OMG, the Japanese manufacturers are pulling out of motor sports and F1 is not spared. Toyota and Bridgestone are leaving, French Renault are considering leaving too. Subaru and Suzuki are pulling out of WRC while Kawasaki pulled out of MotoGP!
Last edited by afbug; 5th November 2009 at 05:35 AM.
Mitsubishi is also quitting the Dakar Rally.
What is happening!!!
Last edited by Canew; 5th November 2009 at 09:13 AM.
No more kobayashi for F1 2010!
Maybe he will get noticed by the newer teams that will be joining next year?
Difficult. Japanese F1 drivers are usually backed by their manufacturer "alliances", e.g. Takuma Sata at BAR-Honda, Yuji Ide & Sakon Yamamoto at Super Aguri (Honda), Kazuki Nakajima at Williams Toyota.
Driot-Arnoux Motorsport (DAMS) in GP2 have a partnership with the Toyota Drivers Program to race their drivers in GP2 Series since 2006, in which Kobyashi ran in 2008 and 2009, and as third driver with Toyota F1 for 2009.
So it would be hard for Kamui to appear in F1 2010 unless he has funds to race with the privateer teams.
On what basis will Ferrari dump a superstar for a Japanese bloke?
btw, Kobayashi will definitely cost much less as compared to Alonso.
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Toyota has no KERS, so its weight balance is properly optimised. The Ferrari F60 has KERS, and hence more weight distribution is towards the rear, which makes it understeer on corner entry and oversteer on corner exit, resulting in a snappy car. Drivers lose confidence and hence their cornering speed reduceds and overall performance drops.
Kimi took half a season to get accustomed to the F60's handling. The F60 is very difficult to manage; if you were to look at the Fisichella, he needed about 5 races to reduced about 1~2 secs per lap and is still not catching Kimi's pace.
And why would Alonso be a regret for Ferrari? If you have seen Alonso's telemetry, he is of a different style from most drivers, calm and controlled aggression, the way he feeds the steering and the throttle, its like a ballet dancer. He has far more technical experience, especially in setup of the car, compared to a rookie.
It is definitely of deep regret that Hamilton and Alonso couldn't be teammates for more than 1 year. With Alonso's technical knowledge, esp with development of a car thru a year, pitting a calm controlled driver with a rough, ballsy style would be of McLaren's advantage.
Hence Alonso at Ferrari is something that shouldn't be overlooked. If Alonso demands to be No 1 driver, he has to deliver the goods early on in the season do be able to do so, e.g. beat Massa's lap times in qualifying, and race pace.
Last edited by lioneldude; 6th November 2009 at 04:18 PM.