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40 minutes ago, Sakae said:

IMHO Seb has very limited options right now. Stay and hope for the best, or retire. I am still short on accurate understanding why there was collision with Ocon. Was it a racing accident, or Seb misjudged car reaction, and what needs to happen to avoid future reoccurrences. Is Seb loosing it?

Still learning the car... He said so himself

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1 hour ago, BradSpeedMan said:

Still learning the car... He said so himself

Brad, you are following the same media outlets as I do. You must have noticed ongoing attacks on Vettel already, learning about his car or not. He has to get a grip on his horse ASAP, there is no way around it. Today Hulk got confirmed as a reserve driver. Just literally minutes later I read already that he is probably replacing Vettel.

Seb is in a fish bowl, and that's the way it is. Honeymoon was over rather quickly.

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2 hours ago, Sakae said:

Sebastian has noweher to go

I am unsure of this.  Indeed he may NOT have a front runnin seat 2 go 2.
I am thinkin, mayB a seat CAN go 2 with Williams ? - unsure of contract and seat availability.
Williams WOULD B a similar situation 2 when he were at Red Bull. 
Recent investment, lookin 2 go places.  Williams COULD afford his salary.
2 go forwards, sometimes HAVE 2 go backwards FIRST then U CAN go forwards - like doin a cha cha

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7 hours ago, Sakae said:

Brad, you are following the same media outlets as I do. You must have noticed ongoing attacks on Vettel already, learning about his car or not. He has to get a grip on his horse ASAP, there is no way around it. Today Hulk got confirmed as a reserve driver. Just literally minutes later I read already that he is probably replacing Vettel.

Seb is in a fish bowl, and that's the way it is. Honeymoon was over rather quickly.

I see it more in a development role. Since testing restrictions has scuppered Seb. They need to do hard work in the background, who better than Hulk.

 

Hope I'm right

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7 hours ago, BradSpeedMan said:

I see it more in a development role. Since testing restrictions has scuppered Seb. They need to do hard work in the background, who better than Hulk.

 

Hope I'm right

Your explanation is plausible. Hulk is a good fit as a replacement driver (as proved when COVID struck or will strike again), and also a development guy.

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Hello

Is Otmar put under pressure to perform or else..? I would be actually surprised if that is true. My perception is, that Szafnauer is performing very well with resources to his disposal.

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2 hours ago, Sakae said:

Hello

Is Otmar put under pressure to perform or else..? I would be actually surprised if that is true. My perception is, that Szafnauer is performing very well with resources to his disposal.

What's going on here. Maybe influence from Seb, don't know

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Yes.

This is a small sample why I am fond of the guy.

From the interview with TPs, Szafnauer continues to insist that Sebastian needs more time. I tend to agree with that position, however occupying P15 seems off by any standard in my book. It goes beyond a different powertrain explanation why he was slow. They tried new upgrades yesterday. Again, good explanation, but not enough.  How he will go from that far back to top 5 (where I want to see him at this point of time) seems an impossible dream.

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On 4/9/2021 at 12:15 PM, Sakae said:

Hulk is a good fit as a replacement driver

Indeed, similar 2 back in the day, DC.
A nearly driver, who has never made it though dependable 2 do a job when needed.

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Team quotes:

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Sebastian Vettel (13th, 1:15.394): "Overall, I think it was a reasonable qualifying session. I think there was a little bit left on the table in some of my laps, but it is obviously very tight and a tenth or two can cost you quite a lot of positions. I feel we are making progress, but I am still missing the full confidence to extract the maximum. I am still not entirely happy, but I am happier than last time [in Bahrain]. I can see and feel the progress we are making: session by session, lap by lap, we are getting that little bit better. I do not know what to expect tomorrow because all the teams appear to be very closely matched in the middle of the grid, and it is a narrow track where overtaking is not easy. There is also the question of whether it will rain, which might help us. Regardless, we need a clean getaway tomorrow and then we can take it from there."

Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating Officer: "A solid afternoon where both drivers were pushing hard. Lance's best effort was discounted for a breach of track limits, but he progressed to Q3 once again and is well placed to score points tomorrow. We saw in Bahrain that we were more competitive in the race compared to qualifying and I anticipate the same here. Lance should be able to race the cars ahead of him, just as he did in Bahrain. Our race pace should also help us bring Sebastian into contention for points. We will do our homework tonight to be fully prepared for tomorrow with plenty of strategy options."

Szafnauer seems less excited over q-results than Vettel is.

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Stroll Jr. has done well at Imola. Seb had trouble already before race start, and then DNF. Another day to forget.

I am not suggesting anything dark, but Vettel seems to have more problems on his car than his teammate. (Similar situation in 2014.) I am not sure what AM will do about it. TP was talking again about Seb needs more running in the car, which is fine, we heard that before, but I am not sure he explained in post race interview why Vettel had that many pit stops at Imola. I doubt that has anything to do with how much millage he has in that car. Not really satisfactory explanation from Otmar. Some, but not all problems:

- Failed tire gamble

- Brakes

- FiA' penalty

- What else?

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41 minutes ago, Sakae said:

- What else?

As Aston Martin - simply NOT up 2 the challenge of buildin a reliable F1 car.

 

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12 hours ago, lipstick79 said:

As Aston Martin - simply NOT up 2 the challenge of buildin a reliable F1 car.

 

RP was able to built a reliable car last year. The same team (albeit under a different name) should be able to carry the same level of reliability forward. Mandated changes to a car should not be related to reliability issues. The car needs to be however sorted out, and that may take time and greater millage. Unfortunately some bad problems are playing out mostly on my favourite driver's car. 

 

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8 hours ago, Sakae said:

The same team (albeit under a different name) should be able to carry the same level of reliability forward

Another good point there Sakae

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