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    Former Formula 1 designer Gary Anderson believes that the “brave” and unique design of Ferrari’s 2022 car could be a sign that everyone else has so far headed down the wrong route...

    It is clear now why FiA doesn't want to broadcast first of two scheduled pre-season tests. It si painful to see adult men crying as tears are rolling down the cheeks.

  2. Hamilton:


    FiA still need to do more to regain my trust...

    Has anyone asked him what else he wants? Initially I thought it may take a month or so before we would hear from him with new requests, but certainly I did not expect additional demands next day after Masi became talk of the town.

  3. D/T 2022.02.18  11:16 (CET)

    Rush-rush to put something out, ignorant and sloppy reporting. All is just copying semi-accurate info from somewhere else. Very few actually perform their own investigative journalism. Personally I have no accurate understanding of RB's plans based of gibberish one can find on the internet.

    What is however confirmed, that despite specs from 2026 onwards aren't ratified yet, we shall see a different PU from those teams use today. It is therefore debatable, whether VW AG needs data from Honda (or anyone else) at all. 

    In realm of my own speculation, I doubt that German automaker will enter the F1 under RBR name, having VW imprinted somewhere on the tarmac friction board.

    Area where I am lost is how Audi and Porsche will compete without sharing development innovations. Maybe it will be permitted, who knows.  

  4. D/T 2022.02.17  18:10 (CET)


    Alpine have confirmed that recent speculation had substance with the appointment of Otmar Szafnauer as their new team principal. 

    Good one.

    Testing schedule for drivers - Seb was put into disadvantage. He is first to go, and based on history, that's mean (AGAIN), instead turning laps, he will be sitting in the garage watching mechanics at work...

    First day in the morning is seldom productive. Systems check, assuming car is running, and for that you can use any junior, like Stroll Jr.

  5. D/T 2022.02.17  11:22 (CET)


    Hamilton vs Verstappen title battle attracts billions of fans

    Formula 1 has released its audience figures for 2021, showing positive trends across almost all areas.

    Oh I am not sure about credibility of claims involving billions of fans, but I have no doubt that last race promised to had potential to be interesting, and probably viewership was higher than usual. What I do not understand, why Liberty and FiA together have failed to figure out in mid 2014 downfall of one sided developments, and that an immediate intervention was appropriate and necessary to bring fight closer in 2015 by letting teams to fix their problems. Question then is, what took you so long..? Seven years you made the F1 a joke on world stage. 

  6. D/T 2022.02.17  08:16 (CET)


    Vettel expecting a "very different" season with Aston Martin

    ... "The new cars, at this stage, everybody is hoping to be at the top," he explained. 

    "I think the podium will still look the same this year. We hope we are in much better shape than last year...

    Sounds like I am on the same page as Seb. It is not however certain is will rise up, and who falls from grace. Probably top 5 last year will be there (somewhere). Dr. Marko thinks that his team may need initially some time to climb back due to unfinished work on the new car.

  7. D/T 2022.02.17  08:04 (CET)

    British Daily Mail reports:


    Formula One’s reputation was further dented on Friday night when the meeting between Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and FIA president Muhammed Ben Sulayem was shrouded in contrived secrecy, with Lewis Hamilton’s future participation in the sport unresolved.

    The two big beasts met privately in Geneva to deliberate the controversial end to the season in Abu Dhabi that saw Hamilton lose the title to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on the last lap.

    Can we believe this? 

  8. I know from the past a lawyer/ex-racer, who used to call Verstappen Vercrushen, or something to that effect exactly for reasons I've stated. Problem is, Verstappen drove like Mansell on occasions. Dove in, and if there wasn't huge accident, it was only other drivers moved our of the was in unplanned manner, and saved a day. In Vettel's case he unfortunately on a few occasions got into contact on the other side, and was ridiculed for it by media and fans alike. For Max diving on the inside while entering right turn with two wheels off the track under high speed was senseless.I thought he would be sitting out a race or two to cool down, but no. F1 needed action, and new hero arrived. 


    Mansell was in trouble with Fittipaldi, who explained to him what is, and what is not racing. Verstappen got away with it until he hit Ricciardo, or on the other occasion he almost wiped out Hamilton, other times he touched Alonso. Only then drivers declared him dangerous, and suddenly media were all over Max. So much for his so called racing.

    I am with the F1 some odd 48 years, and I think I am qualified as a fan to know what is and what is not racing, and there is no need to lecture me. I have seen Senna in person race with Prost and Schumacher. I am very familiar with racing styles of all three men. To side Senna's and Verstappen's styles seems utterly ludicrous. Besides, Senna NEVER did stupid things what I have seen from Verstappen.

    Since then, Max matured, Vettel forgave him, so I can do the same. 

  9. D/T 2022.02.16  13:04 (CET)

    Here we didn't take long to come up clean who will be collecting accolades (as in McLaren), and who will be blamed if the team goes down.


    Much influence of Whitmarsh on the team

    Aston Martin's goal is to be able to compete for the title within five years and Whitmarsh is a key link in achieving that goal. Officially, he heads up the overarching Aston Martin Performance Technologies, but the Whitmarsh will put a lot of time and energy into the Formula One team and thus have a lot of influence on whether or not the team succeeds in the coming years.

    Krack is probably scratching his head today. Well, it's too late now.

  10. D/T 2022.02.16  08:12 CET


    This year’s sweeping technical regulation changes have opened the door for the teams’ design gurus to “come up with innovative aero solutions”.

    But, as Jody Egginton put it, with that comes the risk of getting it wrong.

    AlphaTauri have released renderings of their 2022 car, the AT03, showing off a few of their solutions to Formula 1’s new aerodynamic regulations.

    As of this season the sport will be using ground effect aerodynamics to generate the cars’ downforce, a move that F1 bosses hope will enable cars to follow each other far more closely.

    (Bold text) Precisely my fear, if AM got it wrong again, that could be the end of the road for Sebastian. There is no point to be overly pessimistic, however fact is, this "freedom less testing" carries huge risk. Eggington (designer for AlphaTauri) merely confirms my point. I cannot claim that I am interpreting regulations correctly, however I do not detect space for dumping the wrong design, and starting over. Just as last year AM was caught with pants down, and they had to write a full year off. That's what this saving mania does to the teams. False economy. Good for some, disaster for others.

  11. Dr. Marko said they are late with their car development due to being engaged in championship fight last year, and also due to voluminous scope of changes in car design for this season. They are nervous.

    Regarding last year, I think instead taking balanced view how Hamilton was able to rapidly accumulate points to catch Max, I think they will blame Masi for MB/Hamilton's shortcomings. (My speculation).

    I am no fan of Max. He has done a lot of unjustified damage to Vettel with his diving into impossible places, and was praised for it. Had he done it to Hamilton as much in his early years, he would be in deep trouble. Instead, Vettel haters were pleased every time something bad happened. Having said that, I think he won last year fairly. Hamilton was no match for him through the season.

  12. D/T 2022.02.15  12:26 CET

    Sebastian actually outlined his personal criteria for staying in the F1. Footing of future decisions contain two pillars:

    1. Suitable offer from AM for continuation with him.
    2. His personal evaluation of the new car and team's future.

    I don't doubt for a second if AM moves up the grid in some dramatic fashion, and even if Seb will punch above his weight class with it, Stroll will drop him, should there be new interest from some British drivers. He will get that way more exposure in Daily Mail and similar papers. One can conclude, Seb's future in the F1 is most likely short lived. Either he quits because he gets fed-up, or he will be replaced, if the car is competitive.
    Perhaps that's the reason why he is (not so secretly) examining other opportunities.

  13. AlphaTauri is a team which pleases me in more ways than just having really good looking contender. With Gasly at he wheel I can see them in Q3 on regular basis, giving big boys fits in the fight for top 5 places. Yuki will draw on his last year experience, and learn of Gasly.
    Admittedly this is more of a wish list today. I am falling in love with that team. (Hopefully it's not dementia.)

  14. D/T 2022.02.14  19:44 CET


    AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost said Formula 1 should cut back its calendar to 18-20 races, as it otherwise risked fans losing interest in the sport.

    Strangely enough, that's my line for past a few years. Herr Tost is obviously a thinking man. There aren't too many of those in this sport. 

  15. Commendable.


    Gasly had a chance to speak about his aims and approach to the upcoming 23-race 2022 F1 championship.

    He said: "I will be trying to build on the run I had of very good results and to continue to be on top of my game with the car I have. I really hope that this is a year when I can fight at the very front, to finish regularly in the top five and even higher if the car is good enough for that.

    Suitable mindset for them all in lower part of the grid. I have began to pay attention to this driver only recently, and closer I look, more impressed I am. His craft, his demeanour, his public persona - all in place, modest, well spoken, and deserving. Good luck fellow.

  16. D/T 2022.02.14  12:09 CET


    “Hopefully we have a good shakedown and there’s nothing to react to. But because the car is absolutely brand new, with no carryover at all, and pre-season testing is really short, and the second test is so close to the first race, that it’s going to be almost impossible to react to, we thought it’s good to get a shakedown in prior to the first test.

    It gives ourselves a good gap between the shakedown and the first test to react to,” Green concluded.

    With the shakedown behind them, Aston Martin will now look ahead to the first pre-season test at Barcelona between February 23 and 25.

    OK, the plan was strategically good one. How did it go? If you are happy, why not tell us then.

    10 days to testing behind closed doors. Without cameras. I am failing to recall when the same happened in F1 history, if ever, that is. Lets hope AMuS and other credible sources will pen correctly results, and opinions.

  17. D/T 2022.02.13  20:58 CET

    A misfire? 'Aston Martin already thinking about B version of car'


    German medium reports that Aston Martin is not nearly as convinced about the new car as the team would have the outside world believe. 

    That's the problem with all those stupid computers, instead taking it for a real spin, and learn on a track soon enough, when they can do something about it.

    Now they will do that, instead racing and collecting points.

    This season will be very uncertain.

  18. 14 hours ago, BradSpeedMan said:

    Can't get use to those high front wings

    Seb said after filming, that this is all fake. The real thing will show up later.  Do you remember good old times? in first hours it was systems check, then garden mesh was mounted on the car full of flow sensors, and only later things began to slowly move. These days I am not sure anymore what we are seeing. 

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