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post #1861 of 2303
I meant was it Alonso that wanted to match Senna as his dream or Hamilont that said it?

Anyway, I get your point about counting the previous season. The big difference though is Nico caught his wind after Hamilton clinched his 3rd WDC. Key is will Nico make it stick all season long? There's nothing to point that he will. Time will tell of course. But I feel regardless of what happened the tail end of last year (when it arguably didnt matter) Nico hasn't shown he can as the real shot he had he blew in 2014. Would love to see it happen but ....
post #1862 of 2303
Not including last season when it didn't matter, Hamilton is 2-0 in qualifying against Nico, so unless you expect Nico to win from 2nd place all season long and Hamilton having problems with his start all season long, I don't see any difference in performance between the two.

The dark force may be Vettel. He should have won Australia and judging from the sluggish start of both Mercedes drivers, he could have won Bahrain...and even if he didn't win Bahrain he should have come in 2nd. That means he should be leading the championship right now.
post #1863 of 2303
Let us also consider that had the SC in Oz not turned into a red flag, Hamilton would have been on the right tire with the gap erased and his rivals still needing to stop. Not a slam dunk, but he's not the easiest to pass...
post #1864 of 2303
Interesting first 15 laps or so. After that, Nico ran away with it and the battle was for 2-10. Barring some major miracle, Nico should win the WDC.
post #1865 of 2303
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Nico can have mech problems in 2 races and Hamilton is back in front. I don't think it's a miracle but it would be hard for Hamilton to make the gap up at this point. Lucky for him it's early season.

It was an entertaining race, but fuck was the gap at the front hopeless.

The exchange with Vettel and Kyvat was quite funny. Vettel did the best he could to convince everyone it was not his fault. And for fucks sake, do F1 drivers get paid per the use of the word "obviously"?
post #1866 of 2303
I bet Hamilton starts from the pitlane if he's in similar circumstances in the future...
post #1867 of 2303
I guess we'll get to see what he decides this time...
post #1868 of 2303
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I guess we'll get to see what he decides this time...

This sucks. Rosberg is consistently on the verge of proving he's on top of Hamilton, but car problems keep it hidden. Rosberg was almost 5 tenths up after Q2.

Ugh this is hard to watch. The closest car to a Merc is .8 back, and everyone else is over a second, and it just drops off a cliff a few more places down. In last week's Moto2, the top 20 qualifiers were within a second of pole.
post #1869 of 2303
Mercedes keeps talking about how Ferrari have something hidden up their sleeve and we haven't seen the true pace of Ferrari. I'm starting to think that Ferrari is shit this year. Still not as fast as Mercedes with terrible reliability.

Edit: Just realized that Ferrari even spent some tokens to upgrade the PU and they're still way off the lead.
Edited by Texasmade - 4/30/16 at 4:31pm
post #1870 of 2303
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Mercedes keeps talking about how Ferrari have something hidden up their sleeve and we haven't seen the true pace of Ferrari. I'm starting to think that Ferrari is shit this year. Still not as fast as Mercedes with terrible reliability.

Edit: Just realized that Ferrari even spent some tokens to upgrade the PU and they're still way off the lead.

There is 0 competition in this sport at the moment. #10 on the grid is over 2 seconds off the pole time. It might be phony as hell, but DTM adds a cumulative weight penalty to a winning manufacturer after each race.
post #1871 of 2303
I'm actually kind of glad Ferrari is behind the curve this season. I'd like to see Sergio Marchionne wreck some shit - that's assuming that teddy bear has any claws
post #1872 of 2303
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This sucks. Rosberg is consistently on the verge of proving he's on top of Hamilton, but car problems keep it hidden. Rosberg was almost 5 tenths up after Q2.

Ugh this is hard to watch. The closest car to a Merc is .8 back, and everyone else is over a second, and it just drops off a cliff a few more places down. In last week's Moto2, the top 20 qualifiers were within a second of pole.

I'm not so sure Rosberg is actually on top of Hamilton speed-wise. The .5sec gap in Q2 could have been due to problems with Hamilton's car, and up until that point Hamilton was consistently faster than Nico. Also if you look at past qualifying so far this season Hamilton was faster than Nico in all of the qualifying sessions except for one session. Even in Q1 for this race, Hamilton was faster. So if you look back at all of the qualifying sessions (excluding China and Q2 of Russia) it is actually 6-1 in Hamilton's favor. That's a pretty consistent record of being ahead of Nico speed-wise so far this season.

The gap between Merc and the rest is definitely depressing though.
post #1873 of 2303
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I'm not so sure Rosberg is actually on top of Hamilton speed-wise. The .5sec gap in Q2 could have been due to problems with Hamilton's car, and up until that point Hamilton was consistently faster than Nico. Also if you look at past qualifying so far this season Hamilton was faster than Nico in all of the qualifying sessions except for one session. Even in Q1 for this race, Hamilton was faster. So if you look back at all of the qualifying sessions (excluding China and Q2 of Russia) it is actually 6-1 in Hamilton's favor. That's a pretty consistent record of being ahead of Nico speed-wise so far this season.

The gap between Merc and the rest is definitely depressing though.

Rosberg was faster in FP2 I believe. And ya, there's a chance Hamilton had a problem before that lap, so true it's hard to prove he's getting on top.
post #1874 of 2303
Watching the recorded Russian GP. I feel bad for Vettel and him getting plowed into again (twice). In some ways, he's sort of tasked with what Schumi had to do 2 decades ago at Ferrari in making them relevant again. The difference is it's Mercedes and Nico/Lewis this time and not McLaren and Mika.
post #1875 of 2303
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Watching the recorded Russian GP. I feel bad for Vettel and him getting plowed into again (twice). In some ways, he's sort of tasked with what Schumi had to do 2 decades ago at Ferrari in making them relevant again. The difference is it's Mercedes and Nico/Lewis this time and not McLaren and Mika.

It was the engineering team Schumacher had that made the difference.

The Sochi race is the worst race on the calendar. Nice to see that piece of shit Vlad Putin with Bernie again and the Putin backstage time is so comically awkward. That man has absolutely no personality.

No fur hats this year.
Edited by idfnl - 5/1/16 at 1:55pm
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