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  #2484169 15-May-2020 06:46
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Batman: I think they need an experienced driver who can lead the team. Ferrari are so good at clutching defeat from the jaws of victory. Perhaps they'll sign the worst driver to improve their defeatbility.

 

And they didn't, they chose a solid support driver, Barrichello etc 2.0


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  #2484170 15-May-2020 06:49
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Jaxson:

 

Ricciardo to McLaren or long shot Mercedes?
Renault haven't done anything with him.  

 

Sainz to Ferrari by the looks of it.  
All Teams want pace and support, with less drama. Two top drivers doesn't always help, especially as they're usually in the same race spec and fighting with each other.  Leclerc is the future of Ferrari, so needs a best fit with him option.

 

 

 

Ricciardo is a PR nightmare if his shoe'y antics don't necessarily fit with formal teams like Mercedes, McLaren and Ferarri.  Nice fit for Red Bull for example.

 

 

You win. The shoes thing will cease, belonged to another time will be his PR spin. IM happy he's with McLaren from a Down Under POV but Ferrari would make better use of him. Multi year means he locked in. fun fun fun


 
 
 
 


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  #2485064 16-May-2020 22:56
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Apparently Vettel is heading for retirement. He doesn't want a midfield or back of grid team according to MacLaren.





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  #2486820 20-May-2020 08:39
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Batman:

Apparently Vettel is heading for retirement. He doesn't want a midfield or back of grid team according to MacLaren.



And kinda similar for Alonso. He wants to return but like others would only want to drive for a front team. Would be awesome to see him take the Renault seat. Likewise racing back in Indy too

Mercedes second seat may be available to someone, but with a winning formula and lead/wingman setup, I don’t know why they would want to change anything there.



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  #2494108 29-May-2020 09:19
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Rumours Toto Wolff will announce his retirement as Mercedes team boss


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  #2494253 29-May-2020 11:22
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Jaxson:

 

Rumours Toto Wolff will announce his retirement as Mercedes team boss

 

 

could that mean Hamilton's future is not at Merc





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  #2494322 29-May-2020 13:06
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Batman:

 

Jaxson:

 

Rumours Toto Wolff will announce his retirement as Mercedes team boss

 

 

could that mean Hamilton's future is not at Merc

 

 

 

 

Lots of future options of course, and new regs coming now a year later.

Aston Martin coming into the fold.

 

Force india now pink racing point and their mercedes clone etc.

 

 

 

Spending cap seems very hard to implement where companies are also car manufacturers.  Testing for each could overlap etc.

Love the suggestions to promote old school slip streaming etc and promote passing.  

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2495169 30-May-2020 16:18
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Jaxson:

 

Rumours Toto Wolff will announce his retirement as Mercedes team boss

 

 

Mercedes parent company refutes ‘unfounded’ speculation over its Formula 1 future

 

According to Motorsport Week, on Friday (29th May) a Daimler AG spokesperson issued a statement including “It is our clear intention to continue competing in Formula 1 as a Mercedes-Benz works team in the years to come, and to do so with our managing partner Toto Wolff.”

 

https://www.motorsportweek.com/2020/05/29/mercedes-parent-company-refutes-unfounded-speculation-over-its-formula-1-future/




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  #2497691 3-Jun-2020 21:23
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Provisional F1 2020 calendar released:

July 5 Spielberg Austria
July 12 Spielberg Austria
July 19 Budapest Hungary
August 2 Silverstone Great Britain
August 9 Silverstone Great Britain
August 16 Barcelona Spain
August 30 Spa-Francorchamps Belgium
September 6 Monza Italy

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  #2497855 4-Jun-2020 07:57
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Good news.

 

now they should remove all the aero parts and race reverse grid





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  #2498640 5-Jun-2020 07:22
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Ugh can't we have two races at Spa instead of Silverstone?

 

I know it's nowhere near as bad as it used be as a track but two back to back Lewis wins in the UK is just going to make the F1 media insufferable. 


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  #2498683 5-Jun-2020 09:15
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I don't care where they race as long as they can race wheel to wheel. Ok I might have to lower my expectations a bit - as long as first guy past the 1st corner isn't the winner? Ok maybe lower - nobody wins 5 races in a row.





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  #2498753 5-Jun-2020 09:29
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My fear is getting ready for a night of racing, and the main protagonists are out at Turn 1


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  #2502596 10-Jun-2020 22:56
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reverse grid opinion in 2019

 





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  #2502759 11-Jun-2020 09:37
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That was pretty funny.

 


I remember reading a while back that you need to retain possibilities for error, otherwise it becomes like watching automated robot cars race.

 

Things like driver skill in braking, gear shifting, refuelling and tyre changes/selections etc were all very important.

 

(Wish I could find that article now, along with why that calling 'mark' when things get tough in Rugby kills the flow like a get out of jail free card...)

 

 

 

The likes of DRS and reverse grid scenarios are all just skirting around the real issues, of massive budget scale differences, lack of slipstreaming capability now to prevent close racing etc.

 

A focus on fuel savings during racing is an absolute killer for me, in terms of hard races for first 5 laps, settle into a fuel saving groove, race last 10 laps when it's all a bit too late.

 

I'd love to see a focus on reducing transport costs/fuel efficiency and green approaches to that whole background infrastructure side, and keep racing as that, with machines that sound unearthly.

 

Purests could oppose all these aspects, writing things off as tradition, strategy components etc, but we're on the longest winning streak of any team ever from memory, and it's freaking boring watching 3 tiers of racing in the one event.


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