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General F1 Discussion / Re: 2021 Dutch Grand Prix Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by Andy B on September 05, 2021, 11:24:54 PM »
I have to say I was not overly impressed with the track with little opportunity for overtaking which is down to the track and cars so maybe next year if the cars are to be able to run closer together it'll be a better spectacle.

LH took fastest lap with VB saying he eased off knowing LH would beat whatever he did.

I'm hoping Monza is to be more interesting.

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General F1 Discussion / Re: 2021 Dutch Grand Prix Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by Dare on September 05, 2021, 09:42:39 PM »
Bottas set fast lap on one of the last laps even
when he was told not to. Maybe he thought what
are they going to fire me. I bet he's at Alfa next year
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General F1 Discussion / 2021 Dutch Grand Prix Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by Jericoke on September 05, 2021, 07:13:11 PM »
A fairly straightforward race with little passing, but it seemed like a great race.  Maybe because Spa was a disappointment, maybe because the atmosphere of the fans translated through the TV, or maybe a 'new' old track brings some excellent spice to 2021.

Heroes
Max:  a fantastic race, never approaching a mistake all weekend, not from driver nor team.  He didn't seem to draw on the crowd as much as British or Brazilian drivers do at home races.  Seemed a little weird for 'Mad Max' to be so grounded about being a national hero.

Bottas:  there's been plenty of talk about his future, about whether he would be a 'good teammate' if he's not being paid to do so.  Well, I think he did a great job of running the 'teammate' strategy, taking a late single pitstop so he could hold up Max for a couple laps, not pushing for the fastest lap point.  He really IS a team player, possibly the best 'rear gunner' we've seen in F1.

Gasly:  best of the rest, what more to say?

Ferrari:  2 strong points finishes, moving into third in the WCC, and the drivers seemed like they could have done more.  Ferrari is strong, and they're hungry.  That's what the sport needs!

Alonso:  I wasn't sure if Alonso/Alpine would have much to show this year.  Boy was I wrong.  Alonso is as much a racer as he's ever been. He's getting the most out of his car, and driving the pants off the other midfield drivers who may be the strongest 'midfield' in terms of skill we've ever had.

Zeroes:
Haas:  Grosjean and K-Mag couldn't get along... Schumacher and Mazepin can't get along.  I'm starting to think the team has some deep seated cultural issues.  Maybe Steiner needs to stop swearing for the camera and start getting this team sorted out.  He oversaw a great start to the team, but Gene needs more mature leadership for his team.

Williams:  They're still looking better, but back to Earth after 2 straight double points finishes.
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General F1 Discussion / Re: Suzuka Cancelled
« Last post by monty on September 02, 2021, 09:14:18 AM »
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I doubt they would admit being oppressed to their business partners. Ask the owners of Alibaba and Tencent what they think right now! And I am not sure how much they freely respect authority and how much of that is authoritarian rule. What I saw in Bulgaria after Communism collapsed there was half a nation who lost all respect for living in a society and behaved however they wanted and ruined it for the other half. In short authoritarian rule has never taught anyone to respect anything. They just have obedience beaten into them.
My job has required me to work with Chinese colleagues for 20years; visiting several times a year. I am confident that (at least in the regions I work - Guangdong, Zhongshan, Hunan & Shanghai) the people are very happy and generally support the Central Government. They have seen massive improvements in the lifestyle of their families over the years and if they work hard they get the rewards.
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General F1 Discussion / Re: Suzuka Cancelled
« Last post by rmassart on September 01, 2021, 08:34:12 PM »
...I have not met anyone during my 30years of travelling in China that feels oppressed. They follow rules because they are brought up to respect authority.

I doubt they would admit being oppressed to their business partners. Ask the owners of Alibaba and Tencent what they think right now! And I am not sure how much they freely respect authority and how much of that is authoritarian rule. What I saw in Bulgaria after Communism collapsed there was half a nation who lost all respect for living in a society and behaved however they wanted and ruined it for the other half. In short authoritarian rule has never taught anyone to respect anything. They just have obedience beaten into them.

I read an interesting article recently that suggested the UK is the only country in the World that is reporting accurately

This might be true, because they have health care system that enables them to be very uniform about how they collect data (other countries also have good healthcare systems but they are federal in nature without central control, eg Germany where results are still faxed between institutions!).  This system is also great for running studies and it is why as far as I remember most of the initial epidemiological studies on Covid came out of the UK. So the UK death rate is probably more accurate than most other countries. The case rate on the other hand is purely a function of how much you test and I am not convinced that these numbers can be compared between countries anymore. You want a low case rate? Stop testing! :-)
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Pit Pass / Re: Have Merc found legal F1 PU trick to help increase power on corner exits?
« Last post by John S on September 01, 2021, 05:36:35 PM »
The new thing is the trick of getting air much cooler than expected - or supposedly allowed - at certain times Cos, that's what RBR & Ferrari are distrustful of.
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General F1 Discussion / Re: Suzuka Cancelled
« Last post by monty on September 01, 2021, 02:35:03 PM »
Of course it is impossible to be sure if 'reported' information is correct (I read an interesting article recently that suggested the UK is the only country in the World that is reporting accurately). However, China is reporting approximately 30 new cases per day (in >1.2billion population!!!). Most regions are considered completely safe but some parts of Shanghai and Jiangsu are at 'Medium Risk' level. China has administered over 2billion vaccinations and they are just opening up vaccinations for 12 to 14year olds. None of our staff have had the disease and none of them know anyone that has had the disease. Currently the only way anyone can visit China is to isolate in a Government Hotel for 2weeks after entry (I have chosen not to visit - the hotels I normally stay in are 'basic' and not tailored for westerners so I dread to think what a Government selected hotel would be like!)
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The intake air passes through an intercooler between the turbo & the plenum to cool it. Many American V8's used to have water passages through the intake manifold to cool the intake mixture. It doesn't sound like anything new or innovative.
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General F1 Discussion / Re: Russel to Merc and Bottas to Alfa
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on September 01, 2021, 01:48:47 PM »
Different leader. I think Mr Vasseur can count to 2.
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General F1 Discussion / Re: Suzuka Cancelled
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on September 01, 2021, 01:48:16 PM »
Interesting. The information I was getting from China was that the current situation is as bad as it is in much of Europe despite the precautions.
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