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  • #299937
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    Somehow I managed to write “European” when I meant “Australian” in my previous post.

    #299814
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    Mika Häkkinen is my all-time favourite driver, for a few reasons.

    – He was quick. That goes without saying, though if you aren’t convinced, listen to what Michael Schumacher said about him.
    – He was Finnish. Keke Rosberg had been our country’s only previous WDC but his championship came in very unusual circumstances. In the year Mika took his first championship, 1998, nobody deserved it more than he did.
    – His two championships came after he had recovered from a near-death experience at the 1995 European Grand Prix.
    – He was exciting to watch. There was that famous pass on Schumacher going around Ricardo Zonta, but that’s far from his only highlight.
    – He had a great sense of humour. Classic Finnish deadpan. I can never manage to watch this video with a straight face. His Top Gear segment with James May was great as well.

    However, despite all of that, there’s really no comparison between him and Schumacher. Schumacher is the most successful F1 driver of all time and easily one of the greatest – even if you don’t put him at the top, he can’t be far off. Häkkinen probably gets into the top 20, but not by much. He was a brilliant driver but not quite one of the greats. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’d be quite happy with two World Championships myself. :)

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    Thanks, Keith!

    #290885
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    @Keithcollantine

    I think the price of watching in Finland has changed this year. There used to be an online-only F1 “season pass”, which must have cost the 89,95€ @retardedf1sh quoted. Visiting the MTV Katsomo website today, I can’t find any information about that pass; instead, it says that it’s necessary to buy a “Total Sport” package to watch F1, priced as follows:

    • 24 hours: 9,95€
    • One month: 29,95€
    • One month, recurring: 19,95€ / month

    You’d need to be subscribed for nine months to watch the whole F1 season, bumping the total price up to 179,95€, double what it was last year. Of course, you get a lot more in the package than just F1, but that’s not much consolation if F1 is all you want to watch.

    The price of the equivalent TV package seems to be 19,95€ / month as well.

    #236870
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    My advice is: don’t do it in a public place unless you are absolutely, completely, 100% sure that she will say yes. Otherwise you could end up feeling like this guy.

    #216312
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    Not much has changed since last year:

    1. Michael Schumacher
    2. Sebastian Vettel (+1)
    3. Fernando Alonso (-1)
    4. Kimi Räikkönen
    5. Lewis Hamilton
    6. Jenson Button
    7. Mika Häkkinen
    8. Felipe Massa
    9. Juan-Pablo Montoya
    10. Mark Webber (new entry)

    David Coulthard is the driver to make way for Webber.

    #216297
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    Any chance you could link to the old threads, @journeyer, so we can see how we voted before? It would be embarrassing if I had ranked Michael Schumacher top last time but accidentally went with Takuma Sato this year. It could happen!

    #216274
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    Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, Räikkönen, Button, Webber, Hülkenberg, Pérez, Rosberg, Massa, Maldonado, Grosjean, di Resta, Kovalainen, Kobayashi, Bottas, Sutil, Alguersuari, Ricciardo, Vergne, Pic, Glock.

    I haven’t included Frijns or da Costa because I have never seen them race. I’ve never seen Bottas race either, but at least I have seen him drive an F1 car.

    #216149
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    @prisoner-monkeys hit the nail on the head. Intra-team passing is no problem, especially as team orders are now permitted. The only problem is when drivers don’t put up equal resistance to drivers from other teams, and the most obvious example of that right now is Toro Rosso letting Red Bull drivers past. I’m not sure it would be possible to regulate that without asking the stewards to make some very subjective calls on what was or was not an easy pass.

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    The jokes are a bit lame and the storylines are a bit predictable (“prof wants to do something boring, drivers have other ideas” has been used in most episodes), but I still really enjoyed watching the first series. It’s good to see an F1 constructor with a sense of humour. I’m glad they dealt with Hamilton’s departure “properly”, too, rather than just glossing over it. Hamilton and McLaren seem to have been getting on better than ever since he announced he was leaving!

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    @mccarthymr

    Why would Webber pass Vettel on the last turn? And just so you know, Caterham would move above Marussia with a 12th-placed finish, as they have more 13th-placed finishes.

    #215660
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    How about Alonso and Webber duking it out for the win, with Vettel and Massa scrapping over fifth place? That should give us some excitement for the race and the championship. The other drivers on the grid don’t have as much of a reason to put up a fight as the two contender’s team-mates.

    #215562
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    @prisoner-monkeys That’s drama of an altogether different kind. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!

    #215556
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    @fanser You’re right, of course, but I was willing to take small liberties like those in order to create drama, as I didn’t want to say “Glock will be on pole” or anything really ridiculous like that :)

    @enigma Nice story!

    #215273
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    Hi sparkly, welcome to F1 Fanatic :)

    The news you’re thinking of was mentioned in Friday’s round-up. There are also threads about it already on these forums, and as we don’t allow duplicates, I’ll have to close this.

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