• @mads They should have not agreed to either and then we wouldn’t be in this position.

  • @drycrust, Todt is correct, all the teams agreed to the new quali format. That was at a meeting (or facsimile vote) some 2 weeks before Australia.
    (what @mads talks about was the facsimile vote after […]

  • @mads

    I was torn between Spa and that one. That was a great move too.

    I picked Spa because it’s only the second time a change of underpants has been required during the race at Spa. The first time being […]

  • @mads
    Yes the process would take a long time.
    Read tyre pressure
    Is pressure less than 19.5 specified by Pirelli?
    Read next tyre pressure.
    The pressure was read just before the 5 min start warning so it’ll […]

  • @mads Well, they also need money to go racing, don´t they? The price money isn´t going to go far.

    They have to pay salaries, construction material, etc. So if they don´t have a penny why they want to race?

  • Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Silverstone, 2014Eleven Predictions Championship players shared the top scores for the British Grand Prix in what proved a fairly low-scoring round.

    With most players not unreasonably expecting another Mercedes one-two, Nico Rosberg’s retirement spoiled more than a few predictions.

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    F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship 2014 - Britain

    PlayerPole TimePole1.
    aw197201:37.313 HAMHAMROSRICBOTVET19
    mads01:35.280 HAMHAMROSRICBOTVET19
    Ratboy01:11.111 HAMHAMROSRICBOTVET19
    djqz01:34.276 ROSHAMROSRICALOVET19
    Slo Mo01:32.861 HAMHAMROSRICBOTVET19
    gregwtravels01:34.006 ROSHAMROSRICALOVET19
    debelak01:33.934 ROSHAMALORICMASVET19
    BerndMaylander01:33.123 HAMHAMBOTRICVETMAS19
    daveowen548701:45.299 ROSHAMROSRICALOVET19
    Udm701:34.571 ROSHAMROSRICALOVET19
    Karl Benz01:34.276 ROSHAMROSRICALOVET19

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    Most popular pick % of players
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    Winner Lewis Hamilton 74.6

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  • @mads I didn’t think of it like that, that is amazing. and especially given that they are under-fuelled on some circuits

  • @mads

    The point was why people aren’t complaining as much about Mercedes dominating, to which my reply was that there is currently less politics in that team when it comes to favouring a particular driver. […]

  • @mads what is even worse is that they are by a long way the worst Mercedes customers and it’s a transition year before Honda. Less testing time, less knowledge towards next year…

  • +1
    What reasons? The link provided by Keith on the other article should debunk all these stupid conspiracies. Only reason is the one listed by @mads here, and it’s certainly not a good one.

  • @mads
    Actually, the proportion doesn’t change…it’s still 30% LOL But I know what you mean, that’s a large raw number.
    But I’m saying I don’t actually believe that number for three reasons: 1) It was an […]

  • @mads I’d like to see them take that poll again now that people are getting used to it. And I’d LOVE to see them take that poll from a random sample of people actually at the track.

    And however you define […]

  • @mads

    Being part of a team – specifically one with a hierarchy – means following the instructions from those higher up the hierarchy. That’s what team orders are – instructions from higher up.

    As a member of […]

  • @mads, matt, maybe he felt (knew) he had a leak, so applied more force to the breaks than normal, which was then too much and caused a lock-up? That’s about the best I can think of. I think Hamilton mentioned to […]

  • Well said, @mads and @dennis I hardly think Mercedes was under enormous pressure after last year’s Malaysia GP. I highly doubt that was even a thought in their minds. After all, they did the team order thing and […]

  • @mads Why exactly did he overtake? He made a mistake by braking late. That would have involved pushing into the rear of the other car. He was fortunate Alonso was running wide and so he did not spoil the chances […]

  • @mads It’s not like the incident happened at corner 15 when Alonso aimed for the pit entry and all of a sudden closed the door on the poor little Kvyat. Fernando was taking a wide line while Kvyat is at fault for […]

  • @mads Fernando for some inexplicable reasons went a bit deep in that corner. At the same time, Kvyat missed the braking point and so he took inside line hoping Fernando would go straight and not turn, which he was […]

  • @mads
    Sorry, I’m not a financial guru so I’d have no idea how they would get it to work, but I do know there are a lot of very intelligent financial people who would no doubt find ways to get it to work.

  • @textuality and @mads – I agree with you both that it would be difficult and that there would be, at least at the start, a lot of things slipping through. But I don’t think that’s a reason not to try and that the […]

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