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      Reply #4710: Feb 18, 2019 07:39:01 pm
      Williams having no car until Wednesday it seems.

      You have to wonder what they do all winter as it's not as if testing is a surpise announcement.

      So sad to see such a great team of the past in this mess.
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      Reply #4711: Feb 18, 2019 08:50:55 pm
      Williams having no car until Wednesday it seems.

      You have to wonder what they do all winter as it's not as if testing is a surpise announcement.

      So sad to see such a great team of the past in this mess.

      So true. I don't have much hopes for them this season and I struggle to see where their next break will come from. At the start of the hybrid era in 2014, they were blessed to have the Mercedes and a solid chassis to make them a front running team once again. That was wonderful to see. But their decline since, despite still enjoying the benefits that the Merc engine has provided, has been alarming and last year was a depressing sight. Seeing them trailing at the arse end of the grid with two pay drivers (many people would say undeserving of their place in the sport) made such a placement on the grid unsurprising and, dare I say it, deserved.

      On the driver front, I'd be astonished if the return of Kubica didn't turn out to be a total damp squib. That said, I have high hopes for George Russell, he looks to be a fine young talent and I back him to outdo Kubica this season. Likewise with Lando Norris in McLaren who despite a somewhat disappointing GP2 (even though he finished runner up to Russell in GP2) had had a pretty meteoric rise thanks to his skill. Although at age 18 I fear that it may have come a little too quickly for the guy.

      That will be the most fascinating aspect of this season for me. Britain is blessed to have two phenomenal young drivers in the f1 ranks this year and if they do well then the post Lewis era may not be too bad for British fans.
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      Reply #4712: Feb 20, 2019 11:34:24 am
      The Ferrari seems to have an aggressive change of pitch under breaking, snapping from low pitch to high rake.
      I wonder will we see a protest arrive before the season starts.
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      Reply #4713: Feb 21, 2019 06:34:54 pm
      The Ferrari seems to have an aggressive change of pitch under breaking, snapping from low pitch to high rake.
      I wonder will we see a protest arrive before the season starts.

      What do you think is going on?

      Do Mercedes still have a low rake car like last year?
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      Reply #4714: Feb 21, 2019 10:27:22 pm
      What do you think is going on?

      Do Mercedes still have a low rake car like last year?

      Mercedes have the same low rake as previous cars.
      Could be something in the hydraulics but it would need to be passive.
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      Reply #4715: Feb 21, 2019 10:29:38 pm
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      Reply #4716: Mar 01, 2019 06:43:20 pm
      There goes another pre season and it has to be said Ferrari look the business. Potentially, the fastest they've been since the glory days of Schumacher in the early 00s. Mercedes have got their work cut out!

      Looks like McLaren have made some respectable progress as well - best pre season for them for a good few years (or should that be most drama free!). Don't know about them edging Fernando closer to the fold. The announcement that he is pencilled in to do some test days with them is great news for all who are fans of the guy but potentially bad news for young Lando Norris who may feel unnecessary pressure knowing that Alonso is sitting in the wings.
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      Reply #4717: Mar 01, 2019 09:10:06 pm
      There goes another pre season and it has to be said Ferrari look the business. Potentially, the fastest they've been since the glory days of Schumacher in the early 00s. Mercedes have got their work cut out!


      I honestly thought Mercedes were sand bagging but not convinced anymore. The red car ( as hammy puts it )) looking exceptional so far.
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      Reply #4718: Mar 01, 2019 09:31:39 pm
      I honestly thought Mercedes were sand bagging but not convinced anymore. The red car ( as hammy puts it )) looking exceptional so far.

      Fastest Ferrari in a long time.
      Game on.

      Pressure on Seb could be twofold though. Leclerc is bloody fast.

      Red Bull not finished strongly.
      Midfield battle will be huge.
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      Reply #4719: Mar 01, 2019 10:06:15 pm
      Think Merc  know how to develop a Car throughout a season and they will be difficult to beat especially if Hamilton gets inside Vettel's head again. I hope we see McClaren and Williams back up the grid its been painful to watch these past few years
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      Reply #4720: Mar 06, 2019 10:04:10 pm
      Had high hopes for Williams fortunes when it was announced that Paddy Lowe was joining them. But it's turned out to be a f**king disaster. You've seriously got to question Claire Williams's management of the team. I do worry for their future in this sport.

      https://twitter.com/andrewbensonf1/status/1103405923668762624

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      Reply #4721: Mar 06, 2019 10:24:17 pm
      Had high hopes for Williams fortunes when it was announced that Paddy Lowe was joining them. But it's turned out to be a f**king disaster. You've seriously got to question Claire Williams's management of the team. I do worry for their future in this sport.

      https://twitter.com/andrewbensonf1/status/1103405923668762624



      The team is in a total mess.
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      Reply #4722: Mar 06, 2019 10:55:47 pm
      Sad to see such an iconic team fall away.
      Thought they were going to really challenge in the Hybrid era but they've become a technology company first and F1 team second.
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      Reply #4723: Mar 08, 2019 06:46:17 pm
      Interesting perspective on the failings at Williams.

      https://twitter.com/PeterDWindsor/status/1103731292217241603
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      Reply #4724: Mar 08, 2019 09:31:54 pm
      What do we think of the extra point for fastest lap then folks?

      I think I like the idea.

      Off to watch some of 'Formula 1 Drive To Survive' on Netflix.
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      Reply #4725: Mar 08, 2019 11:16:28 pm
      What do we think of the extra point for fastest lap then folks?

      I think I like the idea.

      Off to watch some of 'Formula 1 Drive To Survive' on Netflix.

      Watched the first episode of Drive To Survive just earlier. I'm undecided on it - I could do without the commentary snippets which on the large part are so obviously scripted for the documentary. I definitely think they could be a bit braver and have a no holds barred approach to it because we all know the sorts of politics and drama that goes on every weekend. That said I did like the personal touches to Ricciardo's story especially hearing his mum's perspective. But Guenther Steiner telling Gene Haas on the phone 'we fu**ed up' is not exactly anyone's idea of juicy inside action but seeing as it has been commissioned by Liberty I think the last thing they'd want is something that looks like a political circus (which it is!). If they pushed the door open any further they'd probably get accused of doing an expose on the very sport they own! Will definitely watch episode 2 to see how this goes though before settling on a definite opinion.
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      Reply #4726: Mar 08, 2019 11:23:53 pm
      Watched the first episode of Drive To Survive just earlier. I'm undecided on it - I could do without the commentary snippets which on the large part are so obviously scripted for the documentary. I definitely think they could be a bit braver and have a no holds barred approach to it because we all know the sorts of politics and drama that goes on every weekend. That said I did like the personal touches to Ricciardo's story especially hearing his mum's perspective. But Guenther Steiner telling Gene Haas on the phone 'we fu**ed up' is not exactly anyone's idea of juicy inside action but seeing as it has been commissioned by Liberty I think the last thing they'd want is something that looks like a political circus (which it is!). If they pushed the door open any further they'd probably get accused of doing an expose on the very sport they own! Will definitely watch episode 2 to see how this goes though before settling on a definite opinion.

      I'm on Episode 3 now mate and pretty much agree with you and it's as I expected. Pretty tame with no huge insight but great to get those more personal touches with the drivers.

      This Episode brings Williams into it more and for me Lance Stroll sounds a little like a spoilt brat and seems to play up to Daddy when on radio. Not sure if I'm reading too much into it so be interested to see what others think.

      I'll watch it all as I do still love the sport but not expecting any groundbreaking stuff along the way.
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      Reply #4727: Mar 10, 2019 07:05:15 pm
      Watched the highlights of the Hong Kong round of the Formula E Championship. Have to say I enjoyed it very much after dipping in and out of it the last few years and coming out largely unimpressed.

      Question being - will Formula E displace F1 as the premier motor racing category in the coming years and decades?
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      Reply #4728: Mar 14, 2019 07:38:47 pm
      It's really shocking and so sad to hear that Charlie Whiting passed away yesterday so unexpectedly. He was in a position of much power and responsibility to make the sport as safe as it is and there's no doubt he carried out that duty to the highest level. He's been a name associated with the sport for as long as I've watched it (always heard about him, rarely saw him!) and that he continued to hold such a prominent and important position in the sport right up until the very end speaks volumes for just how respected he was. Given how rapidly that sport changes and the intricacies and impossibilities of trying to interpret and implement the rules, you have to say that is remarkable. But it's another thing altogether being tasked with the responsibility of keeping the drivers safe. That he did that for so many years means that there are a lot of drivers out there who owe him so much.

      It will be a very sombre few weeks for the sport.
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      Reply #4729: Mar 14, 2019 08:26:43 pm
      We got everything free (all practice sessions, quali, race) on the BBC with no ad breaks.

      You're quite frankly an idiot if you're paying that money for 20 odd races a year.

      Sky want £120 per year for their F1 channel, on top of the usual subs. The Live F1 Sport dead in this country.
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      Reply #4730: Mar 15, 2019 05:54:28 pm
      How can one still follow this sorry piece of sport? It died when Senna died and 5 left. Done.
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      Reply #4731: Mar 15, 2019 06:34:30 pm
      How can one still follow this sorry piece of sport? It died when Senna died and 5 left. Done.

      Same as one follows football!! It's in the blood. If you don't like it then ignore the thread as let us enthusiastic sorry piece of fans enjoy posting on it.
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      Reply #4732: Mar 15, 2019 06:38:17 pm
      How can one still follow this sorry piece of sport? It died when Senna died and 5 left. Done.

      If you don't care about it then kindly leave the nonsense you spout for other threads.

      Some of us come in here to discuss the sport with like-minded people.
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      Reply #4733: Mar 15, 2019 06:38:59 pm
      How can one still follow this sorry piece of sport? It died when Senna died and 5 left. Done.

      'It died when Senna died' ie the most cliched bullshit spouted by total n*b heads who seek an opinion on everything even if they are coming at it from the most uneducated/ignorant position.

      But then again, coming from you I can't say I'm surprised.
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      Reply #4734: Mar 15, 2019 09:04:38 pm
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      Reply #4735: Mar 15, 2019 10:55:47 pm

      How can one still follow this sorry piece of sport? It died when Senna died and 5 left. Done.

      Gave you the benefit of the doubt on negative posting vs WUM already but that's line crossed for me.
      Nothing but pure WUM in that post.
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      Reply #4736: Mar 16, 2019 06:26:43 am
      Decent first qualifying session for Hammy. However, gloves yet to come off just yet as plenty of sand bagging going on.  :lmao:
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      Reply #4737: Mar 16, 2019 06:45:55 am
      Qualifying 2

      Both Renaults out  :f_doh:
      Red car so far not backed up pre testing (( sand bagging? ))

      Mercs looking good so far.

      Q3. Now let's take the breaks off.  ;D
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      Reply #4738: Mar 16, 2019 07:03:30 am
      NORMAL SERVICE RESUMES  :lmao:

      GET IN THERE HAMMY LAD.  :drinking:
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      Reply #4739: Mar 16, 2019 08:27:35 am
      Mercedes looks on a knife edge compared to Ferrari,
      but it's also hella quick. Hamilton ragging it and Lando in 8th is impressive.

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