March 29, 2015



F1 was left for dead after the Australian GP, mired in murky legal squabbles off track, terrible reliability on track and news of the cancellation of the German Grand Prix because of lack of interest.

The F1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone publicly blaming the ills of F1 on boring drivers while touting Lewis Hamilton's "lifestyle", rather than his driving, as the model for the F1 champion of the moment.  Vettel, his occasional backgammon partner?  Bit boring.

But, in Malaysia, Sebastian and Ferrari gave Bernie and the sport the best possible gift by doing what no other team has been able to do in 20 races, beat Mercedes on pure pace and strategy.

For Ferrari it's the first win in 34 races.

What satisfaction it must be for a team that has had the courage to go through what must be one of the most radical restructuring in the sport's memory.

Despite being casually described as looking like an American movie mafioso or a "petulant, tobacco peddling marketing "guru",with the menace of a Bond villain,   Maurizio Arrivabene seems to have created a great atmosphere at the Scuderia, a podium and a win, the best answer to those media critics.

Vettel drove like you would imagine a 4 time champion would, cool, in control, aware of the big picture.  What a contrast to Rosberg. who seemed lost and Hamilton who appeared to get annoyed on Sunday.

Mercedes, a bit shellshocked, probably forgot what it's like to have another team beat them rather than  doing it all that "in-house".  Undoubtedly it will react.

Yes, it's possible Malaysia was bit of a fluke, track layout, high temperatures and all  but for sure you will tune in, two weeks from now to find out if it was.

Raikkonen had a unlucky but very strong race, confirming Ferrari's form but the other highlight had to be  Verstappen.  Man, the kid has got it.   Pass the popcorn!

One last thought for Fernando Alonso.  What must he be thinking?  Insert Asturian expletives here, for sure.  
Or perhaps, as someone suggested on the FB page, with Ferrari and Valentino Rossi winning on the same day, for Fernando it's 2004 all over again!

We kid, we kid...

Somewhere Michael is smiling...


see you later...

March 28, 2015

Ferrari on front row for the first time in two years

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Last time was in 2013,  also in Malaysia..

You can count on rain to mix things up but it looks like Ferrari does have some pace, at least in a straight line which could make tomorrow's 650 meter run to turn one quite exciting.

Shame about Raikkonen,  he should never have been in a position to be stuck behind Ericsson .  

Weird how Rosberg behaved in the closing minutes of Q3,  he certainly made it awkward for Hamilton to pass him and spoiled his lap.   Not sure if Lewis then returned the favor on the final lap  relegating him to P3 but result was a very beaten looking Nico who at the press conference set his sites on Vettel, not his teammate.

Red Bull must be happy with P 4 and P5,  Williams disappointed with 7th and 8th,  the result of being too conservative at the start of Q3.  Bothers and Massa will start behind the Kid in the Toro Rosso,  great job Max!

While you wait for the race you might want to read the interview with Bernie Ecclestone on
Along with his declarations of love for Hamilton, you can see why Bernie liked Putin so much with quotes like this

Q: Formula One racing nowadays seems to be driven by meetings and everyone has their own agenda. If you could start from scratch, what would be number one on your agenda?
BE: I think I would like to get back to a modus where somebody has got the responsibility to make decisions. You need somebody to set the direction. Now it takes too long to get things working. 
Q: Have things turned sour since setting that direction has had to be decided by committee?
BE: Somebody goes into hospital because they’re sick and a surgeon might say that they’ve got to have their arm cut off - and they do it, and that’s it. They don’t have a meeting about it. We have meetings.

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m49.834s-
2Sebastian VettelFerrari1m49.908s0.074s
3Nico RosbergMercedes1m50.299s0.465s
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m51.541s1.707s
5Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault1m51.950s2.116s
6Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault1m51.980s2.146s
7Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m52.473s2.639s
8Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m53.179s3.345s
9Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m53.260s3.426s
10Romain GrosjeanLotus/Mercedes1m52.980s3.146s
11Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m42.173s-
12Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1m42.197s-
13Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m43.022s-
14Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m43.468s-
15Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m43.700s-
16Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m41.308s-
17Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m41.635s-
18Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m41.745s-
19Roberto MerhiMarussia/Ferrari1m46.677s-
20Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari--

March 27, 2015


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You'll remember how, after the Australian GP in Melbourne two weeks ago, Red Bull was telling everyone who would listen how they might quit F1 if there was no engine equalization, if wind tunnels were not eliminated and god knows what else...

At the same time Renault was making its displeasure at being used as a punching bag by Red Bull. crystal clear.

No surprise this week end's team manager presser was a rather joyless affair, especially when both Christian Horner and Cyril Abiteboul tried to walk back their earlier comments.

Here is Horner:

now Abitboul's turn

Of course, don't believe for a moment Renault is not considering options

There was also some interesting discussion of F1 income redistribution...

and someone tried to trap Horner in the current rumor that has Red Bull buying F1

Ah the art of saying things without saying anything, or is it denying while telling a lot?

March 26, 2015

Do you know how to use your tires properly?

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Last minute call to register for our friend Ross Bentley's Get Smart About Your Tires & Drive Faster webinar this week end.

Photo via ARN

You know your four tires connect you to the track and they play a huge role in your car’s speed.

But do you know how they really work?

Do you know how to get the most out of your tires?

In the Get Smart About Your Tires & Drive Faster webinar, Paul Haney and Ross Bentley bring you technical explanations you can understand about how tires work, plus practical tips so you can drive faster.

The webinar series consists of four 90-minutes sessions presented by Paul Haney, author of The Racing & High-Performance Tire, and hosted by Ross Bentley, who will add his personal experience of more than three decades of race driving and coaching to Paul’s three decades of engineering experience.

Here’s your chance to gather over 60 years of experience in just 6 hours, which will ultimately lead to you being faster around the track.

Each session is a one-hour presentation, with thirty minutes for questions.
The webinar series runs on March 30, 31, April 6, 7; 8:30-10:00pm Eastern/5:30-7:00pm Pacific.

More info HERE at

Alonso and McLaren, they both can't be right about the accident.

More drama in F1 ahead of the Malaysian GP as Alonso's version of events just raises more questions.

Fernando Alonso,  asked about his testing accident during the FIA Thursday press conference, flat out contradicted his team's version of events.  

After the crash, McLaren blamed a sudden gust of wind, something that was ridiculed by everyone but the most rabid McLarenistas.

"...even a hurricane would not move the car at that speed. Also if you have any problem, medical issue, normally you will lose power and go straight to the outside, never to the inside."

said Fernando adding:

"...It's clear that there was a problem in the car. It's not found on the data at the moment."

but at the same time Alonso said he

 "fully trust(s) the team. They have been one month looking at every single component on the car, doing so many tests, changing every single part which they had some doubts about."

The situation in a very odd one.  Does anyone really believe McLaren is not fully aware if the steering had locked, as Alonso claims, causing the accident?

Where is the video? Why are versions of event during and after the accident so different when told by Alonso, McLaren and emergency personnel?

We hope Alonso is as fine as he claims to be and can add some much needed spice to the race this week end, we are not sure the relationship with McLaren is necessarily off to the best of starts.

You can read the full transcript of Alonso's Press conference answers HERE

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