Only During the Off Seasons........../After a Two Week Break

-Paging Mommies! Please Report to "Hold - Your - (Driver) Son's - Hand - During - Wet - Races"!!!-

>Okay the title may be a bit harsh but I just can't resist to poke a jab at it.<

Recently, divers have opened up dialogue over safety under wet/Fuji-like conditions. Apparently they are very afraid with the loss of TC when races like Fuji come (FYI Fuji's still on the calender next year).
Driver's who are concerned (as far as I can remember):
- DC (gettin' old there ehh?)
- Flippi, sorry Felipe Massa
- Jense (give up the Honda Magic Eight Ball already)

Now don't get me wrong I know it is worth safety concerns but after reviewing the list of drivers who have been vocal about it, I just can't help do I put it, oh right:
- DC: Great driver but his time is gettin' close. Maybe worried about the heat? Sounds like the reason why he is the driver that he is is because of the electronics...
- Massa: Many have debated he really isn't "all that" but wins regardless because he's in a Ferrari. So when the tough gets goin', the mouth gets shootin'. When thinking about it, it does make sense that (especially after you admitted you're rubbish without TC) one would try to make circumstances easier... But well, it's just wishful thinking on mine and some followers of the sport's part...
- Jense: What is left to say here? Car after car he gets are most all talk and no walk. He should be worried.

The thing is with the removal of technology, it calls for more skills to come into play, like the old days (oh where did those days go?). Separating men from boys. Like what Mad Max said (I'm starting to like him a little more), you drive slower and you'd be fine, besides, driving in the wet with or without TC is dangerous anyways...

"Driving in the wet is quite dangerous - with or without traction control. It's dangerous in the sense that you're likely to go off but you're less likely to hurt yourself because the speeds will be lower. That was always the theory of the grooved tyre because you reduced the grip and the severity of the accident. Imagine, in the most extreme circumstances, holding the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on packed snow - nobody would get hurt because nobody would ever get up to enough speed to do any damage! It will make it more difficult in the wet - but it's difficult in the wet anyway. And people forget, even the least competent F1 driver is still amazingly good at what he does. And it won't cause any of them much trouble."

-The Ferrari F2008-


-The McLaren MP4-23-
After saying they won't have a launch, they decided otherwise. 'Ohh we're not gonna have a launch, no wait, second thought, we will.'
*I don't know about you but it looks like they re-launched last year's car.


-Heikki, You On Crack?-
Well, well, well.
He a) expects no problem with his new teammate.
b) expects equal treatment.
c) thinks McLaren have treated their drivers equally in the past ( do I even have to refer back to McLaren's history with their drivers???).
d) thinks he and Lew can fight on track and laugh about if off. Maybe up till by any chance you start to kick his ass... Especially with Jense predicting you'd be in the running for the title... 7 letters: t-e-n-s-i-o-n.
Note to Heikki, Lew was quoted saying "I'm almost seen as the leader of the team".
I feel like I'm about to feel sorry for him...

-Who Knocked You With Sense?-
Alonso in a surprising move has admitted that the title talk is "madness". Wow.

"Today that idea is madness. You have to be realistic and this year they (Renault) were a long way behind and it's too big a leap. But everything is possible, they have to make the car better. We opted for Renault because it is the most optimistic choice for 2008 and with possibilities to do good things. However, every team has to make a huge step up in quality for next year because McLaren and Ferrari won all the races this year. I didn't know whether to stay at McLaren or what I was going to do. We looked at everything and in the end we decided it would be better to go our separate ways. From there I started looking for teams. Almost all the teams approached me, but not Ferrari. It wouldn't be right to say that I want to sign for Ferrari barely a fortnight after I signed for Renault but of course it would be nice if I could go there one day."

-Toyota Boss Gives Two Year Deadline-
Good 'ol Tad (Tadashi Yamashina) has given Toyota until 2010 to shape up or ship out. Since Rottweiler Mike left after their '05 88 points watermark, they have been the epidemy of laughter. With the 'Toyota Way' that relies on group dynamics rather than a figure-head show, yeah sure IN A MILLION YEARS. It took Ferrari a few years to shape up, with the right people. Now in Toyota who's going on without the right strategies/people implemented, 2 years seem too high up in the bloody sky! Is it too early to say goodbye?
*At least Trulli still believes in them (looking for a bonus?)...

-F1's Yoda Speaks-
Jean Todt in an interview recently said that there is little to choose between Kimi and Nando but believes Raikkonen is the better option for Ferrari (so what does that settle?). Good thing he mentions Kimi's happy there.

"Is Kimi better or worse than Alonso? I cannot answer that. For me, both are excellent race drivers. It is the car that makes the difference. I selected Kimi, because his character fits our team better. Kimi is happy with Ferrari. He loves driving. We know that he does not like certain things, and that is why we don't request those of him. Racing drivers are only employees, but they are the workers with the most pressure. If they do not function right, then that has far larger consequence for the company than if the receptionist does not do a good job. Therefore I try to arrange the life of the drivers to be as pleasant as possible. Up to now I can say that always, if we asked gently Kimi to do something, he did it."

-FIA Confirms 2008 Entry List-

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
1. Kimi Raikkonen
2. Felipe Massa

BMW Sauber F1 Team
3. Nick Heidfeld
4. Robert Kubica

ING Renault F1 Team
5. Fernando Alonso
6. Nelson Piquet

AT&T Williams
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Kazuki Nakajima

Red Bull Racing
9. David Coulthard
10. Mark Webber

Panasonic Toyota Racing
11. Jarno Trulli
12. Timo Glock

Scuderia Toro Rosso
14. Sebastien Bourdais
15. Sebastian Vettel

Honda Racing F1 Team
16. Jenson Button
17. Rubens Barrichello

Super Aguri F1 Team
18. Takuma Sato

19. Anthony Davidson

Force India Formula One Team
20. Adrian Sutil
21. TBA

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
22. Lewis Hamilton
23. Heikki Kovalainen

-Cars Related/Talks About Next Year/Stuff That Is Too Small To Get Its Own Section-

>Launch Dates:
January 6 - Ferrari F1 2008, Fiorano, Italy
January 7 - McLaren MP4-23, Stuttgart, Germany
January 10 - Toyota TF108, Cologne, Germany
January 14 - BMW Sauber F1.08, Munich, Germany
January 16 - Red Bull RB4, Jerez, Spain
January 29 - Honda RA108, Brackley, UK
January 31 - Renault R28, Paris, France

>STR's starting the 08 season with last year's car, and Seb V ain't worried believing they can maintain the second half of last year's season form. Okay seems far fetched.

>The season hasn't even started and people, figure heads of F1 are already going "ohh Lewis will take it" or "Fernando can do it" or "watch out for Nelsinho!" How long before they sell Team Lewis/Nelsinho and Team Fernando Ts???

>Ferrari's 08 car would be completely new. Not an evolution, a revolution. Or is it the other way round?

>BMW target maiden victory. Good for you! *waits to cheer BMW on*

>Williams say no to car launch. Figures, saves money...

-The Driver's Tales (I Got Nothing Better to Say/In Other News)-

>Schu was offered Todt's job...and declined. Smart move...

>Fisi rules out paying to drive (and is reported to have signed a 400,000 euros per season deal with FI). “I do not pay to drive, I get paid to drive." No wonder we haven't heard a peep from Force India... 'Do we hire him or not? He brings not money but can pay off with experience, ooooorr do we risk it (again) with new blood???' Ehh you said you'd decide by Christmas. Christmas WENT BY ALREADY!!!

>Ant certain to keep his Super Aguri seat apparently... Hhhhhm so what with the rumours?