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    I think I’ll let others do the ratings, however, I’ll post a few positive and negative comments of some of the key drivers.

    Vettel
    + Solidified himself in the Ferrari team as the #1 driver (I’m not talking about his performance blowing kimi out of the park, but whenever there was a call from Ferrari on track, it always favored Vettel).
    – His form towards the end of the season was what I would call focused aggression. This doesn’t suit his driving style though and he made a lot of mistakes because of the over hyped aggression. I think he performs better when things are in harmony.

    Hamilton
    + Proved to be one of the faster drivers in the season, dominated many races and race weekends.
    – His attitude outside of the car hurt him more than it did Rosberg and I think that ROS ended up winning the championship because he didn’t let Hamilton’s antics get to him.

    Rosberg
    + The most consistent driver all year. He may have the best car, but this year he took the championship by winning everything that Lewis couldn’t, and then settling for 2nd when he couldn’t win. Very reminiscent of Prost. I also think that Rosberg showed maturity, and that was able to withstand the grandstanding from Hamilton.
    – He’s not faster than Lewis in a straight fight, but he didn’t need to be.

    Verstappen
    + Following in the footsteps of Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna, essentially upsetting the accepted F1 establishment by pushing the boundaries of good manners. As Schumi and Senna would atest to, being nice doesn’t win championships. Verstappens fierce overtaking and blocking this year was used at the right places and in the right times for his own advantage.
    – He is impetuous, and tends to gamble on making tough moves, which can cause him problems, like it did in Mexico.

    Wehrlein
    + Incredibly fast and on top of it, consistent… He put the Mannor into Q2 several times this year.
    – Very much a rookie year, with some very big mistakes, like the one in Qualy in Malaysia where he hit a bump in damp conditions and aquaplaned off.

    Hulkenberg
    + Arguably a great season, solid drives, week in and week out. Had a few unlucky moments, like getting taken out at the start of Singapore, but had such solid drives each race weekend.
    – Beaten by Cecco in the WDC.

    #330556
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    I just sunk 30mins into catching up on this thread… Amazing stuff…

    #330324
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    @rob91 I think you’re being a little melodramatic, because there are countless overtakes that take place that don’t involve DRS or contact. I do agree however, that overtaking is difficult, but that makes it well worth waiting for. If there is a long build up and a great battle ensues because a driver is on the offensive, while the other is on the defensive, then that is a great talking point of the race. However, I liken this to Football, if you got rid of goal keepers or made the goals 5m bigger, then the sport wouldn’t have the same amount of tension, as its too easy to score. While I don’t like DRS, I think its necessary because without it, we get Trulli trains, and they weren’t fun to watch.

    I will be interested to see next year if wider tyres and standardised rear wings will help to promote overtaking or not.

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    @brickles It’s funny isn’t it, that is virtually the same incident, the only difference is you could clearly see Schumacher reacting to DC’s move very quickly and Schumi got out of his way, but it was very light contact.

    I look at both the incidents and in my mind I feel Rosberg’s move is clumsy and overly aggressive, where as, I feel DC’s move is aggressive but doesn’t look as clumsy. But logic dictates that it is the same move, but to me the 2 moves feel different.

    But credit where credit is due, that’s a great point you’ve raised @brickles, I cannot really explain the difference other than a feeling I get.

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    @craig-o

    Aggressive, yes, but we have been crying out for that from Rosberg for years now.

    While I agree that Rosberg is a bit of a wet fish when it comes to wheel to wheel racing, it seems as though when he gets his elbows out, he seems to look clumsy. Austria this year is one case in point.

    @lolzerbob

    When Rosberg does it it’s not fair but Bianchi’s move was identical. It was tough but fair and that’s the racing we want to see

    This is the comment so far has made me think twice about my views on the incident. For those who haven’t seen the overtake, Bianchi Monaco 2014. I think the reason why it has me thinking is that I too agree that this is a great overtake. I think though that you need to take this in context, you just can’t pass at Monaco, so I think some leeway is acceptable, further to that point, Bianchi didn’t damage the Caterham he was passing.

    I believe my point at the moment still stands though. I don’t believe you can barge your way through and damage the guy ahead of you just to make a pass, it isn’t fair on the guy in front, in this case Kimi, the rest of his race is compromised because of an overtake. Imagine if it was Hamilton, there would be untold cries of foul play.

    Unless someone can provide some more evidence for me to consider? I’m open to changing my mind, but at the moment I can’t see it.

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    @brickles

    It was pretty much an identical move to the one Coulthard did to Schumacher in 1999.

    Is there a video online of the pass you are talking of, I cannot remember that one.
    I found one of Coulthard passing Schumi in 2000 at Magny and there was contact, but wasn’t as forceful as Rosberg.
    2000 Magny Cours – Coulthard passes Schumacher

    #316430
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    Felippe Massa missed the rest of the 2009 season, after the injuries he sustained by the debris that hit his helmet in Hungary.

    #316429
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    While its not f1 per se, I did enjoy this one the most.

    Introducing the self-driving bicycle in the Netherlands

    #312577
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    I completed the survey… I think the questions don’t translate too well into english. One the questions seemed irrelevant regarding how loud the driver was, but then I thought of Hamilton fans and they’d probably be able to answer that question ;)

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    This one from Hamilton in a GP2 is amazing at Becketts

    #311729
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    If you don’t like the V8 supercars, maybe something like WEC 2014 at Fuji, where a backmarker caused a moment and Olivier Pla managed to overtake around the outside.

    #311728
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    Here is another one in the dry for the V8 Supercars last year at the Adelaide street track (a modified version of the one that the F1s raced at)
    Watch the lead up and the overtake, and then keep watching to the end of the race.

    #311727
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    Ok, let me throw this one into the mix. I love wet weather overtakes, because they’re very opportunistic, but this one captures the moment so well. If you want to feel the build up and how tense it is, watch the video, as there is a minute lead in to this where you can see the struggle for traction.

    #311671
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    I’m speechless. Well, almost…

    To put this decision into perspective, this means there will never be a situation where cars pit under green. This also means that no one, ever, will attempt to break away from the pack. This means that every single team will run at the slowest possible pace for 95% of the race. This means that the driver leading the last lap of the race will be unlikely to be the one leading at the end of the lap. This means the death of the sport, because for all the money, time and effort spent, it matters for naught, because what counts is perhaps 5% of the race distance and the lottery of jumbled up car performances in the death of the race.

    #311336
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    @keithcollantine with the awaiting moderation thing in the live thing, I noticed it was so strict I couldn’t mention Nobaru Mat’s full surname at all, this became a problem when he won the GP2 race last year :P

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