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This makes me feel better about Williams' long-term chances.

The Mazepins are to the Strolls what Johnny English is to James Bond. Say what you like about Lawrence and Lance, they have successfully got an actual team into their possession and an actual seat for "the chosen one" to drive that didn't result in the powers-that-be laughing in their faces. In comparison, please let me tell you about the Mazepins:

Now, Nikita Mazepin has been hovering around the international junior series for the past three-and-a-bit years. So far, his biggest feat has been second in last year's GP3 series. The second most notable thing he's managed to do is punch Callum Ilott on the nose and get himself banned from the paddock for a day as a result (lest anyone think this was a minor remedy, there was a F3 race during that day that Nikita should have been in...) 

He's not scored a point in F2 yet this season and not likely to get the top-10 position needed to get anything towards his Superlicence petition, let alone the top-5 he needs to get enough points to make it to F1 in 2020 (Nikita is 20 short of the 40 required).

Now, part of the plan for Nikita to learn how to be speedier was to work with a team. That had been Force India. As you doubtless remember, last August, the perfect opportunity was presented for the Mazepins to purchase Force India. However they managed to present a lesser offer than the Strolls (in terms of long-term future, if not necessarily in terms of pure bid price), so lost the seat for Nikita. Strollin' Rollin' does not appear to have missed them. The Mazepins are still bitter about it.

So, when Williams declared the rumours of the Mazepin talks were false, I wasn't surprised. More likely, the negotiation was for some method of getting Nikita into a Williams for some upcoming test days, and how much that's going to cost Dmitry. As the team needs skilled development rather more than it needs funds, I suspect the price will be rather high.

Even if the Mazepins had been trying to buy the team (which I would suggest will only happen if Nikita's driving improves), they would be bound to mess it up anyway, with the team either not being sold or ending up in other hands. This is good because I prefer F1 teams to be run by people who know what they are doing, and the Mazepins don't give me that vibe. Hence, they're more Johnny English than James Bond. Though... ...I have seen at least one comment suggesting that Dmitry Mazepan resembles a Bond villain.
General F1 Discussion / Re: Doesn't time fly!! ...
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on Today at 02:17:54 AM »
At the time I must admit I was nodding right along with Jeremy. Since he cannot apologise for his arrogance, please may I do so?
General F1 Discussion / Re: Vettel Wins Chinese GP!!! ...
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on Today at 02:14:17 AM »
14 of the participants of the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix are still racing something at international level. Note that in each case this is just one example series, some are doing several series or part-series:

F1 - Vettel, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Kubica
Super GT - Button, Kovalainen, Nakajima
Stock Cars - Barrichello
Formula E - Buemi, Piquet (well, he was until last race, when he lost his seat!), Massa
Le Mans - Alonso, Bourdais, Fisichella

People who don't appear to be racing this year: Webber, Glock, Heidfeld, Rosberg, Sutil, Trulli
General F1 Discussion / Re: 2019 Chinese GP Hero's and Zero's
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on Today at 02:01:34 AM »
Of course it is - pressure always mounts on a Ferrari team principal who isn't winning, especially when it can't easily be pinned on a specific other party.

Unfortunately, I feel Ferrari is in a readjustment period and is slightly in denial about it. It's not in a position to rush that process because this would require it to acknowledge the pre-season ideas of how things will work won't hold (an idea it liked and doesn't quite want to admit can be replaced with a better option). The thing must take its course - even if that course gets ugly. Even if I - and probably most people in this thread - could state with confidence what the new plan needs to look like. Sorry.
Off Topic / Re: Podium of Annoyances!! ...
« Last post by Andy B on April 20, 2019, 10:12:01 PM »
Here in NZ we have the option for a bar code to stuck to a position where the Postie can leave a parcel and scan the code but being retired I'm home more often than not and having a large GSD is better than a door  bell.

One of my annoyances is the continuous use of profanities it used to used to emphasise a point but in a lot of cases its every other word so what do they use to emphasise a point?
Off Topic / Re: Podium of Annoyances!! ...
« Last post by cosworth151 on April 20, 2019, 03:01:10 PM »
The letter carriers around here always short cut between houses. In our neighborhood, we even shovel a path through the snow between the houses in the winter for the mailman. For many years, our regular mailman lived about a block & a half away from my house. Jack retired a few years ago & moved to Florida. He said he never wanted to see snow again!
Off Topic / Re: Podium of Annoyances!! ...
« Last post by Warmwater on April 20, 2019, 01:33:22 AM »
A few years ago I had a friend who drove a Canada Post truck, I believe his job was to empty the large mailboxes on the streets. His first stop every morning was a liquor store where he bought a liter bottle of whiskey to see him through the day. I have no idea how he managed to drive, though he did have an occasional accident. A few of us would meet every evening at the local pub and he often told us about his day on the job. He said he would always deliberately get behind on his schedule, then to finish his route he would be on higher overtime pay after the end of his shift. To add icing on his cake he would then volunteer for after hours special deliveries, for which he got a hefty daily bonus. I never saw him sober, but he was a happy drunk and his wife was very attractive. He looked and acted like Cliff on Cheers...
Off Topic / Re: Podium of Annoyances!! ...
« Last post by Luke on April 19, 2019, 09:49:34 AM »
I have to be honest, I feel sorry for posties and other delivery drivers now.  Too much pressure, low pay, far too many deliveries and as Lonny just said, far too unrealistic targets.  I do get miffed when the lie about attempting deliveries, but by and large I am sympathetic to them.  I wouldn't want to be doing it!
Off Topic / Re: Podium of Annoyances!! ...
« Last post by lkjohnson1950 on April 19, 2019, 09:42:56 AM »
I can't say how the mail works in Canada or the UK, but I was a letter carrier for the USPS for quite a long time. You are told to cut across yards where possible as long as the resident doesn't object. You would have to be home and ask him/her to stop. You are encouraged to leave parcels at the door. Amazon insists on it. If your Amazon parcel is stolen Amazon says they will replace it. Otherwise you must file a claim. If you can prove your claim, the letter carrier may have to pay. When I retired I had 1500 mailboxes on my route. Most got something every day. I was supposed to deliver them all in 8 hours. That's a little more than 3 per minute, not including sorting time or travel time. My route was in Tucson, in a non air conditioned truck where inside temps were recorded as high as 130 in the summer. It is a far more difficult job than most people imagine.
General F1 Discussion / Re: F1 Viewing Menu ...
« Last post by Luke on April 19, 2019, 08:00:52 AM »
Give it a few race Cal, I'll have zoned out of them by then :D
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