Great race at COTA this year (as most times). It was super exciting from start to finish with a little bit of a messy first lap. I think Ricciardo must be happy once the season finishes. I genuinely think that I've never seen Kimi this happy before. Some great battles and overtakes, good pitstops and it really felt like anything could happen all the way until the end.
"Fucking finally." Five and a half years since the last win, but here it is now. I can't believe how happy I am right now. I had one simple wish going into this season: to see Kimi achieve just one more win with Ferrari. Just one last time, quite possibly. After Monza I was freaking devastated, but now! Now was the time! Incredibly thrilling last like 16 laps or something between Kimi, Max and Lewis. That was insane, I almost didn't breathe. But Kimi took it, he did it! Man, he was happy. Arrivabene was super happy for him. I think a lot of people were. He's such an icon in the sport and finally had that perfect day after a long time. Kimi perkele, I love you so!
That was some weird shit in Mexico. What an odd race. Huuuuuuge differences between the drivers. The top-6 were so clearly in the league of their own that it's not even funny anymore. And towards the end there were really big gaps even among those six, like 30 seconds and so on. Really shame about Ricciardo, can you believe the man's luck?
Hamilton managed to do what was needed and took his 5th championship. Pretty unbeatable guy with his Mercedes. I thought back then that nobody would ever come close to those Schumacher-Ferrari records, but here we are, getting closer year by year and already breaking some of those. I'm pretty neutral when it comes to Lewis, so hats off to him, I'd say.
Yeah the whole race just felt very... odd. I do feel so bad for Ricciardo whom once again got to DNF, this time so close to the end. I hope his season next year will be much much better.
Yeah congratulations to Hamilton. I feel a bit like Vettel kinda threw it away with so many mistakes in the second half of the season. The last couple races will be much less dramatic now when the title is done and dusted.
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Life didn't allow me to restart as a F1 fan like I used to be when I was a kid in the early-Aughts, but I did finally catch up on the race highlights by the F1 YouTube Channel. Seems like it was a completely mental and exciting season. I kinda wish I got up or stayed up to watch more. I'm going to make sure to watch in 2019 and I might even go to the Montreal GP with my step dad.
I've been living in Toronto for 5+ years now and not once have I gone to watch Indycar either. Not that I ever watch much of that, but its about as good as it gets for racing in Ontario, Canada. Between the F1 season, Lewis Hamilton's rise, and even the Gran Turismo Sport World Championships going on right now, its making me excited to get back into motorsports in 2019.
Pretty OK and interesting race in Brazil, especially the beginning and then after the halfway point. That situation between Max and Ocon was ridiculous, I would've been so pissed off. So unnecessary at that point. Mercedes won the constructor's championship in any case, the streak continues. Kimi drove very well, got the 3rd position. Was even given the point to overtake Vettel this time. The point difference between Bottas and Verstappen is only three anymore, and looking at the guys' last races it feels like Max will pass Valtteri in the final GP in two weeks. (Kimi is ahead of Valtteri by 14 points, I think?)
Kimi's Book of Haiku is now available for everyone.
This is such a weird (and cool!) piece of literature that I just couldn't resist. Well, actually I talked this for a Christmas present to myself. :) And it's a great bonus that the proceeds go to Grand Prix Trust, to a good cause.
I gotta get Kimi's Book of Haiku! The tease that Sky sports did out of it had me laughing out loud.
I feel this weekend already being emotional for so many reasons. Alonso leaving, last F1 race for Eriksson, Daniel's last with Redbull and Kimi moving to Sauber. So far whats been going on has been very touching.
And that was it. A bummer that Kimi's Ferrari career ended about 90 minutes earlier than it should have, but that's motorsport. At least he had a very strong final season in the red team, finished third in the overall points, had many podiums and especially that one perfect win in Austin. He says he's seeing Sauber as an interesting challenge next, so let's see what the future holds. Hopefully steady finishes on points.
Verstappen had a very strong final third of the season, even managed to beat Valtteri in the end. And Leclerc made really great work on Sauber, and now I'm pretty thrilled to see what he can achieve on Ferrari. I'm curious to hear Monaco's national anthem... ;)
Alonso had a golden radio talk at that one point.
"You're close to that one point, keep pushing."
"I already have 1800 points."
"Well, for my sake, try to make that into 1801."
Oh man. :) What a character. And he was there for almost 20 years. Impressive driver.
Kimi needed a little something to make it through the award ceremony. Also, Seb's moustache.
@sentinel-beach Video unavailable :(
@lotias That's unfortunate. But there are more than one of these, although this one's a bit shorter.
Okay, this is something Completely Different. :]
F1 Rewind: 2018 Animated!
It seems Ferrari has fired Arrivabene. Damn. He's accused of multiple mistakes during the season, both during races and qualifications. Apparently he should have also pushed Vettel more with team orders in Kimi's expense, like Mercedes did with Hamilton and Bottas. Mattia Binotto is rumoured to be the new team principal, he's been the technical leader in Ferrari so far.
@sentinel-beach Oh wow. That is a bit sad. I wonder if the accusations are true or if they have just tried to find an escape goat as they didnt become champions?
Also when I came back from my trip over christmas, my beautiful book of haikus were waiting for me, this is such a treasure!
@lotias I think this is a combination of lots of things. Ferrari lost both the championships (again) and so fingers were trying to find their target to blame. And since Marchionne died six months ago that has created some chaos and tensions inside Ferrari, "us vs. them" teams, sort of. Arrivabene and Binotto for example haven't seen eye to eye in lots of things. Shame about Arrivabene now, I've liked him.
I came to visit my parents and received my final Christmas gift: Kimi's Book of Haiku had finally arrived this week! \o/ This is way shorter than I had thought, but hey, also a really unique thing to own, and those lines made me chuckle and smile a lot while reading them. :) And the money went to a good cause, so thumbs up.
The testing has begun in Barcelona today and the new season is only a month away. Time to check out the constructors and their drivers for this year:
- Lewis Hamilton (GBR)
- Valtteri Bottas (FIN)
- Sebastian Vettel (GER)
- Charles Leclerc (MON)
- Max Verstappen (NED)
- Pierre Gasly (FRA)
- Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)
- Nico Hülkenberg (GER)
- Sergio Pérez (MEX)
- Lance Stroll (CAN)
- Kevin Magnussen (DEN)
- Romain Grosjean (FRA)
- Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP)
- Lando Norris (GBR)
- Kimi Räikkönen (FIN)
- Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA)
- Daniil Kvyat (RUS)
- Alexander Albon (THA)
- Robert Kubica (POL)
- George Russell (GBR)
As we can see Force India is now known as Racing Point and Sauber will compete as Alfa Romeo this season.
We have a bunch of new young drivers in the grid now as well as returning ones like Kvyat and of course Kubica after almost a decade since his Formula One driving and eight years after his serious accident.
And of course we have familiar names in new teams, like Kimi back in with
SauberAlfa Romeo, Ricciardo now in yellow with Renault and young Leclerc in red with Ferrari. I'm really interested to see the potential of the Monegasque this season with a Ferrari under him.
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Been following the highlights on F1 YT channel. I haven't watched F1 in years but I take it Williams are the Cleveland Browns of Formula 1? How do you miss having your car ready for testing?