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Autumnpuma

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  1. This season is proving what I (and many others) have been saying....more dependency on mechanical grip in the twisty bits will bring us back to that antiquated sport called 'racing'.. Downforce has always been a wild goose chase. Somewhere along the way we lost the basic ingredients to racing: Ballsy drivers, grippy tyres and powerful engines. If one keeps adding up more and more downforce and aero cleverness, you reach a Rubicon of sorts.
  2. Alonso has nowhere left to go. He'll see the sunset of his career with Ferrari.
  3. Might want to re-think that one... You've left me with nothing more to say except...Perez is better than the Hulk. I've said he had quality in his rookie year and it's nice to be right sometimes
  4. Actually, he didn't possess any natural skills in the wet. I seem to recall hearing or reading something about how he was unhappy with his performance in the rain and deliberately went out in the rain with a kart until he was satisfied with his wet-weather driving. Try to get a hold of some footage of Jean Alesi in the wet. Masterful.
  5. I used two cards; Ace and Jack of Spades.
  6. Seems they were dancing with the Devil anyhow. More power than grip left most of the drivers really digging down deep for some talent to help them manage the cars. I think this is a good thing. But then, I'm not into the whole 'innovation' thing so the current cars just don't bother me much. I'm here for the drivers. Put them all in shifter karts and I'd tune in just the same. I can appreciate the speed but only so far as it makes the cars require talent to drive in anger. After all, Clark, Rindt, Amon and many others delivered up some of the Golden Era's best drives and many become Legends....all in cars with much less power and noise than the 2014 F1 cars. It really isn't about the cars, and it never will be. Cars change but courage and skill are constant.
  7. That *is* a shame. Plenty of great small breweries around here. One in particular, New Belgium, is one of the finest. I wonder if you can get Canadian beers over there? One of the best I've ever had is from those Frenchier-than-French quebecois over at the Unibroue brewery called 'trois pistoles' (le fin du monde is good too). If I were to offer anyone a beer to represent North America, trois pistoles would be the one. ugh. Olympia. Only slightly better than Hamm's. Tip 'o the hat to a fellow former Marlboro man; I gave up that habit year ago (even put up my pipes...tho I still smell the bowls now and again..)
  8. Excellent! My favorites were the snowmen strips. That was a good one.
  9. What about the Asian beers? Different taste to the rice-based stuff, but not bad.
  10. Heh. America has very few champions, yet I agree with Insider here. (Not about the paranoia, well, maybe...I don't know you after all...but about the topic).
  11. For years I've looked at Russ' avatar and read his interests as 'Adnams Broadside'. I always thought it was a darned shame that such an intelligent guy couldn't even spell 'Adams' correctly. I recently found out that he not only could spell like the spelliest speller, he also had great taste in beer. I had been browsing the English aisle at the local Bev'Mo and spotted the name and was shocked it was a beer. I had assumed it was one of those whiskies with a strange name. Of course I had to get it. It poured with an average head, and had a dark red appearance and was utterly tasty. Very sweet and fruity with just enough bitter to wash it down and not kick your tastebuds in the a## on their way through. This last point is good, and exceedingly rare in American-brewed beers these days and I'm happy to find English beer is still more sensible about the hops. This is a beer that is properly brewed and balanced with enough complexity to keep you buying more bottles. Interesting to note that a respected American beer review website, beeradvocate.com, gave this beer a lower score on average that I would have. I chalk this up to the rather simplistic and narrow view we Americans have about beer. If it doesn't fit squarely into a category, it's not liked, regardless of the taste. Also, beers with lots of hops are all the rage over here these days and there seems little room in our collective beer palate for a sweet beer. Though it was fun imagining Russ as a horrible splellerr, it was more fun discovering this beer.
  12. Interesting viewpoint here. I need to ponder it more before elaborating, but I agree with you, 100%.
  13. Years ago there was a comic strip in the papers called 'Calvin and Hobbes'. I loved that strip. I clipped days out and posted them by my desk. I bought all the subsequent 'collections' books. But as a result adoring Calvin and Hobbes, I limited my enjoyment of the other strips. To this day I cannot read the sunday strips...they just aren't funny, or witty or poignant in the way Calvin and Hobbes was. Worshiping at the altar of Senna is much the same, and I hate to see someone go down that road. Admiring the ability Senna had behind the wheel is good, but look around the landscape a bit and you'll see other great drives and drivers out there, past and present, with moments of brilliance that sometimes eclipse even the man-god Senna.
  14. You're right. Dear me. Now y'all will be subjected to my drivel on a monthly basis, in an effort to have a more complete impression!
  15. I know this will be a boring response, but here goes: There is no such thing as 'fair' because 'fair' is based on your point-of-view. That's why sports sometimes seem 'unfair'...there are too many points-of-view for a steward or referee to please all of them. The best then can do is stick to the rules. They often fail even at that. But there is one constant: The rule-makers' decisions are final. If there's an appeal process, you make use of it. If that process goes against you, then you live with the results. When any team enters Formula 1 (and any regulated sport) they accept that the stewards (or refs) decisions are final, regardless of 'fair' or 'unfair'.
  16. So F1 cars are no longer unique because they aren't as loud as last year? Is that really what you're saying? I want to be sure of that before I go further.
  17. Newey is good, no doubt, but there were many years that his cars *didn't* dominate. After Newey left McLaren, they still did alright. But to give Newey his due, Red Bull was crap before he designed their car.
  18. Ouch! Andres, are you gonna take this kind of treatment lying down? Brundle? Really? Maybe I was too quick to praise the series.....
  19. That sounds a bit like 'When I walk I never go faster than my feet', but I do see your point. Yes, I think this whole thing is a question of adhesion, and a driver's ability to go beyond the traction circle to decrease laptimes. If a driver isn't breaking the physical limitations of wheel-on-track then that driver is simply utilizing the car's full mechanical potential. And heyas Russ! Been quite a while! Heyas Russ!
  20. Some of you are curmudgeon cynics. Cynicism is bad for the liver, you know. The battle for the lead of this race was indeed boring, due mostly to the lack of said battle. Years ago we would have been treated to lap after lap of Nico at the front, but thankfully we're beyond that. We saw really great racing, really sad racing, funny Japanese antics and a whining Brazilian. Aside from the non-existent battle for 1st, this race was darned good! Andres, I don't need brains, I have some of my own. Trouble is, I can never remember where I put them. I used to keep my brains safely in my pants, but they aren't there anymore. I think I might have put them on a shelf somewhere. Oh, yeah, I agree about Nico. And the Danish face is a bit...odd-looking...maybe from all the fumes his father has breathed in over the years.
  21. The rules are the same for everyone. Each team must roll with it. I disagree that these latest rule changes were made because Red Bull was winning too much. Most rule changes aren't made with that reasoning in mind unless the team in question are using a system that the other teams just can't compete with, year after year. Those times are rare and I can count them on my toes. The current rule changes and the vast majority of the changes in the past 10 years were made with either safety or improving the racing in mind. The safety issues are largely rubbish and so were the many attempts at fixing the racing (which created safety hazards of their own, but lets not get into that). People are fallible and a committee even more so. It took some trial and error but I think the FIA and the teams finally found a good rule set. I've always said we needed a good clean-up around the butt of the cars and we've finally seen the results of that. A twitchy car that you need a bit of balls and a bit of talent to drive. I approve. If this is the result, bring on rule changes every year.
  22. 'Almost' world champion is no real distinction. But lots of great drivers were almost world champion. I don't ding Massa for that....he's just...annoying. He whines about everything in his squashed little troll voice and only wins when he happens to be leading a race. He's inconsistent and a bit ugly. Half of what I just said was in jest; I leave it to you to decide what half.
  23. Actually, there is no luck. What Sean has gotten in life he worked hard for, and reaped the rewards. We all can learn a lesson there...
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