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  1. Antonius Pius

    Formula One 2019

    Saw the (amateur) footage, Correa ran right into him. You could hear the audience’s shock. Tragic indeed. Re: drivers: Ocon to Renault, Hulkenberg out but under consideration for a seat at Haas together with Grosjean (Magnussen confirmed for the other) and Perez confirmed for no less than three years at Racing Point.
  2. Antonius Pius

    Formula One 2019

    Agree that he doesn't come across as a dick. Sometimes a bit of a drama-queen, but nothing more than that.
  3. Antonius Pius

    Formula One 2019

    Has he ever? I mean, this wasn't in doubt, was it? Hamilton is the king of F1. He was always going to have a go, and he had the fastest car to boot. The only times Max got the better of him was (at the top of my head) in Brazil 2018, Mexico 2017 and 2018, where the Mercedes didn't "work" properly, and Malaysia 2017, where Lewis was fighting for the title and not willing to risk a real duel. The best part is, I think they both really want to contest eachother. I think the respect is definitely there. During Vettel's post-race interview I saw Lewis hugging Max in the background, can't say I ever saw that before. Agreed that Max was snookered by Mercedes. Max's only hope was for Gasly or the Ferrari's (or anyone) to be inside Lewis' pit-window to hold him up, otherwise they could only lose. Still, quite remarkable to clear 19 seconds in less laps. Lewis was really putting in qualifying laps I think. What's really worrying for Gasly is that there's apparently no method to what he's doing. He seems consistently lost. I'm sure he's got some skills, after all he did allright in the Toro Rosso, but it all seems to desert him at Red Bull. Of course his confidence can't be high, but where does a misjudgement luke running into Albon's rear at Hockenheim come from? It does indeed appear Red Bull are suffering from a lack of new talents. Has Ticktum been relegated? He was quite hungry to get his super license at the start of this year, I seem to recall. Given Grosjean's consistent lack of racing skills, I would chuck him out if I were Haas. Magnussen's a liability too, in a way, but more to others than to the team. I can't judge Grosjean's technical skills, but it feels to me like Magnussen has come out on top every Sunday this year. That's got to count for something. Don't know how reliable this is, but it doesn't bode well for Bottas. No guarantees that Ocon can take the fight to Lewis, but it seems like Bottas has been ground down by the pressure and Lewis' relentlessness.
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    RIP Gene Wolfe

    Sad to hear this I loved his Book of the New Sun. His prose isn’t always easy, but he was a great writer. I already had Soldier in the Mist laying ready on my nightstand.
  5. Quote above is from A Horse Named Stranger's post, citing the article in Der Spiegel: is this really the sentiment in the mad-for-brexit parts of Britain? Why haven't these irresponsible rascals like Boris Johnson and his ilk been lynched? With every passing day and political farce it looks more and more like everyone in politics is trying to screw the Britain over for personal electoral gain. Indeed, Your nation is being held hostage over this unresolved struggle - because so much work seems to be put in keeping it unresolvable. I'm sorry, but the mind boggles. There seems to be such a disconnect between politics and reality.
  6. Antonius Pius

    Formula One 2018

    These guys have sort of an explanation of what's gone wrong with Williams and McLaren, and why there luck isn't going to turn around anytime soon. Wait and see, I guess, but I'm not optimistic about their chances of succes.
  7. Antonius Pius

    Formula One 2018

    It’s a great story to have him back, but I saw some onboard footage of him driving the Williams, and I’m not sure it’s wise. His right hand seems to be truly useless, which means he depends on his lift for every manual action he has to take. I wonder how it will work out when he has to focus on both his lap and the competition trying to take his position - though in a Williams that may mean there’s no one to directly duel with except for his teammate.
  8. Antonius Pius

    Formula One 2018

    I doubt that Hamilton would have taken his own advice. I also want to bring up that Hamilton felt Sirotkin should have shown more respect in an incident where he himself essentially almost took Sirotkin out. There’s not much that Hamilton says about other drivers without having an agenda. Especially where his main competitors are involved. Also, Max has had some incidents this year where he was obviously too eager, but I cannot see the reasoning for holding Max responsible for this incident with Ocon. Ocon had no right to duel with the raceleader. He had a right to unlap himself, yes, no one has disputed that. But he was racing Max as if they were racing for position, as he himself admitted in the interview afterwards (“I did the same [move] with Max that I did with Fernando and many others”). Honestly, it seems to me like frustration got the better of him. I don’t know if there was bad blood between them from their Formula Three days (they had some tough fights), or that Ocon is simply frustrated about not having a drive, but it was a bad move, plain and simple. Verstappen just said on Dutch tv that he didn’t intend anything at the scales, just that he wanted to ask Ocon what he was thinking, but got (more) angry because Ocon immediately essentially played the victim and started to grin.
  9. Antonius Pius

    Formula One 2018

    (Re: crash between Max and Ocon) Well, that was an unexpected dick-move by Ocon. Has to have been motivated by either vendetta (for a Formula 3 incident?) or a moment of braindeath. You are of course allowed to unlap yourself, but driving into the side of the leader is inane in any situation. There can be no justification for what Ocon did here, IMO. Breaking news is that both Ocon and Verstappen are called to the stewards for this incident. I can’t imagine there’ll be a punishment, especially after Saturday. Hamilton already starting the psychological warfare by calling the crash Verstappens fault.
  10. Antonius Pius

    Formula One 2018

    Don't think that's likely... Alonso burned his bridges at Ferrari, and even though he may desperately want a winning car, Ferrari aren't going to be giving him one. The decision to take Leclerc over keeping Kimi is a slap in Vettel's face, so I'm sure he's aware he's not untouchable. Ferrari aren't above giving Leclerc preferential treatment if he prefers better. After all, their only goal is to win.
  11. Antonius Pius

    Formula One 2018

    Maybe Williams? I assume Stroll is out next year - though Williams may need a pay-driver, Mercedes could also do something about the engine bill. Big decision for Ferrari and Leclerc. I'd have expected Ferrari to want to field Leclerc at Haas for a year, but they've gone all out. Good for them. And why on earth would Kimi want to race for Sauber? Just to pick up a paycheck? Can't imagine what challenge he sees there. I expect he will do a lot of good for the team, but really? Too bad if Vandoorne and Ocon don't get a drive. Ocon certainly deserves one, and I think Vandoorne deserves another chance outside the shitstrewn horrorshow of McLaren.
  12. Antonius Pius

    Board Issues 4

    Good grief, I've been messing about with this for weeks too. I was ready to foget all about this forum. Jesus. Thanks for pointing that out!
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    Official Testing Thread

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    Board Issues 4

    I'm having the same problem with chrome. Also with tapatalk, but that's fixed now (hence my being able to post here [emoji6]).
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    Official Testing Thread

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