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  1. Sakae

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    D/T 2021.08.30 10:01 CEST I am wondering what Stroll Sr. will tell FiA about his son receiving 10 sec grid penalty for changing a wing, while others are repairing cars without one. Fun is in the offing. Personally I think he will be hopping mad. (Probably rightly so. Rules are incomprehensible to most.) Speaking about people hopping mad, there is one; his name is Hamilton. He is one strange person. For now he is allowing MB to choose his teammate whoever that is (so says one headline). How gracious of him. I was wrong thinking that no one was happy, yet there is at least one happy person in this wet weekend - Russell. He stood on the podium with shining smile as he won some huge lottery. Obviously some people take it any which-way they can get.
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    Ehh not really. Honda might, but Verstappen was grumpy and apologetic during interview. He didn't look happy at all, and I do understand that. Who needs for rest of his life some people remaining him of this gift, especially should he win a season by a half point.
  3. Sakae

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    Nobody is happy with ending of this weekend.
  4. Sakae

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    Verstappen declared winner. Well, I am sure he had something else on his mind, but he will take it as vindication for that certain race. I have no problem with that. It will teach drivers next time to be more careful how they qualify. Saturday turned to be a race for win.
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    Perez had a different idea. To give his guys something to do, he crashed his car. I bet Marko is checking with his lawyer - has he signed that contract yet? If you can, hold it off for a moment...
  6. Sakae

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    I reject using terms like "superior". WTH that means? In what way? Sounds really racist. Perhaps LH has protection from within. Maybe he has protection from commercial owners. Maybe...whatever. That's not what I am however talking about. I am merely observing some teams with German management input. Where they were with other people in the past, and their performance today. It is improving IMO.
  7. Sakae

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    F1 racing series is defined by competition between teams and individuals. Don't make it more complicated than that. Being better (efficient, skilful, faster, etc.) is the primary objective of the competition in this club. Haas boys, as a way of example, do not competing against Grosjean in Indy, but they do against rest of the grid in F1 race, and that's how they are judged. That's the set of points under consideration. Score board and race statistics keep track of individual performaces within framework of the sport. I am not discussing Hamilton's performance at the Church altar, or in his house-basement in Colorado. I am looking at his performance against rest of the racing field, when his car is more or less of similar capabilities some of his closest rivals have. These are parameters for comparative evaluation.
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    Yardstick? 1. Performance comparison with previous administration(s). 2. Performance comparison with rivals. Despite much is left to be done, slope is however not static and on upward direction. That's the way I like it.
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    It looks like nasty weather has negated my gloomy forecast for AM drivers placing outside of top ten positions in what I had assumed will be a dry track. Apparently now when wet race is being in forecast, so it is hard to make any predictions with rivers flooding track. Sebastian is in the mix, no doubt about it. Perhaps not for the win, but he is where he belongs - at the front. Podium for him? I dare to hope. His teammate will probably improve significantly. Jost Capito's presence at Williams is being felt, despite him, like Andreas Seidl in McLaren, both aren't getting any (or enough) credit for their expert management skills. After all Tobias Moers, third German in a key position is not doing bad either in supporting the AM race team from behind.
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    He will be probably starting from the pit lane. In this wheather and some race crashes, he still might end up in top 7.
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    Rain certainly help to shuffle the grid. Let's pray there will be no attempts to win that race on the first lap.
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    9 min to go. It might be difficult now. 2 laps after restart.
  13. Sakae

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    Beyond words (a headline) WTH?
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    D/T 2021.08.28 12:40 CEST With a heavy heart I have to ask, whether Yuki is on the bubble? I am hearing some noise to that effect, but I also do continue to think he has great potential, if properly guided. A mentor like Dr. Marko was to Sebastian would be good influence. On the other hand, Yuki might not accept any advice, and lead life his way. Loosing him would be pity. I wish Japanese representation lasting as long as series exists, and Yuki is the man for that job at the moment. Seb in FP3 is saving his tires, so much is obvious. He looks in peace with himself.
  15. All the so called "experience" was of no use to anyone this year, until Alpine changed massively his car to match his driving style. I find it it ironic to make of it as positive development, especially when next year they will need to change a car again to new specs and on limited budget. Once he leaves, hard to say for whom they are planning to sell that development, especially when expenditures will be at short supply. Fact is, contrary to old wife's tales, Alonso is not being able to drive just any car, so much was proven, but he is not alone. I've heard this me-experience-song once before, when a British driver was busy with self-promotion as the indispensable consultant to Honda upon their return, yet that experiment has turned out at the end to be nothing, but expensive crash at great cost to Honda. These aren't anymore normally aspirated engines, and construction of a vehicle is a job for engineers, with peripheral minor changes according to input from a driver. All modern drivers are capable of it, yet if the car is designed from ground up for one driver's style, then that could be an issue for next guy who will take that seat. That happened at Ferrari when Alonso was there. Alonso is/was a good driver, I am not doubting that, but so are others on sidelines, who are waiting for lack of available seats; call them F1 future, if you will. At his age of 40 one could safely say - he had his chance. IMO, clinging to the past is not making much sense at more than one level. At the end however Alpine is free to spent their money anyway the wish. Good luck to all of them.
  16. I think Alonso was under consideration to replace Perez. It appears Alpine figured out that offer was only in early MAYBE, thus played their cards right, and forced the issue. ... or is it really a WIN for Alpine? I do actually have my doubts. Alonso should fade off the stage gracefully in his age. It's easy to second guess difficult strategic decisions, but I would have choosen DR instead (had he wanted to return), or even better, maybe superb Gasly (or Perez?).
  17. Alonso is certainly teasing his sizeable flock with coded messages. (Novel way to stay in headlines.) Perhaps he is really getting married and stays with Alpine after all. As a late addition to this post I have to admit to later adoption of same views as some thoughtful folks, that we should not have a twitter at all, medium I believe some drivers are using. I had no opinion about it until recently. Medium such as twitter seems to be destroying fabric and core common sense in us. (I am quoting L. H. Lapham, old school (Yale), and BTW brilliant thinker). Meanwhile I am slightly worry about forthcoming race. Unless there is significant attrition rate on the first lap involving front teams, this is hardly AM's track to place well in normal race conditions. I do expect both drivers to place in the race outside of top 10. No more secret: Alonso has signed for 1 more year with Alpine ( D/T 2021.08.26 13:54 CEST )
  18. Inclusion of this note was not meant to be news, as you mistakenly believe. Point is being made, if "big news" Alonso is promising is him changing teams, than for reasons stated, he could perhaps switch with DR. Please read my initial post again, this time slowly, and you find it also in there. The truth to be said, I am however sceptical McLaren would take him. I am under impression that relationship between the team and this driver is broken. We will have to wait.In terms of upwards mobility this would be however the only team which could realistically open door for him. ...or... maybe he is getting married and continue where he is...(I think he is still single)
  19. D/T 2021.08.25 16:51 CEST Well, he makes himself a centre of attention. Can't wait. Alonso actually made an attempt to ride next to Verstappen, said Dr. Marko. (Also next to Hamilton, but I doubt Hamilton is interested in that scenario). He could also switch a seat with DR. McLaren is not happy with DR, and that could go both ways.
  20. D/T 2021.08.25 14:17 CEST If Daimler will increase their ownership share of AM to 20% (their man is now firmly at the CEO helm), several outcomes might be in the offing. Firstly, Mercedes don't do random. There is always large objective, and my guess is most likely full ownership of AM sooner or later. AM could serve as complement to the brilliant AMG line. AM could be also spruced up, so it looks like a car which can appeal to some buyers. I guess not too many are selling right now when a better alternative is available. (Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear once drove one, and he was grumbling in pain about - well - everything, including getting in and out of that James Bond contraption.) Question on my mind is, what happened to F1 competitiveness? RBR and Minardi was bad enough, so I thought, and now MB and AM sleeping together? The situation might in the background solve some problems, but creates new ones, and perhaps just as serious. But then, maybe I am wrong, and latest generation will respond, who cares about those things? If you don't like it, go away; problem solved.
  21. D/T 2021.08.25 08:51 CEST It doesn't make any sense to me, and perhaps it is worth a note or two. There is no unified norm (as far as I am aware off) on definition of “most complete drive in motorsport ever”. From that perspective his words do sound a lot like self promotion and compensation for his deficit on WDC front in the F1. OK, I have only two WDC, but...blah blah blah. There will be always people who will find some new arguments why achievements of others should be stamped on and make those less shining, but that's just human selfishness in all of us, not just in him. People like Schumacher or Vettel, to pick just two examples, entered F1 to compete in the F1 and win, and so they have. No one said to them OK, but now you have to win another n-th series to be a complete professional driver. F1 media have too much of free time and they have to say or write something to get paid. I see it in football as well. I like Messi and Ronaldo, and I am in awe over their skills, but to hear commentators salivating is pain...OK, Messi will be now great too, because he will be playing for more teams than just Barcelona,...blah blah blah. Why not just to stay still in silence, and watch master at work. One opportunity of lifetime to see a man who should receive a Nobel price for his work in this sport. (If there is not one, make one.) Alonso had Alpine to change his car according to his preferences (so he said), and that allowed him to progress rapidly. Vettel after all - rightly so - acknowledged his great comeback. Speaking of Vettel, his team is not French Alpine, and it is obvious to us on the outside as well, but that doesn't makes him a less complete driver. Not in my eyes.
  22. I have different vision from you how a technology series should be organised and function. None of the stuff you cherish that much, I despise advertising manipulations and lies/misrepresentation. I have zero tolerance and respect for PR departments (over)selling flawed concepts, and covering up bad manners. In my world products and people need to speak that language through quality, access, affordability and usefulness. This is as much time I wish to spend on that subject.
  23. D/T 2021.08.21 18:19 CEST Words and realities. Jost has expertise, integrity, and he doesn't say much, but when he speaks, I tend to listen. He seems more grounded than people of AM, and unfortunately for Seb, he might be destined to struggle for rest of his career (unless he moves again). I thought initially 3 years should be enough to enter fight for podium on merit, but now I am not sure anymore. Specs are changing, rules are changing, so we will have to wait.
  24. D/T 2021.08.15 22:20 CEST Sounds good (if true). 40 years...and everyone is still there? Ferrari is sometimes very forgiving.
  25. Are you sure about it? In some case people might be just too polite to say what they are really thinking.
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