- F1 2019 (spoilers obviously)
The second half will be too late if Toto’s making a decision during the break. I still think a lot depends on whether there’s a good non-Mercedes seat for Ocon. If so, the safe option would be to do a year elsewhere and then put him in the Merc for 2021. But where? Haas? Highly likely they’ll have an available seat, but they have a Ferrari engine and they can’t figure out how to make a car go faster. Williams? Again, pretty certain Kubica’s seat will be up for grabs, but would they want Ocon spending a year going out in Q3 and having a private race with Russell? Unlikely. Renault? Perhaps the most viable option, assuming they don’t retain Hulkenberg.
But let’s face it, Bottas did himself no favours today: locking up into turn 1 with his teammate on his outside, replaying the same scenario in turn 2, and then in turn 3 not having the nous to lift just a little earlier when it was clear he’d lost position to Hamilton. The contact with Leclerc was just bad luck, but the contact with Hamilton was a bit amateurish.
But what I found curious was that although Bottas’s wing damage was clearly significant, it was 5 laps before the team brought him in. From watching the highlights it was hard to tell just how much time that lost him, though it seemed comfortably over 10 seconds, but ordinarily I’d have expected him to have come in on the same lap. Would they leave him out losing time to ensure that his error landed him in it? Probably not, but… who knows? In any case, I think my pre-Hungary 60/40 in favour of Bottas has probably reversed.
I think it’s not looking good for Gasly, either. Red Bull want to beat Ferrari. They need a 45 point gain over 9 races to do that, and Gasly’s just not delivering. Verstappen is consistently ahead of the Ferraris and their second car should at least be right with them to knock at least one of them down the results. Today, with Max ahead of Seb, they needed Pierre in front of Charles to get the 5 point per race gain they need, but instead he’s two places back and losing out to a McLaren. Much as they said they’ll give Gasly time, I think they’ll be smelling blood now that they’ve looked so competitive in the last four races. In the first few races Max was splitting the Ferraris, now he’s consistently beating them. They’ll know they can take second in the championship, but they’ll know equally well that they can’t with Gasly. The next two races—Monza especially—look good for Ferrari on paper (though how good would it look for Honda to finish ahead of them at Monza?) but Red Bull should be capable of beating them on the final seven. Kvyat’s looking a bit more like a safe pair of hands this year… I’m not sure it’s a safe bet, but I’d certainly be prepared to stick a few quid on Max having a new teammate by Singapore.
Oh and PS thanks Channel 4 for only putting the highlights online at gone 1am; makes for a great start to my week. FFS.Posted 1 month agothepuristSubscriber
although Bottas’s wing damage was clearly significant, it was 5 laps before the team brought him in.
I expect they were hoping that by keeping him out for a few laps they’d get him into a window where he could run to the end on the hard tyre, so losing a few seconds with the damaged wing to save an extra pit stop would’ve been worth it. Didn’t quite work out that way.Posted 1 month ago
Yeah, that’s the most reasonable explanation. But when he was losing two seconds a lap from lap 1? The one-stop window was a long way down the road from there. That speed loss only takes you to lap 10 before you need to pit even if the hards manage 60 laps at the same performance as two sets of the other compounds—which of course they won’t.Posted 1 month agopocpocSubscriber
Oh and PS thanks Channel 4 for only putting the highlights online at gone 1am; makes for a great start to my week. FFS.
Is that what time they came out? I gave up at 10:30pm and just went and found out the results. Glad I did now. I want to support C4 but the highlights are on TV at kids bedtime so catch up is all I have and there’s no way I can avoid the result until Monday night!Posted 1 month ago
They were on earlier in the evening
Yeah, they were broadcast at 7pm, but as per pocpoc I have kids so I never get to watch the F1 until about 10pm. And no I don’t have a recorder (or anything to record: we don’t have cable, satellite or even an aerial).
Normally the highlights appear on catch up around 9-10pm but occasionally for whatever reason they don’t turn up until stupid o’clock. Last week’s race was odd, too: after a few hours checking the iPad/iPhone apps where it was in the list but not playable, I checked the website and it was playable on there (go figure) so I had to install Flash and watch it on the Mac instead.
Very much a third world problem, obviously, but there seems to be no real reason for why some of the coverage is so hard to get hold of.Posted 1 month agopocpocSubscriber
Do you not have a VCR?
Nope, just Freeview. I can record on to a memory stick but it’s so complicated and faffy in the menus that it’s not worth the inevitable disappointment when it fails to record.Posted 1 month ago
Also, Mrs PP is normally watching so Love Island spin off or other similar crap on the actual TV, so sat next to her with the laptop and headphones is the usual set up.
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