Like most American kids that grew up in the 80's I watched the Indy 500 every year and became interested in motorsports thanks to that race, but I didn't really get hooked until I started watching Formula 1 racing in the late 90's. My favorite era were those years with the great Mika Hakkinen/Michael Schumacher battles. (I was a Mika Hakkinen fan) So my fondness for Formula 1 waned once Mika retired and Schumacher started winning everything, even at the expense of his teammate Rubens Barrichello. My interest in F1 has only been lukewarm since.

Then I turned to Champ Car racing here in the US for my motorsports fix. However that was quickly extinguished once Champ Car and Indy Car merged and we were stuck with Tony George and his many foibles. (It was entertaining to watch the Hulman/George drama I'll admit.) My interest has been less than lukewarm with Indy Car lately, even without Tony George at the helm.

Over time however, the excitement I once had for motorsports has slowly gone. Maybe it has to do with my age, I don't know. But I think I will pour my efforts into my Trooper and my interests in the outdoors to add excitement to my life.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I will still post racing news when I find something interesting or noteworthy.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Haas boss lays into F1 'whiners'

(by Alastair Himmer 4-15-16)

The boss of American-owned newcomers Haas launched a withering attack on "whining" Formula One rivals Friday, blasting them as drama queens for crediting his team's success to their links with Ferrari.

Gene Haas spoke out after Frenchman Romain Grosjean finished sixth in Australia last month on his debut for the team and went one better in Bahrain in a fairytale start in Formula one -- even if Mexican Esteban Gutierrez has yet to score.

Earlier this week in Shanghai, Grosjean claimed detractors were "jealous" of the team's success -- an accusation repeated, with interest, by a defiant Haas.

"This place is a soap opera," the 63-year-old told reporters. "It's sour grapes. A lot of the teams at the back really don't know what competition is.

"They're getting maybe a little too fat and happy," he added. "I guess there are a lot of whiners in F1 that talk about our success.

"We never came into this (sport) to run at the back. We want to compete, and that's what we're going to do. If people don't like that then that's their problem, not my problem."

Haas have a close partnership with Ferrari, which has prompted some critics to label them "Ferrari B-team".

But Haas showed he has little time for the sport's political sniping.

"I don't know what they are complaining about, quite frankly," he said. "There have been a lot of obstacles to get to this point and now we're here, we're not going away. They'd better get used to that.

"There's an assumption that because we're using Ferrari parts that it makes easier. But I would challenge any team to take a complete Ferrari car with all the parts and just try to run it."

He added: "They're very complex cars. Having the parts is only one part of the puzzle."

Haas even produced a sheet of paper detailing a list of parts his team makes itself for its two Formula One cars.

"We've proven we are well within all the guidelines the FIA publishes," he said. "The fact we're doing something that is different, what's wrong with that?

"If you're a driver and you can figure out how to go around a turn faster than the guy next to you, who do you give the credit to? The guy who is slower, or the guy who is faster?"

Grosjean placed 14th and 16th in Friday's free practice in China while Gutierrez was 20th and 21st after both the Mexican's rear brakes caught fire in the afternoon session.

Grosjean followed his robust thoughts on Haas's critics with some more straight-talking about tyre manufacturer Pirelli following Friday's practice.

"The Pirelli tyre limits have been ridiculous today for tyre pressure," he fumed. "You just don't get any feeling, it's like a piece of wood -- it's just not driveable."