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  • #293359
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    Robin Frijns by far.

    second would be Robert Wickens.

    #292906
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    Robin Frijns.

    No idea why, just a pick out of the blue.

    #292899
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    In the 3rd picture (onboard with Hamilton), the AI look significantly less bunched up than they are on previous games. On F1 2014 the AI would always leave about four car widths of space on the Alex of turn 1 at Monaco.

    Just an observation.

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    I’m not going to change my answer. Perez sometimes pulls a random rabbit out of the hat when you least expect it.

    Malaysia 2012
    Canada 2012
    Monza 2012
    Bahrain 2013
    Monaco 2013
    Bahrain 2014
    Canada 2014

    Dare I say it, his first win is almost overdue, not as overdue as Hulkenberg’s first podium though.

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    Kimi was such a beast back in the days of McLaren and Michelin. One has to wonder what happened to him. I doubt he’ll ever be able to find that form again in his career.

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    I predict a 1:43.1

    No apparent reason why, I just do. ;-)

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    @junior-pilot
    To consider the 2009 Renault a better car than the solid midfield cars Hulkenberg has driven is madness, IMO. The Renault R29 was the second worst car on the grid in 2009, a proper backmarker if I ever saw one. Even Force India had a better car that year, only Toro Rosso was worse.

    Compared to the R29, the Force India of last year was a rocketship.

    As for your question about who else achieved a performance like Brazil 2012 in a midfield car in recent years, Perez was at least as spectacular at Malaysia 2012 as Hulkenberg was at Brazil 2012, but no one right in their minds would argue that Perez is as good as Alonso.

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    @f1fanf1fan
    In the early 2000’s they had unlimited testing, which makes the young drivers of that time far more prepared than the rookies of today.

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    @junior-pilot

    Even Hulkenberg can perform at Alonso’s level, and do it much cheaper.

    The same Nico Hulkenberg who, after four years in F1, still hasn’t scored a single podium yet? The same Nico Hulkenberg who was hardly that much better than di Resta or Perez? Alonso scored podiums with the F14T and even the Renault R29, machinery that was no more competitive than the midfield cars Hulkenberg’s driven so far in his career. Alonso also trashed Raikkonen and Massa by far bigger margins than Hulkenberg trashed Perez and di Resta.

    Hulkenberg is not even in the same galaxy as Alonso.

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    @sato113
    No, entirely the opposite actually. Rosberg’s brakes weren’t cold at all, Nico’s brakes were overheating at the safety car restart. He had to manage them for at least a couple of laps, which allowed Magnussen/Alonso/Vergne to sneak by. Toto Wolff confirmed this. His brakes were even smoking during the SC period (something which does not happen when the brakes are cold).

    All in all Rosberg only got overtaken 3 times this season on merit, twice by Lewis, once by Bottas.

    In recent history, I don’t recall Kimi Raikkonen being overtaken even once in 2005.

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    If technical issues don’t count, then Magnussen/Vergne/Alonso overtaking Rosberg in the next few laps after the safety car came in at Hungary doesn’t count, because Rosberg had brake problems at the time.

    Same goes with Ricciardo’s pass on Rosberg in Canada, it doesn’t count because of car problems.

    If Rosberg’s pass on Hamilton at Bahrain doesn’t count, then Hamilton’s repass on Rosberg in Bahrain also doesn’t count, as it was just a matter of Nico not being able to make the move stick.

    In which case, Rosberg was only overtaken 3 times in 2014. On two occasions, by Hamilton. Once in Japan and once in United States. Once by Bottas, in Belgium.

    Hamilton goes one better, as he was only overtaken twice. Once by Bottas in Germany and once by Ricciardo in Hungary.

    By contrast, when you look at a championship winner with less dominant machinery, Vettel got passed at least 10 or 11 times in 2012. By Alonso in Malaysia. By Button, Hamilton, and Webber in China (twice by Jenson). By Hamilton in Canada. By Button in Hungary. By Alonso in Monza. By Hamilton in Austin, and by Kobayashi and Massa in Brazil.

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    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/25035783

    Instead, it is Vettel who has this year entered an exclusive club of four-time champions, alongside only Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost. Does Alonso himself consider the Red Bull driver as a great driver to rank alongside such names?

    “Time will tell us,” he says. “There are many years [to go in his career].

    “He is 26 years old, so when he will have a car like the others, if he wins, he will have a great recognition and be one of the legends in F1. When one day he has a car like the others and he is fourth, fifth, seventh, these four titles will be bad news for him because people will take these four titles even in a worse manner than they are doing now.

    “So there are interesting times for Sebastian coming.”

    The barb – that Vettel has been able to dominate only because his car is on another level from the rest – is implied, but unmistakable.

    At the time, people dismissed it as sour grapes. In hindsight, Alonso was right.

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    Every year has had its few classics.

    2002: France and Great Britain
    2003: Australia, Brazil, Great Britain and United States
    2004: Belgium and Brazil
    2005: Australia, San Marino and Japan
    2006: San Marino, Hungary, China and Brazil
    2007: Canada, Europe, Japan and China
    2008: Monaco, Great Britain, Italy and Brazil
    2009: Australia, Malaysia, China and Brazil
    2010: Australia, China, Canada, Turkey and Korea
    2011: China, Canada, Germany and Hungary
    2012: Malaysia, Europe, Abu Dhabi, United States and Brazil
    2013: Malaysia, Great Britain and Germany
    2014: Bahrain, Canada, Great Britain and Hungary

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    Mind you, I think that Schumacher drove a lot better in 2005 than Vettel did in 2014. The Ferrari F2005 was a bit more of a disastrous car than the Red Bull RB10, yet Schumacher finished 3rd in the championship while Vettel could only manage 5th in 2014. That’s quite telling.

    Yes, Schumi got 10 free bonus points in Indianapolis, but even so, he was WAY closer to Fisichella and Montoya in the championship than his car should have allowed him to do. Schumi was regularly fighting with the Renaults and McLarens in 2005 with a car that should’ve been fighting with Toyota, BAR, and Williams.

    By contrast, Vettel got trashed by his own teammate who drove identical equipment, Bottas who drove a different car that appeared to be fairly equal, and was almost matched by Alonso, who drove a far worse car than he did.

    #289576
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    Vettel’s 2014 = Schumacher’s 2005?

    @adrianmorse

    Also, if the similarities between Schumacher and Vettel continue in future seasons, will Sebastian ever win another world title?

    This is a very good question.

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