Formula One

  • Honestly, good first season back into watching F1. I think despite the Mercedes blowout, there was a lot of drama and foreshadowing things to come this new decade. One takeaway I have is that F1 seems to be in good hands with Liberty Media and their willingness to survey fans and listen to general feedback is light years ahead of, say, the NFL - which is admittedly the worst. I'm saying that because I have high hopes for the post-2021 era bringing in even more fans and entertaining races.

    Another takeaway (and I don't have the data to prove it) but I think after watching almost every race this season I have to say that pound for pound - put Verstappen or Ricardo in a Ferrari or Mercedes and they'd be the faster driver. CL showed signs of greatness this season but also made a ton of novice mistakes. I wonder what happens when the playing field evens out more.

  • Nice. This has become a great time for the series to be released, just a few weeks before the new F1 season. It's a recap, basically, in a more dramatic version. :)

    Drive to Survive, Season 2 on Netflix on February 28th.

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    I am SO hyped for the new season! Even though I doubt we will see anything drastic in the top teams until next year with the new rules, I can't wait for some more driving action!

  • Drive to Survive S2 is now on Netflix, just watched the first episode. There are ten of them, 35-40 minutes each.

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    Does Guenther Steiner yell at his drivers in ep 1? I need to know how many episodes deep I’m going tonight before I get to see him give everyone shit. It makes my life.

  • @dipset Haas seems to be very much so in one of the "leading roles", propably because of Steiner's show value last year. In the first episode it's still smiles there (with a couple of bad jokes/pokes at Grosjean, lol), but the "coming up" in the end promises Haas drama with swearing and all!

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    I might punch through three episodes then. I need the drama. I literally cannot wait to watch tonight so I’m gonna ask, but they did have Mercedes and Ferrari access this year right? Cause I really want to see BTS of some of the Mercedes blown races and especially the race when Vettel and Leclerc killed each other.

  • @dipset Yeah, the Big Boys are IN this season! The Hockenheim fiasco should be a glorious episode. :D

  • No Australian GP this weekend, as I'm sure everyone interested has noticed. And in fact the whole start of the season is postponed with all the GPs for the next two months being skipped. The latest seems to be that the season could start at the end of May or in early June, maybe? Rough times in sports everywhere now.

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    Yeah, sad to see that we dont get any race, but health first! I wonder when it will start and how they will handle it. I mean max amount of parts/engines wont be an issue if they keep it the same but only half the races. Also what will it mean in terms of the championship and the table?

  • I'm really happy that it gets to be Sainz in the Red Car next year. His forward momentum on McLaren has been rewarding to witness and now he gets his next step, into a Big Three car.

    With Vettel leaving the sport (still not 100 % sure, but I would think so) and Ricciardo moving on to McLaren in 2021 there'll be an open seat at Renault. The rumour has it there's even a possibility of a certain Spanish Samurai to return... O_o We'll see.

  • Vettel's "decline" was kinda sad to see over the past 2 seasons. But then I think about it and its not really sad necessarily, just disappointing. It reminds me of when Tiger Woods took a nose dive in the rankings and never really bounced back until 2019. I never felt "bad" for Tiger, but it was strange to see a hero of the sport struggle so much.

    If you watch some of the better races Carlos Sainz had in the past 2 seasons, he takes opportunities when they are there, but he also makes them happen too. That's pretty much what makes an elite athlete - creating advantageous opportunities. I haven't paid much attention to how he is in qualifying or how fast he is relative to Lando, but on race day, he does bump up positions by being consistent and seizing the opportunity to take a gap.

    Hottake but if Alonso comes back he will act like he has a chip on his shoulder but have nothing to show for it yet somehow perceive he's the best on-track. I feel like its a bad move to invest in him.

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  • Yeah Riccardo to McLaren makes sense to me. Fact of the matter is that he's 30 years old and one of the fastest drivers. He isn't getting younger and should join a team on an upward trajectory. I haven't checked in on it but McLaren is making a brand new wind tunnel and really taking their formula to the next level. Renault threw a jab at Riccardo about loyalty but eff that noise - Renault didn't support their drivers enough last season and that's the bottom line.

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    There are a provisional calender we got now! seems like at least the first races will be without audience

  • The season finally gets to start in a month! The July and August weekends will be packed, get ready.

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    @sentinel-beach yeah I saw this! makes me so happy! can't wait for some new racing! been rewatching old races so far just to get my "fix" I suppose. This will be great!

  • Exciting times and I don't even like F1

  • Thank god. I started watched NASCAR Cup Series out of desperation to gamble (which I low key enjoyed for the last hour of the race). Ended up making $318 on Chase Elliot to win the Alsco 500k last week.

    I doubled down on him and bet another $50 for Chase Elliot to win the Ford City 500. He had the lead with 4 laps to go, gets passed, then like a typical inexperienced 24 year old racer, he drove the leader and himself off the road ruining both of their races and losing me $450!

    I think I'm done with NASCAR and betting on motorsports fml

    That said...

    I might put $10 on an underdog to win Austria. Leclerc has pretty good odds right now.