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    MY GP: Honda, Toyota please go home (spoilers)

    Stayed awake past my bed time to watch the GP live. First off, Speed channel desperately needs a good HD feed, as it's unacceptable for a premium channel to have worse picture and sound covering a world championship event than local channels have covering local events like stock car races (FOX's HD stock cars look spectacular with great picture and terrific sound too).

    Honda and Toyota look ridiculous this year. I own one of each so it's not like I have something against either firm. They've spent a boatload of money to develop cars that are slower than cars (under)developed by their clients. When full works teams consistently field moving obstacles for the world to see, it's time to pack.

    Renault seems to be more competitive when the cars are on full race load. I'd assume that means mechanical grip is an issue, not aero.

    Lewis Hamilton humiliated both Ferraris. On his second GP (four hours of F1 racing experience or less...) he erased the fastest cars on the field and out drove them both. His comments via radio at the end, and Alonso's comments as well, proved he's got class in addition to composure.

    Kimi may be the fastest man in F1 right now but he's a PR nightmare, not in the sense that he'll say something to put everyone off or even get into a scuffle, but in the sense that he has less ability to raise enthusiasm at a press conference than Ben Stein. He opened his mouth and the room froze at the post-race PR meet.

    Most EU nations have gun control legislation in place, making it less likely that Jean Todt could shoot Michael Schumaker. I do suspect Todt would at least like to kick Schumaker in the nads for up and leaving.
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    I agree with you about Honda and Toyota...if anyone needs to worry about guns it is the people designing cars for these two teams...both have taken big steps backwards.


    Hamilton is great and his start may have helped Alonso win the race. Once he got his slower car between the two Ferrari's and Alonso it was game over.

    [side note] It would be interesting if they forced teams to change the aerodynamics of the cars. As it is they rely on so many aero-bits that when they try to run nose to tail the cars don't work as well and passing becomes very difficult...or at least it seems that way.

    Bahrain should be interesting...I would be surprised if Massa or Kimi will let that happen again. I think it will be a win for Ferrari.

    For the rest of the season, I still think Ferrari will have the edge early on...unless the two drivers take each other out.

    Mclaren will no doubt be right there at the end unless they start to run into the reliability issues that plagued them for the past few years.

    Maybe BMW will be able to challenge for some races eventually.

    Renault seems lost and their rookie appears to be rubbish.

    Should be a good season, lots of rookies, lots of changes from last year...it is too bad some other teams are not competitive...I like the fact that there is only one tire supplier.

    I was reading today that some of the teams (Renault and McLaren) have expressed interest in having the season opener in North America (Las Vegas was mentioned)...that would be nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheers View Post
    Maybe BMW will be able to challenge for some races eventually....

    I was reading today that some of the teams (Renault and McLaren) have expressed interest in having the season opener in North America (Las Vegas was mentioned)...that would be nice.
    Kubica was obviously having some sort of issue, as he was well off the pace and looked uncomfortable out there.

    Coulthard simply parked the thing, and IMO he was correct to do so. He told them to mind the pedal, they didn't, he couldn't drive, and that's that.

    I remember the old-time Las Vegas GP, in the parking lot of the casino. Boring on TV but on the bright side, all six spectators liked the action... I've no idea why a US GP hasn't worked in the last 60 years, but I also doubt anyone else does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post

    I remember the old-time Las Vegas GP, in the parking lot of the casino. Boring on TV but on the bright side, all six spectators liked the action... I've no idea why a US GP hasn't worked in the last 60 years, but I also doubt anyone else does.
    The reasoning behind the desire for a North American Debut is not so the yanks have another race to watch...but so the first race is run live during prime time in Europe...that way people don't have to wake up at 3 am to watch it. I wish F1 was more popular over here....I am still trying to get up to Montreal...maybe next year...it was going to be this year, but the new baby is due June 10th.
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    I'm beginning to think a US GP is a waste of time and money -- people will still buy Ferraris here regardless, and nobody is buying any Renaults.

    Meanwhile, no locals are watching (when I hear Speed commentators do their "shout outs" to the clubs and groups watching a GP, it points out to me that most people simply aren't watching in contrast) and there really isn't a venue ready either (running at Indy looked last-minute and grabasstic, and let's face it, if it were another country nobody would accept a comparable venue as a solution; however, because people hear "Indy" and think "$$$" the track gets a different treatment than if it were in Kampala, Uganda).

    Long Beach could be just as anachronistic and unacceptable as Monaco, but since it lacks the history of Monaco that's not acceptable either. Las Vegas was a huge auto-x the last time the ran it, but with less attendance. Hopefully the next US GP will be a huge smash hit but I remain skeptical.
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