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I think Ross first worked for Williams on the FW06 back in 1978.
I think maybe the struggles that he had at Mercedes coupled with Schumi's accident have caused Ross to pause and think about the time he has left. Crud can happen to anyone at anytime. Like the old line in Dead Poets Society - Gather ye rosebuds while ye may! Ross has been well paid over the last few decades therefore he can afford to do what he wants to do. Although, although, I will say that the timing of this article is interesting being that just about every team on the grid is in a panic and pulling their hair out about how their cars are gonna perform over the next ten months. I would have liked to have seen Ross at McLaren, but instead McLaren went ahead and brought in the guy who ran his team into the ground last year and couldn't even properly pay its drivers. Looks like with the headache of the new engines and new car design Ross really did put up a sign in his office that reads, "Gone Fishin". He will be missed!
Let's see who is laughing come the Australian GP :) These next 42 days can't come soon enough.
Thats right. We'll see who's laughing in Australia and all the way through to Brazil. The Newey/Seb/Red Bull haters haven't had many opportunities to laugh in the last four years. They've done their fair share of bitching and crying though. If Seb drove for Ferrari he'd be overwhelmingly more accepted. He'd be the peoples champion. Unfortunately, instead of appreciating achievement, its a shame that people have become jealous of those like Seb and Red Bull who are successful, of those who understand the task better than the rest. The competition and the supporters of the competition shouldn't hate. They should congratulate! Learn! Excellence is what sets the new paradigm. And its new paradigms that propel man forward. So therefore, much continued to success, to the drive and team that achieves it!!!!!
But Red Bull are hard to like. Newey is already bitching about the new noses on "safety grounds"....sound familiar? :)
That's funny stuff, reposted it at http://autostrada.tv/, with backlink of course ;)
Don't worry. If they continue to struggle and complain the FIA will switch back to high noses, V8's and blown diffusers after Silverstone so Red Bull can dominate again.
Chesthair, you may be on to something about Ross taking pause, due to Michael, last year et. al. However, as we've seen many times, when you're so dedicated to something like F1, it becomes your life, and many find they don't know how to live beyond it. No one will dispute that Ross still has much to offer. Given the changes this season, it may be to his benefit to lay low and let the bullets fly overhead, then he'll be in a better place to step in somewhere next year. Or who knows, maybe he could even step in for Bernie, who looks to be coming closers to his retirement. I'd certainly believe him as a successor over Christian Horner. In which case, it would make sense… Take a year off, while he can, then pick up the reins and carrie F1 on to the next chapter.
"If Seb drove for Ferrari he'd be overwhelmingly more accepted." Either you have selective memory or you are very new to F1. The Schumacher haters were numerous and vocal when Ferrari started winning again, Ferrari haters excuse all their success with the FIArrari argument. It is the nature of fandom, to root against your competition and 'hate' them if they succeed. Be happy that some people 'hate' your team/driver, it means they have succeeded. Enjoy it while it lasts. :)
They sound like an early Mazda Rotary race car before mufflers were required.
People seem to have forgotten the secret Merc tire test last year where they won the next 2 races after it. Yup, the FIA are really bending over backwards for RBR. SF, McLaren and Merc all have budgets that rival RBR and might even better it. Suddenly those double points for the last race might be just what RBR needs to cinch another double championship. How ironic will that be?
A little reminiscent of the heydey of the Champ Cars, when Zanardi and Michael Andretti raced. A litle higher piched due to the lesser displacement and a huge amount of traction control farting. They sound different. They don't have the old V10 scream or the old DFV howl but they shouldn't.
they sound much better than I expected...
I did not follow the Jerez testing as much as some of you so I have an easy question: Did any of the teams use KERS during testing? Because if this year's cars are more than 5 seconds slower than last year's at Jerez but without KERS. At least we can hope that things will get much better with the extra boost coming from the electric motor knowing that this year's KERS provides an extra 160 Hp (for 30 seconds a lap?)
from what i understand, kers isn't operated like last year. from what i've read it is used more automatically depending on what settings the car is set to and how much energy is to be saved vs how much is to be used full bore down straights vs on corner exits...pretty sure. i would assume they have to be using it in jerez though because they're down a couple hundred hp and a significant amount of downforce this year so i would think that's worth more than 5 seconds without any electrical energy assistance