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F1 History / Fascinating F1 records that may never be broken
« Last post by John S on Today at 08:18:57 PM »
In this lull between races to keep the F1 spirit going I've dug up this vid of strange but noteworthy records. 

From most consecutive DNFs - thru winning an F1 race by over 5 mins - only 3 cars actually crossing the line in a GP - to the oldest driver to win an F1 race..... and more!  Enjoy I know I did.

Sorry you'll have to click on 'view on Youtube' after pressing play button, demons have fouled embedding again. ::)

Very good point Ali.
He didn't have the t-shirt bundled up in the car all race just so he could spring it on the press at the last minute. This was planned and approved or someone from Merc would be handed their papers.
General F1 Discussion / Re: DiResta wins at LeMans
« Last post by Andy B on September 21, 2020, 10:25:13 PM »
Remember Brendon Hartley picked up his second Le Mans win to go along with his two WEC titles. F1 may have not suited him but WEC does.
General F1 Discussion / Re: DiResta wins at LeMans
« Last post by lkjohnson1950 on September 21, 2020, 06:35:35 PM »
Di Resta not only won Le Mans, but clinched the LMP2 season championship.
General F1 Discussion / Re: DiResta wins at LeMans
« Last post by cosworth151 on September 21, 2020, 02:55:03 PM »
The LMP2 was the closest class of the race, going down to the last last. One of the drivers of the 2nd place LMP2 car was another F1 alumnus, Ant Davidson.
I see from a sponsor standpoint that there could be an issue if you are paying big bucks to have your logo featured and it gets covered by a T-shirt then you could complain.
Toto stood and watched the entire time Lewis wore the shirt and appeared to not be concerned. If he was, he did a very good job of hiding it.
I can also see the FIA will want to have a word with Lewis or others may start to use the platform for their own issues.
Liberty need to tread lightly as Lewis has a global impact, and he knows it, so if he decides do flex that muscle, guess who's side the fans will be on?

Exactly.  Lewis knows what he's doing, Toto (and by extension Mercedes top brass and major sponsorship) knows to leave it be.  Nobody wants the bad press that goes with complaining your logo is covered up for 10 seconds.

It's unlikely to be a last second addition, Lewis had to have the shirt available, which means someone at Mercedes had to know about the plan, which means Lewis and someone (maybe Toto, most likely a PR employee with direction from Toto) had a private discussion about it.

Also a Merc staffer had to hand him the T-shirt post-race, because he was slightly late to the interview area and the only people who could have come outside that might plausibly have conveyed the T-shirt is someone with a Mercedes paddock pass.
General F1 Discussion / Re: DiResta wins at LeMans
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on September 21, 2020, 02:19:17 PM »
I don't think Paul and his F1 team quite clicked, but it is good to see him at a team where he is happy - and winning (a class of) Le Mans is a great achievement in itself. Congratulations, Paul!
General F1 Discussion / DiResta wins at LeMans
« Last post by monty on September 21, 2020, 12:40:42 PM »
I know it is a bit off topic but I was really pleased to see Paul DiResta win LeMans LMP2 and get 5th overall.
I have always felt that Paul could have done better in F1 but didn't have the money to get a seat where he could really show his talent.
Other Sports / Ex-F1 drivers win Le Mans
« Last post by Andy B on September 20, 2020, 10:48:54 PM »
General F1 Discussion / Re: Are Merc about to sell F1 team to INEOS?
« Last post by Jericoke on September 18, 2020, 03:23:55 PM »
I can't see it.
Merc has no reason to step back as they at the pointy end of the wedge and the old adage "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" still rings true. After all, they are a car company first and foremost.

I know what you mean!  My pocketbook wishes Red Bull would win more, it's way cheaper buying a can of that over a new Mercedes every weekend!  At least I don't have to worry about financing all those Ferraris anymore.  (It's just as well Racing Point never wins, I've never seen a Racing Point for sale... well, once, but Stroll's dad bought it before they won, but it had a different name.)

But in all seriousness, I'm sure Mercedes is keeping a close eye on how effective the race team is at driving sales. What I liked about the Honda programme was they used it as an internal reward for Honda employees to get two years on the race team for a job well done.  It hampered the race programme by using 'regular' people instead of career race engineers, but it was something to sell to the board.
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