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Chris,

Strangly I sort of agree with your assesment, but that to me just shows how bent F1 is, and dare I say it, a fix ... but Shuey remains IMO the best in his era, he managed to play the game on its limits, which is what F1 is all about ...

Oh and he did sa it was a 3 year plan, and by year 3 they would have a winning car, which stranly enough is the case ...

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Tinker wrote:

Chris,

Strangly I sort of agree with your assesment, but that to me just shows how bent F1 is, and dare I say it, a fix ... but Shuey remains IMO the best in his era, he managed to play the game on its limits, which is what F1 is all about ...

Oh and he did sa it was a 3 year plan, and by year 3 they would have a winning car, which stranly enough is the case ...

Bent eh? Cetainly there were what we had better call anomalies during the period I was referring to, but without wanting to get into any legal disputes on here, I did question how some teams got away with more than others. Having said that, I do believe that in recent years with more transparency and accountability the organisation of Formula One is now as good as it can get.

Yes, in his day, he did play the game the best, but maybe that game was not what it should have been.

There were those who loudly questioned Alonso's complicity in the race fixing scandal that cost Briatore, Symonds and Piquet Jr, after the latter conveniently crashed in the 2008 Singapore GP. That was certainly a low point in racing history, but I think that may have helped force F1 to clean up it's act.

The close racing and four different winners we have seen so far this year show there is a good chance for several drivers to win and see no reason the organisers would be fixing anything now, the show is working well enough as it is. We may yet see a few more winners, hopefully Schumacher among them at some stage. It seems tyre management is the critical skill at the moment, something which Michael has been complaining about this past weekend (but a Pirelli spokesman pointed out, he praised them in winter testing and Rosberg is going ok).

Yes, all concerned did say there was a three year plan, although it is not clear what the plan was, as when Mercedes bought the team it was Brawn that had won the title the year before, but then they were embarrassed by not only Red Bull but McLaren who are supposed to be a Mercedes 'Customer Team'. And  I hardly think they meant Schumacher would need three years to get ahead of his team mate.

There was also the question of his motivation for returning. Certainly he can't have needed the money, so was it more that he had started to believe his own legend?

Anyway, I do hope he gets back to the top step soon as it does nobody any good to see the once great fall behind, or maybe he should have stuck to his original plan to 'quit while you're ahead'?

Looking forward to the next round at Barcelona !

Chris M.

 

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And now after the Mugello test last week and everyone else saying 'yes, this year's tyres are tricky, but it's the same for all of us' Schuey has had another go at Pirelli. Obviously they don't suit him, or his driving, but he is in the minority. And referring to Rosberg's win he even had the cheek to say "luckily we (Mercedes) had a win in China"........well Nico did, and it was more down to skill than luck, but is Michael implying he should take some ( he said we ) credit for that?

Make your mind up mate, meanwhile, any bets on for Barcelona?

Chris M.

 

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Five races in and some patterns are emerging.

First, well done Maldonado and Williams, so the pattern for now is five different drivers in five different cars. This is the most open championship in thirty years, and don't forget Keke Rosberg won the title in '82 with only one race win. Hamilton and Raikkonen both look like winning soon too.

Meanwhile Massa does not look like winning anything, and at last Ferrari's press releases are showing some impatience - will he last the season?

And Schumacher disgraced himself again with a beginner's mistake, but of course it was everyone else's fault but his; now he has a five place grid penalty for Monaco.

It keeps getting better, thanks Pirelli, thanks Bernie, thanks FIA !

Chris M.

 

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Monaco this weekend. Ok, always worth watching, and definitely one of the races all fans must visit at least once, every cliche is true. But who to put your bet on this year? The bookies have Hamilton as favourite, and on form, I would agree, Lewis, or Vettel. But then again Webber won there in F3000 and in F1 two years ago.

But............and it's a big BUT; this may be one of those freaky races. and even with a five place grid penalty, I would not be surprised if Schumacher made some progress here. As much as I have been unimpressed with his 'come back' performances he could still get lucky on a track where he knows every inch as well as all the tactical possibilities.

Likewise, my other outside bet would be Grosjean. I have no idea what odds they are quoting, but on previous form in the junior formulae, added to his performances this year he could do it.

Roll on Sunday.

Chris M.

 

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This a world away from the Formula First Commissioned by Brands Hatch Racing in 1987,that I finally passed out via the advanced C section.

@ Snetterton as it happens.

If nothing else the course enhanced my enjoyment and full understanding of racing lines and such, at that stage with Turbo power and Ground effects and during the lunch break during my initial trial,seeing the young hot shoes Senna doing some shakedown laps laps in a Toleman Hart F1 car.

However I too eventually realised having shared at least the hallowed tarmac at that Kent circuit, at different times, was the nearest I was gonna get to actually sharing the circuits with the late great man.