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2019 FORMULA 1 SEASON

CarlosCanizares

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And Carlos, as much as I wanna be a Max guy too when Lewis finally calls it a day, I can't discount Lando (whom I could see Mercedes bringing on board to replace Lewis) or Charles. The question is, will Lewis go for topping Michael?
Those three are definitely the future of F1!

If Ocon replaces Bottas and Russell goes to a top team, they might even be in the mix.

All I know is the future looks great!
 

Shane_Anigans

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Hindsight is always 20/20, but I disagree with pitting the very next lap.
Hindsight is always 20/20, but this was also a case of Horner not trusting his driver, who despite his youth, does know his way around an F1 car. Max had been on those tires since lap 25, he knew how they were degrading, and he had to know that even with a 20 second gap, Hamilton was going to catch him on fresh tires before the end of the race, and the longer that took, the less he'd be able to do about it. Gambling on Max catching Hamilton after his pit stop may not have paid off, but with both cars on fresh tires Max had the advantage. The race was lost when Horner decided against that, because nothing short of an accident or engine failure would keep Max in the lead. RB's strategy would have worked if LeClerc had been able to keep up with the 2 cars in front of him, but with that gap widening enough for Hamilton to make a free stop, I'm surprised that Christian didn't see it coming.
 

Shane_Anigans

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The question is, will Lewis go for topping Michael?
It's the only thing left for him to achieve in F1, so I definitely think he will. If he wins the title again next season (2019 is pretty much in the bag), I think we'll see his retirement immediately after. If MB are smart, they'll buy Max out of his contract at the end of this season so that when Lewis hangs it up, he can pick up right where Lewis left off.
 

CarlosCanizares

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Hindsight is always 20/20, but this was also a case of Horner not trusting his driver, who despite his youth, does know his way around an F1 car. Max had been on those tires since lap 25, he knew how they were degrading, and he had to know that even with a 20 second gap, Hamilton was going to catch him on fresh tires before the end of the race, and the longer that took, the less he'd be able to do about it. Gambling on Max catching Hamilton after his pit stop may not have paid off, but with both cars on fresh tires Max had the advantage. The race was lost when Horner decided against that, because nothing short of an accident or engine failure would keep Max in the lead. RB's strategy would have worked if LeClerc had been able to keep up with the 2 cars in front of him, but with that gap widening enough for Hamilton to make a free stop, I'm surprised that Christian didn't see it coming.
I agree that Max should’ve pitted, but NOT the next lap. As I explained, doing so would’ve put Max on the same tires as Hamilton which wouldn’t have been much of an advantage especially with the chance of coming out behind Lewis on this particular track. They should’ve pitted him a few laps later with softs.

If you were Team Principal, would you rather have your car racing Lewis on similarly aged mediums with 19 laps or be the car with the faster tire with 15 laps and probably only a 3 (make it even 5) second deficit?

Horner kept saying he didn’t want to take away track advantage which is why he didn’t pit Max. But track advantage [on shit tires] only really works in Monaco. On a faster tire, you can overtake as many proved that race.
 
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armedferret

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It's the only thing left for him to achieve in F1, so I definitely think he will. If he wins the title again next season (2019 is pretty much in the bag), I think we'll see his retirement immediately after. If MB are smart, they'll buy Max out of his contract at the end of this season so that when Lewis hangs it up, he can pick up right where Lewis left off.
I wouldn't say it's the ONLY thing left to achieve, but it's a massive milestone.

Although TBH, every time someone asks him about the latest record he's broken, he always seems to not even realize it. Usually says something about how he's not focused on tying or breaking records, he just wants to race and win.

So we may see him for a few years yet until he races and doesn't win as much. At least I hope so, cause we all know he's gonna go do the fashion crap full time and Lewis baby I love you so hard as a driver, you're SO unbelievably talented, but FFS STOP DRESSING YOURSELF YOU SUCK AT IT. :D:D:D
 

95gto

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The context of his post (hint: lap count) makes it very clear he was talking about the Hards.
I wasn't implying he made an actual mistake, I was stating a difference of opinion relative to how I viewed the pace difference seen between Lewis on the Mediums vs the Hards. Perhaps my word choice was poor.

I didn't think the pace difference on the Hards was anything out of the ordinary relative to what we have seen in previous races between RB and Merc. But then again maybe the massive pace difference during the last 20 laps just had me marginalize the pace difference on the Hards.
 

armedferret

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But then again maybe the massive pace difference during the last 20 laps just had me marginalize the pace difference on the Hards.


I think that's the case, because Merc on the F1 website even stated that they needed some SERIOUS driving out of Lewis to make it work at the end, so that he'd be there when Max fell off (rather than another 10 seconds behind still), and he delivered. Not quite as much as Schumacher/Brawn at the same track in 1998, but it's right up there.
 

armedferret

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When we go to Tomorrowland in Belgium next year, we're making the 2-hour day trip down to Spa. I've been cleared hot to do this:

http://www.spa-francorchamps.be/en/individual-track-introduction-sessions

We're going to rent something like a mini cooper or similar from Sixt in Brussels to get there and do the parade laps.

I'm way more excited about getting to ride around it with a professional (presumably up-and-coming touring car or endurance driver just gaining track knowledge and experience) racing driver. I mean.....it's fucking SPA y'all.

We're also touring the Hungaroring on the same trip, but just the cheap 7-euro guided tour. Includes a photo on the podium. :D
 

armedferret

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Well that sounds awesome!

Once we decided to hit Tomorrowland next year, we were thinking we needed to do some sort of adventure in Europe since we'll be there anyway (and i should have plenty of leave banked). Started thinking the usual paris/rome/etc and then realized....that ain't us. At all lol.

So I said "How bout we go all Top Gear and go drive the Transfargarasan Highway in Romania?" She squealed with delight, so there's the plan lol. Few stops on the way of course. Public transit (trains/planes) between belgium and Bucharest, then rental in bucharest to drive 7C. Poenari Citadel (vlad the impaler's actual residence) sits along it too. Bonus.
 

Shane_Anigans

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SE MI
Am I the only person who's irrationally annoyed that they put Spa qualifying on ESPNews? I can't stream it on the FireTV app because the cable subscription I'm borrowing doesn't have the channel. (Real 1st-world problems here.)
 
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