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  • F1 2022 (CONTAINS SPOILERS)
  • Jamze
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    So are they still tightening up the checking of plank flex after the break? Another variable if so. I think Merc will be pretty strong for the rest of the year.

    Kryton57
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    Russell

    Amazing drive from him today, great racing, no stupidity a very mature and skilled effort.

    nickc
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    From 2nd to 6th for LeClerc. that’s going to make for a uncomfortable conversation for the boss and the strategist

    imnotverygood
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    Karen less so.

    What’s up with her now?

    Well, he seems quite cheerful now.

    markgraylish
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    So, on C4, Karen just mentioned that Red Bull swapped tyres on the grid. Is that a change to regulations?
    I thought the Top 10 had to start the race on the tyre they qualified on (or was it the exact tyre they got the fastest time in Q2?)

    multi21
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    Ferrari strategists pictured earlier:
    hasta la pasta

    shermer75
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    I thought the Top 10 had to start the race on the tyre they qualified on (or was it the exact tyre they got the fastest time in Q2?)

    Yep, changed at the start of this season

    mashr
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    Ferrari are really ruining this for all of us. Just as well for them that there aren’t any seat options elsewhere for Leclerc

    markgraylish
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    Just as well for them that there aren’t any seat options elsewhere for Leclerc

    Well, Seb’s just handed in his notice at AM…..

    Bez
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    I’ve been watching F1 for knocking on 40 years now and I think apart from the Ross and Michael years it’s been pretty much a given that Ferrari will shoot themselves in the foot at any opportunity, to the point where I’ve genuinely never understood why drivers want to drive for them.

    mashr
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    Well, Seb’s just handed in his notice at AM…..

    Same chance of winning the championship I suppose

    thols2
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    it’s been pretty much a given that Ferrari will shoot themselves in the foot at any opportunity, to the point where I’ve genuinely never understood why drivers want to drive for them.

    Yes, I was just thinking about Alonso’s decision to quit Ferrari for McLaren. As I recall, he realized that Ferrari were never going to change and a McLaren-Honda must have seemed like the best option given that Merc and Red Bull weren’t interested in him. Sainz and Leclerc must be having similar thoughts right now.

    jimster01
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    Ferrari have always been a strange team, yes they have the prestige, but they haven’t got the records for the prestige.

    Bez
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    It must be like earning enough money to do your weekly shopping at Fortnum and Mason and then continually being delivered hampers of Spam and Pot Noodle.

    eddiebaby
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    More like having hampers of lovely food but delivered by Yodel throwing it your neighbour’s fence.

    the-muffin-man
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    Alonso to Aston! Wasn’t really expecting that…

    Alonso to make shock switch to Aston Martin for 2023 F1 season

    …Piastri in at Alpine then.

    thols2
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    This seems to be real. Don’t see why he would, maybe they offered a huge salary.

    Edit. Damn. 30 seconds too slow. Alpine now guaranteed to be a title contender next year.

    Bez
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    Heh, I was half wondering whether that might happen. I think Alonso just wants a go on all the rides.

    Twodogs
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    Yep…yet another poor career choice by Alonso

    tomhoward
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    Lewis to replace him in a couple of years.

    You heard it here first…

    Bez
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    …and last 🙂

    Twodogs
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    I guess he doesn’t like being beaten by Ocon

    nickc
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    Blimey, that seems like Alonso made a considered and measured decision, speaking with many trusted advisors and getting a range of views, and not at all like a snap call in the heat of the moment when offered a vacant seat.

    what on earth are Aston thinking? There are any number of talented future F1 stars desperate for a seat. Weird

    tomhoward
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    …and last

    Lozza wants to get all the ex WDC’s in to teach the boy how to do it 😉

    thols2
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    what on earth are Aston thinking?

    They have aspirations to be a front-running team and are spending serious money on improving their engineering facilities. Vettel, despite his weaknesses, was a top-level driver with four world titles, that’s why they hired him. Alonso is, in my opinion, a better driver than Vettel and he seems to be able to adapt to difficult cars and wring every last bit of performance out of them. With Alonso there, they will know exactly how good or bad their car is.

    the-muffin-man
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    what on earth are Aston thinking? There are any number of talented future F1 stars desperate for a seat. Weird

    Takes the pressure off while they restructure. No one expects them to do anything with an old guy and a daddies boy at the wheel.

    It’ll be 3 to 4 years before their new factory produces any meaningful results.

    eddiebaby
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    I think Aston wanted a headline name to draw money in from other sponsors.

    thols2
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    nickc
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    I think Aston wanted a headline name to draw money in from other sponsors.

    sure, I’m not certain that hiring Fernando sends that message does it?  – ie looking to the future to build a dominating team – here’s a has been and the team owners son…. It’s not the marketing coup that I’d be hoping for if I was head of sponsors at AM.

    multi21
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    Not hugely surprised about Alonso, him and Otmar had been bickering for a few weeks.

    Hopefully they’re in the mix next year, as much as I think he’s a bit of a cabeza de pene, he is a quick and canny racer.

    Piastri to Alpine then?

    shermer75
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    My understanding is that Alonso wanted a 2 year deal (as 2024 is more likely to be a competitive year for them), Alpine were offering a 1 year (because Piastri), therefore it does kind of make sense if Aston are offering a multi year deal..

    shermer75
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    AM’s car next year will be Dan Fallow’s (formerly Red Bull’s head of aerodynamics) so it’ll be interesting to see how it does

    WorldClassAccident
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    cabeza de pene I had to google it but I will be using this phrase where required from now on

    Is Alonso the driver equivalent of the Ferrari team – Massive respect and awe from the fans but no actual results or reason for this in recent memory?

    thols2
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    AM’s car next year will be Dan Fallow’ Adrian Newey’s (formerly currently Red Bull’s head of aerodynamics designer) so it’ll be interesting to see how it does

    FTFY.

    the-muffin-man
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    This also opens up a seat at Williams as it was widely expected Piastri would replace Latifi.

    Logan Sargeant for that one?

    RickDraper
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    I thought the minute Vettel retired that Alonso would go to AM. When you look at it Renault seem to basically be in F1 on the cheap at the minute and have been for a number of years, saving the millions they pay Alonso for the cheaper Piastri will be seen as a win for the bean counters.

    shermer75
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    Logan Sargeant for that one?

    I reckon, he’s part of the Williams driver program and he’s been doing well recently

    dawson
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    The following link has fascinating information on stuff happening in the background

    A few thoughts on @alo_oficial, a tug of love over @OscarPiastri, how @AlpineF1Team has been wrong-footed – and former Enstone boss Flavio Briatore’s role in it all…: https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/articles/single-seaters/f1/why-alonsos-mega-money-aston-martin-deal-has-turned-f1-driver-market-upside-down

    shermer75
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    That’s a great article! A genuinely interesting silly season this time around

    thols2
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    So, off the top of my head, by next year, Alonso will have driven for 5 of the 10 teams on the grid (Minardi/AT, Renault/Alpine, McLaren, Ferrari, and Aston Marton/Jordan) and all of the current engine suppliers, plus Cosworth. I don’t think any current driver comes close to that, what about retired drivers?

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