Ha! I saw in the Bild that people in Germany want to have the German anthem played when McLaren wins instead of God Save The Queen. Mercedes owns 40% of McLaren, and according to the Bild tabloid it is a German car.What a great race result for McLaren.
Yea, I'm glad to see him live up to the mega-hype, where Button (for example) could not. That drive against Massa was superb, the pass-repass-repass sequence early on was stuff I haven't seen in a while. (Damn, I miss the glory days of CART now)Hamilton's doing remarkably well, the best debut since JV in my opinion. He has operated with remarkable poise and that's his best attribute. He is extremely smooth. Holding off Massa in the early part of Malaysia showed real talent. I'd like to see how he can do chasing down another car before he's anointed the next great British driver, but he'll certainly win GPs in the future, and this year.
Bahrain next week. My least favorite circuit on the calendar. It'll be interesting to see how Ferrari deals with the McLaren fight back. Forza.
It was a decent race. I really felt for Coulthard, came up from last to 7th with some great passing moves, then his hydraulics went. Hamilton is very smooth - there is more to come from him. Kimi was a bit rough around the edges for me, but was pushing for most of the race.Yea. This was not my favorite race ever. I watched it while doing something else and I did not appear to miss much. Lewis Hamilton continues to impress though. He's got game...
In my flurry to get out the door on Sunday I didn't see this post. I was also there, sorry we didn't meet up.Hamilton won the pole for Indy tomorrow, Alonso second. Alonso had the fastest lap of the day, but it was in Q2.
There's no way F1 goes to Laguna Seca. The safety issues, the access issues, the short length of the track (which would make overtaking almost impossible) and its ownership by a non-profit will preclude that. It sucks because it's such a better circuit than Indy, but I'd rather see F1 go to Road America, though there'd be safety issues there too.Laguna Seca built a full set of F1-style pit garages over the past 3ish years...
Yea, I know. I think there could be overtaking under braking into the hairpin though, especially since there are 2 viable lines. You honestly think there are serious safety issues now? The last problem was up at the Corkscrew after the CART fatality they took some steps to fix that area. The runoffs are plentiful and FIA-certified.There's no way F1 goes to Laguna Seca. The safety issues, the access issues, the short length of the track (which would make overtaking almost impossible) and its ownership by a non-profit will preclude that. It sucks because it's such a better circuit than Indy, but I'd rather see F1 go to Road America, though there'd be safety issues there too.
Yeah, Turn 7 onto the Rahal Straight doesn't have a lot of run off. That's a quick, difficult corner as well. The MotoGP guys have mentioned that it's not the safest corner they ride through on the calendar.You honestly think there are serious safety issues now?
That's not a shock, although it is disappointing for those of us who have been to Indy over the last several years. It was nice to attend an affordable F1 race.
LinkThe $100 million penalty includes McLaren's expected loss of income, and McLaren still could be penalized for the 2008 championship, FIA said in a statement after a hearing.
McLaren escaped the harshest possible penalty, as FIA could have kicked the team and its drivers out of the 2007 and 2008 championships. In December, FIA will decide on any possible sanctions against McLaren for the 2008 season.
Wow. Exit Alonso?McLaren is fined $100 million, and docked all it's constructor points.
They got cleared though, so Raikkonen wins.Raikkonen wins the race and the 2007 Championship. Alonso finished third and Hamilton 7th.
But wait! It might not be over yet! There are rumors that BMW might have used an illegal fuel, which would disqualify them from the race and therefore put Hamilton 5th. Of course, that would make him the champion.
This shit is worse than a made-for-TV drama.
I doubt they win though. Even in the past fuel irregularities have usually meant a fine and loss of constructor's points, not disqualification. Besides, this is McLaren/Ferrari. The FIA strongly dislike Dennis and the best politickers in the sport at Ferrari.There appears to a steward's appeal in process now. This seriously is made-for-tv-drama level shit.
edit: added (leave)Whether he does (leave) will likely have little to do with financial considerations, as the position is unpaid. Besides, as Mosley once said, "Money doesn't turn me on." Unfortunately for him, the world now knows what does.