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  • #320690
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    At the moment, only three teams (Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull) are capable of winning a race, everything else would be seen as a huge sensation. Right now it looks like all of them might retain the current driver line-ups for the next year although anything could still happen. McLaren and Renault are also expected to win races over the upcoming years. I will be surprised if Vandoorne does not end up at McLaren in 2017 and it would make sense for Renault to replace Palmer with Ocon, too. So these two could get their hands on winning equipment quite soon. For sure, there are too many ifs and buts so most probably I will be wrong. However, given the current situation & actual expectations, I am saying that Stoffel Vandoorne will be the 107th GP winner.

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    When we were young, hehehe… A collision between Prost team mates Jean Alesi and Nick Heidfeld from 2000:

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    These predictions have not been easy. When Daniel Ricciardo won his first race almost two years ago, Max Verstappen was just a Formula 3 driver. Right now, it is also very hard to predict the 107th Grand Prix winner. Still, let’s take a look at some of the candidates.

    Romain Grosjean: 10 podiums so far. Not many doubt his ability to win a race but he most probably would need to move to Ferrari’s ‘A team’ to be able to do that.

    Valtteri Bottas: 8 podiums. Williams have only the fourth best car at the moment so I do not see it happening this year. Does any top team still have an eye on him? Or can Williams build another strong car for 2017?

    Kevin Magnussen: 1 podium. Renault aim to win again but it is going to take time. Will Magnussen still be there by then? Or will another driver (Esteban Ocon?) have the honour of winning the first race for the ‘new’ Renault team?

    Stoffel Vandoorne: A very exciting prospect. If McLaren sign him as a race driver and finally manage to build a competitive car (with a competitive Honda engine) again, then it might happen as soon as next year.

    Carlos Sainz Jr: Will he ever make it to Red Bull?

    What do you guys think?

    #319719
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    I support the FIA’s decision. I also cannot go back to the high school that I graduated from in 2002 and start attending lessons and taking exams there again. Of course, the motorsport ladder is a bit different from conventional education systems but this still does not feel right.

    Moreover, I have never been a fan of one-off appearances like these even if they are good for ‘the show’. I do not want to see Grosjean at a NASCAR race either. I believe that it kind of degrades the series if some guy arrives there with no intention to stay and score as many points as possible. ‘I felt kinda bored so I thought I’d just come here and burn some rubber, ya know…’ Do it properly, do at least one full season or do not do it at all.

    #313272
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    You should keep it, there is no doubt about it. Firstly, we have a driver of the weekend poll, which is a slightly different and probably better concept. Secondly, we can look at a lot of data and analyse the performance of every driver before voting. Thirdly, F1 Fanatic generally tends to be much more sensible than F1 when doing something so we should keep doing this to be able to use it as a case in point (“Watch and learn!”) :)

    #310888
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    Are there any social network you use where F1 Fanatic doesn’t have a presence, yet should?

    No because I have left those social networks where F1 Fanatic is not present because that means they are not good enough.

    This website is so perfect that I’m starting to wonder if it could sing me a lullaby every time I go to bed…

    Seriously, I really love the comment articles and I would not mind if there were more of them. They are always well written and the arguments are carefully thought-out so they are a great basis for discussions.

    As for the technical articles, perhaps @andae23 could write one. I guess he’s one of the few guys, who could explain that rocket science to someone like me, who somehow got a B in physics at school without knowing anything about the subject…

    #305376
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    I agree about the “mixture of grass roots and new territory”. Basically I have nothing against most of the new circuits and I believe that the calendar is pretty balanced at the moment. Even the Bahrain GP looks more or less acceptable, particularly as a night race. However, it would not be good to lose any more classic tracks and Monza should obviously be kept at all costs. The same could be said about Monaco, Silverstone, Montreal, Spa, Suzuka, Melbourne and probably a couple of other venues.

    I have never been a fan of Shanghai International Circuit and the Russian Grand Prix is probably the worst addition to the calendar ever. The “action” was incredibly dull last year, the race itself blatantly breaches FIA rules by spreading political propaganda and Russian authorities have more than once shown disrespect for racers. Russian fans deserve their own race but the FIA should demand certain changes to the circuit and the organisers’ behaviour.

    #304888
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    Looks like the link above is not working for some reason, let’s try this one:

    https://flic.kr/s/aHskjZbczx

    #304886
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    A selection of my pictures – not so much racing action but they probably give an impression of the ‘Monza feeling’ and show why this event is important for F1:

    Confetti

    #304885
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    The start of the GP2 feature race on Saturday:

    #304723
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    Here is the start of the race, I plan to post more pictures & videos later:

    #304060
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    Jarno Trulli, who replaced Olivier Panis at Prost after the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix and was leading the Austrian Grand Prix just a few months later.

    Mika Salo, who replaced Michael Schumacher at Ferrari after the 1999 British Grand Prix and might have won the German Grand Prix if it wasn’t for Ferrari’s team orders.

    #303912
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    @omarr-pepper Don’t get me wrong, I like this topic and it was interesting to read all the examples, it’s just how I see it: A win is a win and sometimes F1 is really about winning as slowly as possible, as Fangio once said.

    #303901
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    I agree with the penalty. Such offences are unacceptable and that should be made completely clear as you can easily imagine how the series would look like if similar “strategy” was adapted by Mercedes and BMW and if all manufacturers regularly used it.

    On the other hand, I also do not think the punishment should be even harsher. Firstly, every manufacturer is represented by four teams and eight drivers and even though they are connected, it would be unfair to punish the Audi teams and drivers that were not involved in the incident. Secondly, Audi is one of only three players in DTM and if they felt the damage was too big and decided to leave, it would be a huge blow to the series. Thirdly, it looked like the team order was issued in the heat of the moment, unlike in Singapore 2008 where everything was carefully planned beforehand.

    #303900
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    +1 We <3 Keith! :)

    The race weekends on F1 Fanatic are great but I especially love to spend the time between the races and the off-season here as then you can take a step back and analyse the sport without rush.

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