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Everything posted by Sakae

  1. You not need to tell me, rather tell him.
  2. Article was full of ambiguity, and all what I can say on my own behalf, I think world is full of liars these days (perhaps more than ever). AM perhaps was trying to get rid of Vettel and hire Alonso, or Report is not accurate, and it was really just an innocent meal together, or Seb left AM hanging without commitment, and AM is trying to develop a plan B, just in case Seb says bye bye. I am not sure what to believe.
  3. Could you be more specific and elaborate which reports are you referring to. During summer break I've heard Seb talking broadly and with expectations about plans he has after F1. That interview gave me certain impression, but I could be wrong, of course.
  4. Hamilton is already blaming his team, as expected.
  5. Yes, he was. I saw him. This might sounds as an excuse, but it is not meant to be. His quail hot lap was compromised, and had he qualified higher up, race might had been different one. In the race, his tire in the first stint had sudden drop off, which was bummer as well. For marginal differences in performance, track characteristics was not lending itself to overtaking. For more I will wait for his comment.
  6. D/T 2021.09.05 16:45 CEST So, Max got it. Now, when Mercedes crowd is on about the same level with RBR, suddenly Hamilton doesn't look so big and mighty. Race - 3 drivers alone on a lead lap speaks volumes, and a good way. Driver of the day in my eyes, and probably most underrated from them all is Frenchman Gasly. He has a midfield car, and shows way to mighty Ferrari. I am beginning to like this guy. My respect. You deserve a better treatment, bro. Stroll did good. Sebi had a bad day. Haas - did you screw Mick deliberately in pits just to please loud, whining and unpleasant Russian? I am not sure that I like that track as much as drivers do. Machinery is not built for it.
  7. D/T 2021.09.05 13:06 CEST Otmar reiterates: OK, if both parties intend to move forward together, what's the hold up then? Contract, says Otmar, establishes latest date, which I interpret as contract can be signed any time before that date. How about this afternoon? Somebody is holding the matter back, and I am dying to know why.
  8. Choice of words like some overtaking was deliberate on my part, bearing in mind, F1 entertains races with some overtaking for decades. It is still a race, you need to do a job on Saturday, and take your chances on Sunday. It is just not a very attractive race. I do not blame a track, however. Like weather, track is there for all to see, take it or leave it. Responsibility for making a race attractive remains with a commercial owner who selects where to race, promoters who are responsible for peripheral issues, regulators writing technical specs, teams who develop machinery in line with specs, and ultimately drivers who do work what is handed to them. They are all involved. If you want to blame someone for a boring race, leave the track out of it.
  9. Yes, drivers do like it, however at the same time concerns by drivers popping up overtaking could be difficult. Promoter thinks otherwise, so we have to see. A race without some overtaking usually doesn't get too many thumbs up.
  10. F1 official site, female contributor writes: Max outperformed Hamilton with the fastest car on the grid. (Where did I heard this before? Just a rhetorical question.) Wolf: Hamilton outperformed Mercedes (car). Yes, the guy is superhuman. Applaud everyone!
  11. D/T 2021.09.05 06:31 CEST *Courtesy by "Auto Motor und Sport". Generally respected and mostly credible source. Yes, nothing more. Well, maybe so. If I have to choose however whom I should believe, AM vs AMuS, it is later hands down. I should have added, it is claimed further, that Alonso declined the offer for unstated reasons. AM of course denied the claim, stating it was just a social visit with a friend, Flavio. (Why was Alonso at the table remains "mystery".) Stories like these are growing like mushrooms. Why then? Who is holding contract talks with Vettel, and why? Is it possible that it is actually Sebastian who is having second thoughts about this English team?
  12. D/T 2021.09.04 15:35 CEST Seb is toast, and so is Perez. Wow. That traverse from back to the front and back to back is getting really boring, AM people.
  13. Write? That would be waste of your time. They will not admit to it, and you will receive just some half-dumb excuse as an explanation. After all, I am sure someone is proof-reading it, and if editorial has not detected bias, writing to them will not fix it, otherwise it would had been corrected long time ago. Even today you can read often responses to articles where topic is Vettel, and hatred seeping through content of some responses commenting on article are deserving almost psychiatric intervention. On some other forum (you may know which one I am ref. to), someone claiming to be solicitor, marked Vettel as a criminal. How one can react to that? (I gather solicitor is British designation in legal profession).
  14. This is why I've arrived to conclusion some time ago that running F1 from England is not a such good thing. Now they are pushing for two British drivers at MB, as there is no one else. Cases like that are behind my decision once Vettel retires, so am I. I had enough of it.
  15. D/T 2021.09.04 10:12 CEST
  16. Based on body language, it is rather easy prediction there will be almost certainly change of driver's line up at Mercedes. The potential replacement shared with media, that he was told already where he will be driving next year. Seb's future meanwhile is uncertain. I hope they reach agreement for next year, and he settles somewhere for next 3 more after that.
  17. Well, then you know more than I do. I do however recall Otmar Szafnauer responding once in an interview on a question why Vettel was hired, that expectations from management was interjection of winning attitude. From back/midfield team to front field thinking. Seb was there already, we haven't, concluded TP. Vettel was expected to lead the team to the next level of performance, mental focus, and winning attitude. Maybe he was hired for reason you are stating, but then Otmar forgot to mention it. (Or is it something they are hiding from Vettel? Secret, sort off?) James Bond driving AM was suppose to lift brand up. It was a lot of hoopla from media about it, how iconing brand is (whatever that means), but sales figures... I am still waiting. Someone said it takes years of careful build up of a brand, and then you lose it in 5 min. Giving a car to Top Gear for a drive after Clarkson got spoiled by top European brands, that wasn't smartest thing to do. His comment probably was those 5 miserable minutes. (To be fair, he actually shot down Bentley as well, but not that much.)
  18. Such hiring criterion is totally foreign to me. Having said that, it is true that hiring manager will consider representation aspect, namely, how driver can represent team when speaking to media, outside paddock, etc. But, that is, I assume, just a one item on a long list constituting likelihood of good fit by a driver into the organisation.
  19. D/T 2021.09.03 17:09 CEST Sebastian Vettel is not yet committed to returning to the Formula 1 grid in 2022. Seb runs friction with F1 development, attitudes on social issues, stewards...and now this. It caught me by surprise, because I thought next year was done deal. Stroll sr. said some things which gave me pause (Vettel is most expensive, my son Lance is just as good as Vettel...). Is there friction in-house as well? To be frank, I would not be surprised by Stroll kicking Vettel out. 40 MM "investment" or not. He actually said if Hamilton would want the job, he (Stroll) would have to consider it. I don't feel comfortable with Stroll's rhetorics at all. It doesn't sound friendly at all. Hamilton, DR, who else is coming to replace Seb..?
  20. D/T 2021.09.03 15:41 CEST FP2 Lovely. Hamilton is out with engine. Hard to say whether it is the same issue Seb suffer earlier. One of a few rumours - IF Bottas should replace Kimi, he might take MB engine with him. Interesting variant. Ocon is driving well. AM drivers are 0.4 sec ajar. I was expecting Stroll would do better, if he is as good as Vettel. Either way, that car in terms of capability seem lacking and ranking behind MB, RBR, Ferrari, McLaren, and Alpine. It might be satisfying for advertisers, but not good enough for any trophy. A person who writes commentaries on F1 official site hardly ever will mention Vettel by name. Obviously he is not good enough for her to spare a sentence or two.
  21. D/T 2021.09.03 12:54 CEST FP1 Sebi managed whole two laps. Nice. Thanks AM and MB for your service.
  22. Ice cream or preferential treatment of Alonso was receiving to his detriment, could be any of those. Maybe he just found one WDC is enough, and decided to pay attention to life from a different angle.
  23. D/T 2021.08.31 13:03 CEST Report? Rumour (one of many) rather. None of key people said so, or confirmed so. I would get drunk with happiness if MB hires Yuki instead. Both, Hamilton and I will be delirious with happiness, for different reasons, of course. However, if true, I feel sorry for Bottas. Considering his subservient role he was delegated into (if he wanted to drive for MB), I thought he deserves better treatment. Kimi - I like the guy. When he signed for Ferrari, I've predicted he will be a champ one day due to his sheer speed. I am however not sure what happened after his WDC. Probably combination of factors. I do remain disappointed he has only one crown.
  24. Sakae


    Pay attention. There are more people on the inside who think what happen yesterday should not be repeated. You can attack and malign Vettel as much as you want, but system rules will be reviewed with aim to change what a race director can, or should do nest time around should such conditions arise again. Brown was btw one of those who thinks a change is desirable..
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