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  • #296583
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    I always thought this year Rosberg was going to have a harder time than last year. With more competitors from other teams battling with them he is just going to lose more from Hamilton. Of course if it’s a race between those two Nico can hope to stay close to Lewis and, like last year, if he has luck and a great form in qualifying the odds can turn in his favour. Otherwise, with the perfect Lewis we’re seeing this year, his hopes are for second place. And the more he gets the more his morale suffers. China’s qualifying may have boosted his confidence a little, but if other cars get in the fight like in Malaysia he’s just going to struggle more.

    #295840
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    Cool, @davids! Well spotted, thanks!

    #295712
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    Race 9: Great Britain
    Qualifying: 4th – Race: 2nd
    I had poor pace on the hard tyres, ending up 12th in FP and 15th in Q1, always behind the stellar Alonso. In Q2 I was fourth, and in Q3 I was sixth with my first two attempts: despite running out of fuel I decided for an extra lap on my final run and incredibly improved to fourth place, while Alonso was dead last in the session. I started well and took the lead from Schumacher when he made a mistake in the final corner of the Arena section. I led until the pit stops, improving my pace with every lap. I lost a little time due to traffic in my box but made a big mistake at Becketts, jumping off the kerb and across the grass, only just managing to keep pointing the right direction and to stay ahead of Karthikeyan and Schumacher. Indeed, Webber came out ahead of me by over three seconds, a gap I was reducing over the following two laps until he turned his engine revs up and started setting purple lap times. I improved my personal best more than once but it wasn’t enough, and I ended second ahead of Hamilton. I now lead Alonso by a hundred points and have been promoted to equal status with him.

    #295711
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    I think it matches the on-board camera colour, just an extra sign to tell apart cars and drivers, especially from a perspective where the helmet is covered. I think only one car per team has that, I should check though.

    #295590
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    Having watched the first MotoGP race of the season, and having verified that, with great relief, the graphics there haven’t changed, I have to say I now prefer the bikes’ graphics. Rectangles, yes, but with rounded edges, a shiny look, much more info and every bit of information blends together. When a driver is on board, their name and their picture pop out from the vertical standings, and when an overtake is made the drivers in question are highlighted and animated accordingly, making them very easy to read despite them being very complex. F1’s probably are indeed simple, and apart from a few tweaks they seem to be the same as last year’s but without their familiar look.

    #294773
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    Race 8: Europe
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 2nd
    I led free practice by over two seconds on Petrov. I led Q1 by over a second on Alonso, Q2 by just less than one, still on Fernando, and Q3 by almost 1.7 on my team mate, as we locked out the front row. I immediately lost the lead to Alonso, but tried to take it back throughout the first sector. I made several small mistakes in the first laps which meant I had to defend from the Red Bulls and couldn’t concentrate on catching Fernando, who was running away as fast as he could. I pitted on lap 6 and came out slowly as there was traffic, but I quickly recovered to 5th place. Webber stopped one lap later and came out quite a bit ahead of me, but I put my head down and halved the gap in one lap, then spent two more reducing it further until, on the fourth lap, I used his tow on the second back straight to pass him going into the hairpin. To do this, I had twice consecutively set the fastest lap, and I improved it further in my lap in clean air. Alonso then decided to spoil my race further by improving it just slightly, until rain started falling on the penultimate lap. I was trying to go faster, but gave up, and Webber used DRS to pass me on the final lap. I stayed in touch but the rain was now very strong and we both slowed further down. He braked very early and I anticipated the braking too, but not enough. Nonetheless, I stayed on track and was more aggressive on the power than him, so I stayed ahead. Alonso had crossed the finish line already while Webber and I slowly made our way through the final sector, luckily without more surprises. Alonso beat me for the first time and became the fifth driver to win a race, with me being the only driver to win more than one. Schumacher finished fourth but had a penalty which moved him out of the points, so I extended my lead to 70 points.

    #294505
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    Williams weren’t conservative, they were stupid! Simple maths could show them Massa was going to come out in traffic, and I think Ferrari tend to be harder on the tyres, so they should’ve simply stayed out. That said, I think their performance should have been better and that Massa should have caught up with Vettel.

    #294329
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    Metro style has grown on me, and while these graphics look nice on the F1 site or on the F1 App (if they are used), I think the previous graphics were prettier for large TV screens. The rectangles themselves seem to be my issue: they seem too… static, and big.

    #293681
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    @junior-pilot I can’t find anything to add to your list! Except maybe:
    11. Luca Badoer replaces an ill Raikkonen at Monza and obtains a Grand Slam.

    #293637
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    Grid:
    1. Hamilton
    2. Ricciardo
    3. Rosberg
    4. Bottas
    5. Vettel
    6. Kvyat
    7. Massa
    8. Raikkonen
    9. Grosjean
    10. Hulkenberg
    11. Perez
    12. Sainz.
    13. Maldonado
    14. Magnussen
    15. Nasr
    16. Ericsson
    17. Button
    18. Verstappen
    19. Stevens
    20. TBA

    Race:
    1. Hamilton
    2. Rosberg
    3. Vettel
    4. Ricciardo
    5. Kvyat
    6. Massa
    7. Raikkonen
    8. Nasr
    9. Grosjean
    10. Bottas
    11. Hulkenberg
    12. Ericsson
    13. Perez
    14. Sainz
    15. Maldonado
    16. Stevens
    Ret. Verstappen
    Ret. Button
    Ret. TBA
    Ret. Magnussen

    #293611
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    Race 7: Canada
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st

    I was last in free practice, having had to run on worn slicks on a damp track for our R&D programme. In Q1 I was eleventh, with Alonso leading the session, then it was my turn on top as Alonso was 4th and in Q3 I was first and Alonso 6th. I lost the lead of the race to Rosberg at turn 1, and the German ran away before DRS was enabled: by the end of lap four he was more than four seconds ahead. I had to defend from Schumacher and Rosberg benefited from that, but I started lapping quicker and kept the gap consistent. I pitted on lap eight, Rosberg on lap nine, and his lead was reduced to just over three seconds, while Vettel had risen to third. Schumacher retired, Alonso dropped to 16th, but I was closing in on Rosberg: I was set to catch him if he kept that rhythm. Instead, we caught the first backmarkers, and on lap eleven he crashed into Perez at the hairpin, losing his front wing. I was through into the lead, and started lapping faster than ever, going as far as setting the fastest lap on lap 14. Rosberg, having pitted for repairs, improved that twice by little, and I now led Vettel by seven seconds with two laps to go. I put my engine back on normal mode, made a mistake and my lead was immediately down to three seconds, with Webber pushing past his teammate and now trying to catch me. I lost another second on the final lap but played it safe and won the race, for the third year running.

    #293395
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    Daniel Abt and Marvin Kirchhoefer – I have a soft spot for these Germans since they debuted in GP3, and while the latter is still on track to become a future champion, things have gone badly for Abt in GP2 and are continuing that way in FE.
    My ideal driver combination: Rudolf Caracciola and Niki Lauda
    The what-ifs: Stefan Bellof and Alessandro Nannini

    #293345
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    Race 6: Monaco
    Qualifying: 23rd – Race: 2nd
    I was quickest in free practice, but in Q1 it was raining and for some reason my setup didn’t work at all, and I was relegated to twenty-third place, between the two HRTs, while Alonso set pole. I recovered to eleventh place on the first lap, making overtakes at every possible spot. Alonso broke his front wing at the final corner and slowed down a bunch of drivers on the straight, which I avoided to take third place. I closed in on Kobayashi and overtook him at the end of the third lap. Webber was six seconds ahead and as I couldn’t get a good lap together he built a safe lead. Kobayashi and Vettel pitted on lap 9, Webber on lap 10 and I led the eleventh, pitting at the end of the twelfth. I made a mistake at turn one of lap 11 and lost six seconds, so I dropped to fourth, four seconds behind Vettel. I had super-soft tyres now and maximum engine power, so I closed in on the Red Bull and went through thanks to the lapped Marussia of Glock who slowed him down. It took me an extra lap to catch Kobayashi and I passed him using DRS on the pit straight. He defended the inside line, so I braked late and skidded sideways into the wall, destroying my front wing. With four laps to go, I decided against pitting for repairs and after that slow lap, during which Kobayashi spun, I was only three seconds slower than the race pace, and that then became two on the penultimate lap. I caught and lapped Hamilton, Alonso and Karthikeyan, defended from Vettel and, twenty seconds after Webber, I crossed the finish line in second place.

    #293313
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    After testing with a plain carbon fiber helmet in the past weeks, Perez has debuted his design on a Schuberth SF1: he previously wore an Arai.

    PS: @george from that shot it appears he has changed to a darker shade of red, nothing else jumps to the eye.

    #293076
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    I hope it could be Richie Stanaway. I have a feeling it will be Beitske Visser…
    Or Tio Ellinas? He has a history of racing with Manor (two years in GP3).

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