Reliability issues may have sporadic occurrences. Kimi had more than enough of them through his racing career. This year Seb might have contributed at least to one gearbox related failure. I cannot just now recall accurately whether it was in Baku touching a wall, or somewhere else riding curbs, and cracked casing. Problem with these stories is, that we always get it from secondary, or even tertiary sources. The teams seldom, if ever tell us full naked truth.
"If I was driving for Red Bull [from 2008] probably I would have more championships, but because they were dominating between 2010 and 2014 probably I would never have driven for Ferrari. I am very happy and very proud to drive for Ferrari, all my time there.
Having an excellent race car to your disposal shall not lead necessarily to victories, methinks. Ask Webber, and now Rosberg. One needs also ability to drive consistently at the limit, race by race, lap by lap, gaining time where others have not, and that's a zone in which some guys sitting in a good car fall off the cliff. It's complicated.
Last edited by Sakae; 11th August 2016 at 16:21.
not much skill needed to win races in that utterly dominant Merc
now winning a championship in it....well that's another story since the two drivers can take points off each other...and you have to be really good driver to beat your teammate....somethig Rosberg IS and will NEVER be good at....Lewise will almost any day of the week will wipe the floor with him
Rosberg thought he had a good end of last year.....well Lewise had the championship in the bag, hence he did not TRY as hard to win any more races and let Rosberg feel good about himself....well at least that is my opinion on this
Last edited by Sakae; 12th August 2016 at 05:38.
People forget how badly Vettel got beaten by Ricciardo before moving to Ferrari. Its not exactly surprising that when given equalish cars, Ricciardo is ahead. I'd be more surprised if that wasn't the case.
The Red Bull is now the quicker car than the Ferrari at nearly every venue and I'd honestly be very surprised if that changes.
To write obituary for Ferrari in mid season, well, there are nine races to go, and I am prepared to give them benefit of doubt. Last two races were poor by Ferrari standard, so much is true, but life goes on, and it is not static. Hope is alive.
They need to take a risk on a driver, they should have tried to steal Verstappen from the Toro Rosso.
Under current circumstances this is best line up on driver's side, IMO. Nothing much wrong with either of them. Verstappen was never available to them.
Realistically Ferrari right now are no further off than say, 2011.
Well if Ferrari are at the same level as they were in 2011 when we had Alonso who you argue is the best driver, then can't we argue that the driver lineup we have today is equal to what we had in 2011? If that is the case, then Ferrari have done the best they could for driver lineup seeing as how Alonso was not available to Ferrari the last 2 years.
Vandoorne is in McLaren's Young Driver Programme and is their third driver so I do not see how that could have been possible.
Neither Vandoorne or Verstappen were contractually available to Ferrari. Moreover, Ferrari is not known to hire junior drivers, regardless of their (perceived) potential. RBR were partly sure about Max, but also little bit lucky with him. I thought Sainz or Nasr were both good prospects, highly underrated IMO. Having Kimi on is generally not a bad deal, and I do suspect there is some long term strategy behind this based on future availibility of top drivers.
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I think right now the team needs good drivers to build around as opposed to hot shots coming in expecting to win straight away. A driver like Sainz would be content to rebuild with the team. I suspect Ricciardo and Verstappen would be wanting victories sooner rather than later.
What the team needs is a better car and better race weekend operations. Drivers are not a problem for several years.
What Ferrari needs is two drivers that can sub as gear box repairmen.
Talking about better operations - isn't Ruth Buscombe - strategist - (for one reason or another) on her way back to Ferrari from Haas?
Whats up w/Vet? Nothing..he simply needs a faster car.
Kimi b good too.
Vet is one of the best and that means I think he's better than Ric.
Rics getting beat by a kid n he's ballin.
Vettel is overrated and not in the top three drivers any more!