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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Welcome to the SpeedRead archive

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Changes at SpeedRead

For some time, real life has been intruding on the amount of time I can spend with the blog, and honestly, blogs are dying on the vine thanks to social networking and microblogging. After carefully reviewing what this site provides, I have decided to make some changes that will go into effect in the coming weeks.

  • SpeedRead's presence on Twitter and Facebook will continue. There is a lot of F1 misinformation out there, Generally Misleading Media we'll call it, and I think there is an important role out there for people to point fans in the right direction, toward reputable sources. I'm happy to play a part in that. If you are SpeedRead's reader(s), I strongly encourage you to follow along. Links are on this site. 
  • The blog, that is, the weblog, will be going away. There may be occasions in which I feel inspired to voice an opinion, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. 
  • Once a day, a "newspaper" is generated by the SpeedRead twitter account. Imagine all sorts of interesting F1 and motor sports news delivered as an email newsletter in your inbox once a day. Pretty cool, huh? Please subscribe. 
  • Information (standings, schedules, countdowns) and links will remain, along with suggested sites. Finally, this site will most likely be moving in the next few weeks to a less blog-oriented platform. When it does, a notice will appear pointing you to the new site, and it will also be noted in various social feeds. 


The stats say over 100,00 pageviews since I started this thing in 2006, and looking at these breakdowns, it's been a truly amazing few years.





Thanks for that, and I hope you follow where things are going in the coming weeks. Honestly, it's pretty exciting.


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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ayrton Senna da Silva (21 March 1960 – 1 May 1994)



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Should Haas Formula be taken seriously?

It is easy to write off an American Formula 1 effort. Since Mario Andretti's world championship, the track record hasn't been stellar. Haas Lola, Michael Andretti, Eddie Cheever, Scott Speed and the aborted USF1 pretty much sums up the last 30 years.

So why will Gene Haas (no relation to Carl of Haas Lola) be different? Just another cousin trying to break into the old boys club, right? NASCAR comes to F1.

Make that mistake at your own risk.

  1. Firstly, Haas has the money. Haas owns Haas Automation, Inc, one of the largest machine tool builders in the world.
  2. He has motivation. He wants to use F1 as a platform to promote worldwide growth of Haas Automation, which happens to have offices in Belgium, China and India, all countries F1 visits.
  3. There is a structure in place. Haas co-owns the enormously successful Stewart-Haas Racing, which runs/has run cars in multiple stock series. The team will be based at the team's Kannapolis, North Carolina headquarters. He also owns the world-renown Windshear wind tunnel.
  4. He has teamed up with Guenther Steiner, late of Jaguar and Red Bull, so this won't be an outsider trying to come in and do it his way, he has an accomplished insider to help make the project work.
  5. He recognizes the need to have a European base.
  6. He's made the wise decision to go with a Dallara chassis to start, rather than try to tackle that alone.
  7. He's got the ability to begin racing in 2015 or 2016, which is huge, considering the FIA took so long making its decision that 2015 has become a tall order.

Is it a done deal? No, a million things could go wrong in the next year or two. But does it have a decent chance of succeeding? Yes, definitely.

“Obviously, we’re extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula One license by the FIA. It’s an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula One. Now, the really hard work begins. It’s a challenge we embrace as we work to put cars on the grid. I want to thank the FIA for this opportunity and the diligence everyone put forth to see our license application come to fruition.” -- Gene Haas

Exciting times? Oh, yes!




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Monday, April 7, 2014

Fan's rant: Don't build a winner, just change the rules

For years, people have asked me what I like about F1 compared to other race series. Part of the appeal has always been the politics. What goes on behind the scenes keeps it interesting.



But everything has its limit, and this weekend in Bahrain, I reached it. The continued cry to change the regulations because Mercedes did a better job than everyone else, masked in phony-baloney public outcry about the sound of the engines, is the straw that broke the camel's back.

Here are some key points all parties need to consider:

  • These rules exist in part to placate Carlos Goshn and keep Renault in F1. 
  • The new rules wooed Honda back Red Bull is supposed to have the greatest designer on the planet. Design.  
  • Stefano couldn't deliver a Red Bull beater the last for years under the last formula, either. 
  • The racing this year has been better than ever, and Bahrain may have been the best racing I have watched in my 20 years of watching the sport. 
  • No one cared about the trackside experience until it suited them, it was all about TV. So don't pretend you care about me now. 
  • The TV show is better than ever. F1 is supposed to be about cutting edge technology. 


I'll grant you one thing in the new regs truly needs to be revisited. Pastor Maldonado proved what any kid who played demolition derby with Matchbox cars already knew: you want to flip a car, get a low-nosed scooper. Yes, the new noses are ugly, they also present a predictable danger. T-boning isn't good either, so the engineers have another problem to work on.

Otherwise, shut up and get on with it. The regulations are what they are. There are no surprises here. You knew what the regulations were going to be all along. You are supposed to be the best in the world. Prove it. Don't punish one manufacturer because they did a better job.

No one likes the kid who picks up all his toys and goes home crying "No fair!"


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pick 6: A look at the new F1 season

With a new season upon us, here are six things I'm anticipating in F1 2014:
1. Shaking it up

New engines, new aero, new rules. The most significant changes in recent memory. Gone are the old V-8s, in their place smaller, turbocharged sixes and enhanced energy recovery systems. Changes in nose heights have led to a bunch of, admittedly, ugly noses, but the new power units and the end of the blown diffuser era look to have created torquey driver's cars, and quite likely enhance the show on the track. Some say the engines are too quiet, but I'm less concerned if they sound like the old cars than I am about being entertained. Reliability also looks to play a major role. So far, it looks like Mercedes has got it right, while Renault, and especially Red Bull, are well behind the eight ball.Somehow, it's difficult to picture Red Bull not being a half second ahead at the end of qualifying, but we'll know for sure how far off the boys from Milton Keynes are in just a few days...

 
2. Seb's Australian teammate

Sebastian Vettel, when he jumps into the newly-christened "Suzie" this weekend, will once again be ion his teammate's home turf. But for the first time in years, it won't be the prickly Mark Webber, but instead the ever-chipper Daniel Ricciardo, promoted from within from stablemates Toro Rosso. The questions are many:

  • Is Red Bull's driver program a one hit wonder? 
  • Is Ricciardo ready to step into Webber's shoes? 
  • Will the rules shakeup give him a little more time to settle in? 
  • Is he ready to make way for his teammate? 
  • If the Red Bull/Renault combination is truly that bad, will the smile come off his face? 

I, for one, think Red Bulls problems will be solved in time for it to make a serious run at the championship. Too much money, too much talent. We know Ricciardo is a decent qualifier, I think he will make a solid number 2 before the year is out.

 
3. Fire and Ice

Speaking of teammates, you have to be intrigued about how Kimi and Fernando are going to get on at Ferrari. We all know the history. Kimi lost interest in 2010, Fernando has had poor relationships with teammates in the past. But Kimi stayed motivated with a chance to win at Lotus, until not being paid sapped that interest. Will not be a problem at Maranello. Fernando got along fine with Massa, even when the Brazilian was closer to him in the early years, his problem at McClaren had more to do with favoritism. Again, the only favorite at Ferrai is the Team. The upshot? Now Ferrari have two guys who seem to get more out of cars than they are supposed to be capable of. With the Prancing Horse engine proving to be in between Mercedes and Renault, it isn't hard to picture Ferrari on the podium, and fighting for a win. It's an unknown, but I'll put my money on this pairing to succeed, as long as Stefano Domenicali can manage them.

 
4. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss ... 

He's back... Unhappy with the way things were going at McLaren since stepping away and leaving things in the hands of Martin Whitmarsh, Ron Dennis engineered his removal, and at least temporarily, is back in control of the F1 team. In all honesty, it isn't surprising Whitmarsh was out after last season, a truly terrible on for a team of McLaren's standards. It will be interesting to see how the team reacts after the softer Whitmarsh touch, but Dennis made it clear in an Alec Baldwin/Glengary Glen Ross-like speech, win or your fired. It'll be a blast.

 
5. A Williams resurgance 

The greatest single beneficiary of an engine switch this year appearss to be Williams, who look to have dropped Renault for Mercedes at just the right time. Also jettisoning Pastor Maldonado for the hungry veteran Felipe Massa can't help but be good for the team. Lined up with the promising young Valtteri Bottas, who proved in Austin what he was capable of, and with some brand-spanking new Martini sponsorship, a top-of-the-charts time at the final test have a lot of people talking about Williams being back where it belongs.

 
6. Simona

Simona De Silvestro is the real deal, and with the announcement that she is being groomed by Sauber, she looks to be on course to be the first woman to get a race drive in an F1 car in recent memory. I've watched her race in the states, experts have seen her in a GP2 car. She's talented, and if she gets there, it should be on merit. She is a racer first, and a female second. It will be exciting to see how things develop for her over the course of the year.

So, there you have it. All that remains is to drop the flag on what should prove to be a fascinating 2014.


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Williams gets a new paint job





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Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Marussia finally appears in Jerez



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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Later than expected, the new Caterham

Tony Fernandes reveals the new car on his Twitter feed...





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Mercedes, Red Bull, and the official Force India launch







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Monday, January 27, 2014

Toro Rosso launches the STR9



The Toro is unchained...

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Introducing the Sauber C33-Ferrari

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

The new Ferrari F14 T



Learn all about it here.



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Friday, January 24, 2014

Merc gives us the sound of a 2014 engine in action



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Caterham fires up its new Renault V-6



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Lotus gets in on the game with an E22 reveal

Oh, and Eric Boullier's out... Lopez as Team Principal??? Earlier in the day, journalist Joe Saward gave his opinion that Ross Brawn was not in line for the McLaren job, and we should be waiting for something to blow up elsewhere... hmm...


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McLaren reveals the MP4-29

McLaren is the latest to show us its 2014 challenger, and it isn't orange.



Sam Michael gives a lowdown on the technical aspects of the car.



Here are a couple of more angles from a team infographic.



See more videos, photos, etc. on the McLaren site.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Williams offers a glimpse of 2014

Yesterday, Force India showed a rendering of its new car, but not the nose, which Caterham's Cyril Abiteboul assures us will be ugly this year. Williams confirms the look, offering some renderings -- including one for the cover of F1 Racing. I'll wait to pass judgement until I see the real thing. Until then, you can decide for yourself...


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Force India reveals 2014 car

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Your 2014 driver lineup

With the announcement from Caterham, all the seats are filled.

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel
Daniel Ricciardo

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso
Kimi Raikkonen

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton

STR
Jean-Eric Vergne
Daniil Kvyat

Williams
Felipe Massa
Valtteri Bottas

McLaren
Jenson Button
Kevin Magnussen

Lotus
Romain Grosjean
Pastor Maldonado

Force India
Nico Hulkenberg
Sergio Perez

Sauber
Adrian Sutil
Esteban Gutierrez

Marussia
Jules Bianchi
Max Chilton

Caterham
Kamui Kobayashi
Marcus Ericsson

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