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Eventful race but except for Norris, Leclerc and Verstappen a lot of mistakes by everybody else.
Hamilton with two huge errors, damaging the car right on the first corner although I was surprised he was still keeping up with Verstappen but then his second mistake threw it all away. Still great recovery.
The Bottas Vs Russell incident it's kinda hard to judge. Might be Russell's mistake but pinch moves and very high speeds should be looked at. It's very different to pinch the car to reduce the angle going into a corner, while in a straight at 300k/h it's a whole different thing.
This track kinda sucks with modern F1, you have one overtaking place and that it.
Mazepin, second race and what, 10th time out of track?
@phbz How can Hamilton throw it all away and have a great recovery?
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@jdincinerator He was gaining on Verstappen, ended up making a mistake that put him in 8th place with a broken front wing and a lap behind but was incredibly lucky with the timing of the Russell and Bottas incident. Then went from 8th to second which was a great recovery. But he would never get to 2nd if not for the restart.
Really entertaining race. Glad to see Verstappen winning which hopefully means that the race to the championship will be tight. So many people sliding around and Ham being super lucky with sliding off and being "allowed" to reverse back onto the track? thought that was illegal?
@lotias You are aloud to use reverse as long as you do it in a safe way. Basically it's just like a normal return to track after an incident.
That one and only safe passing position made for a tense run down. I really hoped Leclerc could stave off Norris a bit longer but that one spot on the map kinda made for a lengthened hunt down with Norris chasing Lecleric then Hamilton and Norris.
This week's podium
I wonder how Kimi and Fernando feel.
In a world where Tom Brady has a 21 year old elite career and still counting, I feel like we’re going to see more and more of “older” talent and 18-20 year olds all in the same league.
The science surrounding health and nutrition is getting clearer and easier to follow. Wealthy athletes have more access to doctors, trainers, and nutritionalists for longer careers.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Hamilton races until he’s 43-45 and shares a grid with an 19 year old chasing him down.
IDK why F1 isn't changing the messaging here, but FP2 = Qualifying for Friday, April 30th.
So FP2 will be the normal Q1, Q2, Q3 stages which will set a grid for the Sprint Qualifying on Saturday, March 1st.
Again, idk why they don't just rename FP2, it's confusing.
Honestly I thought that crash between Russell and Bottas was Russell's mistake. Russell tried so hard to pass Bottas that there was no more track, he slipped on the grass, lost control and crashed into Bottas. Russell can be forgiven because he's young and thinking he's in the right which is what many young people do, I get the feeling he was only hot and blaming Bottas because he knew he messed up and placing the blame on him was easier in the moment.
I have no clue what is going on.
This is an OFFICIAL F1 video on the Sprint Qualifying:
“Practice 2 has been replaced with a three part Qualifying session normally seen on a Saturday afternoon. This qualifying session is identical to our current qualifying format, but instead of setting the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix; it'll set the grid for Saturday's Sprint Qualifying.”
Well, I watched FP2 @ 10am and there was absolutely no qualifying session whatsoever. In fact, there wasn't even a mention of qualifying. The official F1 schedule still had FP2 scheduled and they did a normal FP2 like usual.
So when the heck is this alleged qualifying session happening? How do they determine the grid order for the Sprint Qualifying tomorrow.
The messaging here is a complete mess.
@dipset it's just for 3 races this season and it's not this weekend. That's all I know.
Jesus I thought it was this weekend. That would explain it. I 100% read an article saying its this weekend and they discussed it at the press conference so that's what threw me off.
My three takeaways from Portugal GP:
- F1TV Pro has major technical problems.
- Red buffering screen every half minute
- 50Hz refresh rate (WTF)
- Wouldn't work on PC, Mac, iPhone 8, Chrome, Firefox, nor Safari
- I better get some rebate for this week
I'm not sure Martin Brundle and the gang know that "nip and tuck" mainly refers to a boob job in North America
Mazepin is a joke.
I know being a rookie is hard, but his rookie year is amateur hour compared to Russell, Leclerc, and Norris' a few years ago.
Some grand prix are like watching paint dry and the Portuguese GP was kinda like that.
The biggest thing I took from this GP is.... Mazepin really shouldn't be in F1. Holy crap he makes it look like amateur hour.
@lotias Hey, he made huge improvements, a whole race without going off track.
The race was interesting, the first three were very close the whole time and had some cool overtaking moments but midfield lacked good fights this time. It definitely lacked spectacle and big moments but it was competitive.
A cool Spanish GP, what a rarity! Much thanks to a genius strategy from Mercedes and another superb drive by Lewis. I know many don't like seeing him win because he always does, but he got so much unfair criticism during the last years with people throwing shade at his real talent that I can't help but celebrate seeing him giving masterclass after masterclass.
Lots of midfield action too. Russell seemed about to score his first Williams point but seems like his car gave up on him on the last laps.
Added bonus for this season, seeing people lapping Mazepin and hoping he doesn't take them out.
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Off topic a bit, Romain Grosjean won the pole position for tomorrow's IndyCar race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield road course.
Monaco GP this weekend!
Leclerc was fastest at FP2 in his home GP! I love watching Monaco because the razor thin margin for error freaks me out, but I know it isn't really much of an overtaking track. I hope Ferrari pulls one out this weekend.
Not sure if you guys saw the 60 Minutes special / The New Yorker report that blew the lid off the US's “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification” program about UFO's aka UAP's. The US Department of Defence / Congress are set to investigate these flying vehicles with a report coming as late as June 1st, 2021.
We're allegedly talking: "6-to-700 g-forces, that can fly at 13,000 miles an hour, that can evade radar and that can fly through air and water and possibly space. And oh, by the way, has no obvious signs of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces and yet still can defy the natural effects of Earth's gravity."
I think Formula 1 cars might've finally met their match!
Let's take in the fact that the world has been so unprecedentedly crazy the past while that I am mostly nonchalant and accepting of the fact that unknown technology that may or may not be otherworldly or 1000 years ahead of human technology is just roaming out planet like it's no one's business... What a time to be alive.