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by TakumaSatoforthewin
Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Bottas has Offers from both Williams & Renault
Replies: 101
Views: 38756

Re: Bottas has Offers from both Williams & Renault

Yesterday on GPToday there was the headline "Renault wants charismatic driver" and right next to it was "Bottas has concrete offer from Renault". With all respect my garden shed has more charisma than Valtteri. :D For Renault he would certainly be a step in the right direction because he knows his w...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Has Raikkonen equalled Vettel so far this year?(2016Austria)
Replies: 89
Views: 12362

Re: Has Raikkonen equalled Vettel so far this year?(2016 Mon

Simply put no. To me Vettel isn't quite driving at his 2015 peak, a few mistakes have crept in like running off track while chasing Hamilton in Melbourne, potentially the second impact with Kvyat in Russia and the practice crashes at the weekend. Just listening to his radio its seems he is (understa...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed May 25, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 75689

Re: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread

To be honest you both have a point: Certainly Stroll is very wealthy, which naturally is very attractive to Williams because they are a racing team and if they are to get back challenging for wins again they need plenty of that. Ferrari doesn't need so much and almost certainly cant guarantee Lance ...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Thu May 05, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Could RBR send Kvyat to STR mid season?
Replies: 369
Views: 43016

Re: Could RBR send Kvyat to STR mid season?

I think I would have less of a problem with this if Red Bull were open and stated how this move is to secure the services of a very talented driver instead of simply pinning the blame for demotion squarely on Kvyat. We know that's the case, they know that's a case so the cloak and dagger is really u...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 75689

Re: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread

That Formula V8 field is atrocious. So far only 14 drivers have been confirmed, with Comtec and Strakka both yet to announce a driver and Durango running as a one-car team (if you can even call them that). The season starts this weekend but, from what I can see, it is only on BT and no longer also ...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 75689

Re: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread

Just an idea about the Super Formula series. As we know the series is an All-Japan series. Is there some sort of a problem about having an Asian-Pacific Super Formula series that could also include the tracks in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and even South Korea? Its basically just a Honda...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 75689

Re: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread

OK that is properly weird. So they're going to race F4 cars (because that's what they ultimately still are, right?) and call it F3? Are they looking to upstage the MSA Formula by benefitting of the series awarding more FIA Super Licence points? They are closer to F3 pace than F4 so its different en...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Sky Sports lands exclusive F1 television coverage in UK
Replies: 193
Views: 22709

Re: The Death Of Formula 1. 1950 - 2018

The air of entitlement amongst some British F1 fans (not suggesting you, by the way) is terrible. F1 remained completely free-to-air long after pretty much every other major sport had moved onto pay TV. Even once F1 made that jump, there will still have been six years where half of it has remained ...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Paul Di Resta to become Williams Reserve Driver for 2016
Replies: 45
Views: 6330

Re: Paul Di Resta to become Williams Reserve Driver for 2016

Exciting personality to liven up the paddock.
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: American junior appointed Haas dev driver
Replies: 6
Views: 1699

Re: American junior appointed Haas dev driver

A little rough round the edges, needs a bit of work with his racecraft but the speed is clearly there. He was really impressive when he deubted straight from karting in the middle of 2014 pace wise even if he didn't get results (with Eurointernational who were always pretty ropey in F3 anyway) then ...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 75689

Re: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread

Looks like Indy Lights is enjoying something of a renaissance. When you have noticeably growing car counts and drivers like Rosenqvist, Stoneman, Jones and a few talented Americans like Enerson then it certainly seems that the new organisers have done a great job in making the series relevant for th...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: New RB 2016 livery
Replies: 57
Views: 11477

Re: New RB 2016 livery

Disagree. Really stunning, colours nicely stand out. :thumbup: :thumbup:
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 75689

Re: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread

Naturally fewer seats probably means a few talented guys miss out, but fact is the size of the grid last year was unsustainable because after a while the less talented but richer drivers are not willing to pay the frankly ridiculous amounts of money (getting up to 1 million euros for a top drive) j...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 75689

Re: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread

Naturally fewer seats probably means a few talented guys miss out, but fact is the size of the grid last year was unsustainable because after a while the less talented but richer drivers are not willing to pay the frankly ridiculous amounts of money (getting up to 1 million euros for a top drive) j...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 75689

Re: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread

It is a very complicated system, there isn't a fixed route up the pyramid. 3.5 is powerwise on the same tier as GP2, same as FR2.0/Euroformula/European F3/GP3 are all on the same tier. You sometimes get a pattern of the lesser funded drivers starting off in the less expensive/competitive series (3.5...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread
Replies: 436
Views: 75689

Re: The 2016 Feeder Series Thread

The FIA F3 Europe series will face a series of team abandonments from the series. 3 teams might leave the series with West-Tec only to run 1 entry. And all this due to technical regulations, and drivers who have no sponsors nor budgets. The deadline for the F3 entries have now reached until Monday....
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Your driver rankings for 2015
Replies: 127
Views: 19456

Re: Your driver rankings for 2015

10. Maldonado (with immensely bad luck, had some of the best overtakes of the season; Spain, when he overtook Mclaren with broken rear wing, and Austria, for me the overtake of the season against Verstappen) 11. Grosjean (One lucky podium and a lot of races where he mixed with average drivers) Real...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: BBC Drop F1 so they can do more dancing and cake
Replies: 44
Views: 8776

Re: BBC Drop F1 so they can do more dancing and cake

They had very little choice, they need to make spending cuts and the cost of the F1 contract is not justified by the product or viewing figures. Getting close to 10million watch "dancing and cake" whereas you would be lucky to get 3million for F1 so the demand isn't really there. C4 could do a reall...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Mon Dec 21, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: ITV possibly getting F1 back
Replies: 49
Views: 7963

Re: ITV possibly getting F1 back

It was kind of unevitable, the product F1 was supplying this year wasn't really a justifiable use of BBC's money when they have savings to make. That said I think C4 have the potential to do a good job if they can take the coverage somewhere new. Can see Edwards and Coulthard moving, would be surpri...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2015 Feeder Series Uberthread
Replies: 554
Views: 76646

Re: 2015 Feeder Series Uberthread

Latifi is canadian and canada does not back drivers. If he has funding i'd be amazed. He has not done well in junior formula because of the teams he has had to drive for. The few times he has got a chance to drive for a good team he has been near the top of the charts. You will notice he had the fa...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2015 Feeder Series Uberthread
Replies: 554
Views: 76646

Re: 2015 Feeder Series Uberthread

I think the late season run of form has probably convinced Evans that he can have a run at the title next season especially with Vandoorne no longer around. Would doubt that personally. Mitch is very badly funded and has probably only been around in GP2 for as long because of Russian Time needing a...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Tue Dec 01, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2015 Feeder Series Uberthread
Replies: 554
Views: 76646

Re: 2015 Feeder Series Uberthread

I think the late season run of form has probably convinced Evans that he can have a run at the title next season especially with Vandoorne no longer around. Would doubt that personally. Mitch is very badly funded and has probably only been around in GP2 for as long because of Russian Time needing a...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Williams signs Lance Stroll for their development program
Replies: 34
Views: 4002

Re: Williams signs Lance Stroll for their development progra

Another undeserving pay driver, while the likes of Robert Frijns can't get a look in. What a joke. Yep I mentioned this in another thread, meanwhile son of another rich father Jordan King has bought himself a test in the forthcoming F1 test. Thus far development drivers Lance Stroll - 5th F3 Alfons...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Williams signs Lance Stroll for their development program
Replies: 34
Views: 4002

Re: Williams signs Lance Stroll for their development progra

I know it's fashionable these days to mock every new announcement as a soulless walking pocketbook, but Stroll actually doesn't have all that bad of a record; he dominated Italian Formula 4, won the only other series he was in before F3 and was easily the best rookie towards the end of the F3 seaso...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Williams signs Lance Stroll for their development program
Replies: 34
Views: 4002

Re: Williams signs Lance Stroll for their development progra

I know it's fashionable these days to mock every new announcement as a soulless walking pocketbook, but Stroll actually doesn't have all that bad of a record; he dominated Italian Formula 4, won the only other series he was in before F3 and was easily the best rookie towards the end of the F3 seaso...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Formula Offspring
Replies: 73
Views: 32798

Re: Formula Offspring

Louis Deletraz to move up to Formula 3.5 V8 next year with Fortec. Pretty impressive for a driver who looked so uninspiring in his first year of cars a while ago. Certainly has the potential to be a much better driver than his dad.
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Who deserved to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 3303

Re: Who deserved to stay?

Than in Williams, he missed 17/20 FP1 sessions in favour to Bottas. I think he's a driver who suffers lack of tracktime more than others, and that affected his overall performance. . Maybe so but Grosjean has missed a fair few FP1 sessions this year as well and is absolutely thumping Maldonado. Tru...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Lotus Confirms Palmer for 2016! Implications on Renault?
Replies: 55
Views: 7391

Re: Lotus Confirms Palmer for 2016! Implications on Renault?

No idea what Renault would want with a pretty mediocre hack like Palmer. If they wanted a pay driver there's far richer (and more talented?) out there. It seems to me that either he has mightily impressed them in testing (unlikely as it seems) or the Renault deal is dead and no-one else wants to to...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Lotus Confirms Palmer for 2016! Implications on Renault?
Replies: 55
Views: 7391

Re: Lotus Confirms Palmer for 2016! Implications on Renault?

I am glad a GP2 Champion and Brit is going to be on the grid next year. Apart from Lewis and JB, pretty much all the British drivers sniffing round F1 recently have attitudes that really grate on me. Except from Olli Rowland and occasionally Sam Bird, they just all seem really self entitled or just...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Lotus Confirms Palmer for 2016! Implications on Renault?
Replies: 55
Views: 7391

Re: Lotus Confirms Palmer for 2016! Implications on Renault?

No idea what Renault would want with a pretty mediocre hack like Palmer. If they wanted a pay driver there's far richer (and more talented?) out there. It seems to me that either he has mightily impressed them in testing (unlikely as it seems) or the Renault deal is dead and no-one else wants to tou...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: GP2 Champions - 2nd season progression?
Replies: 88
Views: 8334

Re: GP2 Champions - 2nd season progression?

It certainly wasn't a good resumee in comparison to many of the drivers in GP2 when trying to ascertain who has had the better season, Vandoorne or Ocon. True enough. Maybe he's just unlocked a little something extra from his racecraft or the GP3 car just suits his style (hopefully not in the style...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: GP2 Champions - 2nd season progression?
Replies: 88
Views: 8334

Re: GP2 Champions - 2nd season progression?

As for Ghiotto who has been the fastest driver in GP3 this season, his career record was quite terrible before the season started. That's an exaggeration. He's perfectly qualified to be where he is, he's no Carmen Jorda or Rene Binder. He came second in FR2.0 Alps for instance and in Formula Abarth...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: GP2 Champions - 2nd season progression?
Replies: 88
Views: 8334

Re: GP2 Champions - 2nd season progression?

As for Ghiotto who has been the fastest driver in GP3 this season, his career record was quite terrible before the season started. That's an exaggeration. He's perfectly qualified to be where he is, he's no Carmen Jorda or Rene Binder. He came second in FR2.0 Alps for instance and in Formula Abarth...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: GP2 Champions - 2nd season progression?
Replies: 88
Views: 8334

Re: GP2 Champions - 2nd season progression?

I don't really rate Wehrlein (I imagine he'll be similar to Speed and Liuzzi) and would consider Verstappen and Vandoorne top prospects. I'm still hopeful that Mercedes take a punt on Frijns for their junior program as he looks a better prospect than the V prodigies. Why do you imagine he'd be simi...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2016 Drivers
Replies: 208
Views: 25231

Re: 2016 Drivers

Joylon Palmer is still waiting for official confirmation that Grosjean is heading for Haas. http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/330658/palmer-waiting-on-haas-f1-announcement/ Let's hope they won't choose Palmer! Instead they hopefully go with Magnussen, Ocon or Vergne - or Vandoorne if he is not rep...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Istanbul Park
Replies: 43
Views: 7182

Re: Istanbul Park

To sustain a F1 track - a country must have a sustained history of motorsports, just to keep the track active and paying bills. The 3rd World countries Bernie is taking F1 to don't have such a history. China, Bahrain, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey aren't really 3rd world. Trying to fill a c...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:36 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Haas F1 Updates
Replies: 281
Views: 46572

Re: Haas F1 Updates

I don't think performance is the determining factor when Marcus never got out of the car and Kamui did. To me with regards to Caterham, I think near the end it was finances that ruled all. Meaning whoever brought the most money got the ride. Yeah but I would suggest Rossi certainly wasn't short of ...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Haas F1 Updates
Replies: 281
Views: 46572

Re: Haas F1 Updates

I'd be vary about putting Rossi in the car on gut instinct. Just based on the fact that despite being reserve/tester at Caterham for a number of years they never gave him a race drive. If he was good enough then surely he would have got the gig in 2013 or 2014 (guessing he must have at least reasona...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Games
Topic: Six degrees of (F1) Separation
Replies: 18
Views: 20540

Re: Six degrees of (F1) Separation

How about Steffan Johansson to Juan Pablo Montoya? Montoya was teammates with Ralf Schumacher at Williams 2001-2004 Schumacher was teammate to Damon Hill in 1998 Hill was teammate to Nigel Mansell at the end of 94 Mansell was teammate to Alain Prost in 1990 Prost was teammate to Stefan Johansson at...
by TakumaSatoforthewin
Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Official 2015/16 Formula E thread
Replies: 177
Views: 24759

Re: Official 2015/16 Formula E thread

http://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/exclusive-ex-f1-duo-in-contention-for-mahindra-seat Article says Van der Garde, Da Costa, Giorgio Pantano or Adam Carroll will partner Senna at Mahindra. Also says Oliver Turvey looks likely to join Team China. Nice to see the series still appears to be attra...