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  • #270484
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    Has everyone forgotten his start at Hungary ’08 around the outside of Hamilton? Or the battle with Kubica at Fuji in the rain? Oh wait, that’s the “old” Massa, that doesn’t count. He’s not the same driver any more!

    #237310
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    Not a bad race, but I thought the TV coverage was rather disappointing. Somehow they managed to completely miss a first-lap pile-up at Eau Rouge that took 4 cars out, only cutting to it once the drivers had vacated their cars. No replays were forthcoming at all. They also cut away from Jaafar and Sainz just before they collided, despite it being pretty clear Jaafar was about to have a lunge down the inside, and again there were no replays.
    I can understand them wanting to follow the leaders in case something happens, but when major events in the race manage to slip under the radar, there’s a bit of a problem!

    Good to see Stockinger have a good run, even if he wasn’t able to convert it into a top 10 result as he should have done. Did anyone pick up what the problem was with his pit stop? (The commentary I had was in Russian…)

    #237375
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    I must say, I’ve been impressed by Viso this year. Consistency has historically been his problem, but this year he’s been consistently qualifying and racing up at the sharp end, even if the results haven’t always gone his way for one reason or another. He’s also cut out the unnecessary accidents – as far as I remember, the only one he’s had so far was when he was taken out by Hinchcliffe at Long Beach, through no fault of his own. Looks like moving to Andretti was the right move for him, I think he’ll get a big result soon.

    #236366
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    They’ve given a 10-place grid drop for Monaco to… Rio Haryanto.
    Seems a bit harsh, I’m not sure where else he could have gone!

    #213196
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    Ryan Cullen has just been announced as joining Marussia.

    As for the other seat I have no idea – Pal Kiss returning, maybe? There was some talk of him finding a FR3.5 seat for this year but nothing came of it, so he could come back for another year.

    #232661
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    What happened to Nato?
    My stream thought it would be a good idea to cut out at key points in the race (for example, just before the safety car came in, and – for the second day in a row – on the final lap before the winner had crossed the line). It also managed to miss a couple of laps near the beginning of the race, in which Nato went from 1st to 25th, and no replays were forthcoming… did he spin off?

    #229339
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    Very entertaining race. A lot of big names (Franchitti, Hunter-Reay, Power) hitting problems and failing to get results, a promising debut from Vautier, De Silvestro finally being able to show what she can do, some of the more unpredictable racers like Andretti, Sato and Viso racing cleanly in the pack to score good points, the comedy of errors from JR Loldebrand, the scramble to the finish line, and a first-time winner in Hinchcliffe. Looking forward to round 2!

    #227774
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    Disappointed that I had to scroll so far down the thread to find JPM and the horse with horns!

    Anyway… here’s Rubens struggling like a pig: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B59B5p7KrrM

    #207315
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    Signing Ericsson does seem to make sense – in recent years DAMS have often gone for one driver with a bit more experience to partner an up-and-coming youngster. But I wasn’t expecting Richelmi in the second seat…

    Where does this leave Rio Haryanto, now the Carlin and DAMS seats have been filled?

    #215124
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    It might be interesting to talk about the Prost GP team, seeing as it was (at least initially) intended as a French “national team” in the Force India/HRT mould: the idea behind the project and how/why it failed.

    This article has some interesting perspectives: http://cfm.globalf1.net/?page_id=140

    #214678
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    I’m going to go against the general tide and say that I was very pleased to see Maldonado take his first victory, not just because of its significance for Williams – who many of us probably believed would never win another GP – but also for the driver.
    Having followed him through GP2, I had seen him show flashes of potential and great speed in his first three seasons, but also, in his title-winning season, the consistency that had previously been lacking. I was convinced he not only deserved to be in F1 on merit, but also had the potential to achieve decent results.
    However, due to a variety of factors – his financial backing, the hopeless car he ended up in for 2011, and some controversial incidents – he received a lot of criticism, and the fact that he had matched up very respectably to the vastly-more-experienced Barrichello was largely ignored.
    His drive in the Spanish Grand Prix proved that my faith in him was not misplaced. He didn’t crack under pressure from Alonso. He didn’t try to pull away from the Ferrari and destroy his tyres in the process. He didn’t crash out. He put in a performance of which few believed him capable and which begs the question of what he could achieve in a top team, with a little more consistency.
    Based on Senna’s achievements in the sister car, the Williams has no business mixing it with the likes of McLaren and Ferrari – yet on a number of occasions this year (particularly in qualifying) Maldonado has got it up there. His underdog performances – of which the Spanish GP was the obvious peak – have been a highlight of the season for me.

    #199018
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    Dijon 1979 the most epic duel in Grand Prix History between Villeneuve and Arnoux for 2nd place in a spectacle that would sadly never be seen in F1 today

    I raise you Massa and Kubica at Fuji ’07! Not as long a battle, admittedly, but still two drivers pushing each other to the limit while racing fairly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbb70UDFFQg

    #213853
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    What’s your source that he won’t be staying at DAMS?

    #213875
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    Couldn’t help noticing a guy called Louis Hamilton-Smith in P4…

    #207270
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    PM, with all due respect, I feel it’s a little hypocritical that you shot down Ryan’s suggestions on the grounds that they were implausible yet then go to make similarly unfounded predictions yourself.
    Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s fun and interesting to speculate and the truth is that none of us really know. But to me, the idea of a Fong-Zhu line-up at a new Meritus team does not seem any more likely than Red Bull deciding to place one of their drivers in GP2 or some of the other ideas of Ryan’s that you so firmly discounted. In that particular instance your reasoning was very solid, but unfortunately you don’t seem to have applied it to your own ideas.

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