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Sakae

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  1. 4 hrs ago I've posted the same in MB thread. Kolles's words regarding risk for Vettel are open for interpretation. My perception of what he is suggesting is, that Vettel will be sacrificed, if necessary, in money-plans Stroll is playing. He will explain it to Seb afterfact as "investment risk" which did not worked out or something to that effect. Sebastian has several cards in the game. 40 MM. Advancement of his sporting career. Hulk could drive for AM in 2022, thus Seb has no guaranteed he will drive next year. Legacy image. Seb could lose all of it under certain conditions which I can envisage. I am not saying that will happen, but it was risk I have understood when he undersigned contract, and Kolles just saying or confirmng my earlier thoughts. I have however nothing specific right now which makes this worst scenario imminent. Mine is just guessing, and I don't know how much inside Kolles has. FiA punishing AM last year indicated separation, and potential messy ride with impaired car in 2021. This is why I've slot them in P7 as a team before season started.
  2. What is FiA up to? Destroying Vettel psychologically? Voices were heard in Bahrain and Imola how harsh FiA is treating Vettel. This malpractice has been noticed for number of years. Most painfully I felt about it in that race in Mexico when Seb handed on the radio recommendation to his team what Whiting can do...
  3. Koles on MB, Wolff, Stroll and much more. Exactly. Confirmed someone who know. Check. I am not very fond of Mr. Koles, never had been, but he said - per article - a lot of things I do agree with. He also confirms my dark "fears" that Seb might have committed a mistake after all by signing for AM. I am not fearing Wolff, but the owner, who is in for i) son's fame, and ii) making money. Sport factor was set aside by many people long time ago when CVC and alike got foot between door.-
  4. Several years ago when talk about budget cap as a hot topic was main subject of discussions, I've asked what will happen to fans, drivers, and a team, if machinery needs repairs, and money cannot be spent precisely because of budgetary limits. Until today I am waiting for explanation from all approached proponents of capping cost. There are many complicated reasons why imposing budget could be considered as fatal idea. My question extended to additional concern, should a team reach budgetary limits far too early (say in September). What then? Stay at home? This is not the Grand Prix (F1) I felt love with, or what lured me to its charm and attractiveness. It will be interesting to hear noise from a certain driver from MB garage, when he will learn his car cannot be improved or repaired, because they run cost to the limit.
  5. RP was able to built a reliable car last year. The same team (albeit under a different name) should be able to carry the same level of reliability forward. Mandated changes to a car should not be related to reliability issues. The car needs to be however sorted out, and that may take time and greater millage. Unfortunately some bad problems are playing out mostly on my favourite driver's car.
  6. Stroll Jr. has done well at Imola. Seb had trouble already before race start, and then DNF. Another day to forget. I am not suggesting anything dark, but Vettel seems to have more problems on his car than his teammate. (Similar situation in 2014.) I am not sure what AM will do about it. TP was talking again about Seb needs more running in the car, which is fine, we heard that before, but I am not sure he explained in post race interview why Vettel had that many pit stops at Imola. I doubt that has anything to do with how much millage he has in that car. Not really satisfactory explanation from Otmar. Some, but not all problems: - Failed tire gamble - Brakes - FiA' penalty - What else?
  7. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    Please get your facts straight. It is not first time you are assigning quotes to a wrong person, and then rather than check it as people can make mistake occasionally, you argue otherwise.
  8. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    The question was asked by Brad, not Sakae.
  9. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    No one is keeping you from talking about whatever driver or team you wish. It's nobody's duty to entertain you. You have already complained once about some jokes, and now you are complaining again. We watch the sport for different reasons. Try to remember that.
  10. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    Well, I am not perfect. Wrap yourself around it, and live with it. Otherwise you are welcomed to do next ones to your satisfaction.
  11. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    He is making his own luck? How is he responsible for having to box 6x? Sometimes useless cliche is just annoying.
  12. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    Do you understand why he was in pits 6x?
  13. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    Seb is actually lucky he is in P15. It could have been easily P18. He is currently bettering off just Haas boys. For how long it's not certain.
  14. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    There is no break for Vettel. If it is not one thing, then it is other. Mick Schumacher is getting grip on place where he is. Progress. Love it. Would like to see him (and some flames) next to Yuki.
  15. Looks like a track with one overtaking spot, between 16 and 17. I could see drivers being stuck and unable to overtake between 17 and 15. Section between 8 and 11 is not clear right now how it will support overtaking. Point is, if a following driver gets late out of 8, he will not catch the car until on straight after 16.
  16. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    Well, soothing words by Sainz. Differences between us is in definition where the driver is, and whether the same driver could be as positive and cumulative outcome of his skills and resources to his disposal. Let me explain. Last year RP (now AM) almost reached P3 in final standing. (I suspect it was rather unexpected gift by underperforming rivals, but that's another story). This year, due to changes in regulations, AM could drop realistically to P5 - P7 or thereabout with full support of drivers. Stroll ranking - P8 or thereabout. Vettel ranking - P5 when fully attuned to his new office. However, due to him being still on a learning curve for not having enough time to practice, he should be about 3 or 4 positions lower than P5. So, to accept Sainz's assertion, I need to see Seb in P8, creeping to that possible P5, race by race. Instead, I see Seb is hanging P14, P18...WTH. That's not normal in my mind.
  17. Sakae

    Italy 2021

    Was there some pushing and shoving or just bump between Hamilton and Verstappen after qualifying? There was something and enough to write an article about it. It could be interesting in race, if the "usually calm" Verstappen let his energy out of gate after lights will go off. Perez - excellent show. The guy has been really underrated for very long time IMO. I am not sure how please Max is about it.
  18. English media go into overtime in making sure we all know how valuable Allison is, and he wasn't demoted. Article after article are making sure they spread the gospel word. He could had been TP or whatever, and Toto made sure he would not leave MB blah, blah...Why would Allison want to leave MB in the first place, I ask? Is he sick and tired of winning? In contrasting tone with recent interview, when the same media are asking Otmar (TP of AM), what he knows about his replacement. Otmar is of course not born in England, but Romania, so everything goes. Of course like most, I am not sure what happened at MB, but I am really suspicious over loud drum beats around it. Needles for me to say (again), observing for very long time performance of products under Allison's concrete care, I don't agree with greatness of the man proposed by English media. Most of them possess bloated ego about mind superiority of their countryman, to which I say, look again, and this time carefully. (Of course they will not do that; the truth hurts).
  19. Team quotes: Szafnauer seems less excited over q-results than Vettel is.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Sakae

    Italy 2021

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