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Bar is set so low now for F1...even with 18 guys over the wall they can't get the pit stops right

Norris, I agree with you that Fisichella's run came out of nowhere and I'm still flabbergasted at the pace of the Force India car @ Spa. He even said the car was quicker than Kimi's Ferrari and that was evident from the way he pushed Kimi all the way, but how come??? What changed??? The test should be how they perform in the next race, but while I'm not quite prepared to say something is fishy (e.g. Fisi to Ferrari for Monza), I am not naieve enough to believe the stars were all aligned in perfection for that race either.

I hadn't given any thought to collusion in F1 before, but sheesh, I don't want to become cynical. However, some things really makes no sense and leave me scratching my head.

Anyone who has been following F1 this year would easily be able to understand why Force India almost won this race.

The field spread for qualifying(3) was 1.06 seconds over the top 10 cars over a 7.04Km track. (not a dumb oval either) Crikey if that isn't proof enough what is? Could somebody please tell me how the physics of that could be fixed???
Maybe if all of the cars were electronically controlled by some supercomputer GPS from outer space maybe!
Conclusion - There is no doormat in F1. Either you keep up or you give up.

The same downforce problems that make the Force India car a problem at other tracks makes it perfectly suited for the high speeds of SPA and it will also be fast at Monza as well. Force India have been working just as hard as every other team to develop their car with limited resources. 250 people compared to 2500 people at Ferrari.

Another very clear indication of how well the car was working is how close Fisi could stay to the back of the Ferrari. Despite the turbulence it was stuck nicely to the pavement.

If it weren't for the Ferrari's KERS power Force India would surely have won the race. Not only could Fisi stay close but also had a higher straight line speed before Kimi pushed the button. Force India like most teams have not developed or continue to use a KERS system.

It is getting more and more obvious that the fans of the flash, crash, bang of North American motorsport cannot comprehend the real rocket science of Formula One! It really is the greatest show on earth once you really look at it up close. Cutting edge technology, money, glamor, civility, beauty, sophistication... Oh and fans by the millions around the globe!

But I guess some prefer "BoogetyBoogetyBoogety - Let's go racing boys!!!"


Am I the only one who thinks Mr. McDonald's knowledge of F1 stinks? Why does he keep writing about it?

Ralphy has stated reasons already, but like he said, anyone following F1 would understand why Force India did well. In summary (and some additional points):
- First low downforce track of the season requiring different aerodynamics
- End of season, other manufacturers not developing 2009 car anymore (i.e. Ferrari)
- Mercedes engine more fuel efficient - Spa is one of the longer tracks
- Fisichella has historically dominated all his teammates (including Button and Massa) until 2005+, so it's not like he was ever considered a slow driver
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Norris MacDonald’s comments are a microcosm of the cynicism infecting North American motorsports journalists regarding F1. This year, the cars were built to a brand new set of technical rules (more mechanical grip with slicks, but less aero grip with smaller wings), so any data that the teams had from last season at any of these tracks is worthless. With no in-season testing allowed this year either, Force India were just lucky to nail the set-up right off the truck. Since Spa is a lower down-force track (high-speed), the advantages of the bigger teams with their more efficient aero bodywork that they spend millions on is minimized, so it levels the playing field. If Norris had even watched the race (which I doubt), he would have seen that the lap times in all of the weekend sessions (I know, I watched them all) were ridiculously close, with only a tenth and a half separating the top 10 all day on Friday. Monza will be even more so with drivers fighting for 100ths and 1000ths of seconds because it is even faster with fewer corners. Even though there were new tech rules this year, Sutil was running 5th at Spa last year, so the team know how to set-up a car for that track. Norris should stick to commenting on CrashCar…

In answer to the question in the title...

Yes. Yes, Mr. McDonald, you are the only person who thinks Fisi's success story stinks.

While asking hard questions, how about a few for Ferrari? Kimi deliberately went wide at La Source on the first lap, overtaking a couple cars off the track, and then removed part of Kubica's front wing after another off during the first lap--and all without any investigation from the stewards.

Why is the unexpected pace of Force India questioned but neither the pace of the Brawn nor the lack of pace of the McLaren commented upon.

I admit to being astounded that F1 racing is criticized for being predictable and boring and when the order is changed the response is "The fix is in!".

Ralphy et al: I hear you guys on the merits of Spa being suited to Force India's setup, but what bugs me is that the team brought up none of this as factors in Fisi's strong performance. Also, are the other teams ignorant to Spa's downforce and aerodynamics requirements? I don't think so. Like I said, I'm not a cynic but I'll be watching the next race with a bit more curiosity.

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