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    i often listen to formula one blog websites podcast. I do find the guys voice very irritating mind you!!

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    @Rodney they are somewhat pointless when you really think about it but does always make for a good debate.

    The model used does throw up some strange results. The top 5 seems decent enough in principle but the rankings of Senna and Prost surely represent something of an error in the model.

    The issue is of course that the passing of time often leads people to make more or less favourable opinions about certain drivers. Senna was no doubt one of the all time greats but i have always felt his legacy is enhanced by the fact he died at the wheel.

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    @craig-o yeah a few results very surprising and must be because of the forumla used. Simpy anomalies I guess!! but one or 2 drivers I think show were underrated/overrated.

    Frentzen for example is right up there, and when you look closely at it, he was a very good and consistent driver throughout his career but he didn’t get it together the year he had his best chance (1997). the forumla is obviously flawed somewhere but I think there is definitely something to be learned from it.

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    @Nick growing up i was a huge Schumacher fan. i think starting to watch in 97 had a lot to do with it. Some of his drives that year were incredible and i didn’t know enough about the sports history to know of some of his past misdemeanours. Even after Jerez i was a huge fan and i loved them years of Him and Ferrari getting closer to the title every year. I remember thinking at the time that if he ever got the best car in the field he’d be unstoppable and so it proved.

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    Although I’m certain i had an idea of f1 before, the earliest memory i have of F1 is the 1997 Spanish GP. Schumacher making a blinding start from 7th on the grid up to 2nd in the first corner. from there on i was hooked!!

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    @Casey @Roald

    James Allen did an article on their time together as teamates and with the reliability issues Hamilton faced over their time together he basically came to the conclusion that Hamilton would have outscored him, all things being equal. Also I find that Button’s fans use that total points scored over 3 years to favour their argument. Of the 3 season Hamilton Outscored Button in 2 of them which is a more balanced way of looking at it.

    I’ve always liked Button, during the early 00’s i was a Schumacher fan but was happy to see Jenson coming through and doing well. After Schumis initial retirement i took to supporting Hamilton (purely because i remembered seeing him in a karting magazine about 10 years before his F1 Debut) and was immediately hooked as a fan of his.

    Watching Hamilton’s career since ahs on times been frustrating, i thought after his first world title he would go on to score a few more titles but it wasn’t to be as Mclaren started their decline!

    All in all Button is very good driver, but crucially on his day he can mix it with the best. I don’t think Hamilton/Vettel/Alonso need to be at 100% to win a race, Button would in my opinion!

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    Can’t see Sam Bird getting a drive there! if they really wanted him in F1 I’m sure they would have made some deal with one of their engine supplied teams who were struggling for cash (Williams??) for say lower engine cost to take Sam on and give him experience.

    Big question of the driver market this year is Button and Mclaren, i have read that Ron Dennis isn’t his biggest fan..

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    @roald

    I have read a few! I read Christopher Hilton’s “The Whole Story” on Michael Schumacher and while I found the information about his earlier career helpful as i wasn’t a motor racing fan when i was a young child but it is a basic retelling of his career (Keith has reviewed it and is pretty spot on with his comments on it)

    I found James Allen’s “The Edge of greatness” book on Schumacher a lot better and more revealing about his character and what other people in the sport felt about him. It did lack a definitive conclusion and opinion from Allen though which would have been good to read what he, as a huge Ferrari enthusiast, really felt about it all.

    I have also read Christopher Hilton’s “The Whole Story” on Aryton Senna, i found this quite good, mainly because i wanted to learn more about Senna, all the races are in that if they do lack any real detail and insight from contemporaries etc.

    I am currently reading “SHUNT” on the career of James Hunt. So far it’s a good read with some funny stories in!

    hope this may be of help

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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.

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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.

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    @girts “chilton was expected to be hopeless”

    he was, wasn’t he?

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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.

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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

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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 :-)

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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!

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