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#346 MightyJordan

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 14:31

In other news - what are people's thoughts now that McLaren-Honda has been confirmed for 2015?

Considering their form this season so far, all I can say is thank god! I won't go as far to say BTCC won't be the only discipline Honda will be dominating, but hopefully we'll see a little glimmer of their old glory days. Speaking of the old days...

Earlier today McLaren announced an engine supply deal with Honda, starting in two season’s time. Now spies within the Woking team say the rekindled partnership is just the tip of a very retro iceberg which will see the number one driver slot for 2015 occupied by French racing legend Alain Prost.

‘We're going really old school with this,’ said a team insider. ‘And what better way to wind things back to the late ‘80s than by getting Alain in the car. He’s quick, he’s experienced and he still has the same hairstyle.’

According to our mole, the shock signing of a 58-year-old driver is just part of a whole raft of extraordinarily retro moves from McLaren including asking Vodafone to make their logo look ‘more Marlboro-y’ and lobbying for the return of the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Most shockingly, insiders say McLaren is working flat out on a Prost’s 2015 team mate which they intend to be an animatronic recreation of Ayrton Senna. Spies say the Senna robot uses the same technology that allows Ron Dennis to display basic human emotions and will contain a special algorithm that makes it wait until the end of the season before it twats into Prost.

‘This new deal with Honda has really inspired us,’ our factory insider gushed. ‘Although obviously it won't last forever and we're already planning for 2019 when we switch to a generic Ford engine and then 2020 when our MP4-35 will be forced to use a catastrophically crap Peugeot V10. Mind you,’ he added. ‘It’ll still be faster than this season’s car.’

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 21:38

The year was 2005. As far as I recall the races were not as entertaining as in recent years then.


There were a couple of good races that year... Imola, Japan.

As for McLaren - Honda... an interesting move. Having complete autonomy from Mercedes could help McLaren get out from under their shadow, it could also turn them into another of the also-rans. Given that Honda's recent F1 forays have not been as successful as they were in the past it remains to be seen how this will pan out... but McLaren need to do something as they certainly haven't shone since the current rules came into effect in 2009

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:05

Lotus' special livery for this weekend

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:08

Lotus' special livery for this weekend

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:23

Hope the lotus pitcrew wears helmets like that.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:40

FP1 result:

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 13:35

FP2:

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 14:50

So, how'll be the winner at Monaco?

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 10:04

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 11:34

If merc get on pole here which it looks almost certain they will they will be impossible to pass if they tyres go off. We could end up with some massive car trains

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 12:29

If merc get on pole here which it looks almost certain they will they will be impossible to pass if they tyres go off. We could end up with some massive car trains

And that's why I'm not a big fan of Monaco; it's too narrow for F1 racing, especially with those hairpins.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 13:05

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Rosberg to win the race, Hamilton to trulli the rest of the field. :shifty:

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 13:16

What happened to Massa?

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 13:17

Crashed in FP3 they couldn't put his car back together in time.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 10:09

Mercedes in secret Pirelli Formula 1 tyre test row

Mercedes is at the centre of a growing controversy ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix after it emerged the team had conducted a private 1000 kilometre tyre test at Barcelona after the last race.

The Brackley-based outfit has struggled to work out why its race form is no match for its qualifying efforts this season, having now secured four consecutive pole positions but struggled with tyre wear in the races.

AUTOSPORT can reveal that rival outfits have been left deeply unhappy that Mercedes was given a golden chance to boost its understanding of the issue with a private test at Barcelona last week. Due to weather interruptions, it extended over three days.

Although in-season testing is banned, it is understood that Mercedes was requested by Pirelli to help work through the issues that the Italian tyre manufacturer has experienced in the last few races.

According to sources at Mercedes, the test was allowed because Pirelli can call upon one outfit for a private test to help it with products if circumstances dictate.

Mercedes is adamant that its running at Barcelona was totally within the regulations, but high-level sources have revealed that other teams are not convinced and the matter has now been taken up with the FIA.

Team principal Ross Brawn said that his outfit had worked tirelessly on the tyre issue since Barcelona - but did not make reference to the test when asked about what the team had done since the Spanish GP.

"I think when we got back from Barcelona we had some pretty long and deep meetings and decided a course of action," he explained.

"There were a lot of things going on already, so I don't want to create the impression that we got back and all of a sudden we started work. There was a lot of work going on already.

"I think some of the work was refocused in areas that we thought were maybe more relevant and in the last couple of weeks, Bob [Bell] has been directing all the engineering team to make sure that they focus on the areas that we felt were most important.

"We have come here with changes, and it is almost impossible at Monaco to judge those changes but we believe that they are relevant and give another snap shot of that at Montreal.

"But it won't be until we get to Silverstone that I think we can judge where we stand and there are more changes that we are trying - and trying to establish those changes in the best possible way with the limitations of going to races."


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