9th May 12, 19:57 #201
As far as I know , Pirelli is the first manufacturer to have been asked to design a tire that isn't the fastest they could put together .
They've given them dimensions , in terms of "footprint" , but never really gone beyond that .
In the days of the Bridgestone/Michelin wars , they just got faster and faster , and more tailored to the cars .
There were many compounds from which to choose .
Apart , I suppose , from the vicious gasses these things must have been giving off , having been kept in sealed compartments until the very last minute , I suppose life was good .
I think the only part I feel they need to work on is the fact that the tire "falls off the cliff" so fast .
Kimi losing a zillion places in one lap was perhaps the best example of this issue .
But , I too , like the fact that the tires are making a big difference to the show .
It's not that you can't go fast , but rather , that if you do go too fast , there is some consequence ."No pen , no pen ." -what Sato said to me .
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Michael had his time and it was glorious. But now the sport has evolved and he hasn't... that's why this comebacks are bad idea.Formula 1
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13th May 12, 10:31 #206
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I'd rather see 3 proper moves in a race, than 30 idiotic meaningless DRS moves. DRS has devalued overtaking.
13th May 12, 10:41 #207Marco Simoncelli 1987-2011
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13th May 12, 14:09 #210
If Schumacher had been among the majority of drivers complaining about the tyres then his views would carry more weight.
Anyway, enough of that. Watching today's race, and watching a Williams up front initially made me wonder about the tyres, but then you remember the fact that the "big" teams don't have an automatic right to race at the front and win all the races.
As it has been said repeatedly, with no counter argument, winning races is all about driver and team putting together a package at a particular race to outperform the opposition. The tyres are simply one part of that and if Maldonado wins this afternoon it will be because he and his team have done a better job under the same rules that apply to everyone else.Riccardo Patrese - 256GPs 1977-1993
13th May 12, 15:01 #211
13th May 12, 15:26 #212
Great post ArrowsFA1When you're tired of rallying...you're tired of life
13th May 12, 15:29 #213
It's not all about Sunday's race, it's about putting together a strategy across the whole weekend. It's difficult (but it's meant to be) and occasionally complicated to follow, but we're back to a sport which rewards clever thinking and skillful driving, and provides entertaining races along the way, which is exactly what the pinnacle of motorsport should be.
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13th May 12, 17:52 #218
I have been a die-hard F1 fan for ~14 years by now. And I can tell that most of the time the results are quite logical, "predictable" (roughly, not by exact finishing order) and ordinary. Inbetween there are short periods or even odd races, where there is a lot of uncertainty and you can hardly believe your eyes about what you can see. And currently is one such sensational period. So, why not enjoy while it lasts? As by 2013 or whenever we may easily return back to "normality" with 2-3 top teams winning comfortably all races barring extraordinary circumstances.
I will forever remember the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix and the win of Fisichella. It was an extraordinary race. Yes, we also had issues with tyres then (only intermediate tyres for full wet conditions) and it was a messy race, but we saw an emergence of a backmarker at the very front of the field. I will always remember the beginning of 2009, when you could hardly believe seeing Ferrari and McLaren in midfield with private teams battling at the front. 2012 so far has been special. It is so refreshing if at times you can witness that the traditional powerhouses are actually beatable and non-conquering.
14th May 12, 01:14 #219
Hate to say it but its becoming a bit of a lottery and am beginning to err to Ioan & Garry Walker.
Merit has become more and more of an abstract concept.
Where's the class and quality?
Yes, its is arguably too early to tell but who (at this time period of writing) is the complete driver of the season? The consistency of attaining results certainly doesn't and I'm not so sure the current WDC standings reflects this (yet).
The audience craves unpredictability for entertainment but at what cost to the quality of craftmanship, the execution of talent over a consistent basis.
The concept of unpredictablity vs. quality in football by football journalist Tim Vickery written in 2010:
The Premier League has a collective TV deal, with a more equitable distribution of television money than some other major leagues. Even so, those clubs with a wealthy benefactor or a huge fan base can put themselves streets ahead of weaker rivals, while only a handful of clubs go into the season with any realistic chance of winning. A dose of predictability is the price paid for the quality on show.
It is the opposite of domestic football in Argentina, where the first division has become wildly unpredictable. However, the price paid for this excitement is a lack of quality.
BBC - Tim Vickery: Why the Argentine rollercoaster fails to thrillThe world according to Taki Inoue: https://mobile.twitter.com/takiinoue/status/301406167249326080
14th May 12, 04:14 #220
If you can't accept that others will still like and watch F1, just quit whining and go away. Those of us with a brain are tired of your childish insults. Man up and realize that people are allowed differing opinions regardless of whether you like it or not.