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14 Jul 2018 23:09:19
Ed001, I don't suppose you know much about the recent McLaren shake up?

{Ed001's Note - last I heard it was still ongoing. Something about committees making decisions slowing them down so they are trying to return to the days of a head honcho making decisions. Not sure who that will be, as Boullier has left and the other guy (whose name I forgot but I think it was Zak something) is wanting to retain oversight, rather than step in and do the day-to-day running of racing car division.

That is not a lot I know but it is all I know about it at the mo. If I get a chance I will have a look into it as I like McLaren so would like to know more.}

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16 Jul 2018 15:04:50
I know I'm more than likely making it sound much more simple than it is, but this all seemed to stem from the first time Ron Dennis relinquished control of the F1 team.

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08 Jul 2018 20:07:06
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: Britain Talking Points

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01 Jul 2018 17:55:07
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: Austria Talking Points

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24 Jun 2018 17:31:11
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: France Talking Points

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17 Jun 2018 14:19:31
Alonso has the second part of his triple crown, just Indy left. I would love to see him win the f1 championship again but think he will leave the sport at the end of the year which would be a shame. Can’t blame him though, he is a quality driver who wants to win races.

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24 Jun 2018 19:32:57
The way he drove today makes it look like he has had enough and wants out.

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29 Jun 2018 16:16:39
Just seen this ed001, i'm of the same opinion that he is off at the end of the season which is gutting. But I think he will go full time indy and try be a super triple crown winner,
F1 champ,
Endurance champ
Indy champ (and winning indy500 in the process).

{Ed001's Note - I think you are right, I think he will try and win all 3 world titles.}

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10 Jun 2018 21:22:51
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: Canada Talking Points

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Lionel Messi

08 Jun 2018 11:46:44
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Review Of The Day 8th June 2018

08 Jun 2018 06:16:01
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Do you know the difference between Release Clauses and Buy Out Clauses?

07 Jun 2018 13:01:22
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Review Of The Day 7th June 2018

07 Jun 2018 06:59:57
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Review Of The Day 6th June 2018

06 Jun 2018 07:40:53
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Champ Man Legends Part 2: Richie Partridge

05 Jun 2018 19:48:29
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Review Of The Day 5th June 2018

05 Jun 2018 07:46:32
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Boxing Legends Part 1 - Mike Tyson

04 Jun 2018 10:31:02
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Review Of The Day 4th June 2018

04 Jun 2018 06:27:14
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01 May 2018 07:05:54
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: Azerbaijan Talking Points

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15 Apr 2018 11:42:48
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: China Talking Points

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09 Apr 2018 22:26:10
I know this will never happen but for me Bahrain proved that re-fuelling needs to return to the sport.
Firstly I understand it’s about safety but Ferrari proved accidents can happen, so as long as re-fuelling was done to minimise risk to both drivers and mechanics this shouldn’t be an issue.

It adds an element of drama to pit stops as it is something teams can get wrong and cost drivers seconds.
But my most important reason and why Bahrain showed re-fuelling should make a return is because of the strategy. Just like in boxing where styles make fights it’s the same for statergies.

That race was only exciting because Vettel and bottas had different plans, if Ferrari had always planned a one stop and put him on the mediums it would of been a boring procession as usual.
But as there was an element of tyre degradation there was an element of what if and the race victory wasn’t decided until the last lap.
Currently cars struggle to overtake so adding re-fuelling adds a different element and more strategy to the sport.
Like I said I know it won’t happen but yesterday’s race was the best in a long time and that was largely down to differing statergies.

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08 Apr 2018 18:43:40
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: Bahrain Talking Points

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09 Apr 2018 14:56:28
Nice roundup Ed001, great to have a good race to calm everyone down after the predictably drab Australian GP. Such a shame that RB had a 'mare as there could have been even more intrigue, paddock gossip was that they had the fastest race car (although this might have forced it into a more typical 2 stop race, and they could have just walked away with it. ).

Regarding your point about McLaren; Honda and TR, I do also think it was a mistake in the long run. But, it's probably still too early too call. Yes, Gasley did finish fourth, but how much of it was down to his talent? By all accounts Hartley is not a terrible driver and he could only finish 13th (before penalty). Alonso and Vandoorne finished 7th and 8th, indicating this was perhaps their level. I think the McLaren is undoubtedly faster than the Toro Rosso, James Key is pretty good and their chassis last year was one of the best (although a lack of development meant they gradually slid backwards), presumably with a bit of Honda money their chassis should be pretty solid right now too.

Honda are still only targeting reliability at this point, and are not even at the performance level of last year's Renault which was quite a way off Merc and Ferrari. Renault are still trying to push performance forward which is more attractive to McLaren at this point.

{Ed001's Note - I believe Hartley did not have the updated engine which is why his performance was so far adrift.}

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09 Apr 2018 15:02:00
That comment might read a bit pointless, but basically I think that for this year at least Renault will hold an advantage over the Renault still, meaning McLaren can finish as probably the fourth or fifth best team (assuming Haas should only move backwards at this point (low devo) and Renault don't overtake them just yet). Although I do agree, what do McLaren do next year when they're behind Merc, Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault? Red Bull might be showing that the Honda is on a level playing field and they will have lost the £100 million or so that Honda were providing a year?

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25 Mar 2018 08:07:10
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: Melbourne Talking Points

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26 Mar 2018 21:12:32
Great view Ed. Hope you keep these up for the season!

My thoughts on your points:

1) I think it’s difficult to really say how close they are given the nature of the Albert Park track but they do look competitive. That being said Lewis' pace when in clear air (and he wasn't trying to manage things) was startling. I think the more telling point was Bottas' struggles. It looks like they still haven't addressed the Mercs achilles heel of fighting through the pack. I mean all of the current generation struggle given the aerodynamics but that car is so susceptible to it. Brilliant to see Haas so competitive though. Such a shame they can't change a tyre.

2) Is it really that bad? Admittedly it’s a fair criticism to say it’s not fit for purpose if you can gain an advantage in the pits when the whole purpose of it is to neutralise the race. They can surely work that out though somehow. The problem was that they couldn't shift the Haas manually and so had to get the heavy machinery in. Given what happened with Bianchi any time that they are deployed it’s an automatic safety car. Quite rightly to.

I suppose the thing is whether it’s any worse than the safety car. I love the fact the safety car brings the pack back together but then I detest when they let the back markers go and we have to wait for them to get clear to be lapped again in a few laps. Swings and roundabouts.

3) Agree absolutely entirely. Isn't it weird how the obsession has become making the cars just faster? Of course for F1 that's important and it should the pinnacle of the sport but if the cars can't race then what's the point?

4) I do agree but that being said having it entirely the other way isn't always great. Take parts of the 90s and early 00s for example. Brilliant for the drivers as they could just go flat out but that would quite often make the races quite dull. If the financial limits made the races more entertaining, then I don't mind it really.

5) I think it was Martin Brundle who said something like the last time he was in the merc there was something like 43 buttons , knobs or modes on the steering wheel. I will always think back to Lewis in Baku two years ago when his race was compromised because he couldn't figure out which sub menu of the sub menu of the main menu he needed to fix a glitch. is that really racing?

6) I suppose they thought that this was the best half way house between open wheel and closed cockpit. I don’t really mind the halo. I can see why they have done it and they must have decided that it offered better protection than the windscreen option. I just think it changes the nature of the sport to go closed cockpit. Formula 1 is and always should be open cockpit. Is it staying open wheel more dangerous than Moto GP for instance? Not in my opinion.

As for the technical aspect I suppose they are making a difference. If you look at the most recent Mclaren, Ferrari, Porsche, the turbo engine / hybrid technology with the energy recovery systems are the way they are definitely going. So it does still filter down even if only at the extreme end of the market.

What did you think of the new F1 graphics for the race by the way? They were a bit, erm, bold.

{Ed001's Note - I am going to try and keep them up throughout the season. Makes a nice break from the football stuff and I always watch the races at some point.

1. It really was a shame about Haas, they looked very competitive.

2. I just hate the VSC as it does nothing other than give people time to go and get a cuppa. The normal safety car at least brings the pack together, though they do need to do something about unlapping. VSC just makes it feel like a really bad computer game, while the safety car is something that has always been part of racing. If they would dump the pathetic blue flags and just allow everyone to race no matter the position they are in, that would solve it.

3. Spot on.

4. It wasn't brilliant for the drivers as they often moan that there were too many aids allowed in that period. Get rid of some more aids, then the speeds will be limited anyway as the drivers will make errors.

5. 43? That is just insane!

6. I just think the halo is silly as it is nothing like a road car would use. They are supposed to be just extreme versions of what we see on the motorway, so why halo?

I have to admit I never really take much notice of the graphics. sorry.}

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