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12 hours ago, Deadlines? What Deadlines? said:

Alain Prost, a strong candidate for F1 GOAT, got sacked twice for publicly badmouthing his teams (Renault in '83 and Ferrari in '91). The same thing might have happened at McLaren at the end of '89 but he was already on his way out, having signed with Ferrari.

At the 1984 Italian GP, Toleman didn't allow Senna (another probable GOAT) to drive because of a contract dispute involving his signing with Lotus for '85.

The problem isn't just that Max jeopardized 1-2 in the drivers championship, which RB probably wants more than a win right now because they've never achieved the former and have plenty of the latter. It's the way he defied those team orders. Stupidly, disrespectfully, and publicly.  As was stated before on this thread, "Like a shitty boss". All apparently over some insane speculation of Checo wrecking his qualifying in Monaco. 

No one is irreplaceable.

The point of my comment was not to say that Verstappen is irreplaceable but that he is clearly above the pack that was stated to be "in the same bracket" as him. Thought that was pretty clear but obviously not.

10 hours ago, polishgenius said:

Well, to be fair, neither does Lewis Hamilton. :P

He did pretty well for himself as a #2 driver, didn't he?

9 hours ago, Werthead said:

Yeah, Leclerc's situation this year has been comparable to Max 2-3 years ago, or even at times this year. He's not in the zone yet but can get there.

I didn't deny Leclerc's potential to one day reach WC levels, I said he's not there yet and is at the moment not in the same category as Verstappen.

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8 hours ago, baxus said:

The point of my comment was not to say that Verstappen is irreplaceable but that he is clearly above the pack that was stated to be "in the same bracket" as him. Thought that was pretty clear but obviously not.

It's not really clear at all. Hamilton and Alonso are both better drivers than him, still and almost certainly would be beating him in the same car (especially given that Verstappen has some kind of problem with Hamilton and the second he comes close to him on track some kind of weird red mist descends on him and he makes errors and misjudgement calls he wouldn't make with anyone else, even when Hamilton is well out of WC contention). Norris would probably be on a par (him pulling that flaky-as-fuck McLaren into high points-hauling positions week in, week out all season, might be the greatest achievement of any driver this year), and Russell and Leclerc have the potential but maybe need a little more seasoning.

Leclerc has absolutely rinsed Verstappen over one lap this season, and qualifying remains a key weakness that Verstappen has not really been able to address despite having the best car all season. Compare this to Hamilton who can excel both in one lap and over a race distance. Of course, I think every driver would be prepared to drop one-lap performance for the endurance skills to win the race.

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15 hours ago, Werthead said:

Hamilton and Alonso are both better drivers than him, still and almost certainly would be beating him in the same car

Hamilton and Alonso are world class drivers, only an idiot would claim otherwise. Hamilton had a better car than Verstappen last season and Verstappen still won the championship. Sure, there was a lot of controversy from F1 throughout the season but Verstappen still won.

Funny thing is, I don't even like Verstappen and here I am "defending" him.

15 hours ago, Werthead said:

Norris would probably be on a par (him pulling that flaky-as-fuck McLaren into high points-hauling positions week in, week out all season, might be the greatest achievement of any driver this year)

If you missed the part where I claimed Norris (just like Russel and Leclerc) has potential to come to the same level as Verstappen you do need to read a bit more carefully.

Still, while Norris' performance this season is as good as could be expected in McLaren there is a difference between going for P7 and going for P1, as is best shown by Leclerc crumbling down the moment he was in the spotlight. Now, I'm not saying that Norris wouldn't benefit from having a better car, but it's a leap from there to "better car is all he needs to be on par with Verstappen". I'd absolutely love to see Norris whoop everyone's ass but I'm nowhere near as certain as you are that would be the case.

Btw, I'm not sure Norris performance, as good as they are, are a bigger achievement than, for example, Magnussen taking this combine harvester of Haas into points on a semi-regular basis and even winning a pole position this season, after a season off from F1 to boot. And yet, no one claims Magnussen would be beating Verstappen in a better car. I wonder if him being from outside UK might be a factor in that? :dunno:

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Hulkenberg replacing Mick at Haas

Yet RB catering and Ferrari Fiasco Inc steal the limelight. Seb Ric and Goatifi get the chunk of farewell posts. Kmag-Schumacher P1-P20 quali sandwich ended the kid. Though he had a decent drive to climb up. Fingers crossed for a Ham win so the record remains. Daniel and Vettel in Audi '26 freak prediction. Still confused whom to vote DOTD. 

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3 hours ago, TheLastWolf said:

Ham gets a penalty or something for that red flag double overtake in FP3?

Escape

Quali was disappointing from a Merc perspective, that last lap was something till Sector 3, ironically Ham's best while he took fastest in S1 not his best last 2 days. Downforce and slipstream oh

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Can this weekend get any sadder?

Honey Badger Seb and Mick...

Couldn't that Goatifi have completely crashed, sonova...

Ham and Alonso DNF, no triple donuts just solo (meh podiums'), not even with Ric or Mick.

*sniff*

Waiting for a competitive W14

Here's tentative line-up '23

Audi Seb n Mick '26 fingers crossed. Hope Max ______ so Daniel gets the seat

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Strange tire strategy for Perez.  They should have held off on a second stop unless/until Leclerc came in.  But perhaps Perez’ tires were wearing too badly for that: his first stop was slightly earlier than Verstappen and Leclerc and he doesn’t seem to manage tires as well as Verstappen.  Unless it was necessary, it was a bad gamble to chase a second per lap on Leclerc but it was exciting to watch if he could make it in time.  

I don’t know why Perez was complaining in the middle of the race about Verstappen holding him up: he never got within 2s, and tire management was clearly the critical factor in this race.

Leclerc deserved his runner-up in the WDC overall.  The Ferrari started poorly but then showed good pace and was pretty competitive today (at last).

Russell expanded his points advantage over Hamilton, which is a big victory in his first season at the team, even if it was assisted by shunting several opponents off the track in various races.  I know Hamilton can point to some mitigating factors as they experimented with the car set-up but Russell outperformed him by a good margin.

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I think Russell found the perfect situation this season. Obviously he would have wanted a more competitive car, but if he was actually competing for a championship the pressure on him would have been much greater. I'm sure Hamilton was feeling it too. 

As it stands, he got a few podiums and scored his first GP win. Next season is full of possibilities. He's got to be feeling pretty good right now. 

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  • 4 weeks later...

Williams, McLaren and Alfa Romeo have all lost their team principals in the same week.

Not too disastrous, though, as Vasseur is moving from Alfa Romeo to head up Ferrari. That's an interesting choice as Vasseur is highly regarded in the paddock for his tactical nous and has mainly been held back by an uncompetitive car. That should no longer be a problem. He's also very close with Leclerc.

Andreas Seidl has moved from McLaren to Alfa Romeo, which will be rebranded Sauber (again) for 2023-25. That at first looks like a huge demotion, but he's managing the transition from the team to Audi F1 and will likely stay on as formal team principal for Audi. He has a lot of history with Audi in sportscars, so that makes sense. There's even rumours that Audi and Seidl are trying to poach Lando Norris with a huge payday. If McLaren can't improve quick, that will start to look like a tempting move (and may upset Mercedes, who likely have Norris marked as their #1 preferred replacement for when Hamilton retires).

Andrea Stella is being internally promoted from McLaren to replace Seidl. He's quite well-regarded, so hopefully that will work out.

Jost Capito is also moving on from Williams. Apparently his plan was to only do 2-3 seasons, and he put his retirement on hold when offered the job. No word on his replacement.

Meanwhile, billionaire Hong Kong businessman Calvin Lo is reportedly looking at joining Formula One. He's apparently exploring buying a team or starting a brand new one, despite the hefty entrance fee.

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