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The Next F1 Era

Raikkonen and Alonso are the lead candidates to be Schumacher's "successor", but F1 may be entering a period of several competent drivers swapping the championship year after year.

Still both drivers are very competitive. And its has been a long time since one driver has taken the championship twice.

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I think you're right - this could be a new era without any stand-out driver. That will be exciting.

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Hopefully it will be the end of the Ferrari one driver and one mobile chicane method of winning a championship.
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Geez I've heard that twice now! I still think thats harsh. How can the guy that comes second in the world championship (two years in a row!) be called a mobile chicane? Who was he holding up?

As for this years number two driver - even he managed to get in 4th in the championship in his rookie season.

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Taking the Turkey GP as an example, according to the old rules, Ferrari would have been within its rights to service Schumacher first in the pits, .... allowing him to win the race. Beside more overtaking opportunities, the points spread between first and second is too narrow. Within the present structure, eleven points for a win plus points for top qualifier might work. What do you guys think?
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As I have said before somewhere around here, I do not think the majority of the teams would approve, they want to keep things tight so if the tide changes they will have a chance to overtake the leader in points. Besides, with Michelin dropping out and Bridgestone being the only supplier of tires it will be back to the same old thing a few years ago, Bridgestone works arm and arm with Ferrari and gives the other teams what they got.
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I reckon (sorry thats Aussie speak for "think"!) the current points system is about right. Remember its not just about the drivers championship - the constructors too (thats what the teams covet!) - and the spread down to 8th place in that context with two car teams looks good. If the team gets a one-two finish they are well rewarded but a team that can be consistently in the top 3 also is able to keep in touch with the championship over the first half of the season.

I think too often people forget that F1 has nearly always been dominated by one particular team. In the time I've followed F1 I've seen Mclaren dominate and then Williams and then Renault and then Ferrari. The reacing is probably as close these days than in the whole 20+ years I've been following the sport. So why change the point system now?

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Alonso dont have chance any more with McLaren.
He made biggest mistake of his life.
kimi need little time to "fit" with Ferrari, but next few years are for sure kimi's ERA.
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I like Kimi, and we all know he is a fast driver, but he has to fill some big shoes. People forget that Schumacer is not only very fast, he was largely responsible for introducing the many changes that made the Ferrari team what it is today. How many F-1 drivers do you know, that will actually sleep at the factory? He won his first World Championship by one point in 1994. He won the Championshp again for Benetton Ford in 1995 with 102 Pts. , the second placed Damon Hill had 69 pts, the third placed Coultard had 49 pts, and the other Benetton with Johnny Herbert in fourth only 45 pts.
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He won his first World Championship by one point in 1994.
The year he did a "Senna" and smashed into Damon Hill at Adelaide when he was slowing and Hill was rapidly catching up. If Hill won the race he would have won the championship.

By "Senna" I mean he was a super passionate Sth American who would try almost insane overtaking maneuvers, even against his team mate. ie Prost@Suzuka to try to win the race. Schu on the other hand took a calculated gamble to take out Hill and secure the championship. He tried it again against JV and it didn't pay off when JV won his F1WC.

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He won the Championshp again for Benetton Ford in 1995 with 102 Pts. , the second placed Damon Hill had 69 pts, the third placed Coultard had 49 pts, and the other Benetton with Johnny Herbert in fourth only 45 pts.
This is IMO the one true level playing field Chamionship win he had. No on pupose collisions and before the mobile chicane teammate contract clause. Eddie and Rubens both hated that clause but took the cash. The only full "win if you can" chance, Irvine had, was after Schu got injured at Silverstone.

No other F1 team has a setup like Ferrari. Where they spend the most money developing a car, so that one Schumacher can win and the other, can only ever, go "wingman" to complete the mission.

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