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  1. Most boring race ever

    Well, Sneva may have been on the same lap (or worked back up to it).....but......he was no competition. They were all short shifting like crazy down the main straight to preserve their engines. It was the most extreme cruise to the end of a race I have ever seen. Of course, being the dedicate fan that I was at the time, I sat there in the 100+ degree heat to watch the whole thing.
  2. Thanks for schedule. I do have to disagree with you about Hobbs, Matchett and Buxton. Diffey is kind of invisible to me. I always liked Buxton's grid walk. After watching Brundle, who is not bad, I realized just how good Buxton was. I have kind of quit following Indy Car. I used to be a big CART fan, but it is not the same series as it used to be.
  3. Hey Paolo,

       I am thinking about migrating forums (again). I have been disappointed in the quality of posting in this forum and find myself mostly just talking to you (not that this is a bad thing). is kind of ghost of a forum.

       I was approached last week by a new forum: They asked me to join their forum and also post to their front page. I was hardly looking for another writing project, having just finished up the first draft of a new book....but, I am tempted by the forum and the format. Apparently Lipstick79 has already migrated there (as Pepsi79).  

       So....1) would you be tempted to move to this new forum and 2) would you be tempted to post your great post-race summaries to the front page? I am probably going to take them up on the offer to post on their front page occasionally, although I already have a blog I maintain: ....but I consider your post-race summaries far better than anything I can write.

       I have told them that you are the guy they really want on their forum, although I have not told them anything about your background.

       Anyhow, let me know if you are interested in migrating.










  4. Most boring race ever

    Well, I once watched an Indy Car race at Riverside once that was running in 100 degree heat. They had so many cars drop out that the race was reduced to four cars in the end...each on a different lap !!! Furthermore, to save the engines, they had reduced the top speed down to the Riverside straight to like 150 MPH. Anyhow, hope the changes for 2019 in aerodynamics do all that they hope to do. I would be tempted to ban all wing-like devices and winglets in front of the rear axle.
  5. 2018 F1 season - discussion

    The rivals already know what Ferrari is doing as Mercedes has hired a former Ferrari engineer. Secrets aren't secrets for long in F1. The key part of the story is that the Ferrari software identifies two batteries. Why does it do that? There are reasons people have been suspicious.
  6. Monaco 2018

    Yea....not a whole lot to talk about this race. I was watching it with a friend, so we spent most of our time talking about the commentators (they are not bad, but the old team of David Hobbs, Steve Matchett and Will Buxton were simply better). A few more comments: 1. Ocon/Mercedes/team orders: This is what happens when we have all these B teams out there. Does anyone expect to see Haas or Sauber hold up Vettel or Toro Rosso hold up Verstappen? Anyhow, I don't think it influenced the race results. 2. Williams: Well, every team makes mistakes like that....but Williams used to be known for not making too many mistakes like that. No sure where the problems lies, but they may need to re-organize (which can mean a lot of things). Anyhow...the car is not a complete turkey and I expect to see them outperforming at least Sauber over time. We need to see more of Sirotkin. He may be good enough to be in F1, even though he bought his seat (but to did Niki Lauda). 3. Ocon/Gasly/Leclerc: These guys all had good races, even though Leclerc hit someone in the rear. 4. Leclerc/Hartley accident: I gather Leclerc was having brake problems. Maybe if he had a few seasons under his belt, he may better dealt with the problem before going into the back of Hartley...but....I still think he looks very good. 5. Verstappen: Actually, it was not a particularly inspired or good drive by Verstappen. He may have been under so much pressure from his repeated accidents that he tiptoed through the race to make sure he did not have another one. Unfortunately, there is sometimes a fine line between inspired and foolish, and Verstappen this season has clearly stepped over the line from inspired to foolish. But now he does not look inspired. Red Bull has to be careful how to manage this one. They need to keep up his spirit and only tame it a little bit. Anyhow, Canada is a very different track. Not sure who it will favor, but it certainly will not favor Red Bull. Suspect they may have gotten their only two wins for the season.
  7. Hell, I watched Hobbs and Willy T. Ribbs racing Trans-Am at Riverside back in the 1980s. We have met Bob Varsha over at the Canadian GP. Good guy. Anyhow, I think Hobbs, Matchett and Will Buxton made up about as good of a commentary team as I have ever seen, each bringing a very different set of experiences to the table. I miss them every single race.
  8. No. I watched in at 9 this morning and it was shown on two other times later today. I think it is also on tomorrow. I suspect it depends on where you are at and who your service provider is. On the other hand....watching the race may not have been the best use of two hours. I watched it with a friend, so we had lots to talk about. We are both still missing Hobbs, Steve Matchett and Will Buxton. The new Sky Sports coverage is not bad (the graphics are great), but the old commentators were much better.
  9. Monaco 2018

    The qualifying results: session at the Monaco Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco. Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps 1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:12.013 1:11.278 1:10.810 17 2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.415 1:11.518 1:11.039 21 3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.460 1:11.584 1:11.232 22 4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.639 1:11.391 1:11.266 22 5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.434 1:12.002 1:11.441 25 6 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:13.122 1:12.188 1:11.061 27 7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:12.657 1:12.269 1:12.110 26 8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:12.950 1:12.286 1:12.130 28 9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:12.848 1:12.194 1:12.154 23 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:12.941 1:12.313 1:12.221 29 11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:13.065 1:12.411 22 12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:12.463 1:12.440 19 13 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:12.706 1:12.521 19 14 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:12.829 1:12.714 20 15 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 1:12.930 1:12.728 21 16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:13.179 12 17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:13.265 11 18 Lance Stroll Williams 1:13.323 10 19 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 1:13.393 12 20 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0
  10. Monaco 2018

    Watched qualifying this morning. A few observations: 1. Shame that Verstappen was not in the top three. Would have made the race a whole lot more interesting. 2. There is still over a second between the top cars and the tier 2 teams. 3. How is it that the two Finns are always outqualified by their teammates? I think they both need to be replaced. 4. Lots of up-and-coming drivers I think highly off were showing their stuff (Perez, Ocon, Gasly, Leclerc). One of these guys (or all of them) deserve a top ride. 5. Sirotkin shows what the Williams is capable of. Stroll shows what he is not capable of. He was very whiney. 6. Not sure what happened with Magnussen. They interviewed him after the session and he really didn't say anything.
  11. Monaco 2018

    Well, the time differences between the two in both practice sessions are significant, so I suspect Stroll was struggling with some problems. So far this season Sirotkin has out qualified Stroll 3 times to 2. I think Stroll's father did him a big disservice by moving him into F1 so early. I would make the same argument for Verstappen. Stroll seems like a nice enough kid (unlike Verstappen), but there is a lack of consistency. On the other hand, Sirotkin could be an exceptional, if not raw, talent. Given that they are both rather inexperienced drivers in what is clearly a very difficult car, this is not a good situation for either them or the team. It could take the better part of the season before we get any consistent performances from them.
  12. Strategic mistake

    Actually, the last set of figures posted on budget had them as the lowest budget in F1. It is in one of the recent threads (Sakae posted it). But yea, they were running on a budget of around $200-250 million at the start of the Mercedes engine period...and that is the year they almost won a couple of races. It has apparently declined to around $100 million (with the two boy drivers bringing in $20+ million of that). So they are clearly in trouble. As they are a publicly listed company, someone should be able to come up with precise numbers. Of course, Frank Williams was an exceptional team owner. You kind of have to be exceptional to become the third winniest team in F1 history. Still, his rise to the front was fueled by Saudi money. He was the first team owner to go to the mid-east and get sponsorship. Up until then, he was making up the numbers. So, the issue may be Claire Williams incompetence, but I suspect it has a lot to do with being able to find funding. It she suddenly found a significant title sponsor, I am sure she would look a lot more competent. Any new team manager, if he/she cannot find money, would probably also not look to competent. That said, I think Williams played it too conservative in the first couple of years of Mercedes a couple of wins could have done a lot of attract more sponsorship money.
  13. Monaco 2018

    A few observations: 1. It looks like Red Bull is the team to beat this weekend. It has been a few years since we have said that. 2. The tier 2 teams appear to still be second slower than the top teams. 3. Renault and McLaren appear to have secured their position at the top of the tier 2 teams. 4. Williams is not sucking as bad as it has been.
  14. Monaco 2018

    Practice 2 results: Thursday Practice Session 2 POS DRIVER NATIONALITY ENTRANT TIME 1. Daniel Ricciardo Autralia Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:11.841 2. Max Verstappen Netherlands Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:12.035 3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari 1:12.413 4. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes 1:12.536 5. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 1:12.543 6. Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 1:12.643 7. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Renault 1:13.047 8. Stoffel Vandoorne Belgium McLaren-Renault 1:13.077 9. Fernando Alonso Spain McLaren-Renault 1:13.115 10. Carlos Sainz Spain Renault 1:13.200 11. Brendon Hartley New Zealand Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:13.222 12. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 1:13.370 13. Esteban Ocon France Force India-Mercedes 1:13.382 14. Pierre Gasly France Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:13.410 15. Sergey Sirotkin Russia Williams-Mercedes 1:13.547 16. Kevin Magnussen Denmark Haas-Ferrari 1:13.572 17. Charles Leclerc Monaco Sauber-Ferrari 1:13.575 18. Romain Grosjean France Haas-Ferrari 1:13.763 19. Lance Stroll Canada Williams-Mercedes 1:14.011 20. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Sauber-Ferrari 1:14.173
  15. Monaco 2018

    Practice one results: Thursday Practice Session 1 POS DRIVER NATIONALITY ENTRANT TIME 1. Daniel Ricciardo Autralia Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:12.126 2. Max Verstappen Netherlands Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:12.280 3. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes 1:12.480 4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari 1:13.041 5. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 1:13.066 6. Carlos Sainz Spain Renault 1:13.456 7. Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 1:13.502 8. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 1:13.717 9. Romain Grosjean France Haas-Ferrari 1:13.943 10. Sergey Sirotkin Russia Williams-Mercedes 1:13.962 11. Esteban Ocon France Force India-Mercedes 1:14.000 12. Brendon Hartley New Zealand Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:14.034 13. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Renault 1:14.134 14. Pierre Gasly France Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:14.240 15. Stoffel Vandoorne Belgium McLaren-Renault 1:14.291 16. Charles Leclerc Monaco Sauber-Ferrari 1:14.521 17. Fernando Alonso Spain McLaren-Renault 1:14.637 18. Lance Stroll Canada Williams-Mercedes 1:14.782 19. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.206 20. Kevin Magnussen Denmark Haas-Ferrari 1:18.801