But Kimi did not complain.
Kimi himself has said recently that the team needs to improve and they need more pace. And that is mostly what people are complaining about.
Kimi says it as a matter of fact. But some fans just take out all their frustrations on the team. Why can't they do this? What's wrong with them? Why can't they develop the car like McLaren? Red Bull does this, that! Constant whinging. Kimi certainly does not act like that. He is balanced. He knows what he got into and he knows what the team is and isn't capable of.
Boullier himself has said that they have diverted too much resources into the device, comprising their other other updates and that is the other thing that people have complained about, so Boullier himself admitted that they have made the wrong decision.
Not exactly. Boullier said he does not want to be like that in future. He said the DDRS may have taken the resources "a bit more". Did not say they made a big blunder and had fallen off big time unrecoverably by big-diversion. Little bit of diversion happens with every team. Every team fails more than succeeding on the updates they try and evaluate. Personally I think Ferrari has equal or more failed updates than Lotus. All teams do this. It's not like they were sitting idle about other things. They have also pursued along other lines, and by their own words are planning to test so many things that they have to postpone a few things like DDRS in order to not have them all mixed up. Certainly they are making lot of efforts.
Frankly this is Kimi fans' paranoia. I haven't seen anything from Boullier for a long time that suggests he may have conflicting interests. I myself believe team manager shouldn't be personal driver manager either. But it is the fault of F1 in not regulating it. Since that is not happening, it is better to focus on things at hand, instead of constantly cooking up stories. What has Boullier done recently to bring up this conflict of interests thing?
Boullier has placed himself in a position where he will always be questioned by deciding to be a team principle and a driver's manager, he could have just been a team principle like most of the others on grid but he choose not to be.
I specifically said some fans. Yes, those some fans complain about everything.
People are not complaining about every single thing that Lotus does, that is just exaggeration.
I agree. Alan Permane is top-class idiot.
On the otherhand we also constantly have to hear complains about Kimi's qualifying issues for example. Yesterday again people were quick to complain about Kimi's mistake. Which is perfectly fair, but the situation does go both ways everything is free game.
That is not the point of discussion. Lotus has improved from the past year, even from the year before. This is arguably their best year since 2006. They have improved a lot, and as I said they have 'per unit amount of resources' they have achieved more than any other team. The question is can they continue along this line, and become a better and bigger team. There is no reason to think not. The team has the DNA. They have done great things in the past (1994-1996, 2003-2006)
The team has improved a little bit this year and one could commend them for it but right now they are basically making the same mistake as they last year, and without Kimi they wouldn't have been in the position that they are in this year. They may be a midfield team but surely any team in F1 is there to improve and to try and win, and to and become better. Williams have certainly also improved a lot from last year but people barely registers it because of their drivers, and Sauber is also a team with low resources, who are able to stay very competitive.
If you dont look at what you are doing wrong then you will never improve.
Edited by SpaMaster, 08 October 2012 - 14:56.