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    Is kubica the latest feature to liven up F1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel View Post
    For comparison, Mercedes were 0.7s ahead of Ferrari in Q for this race last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stace View Post
    Is kubica the latest feature to liven up F1?
    He`s not livening anything trailing round in the Williams.

    He had a serious accident and nearly lost a hand. Spent all the time getting back to be able to drive both mentally and physically. Source millions of $ in sponsorship, get a drive and the realise the Williams is seconds slower than anything else on the grid.

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    He looks like a mobile chicane. Suppose we'll end up with a few more safety cars to liven it up as a result
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stace View Post
    He looks like a mobile chicane. Suppose we'll end up with a few more safety cars to liven it up as a result
    Both Williams will be lapped more than once. They are far too slow.

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    Iíve not watched it yet but I read about it (which has always been mainly the case) but echo the thoughts about Williams & especially Kubica (3 laps down).

    Williams is first & foremost a business. When the books donít add up then I guess itís time to stop. Will that be any time soon ? Australia can only have brought that forward.

    Good to see RB have straight line poke.
    Mercedes well itís getting a bit boring now.

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    Both Williams will be lapped more than once. They are far too slow.
    I thought pos even too slow to start? What's the percentage reg?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizard View Post
    I thought pos even too slow to start? What's the percentage reg?
    It's 107%, which they were well within. They're closer to the pace of the fast cars than Caterham and Marussia were most of the time.
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    Anyway, that was another typical Melbourne yawn-fest. In a way I'm glad they get that track out of the way at the start of the season despite the anti-climax after the build-up hype.

    Great result for Bottas. I hope he manages to put together a good season, and not just occasional flashes of brilliance. He needs to be on Hamilton's case every weekend, even if he doesn't win, just like Rosberg used to.
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    Jeez, Ferrari!

    Not only are they slow, they then impose team orders in race 1 and after that they don't bring leclerc in with a huge gap behind for new tyres to get the fastest lap point

    Delighted for Bottas.


    What's going on with the other teams though. They've had years to close to Mercedes who are working to exactly the same regulations but just can't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizard View Post
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    Interesting. With the midfield getting tighter Iím sure Williams will have to follow the Haas/Sauber route to have any chance of being competitive. The days of the true independent teams I fear have gone forever
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    Interesting. With the midfield getting tighter Iím sure Williams will have to follow the Haas/Sauber route to have any chance of being competitive. The days of the true independent teams I fear have gone forever
    Until Mercedes withdraw from F1, which they could easily do when they eventually lose.

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    What a great race!
    Some good fighting and overtakes!!

    Gutted for Leclerc.

    Is that a sign of things to come, are they turning it up too much

    Vettel showed his hot headed lack of control again.

    Not a great result for Renault.

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    Not the most thrilling Bahrain race, Vettel showing errors yet again when under pressure.

    Shame for leclerc, but you need reliability AND pace to win.

    WTF happened to Renault

    Sainz didn't leave Max enough room, he was on for a fab result too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian H View Post
    What a great race!
    Some good fighting and overtakes!!

    Gutted for Leclerc.

    Is that a sign of things to come, are they turning it up too much

    Vettel showed his hot headed lack of control again.

    Not a great result for Renault.

    Why is kubica there....
    Agree with all this & to answer your last comment, money & lots of it.

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    Just watched the C4 coverage. Jesus it's crap.

    But loved the race, really is a great track - loads of action. Although gutted for CLEC

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    I really enjoyed that, first one I've watched in a while.

    Gutted for Leclerc, he had dominated throughout the weekend.
    Vettel making unforced errors again was interesting, he doesn't like being passed by Hamilton. I think Hamilton has his number now.
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    I watched the highlights on C4

    I was wondering how long it would take for Vettel's season to fall apart. I think it might have happened already. It's possible that he'll be thrashed by Leclerc AND rattled every time Hamilton gets near him for the next 20 races. He's not driving like a 4-time World Champion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Mac View Post
    He's not driving like a 4-time World Champion.
    Controversial I know but I don't rate him as a great driver.
    He really struggles with pressure and makes far too many mistakes.
    He had a world championship car and team which helped secure the championships...

    Leclerc showed Vettel up and will continue to do so all season.
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    So, when will Ferrari switch their #1 driver priority, and what will that do to Vettel's psyche?
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    I watched a bit, was actually OK, more so because I spent several minutes laughing at that Ferrari breaking
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    Kapow!

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    1000th F1 race this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autohabit View Post
    1000th F1 race this weekend.

    BBC quiz, got all but two right!

    The BBC can't spell Stirling Moss!!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/47840966
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    The most exciting part of the race. The Mercedes double stack pit stop, great teamwork by the mechanics.

    Ferrari didnít have an answer today, couldnít even work out what to do with their own 2 cars.
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    Merc pitstop was slick.

    Race dull.

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    Merc pitstop was slick.

    Race dull.
    Shame isnít it, as when F1 is good itís very good. But when itís a procession itís really dull

    Prefer watching the bike races

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    Snoozefest

    Ferrari would have done better had they not ****ed over leclerc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nige View Post
    Merc pitstop was slick. Race dull.
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    Snoozefest. Ferrari would have done better head they not ****ed over leclerc
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    Championship standings are interesting even if the race was boring other than the Merc double stack and Ferrari team orders.
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    China is never great to watch unfortunately.

    I really do dislike Ferrari sometimes. I felt sorry for Charles, made to give his position to Seb, then had to watch Seb out brake himself again and again before finally being screwed in the pit stops. He had a tough afternoon.

    Albon had a reasonable race considering he wrote a car off on Saturday.

    Kvyat was Kvyat, ruined McLaren's race in one fell swoop.

    Roll on Baku.

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    I think Iíve got the best balance.
    Generally read about it beforehand, see the results, read about it afterwards & watch a few highlights.

    Glad I missed it (again).
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    I thought Lando's application of opposite lock while on 2 wheels at 45 degrees to the horizontal was pretty impressive.
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    Not only does the drain cover demolish the underside of his car, but then the low loader bringing it back to the pits runs into a bridge

    Drain cover could have been very nasty though

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    Quote Originally Posted by nige View Post

    not only does the drain cover demolish the underside of his car, but then the low loader bringing it back to the pits runs into a bridge

    Drain cover could have been very nasty though
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    Fair play Lewis & Mercedes, that's a really nice thing.

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    Saw this earlier today & agree, good on them
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    Not the most thrilling Bahrain race

    For anyone looking to go abroad to watch an F1 race, I'd suggest considering Bahrain.

    It's not an iconic track, and the atmosphere will never rival Monza...

    However - the start finish and turn 1 grandstands give you a great view, the venue is sparklingly clean with immaculate toilets and car parking immediately next to the entry gates which are right behind the grandstands.

    The prices for grandstand tickets for the 3 days plus Thursday afternoon pitlane walk are really good, and you're staying on a lovely warm island with a bunch of fascinating history and great weather.

    The F1 there is absolutely family friendly, with lots of activities and interest in the area immediately behind the grandstands.

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    -Hire a car, as it makes getting to/from the track nice and easy and lets you explore the rest of the island
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    Not a single mention of Spanish GP. Says it all really.

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    Take it Kubica will be dropped soon. Reminds me of the guy who stood in for massa at Ferrari when he copped a spring on the bonce. Was a second off the pace! Didnít last long. Feel sorry for the guy, clearly talented but is driving wounded. You need all your senses and attributes Iíd imagine to make one of these cars go fast. Driving with half a right arm canít help.
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    Neither does driving a Williams!

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    On wednesday at the test last week, Nikita Mazepin was 1.3 seconds faster than anyone else in the Mercedes.

    Says a lot when an F2 driver can go so quickly.


    I don`t understand it though. It`s widely agreed Ferrari have the best engine, the regulations have been similar for years but nobody else is close. Fair play to Mercedes for building a fantastic car, you certainly can`t blame them !

    With the amount of expertise the other teams have at their disposal, you`d think by now someone would have put together a decent challenge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nige View Post
    With the amount of expertise the other teams have at their disposal, you`d think by now someone would have put together a decent challenge
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nige View Post
    On wednesday at the test last week, Nikita Mazepin was 1.3 seconds faster than anyone else in the Mercedes.

    Says a lot when an F2 driver can go so quickly.


    I don`t understand it though. It`s widely agreed Ferrari have the best engine, the regulations have been similar for years but nobody else is close. Fair play to Mercedes for building a fantastic car, you certainly can`t blame them !

    With the amount of expertise the other teams have at their disposal, you`d think by now someone would have put together a decent challenge
    Is it a real comparison though? Many of the teams may be running race trim whereas the f2 driver's go in the merc might have been to see what he can do with it with a qualy trim, possibly.

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    Great Canadian gp.

    Lewis pushing vettel into a mistake, but absolutely not one worthy of a 5 second penalty.

    I absolutely agree with Vettel on this.

    It was the wrong decision.

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    1/2 agree but rules state joining back onto the track should be safe & off the racing line. Easy to say after the event, Vetel perhaps should of lifted to regain control but I can see why he didnít in the heat of the moment.

    I agree it spoilt a good race but guess shoe on the other foot & Seb would be standing on the top step. Did chuckle over the place number swapping by him
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    I'd put a lot of money on the fact Lewis would rejoin in exactly the same way.

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