I really don't think you need anything other than the tire degradation issue to explain this last race. Nico was so close to Lewis in qualifying that it was essentially random chance that separated them.
I also contacted them after reading some people say that the 2x1 twill denim I ordered was out of stock. They replied in about 24 hours and made a substitution for me. They said my order was being printed for production. We'll see. The products I've seen so far look good, and their straight fit is exactly what I want in a pair of jeans with the higher rise, larger thigh, but still a tapered leg, so I'm willing to be patient.
The tire degradation thing would explain a lot about this race, then. It also means that DRS won't be much of a factor near the front of the pack, since getting within DRS range will mean sacrificing a set of tires prematurely.
They probably dramatically underestimated their costs and therefore the original prices were unsustainably low. This was obvious to anyone with half a brain from the start, which is why I placed my order with the expectation that there might be some drama down the line.
I was thinking the other day that I would love to have a jacket like this in a technical fabric. I like the idea of having all of those flap pockets on the front for storing camera accessories without having the carry a bag when I'm out hiking, but linen or cotton is kind of a nonstarter for me when it comes to activewear. I don't like having to pack both my dorky REI outerwear and something more stylish when I travel.
Love that green pindot tie. I would buy it if I didn't already have the other two...
I would like to reiterate my longstanding desire for a dark green version of the shepherd's check tie. I saw one posted in a WAYWT thread a while back, fell in love, and have never come across one. The navy shepherd's check is probably my favorite tie.