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Today at 12:56:52 PM by John S
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If Mark Hughes assessment, see the paragraphs below, of Seb's special prowess when allowed to use his natural style is correct it's perhaps possible to extrapolate that Ferrari only need to get closer rather than totally on terms with Merc - Vettel will then do the rest.  :swoon:

They need to build more rear stability for the Vettel magic to make the difference, and bring back glory days like Seb's Red Bull years.   

Before you all claim not fair on Leclerc just take a minute to note that Hughes suggests that Charles driving style is more flexible and so should not be disadvantaged.     

How he[Vettel] fares now in the quick-fire rhythm of the ‘European’ part of the season could be key to his whole future. This is dependent not only on Ferrari’s ability to develop the SF90 into a Mercedes match but whether it can do so in a way that allows Vettel to express his natural driving style – which, as we’ve seen over the years, is highly dependent on having a car with a lot of rear stability; a car like Ferrari has given him in the last two years.
Give him such a car and he finds big chunks of time on corner entry into slow and medium speed corners with his sudden, pitching turn-in. The greater the rear grip, the greater his advantage over more conventional techniques. But take that away from him – and he struggles. It’s a far less flexible style than that of Leclerc.

The notion that he was flattered by the Adrian Newey Red Bulls is nonsense. On the contrary, he exaggerated the speed of the blown diffuser cars, squeezed more from them than would drivers with a more conventional style. I spent many hours standing trackside watching him do it and it could be quite extraordinary to behold, the Red Bull’s rear staying planted long enough to get him turned but then beginning to slide before the apex – which Vettel would cure by counter-intuitively standing hard on the gas pedal. He could do it in such a fluid, coordinated way, every time. Mark Webber used to shake his head after looking at his telemetry. How could this guy, who in a normal car wasn’t as quick as him through a fast corner, conjure this magic?
There’s no inherent reason why this generation of car should not have the sort of planted rear he craves. So far this season, the Ferrari hasn’t had it – but did have during testing at the very track we’re now at. If that trait can be technically accessed, the next question is whether Vettel can conjure the desire to extend himself, extract the maximum from himself, live in that uncomfortable territory? Race after race, in the grind of a season, against opponents, within the team and outside of it, who are just so relentlessly good?

Courtesy Mark Hughes, excerpts from a longer piece on Motorsportmagazine.com 10th May.
John S
May 18, 2019, 05:03:09 PM by John S
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Just like you've always told us Cossie, the Brickyard sure is a spectacle.
Very different to F1 though, must be a nightmare for pumped up rookies to remember where their team spot is on pit row in the heat of the race.

cosworth151
May 16, 2019, 11:46:04 PM by cosworth151
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No, it's not April Fools Day. Juan Pablo Montoya was at Barcelona in Racing Point gear. The rumor is that he's going to be their new driving coach.

No word yet if they'll be putting the Emperor Nero in charge of fire safety.

https://autoweek.com/article/formula-one/hot-rumor-big-spending-racing-point-f1-team-adding-juan-pablo-montoya-coach
John S
May 16, 2019, 02:46:22 PM by John S
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See the image on Cristian Menath's twitter feed.   :DD

https://twitter.com/MSM_Christian/status/1128733968432607232?s=17
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May 16, 2019, 02:16:03 PM by Ian
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 :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo: Happy Birthday  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:
                                               Scott

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cosworth151
May 15, 2019, 03:16:02 PM by cosworth151
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Rich Energy, title sponsor of the Haas F1 team, has lost a legal battle over its trademark. The judge even singled out F1 in her ruling.

UK-based Whyte Bikes brought the case against Rich Energy as it claimed the energy drinks company had copied its stag logo, which the bike manufacturer had created in December 2008.

In the introduction to her decision, Her Honor Judge Melissa Clarke stated: “What is sought, amongst other things, is an injunction which would require the removal of the logo of the First Defendant, Rich Energy Limited, from the Formula 1 race car and website of the Rich Energy Haas Formula 1 motor racing team.”

I was a big fan of Super Aguri. Their downfall was hastened when their main sponsor, SS United Group, ran afoul of the legal system. I hope history doesn't repeat itself.

https://racer.com/2019/05/14/haas-title-sponsor-rich-energy-loses-court-case-over-logo/
monty
May 15, 2019, 12:02:11 PM by monty
Views: 328 | Comments: 15

https://www.planetf1.com/news/mercedes-doing-too-well-says-liberty-media/
This just proves how little Liberty understand sport let alone F1!!
They compare F1 against the biggest European football series. Football (proper football and that American version  ;)) creates 'tribal' followers. They will pay big money to follow their team anywhere and they are more interested in the result than the quality of the game. Sponsors understand exactly the demographic that will be captive, watching each and every game.  Everyone knows that football is the biggest spectator sport in the World and therefore the easiest to monetise!
Motorsport attracts a much wider demographic with different people watching for different reasons.
Of course F1 would gain a bigger audience if the racing was closer and the spectacle was better but it would still have limitations. In F1, the best 'billboards' are the cars but these are small and expensive - attracting a few huge corporate sponsors that have little relevance to the spectators. Then Liberty limit the audience by only allowing pay to view TV deals making 'household' sponsors even less likely to get involved. This isn't brain surgery! Liberty only have to look at 'lesser' series such as Nascar, British Touring Cars, Superbikes, etc. to see how they could increase the spectator base and the number of sponsors.
As I have said many times if they listened to 'us' they could quickly make improvements.
I think they need a massive change to the regs but that is a difficult discussion. They could start with some really easy changes. In my opinion these could include:
allow more free to air TV coverage; distribute funds to the smaller teams to allow them to compete; add more racing to the weekends (why not add the new Womens Series); add a really simple handicap system to stop one team monopolising results.....
I am sure there are lots of good ideas out there. The sad thing is that I do not think Liberty will listen!