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  1. 12 minutes ago, BradSpeedMan said:

    I actually think it's quite close.

    Too close to testing (reduced) and the first race for corrections

    I have touched upon this subject not too long ago. To reiterate, unless cars can overtake, this so called close racing could turn into massive disaster. We have seen glimpses of it last season. A driver is a lap late for qualification, hits a wet patch, or is waved a yellow into his face, and his race is done, unless he sits in one of two top cars. Don't forget, PU performance is frozen until 2026 (if I am not mistaken). Good for Hamilton, not so good for Alpine. Concept of shame had been eradicated in this business some time ago. 

  2. D/T 2022.02.12  11:07 CET

    There is critique of teams on the internet of team's tactics.


    Then, on Wednesday came Red Bull, who launched the RB18, Adrian Newey’s latest creation and the car they hope will allow Max Verstappen to defend his World Championship.

    Except they didn’t, instead uncovering a contraption that according to renowned F1 technical expert Craig Scarborough was not even legal, with no brakes, no wheel covers, no suspension springs or dampers – and no shame either.

    Well, I think Scarborough is part of the problem which he is now shamelessly critique. I am long enough with the F1 to see him unashamedly spying, and through photos or drawings revealing innovations, making it available to teams like McLaren and alike. 

    Fact is, I derive no pleasure seeing a prototype in development or the "real thing". What I want to see (and I am not going to get it, thanks Mr. Brown and Co.), are cars piling 10,000 km in pre-season testing, working on it day and night, and when first race-day arrives, I can expect cars which are race ready. But, I guess that's too much to ask for prices which are charged customers.

  3. D/T 2022.02.10  10:58 CET


    Martin Brundle: Michael Masi-Red Bull audio at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 'really uncomfortable'


    Martin Brundle as usual an impartial voice of reason on the Masi saga

    I beg to disagree with the second statement. I do distinctly remember incident in the past when Jason Button asked his team on the radio during a race to have Whiting look at something (and presumably punish Vettel). Button drove Vettel off the circuit despite that Sebastian was already aligned with his front wheels to Button's rear axle. Vettel was subsequently penalized. Mr. Brundle did not express any degree of discomfort then, as far as I recall. Yes, as Vettel's fan I do remember a lot of things which seems today rather tawdry. 

  4. 1 hour ago, lipstick79 said:

    It is what it is.  Historically, on paper, F1 IS accepted as the pinnacle.  What other series WOULD U assign THAT title 2?

    There is no a such thing. It's all nonsense. The same as Karma. People use such expressions often, but it doesn't mean anything. For qualifiers of this kind you need to create a set of criteria, which do not exist to best of my knowledge. Just because Brits repeat it often, that doesn't makes it any more factual. 

  5. D/T 2022.02.09  12:37 CET

    The Yomiuri Shimbun: Singapore


    The Ministry of Trade and Industry and STB fund 60% of the $135 million night race costs each year, with race promoter Singapore GP footing the rest.

    The latest contract is from 2022 until 2028, with this year’s race scheduled for Oct. 2 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

    Cost seems quite high for what is essentially less than 2 hrs show, and a lot of ra ra around it.

  6. 10 hours ago, lipstick79 said:

    I think DNF actually DOES cover every potential situation,

    I beg to differ. There isn't a single rule for every occasion during an Event. What actually FiA created is a set of rules which are applied for different stages of the Event. From A to Z. I thought you might have heard about it. 

  7. 11 hours ago, lipstick79 said:

    But NOTHIN changes.

    We should return back to racing. Enough of philosophy. In conclusion, my point is, we will always face controversy in a sporting arena. Not a single controlling rule will cover every potential situation, and that's where consensus plays its role. The TRUTH is often a fuzzy concept which enters the play after we all agree there was anomaly in the race (drivers crash, or similar), however when it comes to "who did it (identifying an instigator)", for now most of time we depend on human interpretation with all its imperfections.  When I think of current Race Stewardship, and compare it to other sports, FiA has open itself to harsh critique (probably rightly so) often with glaring and unashamed bias. Perhaps they could also consider turning off Sky's microphone declaring definite conclusions and passing blame even before investigation started. That's about all from my side. 

  8. 14 minutes ago, lipstick79 said:

    Reminds me of a sayin.
    > There`s no smoke without fire

    There are actually smokeless fires too. Where my learning about human character is reaching new lows is an observation, that the same people who are trying to degrade Max's WDC, do not give a squeak over history of last cheap 7 WDCs in someone's cabinet. BTW, I didn't see Massa going into seclusion for a month or two when his WDC was ripped out of his hands on the last lap.

    In 2021 we have seen an encounter one on one, which was so badly needed and missing in so many years. So far I can tell, there are people who did enjoyed last race.

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