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  • #297062
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    He is the face of F1, that’s why there is always so much controversy and divided opinions surrounding him. It’s no different to any other athlete on the top of his sport (eg. Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James).

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    @xtwl

    I don’t think the same applies to Webber. He was mentally super strong. As said above there were other factors in the team that Rosberg does not have to face that halted his form. Going to call me bias but Webber in 2010 would easily beat the 2014 Rosberg if you ask me. Let alone Webber in his real prime…

    Webber in 2010 was the single worst driver to have reached the season finale as WDC contender since Irvine in 1999, or maybe even worse than Irvine in 1999. Rosberg in his prime would mop the floor with Webber in his prime. Webber only have five or six good weekends in any season (let alone his worst, in 2011 and 2013 he was flat out embarrassingly bad). He had so many weekends in 2010 where he was absolutely nowhere. Bahrain, Australia, China, Europe, Germany, Korea & Abu Dhabi. Webber scored a mere 22 out of 175 points in the 7 races I mentioned above, despite having the fastest car and no reliability issues. Like it or not, that is just appealing.

    Rosberg was MUCH better and more consistent than Webber in seasons like 2009 (where he regularly got top 6 finishes with his average Williams), 2010 (many top 5 finishes and several podiums with an average Mercedes), and 2013 (virtually matched Hamilton on performance with equal cars).

    As for Rosberg, I always felt his best season was 2010. He finished in the top five on 9 occasions, and scored 3 podiums. He started on the front row in Malaysia, and was looking at a podium in Korea before Webber wiped him out. He made very few mistakes and none of his 3 retirements were his fault. He convincingly beat his teammate, and performed to the limit of his car. Apart from one small slip-up in China, I can’t recall a single mistake from him that year.

    To answer the question of this thread, I think that Rosberg was at his best from mid-2009 to mid-2014. At this point, I think his career will take a gradual downward spiral.

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    Every team gets equal share of the pie at the end of the year. Manor, Sauber, Lotus and Force India are all saved.

    Formula 1 to embrace social media to the fullest, create an official YouTube account with all the races being stream-able live.

    F1 to be free on air everywhere around the world, and gains global popularity as a result of it.

    #293359
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    Robin Frijns by far.

    second would be Robert Wickens.

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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.

    #292637
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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.

    #291918
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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.

    #290617
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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.

    #290031
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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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