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Author Topic: What F1 drivers/teams really mean when commenting on 1st test day  (Read 437 times)

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We used to all love Ronspeak, but now corporate speak not so much. Luckily Paul Valesco helps us interpret what they really mean in Barcelona.

Love the "Hmmm, not sure about the handling guys"  ;)

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Re: What F1 drivers/teams really mean when commenting on 1st test day
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2019, 08:01:01 PM »
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  • I love reading drivers/teams comments they are always worth a laugh  :DD

    How has Grosjean still got a seat?

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    « Reply #2 on: February 20, 2019, 03:35:30 PM »
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  • I love reading drivers/teams comments they are always worth a laugh  :DD

    How has Grosjean still got a seat?

    Gene Haas is a NASCAR man.  NASCAR has a history just as extensive and colourful as Formula One.  A huge aspect of NASCAR, historically, has been loyalty.  If you show up and do your job, you're rewarded:  drivers and teams could stay together for DECADES, running on past glories.  When Haas was starting out, they needed an experienced driver to show up and do their job, and Grosjean did.  While Formula One is very much a 'what have you done for me lately' type series, Haas won't get rid of someone who has done well just because they're going through a rough patch. 

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    Re: What F1 drivers/teams really mean when commenting on 1st test day
    « Reply #3 on: February 20, 2019, 05:31:32 PM »
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  • I love reading drivers/teams comments they are always worth a laugh  :DD

    How has Grosjean still got a seat?

    Gene Haas is a NASCAR man.  NASCAR has a history just as extensive and colourful as Formula One.  A huge aspect of NASCAR, historically, has been loyalty.  If you show up and do your job, you're rewarded:  drivers and teams could stay together for DECADES, running on past glories.  When Haas was starting out, they needed an experienced driver to show up and do their job, and Grosjean did.  While Formula One is very much a 'what have you done for me lately' type series, Haas won't get rid of someone who has done well just because they're going through a rough patch.

    Rough patch?!?! That's an understatement, he has always been rubbish. I will never forgive him for nearly killing baby cakes in 2012. He will always be a beeping beep  >:D

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    Re: What F1 drivers/teams really mean when commenting on 1st test day
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  • One of my all time favorite driver comments was back in the early 2000's. Toyota really didn't like admitting engine failures. One time when a Toyota expired in a cloud of smoke the team claimed it was an electrical failure. When asked about it later the driver (I think it was Allen McNish but I could be wrong) confirmed that it was an electrical issue. When the connecting rod ripped trough the side of the engine block it knocked the alternator completely off!
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    « Reply #5 on: February 20, 2019, 09:15:15 PM »
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  •  :DD :DD :DD

    Reminds me of Graham Hill after a major BRM blow up. When asked what happened he said "Well, first it went bang, then it didn't go at all!".
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    Re: What F1 drivers/teams really mean when commenting on 1st test day
    « Reply #6 on: February 21, 2019, 08:22:15 AM »
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  • I really wish everyone in F1 could take some lessons from Graham Hill, or even Kimi, and just tell us what is really happening. Let's face it, irrespective of what corporately correct mis-information they present, the press make up great conspiracy stories anyway. Wouldn't it better if we could hear emotional quotes like: "some ****ing idiot didn't tighten the  high tensile widget flange so the flux capacitor failed and the giro pulley came off and went straight through the slime cooler" (all genuine technical possibilities).

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    « Reply #7 on: February 23, 2019, 08:37:57 AM »
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  • One of my all time favorite driver comments was back in the early 2000's. Toyota really didn't like admitting engine failures. One time when a Toyota expired in a cloud of smoke the team claimed it was an electrical failure. When asked about it later the driver (I think it was Allen McNish but I could be wrong) confirmed that it was an electrical issue. When the connecting rod ripped trough the side of the engine block it knocked the alternator completely off!

    The Toyota PR was probably accidental in nearly quoting something Murray Walker said about a Ferrari failure in the mid-1980s. I am 100% sure that Allan was being quite deliberate in quoting the response the Ferrari mechanic gave to that suggestion!
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