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  • #255991
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    What car was the BT46B?

    Suppose looking back it’s different because of the Refueling but the last time i remember a car as clearly quicker as this was the Mclaren in 98. They completely wiped the floor with the opposition for the first 2 grand Prix that season.

    Then their controversial brake steer technology was banned and Ferrari closed the gap.

    #245900
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    Rosberg definitely deserves to be recognised as one of the top drivers in F1 now. I think he has to be ranked in the top 5 (for me he’s better than Button as he has much better qualifying speed) it also proves that Michael Schumacher didn’t do that bad a job either although clearly he was a few tenths per lap from his best.

    I think with a car more suited to his style next season Hamilton could be a real force again.

    #245860
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    @girts “chilton was expected to be hopeless”

    he was, wasn’t he?

    #245139
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    I think you need to try take a balanced view on things. To me Rosberg is one of them drivers (a bit like jenson button) that when he has everything to his liking he will be very hard to beat, what I dont think you’ll ever see Rosberg do is win in a car that hasn’t really got the speed for it (which is what i think seperates Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton from the rest of the grid)

    Rosberg is definitely a match for hamilton and there will probably be days he beats him but I think with the new regs next year Hamilton needs to take this opportunity to get a real grip on what the cars need to get the max from them.

    Everyone seems to say that Hamilton is the most naturally talented guy out there and that shows with his qualifying record, when he needs a lap he gets one. What he needs to work on is the other bits so stop the off days. Look at Vettel this year, he hasn’t finished lower than 4th while his team mate has had his struggles, ok he’s got the best car but he’s ensuring he’s getting the maximum of it.

    That’s what Lewis needs to do! and I hope he does as a fan of his, he needs to make the most of his potential.

    #229058
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    I think that with the strength of the field right now it’s very hard to say.

    Vettel and Hmailton only have a few years between them, Alonso and Button are now into their thirties as is Raikkonen.

    So there’s certainly scope for Hamilton and Vettel being around still in 8- years! Vettel seems almost certain to join Ferrari once Alonso leaves/retires and there’s no doubt that Mercedes have brought Hamilton in to be their man to bring them the success that they are investing in with all the top technical talent now there/due to join.

    I’d certainly think that Hulkenberg will eventually be up there…other than that Bottas is very highly rated so will be good to the likes of him and Perez develop over the next few seasons.

    Main thing to notice though is how lucky we are..I first started watching F1 in th mid 90s and then you Had Schumacher/Hill/Villenueve/Hakkinen. Other than that there were not a lot of great drivers about! In the early 2000′s Schumacher was way on his own while Raikkonen & Alonso came in and learnt their trade.

    At the moment we have world champions:

    Vettel
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Button
    Raikkonen

    Multi winners:

    Massa
    Webber

    One time winners:

    Rosberg
    Maldonado

    so plenty of drivers who have achieved success of some kind plus young drivers who look to have lots of potential: Perez/Hulkenberg/Bottas/Maldonado etc

    #228821
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    I think I know what some people are saying here. I think at the start of last season some teams all of a sudden had the tires performing, but they didn’t really know why! It’s the perceived randomness of it all that I think gets to people.

    I’d like to see drivers being able to push a bit more myself! the fact the tires go off a cliff isn’t a problem to me it’s just the fact there’s such a narrow operating window so very rarely are the drivers anywhere near to actually pushing.

    That being said, strategy and preserving your tires/fuel has always been part of the sport.

    It’s a hard one…I just think pirelli have gone slightly too far in the wrong direction but lets just hope with time they can get it right.

    they’ll never please anyone that’s for sure :-)

    #229042
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    Yeah looking good! I think part the reason that Raikkonen looked so much quicker down the straight was at that point Hamilton had been struggling with his tyres so his lines into a lot of corners were compromised as he tried to cover the moves from Kimi! Plus with a wet quali session people’s set ups wouldn’t have been completely optimised for the dry (In my belief, I may be wrong there because the session finished on sunday but I thought the cars went into parc ferme as soon as qualifying had begun)

    But with the mercs trying the 2 stopper obviously they wern’t going for ultimate pace early on! Encouraging was how long they did on the super softs I thought! We will get a better picture this weekend hopefully! I think a lot of the tyre performance in Australia was due to conditions, was a bit cooler than people probably expected!

    #228610
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    As a Sky subscriber, the addition of the Classic Races in the week before GP’s will make good viewing!

    I liked sky’s coverage last year and I think over time it will get better. Luckily for me I already subscribed to sky and sky sports before F1 switched over as I’m a football fan also.

    What’s everyone else’s thoughts?

    #228340
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    1997 was my first full season and it was very good!

    other than that, I enjoyed 1998 (Schumacher & Ferrari coming back from miles off the pace of the Mclarens and taking it to the last race)

    2000 – First Schumacher championship with Ferrari plus some good races and battles with Hakkinen

    2003 – a really close season, plenty of different drivers on the podium over the season and the emergence of Raikkonen & Alonso plus Schumacher winning it at the end.

    2007 – Just because of how close it was at the end and the awesome first season for Hamilton

    2008 Drama to the last lap and Hamilton taking the title

    2012 – plenty of brilliant races and loads of drama

    #216284
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    I think you’re right with a few of them points! Mercedes have themselves admitted they were too pre-occupied with the DDRS early in the season which is why they fell back (in the first 3 rounds the Merc looked to be the closest Car to Mclaren although it struggled with its race pace because of tyre issues) and then I think probably from the summer break onwards its all been about the 2013 car.

    Im not sure that Mercedes are “solely” developing their car around Hamilton but I would have thought after their investment in him that they are going to make sure they give him something he can work with. But I think its vital he gets that team around him (which he has more chance of doing away from Mclaren were it always seemed to be more of a parent/child relationship) because that’s what he lacked at Mclaren that Ferrari and Red Bull give Vettel and Alonso – Emotionally (and technically in Ferrari’s case) they are behind their number 1 drivers.

    I think Hamilton will win a race or 2 and that Mercedes will be a lot more competitive this year than they were for the 2nd half of 2012 but the championship will be too far away. 2014 will be their big chance, and they will surely get it right at some point with all the great technical people now there.

    The Hamilton-Brawn partnership I believe has the makings of a great 1 and there’s no doubt that Lewis will wring every last thousandth of a seconds worth of performance out of it. Going to be interesting to see especially as a Hamilton fan!

    How long is Rosberg tied up to Mercedes? I wonder what his feelings are with it all? He’s probably going to be on about half the salary that Hamilton is on.

    #215772
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    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/11/hamilton-and-buttons-head-to-head-record-at-mclaren/

    take a look at that article from James Allen – a good in depth analysis on their time as team mates.

    Most telling statistic to me – Ahead in two-car finish: Hamilton 24 / Button 13

    #215768
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    “But this is all Formula 1, Button was as many as 40 something points behind during one point in the season, but he recovered.”

    True…but in any of them races other than perhaps yesterday Button was never going to beat Hamilton. Abu Dhabi and singapore Lewis was out in front and would have won. That’s the point…. Button recovered maionly due to hamilton’s misfortunes. You can’t take anything away from Button the last 3 years he has surprised many (including me) by how good hes been. But you cant deny the fact Hamilton has out performed him…

    I think Hamilton though will have learned a thing or 2 from JB about getting a team around you!

    It is getting stale saying that Hamilton lost lots of points due to mechanical problems yes (and im 1 of the 1s often championing that fact when this is brought up) But he has! And how many of the races where Hamilton did drop out for mechanical reasons/taken out of by another driver was he ahead of Button…all of them I believe?

    #215764
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    “Button is the more consistent driver.”

    Not this season though? Hamilton has been up there all year out performing Button pretty comprehensively!

    Hamilton had 6 retirements this season and 5 of them were through no fault of his own! The only 1 you can say perhaps he could have avoided was the 1 in Valencia with Maldonado (although personally I blame Pastor for that 1)

    Button in contrast had much fewer retirements and had some races where he was just miles off the pace (Canada being the obvious 1)

    When hamilton had his retirements they tended to lose him big points:

    3rd or 4th place Valencia
    1st or 2nd Singapore
    1st Abu Dhabi
    1st or 2nd Brazil

    The last 3 years my recpect for Jenson has grown enormously – he’s in the top 5 or 6 F1 Drivers and he’s very good on his day. But there were very few occasions this season he out raced lewis.

    I think this was Hamiltons best season yet, bl;istering speed comined with a maturity and a longer term view than previously. He had more poles than anyone and should have had more wins than anyone else this season.

    Button had 3 wins and a good drive in america but thatw as it in my opinion

    #196685
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    Skys! I’ve watched it all season long and it to be fair Lazenby and Thompson’s knowledge has improved a lot, that as 1 of my main issues with it at the start of the season (admittedly I quickly forgave Georgie for that, I think im a little in love with her, shes amazing).

    BBC’s coverage sort of has this “Lads day out” feel to it with Eddie, Jake and DC doing things to try and come across as a bit wild. I want informative F1 programming, not a video diary of a bunch of guys mucking about. Eddie Jordan also annoys the s**t out of me, he talks complete nonsense 90% of the time and is always contradicting himself.

    Sky may have adverts but not during the main bit – The Race! I find their programming very good! I think they could ask crofty to use a different line at the end of the race though, every time is “ANNND (insert winning driver) WHO WINS (insert country/circuit) FOR (insert winning drivers team)

    Other than that im happy and will continue to watch sky’s coverage. I think they will get better too!

    #199001
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    @powderfinger “No, I disagree the Bennetton ’95 was not inferior to the Williams.”

    I dont know myself..they were pretty close I think! Either way Schumacher ran rings around them that year!

    Hungary 98 probably my favorite win of his…was incredible, I still remember watching that thinking he was out of it then next thing he pops into first place after his pit stops. Amazing stuff

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