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Old 30th Apr 2019, 21:26
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
Like father, like son . . .
I must admit, I had forgotten about his father's "interesting" past. Chip off the old block!
As an aside, isn't it nteresting how many of the supposedly top racing drivers in the world happen to have extremely rich parents. Makes the efforts of LH (and especially his father) and similar other drivers go up even higher in my estimation.
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Old 30th Apr 2019, 22:01
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Originally Posted by wowzz View Post
Makes the efforts of LH (and especially his father) and similar other drivers go up even higher in my estimation.
Lewis wasn't as poor as he often likes to make out.

Yes he may have grown up in council housing and yes his father may have worked multiple jobs (to pay for the early karting days), but he still came from nothing like the poverty he sometimes hints at.



I'm not saying he wasn't financially/socially/racially disadvantaged compared to his racing peers, but his clan clearly had far more money than your average council house family. Through hard work and sacrifices by his father in particular.

They made the most of their situation. Had they had to pay a mortgage or rent for house, maybe they wouldn't have had the money to see him so successful in the early stages of his career where it mattered most.
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Old 30th Apr 2019, 23:12
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It normally takes a lot of 'seed' money to become a professional racing driver. I've watched a few drivers work their way up the ladder and make it professionally - the most notable was Greg Moore, a Canadian kid who even as a junior driver was obviously something special (sadly killed in a horrific Indy car crash at Fontana in 1999). But even with his very obvious talent, his dad reportedly spent upwards of $250,000 USD on his racing before he was 'discovered' and was able to actually become a paid driver. I also watched a few others who were also highly talented try to move up the ladder only to flame out when their parents ran out of money. I also watched a few drivers that weren't all that talented spend a great deal of their parents money moving up the ladder - with limited success but decent rides courtesy of mom and dads check book.
Professional auto racing is a cruel mistress - unlike most sports it takes much more than talent and hard work to be successful. It takes money - usually a lot of it - and good fortune to make it professionally.
Lewis had the good fortune to be 'discovered' at a relatively young age in karting - after which his racing was supported with McLaren funds. That sort of 'professional' support at the karting level is somewhat common in the UK/Europe - it's all but unheard of on this side of the pond.
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Old 1st May 2019, 08:11
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"I also watched a few drivers that weren't all that talented spend a great deal of their parents money moving up the ladder - with limited success but decent rides courtesy of mom and dads check book." cough - Stroll.
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Old 1st May 2019, 10:30
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Originally Posted by jolihokistix View Post
I am guessing that Lewis thought about it ... Lewis says he can see himself inside Leclerc.
i hadn't realised that either in them were that way inclined.
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Old 1st May 2019, 17:15
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Originally Posted by david1300 View Post

i hadn't realised that either in them were that way inclined.
Nice one, fairy godfather comes to mind!
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Old 8th May 2019, 11:40
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So it looks like Ferrari are panicking, and have brought forward an engine upgrade for this weekend. That means these upgraded engines will have to last 1-2 races longer than intended...

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Old 8th May 2019, 12:05
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Originally Posted by david1300 View Post

i hadn't realised that either in them were that way inclined.
Were is the like button?!
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Old 11th May 2019, 18:08
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Impressive qualifying lap by Bottas. Must say I'm disappointed in what I've seen of Ferrari's "upgrades" so far.
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Old 11th May 2019, 18:10
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So boring these days. And yes, I am!
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Old 11th May 2019, 22:33
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Originally Posted by Lancelot37 View Post
Nice one, fairy godfather comes to mind!
He looks like a fairy with all of the silly jewelry that he wears. May he is not sure!
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Old 11th May 2019, 22:49
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Originally Posted by Tango and Cash View Post
Impressive qualifying lap by Bottas. Must say I'm disappointed in what I've seen of Ferrari's "upgrades" so far.
Nice job by Bottas but the 2nd Q3 run was clearly slower for everyone. Hamilton having fumbled his first try the gap ended up greater than actually is between them. Very curious to see the start tomorrow!
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Old 12th May 2019, 12:51
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Originally Posted by atakacs View Post
Hamilton having fumbled his first try
Hamilton's first Q3 run was compromised by having had to come straight into the pits after his Q2 run without a cool-down lap to charge his battery. In the garage they aren't allowed to charge the battery in the car (this is a safety rule - it's a very big lithium battery) so he had to charge it on his out-lap, and that meant compromising between charging the battery and preparing the tyres & brakes for the run. But even allowing for that it was a rather scrappy lap (as lewis himself said). For some reason (track temp?) everyone went slower on their second Q3 run, so the fate was sealed.

In other news - this is the second race in a row where Leclerc has damaged his car in qualifying, which won't be doing his mojo much good. But far more interesting [to me] is that the new engine Ferrari were panicked into bringing in two races early seems to have been trumped by a routine aero update from the Brackley Boys. Various engineering pundits are all seem to be picking up on the point first aired by BBC's "secret aerodynamicist" that the Ferrari aero-concept that looked so fast in pre-season testing has compromised their ability to develop through the year. If so the gap to Mercedes can only ever get bigger, and the gap to Red Bull seems bound to shrink...

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Old 12th May 2019, 14:58
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Predictable result - possibly . . .

Ferrari 'team orders' by stealth.
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Old 12th May 2019, 15:52
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Can't fault the man for a flawlessly executed race. [the rest whited]

The lead he pulled out both from the start and especially after the safety car was impressive. A 2-second lead and fastest lap of the race on the first lap after the safety car was pretty amazing. Lewis said he was going to practice his starts after Australia and that seems to have paid off. I hate to say it, but my remarks about Ferrari's gap to Red Bull seem to be justified earlier than I expected. Never mind threatening Mercedes, there was no point in that race where Ferrari looked significantly better than Red bull. I wonder who is next on the list for the pole parking place at Marinello...
On other matters - there was lots of good wheel-to-wheel stuff in the mid-field. In fact if you ignored the lead five there was a good race!

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Old 12th May 2019, 15:54
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Originally Posted by Lancelot37 View Post
He looks like a fairy with all of the silly jewelry that he wears. May he is not sure!
OK, who left the time-warp door open? Looks like a dinosaur has wandered into the 21st century...

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Old 12th May 2019, 18:18
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Leclerc was hung out to dry again.
(Whited out)
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Old 12th May 2019, 20:25
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Originally Posted by PDR1 View Post
In other news - this is the second race in a row where Leclerc has damaged his car in qualifying, which won't be doing his mojo much good. But far more interesting [to me] is that the new engine Ferrari were panicked into bringing in two races early seems to have been trumped by a routine aero update from the Brackley Boys. Various engineering pundits are all seem to be picking up on the point first aired by BBC's "secret aerodynamicist" that the Ferrari aero-concept that looked so fast in pre-season testing has compromised their ability to develop through the year. If so the gap to Mercedes can only ever get bigger, and the gap to Red Bull seems bound to shrink..
It's all going terribly badly wrong for the Tifosi.

Quite apart from the car not being up to the job, confusion seemed to reign in the garage as to what the strategy was.
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Old 12th May 2019, 20:35
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Originally Posted by PDR1 View Post
Can't fault the man for a flawlessly executed race. [the rest whited]

The lead he pulled out both from the start and especially after the safety car was impressive. A 2-second lead and fastest lap of the race on the first lap after the safety car was pretty amazing. Lewis said he was going to practice his starts after Australia and that seems to have paid off. I hate to say it, but my remarks about Ferrari's gap to Red Bull seem to be justified earlier than I expected. Never mind threatening Mercedes, there was no point in that race where Ferrari looked significantly better than Red bull. I wonder who is next on the list for the pole parking place at Marinello...
On other matters - there was lots of good wheel-to-wheel stuff in the mid-field. In fact if you ignored the lead five there was a good race!

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What PDR said! Unfortunately the first five resembled a high-speed parade for most of the race.

When will Ferrari get their s*!$ together?
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Old 12th May 2019, 20:35
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Originally Posted by Andy_S View Post
confusion seemed to reign in the garage as to what the strategy was.
It seemed to be to ensure that Vettel finished ahead of Leclerc.
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