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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 3536
    That Mercedes is going to suffer on tracks where the kerbs are used extensively, Hungaroring  etc it looks way too stiff
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 4853
    goldtop said:
    TimmyO said:
    PC_Dave said:
    TimmyO said:
    PC_Dave said:
    And that result pretty much sums up how the rest of the season will unfold. Quite glad I didn’t spend the money on a sky subscription now.....
    It's the first race of a season after technical regulation changes. If you stuck with the sport beyond one race per season you'd understand that. 
    I’ve been watching F1 since I was 6...... that’s 30 years. I’m quite familiar with how it pans out, but thanks for the patronising comment.
    You're welcome - I was shooting for a tone that matched your considered assessment of the world's most sophisticated sport 
    F1 is many things, but it's clearly not a sport.
    It does seem unique in attracting people to discussions about it to say how much they don't like it and that people should watch other sorts, which is truly odd 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 17275
    Ham the clear favourite, as recent history says he's the best overall driver, and this weekend suggests he's still in the best car. 

    Pretty good race so far (lap 56 as I type). Everyone wants the last fast lap point, actually making them all push at the end! 
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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 3536
    Ferrari team orders on Race 1 ! 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 17275
    sweepy said:
    Ferrari team orders on Race 1 ! 
    I missed that - was on the phone for half the race! 

    Doesn't surprise me in the least though, tbh
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 17275
    The good news seems to be cars can follow each other without wrecking tyres. Not too many overtakes this race, but a fair bit of wheel-to-wheel stuff, which is fine considering this track is pretty narrow and never a race full of overtaking
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  • GoldenEraGuitarsGoldenEraGuitars Frets: 6655
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    Ha, team orders for 4th and 5th. The definition of pointless. Well, not literally :D

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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 24274
    Bottas raised his game, looks like Hamilton had tyre issues, Red Bull look racy and Vettel is moaning already. Normal F1 service is resumed.

    Bahrain is a different track. Hot and abrasive and on today's showing that could cause problems for the Mercs. Could suit the Bulls.

    Remember, it's easier to criticise than create!
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  • ColsCols Frets: 3727
    Well... Bottas didn’t just beat Hamilton, he comprehensively demolished him.  And at one of Hamilton’s banker circuits too.

    Ferrari basically went missing in action today.  Leclerc looked quicker than Vettel, but not enough to convince the team that he should be allowed past in the vague hope that he might nab Verstappen.
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 17275
    Bottas certainly looks to have got his head together, but Motorsport is now reporting Ham had floor damage, so expect it to be much closer in the coming races. But either way Bottas certainly looking much stronger than last year - he beat the whole field by more than the big gap to Ham. Reminded me of Vettel's RB days.

    Game on :) 
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  • goldtopgoldtop Frets: 2985
    After many years of hurt, Honda fans go completely crazy as Max overtakes Seb:

    I love the smell of asparagus in the morning.
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  • siremoonsiremoon Frets: 1125
    Fretwired said:
    Bottas raised his game, looks like Hamilton had tyre issues, Red Bull look racy and Vettel is moaning already. Normal F1 service is resumed.
    I must have watched a different race.  I heard one radio message from Vettel all race which was "Why are we so slow?" (which given how off the pace his Ferrari was didn't seem like an unreasonable question).  I heard at least three from Hamilton, two relating to his discontent with the tyres and one querying the pit stop strategy.  Bottas annihilating Hamilton doesn't align with my recollection of normal F1 service either.

    Normal F1 service was resumed in the sense that Merc won and there appeared to be several instances of cars closing up rapidly and then not being able to overtake (eg Verstappen on Hamilton) despite the tech reg changes.

    “He is like a man with a fork in a world of soup.” - Noel Gallagher
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 24274
    siremoon said:
    Fretwired said:
    Bottas raised his game, looks like Hamilton had tyre issues, Red Bull look racy and Vettel is moaning already. Normal F1 service is resumed.
    I must have watched a different race.  I heard one radio message from Vettel all race which was "Why are we so slow?" (which given how off the pace his Ferrari was didn't seem like an unreasonable question).  I heard at least three from Hamilton, two relating to his discontent with the tyres and one querying the pit stop strategy.  Bottas annihilating Hamilton doesn't align with my recollection of normal F1 service either.

    Normal F1 service was resumed in the sense that Merc won and there appeared to be several instances of cars closing up rapidly and then not being able to overtake (eg Verstappen on Hamilton) despite the tech reg changes.

    Normal service is Merc win .. Hamilton's car was damaged which compromised his race and explains why Bottas was so far down the road and why are we so slow is moaning. He was also saved from embarrassment by team orders. Hamilton always questions what goes on even when he's in the lead ... good drivers have always done that.

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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 4853
    siremoon said:
    Fretwired said:
    Bottas raised his game, looks like Hamilton had tyre issues, Red Bull look racy and Vettel is moaning already. Normal F1 service is resumed.
    I must have watched a different race.  I heard one radio message from Vettel all race which was "Why are we so slow?" (which given how off the pace his Ferrari was didn't seem like an unreasonable question).  I heard at least three from Hamilton, two relating to his discontent with the tyres and one querying the pit stop strategy.  Bottas annihilating Hamilton doesn't align with my recollection of normal F1 service either.

    Normal F1 service was resumed in the sense that Merc won and there appeared to be several instances of cars closing up rapidly and then not being able to overtake (eg Verstappen on Hamilton) despite the tech reg changes.

    And in turn you and *I* were watching different races 

    Hamilton responded to the approaching Verstappen (who also blew some tyre advantage re-catchibg up 1.5 seconds after a trip across the grass. 

    Meanwhile the midfield clump of cars followed each other closely even in higher speed sections thanks to the new aero changes. NOR on GIO wouldn't have been possible last year 

    Also you could see when they drive through leaves/muck on track how little it was thrown up compared to before 
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 3775
    goldtop said:
    TimmyO said:
    PC_Dave said:
    TimmyO said:
    PC_Dave said:
    And that result pretty much sums up how the rest of the season will unfold. Quite glad I didn’t spend the money on a sky subscription now.....
    It's the first race of a season after technical regulation changes. If you stuck with the sport beyond one race per season you'd understand that. 
    I’ve been watching F1 since I was 6...... that’s 30 years. I’m quite familiar with how it pans out, but thanks for the patronising comment.
    You're welcome - I was shooting for a tone that matched your considered assessment of the world's most sophisticated sport 
    F1 is many things, but it's clearly not a sport.
    Can you define what a sport is?
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  • goldtopgoldtop Frets: 2985
    prowla said:
    goldtop said:
    TimmyO said:
    PC_Dave said:
    TimmyO said:
    PC_Dave said:
    And that result pretty much sums up how the rest of the season will unfold. Quite glad I didn’t spend the money on a sky subscription now.....
    It's the first race of a season after technical regulation changes. If you stuck with the sport beyond one race per season you'd understand that. 
    I’ve been watching F1 since I was 6...... that’s 30 years. I’m quite familiar with how it pans out, but thanks for the patronising comment.
    You're welcome - I was shooting for a tone that matched your considered assessment of the world's most sophisticated sport 
    F1 is many things, but it's clearly not a sport.
    Can you define what a sport is?
    Yes, it's not difficult: athletes competing against each other on a level playing field.
    I love the smell of asparagus in the morning.
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  • BoromedicBoromedic Frets: 2294
    So the Premier League is not a sport then, by your definition? 

    .....I don't care if you're big in the city, nothing at all is what that means.


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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 4853
    Let's not encourage the "I've come to the F1 thread to poke fun at F1" oddballs. 
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 3775
    goldtop said:
    prowla said:
    goldtop said:
    TimmyO said:
    PC_Dave said:
    TimmyO said:
    PC_Dave said:
    And that result pretty much sums up how the rest of the season will unfold. Quite glad I didn’t spend the money on a sky subscription now.....
    It's the first race of a season after technical regulation changes. If you stuck with the sport beyond one race per season you'd understand that. 
    I’ve been watching F1 since I was 6...... that’s 30 years. I’m quite familiar with how it pans out, but thanks for the patronising comment.
    You're welcome - I was shooting for a tone that matched your considered assessment of the world's most sophisticated sport 
    F1 is many things, but it's clearly not a sport.
    Can you define what a sport is?
    Yes, it's not difficult: athletes competing against each other on a level playing field.
    Well, that covers some sports. 
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 3775
    I’ve just realised that I’ve been watching the race I recorded and I’ve not been actually watching it....
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