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  1. Thinking of last year's driver crop, what do you guys make of these drivers? (In no particular order) Sainz did well at Renault, but has shown a recklessness and lack of control at Toro Rosso that made him a liability at times. And a greater aptitude for lying that is generally necessary for the business. Hulkenberg has to step up though, or he'll get beaten. Kvyat and Palmer have essentially written themselves off Perez was good, but Ocon was/is better Wehrlein and Magnussen didn't do bad, but didn't impress either; Magnussen seems to be an annoyance to the other drivers; Stroll wasn't as bad as I feared at the beginning, especially for a buy-in driver. He did have some good moments, and some promise as a reliable driver, if not a real racer. Grosjean had a few moments, but his whining is incredibly ennoying (earning him a "Shut up, Romain!" radio-message from Gunther Steiner). Had a lot of mediocre moments too; Ericcson seems to be the weakest of the lot.
  2. If that is the case, Williams are either wasting Kubica's time, because next year there will surely be another experienced though not yet ancient driver on the market. I'm thinking Di Resta, Grosjean, or Perez or even Raikkonen. There are more options than Kubica if he really isn't good enough. Or they're just keeping him in reserve for this year, if Sirotkin really bottoms out. But if they can't put him in for more than one or two races, I doubt this will do any good. Or do you mean that they're taking 2018 for a lost season and let Kubica do what he can for them as testdriver (technical know-how) and throw both him and Sirotkin out next year? Did Di Resta disappoint also? I didn't get that Massa outperformed both Sirotkin and Kubica. Word in the media was that Sirotkin was better than expected, but I don't know how that was managed re: set-up, fuelload, etc. I think nobody bothered to ask the grid girls themselves, but I think Liberty were more concerned with how it looks for the worldwide audience to have good looking women standing there like furniture, as if that's all they're good for. In this day and age, that is indeed an anachronism. And arguably a slight to the many female fans Formula One also has. Getting with the times also jives with Liberty's stated goal of updating Formula One to the present.
  3. So, Kubica definitely not in the car for 2018, except for testing and unforeseen circumstances. I guess Sirotkin and his money gave Williams a really tough choice. On the one hand, I'm all for new talent, but on the other I was curious to see if Kubica still has what it takes. Apparently Williams think not. And, Formula One is not a place for sentiment. Testing for this season begins in three weeks, by the way. Re: grid girls: it makes no difference to me that they won't be employed this year. The concept of grid girls is obviously sexist, and it doesn't really add anything. Employing rid guys is even more farcical, so please no to that. There has to be a better way to place/position markers. A good friend of mine is going to Silverstone too. He's been to some races, but never in England. Are they really the result of Bernie? Signed pre-contracts and so on? I hadn't realised Bernie's reach was that wide.
  4. RE: Kubica Kubica isn't likely to step in unless he gets an airtight contract guaranteeing him a drive for two years or full compensation if he's swapped out. After his accident he got a huge pay-off from his insurance company, on the basis that he would not be able to drive F1 again. If he turns out to be able to drive in competion circumstances, his insurance will require him to pay them back. So in order to offset that 'penalty' he needs a guaranteed amount of income. This comes from Robert Doornbos, a former Red Bull and Minardi driver and friend of Kubica's.
  5. Cool.
  6. So it doesn’t preclude arming trained bears? Cause I’m seeing a loophole here.
  7. So the engine for 2021 is basically a more straightforward version of what we have now. Still hybrid but less intricate components and more RPM, which supposedly makes it easier to produce and operate, but is still equally fast. Good news for manufacturers (Aston Martin?), meh for fans. Hamilton managed to seal the deal in Mexico, not in the way he wanted, but still deserved. Too bad Ferrari and Vettel (Baku, Singapore) fell to pieces after the summer break. More competition would have been nice. Good to see Red Bull joining the fight, makes it more interesting. I do think maybe the last two tracks somehow suit the Red Bull car disproportionately; they may again be a bit off in Brazil, and I would expect Abu Dhabi to be a fight between Mercedes and Ferrari. But who knows. Red Bull have improved a lot during the season, as have Renault. Just from the change in demeanor you can tell how much Hamilton relishes being rid of Rosberg. Those last few years together weren’t nice. They were really grinding each other down. Bottas is a clear number two, and Hamilton is (deservedly) the man at Mercedes. For the drivers market, there really isn’t an obvious move for Ricciardo. McLaren may be the best option, the Renault is a good engine, and Alonso may be beatable if they don’t renew Vandoorne. Ferrari aren’t going to take Ricciardo (Vettel will probably veto), unless he’s the clear number two.
  8. New contract for Max Verstappen He is pleased about it too Apparently he is going to make a lot more money, but his stated goal is to win multiple world championships. Conclusion is that Red Bull must have been able to convince him that their package going forward will be good enough to keep fighting with the Mercedeses and Ferraris. No idea yet what the engine deal will be (Renault could still be an option, despite public statements to the contrary), but otherwise they have to have some card up their sleeve. I can’t imagine they think Honda, which will power Toro Rosso next year, will make such a leap as to be fighting for wins in 2019. There are rumours going around that Red Bull might get a Mercedes customer-engine, but that would be a risk from Mercedes’ point of view. Don’t know what to make of that. Ricciardo might get the nod, and start looking elsewhere. Horner has said that they want both drivers to remain, but from the details we have, it looks like Verstappen has been made first driver in all but name. Meanwhile, Hartley is getting the sympathy vote. Hope he can do well. Kvyat is made to look like a mindless puppet with the way they’re putting him in and out of the car. Hope we’ll get a good qualifying and race.
  9. The first that comes to my mind is Alonso putting his Minardi on P6 when that was the points threshold (and an Italian driver in tears, retiring his Minardi from P6... was it Martini? Trulli?). Palmer certainly didn't have luck on his side, but his points finish in Malaysia was too little too late. Outside underdog-sympathy Palmer really doesn't have anything going for him, except somewhat impressive sponsoring.
  10. Palmer out after Japan, Sainz to Renault for the US GP. Kvyat back in at Toro Rosso in Austin, but as yet not confirmed for the rest of the season. Gasly is confirmed for the rest of the season. I guess Renault have decided not to put up with Palmer anymore. He's been found wanting, and wanting badly. He has had a lot of bad luck, but he hasn't delivered at all this year. He didn't impress last year and was lucky that Magnussen chose Haas, this year he has been demoted by Hülkenberg. I think that's game over for him. Williams are apparently giving Kubica and Di Resta a face-off and then decide which one they'll take. They won't ditch Stroll, so that might just be Massa out as well. The only option for Palmer would be if Williams decide to go with him instead of Massa/Kubica/Di Resta, which I don't really see happening. Good win for Verstappen in Malaysia. Hamilton will be sour over Vettel still claiming that many points. Vettel needs Hamilton to DNF to keep any hope of the championship. with Hamiltons pole on Suzuka it could be great face-off between these two. The Red Bulls likely won't be able to keep up with them; perhaps Raikkonen will yet make it to the podium... and Bottas is feeling the heat. He can't seem to keep up with Hamilton no matter what he does.
  11. Anyway, excellent result for Lewis, who won it at the start (both in regards to the Ferraris and Ricciardo). Vettel should have known better than to cross so severely; he was the only one with something to lose. Verstappen had nowhere to go, he was just a passenger. In fact, I think it could have been Kimi who took out Vettel. Great getaway by Alonso too, too bad he got caught up in the ruckuss. A bit disappointed that Ricciardo couldn't do more. It appears the Mercedes' had an ace up their sleeves. Bottas is cementing his role as nr. 2, he's done as a contender, even though he got closer to Vettel. Great drives by Sainz and Perez too, by the way, and finally some luck for Palmer and Vandoorne.
  12. And yet they feel victimised.
  13. There are also rumours that Red Bull are trying to nudge Aston Martin towards manufacturing F1 engines; perhaps Aston Martin want to produce their own F1 car in time. No idea how serious that is, or how deep their pockets. You need a huge budget to develop an F1 car and engine from scratch. Renault have been annoyed with Red Bull's complaints for a time, and the move was somewhat pre-ordained, what with Toro Rosso's obvious angling for a Honda engines. That could only have come about because Red Bull knew their enginedeal with Renault was coming to an end. Renault have been firing shots across the bow for some time now. Of course, Renault have wanted to focus on the championship since they restarted their works team. Ricciardo and Verstappen are on record that they want proof or at least belief that Red Bull have a winning package after 2018, otherwise they're gone.
  14. Other echoes from the past
  15. By reduce speed you mean keeping Vettel at bay just before the restart? Hamilton was trying to get heat into those tyres; Vettel had ultra-softs, much easier to get to optimal temperature. Vettel was a bit too eager, if he'd waited just one second, he would have a better chance. Vettel's emotions got the better of him again. But superb drive by Hamilton. Bottas has been reduced to a clear number two, just like Kimi. I have to say, Vettel has his whiny moments, but I love this battle between him and Hamilton. They're really pushing each other to great heights. Verstappen was pretty clear afterwards, this can't go on. Extra frustrating for him that he's gotten the better of Ricciardo (great move on Kimi and Hulk, by the way) more often than not, and he's got nothing to show for it while Ricciardo is stringing together the podiums. Sort of. Max's father and unofficial manager replied for the Dutch camera's, they're both clear that this season is lost, but also there's huge pressure on Red Bull and Renault. According to reports, Renault and Alain Prost himself apologised to Max. It think it was Horner who said it. Nevertheless, there's nothing Max can do unless Mercedes want to buy off his contract at Red Bull, which I don't see happening. And Alonso... Honda is not going to do it, and there is no obvious place where he can go. I don't see him going to Williams, where development is non-existent, unless you mean backwards development. Perhaps Force India will can Perez. After today, I could see them doing just that. Ocon is a proving to be too much for Perez, and Perez can't seem to handle it. Today's moves were both deliberate attempts to thwart Ocon in my view, regardless of what Perez says. It seems Perez himself crashed out because he cut his rear tyre on Ocon's wing, but I would have understood (though not approved) it if Ocon had pushed him out. Edit: maybe Renault for Alonso?