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Formula 1: Hungary Talking Points

05 Aug 2019 00:34:49
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05 Aug 2019 10:21:09
RB tasted their own Strategy Medicine in Hungary. Hammer put a blinder of Last few laps while catching up Verstappen. Spa and Monza will give a clear picture of Honda engine's power in that RBs and whether the one trick pony Ferrari are real beasts in straight line. I am actually puzzled why gasly is under performing in the RB while Max is beating out even the Mercs!

{Ed001's Note - Honda have worked more on driveability I think, which is why it is so much better. Ferrari will do fine on Spa as their set up is about fast corners and straights. RB and Mercs might struggle as they are high downforce cars.}

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05 Aug 2019 11:33:11
Mercs will be ok I think in Spa. Mercs engine is as good as Ferrari in the straights. RB may struggle. Unless Ferrari bungle the strategy in race and decisions in Quali they can be favs to win in Spa. Expecting Kimi to do well also.

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Formula 1: Germany Talking Points

29 Jul 2019 10:34:50
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Formula 1: Britain Talking Points

14 Jul 2019 17:38:04
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Formula 1: Austria Talking Points

30 Jun 2019 16:53:51
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Formula 1: France Talking Points

23 Jun 2019 19:41:21
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And Finally... Formula 1

18 Jun 2019 14:24:21
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17 Jun 2019 19:26:21
Top 10 Formula 1 Drivers


It was really difficult to pick just ten, especially as some I am just relying on stories and old footage to judge them by. But these are my 10 anyway:



10. Sebastian Vettel

Despite losing his way when under pressure and not being anything like as good as he was in the last few years, winning that many world titles means you have to squeeze him in to any top 10. I am not sure he fully deserves it, but you simply cannot ignore the titles.



9. Nelson Piquet

Yes he was a good driver, but he made the list because I have a soft spot for him as, when I was a very young child we were settling down to watch a race on TV and my mother asked me who I thought would win. I said Lauda. My mother, being very mature, repeated the question at a higher volume, so I again replied Lauda. This continued for a long time, with her bellowing the question at me until I finally admitted defeat and said Piquet, as it was the only other driver I could think of. He won that race and I used to support him after that. He gets in the list because he shut my mother up and that is a miracle of epic proportions, worthy of inclusion in any list.



8. Stirling Moss

When I was a child, someone gave me a book of adventure stories for boys or something similar one Christmas and it included the story of his Mille Miglia triumph or something. While not F1, it piqued my interest in him and I have since read of him winning one race purely by fooling everyone into thinking he would stop for tyres and not doing so and having to drive on the grass at the side of the road, when the tyres were shredded in the final laps, to cool the wheels down enough to finish the race and win.



7. Jim Clark

So many racing drivers call him the best ever that he has to be included. Having never seen him drive myself, I have to put him fairly low down, even if he might well deserve to be higher up.



6. Alain Prost

His philosophy of going as slow as possible while still winning is not exactly appealing, but anyone who can give Senna a race every single weekend deserves inclusion.



5. Niki Lauda

The only man who could develop a car like Schumacher, he was not just fast but also knew what to do to make the car better. His feedback and hard work was key to his success. Added to that the bravery to return to racing, in the days when drivers died regularly, just weeks after having had the last rites read to him following a crash and fire, deserves the utmost respect.



4. Lewis Hamilton

Blisteringly fast, arguably the fastest driver of all time, it is almost certain that he will move up the list before his career ends. For someone to come from nothing, unlike most drivers he did not come from wealth, his dad had to do 2 and sometimes 3 jobs to pay for his early career, and achieve what he has in a sport that revolves around money is incredible.



3. Michael Schumacher

He was just a machine, he could be driving through a difficult twisty bit of road and still have the spare capacity to make tyre calls or suggest changes needed to make the car faster. The race when he finished second despite the car being stuck in 5th gear, even managing to make a pit stop, was possibly the greatest drive I have ever seen. He was fast from the moment he stepped into an F1 car, his teammate for that one race with Jordan in Belgium says it was a bad weekend for him because he was just totally blown away by this new kid in his first ever race at the track. Schumacher had told Eddie Jordan he had driven Spa before, but it was a lie to get the drive while Gachot was in court, but no one would ever have known from the way he drove that car in qualifying.



2. Ayrton Senna

These top 4 could easily be in any order, but Senna just misses the top spot despite his incredible driving. It is little wonder Hamilton grew up idolising Senna, the man was a genius who drove the wheels off whatever car he was given. A proper racer, who just wanted to go as fast as possible.



1. Juan Manuel Fangio

From the era of Moss, when the cars had to be driven beyond their limits at all times and he was head and shoulders above anyone else of his time, even a driver as good as Moss. There were no aero packages to aid him. Gear changes took a skill all of their own and he was the best of his generation. It is difficult to see how anyone can compare from later eras when the cars have evolved to become easier to drive and more about the speed of the car than the skill of the driver.

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25 Jun 2019 17:26:29
So I've watched a lot of Races that Senna was in, and to be honest with you I thought he was a very dangerous driver.
His heroics in Brazil aside, I don't think he was as good as people say, he was very dangerous at times especially concerning Alain Prost.

{Ed001's Note - you seem to have forgotten Prost rammed him first to win the title mate. It was not all one-sided.}

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26 Jun 2019 21:23:09
You know what Ed, there have been some fantastic rivalries in F1, have you done any articles on them?

{Ed001's Note - not yet mate, but I am starting a series of articles on rivalries, currently midway through the first article in the series, so I can easily add some to the list if you think of any.}

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11 Jun 2019 18:52:00
Hello Ed what's your opinion on the size of modern day f1 cars? Surely they're too big for overtaking on tight tracks which is making qualifying more exciting than the race? Do you have any other suggestions as how to make f1 more exciting?

{Ed001's Note - I have been saying that for ages, smaller cars would make a huge difference.

For me I would get rid of radio, the only thing they should be able to do is let someone know when the car needs to be stopped for safety reasons, let the drivers drive at the speed they think fit and they would hopefully race, rather than drive to a delta. Get rid of all the telemetry etc that they can look at live and the live timings too. Drivers should be driving as fast as they can get the car to go round the track, not following laid out plans and nursing tyres.

There are many things that would make for better racing, such as manual gearboxes and weaker brakes, that would ruin the ideal of F1 being high tech cars. But that would not be necessary if a driver is driving by the seat of his pants.

Oh and most importantly dump the blue flags and stop making backmarkers get out of the way. Just let everyone race and the races will be more exciting.}

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11 Jun 2019 20:58:02
Thanks for the reply Ed, what about penalties Ed? I felt that the penalty yesterday was harsh although it is the rules I feel racing is racing and if Hamilton has to break a bit so be it surely that’s just the name of the game?

{Ed001's Note - but Vettel stayed ahead by cutting the corner, so he should have been the one braking.}

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10 Jun 2019 10:26:25
Well Ed. the penalty decision certainly made the ending brilliant TV. you have to love a Vettel spat.

I can totally understand why people argue it is a harsh penalty and he could do nothing else, however, you have to - like the stewards do - consider from the other drivers perspective, he made a mistake and cut a corner and effectively intentionally or unintentionally blocked the other driver who would of otherwise certainly been passed. Whether he could "do nothing" is irrelevant in my book as he made the fundamental error in the first place and by blocking kept his place, that's what's penalised.

Yes it tainted the afternoon but it's all come from a vettel mistake. Again!

It was however very good TV!

{Ed001's Note - I didn't think it was that harsh, it was the mildest penalty they have for the offence and the stewards would have known by the telemetry whether Vettel had tried to avoid doing that or not. Clearly they felt he made no attempt to avoid the block and gave him the penalty that gave him a chance to make a race of it.}

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10 Jun 2019 10:42:49
Yeh I’d agree with that.

I thought Vettel’s comments about those sort of decisions drive fans away was misplaced - actually controversy makes for great entertainment and media hysteria, if anything the race was boring without it.

{Ed001's Note - spot on mate. The race was dire and this was hyped up to give it interest.}

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Formula 1: Canada Talking Points

10 Jun 2019 10:13:09
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11 Jun 2019 08:11:12
I was shocked at the headlines myself with many outlet claiming the the penalty ruined the race when it, in my opinion, shook things up in a race that wasn't exactly hitting the height it had potential to hit. I think he embarrassed himself, Vettel. But what is even more embarrassing in my opinion is Ferrari, who had forgotten to tell Leclerc of Vettel's penalty, deciding to appeal the call. They're looking overly desperate in response to a shocking start to the season which of because is of their own doing. Their pace though. It made me anticipate big action.
I dropped my head in dispair for Norris but the race in the main could have done better with a little more action to me. Really appreciate this piece Ed. Cheers!

{Ed001's Note - cheers Ugbe. Also Ferrari have forgotten they benefitted from an almost exact same call last season against Verstappen. }

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Formula 1: Monaco Talking Points

26 May 2019 18:43:58
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21 May 2019 19:05:41
Rest in Peace Niki Lauder.

A story that would have likely amused Niki, as he was never really a fan of James:

My Uncle used to work for James Hunt as a mechanic, he invited my mother along to an end of season party that he was at. While at the party, a man put his arm around my mother and said "And who is this lovely young lady? " My mother, being the classy lady that she is, told him to F off, which really, really shocked my uncle, who then said "You do realise that was James Hunt?! "

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Formula 1: Spain Talking Points

13 May 2019 11:32:33
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13 May 2019 13:48:00
Nice article Ed.

There was a piece on BBC I think from an anonymous engineer stating Ferrari had gone the wrong route with their front wing and aero package and it was potentially a dead end in terms of development.

Unfortunate that it appears true and a big team like Ferrari can get it so wrong and effectively ruin the season in terms of teams fighting for tittle.

I would of liked to of seen LEC v HAM title battle

Maybe next year!

{Ed001's Note - they have seen the success of the 'secret footballer' and jumped on it. Interesting stuff though. I wonder if it is correct because it seems a bit early for that to be the problem? Seems like they just have it wrong from the start.

Leclerc was not going to be allowed to fight Hamilton, Ferrari threw their weight behind Vettel and they were not going to change that.}

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13 May 2019 17:17:54
You are probably right Ed, what a shame as LEC is clearly talented.

What I think is good to see is McLaren seemingly showing signs of recovery with Norris showing well, bar the mistake at the weekend, but he is a rookie so you can let him off perhaps.

You have to wonder why Russell was placed in Williams though? Seems rather pointless and potentially career damaging.

{Ed001's Note - I am glad to see McLaren doing well. I like the look of their cars. Norris is doing well as Sainz is a decent driver and he is comparing well with him.

Williams really need to bite the bullet and hand over from Clare Williams. She just doesn't seem to have it. I don't know why as she seems highly intelligent and must know the industry from all the years growing up in it. Some people just aren't suited though.}

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Formula 1: Azerbaijan Talking Points

28 Apr 2019 22:36:57
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Sporting Icons 1: Ben Hogan - Golf

27 Apr 2019 23:49:36
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26 Apr 2019 13:28:17
Anyone see the incidents in P1? a loose drain cover destroying the williams, then a bridge having the audacity to get in the way of the recovery truck, then pouring its hydraulic fluid all over the Williams?

Luckily we can laugh about them but the drain cover could of caused serious injury!

{Ed001's Note - that is madness, but it is what happens with street circuits. They have to have special covers to cope with the downforce ripping them up.}

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26 Apr 2019 14:08:54
Don't they normally weld them? either way just glad the driver got away ok. Can't say the same for the car.

On a seperate note, when are you managing to get away from editing to see Endgame? I am off to see it tonight but the hardest part will be not being able to talk about it for a few weeks to avoid spioling it for others!

{Ed001's Note - they do, but it weakens over time. It is just a part of street racing the added dangers, but that is why they are so exciting.

I saw Endgame last night mate. Unfortunately it started just as I thought 'I need a pee' and I spent the next 3 hours trying not to wet meself! It hurt so much by the end, I am just glad there is no end title sequence so I could run for the bog the second they started!!!}

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26 Apr 2019 14:08:54
Don't they normally weld them? either way just glad the driver got away ok. Can't say the same for the car.

On a seperate note, when are you managing to get away from editing to see Endgame? I am off to see it tonight but the hardest part will be not being able to talk about it for a few weeks to avoid spioling it for others!

{Ed001's Note - they do, but it weakens over time. It is just a part of street racing the added dangers, but that is why they are so exciting.

I saw Endgame last night mate. Unfortunately it started just as I thought 'I need a pee' and I spent the next 3 hours trying not to wet meself! It hurt so much by the end, I am just glad there is no end title sequence so I could run for the bog the second they started!!!}

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01 Apr 2019 18:55:25
No talking point Ed01? Really do enjoy them but I guess you've got your hands full. Cheers mate.

{Ed001's Note - oh sorry mate, I didn't realise anyone read them. I will put something together from now on. Hopefully it will be up over night but if not it will defo be done for tomorrow.}

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01 Apr 2019 22:38:13
Thanks mate. Just saw it and your point on Vettel and Bottas was bang on. Very much like last year's performance from them. Appreciate it.

{Ed001's Note - it is odd as Bottas was so dominant last time out and close to Hamilton in qualifying. He gets ahead of him, then rolls over meekly and gives it all away like last season. And Vettel has lost his edge. Both of them should be in lesser teams really, they do not deserve their spots in the top teams.}

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01 Apr 2019 23:38:39
Thanks for making these ed. Enjoyed them last season was a shame when they stopped!

{Ed001's Note - I never knew they were getting read so I stopped. Now I know I will make sure to do these after each race. I nearly did one before the season, I wish I had now.}

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02 Apr 2019 07:19:55
Are you kidding Ed mate? I rush in here after every gp to get some more perspective to individual performance and it doesn't disappoint at all. Always appreciate them to be honest. Just wonder how you get the time to do all these stuffs though but hey well done. Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, time is tough to find, but you just have to find it somewhere!}

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25 Mar 2019 13:50:57
Typical, McLaren get rid of Honda, and they come good.

*sigh*.

{Ed001's Note - I did say it would happen mate. You never take Alonso's advice! He has always got it wrong when he had the chance to make a decision on team matters. The moment he started pushing for a move away from Honda should have been the moment McLaren decided to stick with them. Instead they appeased Alonso and it all went wrong.}

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20 Nov 2018 11:21:46
Interesting 4 articles on the career/ choices of Alonso on BBC.

I find the split between opinions on Hamilton Vs Alonso interesting, for me I used to side with the old argument Alonso was better all round but Hamilton was quickest, but last few years has shown for me Hamilton has matured into one of the best F1 drivers there has been. I can understand people not liking the guy off the track and his persona- totally understandable - but ability wise there can be no real logical argument.

Verstappen is the next one with potential to be that good, he just needs to curb the petulance, but both Ham and Alonso had this at an early age.

Thoughts Ed/ Anyone?

{Ed001's Note - Hamilton is much better overall, part of the game is not making mistakes with team choices or forcing teams to swap engine supplier to one that is no better. Alonso has made wrong career choice after wrong career choice. Oh and his petulant whining about things, when he was at fault for the choices that left him there, are tiresome.}

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12 Nov 2018 13:18:29
Morning Ed,
Love to hear your views on the Ocon - Verstappen incident?

I view it less black and white than most it seems, If it was two cars racing for position it would not of been a 10 second penalty, so I fail to see why its different in this scenario. Ocon was clearly faster at that point so why bother racing him? silly.

The whole blue flag system annoys me anyway, If they are that much faster than a lapped car then it shouldn't be difficult to get past.

{Ed001's Note - I am with you, I thought Verstappen made a silly error getting tangled up with him when he was pulling away from Hamilton easily anyway. Should have just let him unlap himself, so that Ocon could chase some points.

I also hate the blue flags, it was so much more exciting when the backmarkers had to be properly overtaken in a race.}

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