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Old 21-03-2016, 14:44   #81   link
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no shit sherlock

+ Niets in het rijtje dat je opsomt kan enigszins counteren dat hij zijn ploegmaat botweg declasseert. Noch dat hij zo vroeg in het seizoen zijn team absoluut wil schofferen.
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Old 22-03-2016, 18:04   #82   link
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mja, Verstappen toch ook beetje gelijk hoor, kerel (Saintz) doet er 15 rondes over om hem in te halen, Verstappen 1 bocht...
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no shit sherlock

+ Niets in het rijtje dat je opsomt kan enigszins counteren dat hij zijn ploegmaat botweg declasseert. Noch dat hij zo vroeg in het seizoen zijn team absoluut wil schofferen.
Hij was over het algemeen sneller onderweg. De manier waarop is overdreven maar Sainz hield hem wel op. En als mijn duits goed genoeg is leek het mij dat dat de team orders zijn. Kan daarin wel verkeerd zijn.
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De aangekondigde terugkeer naar het oude kwalificatiesysteem in de Formule 1 zal nog niet gebeuren voor de volgende Grote Prijs in Bahrein (3 april). Dat deelde F1-eigenaar Bernie Ecclestone donderdag mee in het magazine Autosport. "We gaan de race in Bahrein afwachten vooraleer we een definitieve beslissing nemen." Na de eerste GP (in Australië) was er veel kritiek op het nieuwe kwalificatieformat.


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It’s over. We’re officially on a break. It’s gotten to the point where there’s less pain separating than staying together. I never, ever, thought it’d get to this. But what’s going on just makes no sense, seems perfectly conceived to drive us all away, and is shameful and embarrassing. Maybe we’ll get back. But it’s not possible to think of that now. Good bye. Good luck.

No need to rehash the past, but let me just put some of the why’s on “paper” – it’ll make me feel better about this, help ME to put my thoughts in order. Maybe to convince myself that I’m doing the right thing by walking away. It might be a bit disjointed, a bit rambling. Sorry for that. I’m pretty emotional about this.

It started for me in 2008, with my demotion and replacement by someone who not only had never cared for an accident victim of any sort, but had only ever attended two or three races . . . as a spectator. At the time, I was told by the president of the FIA Medical Commission, “We still need your knowledge and experience, though. You’re our life insurance policy.” Can’t be clearer than that, eh? We need to wait a few years for the consequences to play out, but they do, and the price is awful. A grievously injured driver, barely clinging to life, spends three quarters of an hour on soggy roads in a creaking ambulance, before receiving proper care. It still sickens me.

Here’s a scoop: there will soon be published, in an international peer-reviewed journal, a scientific paper demolishing the current system of extrication that has not been changed in over 20 years, despite dramatic advances in this field. The lack of knowledge and experience at the medical lead is so blatant that several Chief Medical Officers of the F1 season are worried that by following existent FIA protocol they are making themselves vulnerable to medico-legal consequences by failing to follow current standards of care. Read that again. This from a sport that purports to be at the leading edge of everything.

I’ve ranted about this before, and stayed faithful to the sport. But there’s more.

The qualifying debacle currently playing out to the shame of all concerned is the proximate cause. Think back – the problem years ago was an empty circuit when meteorologic conditions were such that running wasn’t advantageous. True to F1 form, complication was chosen over simplicity. Rather than a simple rule constraining teams to get their cars out there or be penalised, all manner of contrivances were instituted. Only to wind up with . . . an empty circuit at the end of quals, arguably what should be the most exciting moments of all. I can’t say who gains by this, but I sure know who loses.

What about safety car procedures? I’ve never understood the delta times, never understood keeping the car out there for two or three extra laps so that “lapped cars may unlap themselves” All I know is that under conditions that by definition are some of the most dangerous, when the entire circuit is covered by yellow flags (need I quote again the regulation concerning driving under yellows?) we have guys driving flat out. Remember Fernando’s accident at Brazil? He used the first of his thankfully many lives there . . . under the safety car. And it’s only gotten worse. Once again, why do simple when we can do complicated. And the public (who want racing once the accident has been cleared, not cars unlapping themselves) be damned.

What about grid penalties? These were treated with humour last season, but seriously? Hundreds of places of grid penalties with a grid you can count on two hands and two feet? Who is kidding whom here? Who is mocking whom? I’m sick of being mocked.

What about engine tokens? With a brilliant and potentially transferable technological formula for energy recovery, we institute a byzantine system in a half-assed attempt to control costs. Complicated, when simple would do.

We’re not complicated, we the fans. We just want good racing. We want to see the skill and cleverness and bravery of drivers battling for position. We’ve all known for years that sophisticated aerodynamics makes for incredible cornering speeds, but makes overtaking more and more difficult. Everyone smart and savvy has been clamouring for years for less aero and more mechanical grip. Huge slicks and small wings – and let the drivers do the rest. What do we get? More aero in the next version of the tech regs, and a promised 4 to 5 second fall in lap times. Do any of us care about fast processional laps? That’s what I thought. The sport is not only not listening to us, but like a petulant child it’s thumbing its nose at us. How long must we endure that?

Should I mention tires? And the absurdly complicated allotment system, the engineered degradation “to make the racing more interesting”?

In a way, these are details, but they are telling. More importantly, MUCH more importantly, is what is going on with the circuits. The circuits are where it all plays out. Where we are reminded, season after season, of the glorious history of the sport. Where, depending on the stroke of the architect’s pen, we are either treated to almost two hours of thrills, or relegated to 305 kilometres of boredom. What about the circuits?

They are being strangled. They are being charged money, much too much money, for the privilege of hosting this soon-to-be farcical spectacle. They are signing contracts that guarantee multi-million dollar losses, and this despite often fantastic attendance. They are forced each year to beg, cap in hand, for a pittance to keep functioning, to continue to host a sport where BILLIONS are earned and distributed. And finally, one after another of the temples of this sport are throwing in the towel. Now Monza is under dire threat and may not be on the calendar in 2017. The only places who can meet the current levels of parasitic pricing are those with governments that are either flush with petrodollars (not sustainable anyway in the current market) or flush with corruption.Or both. Bernie and todt getting touchy-feely with Putin was and is an abidingly nauseating spectacle. Who are they kidding? And who is losing out here? Yep – we the fans. I’m sick of it.

todt has proven that, since becoming FIA president, he either has no idea how to make sure his flagship championship flourishes, or just doesn’t care. Either way, his term has been a shameful example of (almost laughably ineffective) self-promotion. Of blatant abdication of his roles and responsibilities. Of cowardly acquiescense to others.

Bernie, a man I love(d) and respect(ed), has apparently lost the plot. Or lost the ability to influence the plot. The man who created the modern sport of F1 can find nothing better to do than to slag off on it publicly. Can anyone remember the last constructive idea he has had, the last time we actually said “Thank God he’s around”? I sure can’t.

His business model, with floats and bonds and all manner of other financial manoeuvring too complicated for someone like me to understand, has created a monster. A monster whose driving force is profit . . . to the detriment of the fans. I’m not one to bemoan the role of money in global sport. Tennis, golf, football, etc are all multibillion dollar enterprises. BUT THEY CONSISTENTLY ACT IN THE INTEREST OF THEIR FANS BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT KEEPS THE DOLLARS COMING IN. Not F1. Soooo not F1. And I for one am sick of yacht-owning, Gulfstream-flying, Maybach-riding preadolescents bickering and yapping while the sport that made them rich burns. And while the fans who made them rich cry.

There you go. I’m out. Maybe if enough of us do the same they’ll realise where the true power is. But I have no intention of trying to start a movement. I just can’t keep investing emotionally in a sport that has no concern, demonstrably none at all, for us.

I’ll continue to follow all my F1 related twitter feeds.I’ll continue to love Lewis and Jenson and Fernando and Max and all of them. Continue to respect and admire their skill and courage. Continue to pray for them to be safe. But I won’t watch. I can’t. Not unless things change.
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Old 31-03-2016, 14:08   #86   link
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Olé, Stoffel Vandoorne mag zijn eerste GP rijden in Bahrein. Fernando Alonso is dan toch niet fit na zijn spectaculaire crash. Zonde voor hem - wat mij betreft nog steeds de meest volledige coureur op de grid - hoera voor Stoffel!
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Olé, Stoffel Vandoorne mag zijn eerste GP rijden in Bahrein. Fernando Alonso is dan toch niet fit na zijn spectaculaire crash. Zonde voor hem - wat mij betreft nog steeds de meest volledige coureur op de grid - hoera voor Stoffel!
Ook gelezen woop woop
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Old 02-04-2016, 18:10   #89   link
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:17   #90   link
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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that any senior figure objecting to change the current qualifying format should be "publicly crucified in the paddock", after the new system was trialled once more in Bahrain.

The amended format, in which drivers are eliminated at 90 second intervals throughout three knockout sessions, was used again in Bahrain, despite widespread criticism following its introduction in Australia.
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:37   #91   link
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De kwalificatie was opnieuw een dikke blaam, onvoorstelbaar dat dit onnozel systeem in stand wordt gehouden. Vooral omdat het oude concept echt niet verkeerd was.

Soit, de race was aanvankelijk wat droevig begonnen, Vettel had het vooraan ongetwijfeld stukken spannender gemaakt. De agressieve aanpak van Ferrari breekt toch wat zuur op. De eerste rondjes waren dan weer puik entertainment. Het podium stond dan wel vrij snel vast, achteraan viel er geregeld wat te beleven. 2016 is voorlopig, naast de idiote kwalificaties, nog steeds tof!

Hoera voor Rosberg (een puike basis voor een sterk seizoen), Raikkonen (dit jaar duidelijk beter in zijn sas), Grosjean (Haas bevestigt, met verve), Vandoorne (topdebuut) en Wehrlein (al een chance dat Rosberg goed bezig is, deze knaap bonkt stevig op de Mercedes-deur).
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:34   #92   link
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yup, stoffel kreeg zeker genoeg zendtijd
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:54   #93   link
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Ik moet toegeven dat ik al minstens een jaar niet meer consequent naar de kwalificaties kijk, dus heel die polemiek kan me niet zo veel schelen. Ook al omdat het systeem zo weinig blijkt uit te maken voor de feitelijke resultaten en het vooral om de kwaliteit van de "show" draait, klasseer ik dat eerder als zoveelste episode in die triestige extrasportieve F1-soap die je beter negeert.

Voor Rosberg gaan de kansen niet jaar na jaar blijven komen, 't zal nu of nooit zijn als hij wil tonen dat hij van hetzelfde allooi als Hamilton is. 'k Denk trouwens dat weinigen dat op dit moment nog geloven, en dat er een wereldtitel nodig gaat zijn om daar verandering in te brengen.

Van Ferrari zou 'k denken dat de meeste neutrale toeschouwers en fans liever dit zien dan steevast betrouwbaar maar kansloos achter beide Mercedessen eindigen. Vandoorne redelijk deftig gedebuteerd inderdaad, in toch wel ondankbare omstandigheden: de grote Alonso vervangen in een nogal eens overschat team. Ricciardo is ook weer sterk begonnen en laat zien dat het genadeloze Red Bull Junior programma alleszins zijn vruchten afwerpt, dito voor Verstappen.
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:55   #94   link
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Stoffel heeft dat goed gedaan. Eerste race en eerste punt voor Honda gehaald. Tijd voor Button om plaats te maken misschien
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Anyone who has ever watched junior formulae would have been aware of the meteoric talent that is Stoffel Vandoorne, and in his surprise call up to Formula 1 he duly showed the wider world his potential. Vandoorne was only confirmed on Thursday and had to conduct his homework on the plane over from Japan as he had never sampled the MP4-31. Despite far from ideal preparations, which included lost track time on Saturday, he out-qualified Jenson Button and held his own in the race. A direct comparison to Button is impossible due to the Briton's retirement, but this was an accomplished performance from the reigning GP2 champion, and evidence as to why he should be in a full-time seat now, let alone 2017. While McLaren has a gem on its hands, so too does Mercedes, as its protégé Pascal Wehrlein was superb for Manor. This was the first race in which Manor (nee Marussia/Virgin) fought tooth and nail among the midfield, with Wehrlein in the thick of the action, as he took a fine 13th place.


Haas staat intussen 5e als constructeur. Moet enorm zuur zijn voor Mclaren-Honda, die toch al veel langer meedraaien. Renault heeft nog geen enkel punt binnen.
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Stoffel is er inderdaad uitermate goed in geslaagd om elke vorm van twijfel over zijn potentieel en talent keihard in de vuilbak te kieperen. Als er gegronde twijfel was. Laten we niet vergeten dat Renault hem al had willen inlijven. Hoewel ik het nog steeds betreur dat hij waarschijnlijk pas in 2017 zal starten, blijf het evenmin een slechte zaak dat Button nog een laatste keer mag opdraven. Idealiter betekent dit dat, mede door de Britse nestor zijn ervaring, de McLaren volgend jaar nog beter zal presteren.
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Twee leuke nieuwtjes!

Ferrari-president Marchionne droomt nog steeds van een Alfa-Romeo rentree. Toro Rosso was een brug te ver, het financieel geplaagde Sauber - dat volgens verschillende berichten niet of moeilijk in China zal raken - zou heel plots wel een realistisch project bieden. (http://www.grandprix247.com/2016/04/...-romeo-return/)

Rosberg zijn contract met Mercedes dook op tussen de Panama Papers. Oeps.
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Old 07-04-2016, 19:22   #98   link
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The upcoming Chinese Grand Prix will see the return of the simple, easy to follow 2015 qualifying system that fans, drivers and teams have been clamoring for since the start of the season, reports Motorsport.com. This common sense reversal in plans comes after all eleven teams sent a letter to the FIA, Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt requesting an immediate return to last year’s qualifying format.

Sources listening in to a conversation between Ecclestone and Todt told Motorsport.com that the duo realized that teams wouldn’t accept another qualifying experiment this season, hence the decision to put it back. Yo, dudes, we could have told you this after the farce in Australia. I think the teams told you themselves, though.
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hihi, leuke steek, tof om eens te zien wanneer iemand geen blad voor de mond neemt

“I don’t think Fernando should come back,” Herbert told Sky.

He claims Alonso’s teammate Jenson Button has “done a better job” for McLaren-Honda, that Alonso has “given up on the chance of winning” a third title and “seems to be out of motivation” driving a generation of cars he doesn’t enjoy.

“We don’t see that passion from him to want to drive and push himself to the limit when he is in an F1 car,” Herbert added. “The things he says, the things that have happened on track, his qualifying pace, and that error in Australia, to me they say it is time for him to hang up his helmet.”

But Alonso, recovering from fractured ribs, hit back with fury on Saturday as Herbert was reporting live for Sky from the Bahrain paddock.




The McLaren-Honda driver unexpectedly gatecrashed the TV proceedings to shake Herbert’s hand and declare: “I will not retire. No, I’m world champion.

“You ended up as a commentator because you’re not world champion,” Alonso told Herbert, who won three grands prix during his twelve-year F1 career.
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Mercedes is dan toch niet helemaal bulletproof. Hamilton zal vijf plaatsjes moeten inleveren op de startgrid in China wegens een nieuwe versnellingsbak. Goed nieuws voor de neutrale fan! Ferrari mag dan wel grotendeels bijgebeend lijken, zonder betrouwbaarheid wordt het weer een sof.
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