Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Why McLaren Why?

I don’t want to rake up the espionage scandal of 2007 where McLaren were caught red-handed with Ferrari’s data but still nothing major was done about it but I don’t know what is with McLaren’s obsession with Ferrari? Seriously if they are soo good or atleast like they assume they are, this would have never happened.

Has it stopped? Hell no! Well recently Force India which ran Ferrari engines for the 2008 season and still with a year’s contract left decided to switch to McLaren for technical partnership and also Mercedes will supply them engines. The irony is that now McLaren will have all off 2008’s data on Ferrari engine.

This does not stop here, off late some reports have being coming in that Honda, well I still don’t see the point of calling the team with that name as the Japanese auto major pulled off and left the team high and dry! McLaren is now ready to step in and offer them engines for the good of F1. With money being an issue and money can buy anything, all McLaren will want is rake the brains of Ross Brawn and well get more Ferrari data. Well I guess McLaren winning is no more a big deal as well even if they win, it is like using a pirated copy of Ferrari’s technical data!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What’s in store for 2009!

The last 2 seasons of Formula one has been the best in recent time and with Kimi pulling off an impossible win in 2007 and while Massa nearly pulled off a miracle in 2008 and eventually lost the title by just one point even though he won more races than anyone else on the grid. Also 2008 saw the “Next Big Thing” Vettel showing his immense potential and even managed to win in Monza with his underdog Toro Rosso powered by the Ferrari. It was nice to see both the Italian and German anthems played together once again.

2009 may be the most unpredictable season in F1 not only because of various rule changes but with a global economic recession, no one is sure if at all every team will actually start the grid in Melbourne and if apart from the bigwigs if the others can survive a whole season. Well one good thing is that major budget cuts are in for 2010 and this could level the playing field and it could see Red Bull and Williams (If they can survive)challenging the manufacturers team for the title.

My prediction for 2009 is that I assume that the driver’s race would be between Massa, Kimi (if his head is right), Hamilton and Kubica. But I would throw in Alonso and Vettel as the surprise package and I would not even be shocked if both these 2 drivers would challenge the others for the championships. As far the teams, Ferrari, McLaren and BMW will be pushed by Red Bull and Renault. Well Toyota would once again have a mixed season and I assume this could be the last year for them. Williams should also pull off atleast what STR did last season or they are well on their way on becoming the next Jordan F1 team! (On the way out). Honda would be lucky to start while Force India just adds in the numbers. Oh yeah STR would pull off a STR if Buemi pulls off a Vettel.

Honda and Toyota are two teams who managed to burn a lot of money and never did actually produced results. Well Honda did managed one runner-up position in the constructor’s championship but never did once they challenged the top cars while Button managed to pull off a win thanks mainly to the rains in Hungary. Ideally Honda instead of backing BAR had it made Jordan a works team, well things would have been different and they would be one of the top 3 teams while Toyota still has a chance as they can pull off their program and would rather back Williams which would definitely produce some amazing results for the team.

Well I just cannot wait for the 2009 season to begin and watch Vettel and Alonso challenge the Ferrari’s and McLaren’s while Kimi if he manages to do what he does in 2008 well he is on his way out of F1 and Ferrari would land in either Alonso or Vettel or even both. Buemi is quick and if the STR managed to be as good as it was in 2008 well he could even manage to pull off a Vettel. Force India will score points if they are lucky while Rosberg will once again drive well but will not have a car to back him.