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Sakae

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  1. D/T 2021.09.11 07:08 CEST Vettel is one of very few people in the F1 about whom I believe are either speaking the truth, or do not saying anything. His assurance should be then good enough for me to trust, that he has found internal peace with himself after that horrid last year. Now, where is that piece of paper which needs to be signed...
  2. Teams are in this business for a few years and mature enough not to fall for such cheap trick. That kind of strategy might have worked once or twice, but not more than that.
  3. Obviously you are nostalgic about good old times when Alonso was there, or maybe even further back. Well, time is marching forward, and McLaren drivers are now becoming a factor at the front. That's how I see it.
  4. D/T 2021.09.10 19:01 CEST Qualification is over, and as more or less predicted by Verstappen, MB is here too fast. So much for claims by the official F1 (she)commentator, that RBR has fastest car. (Just because Hamilton was not in P1 the other day, so that was her expert explanation.) A lot can happen this weekend before this is over. AM has done slightly better than I've expected. McLaren under Seidl is progressing really well. Lastly, what can I say about Gasly. This guy is driving Minardi, and he is in P6 on this track? I like Dr. Marko, but Helmut, what are you doing to this young man? He deserves front row, and than we have really fight. I have no pony in this battle, but my admiration for him is growing by an hour. Kubica could be happy he was not slowest. Ferrari bomb out on home ground. Nice going, Binotto, Leclerc...
  5. FP1 Everybody is keeping his cards close to his chest. On the other hand, we have been here before, and engineers can interpolate chances they have, and how to play the game. Qualifying at 18:00 local time seems to be quite late afternoon, but I am assuming planners know better than I do whether at 19:00 visibility is sufficient to drive an F1 car under ambient conditions on a such speed circuit.
  6. D/T 2021.09.10 12:37 CEST At this point I am not convinced anymore hold up is Vettel's potential replacement, whoever that might be. (It was reported - more like rumour - that Alonso allegedly refused AM's offer.) There is nobody left available in whom AM might be interested to replace Vettel. I've changed my mind, and I think haggling is either about money, or new contract length. This or that, or probably both. If Seb says I am not accepting your offer and I am rather retiring, will Hulk suddenly get a job back? I don't see too many other options for AM. There is one crazy idea - in speculative terms - Stroll was interested in Hamilton. Is it possible that Vettel was offered merely 1 year more (2022), and Hamilton will move over to play Bond in 2023? One cannot say that cannot happen. I don't see Hamilton driving for MB much longer.
  7. This is just cheap excuse, and patently wrong. You seems to be on the go along those lines. How do you know a driver is not enough, if he is not presented with an opportunity? Most recent example case of Gasly who is most likely better than Russell (if not Perez), yet who has whole British media force behind him for promotion into one of undoubtedly best cars? Don't talk to me about F1 being British meritocracy.
  8. D/T 2021.09.10 08:22 CEST There seems no place for German drivers in this F1. Sebastian is struggling in lower-midfield car, from the distance it seems as Binotto basically set to destroy young Schumacher's career by placing him into basically defunct team, so what's left? New men invited into F1 like Jost Capito (Williams), Andreas Seidl (McLaren), and Tobias Moers (Aston Martin) are all just recent seedlings, and hard to tell how much they will be able to steer F1 through rough waters. Only Andreas is tangibly involved with track activities, whereas other two as CEO of respective companies are staying in the background.
  9. D/T 2021.09.10 06:55 CEST This looks OK, although wet race forecast on a speed circuit is not exactly a good thing. It may be fun elsewhere, but not here.
  10. D/T 2021.09.09 20:06 CEST Yes, I agree, but help me understand why it has to be on the account of active drivers? Alonso was right when he said, that F1 is the only top sport, say premier sport, in which athletes aren't permitted to train (not more than a few minutes before each race), I add, and now even that is suddenly being cut short. German management hand running the show is missing, because such situation would not be tolerated, never mind propagated. Common sense has taken vacation for far too long. Clash of minds is brewing in the background. Liberty wants to make money by running large number of races (I have seen numbers around 25, if not more). Andreas Seidl however issued warning, that 22 races is already negatively affecting people. More races will be problem for everyone (but accountants sitting in air-conditioned rooms, working from 9 to 5). Strangely enough, it was also former McLaren owner, who already had enough with 18 races.
  11. This exchange bores the heck out of me. Renault or Alpine will do whatever they think it's good for them. Hiring Alonso and let him transforming the team to his image while upsetting Ocon, a home guy, is up to them. I think it's insane strategy (can I actually call it a strategy?), but my thoughts are just that, my thoughts, and nothing more.
  12. I don't agree with you. I don't think Alonso was not brought in at all for reasons you state, but whatever. Renault, had their primary objective been advertising of their brand, the team would have called Renault, instead Alpine. Secondly, if you think to which segment of society a product is targeted, and as much I am not privy to their marketing strategy, from some indicators it seems to be youth (twenty something). The same people who do ask Alonso who..?
  13. I think Alain knows what he is talking about, namely disruptive tactics Alonso deploys until he gets his way. This would not be first time paddock is talking about it. I've never doubt Alonso's driving skills. Ocon can learn from him, despite not being slouch himself. Record this year is there for all to see. His annoyance however is with the Alpine team, which is changing car to cater driving characteristics of his teammate, rather than his. We have seen this tendency before in Ferrari, to name just one, when he partnered Kimi. I've said this before, but I am hoping Alpine knows where is their future. 40 years old driver, or something else. Ocon was doing quite well, until Alonso began to advise the team how to change the car. Now Ocon is in trouble, and Alonso is getting better, but at what price? Ocon has no choice, but work with leftovers. Maybe that will be OK, maybe not. It remains to be seen.
  14. He must be in a difficult position. Not too many people would dare to sit and compete in that car in his situation, especially at Monza. This is a difficult track for everyone. History is witness to its dark side.
  15. Random thoughts: Bottas now when he is leaving might be not so subservient to Hamilton. Ocon and Alonso - strained relationship. Mazepin and Schumacher - strained relationship. Verstappen is saying MB will be too fast. Sakae is saying AM will be too slow. Ferrari might do well.
  16. Sprint qualifying. Grand Prix (53 Laps or 120 Mins) 15:00 - 17:00
  17. It sounds like the old Alonso is now really back. Nothing new, and it was predictable. The same is common happening wherever he goes.
  18. D/T 2021.09.08 13:37 CEST Go ahead, please. I think I do agree with the idea each team having 3 cars. Main benefit having 6 teams comprising bulk of the grid could permit financially weak teams to leave, yet we still could have a race, and probably technically more in balance. What I mean is, if RBR can built 2 cars well, they can built third one as well on the same level. RB already has 4 cars on the grid and no one (except me) is complaining about it..( If them, why not all the same?) Surely we can eliminate inequality in performance that exists now - as an example - between Haas and MB.
  19. ...oh, so soon...and now, being close to each other, after race we will braid each others hair. Dream come true.
  20. Who cares about British newspapers? Your theory is flawed. Netherlands hardly ever mentioned F1 until Max showed up. Now, when he leads WDC, people went crazy, Covid or not, the land woke up. Put in Gasly who will show Hamilton how to race, and France will wake up, and sell more newspapers. Happy? Hamilton after 6 years is now big yawn, and nothing much more.
  21. ...says a British person, ...unfair, greedy, disappointing, says this non-British person. Gasly could have been available, if some effort was put in. For now he is more successful than one they choose. Why not Ocon (and a few others)?
  22. Agree, which is exactly my point; why then they need two drivers of the same nationality? From F1 there are more than just factories on the island. Headquarters recently set posh offices in London, and much to my changrin, most of relevant changes are emanating from that office, instead in FiA offices.
  23. Well, I got it. What I don't get, what kind of strategy is that, when almost everyone near to him on track knows exactly in what condition his tires are. He is not fooling anyone, least RBR strategists. He could be saying this thing to explain media, why he is behind Verstappen; actually could be anything.
  24. Yeah, and several posters accused Sebastian from whining a lot. Sounds childish from Hamilton.
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