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    1. 12-03-2018 05:45 PM #101
      Quote Originally Posted by tbvvw View Post
      If Seb didn't have any say in the Kimi / Charles situation, he probably didn't have any input into Danny either. If up to Seb, Kimi would still be there.
      That's so true! Maybe they talked to Daniel to make sure there wasn't anything left undiscovered, that they at least thought about it.

      And it's only a year for Leclerc and many others, silly season 2.0 will happen at the end if 2019.

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    3. 12-04-2018 07:17 AM #102
      Quote Originally Posted by tbvvw View Post
      If Seb didn't have any say in the Kimi / Charles situation, he probably didn't have any input into Danny either. If up to Seb, Kimi would still be there.
      This story keeps coming up about the power struggle at Ferrari berween technical director Binotto and team principal Arrivabene. I always say it's not just money, it's having the best people and Mercedes has been good at recruiting. And they have their eyes on Binotto. Binitto has been given the credit of Ferrari's resurgence and it would be a major blow to lose him so he has huge leverage to get what he wants:

      In a nutshell, technical director Mattia Binotto had been primed to take over as team principal from next season by Marchionne, the calm 49-year-old Italian is highly-respected and extremely popular within the Scuderia and beyond.

      Binotto, on the other hand, is the brains behind Ferrari’s resurgence with his SF71H the team’s best effort of the current turbo era, providing Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen with a car that for the first time was a match for Mercedes and even better at times.

      If Binotto were to leave Ferrari (which, in truth, are doing everything to keep him) the blow would be immense and would undermine all the work done this year, with serious repercussions on the 2019 campaign,” warned Morosini.

      http://www.gptoday.com/full_story/vi...d_intensifies/

    4. 12-06-2018 07:04 AM #103
      Top Ten 2018 driver ratings by team principals:

      Lewis Hamilton, 218
      Max Verstappen, 139
      Sebastian Vettel, 105
      Fernando Alonso, 103
      Daniel Ricciardo, 85
      Charles Leclerc, 71
      Kimi Raikkonen, 57
      Valtteri Bottas, 38
      Esteban Ocon, 27
      Nico Hulkenberg, 23

      With Bottas sitting in eighth the pressure is on for his seat next year. As the article said, at least he was rated higher than Ocon, who IMO isn't as good as his hype.

      http://www.gptoday.com/full_story/vi...am_principals/

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      12-06-2018 10:07 AM #104
      Quote Originally Posted by Burnette View Post
      Top Ten 2018 driver ratings by team principals:

      Lewis Hamilton, 218
      Max Verstappen, 139
      Sebastian Vettel, 105
      Fernando Alonso, 103
      Daniel Ricciardo, 85
      Charles Leclerc, 71
      Kimi Raikkonen, 57
      Valtteri Bottas, 38
      Esteban Ocon, 27
      Nico Hulkenberg, 23

      With Bottas sitting in eighth the pressure is on for his seat next year. As the article said, at least he was rated higher than Ocon, who IMO isn't as good as his hype.

      http://www.gptoday.com/full_story/vi...am_principals/
      That list is kind of trash though. Oh are you on one of the big three teams and not Bottas? Boom, guaranteed a slot near the top. Are you a former WDC retiring? Boom near the top. And you are the rookie on your way to the most famous team in the sport, boom near the top.

      For all we know Sirotkin could've been the best guy on the grid last season and we wouldn't know.

    6. 12-06-2018 12:17 PM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by whoisglipglop View Post
      That list is kind of trash though. Oh are you on one of the big three teams and not Bottas? Boom, guaranteed a slot near the top. Are you a former WDC retiring? Boom near the top. And you are the rookie on your way to the most famous team in the sport, boom near the top.

      For all we know Sirotkin could've been the best guy on the grid last season and we wouldn't know.
      Oh you missed it though, they ask team principals every year to rank the drivers so it's their consensus. There's no science and no trophy, it's a bit of a vanity thing though as you know how you are precieved by your peers.

      It has some relevance come contract signing time and there you don't want to be on the bottom of this list cause these guys, the team principals, have sway.

      I do agree that after fifth place you could say it gets muddied as you could swap names a bit. But at any rate you don't want to be at the bottom.

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      12-06-2018 01:48 PM #106
      In case anyone is interested, and given it's the off season, the Motor Sport Magazine Podcast is pretty good. Even the older older ones. Lots of good insight from the likes of Patrick Head, Pat Symonds, John Barnard (talks about the beginnings of CF chassis and semi-automatic gearboxes), Jo Ramrizes, Brundle, Coulthard, and even David Hobbs which I just started listening to.

      The recording quality isn't always good, but the content is superb.

      https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/podcasts/all


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      12-06-2018 02:07 PM #107
      100 days until FP1 in down under...



      This season F1 will celebrate their 1000th GP race, in China.

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      12-06-2018 02:12 PM #108
      Just booked my hotel/flight/GP tickets for Montreal 2019 race again!

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      12-06-2018 02:23 PM #109
      Quote Originally Posted by xmaciek82x View Post
      Just booked my hotel/flight/GP tickets for Montreal 2019 race again!
      Nice. While I haven't been to every GP, Montreal is still my favorite. The town is just awesome in the summer, especially around the time of the GP.

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      12-06-2018 05:59 PM #110
      Quote Originally Posted by vwpiloto View Post
      The town is just awesome in the summer, especially around the time of the GP.
      Yep, the street fairs are just great. For dinner, we had outdoor seating and it was hard to eat b/c of all the exotic cars slowly driving by.

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      12-06-2018 06:06 PM #111
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      It's actually a product, not for sure how much longer here in the US, but it's a product. .

      They will just replace it with these.
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      12-07-2018 04:37 PM #112
      Just watching GIFs and clips from the F1 awards gala, and am cracking up at how drunk Kimi is.

      https://twitter.com/Vetteleclerc/sta...37198156730368

    14. 12-07-2018 04:49 PM #113
      "And Kimi is enjoying the celebration....a lot"

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      12-07-2018 05:30 PM #114
      Vettel rocking quite the 'stache there.

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      12-07-2018 06:35 PM #115
      That's pretty funny.
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      12-07-2018 07:13 PM #116
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      Just watching GIFs and clips from the F1 awards gala, and am cracking up at how drunk Kimi is.

      https://twitter.com/Vetteleclerc/sta...37198156730368
      He has to be, i mean he's talking after all...

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      12-28-2018 12:00 PM #117
      Teams have started announcing their 2019 car launch dates.

      February 12 – Renault
      February 13 – Racing Point
      February 14 – McLaren
      February 15 – Ferrari
      Last edited by @McMike; 01-03-2019 at 09:50 AM.

    19. 01-05-2019 12:15 PM #118
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      The Honda drama is starting early and it's with an old problem, engine vibrations. It's amazing to me that they still can't put this problem to bed:

      "Autobild has reported that a disagreement between Honda engineers and consultancy AVL – who have previously worked with Ferrari's F1 team – has seen development slow down.

      Autobild report that the Honda power units are unable to run at full capacity due to strong vibrations in the Internal Combustion Engine.

      Former Mercedes engine boss Mario Illien has been drafted in in an attempt to solve the problem, although one has seemingly yet to be found."

      http://www.gptoday.com/full_story/vi..._two_setbacks/

      And Honda is closing the door on relationships, because, you know, they got this:

      "But it appears things have soured with quarrels between an AVL project leader and Honda engineers triggering the decision to part ways. Similarly, this same project leader was responsible for Ferrari ending their association with the Austrian company not too long ago.

      Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko confirmed the abovementioned scenario and added that Honda will also limit input from Mario Illien (of Mercedes F1 engine fame) who had been on board as a consultant to help Honda’s cause, but his contribution did not deliver on expectations.

      http://www.gptoday.com/full_story/vi...PU_production/

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      01-05-2019 03:40 PM #119
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      Teams have started announcing their 2019 car launch dates.

      February 12 – Renault
      February 13 – Racing Point
      February 14 – McLaren
      February 15 – Ferrari
      I'm genuinely curious to hear their own expectations for 2019. I hope they under-promise and over-deliver, but it's been the exact opposite the last 4 years.

    21. 01-07-2019 07:06 AM #120
      Well, it did happen. Ferrari's Binoto and Arivabene were at war. Binoto has been given the credit of making Ferrari's car competitive and there were rumors he would leave and go to Mercedes if he didn't get what he wanted.


      http://www.gptoday.com/full_story/vi...ri_revolution/

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      01-07-2019 09:22 AM #121
      Quote Originally Posted by vwpiloto View Post
      I'm genuinely curious to hear their own expectations for 2019. I hope they under-promise and over-deliver, but it's been the exact opposite the last 4 years.
      Here you go:

      "McLaren boss Zak Brown believes his team is on a path back to the front of the grid but is refusing to set specific targets for 2019."

      "When asked when he anticipated McLaren would be back at the front of the grid, he said: "I have just presented a five-year plan, and within that plan, we think we have a journey to get back to winning races, and then once you're winning races, you're competing for the championship."

      http://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/25...ext-five-years

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      01-07-2019 10:10 AM #122
      Quote Originally Posted by tbvvw View Post
      "When asked when he anticipated McLaren would be back at the front of the grid, he said: "We'll be back at the front of the grid starting this May"
      Fixed for accuracy.

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      01-07-2019 10:25 AM #123
      arrivederci Arrivabene....

      So far....only posted on Yahoo. True? Or speculation?

      https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/...140500127.html

      Ferrari's Formula One Team Replaces Boss After a Disastrous 2018 Season

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      Ferrari’s 2018 Formula One Championship season was something of a disappointment. A strong start to the year brought with it the hopes that we might just see Sebastian Vettel contesting for his fifth title, breaking Lewis Hamilton’s dominant streak. But when things go wrong in Maranello and another championship slips from their fingers, someone has to pay. That someone, in this case, is team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.

      Arrivabene was named principal after the 2014 season, a year that saw Ferrari’s desperate scramble to shake up the power structure result in multiple principal changes. That year started off with Stefano Domenicali at the helm. He was replaced by Marco Mattiacci in April in hopes that Ferrari could turn a poor season around. And when Mattiacci couldn’t produce results, in came Arrivabene.

      Ferrari Replaces Their Formula One Team Principal <em>Again</em> This Year

      Technical director Mattia Binotto is set to replace Arrivabene, reports Formula1.com. Apparently, there was already tension between Arrivabene and Binotto as Sebastian Vettel’s championship hopes began to dissipate throughout the season. And with Sergio Marchionne’s death (and his replacement by John Elkann), the likelihood that fundamental changes would be taking place before 2019 was high.

      Sebastian Vettel won the first two races of the 2018 season and was within striking distance of Hamilton until the summer break. When the series returned with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, Ferrari was still technically competitive, but morale was low, mistakes became more frequent, and development stagnated. It was a long shot that they were going to beat out the more secure Mercedes.

      While Arrivabene’s replacement is still officially unconfirmed, it’s believed that the team will announce everything soon—possibly as early as this afternoon

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      01-07-2019 10:33 AM #124
      So much dramz at Ferrari. They really don't need this right now. Their 2019 driver's line up is strong. But if the house is not in order then...

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      01-07-2019 12:00 PM #125
      Quote Originally Posted by jsmyle1%... View Post
      arrivederci Arrivabene....

      So far....only posted on Yahoo. True? Or speculation?
      There's this on the official F1 site:

      https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...eICgGW2iW.html

      So it must be much more than speculation...

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