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  • Re: 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Pee

    Thoughts on the season and the future:

    - Ultimately the destiny of the title was decided in 3 races between Singapore and Japan. But even with the bad luck and driving errors taken out of it for both of them, the Mercedes' was the clear faster car over the course of the season (I don't know how you could justify otherwise) so Hamilton would still be the champion all things equal. You could argue both sides as to who deserves the championship. Hamilton was super consistent and annihilated Bottas in the second half of the season, but he had his qualifying error in Brazi, a possible race costing drive through penalty in Bahrain and his his two exceptionally poor weekends in Russia and Monaco. Vettel never had these kind of weekends of exceptionally poor performances in comparison, but made more obvious mistakes in the heat of the action in Baku, Mexico and, depending who you ask, Singapore. A mantra I've always stuck with in F1 is in some cases more than one driver could be considered to have "deserved" the title, as was the case in 2012. So all I will say with certainty is both performed to an extremely high level for 85%+ of the season.

    - I'm starting to wonder if Ricciardo's time is going to come for a world title now. He's been a superstar in Red Bull for years while they've not been capable of challenging for the title and now he's starting to lose control of the team just when they may become good again. Despite finishing ahead, he's been outperformed by Verstappen this season when both cars have been working. Verstappen has addressed the one area of his driving which I felt needed work last season - his qualifying. And now there are not many reasons left why you'd choose Ricciardo over Verstappen if you had the choice right now. What he decides to do after next year when his contract is up will be the huge for his career, especially with Red Bull rumoured to be stuck with Honda for 2019 if Renault bail on them as expected. 

    - I know he won in Abu Dhabi but I think Bottas this season has ended up demonstrating what a fantastic driver Rosberg really was. He had his moments but for most of the season Hamilton was in a different stratosphere. Rosberg at the very least always kept Hamilton honest and never endured a stretch of races as bad as Bottas did between Spa and Mexico. Ricciardo and Ocon are going to be breathing down his neck for that seat in 2019 unless he has a much better year in 2018. 

    - I've enjoyed the era of Mclaren Honda being the leading meme of Formula 1 but this should now be the final season of it. I have very high expectations for them given their claims about their chassis and clearly still having one of the very best drivers in their car. If they turn up next season and have moved up the order but are still getting trounced by Mercedes, Ferrari and most importantly by the identically powered Red Bull, then I think Alonso's head will just implode and rightly so.

    - Ocon has turned out to be a real gem and I think Perez is just pissed off now because his stock rose massively when he outperformed Hulkenberg for two years and now Ocon has rocked up and pretty much put him out of all contention for a top drive ever again. I could dig a future with Ocon in the second Mercedes' and maybe Leclerc in the second Ferrari, although it's too soon to be calling that one. 

    - By my count Renault will be in year 3 of their 5 year plan to return to the "pinnacle of the sport". With better reliability and having Sainz in the car all season instead of just 4 races, they may have beaten Williams this year but next year I'm quietly hopeful they may be able to make a reasonable number of appearances in the top 5. With the driver lineup they've got they're certainly gonna be a problem if they can provide a fast car.

    - I can't decide whether Stroll is a great driver who is currently just plagued by inconsistency or whether he's an average driver who can get brilliant results only when the conditions suit. I'm leaning towards the latter. He has to beat whoever they put in the other Williams seat in 2018 or his career will be done. 
  • Re: 2017 Pooji TV Japanese Grand Prix

    I think they really need to sort out the Virtual Safety Car. At the last one (and I think the first one too just don't have the numbers), Verstappen was 2.x behind Hamilton, but by the end Hamilton was ahead by 5.x.

    It's because the time gap between cars is dependent on speed, so when the cars enter VSC the gaps always increase throughout the field. 

    To try and give an example - if you were stood by the side of the track and a leading car passes you at a certain point, and there's a trailing car 10 car lengths behind - the trailing car will take longer to get to you if it's going at 100mph compared to say 150mph.

  • Re: 2017 Pooji TV Japanese Grand Prix

    Only thing missing today would've been Seb saying "GP2 engine.... GP2" down the straights. That would've numbed some of the crippling sadness. 

    In all seriousness though, for all the genuine Hamilton fans on here, enjoy the title win. You guys had to go through a lot of **** last year, you've had some of that made up for now. 
  • Re: 2017 Winest Auto Singapore Grand Prix

    Hughesy said:
    Post what, that you were wrong and really overreacting?
    I said post Silverstone that Mercedes' would comfortably win this championship. I later said this would be barring Hungary and Singapore, as they are the only two tracks that play to Ferrari's specific strengths.

    Since then I've reiterated that feeling countless times in various discussions on here. And now you feel like this pole proves me wrong somehow, despite it being exactly what I said would happen. 

    To make it easier I'll go on record and say Mercedes' will win every other race this season post Singapore, barring bad luck or weird circumstances. You make your predictions and we'll see who's closer come seasons end. Nothing I've said is an overreaction, I want Vettel to win this title bad, but it's just a reality of where the top two teams are right now when you look at the season since Catalunya. 
  • Re: The Formula 1 Stuff Thread

    Hughesy said:
    So McLaren have officially split with Honda, going from a Honda to a Renault engine isn't exactly that exciting though. If they stuck with Mercedes then the works team would have had some competition over the last few years.
    You mean like the competition Mercedes' had in 2014 when McLaren did have Mercedes' engines? I have my doubts.

    The Renault engine is a big upgrade on the Honda. The Renault powered Red Bull was the second best car at Monza, and Ricciardo had no problem slicing through the field. If the McLaren chassis is as good as they say it is, the Renault engine should put them in the mix for podiums, at the least.