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  • dingodile_r89

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 12:41 PM

Massa has denied it according to a Brazilian outlet, but time will tell.

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 04:40 PM Edited by Redketman, 21 December 2016 - 04:42 PM.

Bottas has nine podiums so I guess he'll get his first win next season (even if Hamilton might dominate over a whole season). Hopefully we'll not see another boring Hamilton-Kovalainen match. I don't really know what to expect from Bottas but on paper he should not be as good as Rosberg (but better than newcomers like Wehrlein or Ocon). 

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 07:52 PM

Buemi and Lotterer deserve better than they got in F1. Lotterer is ruled out at this point with a Porsche WEC drive, but Buemi and Lucas di Grassi should be able to be put in the seat at Merc.

Wishful thinking, really.

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Posted 24 December 2016 - 10:20 AM

I guess Bottas would be a temporary replacement for Rosberg until either Wehrlein or Ocon gain enough experience. He isn't that much of a great driver in my opinion, he seemed more promising during his first years.

I did a few sums. Bottas is averaging .3 seconds per lap faster than Massa. Massa averaged .45 slower than Shumacher. Lewis is around .1 faster than Nico. Lewis's pace isn't really a known thing but we will sure find out If Bottas goes to Merc. If Lewis is more than .15 faster than Bottas we can put him with the greats. Personally I expect those two to be a very even match I wouldn't be totally surprised to see Bottas world champion, he beat Riccardo _just_ in a junior formula so he's no muppet..

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 03:59 PM

Which assumes that Massa's pace is an absolute constant since his Ferrari days, and that the difference in pace depends on talent alone, and not on other circumstances, both of which are probably not true.

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 09:19 PM

Well, it looks like the very last of the "low cost" F1 teams is about to vanish.


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:41 PM

It's sad, but to be honest, it's not surprising.  Unless you're an established name in motor racing it's hard to compete in F1... having said that, even established names find it hard to compete in F1.


And I can't really see it getting any better, in fact it may get worse, due to the bad decision to wholly go onto Sky Sports in the UK from next season, which means F1 is going to get a whole lot less attention in the UK than it used to, cause it's not Football and won't benefit from being on Sky; it'll go the way of other things that go to Sky to die.


Not that I'm saying the UK is the be all and end all of F1, but it's a very important key base for F1, and doing this means it's not going to get the attention it deserves.

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 01:00 AM

F1 is moving to premium broadcasts pretty much everywhere. Here in Latin America, the F1 rights were previously owned by Fox Sports and later purchased by a Spanish corporation. Now, they have their own exclusive F1 channel (and you must pay for a premium package to access it, of course). In Spain the things are even worse; you have to acquire a complete package of services of a specific corporation (not the same as the right holders here) to get a sh*tty coverage with amateur, partial journalists.

At least here in Argentina the government somehow considers F1 as an "event of public interest" and they broadcast just the races on a low profile air channel (they "swap" the signals and put the exclusive F1 channel in place of the low profile one just during the race; sometimes they don't even let you see the podium).

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Oh man, Ross Brawn is taking over Bernie Ecclestone's role of managing director of motorsport...

Already signalling to make the sport more pure and interesting. This sounds promising!

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