Formula One



  • Hockenheim turned into quite a chaos when the raindrops started to appear. That situation with Vettel, oh man. What even happened, it look so harmless and slow. Well, Schadenfreude was what I felt. I had thought that Hamilton would make in into the podium, but the 1st place was still huge. Great drive from both Finns. Loved that dialogue between Kimi and the team when they were telling him to let Vettel pass. "Just tell me what you want me to do." So much beating around the bush there. "If you want me to let him pass, just fucking say so then."


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    This was a race that really came alive with the rain. I did feel sad for Vettel though, he controlled it and then off to nothingness, could hear his hearbreak in the voice over the radio. Really glad to see Ericsson in the points again, well worked from the whole team and his drive. Im not sure what they thought when they put full wets on Gasly though, but yeah. Glad I saw this race and cant wait for Budapest next weekend, its often good races here.


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    Hungaroring were a bit of a sleepingpill this year, kinda shame as we have had some great races here before. It kinda felt like Ferrari had no idea what was going on or what to do, also had some unlucky pitstops. I did feel kinda bad for Bottas towards the end making contact with Vettel and Ricciardo. Now its time for summer break and my sundays will be a lot more dull until we return in a month with Spa, which hopefully will be a good race where teams bring in new parts and so on!



  • It'd be great to see Kimi achieving his 100th podium at Spa, his favourite circuit. Fingers crossed.



  • Big news in F1 during this summer break:

    • Alonso has just stated that this will be his final season in the sport.
    • Ricciardo will move from Red Bull to Renault after this season.
    • Daddy Stroll has basically bought Force India, so his son will drive a pink car very soon.

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    @sentinel-beach Thats some big news! I had followed the Ricciardo affair, which came like a surprise, but I had no idea about the other things. Im wondering what the finished lineup will look like next year.



  • @sentinel-beach Woah, some new things I learned today! Really informative.



  • The hell was that again, Ferrari? I'm hearing that Kimi's car ran out of gas? Unbelievable if true.



  • Now the rumors are saying that Stroll could be racing for (now his dad's) Force India already next week in Monza.
    https://www.racefans.net/2018/08/25/strolls-force-india-switch-trigger-f1-moves-ocon-vandoorne-kubica-and-ericsson/

    That would cause a huge chain reaction:

    1. Stroll moves from Williams to Force India, which causes
    2. Ocon to move from Force India to McLaren, which causes
    3. Vandoorne to move from McLaren to Sauber
    4. where he would replace Ericsson, who'd be left without a seat completely
    5. as it would be returning Kubica who'd earn the free seat back at Williams

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    @sentinel-beach That is some interesting rumours. Not sure Sauber would be super glad to loose Ericsson considdering how much money he brings with the sponsors. That said, we have seen drivers with big sponsors go before.



  • @lotias Yeah, that part was completely new to me, that Ericsson would be the one left with the short straw. It'd feel wrong to see him gone this way, but this is some crazy domino effect now moving. We'll see how much of that circulation proves to be right soon.


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    Spa is always an iconic race, love the track. After a messy start things calmed down a bit. We got some good takeovers during the race and Bottas got a little bit of redemption after how his season has gone. Next up is Monza should be good for Ferrari again.



  • Yeah, the track is great, but man, that race went boring. Especially in the top where nothing happened. Nice overtakes throughout the race here and there, Ericsson managed to show Hartley how it's done, for instance. And of course Bottas rose 13 spots, nice ones among those. The start was chaos, and unfortunately Kimi was one of the guys who were unlucky. Goddammit.



  • Finally! And in which way!

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    @sentinel-beach yeah! so happy to see him taking pole, well deserved and all



  • I feel so fucking sad right now. Like almost crying a bit, honestly. Wasn't expecting that kind of emotion, but it came nevertheless. It's just that this really feels like this was it: it was now or never...


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    Yeah that was not the race I had hoped for. I felt like Kimi really would of deserved this win. It feels like they messed up their tire strategy which made them dip off at the end, such a shame.



  • Now it's confirmed what has been the talk of the town since Monza: Kimi is leaving Ferrari after this season, Leclerc is in. I don't know, I'm not even too disappointed anymore, I guess I've processed that news during the last week as it become more and more apparent. Still feels stupid, since Kimi is driving so great right now, but whatcha gonna do.

    BUT HEY! HEY! In a twist like non other: Kimi is heading to Sauber for the next TWO SEASONS! :D This makes me happy, I mean I had been ready to see him gone from the sport entirely and that had made me sad. But nope, still two years of Iceman ahead of us! And Sauber isn't that bad, Leclerc and Ericsson have managed to get some points here and there, the car's competitive. Of course I know this is more of a symbolic move as that is where Räikkönen began his career all the way back in 2001, so it's fitting to end it there as well, I think. He'll even hit 40 before his career ends, cool. I'm sure he'll have quite the freedom to do things his way at Sauber, being the icon he is.



  • So Mercedes did what it did in Russia. Shame about Bottas, but it's not that uncommon at this stage of the season, with the points being in the other driver's favour. Not too easy to watch, in any case. Verstappen drove amazingly.


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    @sentinel-beach Yeah, Hamilton seemed to think that this should of been Bottas win (which I agree on too). Verstappen drove so well all way through, so my hat off to him. I can't really see how Ferrari will have a chance on the title now, unless Hamilton DNF and Vettel wins a couple now in a row.