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    Dan this talk of Kimi’s motivation is a load of rubbish and always has been. Kimi is sensitive to the characteristics of the car and always has been so when they don’t suit him his performance drops off. That is what happened in 2008. He was a bit unlucky in 2008 with incidents and the such like, but Massa simply got more out of the car that season. People always throw this talk of lack of motivation at him because of his demeanour, but it always has been and always will be a complete non-starter.

    The Ferrari in the early part of 2009 was a horrible car and even towards the end of the season when it improved it was still very difficult to drive quickly. Ferrari brought in Fisichella who had been driving really well in the Force India when Massa got injured and he was a long way off the pace of Kimi. Raikkonen was a bit off the pace at the start of the season relative to Massa, but in the second half of the season when the car improved a bit his performance level was outstanding. Only Lewis Hamilton scored more points in the second half of 2009 than Raikkonen. If his motivation level were ever going to drop, it would have been precisely at that point then because speculation was rife in the paddock all season, and even from the year before that Ferrari were looking to bring Alonso into the team to replace him. But his performances were really good in the second half of 2009. Criticise Kimi because he requires a particular type of characteristic from a car by all means, but this talk of lack of motivation is a load of nonsense.

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    Both Raikkonen and Ferrari have an option that they can take up for 2016, so if 2015 goes well Kimi will more than likely be on the grid for 2016. He obviously still likes driving the cars. If this year goes badly then I think it may well be goodbye though. Kimi and his partner have just recently had a baby boy so if things show no signs of improving then Kimi is at a stage in his life and career where he will walk away without any regrets.
    Allison worked with him at Lotus, he knows what Kimi likes in a car and early signs are positive that this year’s Ferrari is more suited to his driving style. As a Kimi fan I’m feeling fairly positive about this season, even if he doesn’t beat Seb over the course of the season I just want to see him competitive again, as last season wasn’t representative of his ability as a racing driver at all.
    I think that it is a bit unfair to say that Kimi’s input didn’t help on the 2014 car, that car was inherently flawed in many ways, not least of which it didn’t have a good front end which Raikkonen absolutely requires to achieve his best performance. The design work on that Ferrari chassis would have been done before Kimi joined, and given the limitations on changes to the chassis during the season Raikkonen spent all of last season trying to make the best of a bad situation with respect to the car’s handling.

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    If F1 did adopt this rule (which it never ever will) I would stop watching. The whole point of F1 is you design, build and race your own car to the best of your ability.

    #291063
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    I prefer helmets from the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s, the simpler the better. Nowadays they all seem a bit homogeneous, they’re either covered in sponsorship (Yes I’m talking about you Red Bull) or really complicated with no empty space which bores me. I like simpler, more classic designs. I really liked Barrichello’s original helmet. Other favourites of mine would be Jean Alesi, Gerhard Berger, Damon Hill, Senna, Prost and Mika Hakkinen. In the main I don’t really like the way modern helmets are designed. I probably like Massa’s the best of the current drivers. Bottas’s helmet posted above is really nice though, reminds me of both Prost’s and Hakkinen’s.

    #290713
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    @matt90 I’m struggling to see that as well. I really don’t see the 08 version of Lewis dealing with setbacks as well as he did last season. Even if you are going with raw pace I would not choose 2008, given Heikki is a weak comparison in the sister car.

    #290140
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    Priaulx has had a horrible couple of years since he went to DTM, hope he shows some good form as he is certainly an excellent driver. And he will be driving for the team that won the Driver’s Championship last season, it should be a strong combination.

    Rumours are that Turkington will not be back at WSR now the Ebay sponsorship has gone so I really hope he gets a decent drive. Surely lightning won’t strike twice and he’ll be able to defend his title this time round. Plato also won’t be back at Triple 8 MG, it will be interesting to see where he ends up.

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    Gerhard Berger talking about the aftermath of his accident at Tamburello in 1989 on Sky’s Legends of F1 programme.. Very eerie in light of the tragic events of May 1st 1994.

    ‘Ayrton called me, the next day and said ‘How are you?’ I say ‘Well, I’m OK’ and he says ‘God, what’s happened?’

    ‘And I say ‘I don’t know exactly yet what’s happened but one thing is sure, this bloody wall there, one day somebody is gonna die in it, because it’s much too close to the racetrack, and you are so fast there and if you have a technical failure there you are dead.’

    ‘A couple of weeks later Ayrton and myself walked from the pit to the place where I had the accident to see how to move this wall, and we both looked over the wall and we both said ‘Wow, there is this river in the back’. There’s not actually… the land falls down to the river, nothing really you can do. We did not think about putting a chicane or something, we just concentrated on how to move the wall. And we walked back and said ‘Well, not a lot we can do here, it is what it is’. And exactly where we looked is the place where he died. Exactly where we looked over the thing, where we said its not possible to move the wall, that’s exactly where he died.’

    #289968
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    “I’ll never speak to Pironi again in my life”. Gilles Villeneuve.

    #287944
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    Hulkenberg did well in 2013, but Gutierrez was also really, really poor which makes it harder to judge. I would like to see Hulkenberg in a better car to see how good he truly is though, he deserves that opportunity. I wasn’t impressed with him in 2010 when I thought Barrichello outperformed him but since then he has done well. I do think he is better than Perez however.

    #287932
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    @ryanwilliams You know Kobayashi’s brakes failed in Australia, right? Hardly fair to say he binned it.

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    22. Max Chilton Simply is not quick enough.

    21. Marcus Ericcson Lucky he has a seat next year having made some truly unacceptable mistakes for the top level of motorsport in the world.

    20. Adrian Sutil Not really a has-been, because he has never ever been that good. One half of one of the most uninspiring driver lineups of all time.

    19. Esteban Gutierrez Too many mistakes and not enough speed which is not a good combination. Won’t be sorry to see him go, there are better drivers out there.

    18. Pastor Maldonado Had horrible reliability, but again made a lot of routine mistakes that you would not expect a driver of his experience (and a race winner too don’t forget!) to be making. Hampered by a poor car, but he’s lucky he comes with plenty of cash as on performance alone I think he’d be struggling for a drive now.

    17. Kimi Raikkonen Please James Allison, give Kimi a car with a responsive front end next season! My favourite driver but even I can say his results this year were really poor. Really wasn’t much of a competition against Alonso, which was one of the disappointments of the season. How much longer will he stick it out?

    16. Kamui Kobayashi Did a reasonable job given how poor the car was, but didn’t get to see much of his legendary feistiness and overtaking as a result. Sadly I think his time in F1 is now over.

    15. Jean-Eric Vergne Not quick enough in qualifying. Sadly with not enough seats on the grid to go around it looks like he’s going to miss out, which is unfortunate because he is a pretty good and reliable driver.

    14. Kevin Magnussen Pretty quick but inconsistent and made some rookie errors. Unlike Button, his form seemed to drop off once the silly season for next year started. 5 or 6 races before the end of the season, I would have said give him another go next year but Button’s brilliant form has put a lot of doubt in my mind.

    13. Sergio Perez Blows too hot and cold. Pretty average on the whole, apart from the podium in Bahrain. Don’t think Mclaren (or Ferrari) made the wrong decision letting him go.

    12. Romain Grosjean Was impressive in the first part of the season but seemed to lose heart as the year went on, due to the ordinary machinery he was driving. That car had no right to qualify 5th in Spain, which was some great driving from Romain and the highlight of his season. Hopefully the Mercedes engine will put them further up the grid next year, he’d really started to get things together at the back end of 2013.

    11. Daniil Kyvat Very promising speed, 5th place in qualifying at his home Grand Prix was a highlight. Let down by the reliability of his car a few times, but I think he will do a very good job when he steps up to Red Bull.

    10. Jules Bianchi Gets into the top 10 for Monaco alone. Keep fighting Jules.

    9. Nico Hulkenberg As ever, quick and consistent with many point scoring finishes. Needs to get into a top seat soon if time is not to pass him by.

    8. Sebastian Vettel To finish ahead of his teammate only 3 times was a bit of a shocker for the reigning champion, and his form relative to Ricciardo’s was one of the surprises of the season. Had some reliability issues but even so Ricciardo was generally the quicker of the two. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt given he has performed well all the way back to 2008, but he really needs to step up next season and adapt to the new regulations if he wants to maintain his standing as one of the best drivers. Given Ferrari’s struggles though, it might be a while before that happens.

    7. Felipe Massa I think the points table flattered Bottas a little bit, Massa was closer than it suggests. Was extremely unlucky with incidents (CAN, GBR, GER, AUS) and overall vastly improved over his last few years at Ferrari.

    6. Valtteri Bottas Had the second quickest car at a lot of tracks and I can’t help feeling the very best drivers would have gotten more out of it. Scored 6 podiums but also made some mistakes. Still not convinced he has what it takes to be a world champion.

    5. Nico Rosberg Had the best car, and some of his pole laps were really superb but the majority of his wins came when Hamilton had issues. Hard to put him any higher when Hamilton was nearly always the quicker driver on Sundays.

    4. Jenson Button Very good, solid season from Jenson. His form when it became clear his drive was under threat, inexplicably, was tremendous. Many times he did what Jenson always has done, regularly bringing the car home for strong points. He still has a lot to offer the sport, he’s driving as well as ever.

    3. Fernando Alonso Driving a pretty horrible car YET AGAIN he somehow got that Ferrari on the podium twice. Hungary was almost a miracle win, surely that would have one of the worst cars to win a race for a long time. He is rising higher and higher in my all-time greatest drivers list and surely nobody could ever begrudge him another title or two, his performances have been exceptional for over a decade now. He certainly shouldn’t be scrapping for 9th and 10th places.

    2. Daniel Ricciardo Outstanding season. Vettel had reliability problems, but even so Ricciardo was faster than a 4x world champion at most of the tracks. Started as he meant to go on with the (unfortunately stripped) 2nd place in Australia, and he just went from strength to strength. 3 brilliant wins, and some of his overtaking was just incredible, the one on Vettel at Monza in particular. He surpassed everyone’s expectations this season, but now the pressure will be on him to lead the team and challenge for world titles. By the looks of things, he will take all that in his stride.

    1. Lewis Hamilton I would rate this as Hamilton’s strongest season, and put him at number 1 over Ricciardo for one simple reason. Since the first wheel was turned and it became clear that Mercedes had a dominant car all the pressure and all the expectation has been on Hamilton, as the supposed “star” in the team to dominate and win the world title. And he delivered, pure and simple. He kept focused even in the face of setbacks, 3 times coming back from more than a race win’s deficit, dealing with the Monaco and Spa situations very well and ending up with more than double the wins of his teammate, showing exceptional maturity in his driving. Made a few mistakes in qualifying which he needs to cut out, but his race craft and wheel to wheel racing was exemplary.

    #287006
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    There are precedents in MotoGP, Valentino Rossi has won 9 world titles and only ever raced with number 46. He used to put number 1 on his leathers. Marquez used 93 this season as defending champion as well.

    #286632
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    2nd November – World Superbike Championship – Sylvain Guintoli – Losail, Qatar – Round 12 of 12 – Race 24 of 24

    #285601
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    @ibrahim I wasn’t born until 91 but I love this era of motorcycle racing, so much skill and daring to ride these bikes the way they did. The whole race is on Youtube actually, I only posted the final part! For me the most fun I ever had watching motorsport was Rossi-Lorenzo Catalunya 09.

    There were actually a couple of documentaries on British TV about this era of motorcycle racing recently, the program was aptly named “The Unrideables” lol. The first program was about Kenny Roberts Sr, Freddie Spencer, Mamola and Eddie Lawson, and the second one (Unrideables 2) was about the Rainey Schwantz rivalry, beginning back in the AMA and the subsequent events leading up to when Wayne Rainey got paralysed. If you can find them online I really do recommend watching them. There is a new one due to come out soon about Mick Doohan, I hope it won’t only focus on when he won his titles but also how he came back from his horrific accident at Assen in 92.

    #285590
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    Final one for now. Most controversial ending to a BTCC season ever. Added bonus of Murray Walker commentating.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCij9mYIokA

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