothing to change my mind about it. It is debatable whether it began as intentional strategy, but it ended this way. FiA failed to step on the (regulatory) brakes by mid 2014 when it become apparent, that F1 is facing huge problem having one team monopoly in offing for years to come. Ecclestone commented more than once that Mercedes was working with FiA on power plant specs and development for very long time before anyone else, yet it was not enough to let other teams to catch up, and close the development gap? Why not? Take just the latest set of restriction pertaining to work on car. It is mandated under cost saving initiative, yet in reality who will save what? Ferrari looks almost certainly being in doldrum for next two years due to design errors (power plant and vehicle) which cannot be corrected to full extend needed. They can forget big pay check end of this year. And who will prosper most from having Ferrari out of the way? Brown certainly will not complain, and neither will Mercedes or RBR. So much for competition and merit based winning. RBR is rising and has huge potential, so it seems, but there is big difference between coming close to the line, and then crossing it. Prost thinks they will be not able to make that last step. Mercedes is again saved. Ferrari was the only team which had any chance to wreck Mercedes monopoly for owning podium, had FiA permitted early track testing so mistakes could be identified early and in time corrected. (As it used to be in times when Schumacher was there.) To make mistakes is part of human activity, it is old as human race, but now we live in era when we are prohibited to make mistakes? Who came up with that rubbish? We can go on along those lines for very long time, but it will not change reality, that cumulative effect on regulatory sides help some teams, damaged others, but at the end the only one which will be hurt least is Mercedes, and F1 brass has done nothing to put stop to it. Mercedes drivers are safe again from competition. This of course might change in 2 years when downsizing comes in effect.
  10. Wow. KM, when you warm up, we see you in really new light.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    I think too that Briatore is a man of the past with some credibility questions that never were properly answered. Regarding Horner...he can thank in massive doses for "his" success to Dr. Marko who is not only a former racer, but a lawyer who is really a buffer (like Lauda with Zetsche) between Horner's daily chores and very understaning owner. Marko doesn't get credit, British media like to think it's all Horner, but it is de facto Marko who chooses topic, time, and words when he speaks with the owner and advises on optimal solutions. (Not that Horner is completely out of it, but his job is easier.) Binotto dosen't get the same luxury. He has different management at the great distance, and who knows how he presents his issues to them. Brawn also was - I say today - overrated at Ferrari. He was a good tacticians siting at the track-side, but he had very capable people around him who made him shine. Likes LdM, Todd, Schumacher, and many, many others. (This assessment is one we received courtesy of Mr. E). Todt
  15. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.07.14 Time 8:47 (UTC) I am not really sure where this is going from here. Are they or aren't they permitted to work on the car to its full extend countermeasures scope requires, or are they going to focus on the new specs? Problem is, that's 2022, thus I am not sure they can drop out of competition this, and next year as well. At this point, while I was sort of defending Binotto in the past (I think his bosses are actually a force for mismanaging the team), however now I think that Mattia's position as a TP is at risk if for not anything else, just to calm masses. I am also not sure who would replace him. Briatore is talking loud, but he is hard to swallow for some. They should bring LdM back, despite his respectful age. (...but they will not do that, nor I think he would take it). Ferrari might be in the (negative) news more often yet, than they would like. Is it time to start congratulating Seb on timing of his dismissal?
  16. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    @KoolMonkey I think travesty of this is, that most of claimants (not you) are assuming, that Vettel was alwyas in control to prevent, or be able to accept responsibility for the way things turn out. I have my technical doubts over validity of such assumptions. There is cause end effect relationship here, and Vettel might be many things to many people, but he is is not a fool. It's just some people on sidelines - earning living by spouting nonsense - do find easier to point out finger, than dig deeper. Ferrari really has never defended this driver against public angst and incendiary language as they seems to do now for LeClerc. I see this as result of rotating management at the top between those who shook hand with Vettel in 2014 and current crowd. Vettel never was during his tenure "a Ferrari man", regardless how hard he tried, and now he pays for it on more, than just on one level. His legacy is in stake as well.
  17. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    I am hoping race Stewards will be informed (preferably soon) it is racing they are hired to watch and judge, and not Idol popularity contest.
  18. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Over the years I made the same observation, that Vettel seems to be judged by a different standard within F1 community. It shouldn't be, but it is so.
  19. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.07.04 Time 7:03 (UTC) I said this n-times before, anyone - especially non-technical persons in paddock - who claim we do not need track testing, and can do-all on (cheaper) computers are patently ignorant. Honda had the similar problem, before they realized based on track data that their dyno was giving them false data. Unfortunately it has taken them couple of years before Eureka moment. Once they implemented calibration related countermeasures, they made rapid progress thereafter. Current Ferrari machine has more than just one issue, unfortunately, and it's going to hurt them through the season, it will do damage to their legacy, just as they will get hit at the pay-day. So, what was saved by not proper testing (2 months at least) on the track?
  20. Sakae

    Ferrari 2021

    Date 2020.07.01 Time 5:02 (UTC) Several headlines of this kind do suggest that poor showing in Febuary testing was not all (if any) sandbagging. Without track related validation of changes in design -- limited as they can be due to imposed token system on the scope -- we now have to wait for the car to hit track before we learn, how effective recalibration has been. Paddock, and we on sidelines, always assume Mercedes is in, and this time Ferrari, as former major protagonist, was replaced with loud talking RB. Considering however influence of anticipated ambient temperatures placing cars in imbalance, with some precipitation, anything could happen this weekend.
  21. Bahrainis have money. A lot. McLaren apparently doesn't seems to. I am assuming Lipstick you know about recent changes in upper management. I think however they should have taken a one step more to finish the job.
  22. Something big is brewing at McLaren. Reshuffle at the top, and now...there are velvet style headlines in UK about that team's finances, but in plain language for rest of us, is it possible McLaren has asked for protection from bancrupcy? TP's rhetoric about "F1 being in fragile state" merely underlines speculations of that kind. In an older article F1 Insider states:
  23. It has to be news to him, if you tell him that.
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