Formula One

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Charlie Whiting has died. What a sad start for the new season. He was only 66. Basically an iconic and integral part of the sport, the rules master who had spent decades in the world of F1.

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    Incredible sad news this morning. Charlie Whiting felt like one of the real "good guys" in the F1 world. He kept an eye on his boys (the drivers) during the race and seemed like an incredible humble person. This one hit me hard. You will be missed, Charlie

  • Champing at the bit here. Its been years since I've watched F1. To pair our gaming hobbies with our sports interests... I'm gonna play Mirrors Edge Catalyst until 2am ET when the qualifying starts here in Canada. I might watch until 2:30am or 3:00 then I gotta sleep.

    I'm just excited. This year I watched NFL for the first time in forever and now F1. Feels good to be back into sports. It was waaaaay easier back in the day when your parents paid for TV packages.

  • The qualifying was pretty interesting to watch, liked it a lot. Maybe there's some added bonus from the new season as well. Bottas nearly took it, but Hamilton's gonna Hamilton, a tough guy to beat. The midfield's situation seemed really intense, everyone really close to one another. Haas did very well with both cars in Q3, while Renault had a disappointing opening. Norris on McLaren had a great start to the season, while Gasly on the other hand had it really rough, uhh. That seemed like Red Bull's fault, though, to be honest. Strategy-wise. Kimi made it to the Top10 which is now the thing I guess I'm hoping every race on Alfa Romeo.

    Feels great to see this circus back again! My favourite sport to follow.

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    Yeah that was some interesting results, which really show that you cant trust testing times. Do we think anyone sandbaged during testing? Hamilton will always be Hamilton, after all these years I still get surprised over just how darn good he is in terms on being able to squeeze out that little bit extra when he really needs to.

    I am so so happy that we FINALLY are back with F1, it feels like its been forever, for some reason this winter break feels longer than previous ones. I hope we get a close season and a real fight between Mercedes and Ferrari.

  • Absolute destruction from Botas. What was it... 20+ sec? He lost sight of the competition VERY early.

    I’m rooting for Ferrari cause I’m Italian (Canadian - but fyi I’ll never cheer for Stroll), but still, impressive and seemingly EASY from Bottas. Good work on Verstappen’s part too. One man army.

  • What a performance from Bottas indeed. That was honestly just perfect now, the start and the dominance throughout the race. That radio conversation about the extra point, the desire to have it. It must be the beard working its magic. But yeah, Hamilton was like 22 secs behind in the end, you don't see that everyday. Man I hope that this season would be more even between the Mercedes drivers. Like 2016 with Rosberg.

    Ferrari seemed slower than many had perhaps anticipated. Verstappen made it look easy compared to them, Red Bull was flying in his hands. Leclerc rose quickly towards the end, gaining on Vettel, but it seemed like they froze the situation at that point when he was a second away from the German. Things might have been a bit more unexpected in more than one way on Ferrari's wall today.

    Kimi had a decent/solid race, got that P8 which seemed reasonable. Really crowded around P10 there, 5-6 cars very close to each others. The situation with Haas and Grosjean was pretty unbelievable, again the same thing with the pit stop and one of the tires. Rough as hell. McLaren's engine failure was also a terrible way to start the season. And Ricciardo's start on Renault ended up being a disaster literally after the first 50 metres or so.

  • I just did some research into F1 Replay. I was wondering why its cheaper in Canada than in the USA (that's NEVER the case). Well lo and behold, its because our sports network TSN owned by Bell Media (one of two major media corporations holding a monopoly over Canadian telecommunications) still has the right to first broadcast in Canada, meaning F1 Pro isn't available here for at least one more season.

    I'd happily pay $100/yr for an archive of documentary footage, old races, LIVE qualifying, and LIVE races as it available to stream in the US and other nations. Our media monopoly drives me insane sometimes. Bell and Rogers lobby the government to forbid phone companies from offering better deals because they are greedy and don't like fair competition. I hope to god F1 doesn't renew a bad deal with them in 2020 and they offer streaming in Canada.

    Based on everything I've read, the new F1 owners, Liberty Media, do in fact make consumer friendly TV contracts with broadcasters and F1 has been improving in this regard. I almost feel inclined to write them an email or something kindly asking they don't do an antiquated TV deal in Canada for 2020. For frame of reference, Rogers didn't want to lose WWE when they released WWE Network so in Canada in order to get WWE Network, you have to subscribe to a Rogers TV channel AND WWE Network and can only sign into the portal through your TV provider which is ridiculous and costs hundreds of dollars when in the US its $10/month to stream online.

  • Ferrari is having a great pace in Bahrain. A top-notch qualification from Leclerc, track record and all. My mind seems to be this season that if not Bottas, then Leclerc. It'd be really welcome to see these two having a great season without accidents and engine problems. Haas is still showing strong performance as well, but so is McLaren, and also with both their drivers. Renault, on the other hand, is having some difficulties to get into Q3. And poor Williams... in a league of their own, so to speak.

  • A really good help for visualisation.

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    Thanks for that visual! Yeah it’s fun to see “new” guys fighting. I would much rather have a fight between bottas and leclerc in the end of the season than Hamilton and Seb

  • Now that was a race with happenings. An interesting show! What a horrible fate for Leclerc, he had it on the palm of his hand and then that happened. Tough to watch. But he'll surely have his win later on this season, a really capable guy. Vettel, on the other hand, made a pure mistake of his own under Hamilton pressure. And so Mercedes suddenly has the maximum constructor points after two races. I'm happy for Bottas for these results. Kimi's currently "the best of the rest", nice job on Alfa. But what in the actual hell happened to Renault? BOTH cars have a mechanical failure literally within 10-15 seconds of each others. That's simply unbelievable. The hell happened, that was miserable.

  • It sucks that Leclerc had his engine issue with 10 laps to go instead of 2 or 3. He might have been able to hang on and get the win. Good race though - it was also 11am my time so I didn't die watching it at 3am or something.

    Vettel falling off was disappointing too. I don't entirely know what happened. Did he mess up under pressure as Hamilton passed him or did his right tire lock up? I'm not seasoned enough to really tell what was going on there.

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    It was a good race. I do really feel bad for Leclerc, he has really grown on me just for these past two races. Also Kimi shows that he is still the old fox we know and love, the comment about his front wing "I dont know, you tell me" really made me chuckle. Seb's spin just made me facepalm, he needs to stop doing that, it was same last season that he got a fun spins under presure. I feel really puzzled about the Renaults, hopefully they can come back next race.

  • Will Buxton's pre- and post-race Paddock Pass thoughts and interviews are great, always there to hype up the upcoming weekend and then to close things off after.

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  • F1 Power Rankings is a cool addition to the season. It's supposed to focus purely on the performance of the driver himself, how he drove throughout the weekend, so the cars don't matter in this case.


    • Our five-man panel assess each driver after every Grand Prix and score them out of 10 according to their performance across the weekend – taking machinery out of the equation
    • Our experts’ scores are then combined to produce a race score. As the season progresses, these race scores are then averaged to produce a ranking which reflects driver performance"

    For example Leclerc got 10 points from everyone on the panel after Bahrain, so that's 50 points. Average that together with his Power Rankings points after Australia and he's got a 42 point average currently, placing him on the shared 4th position.

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    @sentinel-beach That is pretty sweet! I know that Sky has done something similar earlier seasons. I like it even though sometimes it feels like they are very biased towards certain drivers. I think this will be proper though. looking forward to following it.

    Also I have started to listen to "back of the Grid" F1 podcast whilst cooking, its rather entetainment and they disucuss drivers and races as well as news and stuff. You can find it on most podcast services, including spotify.

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    Okay... this was a really juicy read. It's long and thorough and kinda goes to show how stupid marketing and sponsorship's really are when you think about it. I don't work in business so I don't think of these things daily, but when I do, I think about how everybody, everything, and especially every brand tries to present themselves in such a particular and planned way. Especially when compared to the reality of being an average joe, a startup company, etc.

    Just some food for thought and F1-related.

    Another thought I had is how little I actually pay attention to the brands on the liveries. I never even thought about Rich Energy. I hadn't even noticed it until this article brought it up. The only standout liveries for me in my life is the Indycar that was green for KOOL cigarettes. That one stood out because I got in trouble for wearing a t-shirt in school back in like 2004. I wanna say Paul Tracy was the driver but I can't even remember. Then Ferrari in the 90s-2000s had Marlboro as a sponsor. That's all I can recall off the top of my head. Both happen to sell smokes... hmmmm..