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.
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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?
@dipset Yeah, Williams has been having it rough lately. And the start for this season doesn't exactly speak confidence, either. I mean check out last season constructors' standings, they had 7 points from the entire long season. A shame, really, as they're an old and distinguished team.
But do join the conversation this year if you're interested!
I plan on watching and commenting. Not that I have much insight to provide. I'm seriously considering going to the GP in Montreal in which I'll post photos and stuff (assuming you're allowed cameras).
If I go, where would you recommend sitting? Here is a link to their circuit. The hairpin from grand stand 21-24 seems like it'll be the best place plus they have TV screens to watch the rest of the race. https://www.thef1spectator.com/canadian-grand-prix-travel-guide/where-to-watch/
Have you guys ever been to a GP live? Hairpin vs chicane vs straightaway vs corner?
@dipset Cool! I think that hairpin could be the safest bet in Montreal. It's the slowest point in the track for sure, so you wont get that sense of speed maybe the best, but you'll propably end up seeing some overtakes there and just in general more of the cars and the drivers as they sort of "stay" in that part the longest. And the TV screens should be a big help to keep up with the race.
Never been to a live GP yet. Maybe a German GP would be the one to visit if I ever were to go to one.
A brand new documentary series covering the last season has been released on Netflix.
10 episodes, about 30 mins each. I'm watching the first episode, and this feels very nice. Just in time to get hyped for the weekend and the start of the new season!
@sentinel-beach Yeah I saw the trailer for this, really keen to check it out, despite knowing how it goes. Funny thing with the trailer though, made it sound like half the grid would be dead by the end.
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@lotias Hahaa! :D That's brilliant! I know exactly what you mean by that. Things are made to look a bit more dramatic than they might have been. :)
Maybe the biggest omission of this series is the fact that neither Mercedes nor Ferrari took part in the making of the documentary, meaning we won't hear from any of them directly, speaking to the camera, going through their thoughts etc. That's a bummer, but they're still of course there in the material everywhere in the background, in the footage we've seen on TV etc. On the other hand, though, this fact gives a lot more room to all the middle-tier teams and their drivers and personel to tell us what they think, and we get to see much more their realities.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive is actually quite an amazing docu-series and this is coming from somebody who is highly critical of Netflix productions, especially their paint-by-the-numbers documentaries.
I'd say Ferrari and Mercedes are basically the definition of being a stick in the mud and not seeing the bigger picture by refusing access for this doc, but the series is overall better because of it. I think some lesser known names got a shine because of Ferrari and Mercedes refusing to partake. Documentaries are driven by compelling stories and especially the personalities on camera and there were some really great personalities here such as Haas Team Principal - Guenther Steiner. On the contrary, it exposes what I perceive to be a relatively immature and generally unlikeable Danial Ricardo - somebody who I was indifferent about in the past. Lots of people get their shine here.
There are great characters but also some really great candid moments captured here too. Again, I'd like to commend Netflix and their coordinators, producers, and story writers for getting this level of access with F1. Not many documentaries can pull this off. There are some tense and awkward scenes between Red Bull and Renault captured perfectly and in the moment they occur.
I'd put this on par with anything HBO does in their 24/7 series or ESPN Films' 30 for 30 which I think is the bar. I hope Ferrari and Mercedes come around for a second season (knock on wood) as they clearly don't see the bigger picture. HBO films boxers training and they map out their entire game plan on film. They follow hockey teams into the locker room and film entire strategies unfolding for the camera just as the players in the room digest them. Doing this won't give your rivals an advantage, it just provides people with insight towards how things function within a team. Ferrari isn't going to lose to Williams because they let a film crew expose some internal strategy or struggle.
What Ferrari/Mercedes will gain is a stronger audience and they will help bring more fans into F1. Netflix is BIG and anybody around the world can watch this. Imagine the impact it can have on, say, a North American motorsport fan who never really got into F1 as much as they did NASCAR?
Back to the film itself - the editing is paced really well where each episode introduces some new characters then carefully unravels their stories throughout 20-30 minutes. I think the sheer amount of footage makes it really easy to jump around different scenes in a race without it feeling disorienting.
All in all, I highly recommend this to any sports fans. Its the best docuseries Netflix has made yet. I rate it a solid 8/10.
More on topic with the season -
Despite clear cut regulations - maximum of six suspension components; Williams for whatever reason added a seventh illegal part to their car which they are forced to remove before Australia. They are also required to revise their side mirrors.
Williams is the gift that keeps on giving. I love a good dumpster fire. I don't know who Williams plan on looking at in those mirrors anyways.
I'd had more Schadenfreude here if it weren't Williams, because I basically feel bad for Sir Frank and Claire now. But yeah, they should know better, be better.