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14th December 2013, 21:55 at 9:55 pm #247193
@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 F1.10th December 2013, 22:58 at 10:58 pm #247050
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.5th December 2013, 21:00 at 9:00 pm #245885
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.2nd December 2013, 15:20 at 3:20 pm #246665
Bottas because he didn’t win GP2. The other three won GP2 in consecutive years, Hulk (09), Maldonado (10) and Grosjean (11).1st December 2013, 21:59 at 9:59 pm #246641
Ok I’ll say Grosjean is the odd one out as Hamilton, Rosberg and Webber each won their first race from pole position.1st December 2013, 17:03 at 5:03 pm #246623
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 97.1st December 2013, 16:42 at 4:42 pm #246620
I’ll go Frentzen, because he was the only who wasn’t involved in a collision that decided the championship.1st December 2013, 16:27 at 4:27 pm #246746
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.30th November 2013, 16:50 at 4:50 pm #246556
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.24th November 2013, 22:29 at 10:29 pm #245626
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.14th November 2013, 22:13 at 10:13 pm #245207
1) Damon Hill
2) Kimi Raikkonen
3) Mika Hakkinen
4) Gerhard Berger
5) Johnny Herbert
5) Fangio11th November 2013, 22:18 at 10:18 pm #245012
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: Webber10th November 2013, 14:00 at 2:00 pm #230868
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.)25th October 2013, 23:16 at 11:16 pm #24373125th October 2013, 23:14 at 11:14 pm #243863
Not really the same sort of question as Prost Senna given Schumacher is the better driver by an absolute landslide. Hakkinen had only two great seasons in his career, 1998 and 2000. Schumacher was great for nearly 15 years.