Archive for the ‘Author Musings’ Category

Rowan Atkinson – Indian GP Reaction

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

My word the reaction that Rowan Atkinson gave the Massa/Hamilton coming together was first class. Perhaps Sky TV could employ him next season to give reactions to all the wonderful on track action at the moment. One of the best celeb displays EVER seen. 🙂 Comments welcome

 

Vettel 2011 Champion?

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Well it appears that the 2011 season is all but over with Sebastien Vettel all but assured a second world championship. Nothing can be taken away from the chap as he has dominated, made fewer mistakes and been more consistent than his rivals, including it has to be said team mate Mark Webber.

Red Bull as a team will have consistency of driver line up next year, but Webber must look to raise his game considerably or he will surely be out with the RedBull driver talent wagon constantly bringing on new drivers.

Who will it be for 2012 then? I feel that a Ferrari revival may be in order, with McLaren close by as always. It would be excellent for some sort of Mercedes performance increase, with Ross Brawn predicting only a small step forward however maybe not! I predict that Michael Schumacher may stay on after several great racing battles this year, the guy is just lacking a decent car.

Renault and Tyre Wars

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The extremely banal first race of the 2010 season has led to some people baying for the blood of Max Mosley the former FIA president who brought about this raft of changes to the technical regulations to create "closer" and "more exciting" racing. A large section of F1 press types seem to have decided it’s now due to the single tyre manufacturer currently in the sport, having a tyre war, so the theory is would make the racing more exciting.

The last competitor to Bridgestone was Michelin who left F1 at the end of 2006, winning the championship with Fernando Alonso and Renault. During Alonso’s two championships the Renault team enjoyed rich success with Michelin, using a special suspension system developed in conjunction with the tyre maker and ignored by every other Michelin competitor. Races had been won on Michelin prior to this, but for the most part they were the second tyre supplier in F1, Bridgestone being dominant in previous years with the Ferrari team.

When Renault became super competitive in 2005 F1 was excited, here finally was a challenge to the then crushingly dominant Ferrari team, here was the answer to all of those "dull" races; however this author saw a large problem with this. One team’s dominance was swapped for another, it was nice to see another team lead the standings but it was the same dull repetitive results. Michelin was dominant to the tune of seconds a lap, the one interesting race I can remember was at Imola between Alonso and a resurgent Michael Schumacher, who harried and hounded yet could still not find a way past Alonso. Some said it was a changing of the guard, Schumacher’s day had come and Alonso was the new guy in town, some said the engine was the problem, others the car, to me it was simply down to tyres and when Michelin left I seemed to be proved correct; Renault were nowhere.

Since those days Alonso left and returned, cheated (or others did for him) on his first return victory for the team, but deservedly won his second, for the most part he was nowhere to be seen a shadow of his former self. I bet he wishes he’d kept a few sets of those tyres hanging around, and so do Renault, very much a "C" team in F1 now, whilst perhaps not in engine, certainly in chassis design.

Tyre wars result in one crushingly dominant tyre, leading to races around that tyre manufacturer with cars very close in performance, the "other guys" tyres are tenths or maybe even seconds slower, sure it looks fun on paper but the actual racing is no more interesting at the front, where it matters. Another idea is required, banning wings might be it…

Monza Signs New Contract

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Racing at one of F1’s historic venues is secure with the news that Monza has signed a five year extension. Monza has thrown up some exciting races even in the brief time I’ve watched F1, 97 with Alesi on pole and looking sure for the win only for Coulthard to pip him in a pitstop, 99 with Frentzen winning in the Jordan and Hakkinen crashing then crying in the woods and of course Vettel winning the race for Minardi (sorry Scuderia Torro Rosso, sorry Torro Rosso).

Formula 1 is a world away from the sport I started watching in 1997 even, things have to move and some of the new tracks have been dreadful, but every year dull races get thrown up and no matter if it’s an historic or new venue it is sometimes just dull to watch, like football is sometimes, like rugby is always (sorry rugby fans). I never apologise for the dull events to anyone, I just look forward to the next race.

My personal favourite Monza moment? Well sadly it’s not a real one, it involves a very old F1 game called Grand Prix 2, I played this game for years and years, working on setups and just having fun with it. Towards the end with highly tuned setups I could even race the back of the grid cars to race victories and one I still think about now was using David Brabham’s Simtek-Ford to win at Monza, on the ace difficulty level, lap after lap holding the speedier Michael Schumacher behind me. Would that be anyone elses favourite Monza moment? Well everyone loves an underdog, and although Torro Rosso was well funded when it won that race, it did so with class a wry smile crossing my face, as the commentators celebrated Vettels historic win, I felt like I’d already achieved that many years ago with the Simtek Ford, what Nick Wirth would have given for that in real life during that awful awful season.

Welcome to F1Online.co.uk

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Well here we are. The web has changed a lot since I made my first design for this website over 10 years ago in Microsoft FrontPage(!). We get hits here mainly by Google bots I imagine but I figured if I at least put something here it would be a start.

I first started watching F1 in the 1997 season, Damon Hill was World Champion, ITV had just got the F1 contract and the F1 world was bright and interesting. Even after all these years it’s still bright and interesting no matter what everyone else may want you to believe and hopefully we can enjoy F1 into the future together.

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