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Formula 1 2009

Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by Formaldehyde, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Rossiya

    Rossiya Fridge Magnet Porn

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  2. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    Good for him! It will be interesting to see what happens when Massa comes back...
     
  3. Rossiya

    Rossiya Fridge Magnet Porn

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    I wonder who Force India will have as their replacement. Probably their test driver, Liuzzi?
     
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    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    Perhaps, unless they are expecting the driver to bring sponsorship with him. There is also a number of extremely good F2 drivers to choose between at the moment.

    And here's the real shocker of the week... Did Renault ask Nelson Piquet to deliberately crash so Alonso could win at Singapore last year?!?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/sep/04/formula-one-renault-crash-hearing-fia

     
  5. Rossiya

    Rossiya Fridge Magnet Porn

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    So Nelson Piquet wasn't any good at crashing as well as at driving.
     
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    Piquet never seemed to have any problem crashing at the best of times. It'd be awfully difficult to prove it wasn't just driver error I'd think.
     
  7. Dell19

    Dell19 Take a break

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    Its also worth noting that this wasn't the only race where Renault picked a wacky fuel load in the hope of a safety car. Piquet came second in Germany in similar circumstances I believe.
     
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    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    More fuel for the Renault funeral pyre:

    http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/090903120026.shtml

     
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    I would probably be suspcious as well as you would be looking for someone to blame after what happened to Massa in that race. Can't help thinking this is a massive non story as even if it was true it would be horrendously difficult to prove. Whoever blew the whistle would likely never work in motor racing again given that they would have happily kept it a secret for nearly a year. I guess the story does make it easier for Renault to quit the sport though as the tyre story and then this isn't exactly positive for them.

    I guess next season it can be the Mercedes engine championship.
     
  10. Formaldehyde

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    Unless they have a star witness to what supposedly happened. It seems like a hell of a coincidence that Piquet was fired last month and has been badmouthing Briatore on his website since then.

    If it is Piquet, his career in F1 is likely over anyway.
     
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    The problem is that Piquet just sounds bitter because this was his only chance at F1. Arguably he had half a season longer than he deserved although its not nice to replace a driver mid season. His name never really seemed to be linked to the Ferrari seat even though he was the driver with the most recent experience without a drive which is a bit of damning verdict on his abilities.

    I think if it was Piquet then he may well struggle to get a drive in any other high profile motorsport as well. Morally we would have to assume he was happy to do the alledged act to keep his race seat and it really wouldn't be a good reflection on his character to only blow the story once he had been sacked.
     
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    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    That's life in the fast lane. Nobody claimed it was fair. Just take a look at what happened to Michael Andretti and Sebastian Bourdais for examples of two great drivers who got screwed by the system.

    But I certainly hope that if he was coached into taking a dive for the team that it ruins Flavio Briatore's reputation forever and a day. I saw the inherent danger of this particular tactic long ago, and I expect it has been done numerous times in NASCAR so far where all-to-convenient yellows have resulted in many wins in the past. Such is the political problem with full-course yellows and team tactics.
     
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    Some people may think Briatore's reputation should of been ruined the day when a certain pit lane blew up. Unfortunately for him this time Max and Bernie are miffed as they don't take kindly to treason and his involvement in FOTA's threatened coup. I'm expecting he'll likely get the book thrown at him, at last. Of course what they'll probably also do is annul the results of the race so Massa will become World Champion, which will be a major disgrace, but nothing surprises me in this "sport" now.
     
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    Nelson Piquet's statement:

     
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    I hope Formula 1 crashes and burns and takes Singapore's ridiculous obsession with hosting the race down with it.
     
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    So there it is. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

    And grats to Adrian Sutil and Force India on almost getting the pole at Monza.
     
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    just happened:
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    Woah! Those two have gone!
     
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    so, who will replace Briatore?
     
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    That depends on what happens next as there might not be a Renault team.

    It turns out I was wrong as I didn't think anyone would be stupid enough to do this.
     

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