21st June 2004, 10:11 AM
that was an eventful f1. thankfully ralf and alonso are ok. can anyone remember what was the least number of cars that ever completed an f1 race? so rare that anyone who completed the race gets a point. sad that montoya black flagged for such a silly rule. what will fia think of next?
Originally Posted by Triton
21st June 2004, 09:16 PM
just caught the replay...wow, what a fantastic race. That ralf didnt get seriously injured was really a testement to the research into making the F1 cars safer!
since we're at the halfway point now, and schumi has only lost one race, the title's as good as his already..
21st June 2004, 10:38 PM
At the start of the race, we had 2 Bridgestone-shod cars leading a whole sandwich filling of Michelin-tired cars, followed by the rest of the Bridgestone runners.
Although some may point to a conspiracy theory of Bridgestone providing special compounds to Ferrari, I doubt Bridgestone would short-change the rest of their teams that much. The clear distinction of performance of the Michelin versus Bridgestone teams, with the exception of Ferrari, points to a clear superiority of that tire in that condition.
Where does that leave Ferrari? Even with a disadvantaged tire, they're still on top, admittedly Bridgestone does do most of their tire development with Ferrari, but surely it gets trickled to the rest of the teams to make a difference in the standings, but it doesn't.
What's the bottom line? Even with a less than perfect tire for the conditions, and definitely one that is sub-par to its competition, the Ferrari is still able to come out on top, due to the quality of the drivers and the rest of the package (word that is overused these days by the commentators).
22nd June 2004, 01:38 AM
Ya, Ferrari is even more dominant now than in 2002. Hopefully BAR and the revised McLaren can give a bit more fight to Ferrari, for more entertaining race.
I wonder why Sauber, which has Ferrari 2004 engine, 2003 chasis (almost similar), same Bridgestone tyres, its performance is so much worse.
Look like Ferrari's "package" and driver are just too good.
Look forward to French race now.
23rd June 2004, 11:01 AM
23rd June 2004, 01:14 PM
That should be McLaren isn't it? Their engine performance has been pitiful since 1999.
Originally Posted by Larren Chen
24th June 2004, 09:14 AM
Let's hope MP4-19B works for McLaren
Ya, Sato is a good driver, though I saw many comments that
his driving pattern actually kill Honda engine. Just compare
him and Jenson Button, both driving the same engine, why
Sato's one keep blowing?
Sato should have won US GP, if BAR team made the right
pit call when Ralf accident happened.
Ferrari called both cars in immediately, leaving Sato
leading the pack slowly along the main straight where
Ralf car was in. Michael leave pit lane and join the
track at position ONE! With fuel and new tyre on
At the end of race, Sato is 22 seconds behind
Michael. A pit stop takes around 28 seconds,
if Sato stopped during the yellow flag period,
he got a good chance for a win.
24th June 2004, 02:00 PM
I'm also a big Mike Schuey fan, and yeah, seeing him win every race without a fight is getting a bit tedious....its like, he's expected to win and it will be shocking if he didnt. I don't mind him winning, I just want to see him fight to win. Now thats entertainment
24th June 2004, 06:17 PM
Rubens was actually faster in both Canada & US, hope we can see more fights between them
24th June 2004, 06:23 PM
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