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Old 27th Oct 2017, 14:49
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Mika Salo among the (bar) stewards at Austin, I believe.
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Old 27th Oct 2017, 15:01
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Re Verstappen and the stewards; "Verstappen was frustrated by the decision, calling out "one idiot steward" over the decision after claiming unfair treatment from Gary Connelly, who has issued penalties to the Dutchman in the past, with the incident being widely debated through the F1 world in the days since the race."
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Old 27th Oct 2017, 15:21
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While the move was by far the most entertaining overtake for many races, the rules are the rules. This particular rule seems fairly sensible so I am struggling to see what there is to complain about. A five second penalty was not unduly harsh as it had the effect of MV giving the place back. What would he have said had Kimi done the same to him at the next corner i.e. taken a shortcut off the circuit to regain the place ?
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Old 27th Oct 2017, 22:09
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Franz Tost has stated that Daniil Kvyat "is no longer with Red Bull" - and is free to go wherever he chooses.

Daniil Kvyat will not return for Toro Rosso.

Pierre Gasly and Brendan Hartley for Torro Rosso for 2018.

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Old 28th Oct 2017, 20:06
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Interesting times . . .
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Old 28th Oct 2017, 21:18
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I was coming out of Turn 12, definitely in the turbulent air, and it compromised my line for 13,”
Bottas said.
Which is an admission that he was affected by the mere presence of the slower car, rather than its position.
“That’s why I locked my brakes for 13. So I only had one shot in Q3.”
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Old 28th Oct 2017, 21:28
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Ferrari International Assistance ... Hardly news but good to have it confirmed at long last .. Ecclestone: FIA helped Ferrari in the past | PlanetF1 : PlanetF1
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Old 28th Oct 2017, 21:55
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Max Verstappen avoids Mexican GP penalty for Bottas incident.
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Old 29th Oct 2017, 19:27
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Consider if LH had decided to remain at McLaren (and be faithful to Ron Dennis).

I guess you have to 'thank' Ross Brawn for tempting LH away fro McLaren.
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Old 29th Oct 2017, 21:55
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Poor Max . . .
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Old 29th Oct 2017, 22:37
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The Kiwi who looks after Lewis Hamilton.
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Old 29th Oct 2017, 23:05
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Well he's done it - not the most glamorous way to win another championship, but it still counts. Seb threw it away with that defence at turn 3 IMHO - he was too focused on Max and saw Lewis throw one up the outside too late. If Lewis's move had come off it would have been the overtake of the season, and probably have put him in front of Max for what would then have been a thrilling Max/Lewis tussle. But they don't all come off, and there was no way Seb was ever going to make it up to second so that was game-over.

I wonder if Lews will now focus on supporting Valtiri's bid to regain 2nd place...

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Old 29th Oct 2017, 23:12
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Where is the like button, excellent summation PDR1.
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
Poor Max . . .
My comment was meant to indicate that Max's result was eclipsed (publicity wise) by LH's 'news'.
Without that, Max would have received all the plaudits (and deserved them).
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Originally Posted by Seldomfitforpurpose View Post
Where is the like button, excellent summation PDR1.
Damn - can I have another go at it?



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Media reports that LH has overtaken Jackie Stewart.

I must have missed that race . . .
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Old 30th Oct 2017, 13:41
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I thought this comment from Fernando was accurate, but also showed how things have moved on since 2007:

Originally Posted by Fernando Alonso
In F1, every single season he has been very competitive, apart from one or two with Jenson (Button) when he had some issues. He was able to win with a dominant car, with a good car like 2010 or 2012, or with bad cars like 2009 and 2011.

Not all the champions can say that.
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Niki Lauda Interview

I chanced upon some YouTube videos of Graham Bensinger interviewing Niki Lauda in depth about a whole range of things. I had never previously heard of Bensinger but I have found the interview (broken into 6 to 10 minute segments) really fascinating. The interview was posted to YouTube earlier this month.

I always like Lauda as a driver and thought he was incredibly brave to come back as he did after his crash, and then to effectively forfeit the title by 1 point in the final race - retiring because he couldn't blink his eyes and couldn't see clearly in the rain; and winning the title again the following year.

Lauda isn't the most likable man, but he is a man that sticks to his principles. It's well worth listening to the interview segments. Here are a couple:

On his relationship with James Hunt


On Failing at School:


223 People dying on my plane
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Old 31st Oct 2017, 13:01
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Wish I could have seen the duel between Alonso and Hamilton towards the end of this one.
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Old 31st Oct 2017, 20:32
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New engine regs for 2021 will result in higher revving (3,000 rpm higher), better sounding engines (let's hope so):
2021 F1 Cars Will Rev Higher and Abandon Electric Turbochargers
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