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1st February 2016, 13:07 at 1:07 pm #312019
@atticus-2 You are right when you say that figures and numbers never tell the whole story. But when the numbers are so dominantly in favour of one driver, it normally means that that one driver is indeed better.
But that is not your statement. You state that 2015 may have been Maldonado’s turning point and that there is more to come if only he would keep his/a seat. I think that 2015 was his best year. But he was still comfortably beaten by his teammate. I am interested to see whether Maldonado can keep improving, but then again I will not shed one tear if he leaves.1st February 2016, 10:49 at 10:49 am #312010
he drew level on pace with Grosjean last year, after all.
From the driver form guides
Pastor Maldonado Romain Grosjean
Qualified ahead 2 17
Average qualifying gap +0.45s –
Finished race ahead 2 5
Laps spent ahead 160 491
Championship points 27 51
By no means did Maldonado draw level with Grosjean last year (is that correct English?)
I don’t think Maldonado was the worst driver in 2015. Second, his entertainment value is quite high. But no team would choose him if he wasn’t a paydriver. So bye bye Maldonado.3rd December 2015, 16:33 at 4:33 pm #310172
Strange, you’d expect the overall to be in Earth Dream colours.
How much do you want for it?3rd December 2015, 11:57 at 11:57 am #310163
I agree with both case 1 and case 2. But although even when the rules are clear, it’s always difficult to take them into practice. Because when the attacker takes more speed into the corner than the defender, ‘being alongside’ does not always comply. You must at least slow down fast enough to take the inside line properly. And that causes much debate. Take Verstappen on Ericsson in China for example. Was that a great ballsy overtake or a dive bomb?30th November 2015, 15:43 at 3:43 pm #309888
Sainz certainly had a stunning first lap, but personally I don’t count overtakes at the start for this topic. Don’t know who else I should vote yet.28th November 2015, 9:25 at 9:25 am #309653
I don’t really think that this will remain a sport ‘to watch’. The better the robots will be, the less mistakes they make and the more boring the race will become.
For society, this class may well be very relevant, now with the Google-car and all.20th November 2015, 7:37 at 7:37 am #309294
Brilliant19th November 2015, 8:00 at 8:00 am #309253
I think your Silverstone example is very good. After Monaco, Silverstone has the shortest straights on the calendar, yet there is ‘always’ plenty of overtaking. Even/especially before DRS and Pirelli.
Overtaking possibilities are created by corners, not by straights. Long straights are only needed for overtaking when the preceding corners are designed poorly. Take that Tilke ;)
I must admit though that nowadays the ‘usual’ boring circuits provide the best action and the traditional monumental GPs are rather boring. But I think that is down to Pirelli and DRS.16th November 2015, 8:51 at 8:51 am #309153
I wasn’t aware that Tilke’s corners are off camber, but if so then you might be on to something.
To add to this discussion: off camber makes the corner slower. And it’s more difficult to follow a car exiting a slow corner than a fast corner, making it more difficult to pass. The theory behind this: you spend more time in a slow corner than in a fast corner. When the difference in meters behind the leading and the following car is constant, the difference in time is bigger in a slow corner than in a fast corner. So the leading car will always accelerate away from you earlier in a slow corner, not in meters but in time. Take corner 7 in Abu Dhabi (the hairpin leading to the straight), at one point you can’t get any close, yet the leading car is able to pull away.16th November 2015, 8:35 at 8:35 am #309152
I think eventually he will be ranked amongst Eddie Irvine, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa, David Coulthard. Close to becoming world champion but not quite.16th November 2015, 8:31 at 8:31 am #309151
Many of the best passes this year are from Verstappen. But not all of them were clean. The overtake on Perez was, ballsy but always within the track limits and no contact.2nd November 2015, 10:41 at 10:41 am #308351
Also Ricciardo on Bottas.26th October 2015, 14:01 at 2:01 pm #307809
Quite a few nice passes, but Ricciardo on Hamilton did it for me. Guts and great spacial awareness from both.26th October 2015, 14:00 at 2:00 pm #307808
Yep, sorry!26th October 2015, 8:39 at 8:39 am #307762
Quite a few nice passes, but Ricciardo on Hamilton did it for me. Guts and great spacial awareness from both.