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post #1831 of 2328
I think someone asserted that the token system had been dropped for this year. Not so: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/123298/ferrari-tops-engine-token-spend
post #1832 of 2328
I didn't see it but from what I'm reading, the new Q format is crap. Everyone knew the new format was going to suck except for Bernie. Teams already want to scrap it for the next race.
post #1833 of 2328
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Originally Posted by Texasmade View Post

I didn't see it but from what I'm reading, the new Q format is crap. Everyone knew the new format was going to suck except for Bernie. Teams already want to scrap it for the next race.

Crap is an understatement.

In the final 5 minutes of Q3, all the drivers (who were in their cars) got out of their car save for Rosberg and Hamilton. With 3 minutes left in Q3, there were no cars on hot laps.

With 2 minutes left, drivers were getting weighted in and there were no cars on track.

It's the most confusing qualifying I've ever watched. You don't watch the drivers, you watch the clock. And nobody has enough time to get in and out with new tires as this 90 second window so they just get out of the car.

If you ever needed a barometer of what is amiss with F1... exhibit A. How is it that all this computing power couldn't simulate this idiocy? Same reason they couldn't understand that the cars sounded like complete shit.
post #1834 of 2328
SO. FUCKING. STUPID.
post #1835 of 2328
Thread Starter 
Race was better than I had expected. In the end it was a Merc 1-2, though. Vettel made a horrible decision staying on SSoft.

That Alonso crash was incredible. That car was dismembered.
post #1836 of 2328

Expected the Hamilton-Nico 1-2. Didn't expect to see Grosjean up there so high though.

post #1837 of 2328
I wonder what Ferrari was thinking staying on the SS. I'd assume they had enough data to know that they weren't going to win with an additional pit stop after AMG decided to make the race a one stop.
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Originally Posted by Texasmade View Post

I wonder what Ferrari was thinking staying on the SS. I'd assume they had enough data to know that they weren't going to win with an additional pit stop after AMG decided to make the race a one stop.

Perhaps talent will never be allowed to trump data again. It's a shame because all you get is a bunch of resigned teams and drivers ticking in metronomic laps because the computer says this is the best you can do.
post #1839 of 2328
Vettel said Ferrari were surprised that Nico went with the medium, so that likely explains why they went with the softer tire.

Had the post-Alonso stayed SC instead of red flag, Hamilton would have been in the hunt for a win. Nuts.

Verstappen: Most entertaining driver on-track since McLaren Kimi.
post #1840 of 2328
Verstappen was a whiny bitch. He's lucky he didn't crash his teammate and himself at the end.
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post #1842 of 2328
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Re Verstappen, I'm not opposed to seeing a bit of spunk from a kid, god knows the sport could use a new personality. What starts to irritate is the entitlement, the "let me past because I'm me" and "you gotta make it right" mentality from his generation.

So he got pitted second. Make a pass. If you want to live up to the hype, do it on track and leave the radio whining to Alonso and Hamilton.
post #1843 of 2328
Y'all sound like a bunch of old men...
post #1844 of 2328
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Nico v Lewis... looks like last year's end of season dip in form wasn't a fluke chalked down to winning the WC. Yes, it was partially Botta's fault that he got caught up. But if he hadn't bodged another start, he wouldn't have been in that position.

I suspect Lewis has peaked. I see a guy too distracted by lifestyle.
post #1845 of 2328
This might have been a bit of a wakeup call for Lewis and hopefully he gets his shit together in China, but IIRC doesn't Nico tend to dominate in China?
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