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  • New teams. New drivers. Same old shiat.

    FTFY, Subby
  • Once again, Ferrari dominated testing, but Mercedes probably, once again, sandbagged Ferrari (and everybody else) during said testing. The change to weight-testing the cars minus the drivers is actually a good thing. Losing the face of F1 (from the POV of the drivers) was sudden, shocking, and will take quite a bit of getting used to (at least with Charlie, you had a pretty good idea what the call would be with regards to race incidents).. Maybe Mad Max will stop being Quite-So-Mad Max. Vettel will continue to be Whiner-In-Chief if he doesn't win from P1, while Ham will continue to whine about "lesser" drivers not getting out of his way fast enough when Merc blows a pit stop and he has to claw his way back to P1 or P2 from P16.
  • I can't wait for Screwdrivers and Sebring tomorrow, personally...
  • fatalvenom: I can't wait for Screwdrivers and Sebring tomorrow, personally...


    In a way, Sebring has started early. The WEC is racing there as we speak. Just under 3 hours, 20 minutes to go.

    /listening on Radio Le Mans
  • Barring anything shocking in first couple races I'm out. I'll be back after the rules are gutted and rewritten.
  • desertgeek: fatalvenom: I can't wait for Screwdrivers and Sebring tomorrow, personally...

    In a way, Sebring has started early. The WEC is racing there as we speak. Just under 3 hours, 20 minutes to go.

    /listening on Radio Le Mans


    It didn't quite click with me until earlier today how spectacular this weekend at Sebring must be.  You've just pretty much every single kind of modern sports car racing represented there: TCR, GT4, GT3, GTE, P3, P2, DPi, and P1, all at the same track.  Not necessarily running at the same time, but....
  • desertgeek: fatalvenom: I can't wait for Screwdrivers and Sebring tomorrow, personally...

    In a way, Sebring has started early. The WEC is racing there as we speak. Just under 3 hours, 20 minutes to go.

    /listening on Radio Le Mans


    I dont pay attention to the sub-races enough apparently, eventhough the IMSA app has been blowing up my phone all day with notifications.
  • Kurohone: desertgeek: fatalvenom: I can't wait for Screwdrivers and Sebring tomorrow, personally...

    In a way, Sebring has started early. The WEC is racing there as we speak. Just under 3 hours, 20 minutes to go.

    /listening on Radio Le Mans

    It didn't quite click with me until earlier today how spectacular this weekend at Sebring must be.  You've just pretty much every single kind of modern sports car racing represented there: TCR, GT4, GT3, GTE, P3, P2, DPi, and P1, all at the same track.  Not necessarily running at the same time, but....


    I heard that they had to add stands around the track to accommodate all the people who wanted to be there this weekend. Ticket sales were reportedly up by close to 50% over last year.
  • As far as F1 is concerned... it's hard to say.  A lot of people seem to think Ferrari is for real this year, and that Merc wasn't sandbagging... their car design is just outdated.  If that's true, and the Ferrari really is the better car... then that doesn't mean Vettel gets a title.  Leclerc is the real deal... and I think behind the scene a lot of people at Ferrari would rather have him at the top.  It could be a repeat of Ferrari's glory days, where fast cars are handicapped by politics.  If Merc is consistent, and their development through the year holds, they'll probably still be there.

    If Ferrari is just smoke and mirrors though, and Merc is still the best car, then Bottas might have a chance.  A bored Hamilton is a sloppy Hamilton, and Bottas might be able to snipe a title out from under him.  That is if last season was just an aberation, and he's as good as we thought he was.

    Red Bull will have a disappointing season, but should still finish 3rd.  McLaren and Renault will fight for 4th.  Sauber will be just behind them.  Torro Rosso will be about this spot too.  Haas and Racing Point will swap around midseason... the later will start the season strong, while Haas will develop through the season.

    And Williams will manage to be worse than last year.  The Kubica experiment will have the plug pulled before mid-season, and the seat sold back to a rich Russian.  Russell will just pray that the experiment doesn't totally trash his chance at a Merc seat, while Ocon will thank his lucky stars to be testing everywhere, and NOT be strapped to that pile of dogshiat.
  • Sucks that Ocon hasn't got a decent drive, or any drive, this year.

    Ferrari fired their team boss a few months ago BTW, so it will be interesting to see how the new boss does.

    Lewis must be favourite to win another championship, and deservedly so. But with new rules and new drivers who knows what will change. It only takes a tiny difference to change a victory to a fifth place. And every top team falls sooner or later. I can remember when McLaren and Williams were dominant and barely letting any other team get on the podium. Look at them now.
  • I'll tune in for the only interesting part, the first-corner pileup.
  • bingethinker: I'll tune in for the only interesting part, the first-corner pileup.


    You're not wrong, unfortunately.
  • fatalvenom: bingethinker: I'll tune in for the only interesting part, the first-corner pileup.

    You're not wrong, unfortunately.


    Well, that and the shrimp and lamb on the barbie.

    Theme menu for F1 parties FTW!
  • 3 starts now. I'll watch qualifying tomorrow morning to see which team truly was sandbagging.
  • soopey: 3 starts now. I'll watch qualifying tomorrow morning to see which team truly was sandbagging.


    Apparently I got filter pwned. I abbreviate Free Practice, and the filter may have thought I meant a post that is posted first.

    huh, no boobies though. I'm disappointed.
  • SFSailor: fatalvenom: bingethinker: I'll tune in for the only interesting part, the first-corner pileup.

    You're not wrong, unfortunately.

    Well, that and the shrimp and lamb on the barbie.

    Theme menu for F1 parties FTW!


    True, I tend to cook a very universal meal that way no one can pass on it...
  • Well, the Sebring WEC race ended in an interesting way: it starts dumping rain in the final half hour, cars go sliding all over the place; one of which went straight into the tire wall and forced the race to end under the safety car.

    You get no prizes for guessing who won.

    /WEC - infinitely more predictable than F1 at its worst.
  • And oh look, the mercs almost a second clear. SSDD in qualifying. F1.5 doesn't seem to have changed that much either. I guess it's "surprising" that McLaren made it back into Q3.
  • I was really hoping the Mercedes actually were being caught by Ferrari and others.  It is so much more interesting when there is actual uncertainty in the probable outcome (although historically there has usually been a dominant team).

    FYI, the Sebring thread is approved for tomorrow for the start in 6ish hours so that is taken care of
  • Red bull really farked up Gasly's debut with that strategy call. P17 when your teammate is P4, ouch.
  • Lifeless: New teams. New drivers. Same old shiat.

    FTFY, Subby


    Just checked on the latest from Melbourne and, unfortunately, you are correct, sir.  I was really hoping it would be different this season. Silly me.
  • Almost none of this is live on free to air tv in the uk now, and the deal Bernie did with sky means we can't get the f1tv streaming here until 2025 at the earliest either.

    I was kinda ok with that, just watching F1 as highlights is probably fine, but then they moved the Indycar to Sky as well this season so I'm now almost considering getting a Sky subscription. And I really don't want to give them my money.
  • I love F1 fans... is there any other sport where people predict the outcome 10 months later based on the pre-game for what is essentially a pre-season event?  Melbourne is well known as a weird track that doesn't teach anyone anything.  The points count, sure, but the longer the season gets the less relevant it becomes overall...
  • Kurohone: I love F1 fans... is there any other sport where people predict the outcome 10 months later based on the pre-game for what is essentially a pre-season event?  Melbourne is well known as a weird track that doesn't teach anyone anything.  The points count, sure, but the longer the season gets the less relevant it becomes overall...


    Not trying to shiat in anyone's cheerios, it's just hard to get excited about what was already monotonous at the end of last year. Just sayin'.
  • I loved the fake shock from Hamilton and Mercedes about how fast they were. Hamilton was probably laughing in his helmet about how badly he sandbagged Ferrari.
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