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6th March 2014, 20:32 at 8:32 pm #251002
2. Williams winning again
10. Germany14th May 2013, 20:13 at 8:13 pm #236573
I was going to respond, but after reading your final sentence there’s clearly no point. If you’re just going to ignore anything which doesn’t fit your opinion then there’s no point in debating the issue with you.14th May 2013, 18:45 at 6:45 pm #236571
How can you say that Hamilton wouldn’t have won if Kovalainen had defended? He passed Massa and Piquet just fine without team orders and took the lead with eight laps to spare. Kovalainen defending at that point in the race, when Hamilton was much faster and would have got through anyway, would only have risked a DNF and dropped points.
I’m with Magnificent Geoffrey on this one. Hockenheim 08 and 10 are fundamentally different.6th September 2012, 11:19 at 11:19 am #206763
I won’t be getting this game when it comes out. They’re still putting far too much effort into graphics and cinematics rather than gameplay. There was so much of that in the YDT video, yet the gameplay videos look unchanged from last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was still full of bugs.
On the plus side, the champions mode is a step in the right direction.20th August 2012, 18:40 at 6:40 pm #207741
I don’t think we have a rainmaster at the moment. The wet races in recent years have been won by a variety of drivers, while races with truly wet conditions get red-flagged. What we see more often is changeable conditions where strategy, rather than wet-weather driving skill, plays a far bigger role.14th May 2012, 7:07 at 7:07 am #182881
Given how the last three races have gone, it is likely that the pole sitter in Monaco will win. Given Hamilton’s strong qualifying form so far (top 2 in every race before penalties), he would be my tip for the win there. Having said that, Barcelona showed us that trying to predict anything this season is a dangerous game. As for a new winner, Grosjean is most likely but it could be either of the Saubers, Senna or even one of the Force Indias and it could come at any circuit (if Maldonado can win at Barcelona, anything can happen).2nd May 2012, 8:55 at 8:55 am #200542
@mnmracer I would add Germany 2008 (had to pass Massa and Piquet after safety car put him back) and Canada 2010 (two passes for the lead on track) to Hamilton’s record, even though he started from pole in both races. But you are right to an extent; most races are won from the front. It’s just a case of demonstrating that you can also overtake to win, even if it’s only a couple of times. It is brought up in Vettel’s case in particular because of his domination in the last year-and-a-half, which has mostly been from pole. I hope we get a race this year where Vettel starts a bit further back with a car capable of winning, to see if he can prove himself. His pass on Rosberg at Australia this year was quite impressive.30th April 2012, 21:56 at 9:56 pm #200539
When talking about Vettel’s apparent reliance on being on pole to win, his conversion of poles to wins isn’t really relevant, because you’re looking at it from the wrong way round. It’s also better to look at drivers’ careers rather than championship years. Here are his 5 non-pole wins… Abu Dhabi 2009 he inherited when Hamilton retired (though he did pass him in the pit stops). Malaysia 2010, he started third but was leading by the first corner. Brazil 2010, he started second and passed Hulkenberg (who was much slower than the leaders) on the first lap. Spain 2011, he deserves some credit; he started second, and was second behind Alonso after the first corner. He made some important (albeit fairly straightforward) overtakes on his out lap and passed the Ferrari before holding off Hamilton for the win. Korea 2011, he slipstreamed Hamilton on the main straight on the first lap. Also a mention for Italy 2011, where he started pole, but got passed by Alonso and had to repass him after the safety car. Nevertheless, you can see that on the rare occurrences where he won from somewhere other than pole, he was either in front after the first lap, or passed in the pit stops.
Compare this to Hamilton, for example, who has taken 8 of his 17 wins from outside pole position. Monaco 2008 (was slightly fortunate), Britain 2008 (started fourth, team orders to take lead, but dominated), Hungary 2009 (starts fourth, passes Webber, inherits lead from Alonso), Turkey 2010 (we know what happened here…), Belgium 2010 (inherited lead at start), China 2011 (series of overtakes to take win), Germany 2011 (battle with Alonso and Webber, including great overtakes), Abu Dhabi 2011 (inherited from Vettel). Add in races such as Germany 2008 and Canada 2010, where he started from pole and still had to race for victory and the difference is clear. Hamilton has demonstrated at least five times that he can fight for wins from further back, while Vettel has done it maybe once or twice last year.
The reason I have compared Vettel and Hamilton is that they have raced roughly the same amount of time and are both good qualifiers. Plus it’s usually Hamilton that gets brought up in this discussion anyway. I must also say that it was interesting looking through those stats on their own merit, e.g. Lauda taking no poles in 1984.14th March 2012, 22:57 at 10:57 pm #195649
Lotus decide to name their new car after Microsoft’s operating system… they’re calling it the Lotus 7… wait a minute5th March 2012, 15:11 at 3:11 pm #181734
I went in 2010 with GA. During practice and qualifying I mainly watched from Pouhon. It is a great spot here and it doesn’t fill as quickly as the spot at Les Combes (I never watched from there). For the race, I watched from the Bus Stop chicane. I can really recommend this spot as I saw the chaos on the first lap and Vettel hitting Button there, as well as a few other passes. Basically, Pouhon, Les Combes and the Bus Stop are the best spots for GA, but it is worth walking around on Friday.7th December 2011, 11:22 at 11:22 am #187040
It would certainly make it a unique venue on the calendar if they did this. According to my estimations, the lap time would be about 55-60 seconds and the race would need to be about 87 laps. With overtaking opportunities at T1 and T4 and possibly the last corner, and then DRS as well, I think it could be quite interesting!24th November 2011, 17:59 at 5:59 pm #185222
1. Canada – a pass for the lead on the last lap was just brilliant
2. China – loads of overtaking and a genuine battle for the win
3. Germany – three-way battle for the win not even involving Vettel
4. Britain – I was there this year, so this is more a personal choice
5. Hungary – great race, although I missed it live due to travelling and found out the result before I could watch it6th April 2011, 16:50 at 4:50 pm #164209
2. Lap 4 – I think it will be raining at the start, but I’m just using the 5-lap margin to best effect here :)
3. 7th12th January 2011, 10:49 at 10:49 am #157608
I played EA’s F1 Manager game, it was fun but as a kid I could never manage the finances well enough and always got sacked at the end of the season. It also crashed quite a bit too IIRC.12th January 2011, 10:44 at 10:44 am #157651
Jacky Ickx is especially notable as he drove for all three teams in one year in 1973! This was, of course, when the McLaren and Williams teams were still young but it is still surprising.