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    San Marino

    It's time to get a first place or the season is over.
    Cannot afford to let Ferrari get any further ahead.
    3 weeks since last race, back on the European continent.
    Let's finish1,2!!!!!

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    I agree, no podium, pack it up

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    Forza Ferrari...sorry

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    LOL, priceless


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    ...an inhouse feeding frenzy? n/t


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    Go Minardi!


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    ROTFLMMFAO......

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    The season is over.

    The season is over.

    The superiority Ferrari established last year on low and medium downforce tracks has carried forward this year with a vengence. While Michelin was able to establish a temporary edge in mechanical grip last year and that edge carried Williams and Renault to wins on high downforce tracks, the FIA rules "clarification" after Hungry put Ferraristone back in the drivers seat, and 2 of the 3 remaining races were on low-to-mid downforce tracks anyway.

    This year, the first 5 (!!!) races are on tracks favoring the Ferraristone edge. We won't know until Monaco whether Michelin still has an edge at the narrow, high downforce tracks in Europe. However, with Bahrain added and Spa back, the faster tracks now are predominant on the schedule. Therefore, absent some sort of incredible leap by Michelin this season is already over.

    I am tired of tyers. I'm tired of boardroom deals struck by guys in suits dictating race results. Let's get rid of the Ferraristone marriage and identify a single tire supplier for the season. All teams to receive identical tires and tire data--no playing favorites. Then maybe we'll see some racing.


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    oh right if you can't catch them, change the rules

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    rule can be defective . . .

    . . . and are changed all the time, so I see nothing "unsporting" about changing one which Ferrari has manipulated into giving it an exclusive advantage which cannot be matched by its competitors.

    Hypothetical: Bridgestone patents a new, clearly superior tire design, and will only supply the new design to Ferrari. Because of the patent, Michelin cannot copy the design. How would allowing Bridgestone to exercise such monopoly power in F1 be "sporting"? Would we really need to have Bridgestone prove the design's superiority 17 times a year, every year, or should we just change the rule?

    The present situation is not so extreme, but the Ferraristone marriage certainly gives that team a definite advantage. This advantage is chiefly an economic one, dictated by boardroom deals, not engineering excellence. Short of Michelin dogging all of its teams but one, there is no way to compete with it. Rules which allow this sort of economic manipulation are not "sporting" but defective and should be changed.

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    but coming up with a better solution is not

    in the case you mention Michelin having a tire that does not conform to the dimetions clearly stated in the rules, is.

    Sure rules can be changed but they should never be changed to make teams that are lagging, artificially competitive.<p align=center>
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    you don\'t get it, do you?

    the "artificial" aspect is FERRARISTONE, not the poor suckers who are foreclosed from ever having such a relationship with a tire manufacturer. Ferrari has an artificial advantage created by the boardroom deal they struck with Bridgestone.

    I'll try the airplane analogy: suppose a bunch of fuselage manufacturers are competing to build the the best plane. One manufacturer gets to "marry" a wing supplier, and develops its fuselage jointly with that supplier. NO OTHER TEAM IS ALLOWED THIS ADVANTAGE. All the others develop a fuselage and, a few weeks before the race season, they get handed a wing and have to make do the best they can at mating it to their fuselage.

    [Yes, I know that Michelin works with the other teams but it has to work with them ALL and thus can't tailor the tire like Ferraristone can]

    Now could you explain to me why the latter teams are "lagging"? My point always has been that no team can be expected to compete, on a consistent basis, with another team that has its own, personal tire manufacturer, and who can thereby develop tires tuned specifically to their car.

    I find nothing interesting about such an advantage. It is dictated by lawyers and economics and it is no more "sport" than watching Mircosoft's antitrust manuevers. If you're a Ferrari fan or have an axe to grind with BMW, Mercedes, etc, it might be emotionally satisfying. Sort of like watching Shaquille O'Neal join you're alma mater high school's team for the sole purpose of pounding a cross town rival by 100 points. For someone actually interested in good, competitive basketball, however, that would be a crashing bore. Ditto for the current F1 situation.

    Having said all this, I'll admit that Michelin could copy Ferraristone and create, say, "Michewilliams" or "Michenault", thus turning F1 forever into a two-team series. Still a yawn, still not "sporting" and still not "fair."





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    lol...and lose all the sponsorship $$$...unlikely.

    like AC said, changing the rules is not the key. Maybe cut back on testing or something to try and stem Ferrari's massive budget.

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    What sponsorship $ ????

    are you talking about that would be lost? I wasn't aware that Bridgestone or Michelin was kicking any $ into the F1 kitty, or to any team, short of supplying tires and spending millions on "free" R&D.

    Even if they are, the amount of TV and ticket $$ which will be lost if the season is over after 9 races will overwhelm anything the tire mfg's might be paying to anyone.

    Will it be economically viable for Bernie E to buy out the time remaining on either Bridgestone's or Michelin's contract and then to amend the rules to make sure the remaining supplier plays no favorites. I wouldn't be surprised.

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    Re: The season is over.

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    You're a sick pup, DLS ; }


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    Thank you; I also do tricks...

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    well..

    as much as it looks like its gonna be a repeat of the 2002 season, lets not forget last year when williams had a great 2nd half.

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