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  • #311730
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    This one from Hamilton in a GP2 is amazing at Becketts

    https://youtu.be/Q0PpiaMPGNk

    #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.

    https://youtu.be/nv5-QyfBi_4

    #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.

    https://youtu.be/hAFRS5r2g8E

    #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.

    https://youtu.be/zYKO0CFmIoc?t=1m5s

    #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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    This year’s introduction of the weekend race wrap-up was great. There is so much motorsport going on these days its hard to keep in touch with all of it, and sometimes there are some noteworthy achievements, even if its from Nascar, which isn’t exactly my sort of racing.

    I like the idea of liking comments, but don’t sort these, then it turns into something like reddit where everyone follows the sheep type of deal, and ppl make comments to win praise, but a simple like where ppl can agree with other ppls comments is a nice touch.

    I also would like the technical posts as well, however, understand that this really is a niche speciality, perhaps a special round-up of technical articles instead, there are many places like f1tech and autosport regularly do features, so perhaps a monthly round-up of technical posts in a special article would be good.

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    @hunocsi While I respect your opinion to have Hamilton as number 1, I’d like to point out that your reasoning doesn’t stack up given Hamiltons drop in form at the end of the season. Granted he no longer needed to push, however, if you’re citing 2 bad races that Vettel had, Hamilton lost the last 3 races to Rosberg.

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    1. Vettel – His move to Ferrari has reignited his passion for the sport, and he has found something to fight for. His victories this season have not been expected by the fans, nor from Ferrari themselves. His consistency and regular podium positions meant that he put Rosberg’s 2nd place finish in the championship in some doubt. I think that the switch to Ferrari has proven to all F1 fans that this German is quick and is deserved of his 4 titles.

    2. Hamilton – No matter what you may think of him off the track, on it, he races hard, and he races to win. There is no more that could of been asked of him during the season, he easily had it over his teammate all year. The blip at the end of the season doesn’t overshadow a dominant championship winnning performance.

    3. Verstappen – Mad Max has been epic this season. I remember when the likes of Alonso and Schumacher burst onto the scene in cars that were at the back of the grid and make their mark. We may be watching one of the single greatest drivers of all time. His overtaking has been breathtaking, and his have a go attitude is refreshing in a field full of drivers who seldom take risks. He has made mistakes, Monaco being the biggest, but if you’re racing at the limit and you never make a mistake, then you aren’t trying. I look forward to his 2nd season in F1, because while there is no expectations upon him this year, next year the eyes of the paddock and the world will be.

    4. Ricciardo – This position was by far the hardest to select, I think the top 3 were just a notch higher than the pack. Of the pack, I think Ricciardo was just a fraction more consistent than most, he started the season on a high, but it trailed off once the RBR/Renault tension escalated and it became clear that the car would not improve. He finished behind his teammate on points, however, drives like Hungary where you could see the honey badger literally throw his car around, shows that this young kid is our best hope yet at seeing our first Australian F1 champion since Alan Jones in 1980.

    5. Kyvat – I really do think it was close between Ricciardo and Kyvat, and Danil’s consistency is what got him over the line on points over his teammate. However, the opening of the season saw Kyvat really struggling to integrate into the RBR team, especially given the rapport that Ricciardo has with the team and the entire paddock. It is hard for me to recall an impressive race by the young Russian.

    6. Massa – I have always felt that Massa was at his best in 97 at Ferrari, and I think his early performances in that season lost him the championship, from that point on, he has always been a number 2 driver in my eyes. This year, I actually have questioned my long held view on him, or is this a case that his Finish teammate is over hyped in comparison? Whatever the situation is, Massa has earned this position with consistent solid drives, with a few stand out performances.

    7. Rosberg – I’m being generous adding him in this position, I think that his performance this year is nothing short of lack lustre and has been completely out classed by Hamilton every step of the way. In my view, even his wins in the last 3 races aren’t enough to justify Rosberg’s selection in the top 6 drivers of the year. These wins, while important for his morale for next year, are essentially off the back of a dismal season, Hamilton not only beat him, but pushed him around on the track like a ragdoll, and Rosbergs only defense was a whinging “he pushed me wide” statement after the fact. He continues to make critical errors when the pressure is on, losing the race at COTA is just one of these examples. In my view, Rosberg has sealed the deal, he is and will be remembered by most F1 fans, a number 2 driver.

    8. Hulkenberg – I think that of all the drivers on the grid, that Hulkenberg will be remembered as the guy with the most natural talent that never got a break in F1. Many people will cite his lack of consistency as a negative, however, I look at Hulkenberg slightly differently, yes he seems to have awesome weekends, however, when he isn’t having an awesome weekend he is still finishing in or near the points in car that is a little hit and miss on pace. Whereas, his teammate is truly hot and cold in comparison. A special note as well about his performance in Le Mans, the Hulk has shown us that perhaps will be remembered as the most versatile race driver that has ever been, take a look at the cars he has driven to get into F1 and see how he dominated most of those classes.

    9. Perez – It was close between the 2 force india drivers, because of the inconsistencies both demonstrated, however, in my view Perez’s bad races means that he’s struggling to even salvage a point from his result where Hulkenberg typically found himself in the points. Perez at Mexico will remain a highlight for me, the crowds reaction to the Mexican driver each lap was sensational, and Perez himself lifted because of it.

    10. Sainz – If Verstappen wasn’t such a sensation, I think we would be talking about how solid a year Sainz’s has had. However, while I say solid, I still think there is something a little mundane about this driver. He takes no risks, he feels like a Jarno Trulli to me, a guy who will be happy to plod around in his current position and protect that place, rather than finding a way of improving his placing. However, this is his first full f1 season and he has done extremely well for a rookie, and his performances have outshone some of F1’s more senior drivers.

    Its been almost 2 hours writing this post, so I might just list the rest :P

    11. Maldonado – treated unfairly by most this year, has improved on consistency.
    12. Grosjean – should join the #occupy movement, as he has been anonymous in 2015.
    13. Bottas – he probably deserves to be higher, but I think he just wasted his own time in F1 this year.
    14. Nasr – great start in Australia, the Sauber was anonymous for the remainder.
    15. Button – showed that even a polished honda, is still an earth dreams nightmare.
    16. Alonso – provided the greatest f1 meme of all time.
    17. Raikkonen – he may no longer know what he’s doing.
    18. Rossi – demonstrated the talent pool in GP2 runs very deep.
    19. Ericsson – showed some promise, but very little overall.
    20. Mehri – he is so good that I can’t remember the last time I saw him or his car on TV.
    21. Stevens – making up the numbers, both on track in Manors back pocket.

    #309543
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    I saw this last week, absolutely amazing to watch these 3 cars in action. But the whole argument about what tyres the P1 should run really is a good point, the P1 was purpose built from the ground up, including the tyres, so not to be running on those is interesting. However, I’m a Porsche fan, so I’d take the 918 ;)

    #309251
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    If they have to find 35Million, it makes sense to drop F1 as they are only showing a handful of the races live and there is an alternative for the fans, albeit a paid service. In Australia we have the same setup, Ch10 sold the SkyTV broadcast rights to Foxtel and have been showing the BBC telecast on Ch10, with only a handful of them live.

    In any case, Bernie wanted this to occur and he has his wish. In a couple of years, only die hard fans will be watching, and those that can afford to flick over when they’re not binge watching the latest tv series.

    #309155
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    Has to be Verstappen on Perez, and for those who want to relive it:
    https://streamable.com/yl59

    #309150
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    I like your thought process and agree with your arguments, however, the rationale that Rosberg will be ranked amongst the best of the drivers never to have won a championship doesn’t sit well with me. In my opinion, this kind accolade should be reserved for drivers that never got their opportunity in a top team to show their skills, I think of someone like a Nico Hulkenberg or a Jean Alesi, these guys always seemed to be in the wrong car at the right time or the right car at the wrong time.

    As Nico Rosberg has had at least 2 seasons in a car that was the most dominant, by a large margin, and played 2nd fiddle to Lewis, I don’t think you can add his name to that list.

    #308580
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    McLaren are no strangers to DNF’s.

    My recollection of the 1994 McLaren Peugeot was one of it blowing up spectacularly on regular basis. Evidence:

    1994 McLaren Peugeot Stats:
    16 Races (2 cars) – 15 Finishes – 17 Retirements

    I was thinking about Michael Andretti as well, because he had a pretty average season in 93′ with McLaren too:
    Stats: 13 Races (Andretti) – 7 Finishes – 6 Retirements before they replaced him.

    #308393
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    Maldonado in any race where he’s dropped out in the 1st lap, Spa 2015, Australia 2015, etc… I know thats an easy one to pick on ;)

    This is a hard topic for me, because I tend to remember good performances from my favourite drivers and forget the not so good ones… I think Nico Hulkenberg has had a couple of mediocre performances of late, but nothing truly horrific.

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