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    There are some stretches without talking where shazam might have time to work it out.

    #298445
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    Perhaps a simpler way to do it would be to just change the order and have your say below the poll, or link to a more thorough opinion piece without presenting a summary on the same page as the poll. Seeing as people can just skip your paragraph if they really want to, I’m not sure hiding it adds much. It looks odd to me that a poll driven by yourself and appearing on your own blog would censor your own opinions. Also, curiosity means that I don’t think I’d ever resist any ‘reveal’ button, no matter what it was hiding!

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    #297361
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    David Coulthard is wrong apparently. It was done for safety/regulatory reasons but figured the easiest way to get it passed was claim it was for the show.

    #297326
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    I say it to mean the driver who fans biased or not are currently claiming him to be, we have it with Lewis, Sebastian, Kimi and Fernando.

    Who says that any of those are the greatest ever driver?

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    I understand your point, and it may be correct. It feels too early to judge properly, but today was a very bad day for Rosberg. His post race complaints won’t help him, certainly within the team- if anything he will be given a talking to. He essentially called the rival who dominated him in the same car too slow, and if he realises that’s what he told the world today, that could really play on his mind. Then again, things swing in F1, and it could be that one event reverses the situation. At this point a win where he actually shows greater pace than Hamilton or forces him into an error for the first time since Monaco (questionable qualifying aside) last year could work wonders.

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    Moss in 1955 is an odd comparison- he wasn’t in title contention quite like the other examples you gave. He didn’t win his first ever race until the penultimate round of the championship, and he was still relatively new to being in a competitive F1 car, while also essentially being understudy to Fangio. That year he also had 3 retirements from 6 races, and 2 of those were right at the start. It wasn’t as though the title was even possible at the last race. He had nothing to really ‘get over’.

    He then went on to be runner up for the next 3 years, and 3rd for the following 3, in that time winning 15 races, which was almost 58% of those he finished (plus pole in 33% of races he contested). To say the loss broke him like Webber is incorrect.

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    Still no chequered flags on the quali leaderboard.

    I think there was in Q1 (when the graphics finally started working at least, although they claimed that Nasr was through), maybe Q2 too, but for some reason they disappeared again in Q3. Knowing who’s crossed the finish line is pretty major, so I think it’s a fairly unforgivable error/omission.

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    Why on Earth would they do that a year before Honda and McLaren should start to bear fruit?

    #295090
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    Because in fact I believe Mercedes their threat was far more real had the engine changes not come.

    That was far more acceptable- they didn’t make the threat because they were sore losers. They had the best engine at the time anyway and were achieving pretty decent results as a supplier if not a works team. But continuing with that engine made no sense to them as a car manufacturer. I do think that’s a shame and wish the manufacturers had a deeper passion for racing beyond marketing, but that’s the way it is, as demonstrated by the 2008 mass-exodus. Merc are happy to be in F1 while it’s relevant for them, Red Bull are happy to be in F1 while they’re winning. I see one as far worse than the other.

    #292699
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    On the other hand, the offset is that now cars have fixed gearing you rarely get the situation where the chasing car reaches their top speed and stops catching before the end of the DRS zone- now DRS is an advantage for longer.

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    #291977
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    but I still don’t really understand why that is

    Tradition, business, the impact of ruining the sport for millions of fans who appreciate a team competition with development, making thousands unemployed and the companies that currently employ them collapsing.

    #291975
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    Do we know this isn’t just roadworks?

    #291626
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    Thanks for such a comprehensive answer. Although it’s great to hear such impressive power figures, it’s a shame that they can be fairly meaningless if it only translates to being usable a couple of times a lap. Same story with the F1 cars, for which I assume even the quoted ICE figures only apply to when the car hits the redline- which it doesn’t at present.

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