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May 26, 2019, 07:00:15 PM by Jericoke
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Who says that Monaco has to be a dull race?

Lewis Hamilton.  Once again a champion's drive.  Another 'perfect' qualifying lap to get him on pole, and then overcoming a rare Mercedes strategy error to hold off Max Verstappen for 40 laps.  He had to put in 40 perfect laps on one of the least forgiving track in racing, and he did.  I know I sound like a Hamilton fan girl, but... there's just no other way to look at it!

Max Verstappen.  He did everything he could do to win the race.  He made it through the first corner without an incident.  His early pit release was totally not his fault, so I can't blame him for that.  He was all over Hamilton.  I don't think it was humanly possible to pass Lewis, so just matching perfect lap for perfect lap was the best Max could hope for.

Tributes for Niki.  Losing someone so omnipresent in the sport is a big deal.  I think that it was handled with class and respect without overwhelming the spirit of the F1 circus itself.

RBR for an unsafe pit release.  I know the pit lane is crazy, and these decisions are made on a split second, but with so many people there safety MUST be the primary consideration.  (Bonus zero to the FIA for not giving Red Bull a more severe penalty)

Ferrari for managing to mess up qualifying.  LeClerc clearly should have been in the top 10, and we see just how important it is being clear of the slower cars, especially at Monaco!

Besides that, we didn't see much of the other drivers.  The story was Max and Lewis putting on an epic duel.  Vettel and Bottas SHOULD have been more involved, so that's disappointing.  There was a little shoving in the midfield, but only one DNF shows everyone played fair and drove, basically, mistake free.
May 25, 2019, 06:07:33 PM by Jericoke
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I don't always make time to watch qualifying, and when I do, it rarely grabs my attention except for the last 30 seconds.

Today's qualifying in Monaco was spectacular.  I think that the 'midfield' has closed up enough that everyone is at risk of going out in Q1.  (Sure, Mercedes aren't going out unless they have a disaster, and Williams aren't getting through unless everyone else has a disaster, still leaves a few spots for a dozen cars).  Seeing that LeClerc, once again, shows he has the skill and car to be on top yet Ferrari managing to bungle it, is great TV.  Throw in that Ferrari reached a point where they were guaranteed to lose one car to Q1 is even better.
May 22, 2019, 08:19:40 PM by cosworth151
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This weekend is Monaco! I'm starting the thread a little early to remind everyone that Friday comes on Thursday in Monaco. FP1 & FP2 are on Thursday in the principality. Friday is market day or something like that.
May 22, 2019, 08:36:00 AM by monty
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I know little can be understood from such a simple drawing but one obvious thing leaps off the page - huge run-off areas! Yet again it will be a circuit where drivers will make ludicrous overtake attempts and simply miss the corner. At the moment I fear that this will be another Tilke track that true enthusiasts will hate! 
May 21, 2019, 03:25:43 AM by Jericoke
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Niki Lauda has passed away.

Certainly anyone on this site knows who Lauda was, and what he meant to F1.  It would be hard for me to add anything to that.

Many former champions are happy to rest on their laurels, and why not?  I would.  Lauda continued to be part of the sport, part of the world as a whole.  He knew he had a lot to offer, and wasn't shy to do so.  The world is a better place for having him, and a little dimmer for for losing him.

Rest in Peace Mr. Lauda, and warm wishes to your friends, family and all the lives you've touched.
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May 20, 2019, 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 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.

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.