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    Race 12: Belgium
    Qualifying: 17th – Race: 6th
    I had no pace in qualifying, and ended up 17th. With a fantastic start and first few corners I was up to 4th. Everyone stopped on the first lap already and I was into the lead. On lap 5 I pitted but my mechanics put me new option tyres instead of the prime, so I repeated the stop on the following lap, while maintaining the lead as my nearest rival, Rosberg, retired. I then ended up into a wall and had to pit for repairs, dropping to 6th behind Alonso, where I finished, fending off Schumacher for some laps.

    Race 13: Italy
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
    Entering Q3, Alonso had led all the sessions, I’d finished last, 7th and 4th, and Webber, whom I had just indicated as my championship rival, was somewhere in between. In Q2, though, I set my time on worn primes. In Q3, I set pole with my first attempt, but further improved by two tenths after the flag had fallen. In the race Webber got off to a better start from the front row and we went side-by-side through the chicane and Curva Grande, till I had the upper hand. Alonso then took 2nd, and we were faster than the rest. I had set the fastest lap on lap 3 and decided to stay out and try to take a Grand Slam. Alonso didn’t know this and also pitted on lap 7, having to wait behind me in the pit lane. I came out first, eight seconds in front of Hamilton, Vettel and Webber. The Australian pitted again and fell to 16th, then, as I raced around the track for the penultimate time, set the fastest lap, beating my effort by two tenths. There was nothing I could do to take the Grand Slam back, but I registered a lights-to-flag victory with seven seconds between me and the rest of the field; Alonso was fifth and Webber had 60 seconds’ worth of penalties which relegated him to 23rd and last.

    #300154
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    I never rated Coulthard or Brundle that high, the former especially compared to his best results. On a similar note, I tend to downrate Hill despite thinking he deserved his title. Blundell was clearly the worst looking at his results, but I’ve always liked Herbert and I think he would have been the best of them if he hadn’t been unlucky with his crash and had had better cars at his disposal.

    #300120
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    The closest I’ve been was at Japan 2012 – Massa’s first podium for ages and Kamui third in front of his home crowd. Never was Vettel more overlooked despite winning…

    #299128
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    Massa-Raikkonen and, definitely, Sheckter-Villeneuve in the best section. And the all-conquering Three Fs of Alfa: Fagioli, Farina, Fangio.

    #298933
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    @dragoll you know, all of them! Before the livery became too complicated with too much white and then with the yellow but without the Red Bull logos in 2005, Red Bull and its dark blue blended very well with Petronas’ turquoise. ’97 and ’98 are my favourites.

    #298931
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    @mfreire ah! Europe was meant to be Hockenheimring! :)

    #298821
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    JPS, Gold Leaf, Martini as full-livery sponsors, while the logos I like on the cars are Agip/Shell on the Ferraris, Johnnie Walker on the McLarens, Telefonica on the 1999 Minardi and Red Bull on the Saubers in the late-’90s.

    #298811
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    Fifteen races, not the ten of the first days, not the twenty of present. Inspired by 1986:

    1. Brazil, Interlagos
    2. Spain, Catalunya
    3. San Marino, Imola
    4. Monaco, Monte Carlo
    5. Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps
    6. Canada, Gilles Villeneuve
    7. United States, Circuit of the Americas
    8. France, Paul Ricard
    9. Great Britain, Silverstone
    10. Germany, Nurburgring
    11. Hungary, Hungaroring
    12. Austria, Red Bull Ring
    13. Italy, Monza
    14. Europe, Hungaroring
    15. Australia, Albert Park

    #298810
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    Race 11: Hungary
    Qualifying: 2nd – Race: 1st
    I was fifth in practice, 2nd and then fi1st in Q1 and Q2 and all of this on medium tyres. In Q3 I tried again on that compound and was only a tenth off pace, so I decided to try again with my final prime set. Vettel improved further, and I’d almost given up my hopes when I went purple in S1. In S2 I was slower than before, but a miracle in S3 allowed me to get within 0.049s of Vettel and ahead of Alonso, but I’d wasted an almost certain pole position. I was quick enough to overtake Vettel at the start, and kept him and Alonso behind for eight laps. They both pitted, but lost time in traffic, so Webber leapfrogged both by stopping one lap later. I anticipated my stop and came in the lap after and found myself just ahead of Vettel who had DRS-ed his way past Webber. Nothing happened until the flag, apart from my vain attempts to claim fastest lap. With four to go I put Vettel out of DRS range and rested a bit, and won a second consecutive race, whereas Alonso finished 19th.

    #298264
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    It’s that sad time of the year again. While not forgetting Senna, since the 30th of April I used Ratzenberger’s helmet and now, with the 15th of May coming up, I have changed to Elio de Angelis’ helmet, on the anniversary of their deaths in 1994 and 1986 respectively.

    #298260
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    I think overall it would be better to stay in Milan if you plan on using your spare time to have a look around (and you should!): as you know there is Expo 2015 until October, and though that is on the opposite part of the city it is easily and quickly reached using the underground. The Autodromo is no more than thirty-five minutes of driving away from the city centre, and if you’re trying to keep costs down and look for a place less downtown you might get closer if you go North-East.
    Of course you could stay in Monza and then travel to Milan rather than the other way round, it’s down to what you plan to do!

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    #298226
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    I’d miss Toro Rosso. Despite the team being Red Bull’s puppets, beyond the management it is a team full of young people, not only the drivers. They serve completely as a stepping stone to Red Bull but aren’t at all an amateur team who comes last, instead when they beat Red Bull it is one of the sights I most like to see. They have had nice and good drivers recently which makes me like them, but Kvyat has lost his fascination to me since being promoted. An expert team in the spirit of Minardi is a pleasant addition to the grid, and their livery has always been better than Red Bulls, so I fear for them in that a change of ownership would mean a change in direction, which is what I would miss most of all. And if they weren’t a B-team we wouldn’t have Sainz and Verstappen but more likely Kovalainen and Glock.
    Red Bull can go whenever they want!

    #297636
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    Tarso Marques, Gaston Mazzacane, Esteban Tuero, Tomas Enge… the drivers I stumble upon playing F1 Challenge, and always blame myself for forgetting!

    #297299
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    1. A. Prost
    2. J. Fangio
    3. N. Lauda
    4. A. Senna
    5. M. Schumacher

    6. J. Fangio
    7. J. Clark
    8. G. Villeneuve
    9. S. Vettel
    10. J. Stewart

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