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Old 14th May 2019, 19:21
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Flew past it last year in transit from Calais to Texel......
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Old 14th May 2019, 19:28
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Don't want to sound like grouch, but is Zandvort big enough for modern F1? It's quite short and not exactly the widest of tracks, and I'm struggling to see overtaking spots.

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Old 14th May 2019, 21:41
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Fatal accidents at Zandvoort.
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Old 14th May 2019, 23:42
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Well, if you like sand in your sandwiches, etc.
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Old 14th May 2019, 23:48
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I gather Sebastian does as well - some of these chaps are "better people" than they are often given credit for.

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Vettel has made it a point to stay out of the public eye when away from the race track and to keep his private life private - how many on here know that Vettel is in a committed relationship with a couple of kids? My opinion of Vettel as a person soared when, after clinching (I think it was) his fourth championship, photos surfaced of him helping the mechanics and crew pack up everything after the race so they could join the victory party. I can't think of many F1 championship caliber drivers who would do that.

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Old 20th May 2019, 08:12
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I see Alonso and McLaren failed to qualify for the Indy 500. Turns out that just turning left 4 times per lap is a little more involved than they thought when your going ~230 mph... Even after Andretti (who Alonso drove for on his previous visit) and Penski (one of their drivers took pole) shared their set-up information with McLaren, they couldn't quite find the speed to make the race.
Scuttlebutt is that it might not be over for Alonso for this years Indy 500. The qualifying rules for Indy are, ah, unique (although not as much as they were a decade ago). By Indy rules, the car qualifies, not the driver, so it's permissible to change drivers after qualifying. So the speculation is that McLaren will pay big money to a small money team to put Alonso in their qualified car.
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Old 20th May 2019, 08:16
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Apparently they ruled out any such "purchase" move.

Muss say quite the farce. How much did they spend on this?!
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Old 20th May 2019, 09:36
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It seems McLaren had quite an arrogant approach to Indy... they only did one test session before official practice didn't they?

Then reliability issues affected that test and the first practice session.
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Old 20th May 2019, 12:59
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It seems McLaren had quite an arrogant approach
Is Ron Dennis back?
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Old 20th May 2019, 17:19
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Well Ron Dennis is no Zak Brown. But methinks muck smarter long-term

Zak went in for the quick fix or result whereas Ron was always in for the long haul

Ron was never a dumbshit and was always up against it with the likes of Moseley etc





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Old 21st May 2019, 15:02
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R.I.P. Niki Lauda.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48345660
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Old 21st May 2019, 17:58
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Bob Fernley leaves McLaren.
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Old 25th May 2019, 10:54
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And now it gets interesting. Five 1-2s is impressive, but we would normally assume this will change at Monaco because the Merc's long wheelbase doesn't really suit such a restrictive track. So based on past form we would expect the red bulls and ferraris to dominate in a fortnight's time. In so far as the red bull is concerned I probably still do, but...

It has become clear that this new Merc, while being twitchy and challenging to drive, is actually very, very good in low-speed corners. This is why it laps faster than the Ferrari even though the Ferrari is measurablt faster on the straights - Lewis and Valtiri cant carry more speed into/through the corners AND put the power down earlier on the exits*. So I don't think we can safely assume the Mercs will be on the back foot and I'm actually looking forward to finding out. That's unusual because Monaco isn't usually a race - it's a garden party with a car parade...

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* This seems to be for two reasons - better mechanical grip and a more efficient mid-floor region feeding the diffuser more effectively giving more ultimate downforce for a given amount of drag
Looks like this is indeed the case, with Mercedes being unusually dominant in Monaco FP1&2. But Ferrari have had a day and a half to think up something different, so it's possible they may have been loading a rabbit into a hat for FP3 and quali...

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Old 25th May 2019, 15:09
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Looks like this is indeed the case, with Mercedes being unusually dominant in Monaco FP1&2. But Ferrari have had a day and a half to think up something different, so it's possible they may have been loading a rabbit into a hat for FP3 and quali...

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Ferrari screw it up again.
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Old 25th May 2019, 15:54
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Max came top in Q2 with the Honda engine! Wonderful! Four Honda engines in the top ten!

Bottas, new lap record!

Then immediately Lewis, car sliding all over the place, another new track record! P1. Magnificent stuff.

*****Why do they award a point for fastest lap in a race, but nothing for new lap records in Quali or in the race itself?

Oh, and Ferrari, take a deep breath!
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Old 25th May 2019, 17:41
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Muss say Ferrari's season is really turning into a farce. Good job by Max and RB who seem to consistently be the second team nowadays. I reckon they might win this year.
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Old 25th May 2019, 18:19
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Good job by Max and RB who seem to consistently be the second team nowadays. I reckon they might win this year.
Max is good, but let's not get carried away. After five races Mercedes as a team have two and a half times the points of RB, and Lewis has double the points of Max. Lets wait and see how it looks after some high speed circuits (Canada, Monza, Spa etc). Ferrari still have the fastest car in terms of straight line speed after all.

Max has calmed down and lost some of his petulance - that's helping, and I think Ferrari as a team and Sebastian as a driver need to take some slow time (as Ross Brawn called it) to reflect and rebuild self-belief to cut down on the mistakes. Mercedes have a calm professionalism that is handling the problems as they occur. Lewis has stepped up to a level higher than he has ever been, driven by the relentless pressure of the new Valtiri 2.0. The combination si frankly awesome, but both RB and Ferrari have the same opportunities and similar budgets, so they are not invincible.

People complain that Mercedes should be reigned in, but I couldn't disagree more. I think it's time for the other well-funded teams (RB, Ferrari, Mclaren) to stop malingering and up their game. You compete by improving the weak, not by putting straightjackets on the strong.

(€0.000007 supplied, YMMV etc)

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Old 26th May 2019, 16:14
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How many national anthems would the Monégasque band need to practice?
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Old 26th May 2019, 17:03
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Did Leclerc 'do well' or did he screw up?
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Old 26th May 2019, 21:16
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