MAJID's forum posts

#1 Posted by MAJID (233 posts) -

Good start from Vettel on his Ferrari debut. I cannot articulate how great it feels to see a Ferrari car appearing remotely competent (which says a great deal about the Mattiacci era).

#2 Posted by MAJID (233 posts) -

Where is Rick Peterson when you need answers? Maybe Shaun/Don Johnson knows Ricker's whereabouts? Maybe he's at Ricker's Rib Shack?

#3 Posted by MAJID (233 posts) -

*sigh*

At least it's not Polygon. Best of luck duder.

My exact feelings. Man, as a Chelsea fan this feels exactly like seeing Lampard scoring crucial goals for Man City. Major bummer.

#4 Edited by MAJID (233 posts) -

This is a massive calamity. Massive. Thanks to Scoops for so much. Damn. Really going to miss you on the site :(

#5 Posted by MAJID (233 posts) -

My lamentable comment goes beyond 2007 though. Ignoring team orders every single season isn't lametable? Leaking details to the press of a private team meeting isn't lamentable ("he told me wanted to send a message")? Accusing your team of favouring the other driver openly on the radio when you know everyone can hear you, isn't lamentable ("What was the reason you didn't box me? I should have pitted, but I knew you wouldn't guys."?)

I respect your decade on me in terms of experience but we ,clearly, have very different definitions for what being a respectable team mate and employee is.

#6 Posted by MAJID (233 posts) -

@dave_tacitus: Subjectivity? HA! Really, mate? Here's a sample of Lewis clearly ignoring team orders, just as he did this year, in 2007 (http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/may/25/lewis-hamilton-nico-rosberg-feud).

Few of the top guys striving from equality? Fernando was fresh of a DOUBLE world championship won against the greatest driver of all time (Michael Schumacher) and Lewis was a rookie. Ron sabotaged a shot at the title by favouring Lewis and he admits as much here: http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/9601476/ron-dennis-says-lewis-hamilton-had-his-role-to-play-in-mclarens-2007-implosion.

I know F1 mate (I've watched and attended races since I was 7 years old - so for 20 plus years).

#7 Posted by MAJID (233 posts) -

@dave_tacitus: The 2007 issues revolved a great deal around Lewis being a disruptive influence and a lamentable team mate (for which he has a very consistent track record) and Ron favouring him in all situations. It has very little to do with Fernando 'getting his own way' and rather more to do with him being treated with some respect and honesty - things which were in short supply from Mclaren in 2007. Though I do find it funny that during this press conference no one asked Ron if he'll make Fernando shave his beard - something that came up seven years ago as a team requirement for both him and Lewis.

#8 Posted by MAJID (233 posts) -

@dave_tacitus: The 2007 issues revolved a great deal around Lewis being a disruptive influence and a lamentable team mate (for which he has a very consistent track record) and Ron favouring him in all situations. It has very little to do with Fernando 'getting his own way' and rather more to do with him being treated with some respect and honesty - things which were in short supply from Mclaren in 2007. Though I do find it funny that during this press conference no one asked Ron if he'll make Fernando shave his beard - something that came up seven years ago as a team requirement for both him and Lewis.

#9 Posted by MAJID (233 posts) -

@gatehouse: Tough one. Kimi's championship win was one of the most unexpected (Lewis bottled it basically) and people forget that he was quite competitive in last years Lotus. The issue is that as much as we as racing fans want to see two equal level drivers jostling for the title in the same car it rarely works well, in fact Lewis and Nico have done remarkably well keeping it relatively civil - see Ralf Schumacher and Montoya for the polar opposite.

It is my opinion that one driver should be designated the main driver ie the one that will go for the title and the other one should be a youngster - getting experience and eventually superseding his team-mate in 4/5 years time. This saves on offering another driver from another team a huge sum of money to move - as seems to be the case with Seb. However, for that to work Seb actually has to be challenging for the title and considering the cars Ferrari have been producing recently that is not a foregone conclusion by any stretch of the imagination. My worry is that in 2 years time, Seb might be fed up (he has much less patience/maturity than Alonso) and Kimi will be gone as well. So Ferrari will again have to fill two slots - like they had to do post Michael/Rubens.

To (finally) answer your question, I'd like to see (in the ideal world where Seb looks like challenging for the title) a youngster to be groomed for the top position. Failing that, Ricciardo? (Btw, neither of these things will actually happen. Mattiacci is a glorified car salesman that knows nothing and will drive this team into the ground, sadly)

#10 Posted by MAJID (233 posts) -

As a tifosi for 20 years, I have to firstly appreciate how good Fernando has been during his time at Ferrari: despite the team he nearly brought home a championship in probably the worst car since the Berger/Alesi days. He's been a gentleman and a professional where others haven't (looking at you Mattiacci) and I sincerely hope he wins another title to cement his position as a great of the sport.(Remember his titles were against Schumacher near his peak - something very few people can say they achieved)

Seeing a German in the Ferrari colours is always reassuring but Michael had Jean Todt/Ross Brawn and Seb doesn't - he will soon learn that he has to win despite the team and not because of it. However, if he does manage to somehow win a title it'll be as sweet as the first one Michael won after joining from Benetton - though that's a massive 'if' at this point.