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on: October 27, 2018, 07:25:31 PM
Watching the Mexican qualifying (still in progress), but Max Verstappen could be the youngest ever pole sitter here......and that's weird.
Given his form over the last three years it's a bit of a surprise that he's never qualified in front.



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Reply #1 on: October 27, 2018, 07:54:25 PM
p.s. George Russell might not have a long career in F1 from next year.
He the same height as Paul di Resta (just over 6' (185cm)) who had to starve himself to keep within the weight limits imposed by the car design at the time and decided it was becoming detrimental to his health(?)

Never understood that.
The FIA should rule for a greater range of drivers.


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Reply #2 on: October 27, 2018, 09:16:35 PM
Tell that to the Russian T34 tank drivers in WWII. They had to be little to get in, and had 40minutes training before being sent to the front line.

Is it not up to the driver to choose a sport he fits in, not have the sport change its rules to fit him?


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Reply #3 on: October 28, 2018, 12:30:58 AM
They start young, so they're usually smaller.....like pet alligators.   :wink:


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Reply #4 on: October 28, 2018, 10:10:44 AM
Since Schumacher Jnr is doing so well in Formula 3 (is it?), maybe there are dynasties.
Little girls might love ballet but if you grow up to be six foot you're not going to be a ballerina. They might love to model but unless you are six foot you won't walk the catwalk.


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Reply #5 on: October 28, 2018, 08:54:41 PM
And Hamilton comes fourth and wins the Championship for the fifth time


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Reply #6 on: October 28, 2018, 09:16:41 PM
Yep, he never really put a foot wrong all year.  :cool:


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Reply #7 on: March 13, 2019, 04:37:10 PM
F1 season is here again (this weekend in Australia)

New season shows some changes to the aero packages (skinny wings) on the front and back to aid overtaking.

Ballast is back with a max weight increase, so the heavier drivers might be in with a better chance (Paul Di Resta mentioned a few years ago that he was putting his health at risk by having to drop weight to compensate for the weight of the car).

Oil burning is out. (Some teams would crank up the power in qualifying, but they were adding engine oil to the fuel mixture...not against the rules, but pretty sneaky. This year they'll run with the auxiliary oil tanks empty during qualifying.)

Biometric gloves are mandatory (not sure what they do...possibly to do with cheating. i.e. They'll be able to see what changes the driver is making?)

Starting from the pit lane doesn't mean you'll miss out on the parade lap, they'll do it and peel back into the pit lane.

And remember when they got that model to wave the chequered flag in Canada last year, and she started flapping it around a lap early? (fuck me  :rolleyes:)
Well that's out. The flag will still be waved but the drivers will follow a chequered light system.


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Reply #8 on: May 21, 2019, 04:36:36 PM
Really sad to see that Lauda died yesterday. His driving career was before my time as an F1 fan, but the film Rush really brought him to life for me (if that isn't an inappropriate term considering the events covered). He could always be relied on to give a very straight answer to any question that journalists could put to him and seemed about as no-nonsense as you get. I hope he enjoyed seeing his latest team's dominance over his final months anyway.  He is certainly a legend of the sport.


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Reply #9 on: May 21, 2019, 05:38:31 PM
Aye he was some man, parts of his treatment following the crash was horrific.


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Reply #10 on: May 24, 2019, 10:08:59 AM
Monaco again, with the ubiquitous Zepter sign at the end of the tunnel.

If you ever wondered what Zepter do, they're a really posh housewares shop.
They sell things like £45 plastic tupperware glasses and £340 pots.   :huh: