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I agree with you Lady And who would want to join a team where Ron Dennis has only one int...
I agree with you Lady
And who would want to join a team where Ron Dennis has only one interest (Lewis Hamilton)?
I personally don't think that Hamilton will be able to give as much back to McLaren as Alonso has.
I could be wrong but, look how much Alonso has done to help out his team, only the kind of help a experienced driver can give to a team in terms of how to get the most out of the car and of the tracks which a Rookie just cannot compare with.
I think in that case someone like DeLaRosa would make a good second driver at McLaren as he does at least have a track record as a test driver and could benifit the team like Massa does at Ferrari.
Re: Ferrari International Assistance - FIA
Anyone who thinks that the FIA and F1 don't favour ferari is either a ferari fan, or naive...
Anyone who thinks that the FIA and F1 don't favour ferari is either a ferari fan, or naive (or probably both).
I hope that next season, a McLaren mechanic drops off a big fat file at the house of a ferari team member, then phones the FIA - see what happens then (nothing).
Bernie Ecclestone has been asked on loads of occasions when standing on the starting grid of a grand prix who he thinks will win, and his usual answer is that he doesn't care as long as it's a ferari.
Can you imagine the head of the FA being asked before the FA cup final who he thinks will win, and responding with "I don't care as long as it's Arsenal" (for example) - then Arsenal win because the other team who are 2-0 up, but are down to ten men, at half time are then disqualified because someone from Arsenal told the other team at half time some of their tactics.
Or what about the head of the Olympic Committee saying that he didn't care who won the 100m mens final as long as it was Tyson Gay, then changing the rules before the race so that all the other runners have to run in the same spikes that Tyson does (and has done for years).
It just wouldn't happen, so why does it happen in F1.
For the past 10 years or so, until Alonso's far superior driving cancelled out the ferari bias advantage, we've not had a proper F1 champion. I was really hoping that this year, it would be a fair fight between 4 great drivers.
Unfortunately not - Bernie and his cronies decided that ferari had to win it again.
The other teams should all leave and set up another championship. That way, we'll all get to see a fair championship every year, and ferari will win the F1 championship every year - everyone will be happy - Bernie, Max, ferari, and most of all the fans.
If the McLaren sponsors and shareholders impose that Fernando Alonso remain on the team in...
If the McLaren sponsors and shareholders impose that Fernando Alonso remain on the team in 2008, it wouldn't surprise me to see Ron Dennis and the British press make the same mistakes again.
I would, however, give Lewis Hamilton the benefit of the doubt. In spite of betraying the fact that he hasn't got what it takes to be world champion (at least not yet), his straightforward apologies after Shanghai and Interlagos, candidly admitting his mistakes, tell a lot in his favour. Once he gets his head screwed on right and he learns to control his nerves he may become a successful contender for the world champion title.
Re: Lets stop clouding the issue with team loyalties
Agree with your sentiments 100% 'tjm'. Many threads are biased but many contributors have ...
Agree with your sentiments 100% 'tjm'. Many threads are biased but many contributors have also highlighted their disgust with the present F1 and FIA set up. There's merit in your call for a breakaway movement. Perversely the surest way to have that come about is to allow Bernie and Max to orchestrate another season (or seasons) like the fiasco just passed. A point will be reached where the 'big money' will have had enough. Bad publicity is good publicity, it attracts attention, until it becomes negative publicity and that's a different matter all together. Once the whole show is universally viewed as a corrupt circus akin to TV wrestling then with the big sponsors' credibilty on the line, there will be no way back. To put it simply, F1 and FIA have a short time to put their house in order or risk losing the support of the major sponsors and manufacturers who may well then reopen their breakaway talks. Ironically however let's not forget that the manufacturers themselves are part of the problem .... !!!
Why oh why did he choose Switzerland? Perhaps he hasn't seen the poster which helped the ...
Why oh why did he choose Switzerland? Perhaps he hasn't seen the poster which helped the Swiss People's Party win a majority in recent elections:
You have got it right but I do not wish him good luck. He should pay his dues like the res...
You have got it right but I do not wish him good luck. He should pay his dues like the rest of us.
I`m not saying it`s impossible, Bob, & I don`t know anything about Champ, I admit. I`m jus...
I`m not saying it`s impossible, Bob, & I don`t know anything about Champ, I admit. I`m just saying that F1 at night isn`t a simple matter.
F1 cars have been known to suck manhole covers out of the ground.
Barrichello damaged his car on one in Hungary this year, I believe.
A1GP in Beijing had to have a practice session red-flagged because one had come loose.
Monaco welds them down, I hear.
Add to that camber changes, road markings, lumps, curbs & gutters - they can all be a bit of a nightmare in daylight let alone in the dark.
The whole lap is going to have to be lit up like Sexy Barney`s Light Show to ensure that the drivers have a chance of seeing anything suspect.
Quote:- Whatever their failings Max and Bernie have made a great success of F1, otherwise ...
Quote:- Whatever their failings Max and Bernie have made a great success of F1, otherwise the sport would'nt have the following that it does have.....Oh please don't make me laugh or are you taking the p*ss?
This is the one that turned up a few months ago for pre-order on Amazon. The trailer read ...
This is the one that turned up a few months ago for pre-order on Amazon. The trailer read that he`d won the WDC at Japan...... long before the actual race.
I wonder if the publishers also sell Russell Grant`s books? ;-)
maybe youforget that to be as bad as Schumi, Hamilton should start by winning something in...
maybe youforget that to be as bad as Schumi, Hamilton should start by winning something in F1 ... BIG CHOKER !!!
Daniel P...I've just been reading through some of the posts and every one of your's are of...
Daniel P...I've just been reading through some of the posts and every one of your's are of a sexual nature....I seriously thing you have a problem and should get to see a psychologist as soon as possible....this forum is for F1 not sex!!!!
Re: Dennis vetoes Alonso switch to big rivals
This was his first season in F1 - he has driven in other classes, from karts through Formu...
This was his first season in F1 - he has driven in other classes, from karts through Formula Renault to GP2 - he's dominated every class he has raced in. In Karts he was telling his father how to set the things up from the age of ten.
I doubt very much if he had to copy Alonso's setup - he's known the McLaren car for longer than Alonso, having been part of the team for ten years...
Wonder what Scotland will do this year without poor McRae. Do they already have a new par...
Wonder what Scotland will do this year without poor McRae. Do they already have a new partner for DC? And Spain won't be entering, so as not to put Alonso through the boos and hisses he'd get from the Brirish public. Shame, they'd have a decent team this year. Does anyone else see a slight similarity between the Sainz/McRae saga and the Alonso/Hamilton one? (Stir, stir!!!)
Have a good time at RoC, Bob. Hope you get a decent seat. I`ll be watching on TV but wil...
Have a good time at RoC, Bob.
Hope you get a decent seat.
I`ll be watching on TV but will be interested to hear all about it from you.
Ah, the ideal world, Petrus. Trouble is that everyone has their own agenda. There was a st...
Ah, the ideal world, Petrus.
Trouble is that everyone has their own agenda.
There was a story around a couple of years back, I can`t vouch for it`s veracity but it wouldn`t suprise me in the least.
When LCdM went to FIAT, & JT took his place, Ross B went to a team principals meeting in JT`s place. Ross, who had been used to sorting out things fairly amicably with the Tech Working Group type, came out of the meeting saying "Never again!".
He saw no way that the team principals were ever going to all agree on anything.
When you move on to include the large manufacturers, sponsors etc., how many care enough about the sport itself? Very few. To them F1 is just one of many marketing tools. When F1 has fulfilled their requirements or becomes too much hassle or expense without adequate sales, they eventually walk away.
Much as I applaud the idea & the sentiment behind it I can`t see it working.
Bravo Pete... that's exactly where our sport is at the moment, in the gutter along with th...
Bravo Pete... that's exactly where our sport is at the moment, in the gutter along with the rest of the garbage!
A total breakaway from the FIA would be a brilliant thing and go a long way towards regaining the credibility F1 has lost recently in the eyes of it's fans. However, as the FIA is the world governing body it's not realisticaly going to happen, unless we do find a billionaire with the backing to set-up a rival body. What's the chances of that happening?
Let's just hope that next season we can put all this behind us and move forward, without the results being decided un-evenly(?) by the FIA.
"cos soon they will all be the same car anyway if mosley gets his way" Certainly looks th...
"cos soon they will all be the same car anyway if mosley gets his way"
Certainly looks that way :(
Yes, you`re right in what you say about the current situation with RBR & Aguri. When I said it`s a grey area I was thinking along the lines that what we may think is OK now may shortly turn out not to be.
Nothing new for F1 there, eh?
Re: Ross Brawn - The Saviour of Honda?
I don't need to insult the vette it does it on it's own by the way have you ever owned a v...
I don't need to insult the vette it does it on it's own by the way have you ever owned a vette?
Re: Perfect Opportunity to clean the F1 House
& don`t forget that Bernie was the main factor behind the McLaren drivers not being exclud...
& don`t forget that Bernie was the main factor behind the McLaren drivers not being excluded. Hardly that pro-Ferrari.
hopefully ross will make a change and may be our own boy jenson button will have a bas...
hopefully ross will make a change and may be our own boy jenson button will have a bash at winning a race or 2
Although I tend to agree with PB overall, the problem today seems to be that there are no ...
Although I tend to agree with PB overall, the problem today seems to be that there are no firm rules and regs and the FIA make things up as they go.
We know that the FIA ruled the Ferrari's "floating floor" illegal, but they allowed them to keep the points from the opening race. So, what makes an illegal car, legal enough to keep all it's points?
Williams had a brake duct (Canada) that was 12 mm to large. Probably had no effect at all on performance. They lost all treir points.
We need far blacker and whiter rules and rulings.
ye - he returned to the Manx TT at age 38/39 after a long break - and won. Good man
ye - he returned to the Manx TT at age 38/39 after a long break - and won. Good man