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  • #281396
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    No love for bikes?

    12th October – Moto GP – Marc Marquez – Motegi, Japan, Round 15 of 18
    19th October – British Superbikes – Shane Byrne – Brands Hatch GP, UK – Round 12 of 12, Race 25 of 26
    26th October – Moto2 – Tito Rabat – Sepang, Malaysia, Round 17 of 18

    Moto3 and WSB will be wrapped up soon. Also:

    12th October – British Touring Car Championship – Colin Turkington – Brands Hatch GP, UK – Round 10 of 10, Race 28 of 30

    #247193
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    @kaiie I don’t know about the zeroes at the start, they allow them in Moto Gp. Andrea Dovizioso for example raced with 04 last year so maybe it will be the same with F1.

    #247050
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    To be honest I think Alonso did a really good job in 07. Childish tantrums aside, there was absolutely nothing wrong with his driving that year. Even if Hamilton was a rookie, time has proven that he was no ordinary rookie in terms of his ability as a racing driver, so it is not like it is something to be ashamed to be matched by such a good driver as Hamilton.

    Lewis was also probably the best prepared rookie in F1 history, he had loads of mileage under his belt from testing, simulator work, he knew the team inside out and crucially he didn’t have to unlearn Michelin tyres, which Alonso and also Raikkonen had to deal with at the start of 2007. Alonso came in to a new car, having to switch to Bridgestones from Michelin, and was quick and able to win races almost straight away. That was pretty impressive. Alonso might have been the reigning double champion but in my view he was also at somewhat of a disadvantage by joining a new team, with new tyres to deal with. Hamilton obviously did great to hit the ground running like he did but he had a lot of things in his favour that year.

    #245885
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    Can only concur that the FIA should do nothing to level the playing field. It’s up to the other teams to improve, not for the FIA to introduce things that would handicap Red Bull.

    #246665
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    Bottas because he didn’t win GP2. The other three won GP2 in consecutive years, Hulk (09), Maldonado (10) and Grosjean (11).

    #246641
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    Ok I’ll say Grosjean is the odd one out as Hamilton, Rosberg and Webber each won their first race from pole position.

    #246623
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    Ah ok. Damon Hill is the odd one out then. Frentzen, Schumacher and Villeneuve miraculously all managed to achieve the same pole position time in Jerez 97.

    #246620
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    I’ll go Frentzen, because he was the only who wasn’t involved in a collision that decided the championship.

    #246746
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    I don’t know if my favourites are really that great to watch for racing, but they mean something to me. For sentimental reasons I would choose Suzuka 1996. I remember as a little boy waking up in the small hours of the morning with my Dad, hoping Damon Hill would win, and being so excited when he did. Murray Walker’s commentary on the last lap kind of summed up how I felt. That would have been topped by Hungary 1997 if only that race had been one lap shorter… I also had a soft spot for Gerhard Berger growing up so I really love Hockenheim 1997 where he stuck the car on pole and then dominated from start to finish. I fell out of love with the sport at the turn of the century so I didn’t watch for example Suzuka 05 live so in recent years Brazil 2007 and 2008 have to be the standout. Firstly for Kimi winning the title against all the odds, and then the sheer frenzy that was the last laps in 08. Best race purely from an enjoyment point of view would likely be Canada 2011, even with the enormous delay with the rain.

    #246556
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    1) Alonso
    2) Schumacher
    3) Vettel
    4) Raikkonen
    5) Hamilton
    6) Button
    7) Montoya
    8) Barrichello
    9) Massa
    10) Rosberg

    It’s a hard one but I think Alonso’s continued excellence over more than a decade is enough for me to put him at number one above Schumacher despite him only having two titles. Schumacher is still the greater overall though.

    #245626
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    Went through a short phase in the first year of my undergraduate degree of drinking Red Bull so I could get my work done on time by pulling an all nighter. Glad to say that only lasted 2 or 3 weeks and those days are long gone now! I no longer drink Jagermeister either so no it’s been a long time since I had Red Bull.

    #245207
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    Favourite
    1) Damon Hill
    2) Kimi Raikkonen
    3) Mika Hakkinen
    4) Gerhard Berger
    5) Johnny Herbert

    Greatest
    1) Clark
    2) Senna
    3) Prost
    4) Schumacher
    5) Fangio

    #245012
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    One lap qualifying: Vettel
    Racing speed: Alonso
    Overtaking skill: Raikkonen
    Defending skiill: Hulkenberg
    Tyre saving ability: Di Resta
    Wet weather driving: Hamilton
    Changing conditions: Button
    Character: Webber

    #230868
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    The opening 10 laps of that race was stunning! Why did Pedrosa not race like that all season!?

    Also thinking back to that controversial move Marquez pulled on Lorenzo all the way back in Jerez where he barged in the side of him to get past. Well that move has just won him the championship!! He comes 2nd instead of 3rd all the way back in Spain in round 3, getting 4 extra points, which is the margin he ends up winning the title by. If Lorenzo finished 2nd in that race he would have won the title because he had more race wins. Just goes to show how fine the margins can be at the very top. Stunning from Marquez, to be so mature as a rookie in the premier class. Yeah he’s had a bit of luck with having big crashes and escaping injury but he is just a joy to watch ride that motorbike. And as for Lorenzo, I honestly think he is up there as one of the true all time greats; the Honda has been a stronger package over the season and the way Lorenzo has ridden to take the fight to Marquez and Pedrosa has been nothing short of incredible.

    (Although of course Marquez had a bit of leeway as I’m sure Dani would have let him past if he needed to come 2nd to win the title.)

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