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    Will CodeMasters ever be able to create a game in which the AI do not slam on the brakes and slow down to walking pace whenever the are trapped on the inside line of a corner?

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    After 2014, how have views changed on Lewis in hindsight? We saw 2012 completed, 2013, and 2014. Where would they rank among the first 5 years of his career?

    In my opinion:

    1. 2012
    2. 2010
    3. 2007
    4. 2014
    5. 2008
    6. 2009
    7. 2013
    8. 2011

    In 2012, he was faultless. McLaren’s enormous incompetence and poor reliability was the only thing which prevented him from winning the championship that year. He had a couple of poor weekends in Spa and Suzuka, and didn’t convert pole to win in Melbourne. Other than that, he was perfect. Spain, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and Brazil alone cost him 100 points, none of which were his fault.
    Hamilton’s 2010 season is quite underrated to be honest. His only real mistake that year was Monza (Singapore was a racing incident at best, at worst it was Webber’s fault). He had bad luck in Spain, Hungary, and Japan; yet came damn close to winning the WDC in what was, on balance, the 3rd best car of the season.
    2007 was obviously spectacular, but slightly overestimated because it was his rookie season. Lewis had quite a bit of testing beforehand, so he was obviously well-prepared. He won 4 races, matched Alonso in equal machinery, and only made two real mistakes in Nurburgring and China. He lacked pace in races like Malaysia and Silverstone, but owned the field in Canada and Japan.
    2014, despite being by far his most successful season so far, statistically, is down in 4th. His qualifying was poor, and for the first time in his career, he was out-classed by his teammate on Saturday. Made some silly errors in Bahrain, Austria, Silverstone, and Abu Dhabi. OTOH, on race day he was awesome, and had many epic drives including Bahrain, Hungary, Japan, USA, etc…
    2008 was Lewis’s first championship year, yet it is down in 5th. Why? Too many mistakes made his season harder than it probably should have been. Bahrain, Canada, France, and Japan come to mind. On the flip side, he had plenty of epic drives in Silverstone, Hockenheim, and Belgium. Overall, I’d say he won the WDC in what was arguably not the best car of the season.
    In 2009, Lewis drove what was probably the worst car of his career. Until mid-season, it was over 1 second off the pace, and often struggled to get points. Despite that, he put on some great displays in Australia (despite what happened afterward) and Bahrain. When the car got better, he brilliantly won 2 races, but also made a silly error in Monza.
    2013 was a year where I seriously began to question Lewis’s speed and motivation. Yes, he had some epic drives in Silverstone and Hungary, but there were so many races where he was simply outclassed by his teammate (Spain, Monaco, Singapore, India, Abu Dhabi). He also didn’t look like “Lewis” in the rain, as he struggled a lot with his car. Probably his second worst season overall.
    As for 2011, the less said the better. He had some moments of genius in China, Germany, and Korea – but far too many mistakes and epic fails, brainfade moments which made me question him as a driver, and some races where he looked way off the pace (Malaysia, Japan). McLaren was not that far off Red Bull’s pace, had Lewis from 2012 been sitting in that MP4-26, Vettel would’ve had to fight a lot harder for that championship than he did.

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    Did Vettel need to be outside of the top 3 in the championship standings to be able to exit Red Bull?

    If so, he must have known as far ago as Bahrain/China that DR needed to out-perform him in order for him to exit Red Bull (at the time, Alonso was still tied to Ferrari). I don’t think Vettel has that kind of foresight.

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    Remember Alonso at Singapore 2009? The Renault R29 was a proper soapbox of a car, it finished 8th in the WCC that year. Alonso dragged that donkey to the podium, and it was worse than any car Hulkenberg has drove in his career.

    Hamilton, despite of what happened after the race, was masterful at Australia 2009. The early version of the MP4/24 was 2 seconds off the pace, and he drove that thing from 20th to 3rd.

    Nico Rosberg with Williams in 2008 got a pair of podiums in a car which was at least as bad as the 2010 Williams and 2013 Sauber, and likely worse than the Force India’s from 2012 and 2014.

    Hulkenberg has been in F1 for 4 years now and has yet to score a single podium despite driving many solid midfield cars. A really special talent like Alonso or Hamilton would have had at least a couple of podiums already if they were driving his cars, I have no doubt about it.

    Hell, even drivers like Giancarlo Fisichella (with Jordan & Benetton), Ralf Schumacher (with Jordan & Williams-Mechachrome), and Rubens Barrichello (with Jordan & Stewart) were often able to get brilliant results and podiums out of midfield cars. Later, all of them turned out to be average, solid but unspectacular. Hulk hasn’t shown me anything to suggest that he is any better than a Fisi/Ralf/Rubens caliber driver.

    I’d also say that Perez has impressed me more this season, despite of what the final scorecard says. Checo had a lot of bad luck in this season. Brake failure in Canada cost him a 2nd place or maybe even better (18 points), had a 50/50 collision with Button in Monaco (8 points) and never even got to start in Malaysia (Hulk scored 10 that race). Luck-adjusted they have been fairly equal, or Perez maybe even slightly ahead.

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    I don’t understand all the hype around Hulkenberg tbh.

    I mean, he’s spend 4 years in F1 this season and still is podiumless. Certainly, his car has been more than once capable of a podium (Brazil 2012, Bahrain 2014) and he either blew it with a crash, or got beat by his own teammate.

    Nick Heidfeld 2.0

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    1. Fernando Alonso
    Destroyed Raikkonen like no one even thought was humanly possible, 16-3 in qualifying and races. Nearly had a miracle win in Hungary in a donkey of a car. Finished very close in the final points tally to Vettel and Bottas despite having way worse machinery than either of them. Didn’t make a significant mistake all season long. I have no idea how someone moderately objective can rate the likes of Rosberg and Button ahead of him IMO. 2 WDC and 32 wins simply don’t do his talent justice. 10/10

    2. Daniel Ricciardo
    THE surprise of the season. Convincingly beat Vettel and was the most frequent challenger of the Mercedes duo. Took optimum advantage of whenever Rosberg or Hamilton hit trouble in Canada, Hungary, and Belgium. His qualifying and wet-weather driving could use a little improvement, but in the races he’s been Alonso-like. Masterful at overtaking and very good at taking care of his tyres. 9.5/10

    3. Lewis Hamilton
    A very well deserving champion. The first non-German driver to win 11 races, and did it despite driving against a way stronger teammate than Barrichello or Webber. He has been inconsistent in qualifying, but in the races beyond brilliant. His only mistake on Sunday was the spin in Brazil. He’s had some epic drives this year like Bahrain, Hungary, and Japan. 9/10

    4. Valtteri Bottas
    Started of the season a little slow, but Austria-onward he really got going. 6 podiums in the 3rd best car is a good achievement overall. He split the Red Bulls this season in a slightly weaker car overall. Had some excellent drives in this season, like Australia, Germany, and Monza. Silverstone however, is the real highlight of his season. He was epic on that day.

    5. Nico Rosberg
    His qualifying has been beyond phenomenal this season. 12-7 against the supposed fastest man over a single lap. He struggled a little early on in the wet qualifying sessions, but ever since Monaco, he took 10 poles to Lewis’s 3. His race performances have been more hit-or-miss. Occasionally very good (Canada, Austria, Brazil) but often also underwhelming (Malaysia, China, Belgium).

    The rest;

    6. Jenson Button
    7. Nico Hulkenberg
    8. Romain Grosjean
    9. Sebastian Vettel
    10. Jules Bianchi
    11. Jean-Eric Vergne
    12. Sergio Perez
    13. Felipe Massa
    14. Kimi Raikkonen
    15. Kamui Kobayashi
    16. Daniil Kvyat
    17. Kevin Magnussen
    18. Pastor Maldonado
    19. Adrian Sutil
    20. Marcus Ericsson
    21. Esteban Gutierrez
    22. Max Chilton

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    Vettel on Raikkonen around the Ferradura (turn 6).

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    The cars are already faster than the pole time of Interlagos in 2012, and it’s still only FP2.

    In FP2 in 2012, Hamilton was 2 seconds slower than Rosberg is now.

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    So they add a chicane to what is already the longest pitlane on the calendar? Ironic, because the circuit is actually one of the shortest.

    The pitlane is almost half the track. :O

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    1 – Split the revenue among the teams up much more evenly.
    2 – Get rid of Abu Double.
    3 – Only use DRS on circuits which need it most.

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    The top 5 (Clark, Steward, Alonso, Schumacher & Fangio) is fairly accurate.

    The rankings of Rosberg, Senna, and Prost however – are absurd.

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    – 8 different winners from 5 different teams.
    – No DRS or artificial tyres to help the racing.
    – A classic title scrap between the three most iconic teams – Ferrari, Williams, and McLaren.
    – A brilliant WDC fight between Schumacher, Raikkonen, and Montoya.
    – A lot of great races (Australia, Brazil, Austria, Nurburgring, Silverstone, Indianapolis, Japan).
    – Just about every team had their own unique livery.
    – Some old vintage teams (Minardi, Jordan, Jaguar, BAR Honda, Renault, and Toyota).
    – The rise of Raikkonen, Alonso, Button, and Webber.

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    As an Alonso fan, I would love to see Vettel become his teammate.

    Preferably in a tail-happy car which is very difficult to drive.

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    Teams to fold: Caterham, Marussia, and Sauber.


    Red Bull




    Toro Rosso

    Force India

    Van der Garde

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    Ricciardo on Vettel for me. Brilliant dummy.

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