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Correct. Kobayashi consistently outqualified him, but because of that, had damaged soft tires to start the race, whereas Perez hardly ever broke out of Q2 and thus had a choice of running a counter tyre strategy to those in front and was able to leapfrog a lot of faster cars simply due to the ongoing high-wear Pirelli controversy and crappy construction.
I feel Kobayashi was pushed out of F1 unjustly, while moneybags lucky strategy Perez gets to buy his way into McLaren. I know lots of people disagree and think Perez is the next Senna or Montoya, but trust me, he is far from it.
1 week, 2 days ago on HONDA TO CONFIRM F1 COMEBACK FOR 2015
Cool history lesson. Did not know what the TE stood for. Do one on the CE28N and RE30! My guess is they stand for "Circuit Evolution" and "Racing Evolution" ?
1 week, 2 days ago on TOURING EVOLUTION: THE VOLK RACING TE37
@pedroft82 That is ignorant. Watch his Eau Rouge pass on Alonso in 2011. Webber has had his moments of brilliance, his only weakness is his starts and maybe his ability to make a counter strategy work.
Tire strategy has been basically the only way to win this season. Where've you been?
Button/Perez are not of the calibre as Prost/Senna. Sorry, but it's true. They have the same driving style as one another, and struggle with setting up a car properly. Button is always moaning about not knowing why such and such happened, and needing to go back and "study the data" and not really ever having much to show for it at the next race. Button has had his moments of brilliance but they are too spread out and inconsistent in the "wrong car" for him.
And although I am excited about Honda's return, I don't think McLaren is the team they should partner with. Their alternating design team philosophy each year is backwards and costs them championship points and championships in general. McLaren refuse to evolve a car over multiple seasons (especially seasons with consistent rules, as in 2012-13), and stubbornly insist of reinventing the wheel each season. That's why they're in such a shithole now and why they haven't wont a WCC since 98. Along with spygate scandals and such.
Personally I think Honda should return with Enstone (Lotus) as their works team. The void left by James Allison's departure from Enstone is big, but by hiring Nick Chester from within and teaming up with the engineers at Honda, I think they could make a formidable challenge in the new V6 turbo era. Especially if they manage to keep the Iceman aboard.
1 week, 3 days ago on HONDA TO CONFIRM F1 COMEBACK FOR 2015
I think the leader of a run should set the pace. It is easy for the follower to just enter as fast as he pleases but as the article alludes, the leader has to try to feel out the available grip.
In this case JR was too blindly aggressive and puts more blame on Aasbo even though he doesnt say it outright.
It's not exactly a fair comparison but in principle it is similar to the pregrid lap in F1 or a safety car period. The leader is entitled to set the pace and if someone crashes into the leader they will likely get a penalty. But in Formula Drift, I guess it is different
1 week, 3 days ago on THE HAMMER VS THE MUSCLE
No Global Time Attack coverage in the US? May 10-13?
3 weeks, 4 days ago on CIRCA NOW: THE SPEEDHUNTERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Not the best, not the worst. Please do more shop coverage Dino and less Japanese tuner satire...
When's that Outer Plus feature coming?!?!
1 month, 1 week ago on USDM MEETS JDM: NAGANO KOUBOU ONEVIA
@Larry Chen @Gregory Pfaff
I've owned the 50 1.2 and played with the 50 1.0 before. The 1.2 is so much better optically and AF speed. Any reason why you chose the 1.0 other than for the bragging rights factor? Not being snarky, legitimate question. No one I've talked to really enjoyed the 1.0 compared to the 1.2
1 month, 2 weeks ago on TUNER ROOTS: THE GREDDY SCION FR-S
I must also add my hat tip to the quality of pics and the greater sneak peek into this crazy ass company.
In true Top Gear style: Koenigsegggngigigisegseggnigsegg x Klingelhoefeeerefeferhoehoferefer FTW
1 month, 3 weeks ago on A METHOD TO THE MADNESS: INSIDE KOENIGSEGG
Good God that Top Gear award is hideous lol
@F1_is_not_a_procession @777 @JDMized Webber didn't lose the track battle with Seb, he conceded the place in the interest of preserving the team's points haul. Martin Brundle and Anthony Davidson provided an analysis that showed Webber was entitled to squeeze Vettel off when Vettel made his pass, but purposely did not as not to risk a DNF for both. Moreover, one of the Sky pundits brought up the interesting point that the tyres presented this situation because drivers must drive to the limit of the tire, not the car, for the duration of the race length. This makes some drivers appear slower than others in certain stints, and when it comes to team mates, it will have made Seb think that he was faster (get Mark out of the way...) but after that Mark set purples and began to pick up the pace slightly.
You can't say "Webber would have been passed anyway" because Webber was on Multi 21 mode for the last stint, and maybe even backed off before that to preserve tires/fuel (the team strategy agreed upon was they would turn down the engines after the last round of stops and bring the cars home in formation). Meanwhile, Vettel was pushing all the time in his last stint to cover ground while Webber was on his last stop but Webber still pulled out ahead. At this point, the team strategy would have kicked in, and Webber had the position. Vettel SHOULD have backed off but immaturity and greed took over. I have no doubt that Webber could have turned the engine up and fought, but he chose to maintain the team's trust and hopefully that pays off in the long term.
If I were part of the team and saw Vettel showing his true colors, where he puts himself before the team and willing to compromise my hard work, hours, and dedication to the team, I would lose serious respect for Seb and would not be as devoted to seeing him succeed as a driver. But none of that matters because Marko is the one that's really in charge. Him, Horner and Vettel are a trio of dipshits.
2 months ago on DISCUSSION: RED BULL DRAMA AT F1 MALAYSIA
Last ITAS post said you'd start showing more love to Instagram submissions. I guess those are too flooded to really go through, but what good is the Instagram hashtagging then?
I'll try flickr and email instead.
2 months ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER: CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Come on Dino. Youve driven an Elise. You didnt peak under that car once to see the flat undertray?? You would realize that aluminum piece is the part of the Lotus undertray that cools the transmission
2 months, 2 weeks ago on WELCOME TO THE FIFTH DIMENSION: 5ZIGEN HQ
@speedhunters_dino Although I don't know of any quality R34 GT-R harness bar options (Surely there are better suggestions on Minkara than on Speedhunters where a majority of folks are in a market with no access to the R34), I think most people are trying to say that while upgrades happen in steps, they should be in sensible steps.
Everyone has a safety engineer degree obviously, but while Takata and the Japanese tuner industry call this first step of yours safe, the solution seems to fly in the face of all other standards of road safety in other countries/companies. If you had planned to go with a harness bar solution from the beginning, why not hold off on any sort of harness upgrade until you can do it properly?
I don't think people are trying to be haters as much as they are trying to point out the risk you're taking by adhering to this setup. I think it is indeed a cultural thing. Maybe the Japanese aftermarket has a lesser standard of safety than is established in other regions/companies (this is NOT saying Japanese don't care about safety, very different statement).
In any case, people seem to feel that to justify this setup as just a first step that's temporary until you determine which harness bar to get is like saying running without the stock seatbelts is a temporary step until you put in the replacement harnesses...yeah it's a step in the process but it's not a sensible step in which to pause at and drive on the road or track...
Good luck with completing your harness solution. I hope you find a good quality harness bar soon that fits your budget.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on TAKATA EQUIPPED: PROJECT GT-R'S NEW BELTS
@777 That's disappointing to hear, even though I felt they would fall well short as well. I'm sure they put a lot of work into rushing it to be ready, but maybe this will give them time to regroup and properly finish the car. And hopefully reassess their ultimate goals...this could be a savage drift car, time attack car, or amazing TSA show car for next year. I just don't see high speed records in it's future based on it's initial approach.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on POLL: THE CARS OF JANUARY
Bensopra 380 is too hyped up, doesn't do anything for me. Doesn't seem like a serious attempt at a high speed record, just a bunch of friends tinkering around with a fun project. Respectable in that sense, but laughable in the former sense.
Voted the RE-A Europa because it opened up a newfound interest and appreciation of the Europa platform
If you think that's fun, try one with a K20A from a DC5 Type R ;)
Nice article Dino. I wonder how improved the shifter is between the earlier 2ZZ powered cars and this revised one. You seem pleased with it but earlier shifters were known to be the one weak point in the driving experience. Hopefully its not as loose and flimsy as before!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on DRIVING NIRVANA: THE LOTUS ELISE S
Damn I didnt know Keisuke Takahashi ditched his FD3S for a 962. Well played. I bet Takumi is jealous in his GT86 he picked up recently. Maybe Bunta will put a Rocket Bunny kit on it to make him feel better
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 1989 PORSCHE 962CK6 & THE EVOLUTION OF SUCCESS
Best article I've read on Speedhunters so far. This was one of the most educational, well written, and interesting stories posted on this site. As a child of the 80's, I wasn't old enough to appreciate or see any of the cars/racing of this era until they were long gone.
Thanks for providing a fresh breath of non-JDM fanboy hypebeasty content for a change. I like that you touched on almost every category of motorsport during the period as well. Did Dakar exist back then and did it have its "crazy 80's era?" I realize Dakar is still crazy today so maybe that's a redundant question.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on RACING'S THE LAST GOLDEN ERA: THE 1980s