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      Reply #4750: Mar 18, 2019 04:50:16 am
      Disappointing start for Ricciardo's Renault career, especially watching Max roll in pretty well with the new engines. Hope for better going forward. He has suggested that he may scale back his intense media commitments for the next Aussie GP as he said after a week of the spotlight he felt a bit drained, just wants to find the right balance with the week because he understands the roll he plays as the home country hero. Ticket sales were the best in years for Melbourne so he certainly brought out the fans.

      Gotta love his post match interviews even after such a sh*t race. At 23 seconds in onwards, brilliant :D

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBs-7KnBXOw
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      Reply #4751: Mar 24, 2019 10:42:01 pm
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      It must have been morale shattering for the paddock when Lewis set that lap. Ferrari being that far back was not in the script especially after their form in pre season.

      Hamilton has taken pole 6 times running in Melbourne. It's a very Merc friendly track, so I wasn't surprised that they took the front row by some margin, and they eased to another one-two.

      Ferrari should strike back in Bahrain, a horrible soulless track. But if they fall further behind there, it will be inquest time.
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      Reply #4752: Mar 25, 2019 09:46:06 am
      Hamilton has taken pole 6 times running in Melbourne. It's a very Merc friendly track, so I wasn't surprised that they took the front row by some margin, and they eased to another one-two.

      Ferrari should strike back in Bahrain, a horrible soulless track. But if they fall further behind there, it will be inquest time.

      If Ferrari don't find some pace in Bahrain they're in for a long, painful, season.
      Even if they do, Melbourne has already highlight a problem with their front wing concept.
      It looks like the early preseason pace might develop down a dead end.
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      Reply #4753: Mar 29, 2019 06:45:03 pm
      10 years ago today! I can hardly believe it's gone by that quickly. One of the most remarkable and satisfying weekends of f1 I've ever watched. Victory in Australia for Jenson Button, my favourite driver driving under the name of Ross Brawn, another idol of mine, just weeks after the whole team could have disappeared completely. It remains one of the most unique sights in sport I've witnessed. For one season only the white, black and fluorescent yellow, sponsorless cars driving to championship glory. Perfect.

      https://twitter.com/autosport/status/1111549822480379904
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      Reply #4754: Mar 29, 2019 09:58:59 pm
      10 years ago today! I can hardly believe it's gone by that quickly. One of the most remarkable and satisfying weekends of f1 I've ever watched. Victory in Australia for Jenson Button, my favourite driver driving under the name of Ross Brawn, another idol of mine, just weeks after the whole team could have disappeared completely. It remains one of the most unique sights in sport I've witnessed. For one season only the white, black and fluorescent yellow, sponsorless cars driving to championship glory. Perfect.

      https://twitter.com/autosport/status/1111549822480379904

      Just themselves and Jordan with the first wins being 1-2s.
      Mind you, only Brawn did it in their 1st ever GP.
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      Reply #4755: Mar 31, 2019 08:31:30 pm
      Leclerc must be feeling pretty gutted right now, absolutely nothing he could do about it.
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      Reply #4756: Mar 31, 2019 09:45:14 pm
      Leclerc must be feeling pretty gutted right now, absolutely nothing he could do about it.

      Drove a great race to be fair and my man very lucky (( bit like you lads today  ;D ))  to win the race. Looking like a great season ahead though.
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      Reply #4757: Apr 01, 2019 10:03:00 am
      Devastated.
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      Reply #4758: Apr 01, 2019 04:02:32 pm
      Never been keen on Hamilton but fair play to him at the weekend, whilst his team were celebrating and saying how great he had raced etc, Hamilton instantly shut it down and said about how it was just because of the bad luck that Leclerc suffered, making his team well aware they weren't good enough and have a lot of work to do. Class act that, many would have just joined in the celebrating and forgotten about Leclerc or whoever else was in that situation.

      Given the success that Hamilton has had in the sport, he could easily have put himself across as the big time there against the rookie.
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      Reply #4759: Apr 01, 2019 06:08:37 pm
      Never been keen on Hamilton but fair play to him at the weekend, whilst his team were celebrating and saying how great he had raced etc, Hamilton instantly shut it down and said about how it was just because of the bad luck that Leclerc suffered, making his team well aware they weren't good enough and have a lot of work to do. Class act that, many would have just joined in the celebrating and forgotten about Leclerc or whoever else was in that situation.

      Given the success that Hamilton has had in the sport, he could easily have put himself across as the big time there against the rookie.

      It was a classy gesture - particularly the wave of acknowledgement/apology when he passed Leclerc on the straight. No doubt about it - Le Clerc is something else. The future could well be defined by him and Max.

      But these things happen in f1 and on days when your car just isn't quick enough you have to do the next best thing and plonk it in second, ready to sweep up victory if the guy ahead runs into trouble and Lewis did that. I remember Schumacher picking up the odd win doing that (most memorably against Hakkinen back in Spain 2001 when the Finn broke down on the last lap!).

      Lewis has turned into a really mature and wise driver now. He could be quite erratic in his McLaren days but Mercedes Lewis, particularly post Rosberg, is something else. He is the level Leclerc and Verstappen are ultimately aiming for.

      *edit: (why the f**k do I keep spelling Leclerc's last name as two separate words? F***ing peak 'rosbif' me.)
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      Reply #4760: Apr 03, 2019 02:08:59 pm
      I said 6 months ago that Leclerc would challenge Vettel, that the future of F1 is Verstappen v Leclerc, and it could go on for a long time.

      While Vettel was making more mistakes, Leclerc put a marker down for the future in Bahrain. He may not have won but it was through no fault of his own, (which resembled Hill's mechanical problems in Hungary in the Arrows) He still managed to collect pole, podium and fastest lap. His maiden win may just come in his home race at Monaco in a few weeks time. That would be something else. Meanwhile, Hamilton knows he has a new Ferrari rival to compete against.

      In the meantime, China is race 1000, and a great track it is too. The hairpin at the end of the lap caught several drivers out last year, and Ricciardo took the flag. It wouldn't surprise me if it threw a spanner in someone's race again.
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      Reply #4761: Apr 03, 2019 03:13:59 pm
      Vettels biggest problem is that mentally he’s not as strong as Hamilton. Hamilton doesn’t let anything faze him but it seems Vettel sometimes worries more about what Hamilton is doing than concentrating on his own performance and results in Vettel making mistakes that a 4 time world champion shouldn’t be making.

      For the last year, Hamilton has essentially had Vettel in his pocket.
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      Reply #4762: Apr 03, 2019 05:12:20 pm
      Vettels biggest problem is that mentally he’s not as strong as Hamilton. Hamilton doesn’t let anything faze him but it seems Vettel sometimes worries more about what Hamilton is doing than concentrating on his own performance and results in Vettel making mistakes that a 4 time world champion shouldn’t be making.

      For the last year, Hamilton has essentially had Vettel in his pocket.

      The only driver to get under Hamilton’s skin was Rosberg who threw the towel in too easy, If Nico was still driving I think he would have been a double Merc champion but that one season Lewis really fu**ed Rosberg mentally to the point he didn’t even defend his title..
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      Reply #4763: Apr 03, 2019 07:02:07 pm
      The only driver to get under Hamilton’s skin was Rosberg who threw the towel in too easy, If Nico was still driving I think he would have been a double Merc champion but that one season Lewis really fu**ed Rosberg mentally to the point he didn’t even defend his title..

      It seems Rosberg had maxed out that season and I think if he had gone on beyond that season then I could not see him beating Lewis again. I'm sure he knew this more than most which was a major reason in his decision. Also I think Nico said that his personal life was taking a hit such was the effort he put in in 2016 in that he couldn't dedicate himself to those close to him in the way he wanted to.

      Hamilton always felt a slight paranoia when Rosberg was around. Rosberg obviously had been at the team for a few seasons by time Lewis arrived and in that time Nico had obviously built up relations with engineers and mechanics that naturally ensured a great deal of respect and sympathy towards the guy. On the contrary, and taking all this into account, it must have been quite hard for Nico to see Lewis come in and see him take the first (and second) title for Mercedes in so many decades, perhaps something he thought could (and should?) have been his. Given all this, it would have been easy, as Lewis sometimes hinted at, that the team were working in favour of Rosberg (such as the 'somebody doesn't want me to win this' outburst after his engine blew in Malaysia 2016 which was probably the defining moment of that season's title battle).

      With regards to Vettel - his mental game has always been a bit suspect. I mean who can forget this, on the end of a ferocious drive from Jenson Button? (probably the greatest race of the last 10 years)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9zgL7iyNDs
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      Reply #4764: Apr 14, 2019 07:45:07 am
      Great start for Hammy and Mercedes as a whole. However, letting Vettle through on team orders already looking like a mistake.
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      Reply #4765: Apr 14, 2019 08:04:08 am
      Great start for Hammy and Mercedes as a whole. However, letting Vettle through on team orders already looking like a mistake.

      Joke to be using team orders this early in the season. Hope Vettel fucks it!!
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      Reply #4766: Apr 14, 2019 08:06:24 am
      Mercedes just on another level - makes it boring
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      Reply #4767: Apr 14, 2019 08:11:07 am
      Joke to be using team orders this early in the season. Hope Vettel fucks it!!

      Leclerc race severely compromised by team orders. Can't understand why so early in the season team orders  being used. Vettle a right c**t. The young pretender ( Leclerc ) already proved in first two races that he deserves his chance on a level playing field...
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      Reply #4768: Apr 14, 2019 08:12:14 am
      Mercedes just on another level - makes it boring

      You have a point but when your a Hammy fan it doesn't feel that bad.  :D
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      Reply #4769: Apr 14, 2019 02:05:46 pm
      Leclerc race severely compromised by team orders. Can't understand why so early in the season team orders  being used. Vettle a right c**t. The young pretender ( Leclerc ) already proved in first two races that he deserves his chance on a level playing field...

      Don’t agree with it at all. F**k team orders, if Leclerc is racing better than Vettel then that’s Vettel’s problem that he needs to deal with, don’t be a bi*ch and cry about it and have your team mate suffer as a result.

      I haven’t seen the race but it sounds like typical Vettel.
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      Reply #4770: Apr 30, 2019 09:19:39 pm
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      Reply #4771: Apr 30, 2019 10:14:45 pm
      Is this the year we start to see some progress from McLaren?

      Promising start this season which I hope they build on.
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      Reply #4772: May 19, 2019 10:47:15 pm
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      Reply #4773: May 19, 2019 11:16:39 pm

      They really are outdoing themselves every year at the moment aren’t they.
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      Reply #4774: May 20, 2019 12:08:47 pm

      The arrogance of McLaren only dwarfed by their incompetence.
      They've burned their bridges at Honda and it has well and truly bitten them hard at Indy.

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