Haug Gives Ferrari the Nod

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Norbert Haug

Having always held Norbert Haug in high esteem, I think Norbert is a realistic guy and while he certainly tows the company line, it’s refreshing to see a professional in F1 offer a clear assessment on their situation. In NASCAR it is rare to find a driver or team boss who would say that “the car was a complete pig today”. While Norbert is far shy from proclaiming the McLaren a pig, he does suggest that they have work to do and have not been the benchmark in 2008 yet.

Ferrari do look to be a favorite at Turkey and Lewis is accurate that qualifying will be crucial if McLaren seek to do well here. There are always opportunities for mechanical failure etc, but being realistic is important. Especially when your fight may not be passing Ferrari but keeping BMW behind you.

It is equally refreshing to see someone from the McLaren camp not take the stuffing out of Ferrari. Now if Luca will follow suit, we may just have a story with a redemptive ending…ok, I’m not thinking clearly. sorry.

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MJohnHurt

I find your choice of juxtaposition in the first paragraph interesting. Why are you pointing out that it is rare in NASCAR? You are writing about F1 on an F1 site, and that fact that you think “it’s refreshing to see a professional in F1 offer a clear assessment of the situation” implies to me that you feel it’s rare in F1 also. So it seems you’re just taking a shot at NASCAR for its own sake, without it adding anything to the story. I also think this reveals more about your conception of NASCAR than reality. I can name… Read more »

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I watched NASCAR from 1990-1999 so I am aware that certain drivers will complain about a car. It is not that it doesn’t happen, it is just not frequently done. In F1, many drivers complain about the car, most recently DC, and it is kind of refreshing to me that Norbert just gives a assessment of their situation and he’s not a driver but a company man. After the spygate war, it’s refreshing to see people get back to stating realistic goals and not chest pounding about the other team or debasing them when they clearly have an edge. Many… Read more »

Noddy93
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Noddy93

um… what, exactly, do you mean by “The Nod”?

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

It’s a term that means “giving the finger”, but it’s only used by American midwesterners who live within 20 miles (32km) of the great Missouri/Mississippi River system. Don’t take it personally. Midwesterners rarely use the correct finger.

Negative Camber
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LOL. Do I hear a river city joke there?