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01-17-2006 11:03 PM #1
- Spring Lake, MI, United StatesMember No: 8116
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BMW Sauber F1 car launched today.
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<FONT COLOR=999999 FONT FACE=verdana>02 Sterling Gray M3 Coupe</FONT>
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01-28-2006 12:40 AM #2
- Los Angeles, CA, United StatesMember No: 57882
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Not impressed, but hopefully a good car.
First- thanks for the link. Good photos. I've been a BMW F1 fan for years- but since they let Juan Pablo go to McLaren it's been hard to remain loyal. I know, drivers come and go- but I've been a big Montoya fan since F3000 and saw him live in a few CART races here in the states. Also, he's the first guy to show the world that M Schumacher is beatable.
Anyway, the aero package looks conservative and the paint scheme borders on boring. I hope the V8 engine performs better than the paint looks. I guess I expected a car with a little more character. Have you seen the McLaren- bold and beautiful!
I also can't believe BMW selected Jacques Villeneuve as a driver. It seems like BMW is trolling for the bottom feeders these says. JV's days as an F1 contender are over. I wouldn't even let him drive if I owned the old Minardi.
But still in my heart I'm a BMW fan and always have hope they do well. But boy do they make it hard!
03-07-2006 03:59 PM #3
I think JV had a two-year contract with Sauber and BMW had to assume it as part of purchasing the team. They then faced the question of whether they wanted to pay double for a different driver (because they'd have to buy out JV and then pay the new guy too), in a year that they had to know would be a developmental one anyway. So they saved some $$ and let JV continue as number two.
There also was the question of whether any other PROVEN and BETTER driver really was available to justify the cost. Sure, they could have signed some GP2 guy or taken a flyer at Dan Weldon, but would he have been better? Likewise, they might have been able to sign a journeyman like Alan McNish, but is he really better than JV? JV's washed up, but at least he isn't making all the dumb mistakes that he use to and he still is capable of scoring points on occassion.
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