F1 Teams do simulations, endless iterations, with much more data than we have. If not the optimal package already, they are perhaps slightly comprimising, either to help overtaking, or to cover some of Honda's power deficit (which I understand is decreasing).techman wrote: ↑Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:02 amTR biggest problem is that they rarely use the high downforce rear wing. They had good race pace in mexico because they used it and they brought the other spoon wing for japan and brazil. For me its the wrong wing. you need traction off slow corners and that spoon wing cannot get the traction. I just hope TR bring the high dowforce rear wing to Abu Dhabi. If they dont expect TR to again struggle in race.
Yes there are suddenly a lot of those on the forum lately. It is not the end of the world of course, these are learning points for the drivers. After Singapore 2015 I believe Verstappen and Marko had a good conversation about it and at RBR Verstappen obeyed driver swap orders with Ricciardo in 2016 and onwards.
Exactly "an eye for an eye"Godius wrote: ↑Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:05 amYes there are suddenly a lot of those on the forum lately. It is not the end of the world of course, these are learning points for the drivers. After Singapore 2015 I believe Verstappen and Marko had a good conversation about it and at RBR Verstappen obeyed driver swap orders with Ricciardo in 2016 and onwards.
Ticktum is too immature for a race seat according to Horner and there's no way he will be a race driver for any F1 team next year.Alexf1 wrote: ↑Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:52 pmOr: https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/tick ... e/3214117/
Good thoughtful post and you've probably hit the nail on the head. Another year, or part there of, with Hartley wouldn't be a bad thing. Would be good for team stability to carry over one driver, make a good yardstick to compare the Russian, plus he's often referred to as a good car/engine development driver. Has had more than his fair share of bad luck this year...If he can get that monkey off his back, nail qualifying and starts a bit better, he'd be ok.gshevlin wrote: ↑Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:43 amIt is my belief that Toro Rosso has a contract with Brendon Hartley for next season. They would have had to buy that contract out from Ganassi Racing, who had in turn bought it from Porsche in the late summer of 2017, since Hartley was on a long-term contract with Porsche when they decided to withdraw from the WEC. Franz Tost admitted to "long" discussions (translation: tough negotiations) with Ganassi last year before they could sign Hartley. Ganassi signs drivers to 2 or 3 year contracts in Indycar (although Chip Ganassi never fails to give an underperforming driver the big hook. Ask Ed Jones).
So, if they want to dump Hartley, they either have to buy out his contract, or they have to place him in another series.
However, there are limited options for another series, especially with LMP1 being dead on its feet. And...Red Bull have badly mis-managed their Young Driver program for years now. They keep dumping drivers, then seeing them succeed elsewhere. Right now, the buzz was that Alexander Albon was top of their list for 2019, but they dropped him a while back from the Young Driver program, and he signed with Nissan, who funded his F2 program this season in return for owning his medium-term rights for Formula E.
On a broader front, there are actually very few drivers not already in F1 full-time who have enough Superlicense points to be able to race in F1. Hartley is one of a small number of drivers with that qualification.
So, the fact that Alexander Albon is still being listed as a Nissan Formula E driver tells me that no deal has been done yet for him to move anywhere else. And I think it is likely that he will not move anywhere else. Red Bull would have to (a) buy out Brendon Hartley, and (b) pay compensation to Nissan.