Hey asanta, haven’t been on in a long time. I’m graduating this semester and have a full plate!
How did you feel about the conclusion to the season? I would have rather seen Vettel win the championship, but Button is definitely a deserving champ. He certainly drove convincingly in Brazil. Not too much excitement in Abu Dhabi, but with the conclusion to the championship coming in Brazil, it seemed like the season had already ended.
I still can’t believe about Renault. I’ve read somewhere recently that Piquet may sign with one of the new teams. I’d be surprised if any team would take him after what happened. Have you heard anything lately about Briatore? I remember reading awhile back that he claimed he was innocent, even after he resigned. He’s involved with some sport’s team that was going to consider banning him since he was banned from European motor sports. I never heard what came of that. But now, even the future of Renault is in doubt. I think Kubica made a huge mistake signing for them. No one knows if they will even be in F1 next year. He should’ve signed with Mclaren, but I think that seat is between Raikkonen and Heidfeld. The biggest surprises for me are Toyota pulling out, Rubens going to Williams, and the possibility of Raikkonen leaving altogether. I knew that it was always a possibility that he would leave after this season, but I was sure that he would race for someone else next year. I’ve seen stories that are suggesting that he will take a sabbatical after this year. If he does, I don’t see him coming back. He will probably get into rallying.
Anyway, I was wondering what your thoughts were. If the rumors are true, it will be exciting to see Rosberg in a Brawn next year.
I thought the season was quite boring until the very end. I also would have rather seen Vettel win than Button. I am not convinced that Button is anything but a mid-field driver in a fantastic car. As soon as the rest of the field caught up, he was once again a mid-field driver with a half season advantage—the amount of time it took for the rest of the cars to catch up. Vettel on the other hand is the whole package, a great driver in a great car, with an incredibly unreliable engine…. I think that Button is a one shot wonder. I doubt we will see him again as a champion. He also had the benefit of Barichello’s well know genius for set up, which he will sorely miss next year! Button greatly over-values his skill, he should re-sign with Brawn and shut up, no one else is scrambling to sign him.
Briatore has been pretty much excused by his peers as doing business as usual. The FIA is so inconsistent in enforcing rules I don’t understand why the team was not fined more severely, especially so soon after their spy fiasco…but it does appear to business as usual in the halls of Formula 1! I have a feeling that we haven’t seen the last of him!
Kubica should have waited to sign…now Renault may leave Formula 1… He is a good driver and deserves a good drive. I’m not sure McLaren would have been a good fit for him. He tends to whine a lot. McLaren had enough of that with Alonso and Hamilton.
Kimi would be a good fit for McLaren, he and Lewis would get along. McLaren would not like that he refuses to be warm and fuzzy for their PR machine.
I see Jarno is going to NASCAR and I thought Nelsonho was going there too. I hadn’t heard about one of the new teams picking him up, although Fernando was picked up after his part in spygate-although he WAS a two time champ, and Piquet will never be more than a mid field to rear field driver. I wonder how much Piquet Sr would be willing to pay to keep Jr in the field! At least with Toyota, BMW and perhaps Renault leaving, they will go from a shortage to an overabundance of drivers.
I hadn’t heard that Heidfeld was in the running for McLaren. I really like Heikki, but I think he may have lost some of his drive with that horrific crash last year.
I think Fisichella made a bad decision to go to Ferrari, he will just be a test driver and he is better than many of the others in the field. It is going to be interesting to see how oil and water Massa and Alonso get along. Ferrari fans are pissed off and Renault and Alonso about the ‘accident’, and feel that it cost Massa the championship. I get the feeling that Ferrari may not be very warm and fuzzy towards Alonso, since they blame him too, and Massa has been very vocal with his opinions!
Now let me tell you what I REALLY think !