Comments for en-gb 30 Fri 26 Dec 2014 00:01:15 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at jackob2916 This post has been Removed Thu 17 Jun 2010 05:05:59 GMT+1 christoph After limited research, I believe that should schumacher win this season, he'll become only the second driver to win in 3 different decades, after Jack Brabham. Is this correct? Sat 13 Mar 2010 17:49:03 GMT+1 SA_sports_fan The most enthralling F1 season in the modern era is almost at hand and the contenders to this year's title include (in my humble opinion), the greatest (confirmed statistically at least) driver of all time. For all their talent, champion Jenson and former champion Lewis have never drawn the curtain on a season conquering a legend of the sport. To be fair, during his retirement there was no suitable character that carried that mantle. Whether Michael's return from slumber fires him back to 'purple sectors' remains to be seen and given that he is one of the select few to extract morsels of speed from an otherwise ordinary car (remember Ferrari back in 1995...), his presence alone will provide some entertaining Sunday afternoons. Wed 10 Mar 2010 12:37:21 GMT+1 Leinstimrk @ RubensSchumacher Alonso was in a poorer car in 2009 and 2008 than all the drivers you quote.The point being made was Alonso beat Schumacher in 2006 despite driving a slower Renault. Schumacher is not going to be better now than he was in 2006, he might be as good but not better. Tue 09 Mar 2010 22:38:28 GMT+1 Daninho ".... I cannot see why Schumacher would be any quicker than he was when he retired, when he was second best to Alonso. Its Judgement Day for Nico Rosberg, if he gets thrashed by a geriatric Schumacher he will never cut it at the top...."I cannot see why Alonso wozld be any quicker then he was when he was slower then Button,Hamilton,Raikkonen,Massa,Vettel...... last year. Nice arguments from you! Tue 09 Mar 2010 13:51:17 GMT+1 expoeurope there are four world champion drivers on the grid.....Schumacher..Alonso..Hamilton and Button....I wonder if there will be any surprises this season...It would nice to see the younger drivers giving these guys a run for there money.!!!! Tue 09 Mar 2010 11:23:31 GMT+1 endofcity @hotheadwazza: "If everyone gets more or less equally competitive cars this season, F1 2010 will be ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!"That's not very likely, is it?@ Ahad ShaukatI think the new circuits in the Middle East are boring, soulless and have no history. I personally believe F1 should be staged at the best circuits for racing and not just for money.F1 has been totally over glamorised over the last 15 years and is way too much about the showbiz and the money these days.The BBC's own F1 page pretty much sums it up, it's all about gossip and not technical at all. Tue 09 Mar 2010 08:50:10 GMT+1 smilingSpongeMuffin 26. MagnificentSeven If we were to stop F1, would people stop dying? The answer is NO. All you can do is try to avoid it yourself, and to offer our help and kindness to those who are not so fortunate. But you can not blame your understandable angst on a fringe sport. Indeed, it is because of F1, to many, that makes it worth living in the first place. Everything is "Ying and Yang". I think everyone here understands the context with which you made your comment, but the solution to this has nothing to do with F1, and I am sure we would be grateful if you would not drag the board down. Kindly, this is not the forum.It was a great blog, and the people are excited for the F1 season ahead. This is a post about the joy of life, and what makes it worth living. Tue 09 Mar 2010 05:24:37 GMT+1 smilingSpongeMuffin Great Blog. I would like to share my 2 cents.Watch out for Kobayashi. I think he will light this season up.I am prepared for a dull season. It often works like that. We have had three thrilling seasons, and we are due a dull one. The line up looks awesome, and we all desperately hope to watch a classic, but I am prepared for a dull Sunday. I think this for 2 reasons.1. They change the rules too much, too rapidly. A points change, a fueling reversal, and a qualifying alteration can take a while to work out for many.2. Refueling was introduced to make the racing closer. I am going for Button. I do think Hamilton is faster, but only over 20 laps. Button is smooth, and understands that the race is won over the season, and not just the moment. He has so much experience, and in the middle of the pack, which is a much harder place to play that at the front. He has only ever had one opportunity, and he took it. Sure, he had a car advantage, but doesn't every champion. And he only had it for a few races. It is not about HAVING an advantage, but TAKING that advantage. I think Alonso will lose to Massa due to reliability - Ferrari have lost it since the departure of Brawn. I think Red Bull will drop off, and their drivers will take time to adapt to the changes. I think Mercedes will be very competitive after 5 races. But I think McLaren will have the edge, and I think the elimination of refueling will play into Button's experience, patience, and silky smooth style. Looking at the changes taking place, the driver dynamics, and the opportunities available, then I think Button is the package. Button will be so unfazed by Schumacher, as he has raced against him many times. I am not so sure about the new guys. Let us not forget how young and inexperienced Hamilton is. Amazingly talented he is. And he may be the fastest. But nothing replaces experience and maturity, and it is a long season.Lets hope 2010 Tue 09 Mar 2010 05:08:32 GMT+1 heisback @magnificentseven, if you aren't going to contribute something worthwhile, please don't bother.I think this will be an epic season...with 6-8 drivers fighting it out.Hopefully Schuey can show the young guns a thing or two and let's hope that the new teams can compete, and not be mobile chicanes like the old Fortis and Pacifics... Tue 09 Mar 2010 01:36:13 GMT+1 impie I am really looking forward to the start of the new season (as always), this year sounds like it could be a season to remember.I cannot see why Schumacher would be any quicker than he was when he retired, when he was second best to Alonso. Its Judgement Day for Nico Rosberg, if he gets thrashed by a geriatric Schumacher he will never cut it at the top.It will be nice to see Felipe back on track.Cmon Lewis and Jenson!!! Woo.***Living in hope that F1 will make an appearance in HD at some point this season*** Mon 08 Mar 2010 23:08:47 GMT+1 Joe Urquhart As gutted as I have been to see Raikkonen leave F1, I have to say Schumi returning more than makes up for it! I have never been so excited about an F1 season as this one! Great blog Jonathan! Hope the BBC coverage is as excellent as last years! Mon 08 Mar 2010 22:58:20 GMT+1 HotHeadWazza If everyone gets more or less equally competitive cars this season, F1 2010 will be ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!Picture it:We have hot title prospects Seb Vettel & Felipe Massa, PLUS World ChampionS Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso AND the great Michael Schumacher, ALL ON THE SAME GRID???..... I'm practically salivating...!!! :D Mon 08 Mar 2010 22:23:27 GMT+1 mclarenteam imagine f1 in 3d Mon 08 Mar 2010 20:25:06 GMT+1 DrAlucard This should be a fantastic season with great racing and I imagine it will get better as the races go on and the drivers become more used to their cars and driving with full fuel loads. If only it was broadcast in HD... Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:25:47 GMT+1 Thatwasfunny I look forward to every F1 season! The new rules make the difference! Just like last year you change the variables and things become uncertain! I'm tipping Jenson! I think his smooth style will suit the newest adaptation! I can't stop using exclamation marks sorry! Mon 08 Mar 2010 18:22:25 GMT+1 Peter Fox Well the article states some basic facts ,but it is mostly pure conjecture so any plausible analysis is pretty much impossible. The true picture will only become clearer this coming weekend - as they say, 'when the flag drops the bullshit stops'!Winter testing has shown that the status quo is pretty much in place - Ferrari, Mclaren, Red Bull, Mercedes all appear to have produced quick cars and they also have the ability to bring aggresive future development programmes to bear throughout the year - the best of the rest - Sauber, Williams,Renault,Force India and Torro Rosso all look to have made movement towards the top teams and possibly Williams will be the pick of this bunch thanks to the development skills of Barrichello and the raw pace of new boy Hulkenberg. The new teams will fight for the reliability stakes in the first few races and with the points now going down to tenth place, it may see them grasp some of the prize money for 2011 to propel themselves further up the grid?Different driving pairings will make an interesting backdrop to the season and one Michael Schumacher will undoubtedly make his mark.All in all it looks like an exciting season in front of us .....thankfully the speculation of the winter season is nearly at an end. Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:36:13 GMT+1 9mrstorres Great blog, I can't wait for Sunday, it's going to be a fantastic season! Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:26:27 GMT+1 Andrew Benson HiI edit the F1 blogs, as you may know. To those who have pointed out the error on the new scoring system, sorry and thank you - it has now been amended. Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:06:03 GMT+1 Tom Moore Hey, JonathanTop notch article, im very excited at the prospect of Kobiyashi having a perminent drive for sauber, he looks very promising after brazil last season! Not sure about schumacher though im pleased he's back, hoping for a fantastic season on the beeb. Mon 08 Mar 2010 17:01:25 GMT+1 Ahad Shaukat @ endofcity what do you mean soulless circuits is the middle east?? .. F1 is a worldwide sport with fans all over the world .. even ppl of middle east hav the right to see their fav drivers and team .. and f1 attracts so much audience in the middle east , they make so much money from the middle east . why should they not come and race in the middle east ?? its not just for the europeans ... Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:59:12 GMT+1 Ahad Shaukat hoping for some schumi magic this season .... Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:55:35 GMT+1 GFasulo Fantastic Blog Jonathan. I'm glad refuelling has gone and Schumacher is back! I hope we have a fantastic season. Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:50:50 GMT+1 MagnificentSeven This post has been Removed Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:30:00 GMT+1 r2chyboy Its gonna be an awesome season in terms of the way things are shaping up. I suspect Ferrari will be the team to beat with their racing pedigree and experience in the guise of the outstanding Alonso. Massa could well be the new Rubens unless he matches Alonso`s pace early season. Hamilton will im sure mature as a driver this season and its up to Button to try to match his pure speed, good luck JB. Vettel is another driver to watch this season as we saw last season with a competitive car he is as good as any. I think the shumenator has his work cut out as this now appears to be a young mans game. But the publicty he generates can only be good for the sport and if Mercedes do have a quick car he will be in the mix. Looking forward to watching the Hulk so much promise. Think this season will be a real scrap as I think the days of 0.6 to + 1 sec a lap diff between the top teams is over, I hope. On a more sobering note I do worry about the long term future of the newer less experienced teams. Finally thank good the fuel strats are history and the pesky wheel fairings have been abandoned. Look for a Ferrari and Mclaren to lock out the top 4 spots at Bahrain this weekend. Just salivating with anticipation now! Mon 08 Mar 2010 16:05:54 GMT+1 endofcity Stop suggesting this will be 'the best season in years'! There have been so many seasons in the past which have been overhyped and ended up being pretty boring. F1 will never be as good as it was in the mid 80s, it's just become far to sanitised.The only thing you can say for certain is FINALLY the regulations of F1 are being changed to a bit more like they ought to be. Scrap the silly tyre rules and that might well be the final piece of the jigsaw. Also, it would be nice to see some racing at some 'proper' circuits with a bit of history, rather than these soulless circuits in the Middle East and awful circuits like Melbourne (surely the worst, dullest circuit on the calendar?)Let's just wait and see, eh? If this turns out to be another dull season in F1, all of this hype is going to seem a bit silly.On a final note about the Schumacher come back, it would not surprise me one bit if he left halfway through the season if the car just isn't competitive. Remember the Mansell comeback at McLaren?? Mon 08 Mar 2010 15:53:00 GMT+1 GaryBowyersKitManfromUNCLE Oh the anticipation of this coming weekend is killing me! What Jonathan you have written here is like a preview to a blockbuster summer movie! Well this season is certain to be a crowd puller with the talent on show and the changes to the pit stops will certainly be interesting. I can't wait till Friday! Mon 08 Mar 2010 15:48:23 GMT+1 Howard First corner is always of interest, but with 24/6 cars arriving at speed with upto 3 times the normal fuel-load.... I hope the fire engines are well equipped, and that all drivers are capable of tip-toe-ing around the first few bends! Mon 08 Mar 2010 15:43:25 GMT+1 Mace9 Thanks Gavelaa.I think this will be better than the old system, with the podium finish places having more of an advantage.Can't wait until next weekend! Mon 08 Mar 2010 15:10:24 GMT+1 Estesark For the first time in seven years, Saturday sessions will be a series of three thrilling sprints. No more fuel-adjusted grids.But top 10 qualifiers must continue to use the same tyres for the start of the race. Do you gamble on pole for an early advantage but risk needing to pit too early, or do you play a longer, safer game, preparing for a tyre change when the car is lighter and faster?I was so disappointed when I heard about that new rule. Instead of the grid being adjusted by published fuel loads, it will now need to be adjusted by unpublished tyre wear. So we'll know less about the cars when they start the race, and they still won't be able to go flat out for pole position in Q3, which is what everyone really wants to see. They've just replaced one obfuscating rule with another.Jonathan, will you be continuing your predictions column from last year? I ask because, well, you didn't do particularly well (only two or three correct winners in the whole season, if I remember rightly), and this season could be just as unpredictable if not more so. Mon 08 Mar 2010 14:59:32 GMT+1 Andy Looking forward to it, and hopefully it will remain competitive. Last season started out very exciting, with Brawn blowing away the field, but it became pretty obvious early on that they were the only ones who were going to win it.I fancy Ferrari and Red Bull to be scrapping it out this year, but McLaren and Mercedes should make it interesting by being pretty close behind them. Mon 08 Mar 2010 14:27:56 GMT+1 Gavelaa at post 14, there is no 3 points awarded like JL suggested. it goes:25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1. Mon 08 Mar 2010 14:18:30 GMT+1 Ben Im blown away by this sesson depth already and we haven't start, I cant wait for the first race! Its going to be good this sesson-FACT! Mon 08 Mar 2010 13:57:00 GMT+1 welshsteve I just can't see why they have to keep changing the rules all the time. Mon 08 Mar 2010 13:54:36 GMT+1 Jamie De Freitas Jonathan,I know in the video clips of the BBC team you tipped Hamilton as WDC this year. But who do you think his closest challengers will be?Great piece by the way, cant wait! Mon 08 Mar 2010 13:17:27 GMT+1 Mace9 Can someone explain the points system to me please? Jonathon says it includes the top 10 places, but gives 11 numbers (25,18,15,12,10,8,6,4,3,2,1)......who gets what?Cheers Mon 08 Mar 2010 13:15:59 GMT+1 Chrissy Good article, i have been building up to this race for so long i can only hope its half as good as i think it will be. All i ask is can we have some overtaking!!! and end the saga of boring races, with JB winning early last year it was great but there still was no overtaking. i really hope we improve on last year, Mon 08 Mar 2010 13:15:26 GMT+1 Tristan Is anyone else looking forward to Schumacher vs Alonso again. That's where the real action is going to be. It certainly won't be at McClaren where everyone seems to be working really hard not to uspet anybody recently. Watch out for Rosberg too he's always been one of the quickest, if he can learn how to race (not just qualify) while he's with MS he could be a real force. Mon 08 Mar 2010 13:09:13 GMT+1 Hookers_armpit You say the same every year! Mon 08 Mar 2010 12:36:13 GMT+1 Slainte FAN-tastic! Mon 08 Mar 2010 12:35:47 GMT+1 Swerve1 Good article Jonathan - now i'm well up for it.Good riddance to re-fuelling too. I was never a fan. Now, hopefully, different cars will find a sweet spot with the balance of the car at different times as the race progresses, meaning that people will be faster at different times. It may not lead to more overtaking opportunities (though i hope it does), but it should make it more interesting. Mon 08 Mar 2010 12:35:14 GMT+1 Gavelaa This has all been set up to be the most memorable season yet.We've got an expansion on the number of circuits to 19, an expansion of the teams to 12, the return of Michael Schumacher, the best drivers now at the best teams, more competition, new design specifications giving the team another challenge, the list goes on.. Mon 08 Mar 2010 12:14:28 GMT+1 f1fantic Bring it on guys. Let's hope it is exciting. New teams, Return of the Greatest, Hope it goes down to the final round instead of a runaway leader. At least we got Lotus and Virgin Racing. Let's hope Hispania do well. Mon 08 Mar 2010 11:39:19 GMT+1 lee fett I see your point mr_aleman but I've got to say that having the most successful driver to ever race in F1 is big news on the driver front. Coupled with Alonso switching to Ferrari and Button joining McLaren the driver line-up has changed a fair bit. OK so the personnel is roughly the same but the fact that a couple have switched teams and the man who's won more World Championships than anyone else is back I'd say is pretty massive.I don't feel losing Raikkonen is going to be detrimental to F1. Even for someone who has always come across incredibly laid back, last year he reached new levels. It was as if as soon as he knew the car wasn't going to be competitive he wasn't going to be too interested. I may well be wrong but that's the way it came across to me.One thing's for sure though, I think this is turning out to be one of the most eagerly anticipated seasons for some time. So many questions are being asked by everyone and I can't wait for the answers to start coming out at the weekend. I just hope we get a few teams and a few drivers all in contention by the middle of the season instead of one runaway leader like last year. Mon 08 Mar 2010 11:20:49 GMT+1 banbrotam I agree, mr_aleman, only have FOUR World Champions and two runners up in very good cars, makes no difference!!!!!!! Mon 08 Mar 2010 11:11:03 GMT+1 biglewisfan This post has been Removed Mon 08 Mar 2010 11:03:24 GMT+1 TheBBCFan A lot to look forward to in terms of who is in what team. But the only real driver change this year is Schmacher is back and Raikkonen has gone! So 1 world champion comes and another goes, ok its more exciting but not massive on the driver front. Mon 08 Mar 2010 10:43:04 GMT+1 Craig1979 Great article, I have not been looking forward to a F1 season fo a long time.So many sub plots and so many drivers with a point to prove, I hope its as close as predicted with a host of drivers in with a chance of winning races.If I had to I would put my money on Lewis, he seems happier and does not have the off track distractions of last year, I would have each-wayer on Alonso though..(I know the photo is in black and white but 1908???) Mon 08 Mar 2010 10:33:32 GMT+1 modtl1 Great analysis Jonathan. Mon 08 Mar 2010 10:28:57 GMT+1