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Re: F1 2019

Posted: 14:44 14 Jul 2019
by Dan Ellard
Incredible from Hamilton.

Equally impressive from Leclerc in terms of both wheel to wheel racing and keeping his head when Ferrari screwed his strategy over.

And where was that guy on here who used to claim that Vettel was one of the greats?! He is turning into a bit of a liability...

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 17:55 14 Jul 2019
by GreenThing
I dunno about Hamilton being incredible. The timing of the safety car gave him the chance to win. Maybe he would have done anyway, same as in Canada when he might have won, but Vettel’s penalty made it easy. He deserves to be leading because he and his teams have made fewer mistakes so far this year, but the others have handed it to him on a plate.

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 20:58 14 Jul 2019
by Dan Ellard
I agree with your points but to get fastest lap over Bottas considering the tyre life they both had was astonishing.

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 12:57 15 Jul 2019
by MickyD
GreenThing wrote: I dunno about Hamilton being incredible. The timing of the safety car gave him the chance to win. Maybe he would have done anyway, same as in Canada when he might have won, but Vettel’s penalty made it easy. He deserves to be leading because he and his teams have made fewer mistakes so far this year, but the others have handed it to him on a plate.

That comes across as a tad churlish, I think! As in any sport they can only do their own thing and hope that others don't do their thing quite as well. Even making the fewest mistakes is usually the result of the best preparation and the best application of skill and mental strength, and it would be hard to argue that Mercedes and Hamilton aren't the best in the business in all those areas, and have been for quite some time.

And, for what it's worth, I think Vettel has pretty much had it now. I think Leclerc will finish comfortably ahead of him come the end of the season, at least if they're allowed to race each other.

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 17:29 15 Jul 2019
by GreenThing
Not churlish at all. Hamilton has done a better job than anyone else so far this year, but no-one has really put up a fight, have they?

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 18:03 28 Jul 2019
by MickyD
What an utterly crazy and wildly enjoyable race. All it ever takes is rain!

A couple more like that and Verstappen would be in striking distance.

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 11:54 23 Aug 2019
by The-Pilgrim
Purposely avoided posting on here in case i spoilt the run of great races!

Can't wait to see Albon in a Red Bull, not expecting him to match Max straight away but he'll be a lot closer than Gasly was which will add another element to the races at the front.

Well done to McLaren too!

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 17:57 31 Aug 2019
by GreenThing
Anthoine Hubert killed in today’s F2 feature race. Sad day and maybe puts the F1 race in doubt tomorrow.

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 19:47 31 Aug 2019
by The-Pilgrim
GreenThing wrote: Anthoine Hubert killed in today’s F2 feature race. Sad day and maybe puts the F1 race in doubt tomorrow.


Was watching it live, it looked a bad one and the lack of replays on the tv coverage confirmed it. F2 tomorrow cancelled, I'd imagine f1 will go ahead.

RIP anthoine

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 14:46 08 Sep 2019
by GreenThing
Another great race after the debacle of qualifying. Plenty of calls for the qualifying format to be changed to stop that sort of thing happening again but it only happens at Monza so no need to knee-jerk. I personally enjoyed seeing them make such tools of themselves and hopefully they’ll learn from it.

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 07:09 02 Dec 2019
by Dan Ellard
Dan Ellard wrote: My annual stab at guessing the order of the constructors - didn't do terribly last year, guessed Williams being terrible at least. Looks fairly nailed on that they'll be bottom of the pile again this year. Prediction:

1. Ferrari
2. Mercedes
3. RB
4. Renault
5. Haas
6. McLaren
7. Toro Rosso
8. Alfa Romeo
9. Racing Point
10. Williams

I'm tipping Leclerc for the title ahead of Hamilton, Vettel and Verstappen.

Well I clearly underestimated McLaren and Racing Point, and vastly over-estimated Haas...

Called Leclerc beating Vettel though - sadly it seems very much like Vettel's best days are far behind him. Charles still only 21 and 2 years into his career - he could go a long way.

Re: F1 2019

Posted: 17:53 03 Dec 2019
by GreenThing
Haas seem to be a strange one, Dan. They have a very quick car if they can switch on the tyres, but when they do switch them on, they overheat them. Hopefully they can get their heads around this for next year as I have a bit of a soft spot for Haas.

As the season went on there were a few things that stood out;

Ferrari had a quick car but repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with poor setup, poor tactics and driver mistakes. Vettel made a few but LeClerc also made a few like Baku and Hockenheim.

McLaren impressed. Saintz showed his class and who doesn’t love Lando Norris (both on and off the track).

Honda has finally got to grips with the engine and good to see three engines pretty much on par with each other, with Renault not far behind.

Teams have started to try something different with strategy. Sometimes the gamble has paid off, Hamilton winning Hungary, sometimes it hasn’t. That a gamble sometimes has worked is good as it will lead teams to try something different in the future.


Overall, despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth after France, it’s been an enjoyable season.