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post #2146 of 2303
I'm pretty sure the phrase "too clever by half" was coined to described Ron Dennis.

How long until Marchionne runs Ferrari completely into the ground?

Button recently remarked that when he made his F1 debut with Williams, Max V was 1 year old.
post #2147 of 2303
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Why, what did Dennis do? Hired Capito who came from the VW rally team. Gave v Doorne the seat next season. Thats all I heard.

Lewis cost himself a race. He was quicker ALL weekend and bodged the start. Should Nico take back the WC battle, he might really rue this one.

Brundle has this commentary tactic where about midway thru the race he puts out this summary of what strategy convergences are on, and then end with something like "this is going to get very tasty indeed" - unfortunately these scenarios never happen and the late drama never emerges. He got me to bite the first 5 or 6 times he did it, then I caught on and started to dismiss it.

Alonso pitted with 3 laps left. WTF McLaren?
post #2148 of 2303
When Alonso just laughed after that one radio transmission was great.
post #2149 of 2303
I was referring to this ludicrous Button "sabbatical". Ron always thinks he's innovating.

How many races this year have featured good starts for both Merc drivers? Not many, I think. Their clutch was clearly designed with the assumption that the team could give feedback on the bite point. Each of them has said that the take-up is not consistent from launch to launch.
post #2150 of 2303
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I was referring to this ludicrous Button "sabbatical". Ron always thinks he's innovating.

How many races this year have featured good starts for both Merc drivers? Not many, I think. Their clutch was clearly designed with the assumption that the team could give feedback on the bite point. Each of them has said that the take-up is not consistent from launch to launch.

I figure he's overpaying Jensen to sit with the idea that Alonso might not be around after next season.

Lewis bogged after the initial launch, obv I don't know these clutches, but I would imagine a clutch was fully released about 20 or 30 meters. I didn't see wheelspin either. Something odd happened.
post #2151 of 2303
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Initially Hamilton radioed Mercedes to say the poor launch was his own error, but after the race he suggested that might not have been the case.

"I knew my engineers would be worried and nervous of how the start went so that is why I tried to put their mind at ease [by accepting the blame]," he said. "I don't know really what happened at the start. I'll try to understand it later. I did everything normally. I remember a bunch of cars going by. I did the sequence, everything exactly the same. I just got lots of wheelspin, a bit like Nico's start in Hockenheim."

When Rosberg suggested the 2016 rule changes meant variable starts were normally down to driver performance, Hamilton argued that there were still many technical reasons why a getaway might be slow.

"I don't agree it's more down to the driver, it's the same as before," he said. "We have a relatively inconsistent clutch. In the past, we could be told our clutch temperature, it would be easier to hit the target. Now it's a lot less easy to know what your clutch will be delivering and what it is not."

Hamilton admitted he knew victory was lost in the opening laps. "In the moment, you're just thinking about getting back to where you started," he said. "My goal was to get back to where I was but I could see Nico pulling away. I know from experience here, while everything can happen, the chances of the win decrease lap by lap, second by second. I knew at an early stage that winning would not be possible but I could try. I went after second and that was the most I could do."
post #2152 of 2303
Finally, the beginning of the end for Ecclestone. He's still CEO, but I would be shocked if he's still in that position in five years.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/126097/liberty-media-announces-f1-purchase

Maybe we'll finally get a rational digital strategy.
post #2153 of 2303
Hopefully Liberty Media treats F1 better than CVC Partners who basically treated F1 as an ATM machine and there's finally going to be some sort of digital media plan.
post #2154 of 2303
What the fuck, Lewis?
post #2155 of 2303
It's that fucked up Black Jaguar/White Tiger place in Mexico.
post #2156 of 2303
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Lewis behind again. He didn't bother spraying any champagne on the podium... weenie.

Brundle made his proclamation again and didn't pan out. Ricciardo needed 2 more laps.

Ferrari produce some shit ass strategy. Why pit Kimi? Robbed of a podium.
post #2157 of 2303
Dull, long race with the wrong winner...

Will Mercedes lobby to get Singapore removed from the calendar? They really struggle there.
post #2158 of 2303
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Dull, long race with the wrong winner...

Will Mercedes lobby to get Singapore removed from the calendar? They really struggle there.

You mean DR? I didn't find it dull, it was fun watching Kyviat hold up MV, and the race lit up a bit when the last round of stops happened.

Quali was actually kinda interesting. DR and Kimi was taking some gorgeous lines around that circuit.

McLaren were the big disappointment, they should have been more competitive.
post #2159 of 2303
Kvyat blocking Max and then running him wide off the track was the highlight of the race for me. Max whining about it afterwards made it even better.
post #2160 of 2303
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Big blow for Hamilton. Looks like he needed another stop and turned the car modes up to build a gap. Would have been writing big blow for Nico getting punted off, but now he's even able to retire from a race and maintain his lead in the WC.

The setup on that Merc is a thing of beauty, and so was Alonso's racecraft... he makes back half drivers look so GP3.

That McLaren has really improved.

That series of corners between DR and MVS was a amazing to watch.
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