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    @strontium

    George1066 starts with “Now here it is again Mercedes ruining F1 by not leting
    their drivers race against each other.” I immediately started thinking about Bahrain 2014 where the two Mercedes drivers put up quite a fight. And that’s not the only race they fought hard. Furthermore, even in the Canadian GP Rosbarg was allowed to attack Hamilton. This was broadcasted over the radio: “You’ve done a really good job with brakes, there. We want you to continue like that for the moment, it will give us margin to attack (Hamilton)”. Lap 46, Tony Ross to Nico Rosberg.

    So I could have chosen my words differently but I don’t think I say that much wrong. I feel that Georges rant is unjust.

    #299834
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    I guess you didn’t watch the 2014 Bahrain GP then.

    #299830
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    @estesark I agree with practically everything you said, apart from the reason to cheer for him because he’s Finnish (I’m not Finnish). He’s my all-time favourite too, next to my fellow countrymen Jos and Max!

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    @vmaxmuffin tells a big part of the story, but I also think it comes down to what we call in Dutch the ‘harmonica effect’. No idea if it’s correct English though, but this is the basics: if you are right on someones tail, you cannot use your normal braking point. Even if Grosjean had the exact same braking point as Verstappen had, Grosjean always braked a fraction earlier in time (because he reached the braking point earlier than Verstappen), so the one behind (Verstappen) always has to brake a bit earlier than normal in order not to touch the one in front (Grosjean). I’m not so arrogant to think that I know this and Verstappen doesn’t. I just guess that Verstappen has underestimated how much sooner you have to brake when the speed is so much higher than he is used to.

    So: both are probably telling the truth but the combination of this harmonica effect and the effect of fresher tyres causes the crash. My view.

    #299234
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    Yes it was that bad, it was ridiculous. Drivers braking too late, drivers not giving each other room. It’s like indoor karting with rookies.

    #299223
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    Easy. Verstappen on Bottas
    Best defensive move: Grosjean on Verstappen. In Loews that is, not in Ste Devote…

    #297523
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    @klon Just out of curiosity, why is Prost in a different (higher) class than Senna? When they competed against each other in equal material they were evenly matched.

    #297468
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    I don’t think it’s fair to pick drivers that only drove 1 season or less. Or I would pick Vincenzo Sospiri. It’s more interesting to pick drivers that have been around for years but failed to leave an impression. Someone like Ukyo Katayama for instance or Ricardo Zonta or indeed Pedro Diniz (although I thought he was a reasonable good driver).

    #297352
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    I am sorry, but Alonso’s first lap of the Hungarian GP 2006 cannot be the best lap for me because of his tyre advantage. Wikipedia: “Bridgestone wet-tyres used to dictate the field in non-dry conditions but today it seemed a one-off for the Japanese rubber. All Bridgestone-drivers, including the Ferraris, were seen struggling and seriously down on pace compared to their competitors.”

    Last lap Dijon 1979 for me.

    #296795
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    Verstappen on Perez.

    #295646
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    Ah yes, of course. Well throughout the year I expect to see (even) better overtaking manouvres.

    #295594
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    If I count correctly, it’s a tie between Bottas (on Massa) and Verstappen (on Ricciardo). Who will win?

    #295571
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    Also Verstappen on Ricciardo.

    It was not a legendary move but he showed maturity, spacial awareness (from both drivers) and car control. Also extra spicy because it was on a Red Bull.

    Honourable mention for Bottas for his move on Massa.

    #294675
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    Boris Becker won Wimbledon at the age of 17
    Martina Hingis was nr 1 tennis player at the age of 16
    Johan Cruijff debuted for Ajax at the age of 16

    Having a very young driver competing in F1 means that it IS about talent

    #294671
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    I have just one thing to say: if you think that F1 is not about talent anymore with Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Button, Bottas, Hülkenberg (, Perez, Massa) and perhaps in the future Kvyat, Verstappen, Sainz and Nasr, then we are done talking. Our opinions are just too different.

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