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Sakae

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  1. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    It is very close, and also a reason why cumulative effect of small loses on lap add to significant drop on a score board. Yuki experienced what almost all drivers go through sooner or later. Not a big deal. He has a future in this sport. His elimination probably gifted P10 to Stroll, but whatever. It is what it is. Sebastian is not doing well, and that honeymoon with his team will be over soon. I cannot help it, but think Helmut was most likely right telling Seb to sit this season out. There are arguments both ways, but seeing how things are developing, ... there is not much one can say. I have to admit I have no clue what's going on and what are core issues Seb is experiencing in the car.
  2. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    P3 is over. Vettel is really loving that P14. His TP was describing his mood as forward looking, upbeat and whatever else. In contrast, I am begging to wonder when Sebastian tells them you know what guys, keep the car, I have enough, and I am going home to my wife and kids.
  3. Yes. This is a small sample why I am fond of the guy. From the interview with TPs, Szafnauer continues to insist that Sebastian needs more time. I tend to agree with that position, however occupying P15 seems off by any standard in my book. It goes beyond a different powertrain explanation why he was slow. They tried new upgrades yesterday. Again, good explanation, but not enough. How he will go from that far back to top 5 (where I want to see him at this point of time) seems an impossible dream.
  4. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    I see it as just minor cloud which will go away. Depends how Perez will perform from now on.
  5. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    There were signs of it already last year, which was my reason behind high expectations for their season ratings. Moreover, excellent drivers, I must say. Love it.
  6. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    Poor, poor boy, trying too hard but no mistake anywhere mentioned in the article. Only Vettel in similar situation committing driver's errors. English media are really something else...phew...
  7. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    I can't see it happening. MB is fine (sort off), fight is on under current rules, and who will support AM to change that?
  8. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    I think too much influence is assigned to the incident in Hockenheim. What is happening to him is not due to a single factor. There is something more pervasive, related to prolonged period. Seb was in P14 up and down in Bahrain, and here again he was in P14, and sat there for very long tome, until he dropped into P15. (The post was sarcasm on my part.) I have no idea what's going on with him.
  9. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    Sebastian is in danger of being irrelevant to F1 racing if this continues. This is not a car alone. He really is not up to his old standard. Psychological? Inability to adapt? I don't know, but this is not a first session he ends up being totally off pace. So, what happened since Bahrain? What has changed? I know, its just practice, but...
  10. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    Has Seb some emotional attachment to number 14 we aren't aware of?
  11. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    Sure, why not, Vettel is not involved, so there is no need for being harsh.
  12. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    I don't expect any changes. Haas needs cash, hence the precious boy stays. Only FiA through demerit points system can play with him, but I doubt he cares one way or another. I had nagging feeling from day one this is going to be headache, and so it is. All what I can do is to just ignore him.
  13. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    FP1, Sebastian needs to do more. This is no good to sit in P14 (to state obvious). He has now a few laps under his belt in that car, and as a former champ, I was expecting better from him. P5 this weekend would calm me down.
  14. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    I am hoping for a change. Not asking for too much, just please, pretty please, as a track opens for practice, I want to see AM drivers out of the garage literally within minutes after clock shows GO, as they are getting grip with the machinery and ambient conditions. It would be BIG change from what we witness thus far this year. Make it happen.
  15. A lot of self-patting on shoulders. I am not too impressed. Fact remains, as I understand it, fundamentals to recent success of MB were laid as foundation in 2010 onwards. Blood and tears were commonplace long before any one current names were known to anyone. One needs to realise there weren't any significant changes of specs, until now. Allison and alike had to make just sure they will not screw up what Brawn & Co. laid out for them many years ago. MB actually worked on h-engines for road cars well before Cowell got involved. (So was Honda apparently; MB succeeded, Honda as well, but about 10 years later).
  16. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    I saw it, and my thoughts were similar as yours. Point is, if he feels that him and car is one, and it will follow his mere thoughts, then go for it. If however he expects one thing, and car delivers its own will, then it will get messy quickly. It has been said that Stroll Jr. is actually a fast driver, and he has beaten Perez a few times. Seb needs to get hold of primacy in race conditions.
  17. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    It's all about speed on this track, to state obvious. Either you have it, or not. Reasons for failure are not accepted, only good results count. AM boys - I place them both somewhere between in P8 - P12.
  18. Money, money, money... There is nothing better than Grand Prix series full of, if not only, automakers (IMO). This mix of Investors (make money) vs Racers (car people promoting a product - a car) in series is simply no good.
  19. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    One can only wonder which team managed to use pause between first and second race, and improve their car to the extend we will detect that change from the sidelines. German compatriots predicting difficult time for AM - Vettel. Imola may surprise, but I do not expect changes in the front. RBR / MB fight for podium. Ferrari / McLaren tagging alone. Hard to say what the rest of them will do. Alpine might penetrate top 10. Hard to say how AM are prepared. Hopefully it will be better than last time. I do expect Yuki to do well, perhaps even leading the mid-pack. On The Finish Line - mere 6 cars on the leading lap?
  20. Part of track topology resembles Can circuit. Fast approach, U-turn... I am not sure why they think it resembles Monaco. Maybe they meant in glitz and fanfare, rather than track characteristics. Both doubtful in my mind, but then I am not part of that crowd, so what do I know.
  21. Second Monaco? Silly me, and I thought one was enough.
  22. (1) Who came up with this idea, and on what basis? This is one of oldest propagated nonsense by bored people living off F1, who have nothing much to say of substance between races, thus making up criteria which are plainly without merit. (2) Patently false. All had been reasoned in the past, and it is obvious all has been ignored (not disputed) to this day. Lessons learned, there is no point to discuss technical issues characteristic to technology series with lay observers. Some people just repeat what they read in media. Currently a writer of most popular criminal drama in UK wrote just recently: I am with you on that point, Dr. Mercurio. F1 is certainly not immune to that disease.
  23. Brown's admission: "I don't know how to run an F1 team, it's not my competency" merely confirms, which of two men is force behind rise of McLaren (F1 team). As long as ownership supplies cash to keep it afloat, then they have chance to revive former glory.
  24. https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/81725/mclaren-ceo-brown-he-s-great-at-that.html
  25. Hello Is Otmar put under pressure to perform or else..? I would be actually surprised if that is true. My perception is, that Szafnauer is performing very well with resources to his disposal.
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