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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 πŸ”” 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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26 Apr 2021 17:44:19
Right guys, thoughts on the sprint qualifying?
I think it might turn out to be exciting.

{Ed001's Note - I like the idea, though I would prefer the grids more mixed up, with the faster ones at the back.}

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28 Apr 2021 07:52:57
Exact same as ed I'm happy they're trying something new, but if the grid was set up like F2 the top 10 reverse for the main race would be more interesting.

{Ed001's Note - that's the issue, they are giving all the advantages to the fastest cars, which is detrimental to the racing. Until they figure out that it doesn't work to promote close racing unless grids are mixed up, nothing will change. Though it must be said, so far it has not been so bad this season.}

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22 Apr 2021 15:56:22
I've just seen the most depressing rumor.

Gene Haas to sell to Dimitri mazepin
And our old friend Rich energy to be main sponsor 😭😭😭.

{Ed001's Note - the first part I believe, as it is inching that way anyway. I hope the second part is wrong though!!}

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22 Apr 2021 16:00:05
That Is one unholy alliance.
But can't see rich pulling anything stupid with a crazy Russian billionaire.

{Ed001's Note - I am surprised he would even consider working with him.}

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Formula 1: Imola Talking Points

19 Apr 2021 16:53:30
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Formula 1: Imola Talking Points

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19 Apr 2021 08:57:23
Morning ED,
I have a feeling this page will be a nice get away from the ESL drama today.

Another enjoyable race and although we saw a good fight back thorough the pack from Lewis I'm slightly disappointed we didn't get to see max / Lewis wheel to wheel racing in tricky conditions instead, would of been a spectacle, edge of your seat stuff.

Do you think Russell had a point after? Bottas shouldn't of jinked to put him off? I'm on the fence as a lot of racers would of done the same I'm sure but it was incredibly dangerous given the conditions.

{Ed001's Note - I agree with you totally on the Hamilton/Verstappen thing. Though it was really the long pit stop which ended that and then he was trying too hard to make up the lost ground. Shame but it does increase the tension ahead of the next race.

I am torn on the Russell/Bottas battle. I can certainly see his point, Bottas does jink but there was still just enough space there. However, I don't get why it seems that Toto Wolff is heaping all the blame on Russell for trying an overtake there on the damp. Plenty of safe overtakes had taken place there, no one else jinked and put anybody on the grass though. So why is it Russell's fault for actually doing his job and racing? Surely the fault lies with Bottas for being so incredibly slow (and bad at his job) that he was in a position to be overtaken by a Williams? That is if anyone is to blame. Then to stick up the middle finger to Russell when he came over to speak to him is just being a dick for the sake of it. Personally, if I was Wolff or Williams, I would be disappointed in Russell if he had not tried to pass, it is what he is paid to do after all. The questions should all be asked of Bottas for being in a position to be overtaken and then jinking on the fastest part of the course. So yes, I do think Russell has a point, but, on balance, I think he has to accept he did make a mistake and panic because of who it was and believed Bottas was going to deliberately drive him off the road as they are rivals. Clearly not friendly rivals either.}

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19 Apr 2021 20:41:05
I do think the war is all in Russell's head
Yes he's coming for that seat, but does he honestly think valtteri cares? He's in selfish mode as he's said before and is focusing on his own failings like being overtaken by a Williams, doesn't matter that it's Russell if it was latifi he'd be equally ashamed.

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20 Apr 2021 10:53:30
I wouldn't blame Bottas, I don't think any driver would deliberately push another person off road out of spite. I think that last about Bottas driving differently if it was another driver is all in Russell's head.
What we certainly know is he did leave enough space, slight movement from Bottas hot Russell spooked and made a mistake.
What I'm wondering is would Hamilton or Verstappen or prime Alonso go for that overtake in those wet conditions? Would they have pulled out and waited for the next lap?
I think in the wet the risk far outweighed the reward.
Then again no matter what the condition Mercedes should not be battling Williams for 9th.

{Ed001's Note - the whole race was wet and every overtake happened there. I think the whole issue is Russell got spooked but he should 100% go for the pass or not bother racing.

What I most have a problem with is the guy running Mercedes telling a Williams driver that he should not overtake a Mercedes and the Williams driver saying 'yeah sorry boss my fault won't happen again'. Talk about massive conflict of interest.}

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20 Apr 2021 10:53:30
I wouldn't blame Bottas, I don't think any driver would deliberately push another person off road out of spite. I think that last about Bottas driving differently if it was another driver is all in Russell's head.
What we certainly know is he did leave enough space, slight movement from Bottas hot Russell spooked and made a mistake.
What I'm wondering is would Hamilton or Verstappen or prime Alonso go for that overtake in those wet conditions? Would they have pulled out and waited for the next lap?
I think in the wet the risk far outweighed the reward.
Then again no matter what the condition Mercedes should not be battling Williams for 9th.

{Ed001's Note - the whole race was wet and every overtake happened there. I think the whole issue is Russell got spooked but he should 100% go for the pass or not bother racing.

What I most have a problem with is the guy running Mercedes telling a Williams driver that he should not overtake a Mercedes and the Williams driver saying 'yeah sorry boss my fault won't happen again'. Talk about massive conflict of interest.}

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20 Apr 2021 12:16:22
I didn't know Russell apologised. Probably has to tow the line considering Toto is the one who decides his future with Mercedes.

{Ed001's Note - exactly. That shouldn't be happening as it means next time he will meekly follow even if there is an overtake there, rather than end up risking his career.}

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20 Apr 2021 20:44:05
β€œIf you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver. ”.

{Ed001's Note - exactly!}

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20 Apr 2021 20:44:05
β€œIf you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver. ”.

{Ed001's Note - exactly!}

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18 Apr 2021 16:10:00
He did it!

{Ed001's Note - wait what? Lando won? Did something happen I missed?}

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18 Apr 2021 16:43:16
He got his podium.

{Ed001's Note - I know I was kidding mate. He nearly held on for second, if only he didn't have knocking knees!}

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18 Apr 2021 16:49:45
I was so happy, even the missus was cheering him on, hoping for a Hamilton mistake.

{Ed001's Note - I was really pleased for Lando, just wish he could have hung on to second.}

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18 Apr 2021 16:50:37
Not sure what to make of that race. Verstappen and Lando were sublime. Hamilton got the rub of the green with the red flag, but boy did he make most of it.
Really sad for Leclerc there.

{Ed001's Note - that is the thing with Hamilton, he makes the most of his opportunities.}

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18 Apr 2021 17:14:51
Truered I'd say it was a fantastic race! In guessing true red isn't just a Liverpool reference with the comment 🀣.

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18 Apr 2021 17:15:47
Absolutely mate. He did exactly what he needed to do. It's what separates the greats from the rest.
Unfortunate Sunday for Checo though. He will be back in the next race though and will be a headache to the Mercedes given how below average Bottas looks.

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18 Apr 2021 17:39:42
Davie mate, Just a humble Liverpool fan my friend πŸ˜…. I do love the shiny red F1 car though😝. Anything to have them back up the grid challenging.
I loved the race though. Fun to watch. Rains just make F1 better don't they!

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18 Apr 2021 14:55:03
Norris is on for a podium!

{Ed001's Note - shhhh don't jinx him too.}

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18 Apr 2021 14:59:31
I should have kept my mouth shut.
Safety car and a red flag.

{Ed001's Note - yep but it makes it exciting again as Hamilton can charge and Tsunoda has caught up! Not sure whose fault that was, Rusell clearly felt Bottas was coming over on him but I don't know.}

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18 Apr 2021 15:03:22
I loved crofty's analogy of both drivers having to go see headmaster wolf.

{Ed001's Note - you are lucky I am stuck with 2 Aussie commentators here - one is boring and the other gets excited and forgets his words so ends up saying lots of disjointed words that mean nothing as a sentence, mixed between lots of and yeahs. They are bloody awful.}

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18 Apr 2021 15:10:46
Or are you lucky you have me?

{Ed001's Note - nope defo you who are lucky! But at least you don't just say a a a a a but un erm and so on until he finally gets his words out long after it has all finished.}

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18 Apr 2021 14:27:11
This race is fantastic!

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18 Apr 2021 14:09:27
I retract my mazepin dig.

{Ed001's Note - I was thinking that was harsh but wanted another look first. All the fault of Latifi that one.}

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18 Apr 2021 14:12:57
It did look like him but the replay shows I was wrong.

{Ed001's Note - yeah but I did wonder as Latifi looked to be coming back on dangerously to me as there were cars around. That's why I wanted to see a replay.}

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18 Apr 2021 14:05:59
Is mazepin trying to be the most hated F1 driver?

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18 Apr 2021 13:39:12
Well now this is getting interesting!
Rain, Alonso damaging a front wing and the Aston's brakes on fire!

{Ed001's Note - certainly changes things.}

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18 Apr 2021 13:43:16
I can't wait! Best Start to a season in a while!

{Ed001's Note - I agree mate, it is hard to believe it is F1!}

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18 Apr 2021 13:51:10
Have to say thanks to drive to survive for getting me back into F1
I lapsed from 2015-2019.

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17 Apr 2021 14:10:31
i feel so sorry for Norris.

{Ed001's Note - I was gutted!! He was 2nd on the grid for a moment and then had it snatched away.}

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17 Apr 2021 15:21:06
I was screaming at the TV in excitement and then down with a bang but what a rollercoaster lol.

{Ed001's Note - I bet your poor little un had no idea what was going on.}

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17 Apr 2021 17:55:38
He was copying I did sound like go nandos but I'll take it.

{Ed001's Note - he might just want some chicken.}

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17 Apr 2021 13:12:11
After me shouting praise for Yuki πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ.

{Ed001's Note - that is exactly what I was thinking. Say something nice and he proves us wrong.}

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17 Apr 2021 13:15:41
Hamilton is a great driver and will win today 🀣.

{Ed001's Note - cruel man.}

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17 Apr 2021 13:55:35
I say win today as it seems our jinx are delayed a day.

{Ed001's Note - surprising how well Lando is going.}

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17 Apr 2021 14:05:17
I was actually going to say that myself makes me a happy McLaren fan.

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17 Apr 2021 14:45:47
Unfortunate there for Lando. Hopefully stewards will be as consistent with track limits during the race too.
Perez thoughπŸ”₯πŸ”₯ Really happy for him.
It's going to be fun tomorrow. 2 RB's vs Hamilton.

{Ed001's Note - looks a good set up for the race.}

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17 Apr 2021 11:59:09
Fp3 has certainly made qualy interesting.

{Ed001's Note - very much so!}

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16 Apr 2021 14:00:29
Proud father moment lads.
Sitting watching FP2
My youngest (3yo) sits down next to me with a packet of Quavers and is glued and happy watching the cars as he says.

{Ed001's Note - that's nice! Can't beat watching it with family. It was the one thing (other than Star Wars films) that me dad and I had in common. Probably why I love them both so much still now.}

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16 Apr 2021 14:31:02
He keeps saying "they go fast"
I intend to keep this going as he's the first of my two to take an interest in one of my interests.

{Ed001's Note - the problem is that there are so many other things to do these days. When I was a kid, the only thing to do on a Sunday was watch the F1. Especially when you were grounded so couldn't go out and kick a ball around, which happened .... occasionally.} Become a Patron!

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17 Apr 2021 14:48:11
Really cool having family showing interest in the things we love. lucky man Davie. cherish every moment mate.

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