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  1. D/T 2022.02.04 10:31 CET I was over winter gathering strength to stay a few days longer, as Sebastian continue his racing. I am also trying to stay positive that things cannot be that bad, yet I dread however that men without soul and character will kill all I am in love with for most of my life. Internet continues daily attacks on Verstappen's way to WDC title, as it was he, who has done something unlawful or dirty, and therefore his achievement has no value. One can get violently ill just reading some of the accusations and finger-pointing.
  2. D/T 2022.02.04 07:03 CET Vettel and Alonso – will patience allow for winless seasons? I am not certain that either of drivers actually can answer that question. Departure from F1 by both is possible. Sebastian expected already last year a better car, and he will probably not want to wait another 4 years for something better, while his rivals aren't frozen in time.
  3. We still don't know how much decision freedom Krack will be afforded. My guess - not that much. I am sure he will be available when someone will have to be blamed.
  4. I don't put too much weight on it. The man who had Seb's back doesn't work there anymore. Coincidentally the same happened at Ferrari. We aren't privy to private discussion between the owner and a person he put there to serve him, so, we simply don't know what the plan is. We need to follow hand, and forget words.
  5. D/T 2022.02.03 08:34 CET 2022 car rules ‘hard to understand’ – Piero Ferrari So, it's not just me. I am relieved. That bold part (my change) could be good, but will be that? Whilst we read literally truck load of stories about sad driver, I am yet to find an article which would tell me how Brawn and his crowd actually tested concept they converted into spec. Did they run two cars? In which configuration, which tires, on which track, with which drivers? When? Two years back, or just yesterday? What about design validation phase? On the other hand, perhaps they did nothing of that kind and specs are based merely on a computer sim. If so, let's hope program was without fatal mistakes. It wouldn't be first time with that (garbage in, garbage out). From past comments, a few leading drivers like Vettel remain skeptical. I guess we need to wait how this ends up, but reading enclosed transcript of the interview with a man who knows a thing or two about race cars, there are probably a few more in paddock who are hiding stress and fear behind smiling faces. The truth (or something close to it) will be known soon. I rather suspect we should expect some finger pointing under the blanket. Wrong spec, no, your car is a stupid dud... that sort of thing.
  6. D/T 2022.02.02 18:34 CET I have taken a bried look into history, and I find Hamilton rather an amusing (or sad) figure. In 2008 when he won his first championship, he won by a point or so, on the last lap, going against Glock who drove on tires in poor condition. No one lost a tear for Massa, who ended up second. Fast forward... In 2021 Hamilton lost WDC (by 8 points?) on the last lap, allegedly on tires in poor condition. Talking about history repeating itself, and not always best way. Two months later we still don't know whether we get through this, or rather Army, Navy, and Air force will need to get involved before it gets all sorted out.
  7. D/T 2022.02.02 12:02 CET Angel distances himself from bad wolf, who has done so many "bad things" to him over years? Oh well.
  8. D/T 2022.02.02 11:08 CET Red Bull question Russell's race pace ahead of Mercedes debut RB is probably right. We simply don't know. He earned the promotion? No kidding. How did he earned? By being British? Why not for change choose French Gasly, or a German driver?
  9. D/T 2022.02.02 07:53 CET It's becoming harder by an hour returning to the headline subject, but what else is there to talk about? Point is, I am beginning having doubts whether world went collectively bonkers, or it is me who is lacking proper respect for a chosen one. I don't follow rally (or any other motorsport), but I was given understanding that Sebastien Ogier is a big cheese, winner, and someone who knows a thing or two about racing. OK, good, but what now? I am not backing of my previously stated opinion, that this is all nonsense, and feeling of self-entitlement has unpleasant odor. I have nothing which would show me otherwise. Hamilton was propelled on score board in questionable manner in previous races, something Sebastien has chosen to ignore. Verstappen was singled out by stewards; act which one or two (non-British) former racers critiqued as unfair, and inconsistent with decisions rendered in other, similar incidents. Hamilton was behind, badly, and help was on its way by slowing Verstappen's progress. That's how they went into the last race. MB team gambled, and it has backfired. In final stages of the race Hamilton and Verstappen had a go one of one, and the chosen one lost when a rival appeared on his tail with a car which was of similar qualities to a car #44. No more repeat of year 2014 and beyond. Verstappen stepped on it, and moved on. Blaming tires, race director, and Latifi? How about your own skills and your own support team? People might not have noticed, but we do continue to have sunrise and sunset as before, despite all whining and crying.
  10. D/T 2022.01.31 14:27 CET Commendable, if one believes rich people will decide who gets their money, and who will not, while governments are washing their hands from responsibility creating policies leading to economical disparities and destruction. Back to this case, isn't this act a conflict of interest and should had been avoided as long as Hamilton is racing? Sky is actually commenting on races and influencing public opinion about the sport. Shouldn't they stay neutral? But then, being bias never stop them before, so I am not sure why such in-your-face s*** irks me.
  11. Objectivity is a loaded concept based on what you believe is the truth. That itself is problematic, and I would suggest not to dwell on that too much as personal bias creeps in.
  12. Brad, over time what I am in here you seems to be calm, intelligent fellow, and nice to exchange some ideas on racing related subjects, but do you really believe that budget will provide equality? Well, there is no harm to dream...
  13. D/T 2022.01.31 09:06 CET Indecisiveness is our watchword? Looks like they do need couple of months (or maybe even more?) to evaluate decision taken by the Race Director in last race, while Masi's name is smeared all over the place on daily basis in (mostly) British media. My past idea of having a new GP series at F1 level with membership consisting mostly of manufacturers, sans FiA, and sans any and all London offices is desperately needed.
  14. Despite all denials (usual business), the article was referring to an insider who asserted that project is late. Momentarily cannot recall, but have they passed a crash test yet? As far as rockets go, I will believe it, when Seb confirms it. For now, plausible speculation is in realm of cutting corners just to please the boss and meet the deadline. We will see...when did I hear that one before? Oh yeah, last year...
  15. They change management in critical stage of car development, and that is suppose to be a masterstroke? Oh well. Seb, bro, are you really sure you want to stay?
  16. There are problems with objectivity, and you are no exception. At Oxford they have a full course in philosophy on subject of objectivity, should you be intreated.
  17. My imagination runs on a different track to a different tune.
  18. Read this From where I sit, teams should have massive majority to say how the sporting and technical affairs would be run. It's their money they invest into this sport. It's their work they sweat day and night. Teams deserve autonomy over manner series is run. Liberty should be just a silent partner, whilst FiA a hired gun to police pre-agreed rules of the game. Masi did not break any rules. Some people just do not like his decision, that is all to it.
  19. I guess Liberty is interested primarily in selling viewing rights on work performed by teams, and track support personnel. Sky is blocking any and all free viewing on selected locations in Europe, be it TV, YouTube or other outlets. To some extend viewing is made not available to many in EU even if they wish to pay subscription. All this makes me so often say we need some other Grand Prix series which would be truthfully an international and free of nationalistic politics.
  20. Yes, they come in all sizes and odours.
  21. D/T 2022.01.29 16:51 CET To re-state obvious, there is difference running a lingerie store, and a technology company. How one manages sales force in a clothing store, as opposed to sophisticated technical people. I expressed the same concern when it was announced that Seb (regrettably) had joined them. AM is run by grown up men. They do not change, unless they join Shaolin monastery, and that is not on (last I've heard). They will continue where they left it last year. I feel actually sorry for M. Krack. My wish is for Seb to leave that place, before he gets again humiliated, and not because he cannot drive a fast car.
  22. D/T 2022.01.29 09:32 CET I am not so sure this is entirely honest headline. From what I am hearing, Mercedes (Germany) is actually inclined to end whole farce. The F1 team is owned today by 1/3, having minority control only. Balance is owned by Wolff (Austrian) and some English company. It's time Wolff should come clean who is really driving this nonsense, and stop making mockery from a decent brand Mercedes actually is.
  23. I think Masi wanted last race for once to finish under competitive conditions. Two protagonists were together, no more free and cheap handovers for Hamilton. If you claim to be that good, prove it. His in-race radio message to Wolff suggests that was exactly his state of mind. Hamilton lost, as a new dragon emerged. World is not ending. Not yet. It might any minute, but not because of that race result. The dubious process how Hamilton was able to level his score with Verstappen going into last race is still not being addressed. Stewards of the Race are the ones who should be replaced IMO.
  24. D/T 2022.01.28 13:22 CET Not surprising. They really make difficult to like them. Masi is a victim of all what Whiting left behind him, not a perpetrator, IMO.
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