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John S
Today at 01:59:26 PM by John S
Views: 56 | Comments: 0

Seems FIA has opened a whole can of worms with Technical Directive issued in Canada. A political shitstorm and clear disagreements are all being aimed at FIA and in particular their alleged pet Mercedes.
Ferrari says TD illegal, RBR says all unecessary anyway and Alpine questions Merc prior knowledge of extra stay and hinted at protest.

This Video gives a good summation of what's happened so far and it seems like a good old fashioned comedy of errors.
We'll have to wait for British GP this weekend to see if anything can or will be implemented.

Willy
June 26, 2022, 02:22:35 PM by Willy
Views: 130 | Comments: 3

Sir Jackie Stewart has commented on Lewis Hamilton's situation this season and has suggested that Lewis retire.
https://www.pitpass.com/72887/Stewart-urges-Hamilton-to-retire

While I agree with the points made I find that this would have been a better conversation between the two of them and not splashed across the internet.
Making a very public statement like this about another driver is stepping over the line in my view and is disrespectful to Lewis.
Sir Jackie should know better or his people (if he has them) should have stopped him.
John S
June 25, 2022, 05:44:38 PM by John S
Views: 246 | Comments: 5

Got nowt to do with a good racing weekend for race goers.  :nono:
It's all about keeping viewership increasing amongst air heads over the pond.  ::)  :-*

https://www.crash.net/f1/news/1006591/1/jawdropping-value-f1-us-broadcast-rights-and-why-espn-beat-netflix


* Humble apologies to fellow US members of GPWiz, I am not including you in this assertion.  ;)
cosworth151
June 24, 2022, 03:46:11 PM by cosworth151
Views: 335 | Comments: 8

It looks like Spa is under threat from Liberty Media. It isn't glitz enough for them.

"It is true that there was a request from F1 to introduce a greater component of entertainment," Spa-Francorchamps promoter Stijn de Boever, is quoted by Italy's Autosprint. "They said that history is something great but we need more. We decided to listen to them and follow them in the new way of offering Formula events.

"This American way, with all of the entertainment that this entails."

There is a rumor that Spa could become a non-championship round with young drivers in place of the regular driver line-ups.

Seriously, that sounds like a good way to handle the events like Miami & Vegas. Formula 1 can stay a real racing series and Liberty gets its glitz fests. The target market Liberty is trying for with events like Miami & Vegas probably wouldn't notice the difference if they raced 3 year olds in pedal cars.

https://www.autoweek.com/racing/formula-1/a40391472/spa-francorchamps-officials-prepared-to-go-the-american-way-in-effort-to-keep-f1-race/
Dare
June 22, 2022, 11:46:31 PM by Dare
Views: 238 | Comments: 5

Welcome to the Big 70 Club Andy joining a
few of us old-timers
Jericoke
June 20, 2022, 03:59:28 PM by Jericoke
Views: 287 | Comments: 5

Heroes:
Max - winning, from pole position, even in the best car is still an accomplishment.  We've seen other Red Bull drivers throw away 'guaranteed' wins at this very track, so this really does need to be noted as 'heroic'.

Sainz - It's been an up and down season, but a solid second place is good, and giving us genuine challenges for the lead, plus the fastest lap, made this an interesting race to watch.

Hamilton - he was  helped to a podium finish, but he seized his opportunity.

LeClerc - a solid performance from the back of the field.  It's not enough to have a great car, it takes skill (we saw that first hand in previous seasons where Hamilton could scythe through the field while Bottas was hung out to dry behind slower competitors).  Hopefully he and his team get everything hooked up to make 2022 somewhat of a contest.

Stroll - managed to work his way up to a points paying position for his home race.  More would've been nice, but honestly, he got more than I was expecting.

Alfa Romeo - Double points finish!

Zeroes:
Haas - Has there ever been a more Jekyll and Hyde team?  You really don't know if they're going to be brilliant or failing spectacularly from moment to moment.

Alonso - great qualifying in the wet but didn't really seem to be able to back it up on race day.  He knew he wasn't racing for the win, but he didn't look like he was racing at all.  (And that amateur hour weaving?!)

McLaren - if it weren't for Haas I'd be wondering if THEY were the most Jekyll and Hyde team.  They didn't look like a 'best of the rest' outfit at all today.

Tsunoda - I'm not entirely clear on what happened to him, and I'm not sure he is either.

Perez - not really his fault he was out but even if his car hadn't given up, I'm not sure he'd have been a factor in the race.  Bonus points for his photogenic hike back to the pits.  Not quite the level of Alonso taking in some rays on a chair, or Kimi hopping onto a yacht, but definitely the same kind of energy.
John S
June 17, 2022, 04:30:44 PM by John S
Views: 192 | Comments: 1

Has politicking ever been more mischevious or sad in F1 than the intrigue that took place ahead of Enzo's final demise.

F1 might not have flappy paddle gear changes now if renegade car design had been adopted.   

John S
June 17, 2022, 11:15:23 AM by John S
Views: 186 | Comments: 1

Craig Scarborough and Sam Collins look at data to identify teams who seem to have overcome porpoising since start of New Gen cars.

Interesting to learn that running in clean air seems to increase potential for bouncing. Now who'd enjoy leading the race in a Haas which has probably the worst G effects of all, particularly later in the races.  :D

Merc suprisingly are not the most affected, well up to Barcelona that is.
Perhaps new directive will not be such a dire problem for them at a lot of smoother tracks, others may be penalised much more.

We'll have to wait and see - now did Merc factor in their better compliance at upcoming tracks and have sold a neat dummy to FIA?  :crazy: right.  :DntKnw:



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