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11 Oct 2021 11:57:04
Thoughts on the race yesterday?
I thought it was good. Really good from Checo. Merc looked too fast on this track. Amateur hour from them strategy wise though.

{Ed001's Note - it was ok, but needed the conditions to alter significantly to stop everyone just holding on and waiting.}

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26 Sep 2021 14:28:52
Come on Lando this is going to be close.

{Ed001's Note - such a shame.}

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26 Sep 2021 14:49:15
The rain was a shame. It made it exciting, but that podium doesn't look right for the 40+ laps performance from the drivers that lost out. Lewis, Lando and Checo were brilliant today. It should have been that.
Bottas was absooutely nowhere the entire race and lucks into 5th after such a poor performance.
Hope Checo's luck changes soon. Confidence must be down with all the bad quali performances.

{Ed001's Note - I agree, particularly on Bottas, who deserved nothing again.}

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26 Sep 2021 15:13:19
Is bottas little more than a fast moving chicane?

Truly awful in wheel you wheel racing.

{Ed001's Note - he is embarrassing. You know full well that if Russell was behind the wheel of that car he would not have let Max saunter past without a fight.}

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13 Sep 2021 14:23:00
Delighted for Daniel and Lando. Gutted for Lewis as I think he was on for the win after Max's slow stop. got to say thou Horner does my nut in if it was the other way around he'd be calling for a race ban. I get Max is incredibly talented but he really needs to stop blaming everyone else for every little thing it just smacks of desperation. Hoping for at least one more Hamilton championship before Russell reigns supreme.

{Ed001's Note - I agree with you completely on there up till the one more Hamilton championship. I would love it if Max got so caught up with taking out Lewis that Lando was able to nick the title!}

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14 Sep 2021 07:02:00
What really appalled me was the way Verstappen got out of his car and just walked away, without even checking to see if Lewis was ok. I remember when the roles were reversed and Verstappen crashed into the barriers, that Hamilton did have the decency to ask on the team radio, shortly after the crash, if Max was ok.

{Ed001's Note - good point. Max comes across more and more like his prick of a dad each day to be honest. Much better driver, but he is dropping to his level as a person.}

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14 Sep 2021 07:37:08
Not defending Max, but he did have a look and saw Lewis was trying to reverse out. So maybe he assumed he was fine.

{Ed001's Note - fair point.}

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14 Sep 2021 10:05:26
To bad Seb wasn’t stopped he’d probably have tried to lift Max’s car off him lol.

{Ed001's Note - that would have been funny, so long as they didn't touch Hamilton's car would he have been able to restart? Only they have rules about outside assistance, ie push starts etc.}

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12 Sep 2021 21:28:10
As you can no doubts imagine, I'm happy as lando. I mean Larry right now.

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12 Sep 2021 14:47:41
Well Ed what do you make of that then.
Looking good for Mclaren podium.

{Ed001's Note - stupid or deliberate by Max imo. He didn't need to do that, he could have backed out and got him on the next straight. There was no way he could expect Hamilton to leave a gap when he didn't earlier on.}

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12 Sep 2021 14:55:23
Great pass by Lando totally agree on that amazing that Brundle doesn't see ir that way. I supppse that's the SLY way.

{Ed001's Note - that was incredible by Lando!! Brilliant move, even the deliberate widening of turn 11 to put himself into position.}

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12 Sep 2021 15:26:53
Well done Mclaren boy's.

{Ed001's Note - let's hope they hold on and there are no issues with either car!}

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12 Sep 2021 15:54:57
Brilliant drive by Danny and Lando.
Love it. Bottas drove well today. Cut through the field. Proved me wrong. Checo did well to hold off Bottas, otherwise I think he could have got to P2 with that Merc rocketship in Monza. Checo is not really doing though last few races though. Hopefully his luck changes.

{Ed001's Note - strange the difference in the Mercs today. Yesterday Hamilton couldn't overtake because the harvesting was being done at max revs and slowed the car when it needed to go faster. Today they were suddenly able to go flat out. They must have altered the harvest period over night. Just odd that they were able to do that but didn't think to do it before the sprint race.}

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12 Sep 2021 15:54:57
Brilliant drive by Danny and Lando.
Love it. Bottas drove well today. Cut through the field. Proved me wrong. Checo did well to hold off Bottas, otherwise I think he could have got to P2 with that Merc rocketship in Monza. Checo is not really doing though last few races though. Hopefully his luck changes.

{Ed001's Note - strange the difference in the Mercs today. Yesterday Hamilton couldn't overtake because the harvesting was being done at max revs and slowed the car when it needed to go faster. Today they were suddenly able to go flat out. They must have altered the harvest period over night. Just odd that they were able to do that but didn't think to do it before the sprint race.}

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12 Sep 2021 16:19:08
Absolutely. The difference between sprint and the main race for the Mercs was huge. Whatever they did overnight has worked beautifully.

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11 Sep 2021 21:20:53
Well done to lando for keeping Hamilton at bay.

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12 Sep 2021 05:54:40
Lando is maturing to be a very good driver mate. I rate him higher than Russell currently with the progress he's made. Russell stuck in that williams has stagnated i feel. Hopefully being in the merc next year we will see the real Russell.
On a side note, i'm chuffed for Danny Ric. He nailed the start yesterday.

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11 Sep 2021 07:48:13
Anyone think Bottas having to change his power unit and start from the back of the sprint race is Mercedes punishing him for trying to get the fastest lap last time out? It does seem a huge coincidence and it, of course, puts Hamilton pole. Just seems like them sticking the middle finger back up to him for disobeying instructions.

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11 Sep 2021 16:04:19
Possibly Ed 1 but its just backfired on them.

{Ed001's Note - it was such a crap sprint race. I nearly nodded off. What a waste of time.}

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11 Sep 2021 16:09:42
Have to agree there no better than the one at Silverstone. Maybe they should do 1 lap on electric scooters instead.

{Ed001's Note - the format isn't working as the tyres just don't have time to go off, so there is no chance to try and use a strategy.}

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11 Sep 2021 16:25:32
Maybe they could add another DRS but they said on commentary the systems won't allow to happen. Also could they just use scrubbed tyre's that won't last. Not to sure what will help other than scrap the thing altogether.

{Ed001's Note - the DRS doesn't really work there anyway. Tyres is the only thing that seems to bring any kind of racing in, but that shouldn't be needed for a race to take place.}

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11 Sep 2021 16:48:57
Maybe next year with the re-design of the cars, will hopefully make a difference. Although i woild think after a few races Merc and Red Bull will just pull away from rest. let's hope Russell is better than Bottas or Perez has been this season.

{Ed001's Note - Russell is clearly better than Bottas, but whether that is enough to challenge Hamilton or not is the big question.}

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11 Sep 2021 17:04:21
Agreed Ed. Do you think Hamilton will sign again after his current deal runs out. If not let's hope Russell can stay with Verstappen, otherwise it might go back to the Schumacher years which i stopped watching until Hamilton came along.

{Ed001's Note - that is a good question, hard to tell with Hamilton as he has nothing left to really aim for. The only thing that will keep him going is if the racing is good I think. Top sportspeople thrive on competition.}

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11 Sep 2021 18:34:53
The sprint races are far better than fp3 lol.

{Ed001's Note - it is hard to understand how F1 was allowed to fall so far that every moment of running in practice is not vital for improving set up.}

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12 Sep 2021 05:51:31
The sprint was boring no doubt. Hopefully with next years cars, and possible sprints being single separate events, it would improve.
Its seems only pit stops and tyre strategy will make monza interesting. Seems really difficult to overtake.
Re: Bottas, i don't think they would punish him for trying fastest lap. It would only disadvantage them wouldn't it? He's not really very good on sundays when he gets stuck in midfield, so it would be useless for WCC.

{Ed001's Note - that's a good point.}

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12 Sep 2021 09:43:10
The pu was tactical take the hit, get pole in qualy, let Hamilton through during the sprint, block verstappen, then Hamilton threw those plans out the window.

{Ed001's Note - that seems the most likely.}

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10 Sep 2021 11:39:49
Time for my favourite race of the year. the temple of speed!

{Ed001's Note - at least here there is no excuse for a lack of overtaking!}

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10 Sep 2021 11:49:44
Fantastic place for a sprint race.

{Ed001's Note - oh yeah, good point, that should be good.}

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10 Sep 2021 11:58:39
I do miss old monza but the new one is still exciting.

{Ed001's Note - I can't remember it before to be honest.}

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10 Sep 2021 13:18:44
Remember the movie grand prix?

{Ed001's Note - was that Sly Stallone?}

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10 Sep 2021 13:25:57
Before his time was 1966, Before my time i'm 33.

{Ed001's Note - ohhh. Yeah the Stallone one was Driver I think.}

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10 Sep 2021 13:33:12
youtu. be/ 7HA71tYl640.

{Ed001's Note - I have seen that, classic movie!}

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10 Sep 2021 13:41:35
That's old monza.

{Ed001's Note - I remember it from video games. Incredible before they put all the chicanes in.}

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10 Sep 2021 14:11:12
And the banking that zandvoort clearly took inspiration from.

{Ed001's Note - isn't Zandvoort just as old as Monza?}

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08 Sep 2021 17:15:01
Canal + strike again with the albon news.
Reporting that guanyu Zhou for alfa romeo.

{Ed001's Note - I wonder how they have suddenly got all this info? Someone must be leaking to them.}

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08 Sep 2021 18:04:52
It's really amazing just how much they know, and has to be someone leaking.
According to them Zhou would bring €30m in sponsorship money.

{Ed001's Note - I wonder if that is as important now that the sport is being cost-controlled? If not, we might see a lot less pay drivers or maybe a new team that can afford to run due to a pair of pay drivers?}

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08 Sep 2021 18:49:41
I think with the budget dropping to £135m and if someone can bring in 30m then it would certainly help a lesser team stay in the game.

{Ed001's Note - two of them and you are nearly halfway there.}

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08 Sep 2021 19:30:40
Living on a prayer?

{Ed001's Note - if i knew any more of the lyrics I would have used them in my reply! }

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07 Sep 2021 17:21:49
Seems canal+ know their stuff.

{Ed001's Note - wasn't much of a secret to be fair.}

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07 Sep 2021 18:06:26
The George one I'll give you 🤣
The valterri one was good.

{Ed001's Note - true.}

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06 Sep 2021 18:19:07
Well thays the worst kept secret in f1 coming true then
George to merc announcement tomorrow according to canal+ who broke the valterri news last week and confirmed last night it was being announced today.

{Ed001's Note - do you think that had any bearing on Bottas getting the fastest lap after being asked to abort it?}

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06 Sep 2021 18:27:39
If so the rest of the seasons going to be hilarious.

{Ed001's Note - well it would be if Bottas was any real threat to Hamilton in terms of skill. I mean the way he went out and absolutely destroyed the time Bottas had put in just shows the difference in quality between them.}

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02 Sep 2021 16:53:24
Right lads. With Alfa seat now vacant who do we see getting it?
Money seems to be on Bottas. I would however love to see somebody from lower series to make the step up. Surely the Redbull juniors can't be going to Alfa.
Maybe they should go with Pourchaire or Zhou.
Maybe Shwartzmann.

{Ed001's Note - I think Bottas as well.}

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02 Sep 2021 10:43:18
So Kimi is calling it a day. Man was he the most unintentionally entertaining guy. Absolute legend for me. The Mclaren Kimi was an absolute beast. Wish we could see that Kimi once more.

{Ed001's Note - I was gutted when I read that, his radio convos are legend.}

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02 Sep 2021 13:58:52
Absolutely mate. Poor man could never get his drink😂.
This feels like the beginning of the end of one of the greatest eras in f1 in terms of drivers (this is the only era that I've watched) . Very soon its going be Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel. Would feel wrong without them on the grid.

{Ed001's Note - time moves on though mate, I bet people said the same about the likes of Hunt at one time.}

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29 Aug 2021 17:48:43
Well . I'm glad I used my TV time for the old firm 😅.

{Ed001's Note - I have no words for that. I wish I had watched the footie!}

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29 Aug 2021 18:03:17
Hey. atleast Russell got a podium.

{Ed001's Note - such a shame it was that way though. He won't even really enjoy that properly.}

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30 Aug 2021 10:50:27
Great race that. Everybody from 7 down overtook Checo. We can't complain about no overtakes. 😂😂.

{Ed001's Note - very good point! How on earth do you finish a lap down in a race that never properly starts? I don't know but Perez managed it.}

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30 Aug 2021 11:54:46
What a shambles F1 is. The rules seem to be written so no money is lost, Well only by the Fans the same Fans without which the sport wouldn't exist, They sat in the rain for 2 days to watch 2 Laps behind a safety car, so a race could be called Embarassing for Multi Billion pound industry.

{Ed001's Note - it is a disgrace mate. After such a good season last time around and so far this season, this kind of thing just ruins it all and will make people turn over in future.}

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01 Aug 2021 21:10:14
Scratch that he's disqualified.

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02 Aug 2021 03:43:06
Terrible luck foe Vettel. AM screwed up. Williams just about saved i hear.

{Ed001's Note - that is a shame for Vettel.}

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01 Aug 2021 21:09:04
Heard vettel and a few others are facing foul of the 1l fuel rule . uh oh.

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01 Aug 2021 16:26:29
Good race after the incident. Great to see Ocon and Vettel up there. Alonso though, definitely prevented Hamilton attacking the front 2. I say Alonso in a top car is still top 3 driver in the grid.

{Ed001's Note - that was good racing, but I fail to see a difference in what Alonso did to what Hamilton did last time, other than Hamilton had the sense to avoid him, whereas Verstappen just drove into him. Both should have just been left as racing incidents, it is what the sport is about to me.}

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01 Aug 2021 17:32:57
Im not so sure we can compare. Different tracks with different characteristics. Different points in the race. Max has has grown up a lot in the last few years. But he is still only 23. Lewis was also very aggressive and 100% earlier in his career. With more experience, Max would learn when to back off, when to not back off. Right now, in his mind driving is giving it absolutely everything every time in a battle no backing down. Might be his downfall this season.

{Ed001's Note - I am not having a go at Max for it, I have no problem with what happened, it was racing. Just that I am saying it is harsh to penalise Hamilton for that when it was so similar and nothing will be done to Alonso. After all the whining Red Bull did, it was clear Alonso deliberately cut Hamilton off, whereas Hamilton looked to back out of his move, so why penalise him? It should be just get on with it and let us enjoy them racing wheel to wheel, accepting that sometimes there will be a crash.}

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01 Aug 2021 14:12:23
How bad can Bottas be that bad in the rain. Destroyed what should have been a fantastic race in wet. gutted for Leclerc and Checo.

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01 Aug 2021 14:11:40
How bad can Bottas be that bad in the rain. Man has experi Destroyed what should have been a fantastic race in wet.

{Ed001's Note - you could see he was going to take out Norris a mile away.}

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01 Aug 2021 14:18:10
My rage typing has eaten away at my words lol. Meant to say i thought Bottas has rallying experience driving in the wet.
Mate he has absolutely destroyed Mclarens race. I think he just saw Lando get away beautifully and Checo on the outside too and just couldn't handle the pressure. on the positive we'll have some new drivers on the podium hopefully.

{Ed001's Note - he defo blew it and now Lando is out as well because of his idiocy. He just tried to make up time after making such a huge error on the start.}

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18 Jul 2021 15:29:39
Wow what a start Horner trying his best with Masi.

{Ed001's Note - would you give Hamilton a penalty?}

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18 Jul 2021 15:51:27
Not sure 1st lap and all that after the penalty it could be a Dream for Lando.

{Ed001's Note - I would love Lando to win.}

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18 Jul 2021 16:02:21
All seem's to have calmed down. Maybe the pit stop's will change a few things.

{Ed001's Note - disappointing when they start looking after tyres like this as nothing happens.}

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18 Jul 2021 16:06:00
Agreed maybe trying to advantage of Hamiltons penalty. Le clerc in trouble good chance for Lando.

{Ed001's Note - Leclerc's issue could make it exciting.}

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18 Jul 2021 16:16:32
Bad pit stop for Lando.

{Ed001's Note - nearly ruined his day.}

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18 Jul 2021 17:04:35
Wow what a finish then. Did Perez do the same to Raikanon.

{Ed001's Note - I was thinking that. It looked similar.}

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18 Jul 2021 17:11:42
I think hamilton deserved the penalty. He had enough space to hit the apex in that corner. Nevertheless drove brilliantly after that.
Hopefully Max is ok.
As a Ferrari fan, would have loved to see Leclerc win.
As a Check fan though disappointed. He needs to do better.

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18 Jul 2021 19:54:45
What happened with Perez / Raikonen.

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20 Jul 2021 11:00:15
Ed what was your opinion on the turn one incident? I thought Hamilton had plenty of space on the right to move if he wanted. But at the same time he didn't really run Max off the road. tough one.

{Ed001's Note - for me Hamilton was on the limit, on the onboard pictures he looks only slightly offline and there was plenty of space for Verstappen to go round him. I would say both were at fault, Hamilton had gone in hard taken a chance and so took a chance, Max was too aggressive in trying to cut him off and drove into him doing so. For me that is a racing incident and so, if anything, a ten-second penalty is a bit harsh, but you have to accept, if you are Hamilton, that you did have a part to play in Verstappen ending up in the wall and move on. By the same token, Max needs to grow up and realise that he has a big lead in the championship and should be thinking of that and being more cautious. Give a bit more room as you have more to lose.}

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22 Jul 2021 09:09:18
I don't know if they take it into consideration but I thought the 10 seconds was fair.

The red flag effectively gave hamilton a free pit stop to fix the car due to the incident. If the race wasn't red flagged I think it would of been called a racing incident as Hamilton would have been penalised enough having to pit to fix the cars damage.

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