Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2605 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1018 times:
Don't count Kimi out yet. No doubt, just like France last weekend, Kimi would have been carrying extra fuel in order to run longer in his first stint. With luck he'll move up rapidly and after the fuel stops will have made up his 10 place deficit.
Could easily be a barn-burner of a finish for the final stints.
I'll bet Button and Alonso ran light fuel to get the front row.
Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8430 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 946 times:
I agree that Alonso is running light. Kimi was carrying 9 laps worth of fuel more then Alonso in France and their times were pretty close. If Alonso is light and Kimi is heavy then we could see Kimi last upto 15 laps longer then Alonso. That is a massive amount of fuel to be carrying and to be that close.
Kimi needs the Renault to fail or be involved in some sort of race ending incident.
MauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2487 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 885 times:
yeah!!! great job Mclaren and a lots of respect for Kimmi because comming from place 12 and ending on the 3th place without any failure (except for Karthikyan wich isn't one of the best drivers) is very good!!!
also this is most probably the last race for Friesacher, wich still doesn't has his financial things right... Luckely enough the dutchman ronald Doorbos is the man who will most likely replace him...
Absolutely! If JPM is ever stuck behind somebody on the racetrack, you never know when he's going to attempt to pass, that unpredictability makes him exciting! And when he's not racing, just like Irvine he's abusing people, speaking his mind, and keeping the whole thing colourful. Although he's probably not womanising like Irvine
JPM, Jaques, Eddie Irvine, James Hunt. Probably the worst people to be hated by, but for us they make the whole thing unpredictable and exciting.
Unfortunately JPM had a combination of false pole (running light to take pole) and a good start and that pretty much won him the race. It all came together for McLaren. Fortunately Fernando eeked out another 2 points lead over Kimi in the Championship.
I think Kimi has the best pace at the moment, but Alonso is second best. FOrtunately for Fernando he has all the luck too.
Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 4): Alonso is nothing without his Renault.... He'd be crap if his car was crap...You're only as good as your equipment...
Yes and no. I don't think Kimi would be up front if he wa driving for Minardi for sure, but on the other hand, those who have the equipment and can really make it count when they do are the ones who will win. Miki Hakkinen did this, David Coultard did not. I'm liking DC more these days and no disrespect to the guy but he was at McLaren for... 7 years? That's time enough to make your mark if you have what it takes.
I think those who have what it takes at the moment are:
The rest have talent but not continuity and reliability as drivers to make it count when the equipment is working for them.