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2022 Season

Hey hey, who is still around? ;)

Nice to see how the new rules have shaken things up, though I would have never expected Red Bull to do so well without Honda. The cars look very cool but appear to be unstable compared to the previous versions. I remember seeing an onboard by Rosberg a few years ago, the thing looks like it was on rails, we're far away from that this year. But I guess that's a good thing :)


  • I'm still around. From the races I was able to watch, I agree that the racing for the most part is much better in comparision with recent years. Mercedes teams seem to struggle the most. Alfa Romeo and Haas back in the midfield. Kinda disappointend from the Faenza results, happy that Sainz got his first ever pole and win considering his season until now.

    BTW Red Bull did a demo run with "our" F1X2 chassis in RB and AlphaTauri livery at Spielberg. So MinardiF1X2 was back if you wanna see it that way.

    Unfortunately there are just few races in german public tv so it's harder for me to watch most of the season.
  • I'm still "around", but not really following current F1 - Cars just too ugly? Drivers just too young? Teams just too confused? rules just too artificial? Rivalries just too manufactured?

    Anyway, been watching 1978 to 1996 on YouTube. Picture quality is a bit iffy, but races are usually great. Remembering summers past...

    Might make it to Historic Minardi Day at Imola this year...
  • Maybe we should chase up a "where are they now" project for Minardi drivers?

    We know where good old Fernando is. I was a bit shocked to hear about Adrian Campos, particularly after we met him in Valencia back in '07. Too young!

    Alboreto too was a shock, as was Justin Wilson. Nannini had his helicopter accident, but at least made it through in decent shape. Zanardi also got devastating injuries, but came out the other side. Amazing fortitude.

    What is de Cesaris doing now? Piero seems to be as happy as ever, going by the photos. And apparently Robert "Doorknobs" now runs a sex toy company...

    So what of the others? Is Jean Marc Gounon now a fighter in Ukraine? Is Luis Sala a kitchen designer in Almeria? Is Giovanni Lavaggi running a hand car wash in Faenza? Is Roberto Moreno now an "off grid" agent for the CIA? Is Gianni Morbidelli now the father of two little Morbidellis (who are now in their 20's, given how time passes..)? Is Tarso Marques now head of a major drug cartel/biker group? Christian Fittipaldi was superb - what happened for him after CART imploded?

    Paolo Barilla? Mark Webber? Alex Yoong? Fisichella and Trulli? Katayama? Nakano? Tuero? Gene? Badoer? Lamy?Mazzzzzzzzacane? Davidson?

    I refuse to mention Bruni and Jos Verstappen, but Zsolt Baumgartner? Albers and Friesacher?

    So many characters, only one Minardi.
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