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20 Jun 2021 16:24:10
Well, I enjoyed that race. Max was brilliant wasn't he? Though I'm happy for Checo. feel sad for Bottas, he was totally screwed over by his team. Especially when both drivers knew tyres weren't going to last.
Good to see Danny Ric getting into the groove as well.

{Ed001's Note - it is bizarre that Mercedes were unable to see that it was clear the tyres wouldn't last. Why not bring in Bottas and at least let him have a go at the fastest lap?}

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20 Jun 2021 16:50:11
Another impressive performance from Norris as well. At one point he was 12th but worked his way brilliantly up to 5th.

{Ed001's Note - I was surprised they left him out so long, it was looking like a mistake when they did it, but turned out to be a brilliant decision.}

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20 Jun 2021 16:53:49
Absolutely mate. Mercedes doing bizzare strategy calls. Not listening to Bottas and Lewis here. Also not listening to Lewis in Monaco regarding the setup. They really are messing it up big time.

{Ed001's Note - the lack of 2 stoppers is why the late stop worked for Lando. If the rest 2 stopped, which was clearly faster, they would have got him. They were all so cautious and it cost them. The only team that did go for the 2 was Ferrari and they left it too late to make it work, as they left him out far too long. There is a real lack of risk taking in the field these days.}

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20 Jun 2021 17:02:06
Yeh some poor merc calls today.

Great drive by Norris and Max but I do question why he wasn’t penalised on open lap for missing turn 1 and not going through the mini chicane on re entry. felt a bit like we can’t do that it will ruin the race call from the FIA.

First entertaining France GP in a long time though. Qudos.

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20 Jun 2021 20:48:50
Max wasn't penalised as he made turn 1 it was turn two he fecked.
What a race and what a drive from max!

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19 Jun 2021 15:28:07
They was a very entertaining qualifying. Going to be a good battle tomorrow between mercedes and redbull.
On a side note, Sainz with a brilliant lap.

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06 Jun 2021 16:23:41
I really have no idea what to say about that race. Apart from the annoyance of the channel I was watching it on constantly losing signal and missing some of the best bits, it was just insane. How does Hamilton end up last when he had it? And Vettel coming 2nd?

One thing that did stand out for me is how slow race control were to react to the two crashes. Immediately they happened it was blatantly obvious it needed to be a safety car immediately, yet they took ages to put out the safety car both times. What on earth was the hold up? It was the two clearest and most obvious safety cars I have ever seen.

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06 Jun 2021 19:47:56
Crazy end to the race Ed. Maybe it was just fatigue with Hamilton, making an error like that. Always easy in hindsight but why take the risk when 2nd place would have put him ahead of Max in the standings.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know mate, he didn't look to be taking a risk, he looked to have it under control and braked in plenty of time. The car just didn't slow down.}

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06 Jun 2021 19:53:24
Those crashes mate, phew. At 300kph, i'm just glad both came out unscathed.
It's the most disappointing for Max though. He ran a perfect race up until tyre decided to blow up.
The podium was super though. Checo coming into his own, holding of Hamilton for so long. amazing drive. Great to see Seb so happy too.

{Ed001's Note - they were proper crashes them! So good to see both drivers completely unscathed afterwards.}

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06 Jun 2021 22:53:32
That race was everything I had hoped for in Baku! , Hamilton accidentally hitting the "magic" button was absolutely unexpected.

{Ed001's Note - it is so rare he makes a mistake, it really is a genuine shock when it happens.}

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05 Jun 2021 17:12:27
Drama filled but not entertaining that quali there. Lots of drivers unlucky to not be able to get in their 2nd laps. Ofcourse it's great to see Leclerc on pole. Hopefully he can translate it onto the race.

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06 Jun 2021 10:54:15
People are saying sainz crashed deliberately. what is going on?

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06 Jun 2021 11:40:53
That's funny mate. I dunno, people talk all kinds of rubbish don't they. Tsunoda pretty much cancelled the session with his crash.
What's going on with Tsunoda though. Pressure of F1 seems to be getting to him. He needs to knuckle down and work double hard now to fulfil his potential.

{Ed001's Note - I think being made to move closer to the team is not helping. It means he is in the middle of settling into a completely new life while trying to get an F1 career off the ground. It can't be helpful.}

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06 Jun 2021 12:27:41
Interesting mate. Wouldn't it be ideal if he moves closer to the team though. Maybe doing it during the season is the issue. I think this season is a bedding in season for him to iron out issues. Hopefully we have him at peak performance next season. There are 4 redbull juniors waiting in F2 for a chance. Next season could be make or break for him.

{Ed001's Note - I am not sure it matters if he lives close or not personally. Not many of the other drivers live near their teams.}

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31 May 2021 09:50:04
Baku week!

{Ed001's Note - hopefully it is a good race.}

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31 May 2021 11:52:55
Can't be worse than Monaco.

{Ed001's Note - true.}

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23 May 2021 18:04:36
Great weekend. Ferrari on the podium. Max brilliant and Checo doing well. Liverpool make it. Couldn't have asked for more.

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23 May 2021 22:59:43
I don't see a mention of Lando there! , 🤣.

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24 May 2021 12:45:40
The next British World Champion?

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24 May 2021 17:51:17
🤣 Lando did well, but I have my Checo hat on tight and secure.
Seriously though, I agree Lando has been phenomenal this season. Personal view, but I think he has overtaken Russell as the next big British challenger. Russell is stagnating in that awful Williams car.

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25 May 2021 13:11:38
I agree Lando has surpassed George, the fan fair around him is because he's mercedes and managed by toto.
Lando had the luck of flying under the radar as he was "just a McLaren driver"

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23 May 2021 15:45:48
NORRIS ON THE PODIUM. I REPEAT NORRIS ON THE PODIUM! Yes my house is a McLaren House hold.

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23 May 2021 14:01:33
Well Charles does not start. wow.

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23 May 2021 14:34:20
Your hunch about the gearbox being knackered turned out to be a major issue it would seem. Looks like they took the risk not to change it, rather than lose the grid places, and it’s backfired.

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23 May 2021 16:16:09
It's why I said there was absolutely no way he would have done that deliberately, was too much of a risk and a lapse by Charles cost them dearly and helped max and red bull.

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22 May 2021 19:55:10
So there's 30 seconds left of Q3 and Leclerc is holding pole position, knowing the big guns are on their final lap . He's driving for a Ferrari team starved of success, desperate for a Grand Prix victory, well aware that pole position on a Monaco track, that is notoriously difficult to overtake on, will mean an almost certain victory tomorrow. A mangled car would be a small price to pay wouldn't it? 🤔.

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22 May 2021 20:57:58
Not if it's a fecked gear box it's not!

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22 May 2021 21:14:28
It was just a thought Davie, albeit a cynical one admittedly.
By the look on Max’s face, shortly afterwards, I’d guess it crossed his mind also.

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22 May 2021 21:55:41
It's a thought that's been floating about, even valtteri's engineer said it was convenient, but that kinda of crash and if it fecks the gear box that's a 5 place penalty too much risk. Plus leclerc has a tendency to lapse in concentration a bit.

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22 May 2021 22:22:25
Wasn’t Nico Rosberg accused of doing something similar several seasons ago. He didn’t crash his car though, l seem to remember he just drove it into a place that made it impossible for Q3 to continue. I can’t remember which circuit it was, but it did assure him of pole.
Do you know if they’re going to penalize Leclerc?

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22 May 2021 22:52:21
Only if his gearbox is stuffed and they have to replace it.
Yea nico did the difference between his a Charles is the risk of the penalty I can't see how risking pole with the accident is worth it, it's completely backwards thinking and if Ferrari have thought that then binoto needs sacked.

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22 May 2021 23:00:07
Also let's not forget the obvious one that schumi did in 06 compare that to leclerc and you'll see proper cheating.

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22 May 2021 23:36:46
Interesting stuff Davie, I must admit it makes a refreshing change coming on here. Don’t know if I’ll watch the race tomorrow, Monaco is usually a dull affair, perhaps it’ll rain and make it more interesting.

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23 May 2021 05:24:17
Surely that was accidental. That was a pretty hard crash. No way was that planned. I don't think anyone other than Max could have bettered the time in any case.

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22 May 2021 18:55:45
For all our talk about mazepin, I didn't think schumi would be the one to bin it.

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20 May 2021 08:15:34
It's Monaco week! Yes I hate Monaco but still can't help but get caught up in the pageantry of it all.

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22 May 2021 12:02:18
It's got the legacy mate. The cars have clearly outgrown the track though.
Coming to the weekend though, the Ferrari is looking good so far.

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16 May 2021 18:30:55
The picture are out . why wasn't this the livery this season, I know I'm a McLaren fan but that is just gorgeous!

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13 May 2021 20:31:00
I know I give mazepin a hard time but I'm genuinely worried for him in Monaco, it's not an easy track and he can't seem to handle his F1 on easier tracks.

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15 May 2021 17:18:32
Mazepin in Monaco is a train wrec waiting to happen. It would be a hazard to the other drivers. Hope it goes off without any serious incident.

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16 May 2021 18:31:53
Also had a thought this week. How is mazepin going to manage turn 8 at Baku? That's caught out the likes of check, leclerc and latifi.

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17 May 2021 18:20:25
Can only hope he doesn't **** up mate. Or he can always quote Leclerc "I am stupid".

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13 May 2021 14:05:02
It's been all over twitter that McLaren have a big announcement on Sunday that's a massive step for them as a team and a company.

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09 May 2021 15:50:10
I'm happy to say I was wrong about the race it's was actually quite good .
Definitely won't be the same at Monaco.

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09 May 2021 18:10:38
Definitely one of the better races at Barcelona. Redbull needed Checo up there to have a chance.
Mercedes are very strong, overall a way better run team.

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08 May 2021 16:51:44
Interesting qualifying today. Checo made a hash of it, really disappointed. I'm sure he'll bounce back.
But Leclerc, my god is he a beast. Dude needs to be in a top of the field car challenging.
Good to see Danny ric getting there.

{Ed001's Note - surprising to see Hamilton get his 100th pole, the track does not favour the low rake cars, hence why Aston's upgrades couldn't get them into Q3.}

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08 May 2021 17:10:45
That may be true mate, but mercedes are amazing at developing their car over the course of the season. So they might just be getting peak performance out of it by now.
Also they have Hamilton mate, he'll get every last inch out of that car, and Bottas is amazing at quali isn't he.
Will be interesting to see how they perform tomorrow though.

{Ed001's Note - I doubt they have managed to develop it much yet, I would think it is more about set up and driver giving them the winning combination.}

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03 May 2021 08:15:51
So Spain this weekend, not holding out hope for a Great race as is Spain but hey who knows.

{Ed001's Note - I remember we all thought that about Valencia, but I remember the last one held there being an absolute cracker. You can just never tell. It only takes one crash in quali to wreck a bunch of fastest laps and mix up the grid to change everything.

I have often wondered why they don't just draw the grid out at random. If the fastest driver and car combination is the best, it should be able to do well no matter where it starts the race.}

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03 May 2021 08:41:44
Its a good shout, I wish they'd remove the last chicane it just kills it!
Even the drivers have requested it.

{Ed001's Note - there are lots of places they have ruined with a chicane. Spa is not as good as it was due to the messing about they have done with chicanes. Monza is another.}

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03 May 2021 08:44:21
Controversial opinion here i don't like Monaco either.

{Ed001's Note - I hate Monaco, it has always been the one race I choose to miss if there is something else to do. It is boring 99 times out of 100.}

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02 May 2021 16:23:06
Mazepin proving he's a 🔔 end.

{Ed001's Note - personally I would get rid of blue flags, it has ruined the sport not having to overtake backmarkers.}

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02 May 2021 16:58:40
Mazepin is not ready for F1. There should be a way super license points should be reduced for being overall a very poor driver. He is not even able to challenge his teammate.
All said and done, that was a mega drive from Hamilton. Bottas bottled it again. Perez horrible start to the race.
Not sure why mercedes looked so much better this week. Was it this particular track or they've gone back to form?

{Ed001's Note - the track favours the low-rake as it is mainly about mechanical grip rather than aero grip. It is downforce that they have lost out on with the changes.}

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02 May 2021 17:30:00
Interesting, so in Barcelona the cars should be closer.
Slightly off topic but well done to utd fans for delaying the game, could watch the race till the end 😏.

{Ed001's Note - yes, it is possible RB will be a fair bit quicker, hence the desperation for the fastest lap point.}

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02 May 2021 18:02:52
Totally agree I'm still angry about mazepin getting a seat over Illot.

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02 May 2021 18:13:07
Me . never. was fun seeing Callum out pace him in FP1.

{Ed001's Note - if his dad buys the team, he will probably only put upgrades on his son's car to even things up.}

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02 May 2021 18:19:00
I do think the abuse he gets for the incident with the girl is over the top and he doesn't deserve it.
However doesn't take away the fact the Illot lost out on a seat he deserves because daddy mazepin has effectively bought the whole Team from gene just so his son can be slower than the medical car!

{Ed001's Note - that is a bit harsh, the medical car is quite quick you know.}

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02 May 2021 18:22:04
🤣🤣 can't believe Mick was a full minute ahead of mazepin. that's embarrassing.

{Ed001's Note - how bad is Latifi as well?}

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02 May 2021 18:51:06
That's a fair shout forgot about him after he was overtaken by mick.

{Ed001's Note - two drivers there who are well out of their depth.}

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02 May 2021 14:57:13
Race day! Excited to see how Russell does after that performance yesterday.

{Ed001's Note - and Ocon.}

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01 May 2021 15:09:07
Interesting that Stroll has a newer spec Aston than Vettel. Like Vettel needs any more of a disadvantage when he is already struggling so badly!

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01 May 2021 15:20:54
Clearly didn't hold him back in Q1 though.

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01 May 2021 17:01:09
Good to see Vettel doing well mate. Stroll's updates to his car seems to have not made any difference.
Unlucky from Verstappen, missing poles in two consecutive races due to mistakes.
All the drivers seem to be struggling in today. Weird qualifying today.

{Ed001's Note - it was windy and kept changing direction. Depending on the way it was blowing it affected them badly. That's why it's hard to tell with Stroll, he might have just got his run in against the wind. I think Verstappen got caught in a headwind on the straight, which is why he was complaining about a lack of pace, and that is what cost him a chance at pole. That is certainly why most of the final runs were slower.}

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01 May 2021 17:27:07
Yup, winds seemed to be huge factor today. Shoutout to Russell though, great performance today.
I'm predicting tough race tomorrow if the conditions remain same. Ver, Ham, Per in the podium tomorrow not in any specific order. Bottas will eventually screw up his race, somehow always does. Never converts his quali poles.

{Ed001's Note - be interesting to see if the Mercs actually are the quicker car on this track or if it was just they coped better with the wind.}

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