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#1 molive

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Posted 06 March 2000 - 21:34

well, at least that's the headline I'm expecting to see in a few days time...

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#2 Czesc

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Posted 06 March 2000 - 21:39

"Schumi ends his career in a big crash! Salo to jump in the car #3." :rolleyes:

That's something I DON'T expect (nor want) to see. But I'd still like to see two Finns battle it out in the best cars. :cool:

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#3 The RedBaron

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Posted 06 March 2000 - 23:40

Czesc - your not Finnish by chance?
You heard of a guy called Martin Schmitt, did
you see how he destroyed the opposition this year? (even in Lathi this weekend.) Well thats what Schuey is gonna do to the rest of the field this year ;)

#4 Czesc

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Posted 06 March 2000 - 23:55

RedBaron,

It's pretty funny that for the past two years in ski-jumping also the top two have been a Finn and a German (although Ahonen hasn't been in quite the same form this season as the last one). :cool:

But at least in Lahti Ahonen got two gold medals as opposed to Schmitt's one. (one of them was from team competition, but it's a medal anyway). :)

And of course I'm a Finn. :D

#5 Nikolas Garth

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 00:27

Czesc,
Han't Hakky already established that he is head and shoulders above Salo???

#6 Makarias

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 00:33

RedB, "destroying the opposition" sounds like a stretch if it's applied to the big hill at Lahti... 0.7 points ahead of Ahonen...

#7 Todd

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 00:33

I don't think Bernie would ever allow F1 to become a battle of the Finns. It would have limited appeal in many of F1's most popular markets. Look at the money Bernie routes to any team that will field a marketable British driver. Do you really think he wants two Mikas on the podium?

#8 Czesc

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 00:36

Nik,

You're absolutely right, Mikas aren't even closely on the same level anymore like they were a decade ago before MH came into F1.

But it was still great to see the two Mikas back to back in Hockenheim last year, and I hope to see that again someday. (Unfortunately it's not very likely to happen :( )



#9 JJP

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 00:36

Yeah, and finns are wankers anyway... :rolleyes: :D

#10 Makarias

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 00:38

Todd, you've got a point there, but if it was all up to Bernie, don't you think it's strange that there even has been ONE finn in a top team recently?
Plus, I remember that Bernie tipped Salo for the 2000 WDC in a Honda-Honda a couple of years ago... This at least partly because Salo would be PR-friendly in Japan, as he has spent a lot of time there.

#11 Czesc

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 00:40

Todd,

A very good point. We'll never have two Finns (or any other Scandinavians) fighting for the WDC all by themselves. It's almost certain we'll always have someone from much bigger market area in the battle for the WDC.




#12 The RedBaron

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 01:58

Incorrect -this season's top two have been
Schmitt (11 wins) and Widhozel (7wins) against Ahonen (2 wins)-look at the points
table.....also bear in mind this is Schmitt's
3rd year of which he is World-Cup champion for 2 of them....Ahonen has been around for donkey's years....he should learn to smile
a little more :)
Lets not just look at the narrow win at Lathi
but the season as a whole.....he destroyed everyone ok ;)

Schumacher will follow suit -hehe

#13 Czesc

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 02:20

I know Ahonen isn't second in the WC standings, but I still think he's the second best after Schmitt. I consider this Widholzel guy to be just a lucky bastard this year (kind of like Irvine last season in F1). :D

But anyway, I think Häkkinen will put up a better fight than Ahonen did. :cool:

#14 MrAerodynamicist

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 02:21

"Murray get's it wrong"
"Ferrari fail to impress"
"Irvine slags of DC"
"Jaxs upsets Max, with Grooves jibe"

But hey, I'm not going to be wrong with those am I? :)

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#15 The RedBaron

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 10:38

Czesc -there's nothing lucky about Ski-Jumping I can assure you, other then having the odd favourable wind blowing for you. Thats unlikely to happen consistently since Widhozel and Ahonen jump after each other in the 1st round jumps of every competition.

#16 Czesc

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 14:47

RedB,

I do think there's some amount of luck involved in ski-jumping too. I say this because it seems that some jumpers get their act together for one season and one season only and after that they're crap. It happened to for example Toni Nieminen who won everything in 1992, but hasn't achieved anything afterwards. I'm not sure but I think Widholzel is one of these one season wonders, unlike Schmitt or Ahonen who are at the top year after year. :cool:

Just to have something here about F1: I'm sure there have been these one season wonders in F1 as well. Or even one race wonder boys like Mika Salo in Hockenheim last year.

I wonder what this has to do with the first post of the topic. :confused:



#17 Makarias

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Posted 07 March 2000 - 23:28

I don't think Widhoelzl has achieved what he has achieved purely by luck. He is a good jumper, end of story. If Ahonen has been around for half an eternity, it just might be because he is a great talent; I think he's just one year older than Schmitt after all.

I've lost a little bit of interest in ski jumping this season, after the headlines of Sven Hannawald being anorectic. Whether he is or not is not the point, the point is that it gets a bit creepy to watch a sport where better results can be achieved by being it. So it's mainly the thought of it that disturbs me.

And just to be a bit on-topic: It would be interesting to see Rubens matching Michael's speed, just to see how the Ferrari team will react.

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Posted 08 March 2000 - 10:17

Rubens will be very close to Michael in qualifying and on some occasions will be ahead of him on the grid. Rubens will be far more of a challenge then Eddie ever was, which in turn might be the kick-up-the-backside that Schuey needs.

I think Ahonen is older then 22 and Widhozel has been around awhile, only in the last 2 seasons he has come to the front. Yes Hanniwald overdid it, he looks a bit skinny to me