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  • #289137
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    I finished Tony Brooks’ autobiography recently ( http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2012/05/20/poetry-motion-tony-brooks-autobiography-reviewed/ ), it gives a good insight into the feel of the paddock and his mindset at the time, he compares his driving philosophy to others and explains why sometimes he was more competitive than others (usually because he has a better car!). It was obviously written by Tony himself so the writing isn’t always brilliant, but I could easily overlook that for the information contained, and his story itself is quite riveting, he drove in a very interesting era.

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    I heard Bernie might be looking for a job soon…

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    @kingshark

    Brake failure in Canada cost him a 2nd place or maybe even better (18 points)

    More like brain failure, he drove onto the racing line in the braking zone. Otherwise I agree though, they’ve been pretty even this season.

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    @ben-n

    The right time to leave Ferrari with his huge reputation in tact.

    This made me chuckle!

    #287651
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    Another one for his collection :P. I suppose he’ll get next year’s design(s) done over winter.

    #287629
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    OK here goes:

    22: Esteban Gutierrez Another anonymous season, got close to Sutil but never looked like extracting the maximum from the car.

    21: Adrian Sutil Must have expected a better car from Sauber, but never delivered when points were possible.

    20: Max Chilton Another season of steady improvement for Chilton, but never looked like anything other than a backmarker.

    19: Marcus Ericsson Showed occasional signs of talent but generally well beaten by Kobayashi, and made a lot of mistakes.

    18: Kimi Raikkonen Disastrous season that managed to make even Massa’s time against Alonso look good. Never looked at ease in the F14T but began to show some improvement towards the end of the season.

    17: Kevin Magnussen Started the season well but it was all downhill from there, made several questionable racing moves which got him in trouble with the stewards unnecessarily but his race pace was generally not too bad.

    16: Kamui Kobayashi Occasionally mixed it with faster cars in what was a bit of a barge, but never got to show much of his racing ability. Missed out at Monaco due to an opportunistic and forceful move from Bianchi, but delivered as expected of someone with his experience.

    15: Pastor Maldonado Given perhaps the most difficult car and showed occasional glimpses of his quality, as he did at Williams. Still too error prone but showed better than expected against Grosjean.

    14: Romain Grosjean Drove the wheels off his Lotus when it was working well, suffered when it was more wayward, but made less mistakes than Maldonado. Scored important points early in the season to take some pressure of his team.

    13: Daniil Kvyat Had a strong rookie season, closely matching JEV especially on raw pace, but has room to improve on racecraft.

    12: Jean-Eric Vergne Another solid season with a standout race in Singapore thanks to a strategy call. Got a little ragged towards the end of the season when he realised he had to advertise himself for a seat.

    11: Felipe Massa The change of scenery has obviously done Massa some good, delivered the only non-Mercedes pole position of the year and has been fairly consistent in both race and qualifying all year, poor results usually attributable to poor strategy or pit stops. Did however have arguably the second fastest car and only finished 7th in the points.

    10: Jules Bianchi Once again was the star at the back of the pack, finally got points on the board after an excellent race in Monaco. Looked destined to move up the grid until his accident.

    9: Sergio Perez Hamstrung by reliability when the car was at it’s fastest early in the season, scored an excellent podium in Bahrain, threw another away however with a misjudgement in Canada. Showed well against Hulkenberg in both qualifying and race pace, and continues to improve wheel-to-wheel.

    8: Nico Hulkenberg Had a quiet year by his standards, was occasionally shown up during races by Perez, but consistently scored points. Made hay when the car was good early in the season which explains the points gulf between himself and Perez.

    7: Sebastian Vettel Brought down to earth with a bump this season. He never seemed to be able to extract the maximum from the car but unlike Raikkonen still looked like he had some fight in him. A solid performance which was made to look worse by the brilliance of his team mate.

    6: Valtteri Bottas A strong and consistent year for Bottas, but I still have a question mark over his wheel to wheel ability. Outperformed at times by Massa but also some excellent weekends.

    5: Jenson Button Did what he does best, delivered when the car was good and made good use of strategy. Re-found his best form towards the end of the season to firmly beat Magnussen.

    4: Fernando Alonso Difficult to say whether Alonso was brilliant or Raikkonen was terrible, but some races such as Hungary and China were obviously out of the top drawer. At times seemed a bit anonymous, but undoubtably got the maximum from the car at most races.

    3: Nico Rosberg Used all the tricks in the book to try and beat Hamilton, had the edge on Saturday but lost out slightly more on Sunday. Raised his game for his first shot at the championship and doggedly hung on when things went wrong.

    2: Lewis Hamilton Was pushed hard by Rosberg which forced him into some qualifying errors, but was supreme in the races. He always looked like the stronger bet for the championship even after reliability woes early in the season left him trailing.

    1: Daniel Ricciardo From the first race in Australia he was on the front foot, while Vettel struggled with the car all season Ricciardo was extracting the most out of it. Added to his pace was excellent racecraft making several of the best overtakes of the year against the likes of Alonso and Vettel as well as brilliant strategy calls. I can’t think of any mistakes either, he was more or less perfect all season.

    #287448
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    Yeah I had the same thought, it doesn’t make much sense for McLaren to let Alonso drive for a direct commercial competitor, especially when they’re about to release a 911 rival.

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    Hmmm well I don’t know. 8 months in prison is what you get for stabbing someone or hate crime. I think it’s a bit OTT for a lads’ prank even if it was risky and a massive nuisance. A good dose of community service would have done, I’d have thought.

    If 8 months is really all you get for attempted murder then that is very worrying. This is pretty similar to what you would get for a serious driving related crime on the road, which considering the circumstances I think is fair, and should hopefully nip in the bud any prospective copycats.

    I doubt he’ll serve more than 4 months anyway.

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    Yeah Iberia got really unlucky, with Finland sandbagging in the qualifiers they could have fallen into any group. Iberia might have still made it but the races didn’t really go their way either, then again they’re not really known for their consistency. We’ve definitely improved this year but I still can’t see us being any more than a nuisance to Finland and DE-AT-CH, they’re very good at getting their best drivers to join up, if we could had that kind of participation we’d have a chance of winning it (and I probably wouldn’t be racing! :P).

    I watched all the broadcasts and thought yours was the most professional of the three, you seemed to have done a lot of homework/set up work by comparison. The only thing I felt that could possibly be improved was the way BSR handled the lower splits with a reporter, I felt that gave a little more insight into how it was going. I don’t know the first thing about broadcasting though so I don’t know how easy this would be to organise :).

    I suppose they could have offered one split each to broadcasters for the finals, but I guess that would have created too much drama.

    #285281
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    I think it was Button on…Raikkonen? When they were really close into t1 and t4.

    #285108
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    Enjoyed that Joey! I don’t think the US clubs should give us too much trouble on the road side, Amjed was running about the same pace as me and I was in 2nd split. Oval is obviously likely to be a bit more mixed though, especially in the lower splits (we’re scraping the barrel a bit for oval racers).

    #284551
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    Did my bit to get UK&I into the final (led a 1,2,3,4,5 in split 2 :P), I’ll be watching the broadcast @joey-poey , really interested in how these US teams get on, and with Iberia messing up in their group the wildcard spot it still open.

    #284424
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    I’m crossing my fingers the standing restart rule is quietly dropped in off-season. No one seems to think it’s a good idea, but like double points if no insiders speak out early enough it’ll just sit there until it’s too late.

    #280492
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    Hah! I love these, it was a bit better than last season’s to be fair! It’s nice to see so much enthusiasm.

    #280391
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    @npf1 Lamborghini?

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