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  1. D/T 2022.01.21 19:56 CET ...reported by sp. media. Ocon and Alonso might like it. The thing is, in old times, when Renault rivaled Honda, until today I firmly believe that at the end Renault was a winner. Fantastic engine from French works. It's only in 2014 with really bad FiA rules they got unfortunately stuck with some initial mistakes, and in my estimation they never managed to fully recover.
  2. D/T 2022.01.21 19:51 CET It appears people moving back and forth all the time. Based on published reports, this would be second "engine head" who will be leaving MB power plant.
  3. D/T 2022.01.21 14:26 CET This never ends. Does this make sense to anybody? Sim cabin cannot substitute ambient condition of a real track. Every automotive company knows that well, but F1 experts. I recall what Alonso said; F1 is the only top sport, in which (allegedly top) athletes aren't allowed to train. Teams are evaluating car in races, yet since when a race is a car test? Alonso admitted once, that McLaren actually used races as testing grounds, since there was no other opportunity. Shouldn't fans feel cheated?
  4. D/T 2022.01.21 13:20 CET I am for all German companies to be involved in GP racing, but suggested affiliation leaves me somewhat unsatisfied. I wish Porsche would get their own team, to start with. Secondly, where does that leaves Honda, a company which supported RBR to the top, and in my understanding is prepared to continue support this team for next several years? Voices were heard that Honda will probably return for 2026, but suggested displacement is casting shadows on question - to which team? It will not be McLaren. In fact I think Porsche entry will probably pour cold water on Honda's return, unless there is full new team build up. It's seems messy right now.
  5. D/T 2022.01.20 21:29 CET I didn't see anything wrong with last race ending laps. Is Brown actually suggesting that Verstappen winning WDC is wrong and FiA is now on red carpet? Brown should rather concern himself with incidents when Verstappen got shafted in questionable manner, which permitted for car #44 to close points gap in the first place. Where was he with his wisdom when it was needed then? I am not alone in determination that the Race Director has not done anything illegal or against rules. Slightly unusual, yes, but no rules were broken and IMO teams need to adjust. Hamilton fan club might not like ending, but why is it problem for FiA? MB pit wall was caught with their pants down, and that's just about all. It's their problem.
  6. Whatever. A season without American style qualifying is music to my ears.
  7. I am in doubt that we really know what's going on behind closed doors. I tend to believe Alain Prost speaking about some issues at Alpine, but then, what do we really know about rest of them? Reliably, nothing much. RBR is having issues with fuel (we are told), whereas MB is projecting sunny side of the pancake, so Hamilton can be happy with his superiority. Until Bahrain, stories will change daily.
  8. Wow, life is full of surprises, but I do accept your expert counsel.
  9. Audi should be thinking about starting GP series on their own, or purchasing either Minardi or Sauber if they really want to do it.
  10. Perfect. Zero is very nice number, and to those who are whining for American style quali, then go and find yourself another sport, or pay for extra expenses teams will occur on sprint style qualifying. Nothing is free of cost. That stupid and expensive zig-zagging around the globe back and forth to meet scheduled locations is still on. So far only Vettel had an idea which made any sense.
  11. D/T 2022.01.19 11:40 CET Formula 1 cars are dreadful Really? Brawn needs to ask drivers, because he - allegedly expert - didn't know it after decades with the sport?: How many years we (older fans) were pleading from sidelines, change the spec, change the spec... He, Mosley and a few others bear responsibility for that state of design. Had they stamped their foot, design would have changed. Not too long ago I wrote exactly the same; it is not a power plant which is bad, but crapy designs by Newey, Allison, and others created problems. After a decade looking at it, Brawn discovered America. Bravo. What a relieve.
  12. D/T 2022.01.18 17:19 CET What's going on? Meeting? Why not just make a call and tell him - I want to know by tomorrow at 0800 whether you are in, or out. I have others interested.That's all. Hamilton is after all mere an employee.
  13. A thought occurred to me that much sought improvement of F1 should begging with someone purchasing McLaren, and retiring Mr. Brown; preferably before lunch on the same day. The same goes for Brundle and the circle of self-appointed experts around him.
  14. Sounds like that he had enough of F1 and Alpine.
  15. D/T 2022.01.17 14:36 CET Alain Prost retires. Otmar might be moving in...
  16. Hamilton is above average driver. For all what we know he might be in the group of exceptional drivers, however past seven or eight years are blurring his record. We know that his performance at McLaren was something I would not be writing songs about. At MB when even a relatively small thing turned into his disfavor, he had meltdown and complain in media. For example Hamilton vs Rosberg, Monaco, in other time his insistence that he must get his teammates' mechanics, because they were "better", and there was more of similar incidents. Deservedly or not, life treated him well in recent times. I don't actually know of any other driver who would had it that good. Maybe he should have 8 titles in his pocket right now, if he is best of all times. Moreover, I would have probably other thoughts, had he beaten Verstappen in the last race.
  17. Agreed, despite that I say "it cannot be justified". MB' overall supremacy puts their driver into shadows.
  18. D/T 2022.01.17 09:58 CET F1 risks extinction within a decade – Vettel True, my friend. Very true. It is however problematic. Owners seems to be however more interested in money, which is why F1 is floating on a stock exchange. Sport is for them merely a vehicle how to make money without actually doing any work (people who really do work are employed by the teams). I am pleased that we have first time a driver stating publicly what most know for years. It is also main reason why from time to time I was dreaming about international manufacture's series devoid excessive influence from a single source.
  19. Short answer is - no, I don't know him. I "knew" about some guys from the old BMW crowd, but not him. His CV seems similar to Andreas Seidl, which is a pretty good one, and better than most. Whether Stroll will give him a free hand (as AS has at McLaren) remains to be seen. If he will be however (mis)managed by Whitmarsh, then no, I don't expect much.
  20. D/T 2022.01.14 12:18 CET Common Toto, if your driver needs buttering of that kind, then he is perhaps not fit for this sport. F1 would be in huge trouble, if it is dependable on Hamilton's mood of the day and his occasional fits. He has done it several times in the past, and his meltdowns are not too pleasant to watch. In your forthcoming meeting with a new FiA president, please consider your words more carefully..
  21. D/T 2022.01.13 09:31 CET The Yomiuri Shimbun reporting: Isuzu and Honda will test on public roads hydrogen powered trucks. On one change expected is about 600 [km] of travel distance. It is about 20 years or so (that much?), when I have attended on invitation from a well known auto-company a seminar in Mexico about future of automotive industry. Hydrogen cell was identified then already as the ultimate technological target (at least for now). Every thinking man would know, that electrical vehicles present whole range of new problems, as there is need for totally new infrastructure, which is right now missing. I am impressed by competition, but as far as I know, Germany has their own research up there as well. Meanwhile, my cost of electricity bill is rising...
  22. D/T 2022.01.13 08:58 CET He [Hamilton] said over the team radio during the race that “this has been manipulated”. Whining continues beyond race. It has been noted that we have this noise only when it concerns one driver, whereas zero concerns for others in similar situations. It has been hard to determine what is really manipulated for past seven years. Race director can make to his discretion race related calls as he deems appropriate. Whiting was doing it all the time. My driver got shafted by his calls on several occasions. If anything, if they want to put anyone in witness box, it should be FiA regulations and statues which were put in place long time before Masi. If they don't want a repeat of 2021, change books. I have no opinion on Masi, but I think in this case he has done nothing wrong.
  23. Oh I don't know about that. In real life they were perfectly fine on the last lap when it counted last year. Moreover, considering their massive industrial investment on the island, they do practically feeding your country,. There is nothing much to complain about, metaphorically speaking.
  24. It looks like Masi was moved by a new FiA president. New leader reorganized ORG-chart. I've noticed despite that Germany makes best cars in the world, they didn't get to have a seat in any (FiA) leadership chairs. Japan came short on that count as well.
  25. @thetruth34 Hi, welcome back. I like your enthusiasm, but lets keep feet on the ground. I do agree with you that Verstappen was (is?) probably best driver last season. Gasly and Ocon are overlooked by media. They do deserve better. I've heard rumor that MB may choose Gasly as replacement for Hamilton in 2022. Mick has problem driving really bad car, and he is overdriving it, I think. Alonso deserves a kind word for his effort on return. Pretty good on his part. Sebastian - hard to say anything bad. As BE noted the other day, he has really non-performing car, so we cannot say he is ready for retirement. Given a performance car with sweet spot that suits him, and I trust he will visit podium on regular basis.
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