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  Indy 500 test
Posted by: Jody Barton - 7 hours ago - Forum: Other Motorsport - No Replies

Still don't get the Indy 500 thing, just not for me I think, don't get oval racing's appeal... but more importantly Alonso didn't even make it to the track before his car broke down. Honestly what the hell are McLaren doing trying to run an Indy entrance? Just a silly thing to do, especially on their own, they had the back of his car off and you could see the engineers had no idea what they were looking for / at.

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  Are the Ferrari drivers out of the WDC already?
Posted by: NeilP - 19-04-2019, 04:28 PM - Forum: F1 General Discussion Board - Replies (17)

I hesitated before I wrote the thread subject and maybe that is a silly question after just 3/21 races but in past seasons a 31 point lead has been pretty significant and lets be honest Hamilton and to a lesser degree Bottas are highly unlikely to melt down like Vettel did last season.  Add to that the Ferrari car looks a lot more unreliable than its Mercedes counterpart and I think you could begin to see where I am going here. 

I thought at the beginning of the year based on lots of positive comments about Ferrari and not so good comments about Mercedes that both title races would be tight. My thoughts were I still had Mercedes as favourites to win the Constructors title and I am totally convinced barring exceptional circumstances that fight is almost over already.

The Drivers Championship could well come down to a fight between the Mercedes drivers and I think Hamilton would beat Bottas. The team orders at Ferrari are for sure holding Leclerc back he would be well ahead of Vettel were it not for some terrible luck and team orders right now. Maybe this is crazy but I think Vettel has a very small chance of winning the WDC this season and his team mate is going to finish ahead of him regardless of team orders.

The Red Bull threat as a team anyway is yet to materialize and although Verstappen is improving its clear he does not have the power to challenge either Ferrari and Mercedes on a consistent basis.  

If Ferrari want a driver of theirs to be in with a chance to win the WDC they have to put him in the best position possible and that driver is Leclerc. Its not Vettel.

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  BSB
Posted by: forzaferrari - 16-04-2019, 12:35 PM - Forum: Other Motorsport - Replies (4)

Not the biggest fan of BSB but will be following Scott Redding with keen interest:

MotoGP exile Scott Redding will make his competitive Bennetts British Superbike debut at Silverstone’s national circuit this weekend and thinks it might be a case of ‘more balls than skill’.
Redding tested well at Monteblanco and Portimao with the Be Wiser Ducati team but was a little off the pace at a cold and wet Silverstone last week but says he is looking forward to getting in amongst it on the Panigale V4R.
“I’m really excited going into the first round and to compete in my first BSB races at Silverstone,” said Redding.

It’s going to be tough as the format is different as I’m not used to doing two races in a day, there’s the new tracks I’m going to have to adapt to and of course, there are the fantastic fans to race in front of.

“The shorter track at Silverstone means there’s going to be lots of action and you need more balls than skill at times. The bike is good, the team is excellent and I’m ready so let’s get this started.

“The pre-season has gone really well and I was happy with how it went; I don’t think I would have expected any more or any less.
“At Silverstone it was the first time I rode in the cooler conditions with that bike which was different for me, and I think in general we had a good feeling.

[i]I had a great reception from the fans and I can’t wait to get back there for more this weekend; we still have a lot of work to do with the new bike but I am quite comfortable and feeling good.[/i]

[i]“This weekend I want to see improvements, do my best, get stuck in and at the end of the weekend to win a race or two would be amazing. We are in a good position to be fighting for them and I am ready to get on it!”[/i]

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  Current Top 10
Posted by: NeilP - 14-04-2019, 08:16 PM - Forum: F1 General Discussion Board - Replies (3)

Following on from the discussions on the Chinese GP and a post by Anti who are your current top 10 drivers on the grid?

I have listed below my top 10. I have tried hard to imagine all drivers driving all cars rather than just use a results based decision. This is where I see them today. End of the season I am sure Leclerc will jump up many places.

1. Hamilton.  A long way clear of the field in my view.

2. Verstappen.  I have to believe if he was driving a Ferrari or Mercedes he would be right up there fighting for the WDC. His race craft is improving fast and he finally seems to be maturing.

3. Ricciardo. I just feel he is never going to get the chance his talent deserves.

4. Vettel. His star is fading and I am tempted to put others above him but still on his day he is brilliant. Sadly those days are becoming fewer and fewer

5. Hulkenberg. Same as Danny Ricciardo.

6. Bottas. Really good solid driver. I just dont think he has it in him to be great.

7. Leclerc. Yes, I rate him this highly and he unlike Vettel is seeing his star shine ever brighter. He and Max will be fighting it a lot in the coming seasons

This is where personally I feel there is a big drop off and it gets hard to rank them.

8.  Raikkonen. Yes, well past his best but talentwise still a top 10 guy in my book

9. Perez. Also on the downside of his career but a great fighter who seizes his opportunities when they arise.

10. Grosjean. Like Perez on the downside, a flawed driver who is totally inconsistent but on his day was capable of great things.

That is about where I see things these days but then what the hell do I know Smile

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  Someone just posed me an interesting question on Facebook...
Posted by: Jody Barton - 14-04-2019, 08:58 AM - Forum: F1 General Discussion Board - Replies (11)

Just been asked a really interesting question by somebody on Facebook, after I queried whether the Lewis and Merc domination is good for F1. So what would you prefer to see?

Me personally? Lewis winning at Ferrari, because at least then we'd know where he stood in the sport no questions asked. Although breaking up the Lewis / Mercedes partnership is not looking likely any time soon.

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  2019 Azerbaijan GP
Posted by: Jody Barton - 14-04-2019, 08:56 AM - Forum: 2019 Race Threads - Replies (31)

Right, I thought I'd get this one up quickly because I personally want to move on from that Chinese GP, because that was bloody dominant, at a track that Ferrari should have been strong at. If The red cars don't bounce back here in Baku... well... lets hope they do. On today's performance in China though I wouldn't bet against another Mercedes one, two.

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  The Masters
Posted by: morini - 12-04-2019, 07:00 PM - Forum: One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest - Replies (6)

Not a huge golf fan, but I do like "The Masters" as Augusta is pretty spectacular to look at. 

<grandpa simpson mode>
I remember when I was working in a little place west of Galway in 1991 (Carreroe) when Woosie was leading The Masters into the last day. I was holed up in a hotel (the Conemmara Coast, nice place) in bar up to my gills in Guiness and "rum & black" cheering Woosie on. I was the only Welsh person within 200 miles, but  once they knew there was a Welshman in the place everyone in the bar was cheering for Woosie too! It was a moment which sticks in my memory and probably the reason I love the Irish folk so much. Worked out there for 14 months and had a great craic the whole time!! Great place and even greater people.

Memories Wink some of my best ones of my life in those months. 
</grandpa simpson mode>

I would happily retire in the Galway area if the weather wasn't so grim!

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  Silverstone deal nearing
Posted by: morini - 08-04-2019, 02:43 PM - Forum: F1 General Discussion Board - Replies (1)

No details, it links to an article on FT and I don't subscribe so can't read the source article.

https://www.crash.net/f1/gossip/917323/1...sh-gp-deal

Silverstone is moving closer to agreeing a fresh deal with F1 owners Liberty Media to keep the British Grand Prix at the Northamptonshire circuit (https://www.ft.com/content/59916642-5928...081a%C2%A0)

On the same gossip page is a link to Jolyon Palmers BBC article slating Vettel for spinning. How ironic is that?? Heheh  Rolleyes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/47807590

[edit]
This one quote from Palmer caught my attention though. Is this true?

"Mistakes happen, but this is now four spins in Vettel's past 10 races going back to Monza last year. That's clearly an unacceptable trend for a championship challenger."

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  BTCC
Posted by: forzaferrari - 06-04-2019, 11:53 AM - Forum: Other Motorsport - Replies (1)

The all-new BMW 330i M Sport continues to turn heads as Andrew Jordan topped the opening free practice session of the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.
(The final free practice session started at 12:05 before the all important opening qualifying session of the new season. Action for that gets underway 15:15 and will be streamed live via www.itv.com/btcc.)
   

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  New side of Lewis
Posted by: Jody Barton - 06-04-2019, 07:41 AM - Forum: F1 General Discussion Board - Replies (18)

https://www.mercedesamgf1.com/en/mercede...JJJ9_sfIbk

He actually asked to do testing. He normally asks not to do it. In winter testing he was more engaged than ever as well. I have to say I actually like seeing him willing to out a decent shift of work in, almost makes me a fan. Almost.

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