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by spronkey
Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2016 Renault vs. Honda - Battle of the laggards
Replies: 61
Views: 10219

Re: 2016 Renault vs. Honda - Battle of the laggards

I think Honda have enough information to go on to fix the main issues with their engine, which is ERS deployment. By all accounts the ICE seems OK - a few tweaks and it'll be right there. ERS, well, they're not going to sit down and take it lightly. Renault were clearly swimming pool around last yea...
by spronkey
Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Official 2016 pecking order prediction! (Poll added)
Replies: 111
Views: 21293

Re: Official 2016 pecking order prediction!

Hmm.. 1. Ferrari 2. Mercedes 3. McLaren 4. Red Bull 5. Williams 6. Renault 7. Force India 8. Toro Rosso 9. Haas 10. Manor 11. Sauber I think Ferrari will get to within 1% of Mercedes, and I think Seb is a better driver than either of the Merc duo. So game on. Honda have the most to gain from the eng...
by spronkey
Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:33 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Is Barrichello's record vulnerable?
Replies: 15
Views: 3606

Re: Is Barrichello's record vulnerable?

Jenson 2015 is better than Rubens Barrichello ever was.

In fact Jenson right now is probably better than half the grid ever were or will be. Just sayin.
by spronkey
Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Raikkonen or Rosberg. Who would you sign? (Poll reset)
Replies: 581
Views: 106729

Re: Raikkonen or Rosberg. Who would you sign? (Poll reset)

I rate Button quite similar to Kimi. Ah yes, Kimi, the same guy who was easily matched by Massa when they were teammates at Ferrari (actually, Massa was a bit stronger overall). The same guy who got demolished by Alonso and is currently being tonked by Vettel. Nico has been closer to Hamilton than ...
by spronkey
Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:48 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Which drivers are quite flattered with a good-decent car?
Replies: 65
Views: 7299

Re: Which drivers are quite flattered with a good-decent car

Hamilton. Rosberg.

They're about the only two on the grid right now.

Vettel had a good car and used it to its full potential in the V8 era. Hardly flattered, he was sensationally quick.
by spronkey
Thu May 28, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: How did the expression "for sure" enter the lexicon of F1?
Replies: 61
Views: 10689

Re: How did the expression "for sure" enter the lexicon of F

It's definitely Felipe Massa's baby. I remember back in 2000-2004 you never heard it. But as soon as Felipe came on board, there it was. Then when he paired up with Kimi on 2007, it caught on for both drivers. Same for Fernando. And now we have the generation that grew up watching these guys - Hulk,...
by spronkey
Tue May 12, 2015 3:24 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The Official Kimi Räikkonen thread
Replies: 17454
Views: 2888401

Re: The Official Kimi Räikkonen thread

Yea you are right. His one-lap pace has gone down the drain. Lately, he's either making too many mistakes in his flying lap or his tyres are cold and he cannot make them work. It's always sometime which messes up his quali and only he's to blame because Vettel is putting his car in P2/P3 position c...
by spronkey
Tue May 12, 2015 3:21 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: FIA issues new fuel-flow clampdown to F1 teams
Replies: 66
Views: 16908

Re: FIA issues new fuel-flow clampdown to F1 teams

I can't understand why, if they have a limit of 100kg of fuel, do they also need to impose a fuel flow rate limit.

Just let the teams figure it out for goodness' sake!
by spronkey
Tue May 12, 2015 3:18 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: It had to come up, Vettel no 1 status at Ferrari?
Replies: 126
Views: 17688

Re: It had to come up, Vettel no 1 status at Ferrari?

The sad part here is the lack of testing, meaning that a driver willing to put in the work to get to speed with his car can't even do so. Is a driver who takes 2x as long to get used to a car, but once he's used to it is 10% quicker better than a driver who gets used to a car immediately but is only...
by spronkey
Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Smedley: Massa is driving at his best-ever level
Replies: 286
Views: 28596

Re: Smedley: Massa is driving at his best-ever level

All this talk of Alonso being an amazing F1 driver because he can drive around problems in the car and wrestle the thing into shape. Since when has that ever brought anyone success in modern F1? Modern F1 is all about getting the car to be smooth, completely controlled, and stable. Winning in Modern...
by spronkey
Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Your Top 10 of the Last 10 Years
Replies: 129
Views: 17386

Re: Your Top 10 of the Last 10 Years

So this makes no sense then. You pick Kimi's best seasons earlier in your post to represent him, discarding his bad seasons, which is fine. Then for Schumacher you mention his best seasons being better than Kimi's, but position him lower because of his bad seasons??? How does that work out? Oops, m...
by spronkey
Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Your Top 10 of the Last 10 Years
Replies: 129
Views: 17386

Re: Your Top 10 of the Last 10 Years

Ooh. Tough. 1. Vettel 2. Alonso 3. Raikkonen 4. Button 5. Hamilton 6. Schumacher 7. Kubica 8. Bottas 9. Massa 10. Rosberg To explain: Vettel takes the cake. Fastest equipment, mostly yes. But perfect execution. His performances so far in 2015 cemented his place above Alonso, who is usually mightily ...
by spronkey
Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Who do you trust the most and who do you trust the least?
Replies: 56
Views: 6525

Re: Who do you trust the most and who do you trust the least

Most:
Driver: Kimi. Romain. The Hulk.
Owner: None.
Team Principal: I actually think Christian Horner seems more trustworthy than a lot above do..

Least:
Driver: Hamilton. Rosberg. Alonso.
Owner: All of them, but especially Vijay.
Team Principal: Monisha. Toto. Eric.
by spronkey
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Pirelli Got it Wrong
Replies: 34
Views: 5205

Re: Pirelli Got it Wrong

I disagree, I think Pirelli have been getting it right much more often than not since the start of last year. I'd rather they err more on the side of caution and give tyres that allow the drivers to push a bit more; the alternative of having 3 stop races where everyone is driving at 90% to prevent ...
by spronkey
Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:07 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Kimi Raikkonen's incredibly bad luck
Replies: 290
Views: 35515

Re: Kimi Raikkonen's incredibly bad luck

I thought this might be 2005 repeating itself... a mechanical situation resulting in a penalty for the next race. Glad to see that they were sensible this time around though. Unsafe is not black and white - there's a scale of safety here. They stopped the car as soon as they could, past the pit box....
by spronkey
Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:11 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Which is the Strongest Driver Line-up for 2015?
Replies: 303
Views: 39702

Re: Which is the Strongest Driver Line-up for 2015?

Surely the fact Kimi says he left 3 tenths on the table highlights the fact Ferrari didn't maximise their performance? If being almost equal shows the drivers doing well then the FI drivers won the battle. The assessment that I made earlier was based more on watching drivers in the cars, than their...
by spronkey
Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:55 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Red Bull Threatens to quit F1
Replies: 676
Views: 76844

Re: Red Bull Threatens to quit F1

I'll be the devils advocate here but you can't really compare Red Bulls dominance against Mercedes dominance. Absolutely. Yep, it's poor form to start whinging, especially considering they have been somewhat dominant in previous years. However, the dominance that Mercedes enjoys now is much differe...
by spronkey
Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:14 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: What Can Be Done for 2016?
Replies: 147
Views: 19778

Re: What Can Be Done for 2016?

Remove the ban on engine development, and remove restrictions on testing. Redistribute prize money more evenly.

Remove restrictions on gearbox ratios. Remove restrictions on aero devices.

Yeah, that's about it.
by spronkey
Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Which is the Strongest Driver Line-up for 2015?
Replies: 303
Views: 39702

Re: Which is the Strongest Driver Line-up for 2015?

Judging by qualifying today, I'm standing by Vettel + Raikkonen. Both made a few mistakes, but to be honest, both cars looked more planted than Rosberg's Merc. Only Hamilton's Merc looked better around the track. RAI looks like a different driver compared to last year. Making more mistakes than he u...
by spronkey
Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:24 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Which is the Strongest Driver Line-up for 2015?
Replies: 303
Views: 39702

Re: Which is the Strongest Driver Line-up for 2015?

Why do people seem to think Lewis is "like Alonso" when it comes to wrangling a difficult car? We've seen little evidence that Lewis can extract amazing results out of such a car. He's probably *the* luckiest driver on the grid in terms of having quick cars throughout his career. Why does it matter ...
by spronkey
Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:31 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Which Driver Has the Most to Prove in 2015
Replies: 645
Views: 71657

Re: Which Driver Has the Most to Prove in 2015

This is indeed a tough one. Most to prove? Probably Kimi Raikkonen. I don't think Kimi *needs* to prove anything - I still maintain his 2014 season, while his worst ever, wasn't nearly as bad as it looks once you break it down. The fact that this year's Ferrari looks so much better, plus the fact he...
by spronkey
Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Is it too early to start a 2015 bold prediction thread?
Replies: 90
Views: 14259

Re: Is it too early to start a 2015 bold prediction thread?

Here are my not so bold ones... - One of the Mercedes drivers will win the WDC - Valtteri Bottas will beat Felipe Massa ... and here are my bold ones: - Ferrari will win WCC - Button will beat Alonso in points - Vettel and Raikkonen will be stand out drivers of the season - Mercedes drivers will fal...
by spronkey
Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Barcelona Testing
Replies: 762
Views: 98649

Re: Barcelona Testing

Are these times here correct? http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2015/3/16847.html If they are then Kimi Raikkonen should be in 8th place. I just am not sure which one to trust as that is the official F1 page and it could be incorrect. I am just wondering why all the other drivers times are in ...
by spronkey
Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Massa comments on Fernando, Kimi, Vettel
Replies: 277
Views: 31929

Re: Massa comments on Fernando, Kimi, Vettel

Kimi scored only about 1 third of Alonso's points. I agree he should do better than this, at least closer to half. We should remember that other than 2010, a season which Alonso made many mistakes, Massa never scored half of Alonso's points either though. And we know Massa is pretty much as good as...
by spronkey
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Massa comments on Fernando, Kimi, Vettel
Replies: 277
Views: 31929

Re: Massa comments on Fernando, Kimi, Vettel

In F1 when it comes to drivers emotion tends to overtake logic even by the bosses themselves. The only area I can see Raikkonen doing better next year is having a different benchmark which will be an illusion more than anything else. Lets be clear Raikkonen did not always perform to his potential i...
by spronkey
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Barcelona Testing
Replies: 762
Views: 98649

Re: Barcelona Testing

The whole cost reduction debate is a bit lame when they dish out prize money so asymmetrically. Maybe if they redistributed it much more evenly, with the winning teams only getting a small percentage more than the back markers, we wouldn't need to control costs so much. But regardless, wasn't the W0...
by spronkey
Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Which is the Strongest Driver Line-up for 2015?
Replies: 303
Views: 39702

Re: Which is the Strongest Driver Line-up for 2015?

I'm going to mostly agree with the sentiment that some have suggested about VET + RAI. I think, if the stars align, Ferrari have the strongest driver pairing this year of the group. If they don't, they'll be the weakest of the three. There are some good signs coming from testing, I think it'll be un...
by spronkey
Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Has Honda's Revival Being Overhyped?
Replies: 36
Views: 5663

Re: Has Honda's Revival Being Overhyped?

People compare these current turbo hybrids to the V8s and V10s of the past that Honda wasn't all that fantastic at. This is a completely different type of engine - Honda's racing forte is smaller, compact, tricked out engines and has been for some time, and they are very very good at it. I'm expecti...
by spronkey
Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:09 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Ferrari appoint Maurizio Arrivabene
Replies: 62
Views: 10385

Re: Ferrari appoint Maurizio Arrivabene

Or maybe his entire purpose, as some have insinuated, was to go in, get rid of everyone who might be problematic, hire some cheap but potentially very fast drivers, and retire with a fat paycheque? I mean, let's put it this way - we know Kimi is a fast driver when the equipment works well for him. W...
by spronkey
Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Jenson Button's future
Replies: 469
Views: 87715

Re: Jenson Button's future

Let's be brutal. The only case in recent history I can think of where a rookie has done well when thrust into a frontrunning team is Lewis Hamilton. The next is Valtteri - and arguably Williams weren't a frontrunning team back then, and he hasn't had WDC teammates to be judged against. Alonso would ...
by spronkey
Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:41 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Do McLaren owe Button?
Replies: 62
Views: 13532

Re: Do McLaren owe Button?

McLaren don't really owe Button anything, but from the outside it does seem like he should have been given a bit more respect by the team. I mean, he's not exactly driving badly.
by spronkey
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:44 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Button or KMag
Replies: 230
Views: 34182

Re: Button or KMag

mas wrote:You have left HAM out in your list :).
Oh yeah :P He's in the latter part obviously :P
by spronkey
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Button or KMag
Replies: 230
Views: 34182

Re: Button or KMag

Button is one of the best overall drivers on the grid. He would probably be in my top six right now - definitely higher on my list than Magnussen, who showed a few flashes of brilliance but not much else. Value for money excluded, I'd take Jenson over MAG, MAS, PER, VER, KVT, GRO, SUT, ERI, GUT, MAL...
by spronkey
Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The Official Kimi Räikkonen thread
Replies: 17454
Views: 2888401

Re: The Official Kimi Räikkonen thread

I would love to get the old Kimi back. And I'm not saying it's impossible that will happen. But on the evidence of this year - and we've had 15 races, don't forget - the balance of probability is not particularly encouraging. Basically, if it's wrong at the beginning of next year should Ferrari wan...
by spronkey
Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The Official Kimi Räikkonen thread
Replies: 17454
Views: 2888401

Re: The Official Kimi Räikkonen thread

disappointing :-(( Could have been 5th. Not fast enough in the first two stints. He was right behind Ric before the first stop and then miles behind after the stop. He could (and should) have had the race Felipe had. Williams mastered the undercut. Then Ferrari underestimated how long everyone coul...
by spronkey
Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Red Bull insiders: Alonso is faster than Kimi by some margin
Replies: 764
Views: 102366

Re: Red Bull insiders: Alonso is faster than Kimi by some ma

But you are right, it was a mistake to give him a two-year contract, in the first place. It was expectable that he would perform on Massa's level. Based on what, exactly? That he performed on Massa's level when they were teammates at Ferrari. Except that's not really true. Massa and Kimi traded blo...
by spronkey
Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Red Bull insiders: Alonso is faster than Kimi by some margin
Replies: 764
Views: 102366

Re: Red Bull insiders: Alonso is faster than Kimi by some ma

Any other driver everyone would be saying the same thing. Look at his qualifying. Absolutely miles off Alonso. In something like 8 or 9 weekends he's been over half a second off Alonso and sometimes even over a second. On pure one lap speed Alonso is crushing him. Massa even when struggling usually...
by spronkey
Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Luca di Montezemolo quits Ferrari [MERGED]
Replies: 128
Views: 22805

Re: Monty has left the building! What will happen now?

I agree from that perspective it's pretty much up in the air. Alonso might even decide he's had enough now that his mentor and staunch ally LdM has gone. But looking around the paddock I don't really see anyone who would be a likely improvement on either current driver, and from the drivers' perspe...
by spronkey
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:21 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The Official Kimi Räikkonen thread
Replies: 17454
Views: 2888401

Re: The Official Kimi Räikkonen thread

He looked to have the pace on Fernando in the race. Pretty much at every point he was lapping faster, except when behind Hulkenberg at the start. Alonso's engine could have had something to do with it though... They pitted him quite early, esp considering he had 3-4 laps less on his brand new tyres ...
by spronkey
Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: How does the grid rank on wheel-to-wheel racing?
Replies: 85
Views: 15256

Re: How does the grid rank on wheel-to-wheel racing?

Why is Kimi ranked top tier? Am I missing something? http://desdirodeabike.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/kimi_schumacher_brazil_2012.jpg https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/p235x350/10468203_761759810536293_6867350895482469017_n.jpg?oh=e3ce6a247f275f34b08e4853568d9c92&oe=5...