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post #136 of 309 (permalink) Old 04-01-2019, 11:31 AM
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Hopefully a temporary setback with regard to the engine. If it is an anomaly that can be corrected, we have the best engine this season. If it is a deep part of the design, we might be in trouble.

Leclerc is the future of the team. Vettel is making the mistakes that Hamilton made early in his career when under pressure or the car had issues. Hamilton has become mentally stronger, whereas Vetel is just starting that part of his career. His early years he didn't have to endure it so much with that great car. Alonso may have put it best when he said, "I am not fighting Vettel, I am fighting Newey". If he can get through the tough years and learn from it, he might be too old. His future is unclear.

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Wise words.

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"Hamilton admitted that he still has more work to do to improve his launch off the grid"

You think? His starts are fairly erratic, usually just so so, sometimes great but sometimes quite lousy, costing him a place or two at the beginning of the race after doing a magnificent job of qualifying in first place.

Interesting season so far, what with Leclerc showing such talent. Will there be a new number one driver at Ferrari?

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Will there be a new number one driver at Ferrari?
Not until they wise up and sack Vettel.

One of the historic problems with Ferrari is their poor ability to choose drivers, unfortunately. Often choose them after their fire has dimmed.
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Comment on Leclercs failiure at Bahrain, reason for why he was leading and then suddenly dropping back to 3rd. Place. Loosing 1 cylinder, probably the injector.

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Had to laugh at the headline I saw a couple of days ago, "Verstappen's head too big for the approved helmet". And today, "Verstappen found the only approved Arai version approved for F1 racing was too small for him".

Kind of fits my image of him, lol.

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They only have 2 races under their belts so far, but let's hear it for 4th place (barely) Alfa Romeo (ie, team Raikkonen)! After all, this is the Alfa BB, and when was the last time they were that high in the constructor standings?
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post #143 of 309 (permalink) Old 04-13-2019, 09:41 AM
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Not a great showing for my RedTeam qualifying for the Chinese GP = P3(Vettel) & P4. Not hard to guess who was/is P1 & P2.
Even sadder Kimi/Alfa = P13. The other Alfa posted "No Time" = last.

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China has some long stretches which is our strength. Let's hope for some overtaking in the opening laps for an early lead and no mechanical problems.
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Not sure if this was discussed previously, but went back several pages and did not see it. This morning I was on Netflix looking for something to download that I could watch on a flight home. Saw a series called Formula 1 - Drive to Survive. Downloaded the first 3 episodes of 10 and watched them on my flights and layovers. It covers the 2018 season....................

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Well done Liberty Media as this series alone will bolster and increase F1 fan base. Iíve got to say that Americans sure know how to exploit the art of entertainment.


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Another awful GP for me & my RedTeam! It was over when the 'lights-went-out'. I don't know if Leclerc had a better shot at the Mercedes team, but IMO he should have had the opportunity to try...

The only 'up-side' to the race = Kimi got points for the Alfa team!

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Qualifying was more exciting....

The older I get.. the faster I was....
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Another awful GP for me & my RedTeam! It was over when the 'lights-went-out'. I don't know if Leclerc had a better shot at the Mercedes team, but IMO he should have had the opportunity to try...

The only 'up-side' to the race = Kimi got points for the Alfa team!

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Actually Leclerc was in the way of Vettel by not letting him pass until team order. Then Vettel was not much faster than Leclerc after all, and then the problem that the Pirelli tyres that should last 50 laps only lasted 16-17 laps made problems as they had to change wheels much earlier.

Although Vettel had best laptime for some time only to be beaten late in the race, his race alas only amounted to 3rd place. Alfa with Raikonen came to 9th place, so there is hope for improvement. Ferrari is just not fast enough at present time, also said by Vettel, he could not gain however hard he pushed.
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Are they sandbagging?

Oh Ferrari is so fast !
Oh we are having trouble in pre season testing and free practice !
Oh I'm not sure about how we will do in the next race !

but when the red lights go out; who is in front ??

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That double pit stop by Mercedes was really something. I assume they had two complete sets of tires stacked there ready to go? The logistics of that combined with the speed was impressive.
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