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Old 27 Jun 2017, 00:53 (Ref:3747139)   #46
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Stroll did well. Unlucky to lose second over the line but the Mercedes is clearly a faster car in a drag race. But a podium, around a tricky circuit, when chaos was everywhere, is a very good result.
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Old 17 Jul 2017, 09:28 (Ref:3752086)   #47
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Good to see Ocon finally beat Perez. If Perez will never follow team orders and let Ocon past, then nor should Ocon let Perez past. It's not relevant who's faster or what strategy they're on.

Vandoorne had a decent performance for once and was holding off Alonso. Vandoorne was up to 8th at one point, although I think it was after the FI's pitted and before Ricciardo got past. But he was on for a point but then Massa got the undercut. Close at least, and he may have held off Alonso.

Stroll was right up there with Massa but then made an extra stop for some reason.

Magnussen decent performance, out of the points but ahead of Grosjean.

Wehrlein made 3 pit stops so must have had issues.

Palmer having the worst luck, even worse than Verstappen! I don't know why anyone, let alone Alonso, would want to replace Palmer at Renault. The thing is even less reliable than the Honda.
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Old 17 Jul 2017, 11:44 (Ref:3752108)   #48
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Wehrlein made 3 pit stops so must have had issues
IIRC, He made 2 stops under Safety car: one to put the medium tire on for 1 lap, and then one to go back to soft. The 3rd stop was an extra stop for a new set of supersofts.
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Old 17 Jul 2017, 17:32 (Ref:3752185)   #49
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Didn't notice that this is the first time Ocon beat Perez, but it's another good job in a very consistent season

Vandoorne beat Fred even without Fred's penalty, was holding his own in the race and just got pipped by Massa during the pitstops, but a good effort

Stroll has did well in Austria, less so in GB, but at least we know now he can drive well

Magnussen, agreed decent job, beat Grosjean who had an unnecessary collision with Ericsson

Wehrlein seems to be continuing where Nasr left off with arguments with Ericsson, no doubt though he is pushing that Sauber more than Marcus

Palmer, yes he is certainly up there with Fred and Max for bad luck this season. In the past five races he's been the collector of the worst position ever three times (11th) and had two mechanical problems, one in an high attrition race and one after just qualifying outside the top ten
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Old 28 Aug 2017, 02:00 (Ref:3762193)   #50
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Ocon ahead of Perez for most of the race, but it's clear Perez was faster. He had a 7sec pit stop with the penalty, Ocon pits 2 laps later and is somehow behind Perez? WTF was he doing for those 2 laps, 4 secs a lap slower? He certainly was mad about it and it would have been a big battle until Perez completely lost his head and tried to murder Ocon. Still Ocon close enough for it to be another good race for the rookie. But I fear this Perez battle is going to get to his head too much. I mean where on earth did he think he was going with that move? He was too far back to be going side-by-side into Eau Rouge. Those guys just need to be separated for a while instead of side by side at every race.

Wehrlein... hard to tell his performance when Sauber are so much slower than everyone else and then he retires. But wow is he really being replaced with Gio and Leclerc in the team? Leclerc totally deserves being in F1, though not in the slowest car, that's a waste. But Gio shouldn't be placed in the Sauber ahead of Wehrlein. When you look at how Leclerc has dominated F2 this year, Gio wasn't even close to his performance level in 2016, and wrecked in his last F1 race. I'm sure Werhlein in a Force India would be doing the same as what Ocon is and doesn't deserve the door already. Fred should be pushing for Perez' seat and Wehrlein could move to McLaren.

Perhaps Wehrlein could replace Palmer...

Speaking of whom, his career continues to barrel roll with more bad luck. Alonso pushes him straight off the track and no one cares.

Magnussen and Grosjean were together for most of the race, but Kev made an extra pit stop at the end which dropped him out of it. Not sure why.

Vandoorne, while Alonso was calling the race a test session, started at the back and finished at the back almost (apart from Kev and ericsson have 3rd pit stops). Did his f.lap on the last lap I think, 1.8sec faster than Alonso's. But maybe Fred had issues and never set a proper fast time. Vandoorne was pretty close to the main pack for most of the race though. He wasn't far off the pace. McLaren please tell Honda to gtfo.

Who else, oh Stroll. He couldn't really keep up with Massa in this one, but still made up positions. Probably lucky to get 11th but Spa must be tough on rookies.

So nothing special from the youngsters in this one, only Ocon nearly beating Perez but their battle is getting ridiculous and bad for the team.
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Old 28 Aug 2017, 10:05 (Ref:3762263)   #51
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Ocon's move on the first lap was over optimistic, while his second one was fair, Checo should have given him more room. They are both evenly matched, perhaps it's inevitable they have collisions

Wehrlein is doing his best in a bad car

Palmer, that's the best I've ever seen him drive on Saturday, then typically bad luck strikes, first with gearbox problem, then with gearbox change. If he ends the season with zero points, it will be a travesty.

Magnussen needs to watch himself with his driving, as we saw at Hungary and Canada. And what was that mistake he made at the chicane on the restart?

Vandoorne did well considering his 65 place penalty.

Stroll kept out of trouble at this tough circuit to finish just out the points
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Yeah I forgot the first lap one between Ocon and Perez, but after watching it again now, it's really optimistic of Ocon to go and try that move again when he came so close to wrecking the first time. The second he was even further back. Perez was wrong to close the door the second time, but goddamn Ocon do you have a death wish? Just seemed so desperate to get back past his team mate that he did a move he probably wouldn't have done on any other driver. Trying that same move your team mate and heading into Eau Rouge side by side is just a little too aggressive imo, unless you're 100% side by side. Lost his head on that one. Not that Perez should have closed the door on him, but there was always a possibility that was going to happen. Ocon needs to calm himself moving forward and realise just being within sight of Perez in his rookie season is better than what all the other new guys are doing.
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Old 28 Aug 2017, 11:21 (Ref:3762281)   #53
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Perez took full blame for first incident, saying he was way down on power at that moment. Would likely have taken a big lift flr ocon to avoid that one, at a time when there were cars all around. That could have caused a huge wreck from behind.

The second, ocon had a big run. He was pulling along side quickly before Perez ran him right into the wall. Not sure how ocon could be blamed for either.

Looks to me like ocon is second most impressive rising star to verstappen, so much so that it is spooking his teammate into some bad moves.
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Old 28 Aug 2017, 14:03 (Ref:3762321)   #54
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Vandoorne is a tough one. The engine is clearly a boat anchor, and he's up against a tough team mate, but he's been a bit... anonymous. Given that he was being hailed as The Next Big Thing after 3.5 and GP2, and a creditable season in SF, I'd expected more flashes of brilliance.
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 06:40 (Ref:3762520)   #55
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Vandoorne is a tough one. The engine is clearly a boat anchor, and he's up against a tough team mate, but he's been a bit... anonymous. Given that he was being hailed as The Next Big Thing after 3.5 and GP2, and a creditable season in SF, I'd expected more flashes of brilliance.
Yeah, as great as Alonso is, he's still only human. Vandoorne should have been closer to him by now. I still trust in Vandoorne's talent though, so perhaps he's just taking a while to get into the flow, perhaps the cars aren't even and most of the teams focus is on Alonso. I still think he's definitely the best of the new guys.
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 15:02 (Ref:3762624)   #56
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ocon and verstappen were very evenly matched in f3, there's quite a few people (mostly french admittedly ) who rate ocon over verstappen. personally i'm with them, verstappen has been nurtured to be a superstar since day 1 like norris, ocon's had a bit more of a fight for it and he's right with them...

there's also something quite disarming about the way ocon is going about putting his teammate in a corner. whereas verstappen came across quite cocky, ocon is more... doing a perez to perez. i liked how he didn't apologise for being a bit dramatic on social media, he explained why he reacted like that and skirted around it whilst making it look like an apology. clever boy...
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 18:11 (Ref:3762698)   #57
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I think Vandoorne is getting closer to Alonso.
Where the difference was 0.6 to 0.7 before, I think it is now 0.2 - 0.3 and sometimes he is even ahead.

He was ahead after Q1. Q2 doesn't really count as he didn't actually participate in that.

I think he made progress after McLaren told him to adapt his driving style and move away from his FR3.5-GP2 style.
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I didn't comment on the last race because I was too disgusted by it having a good race ruined by Seb and Max (really Kimi did nothing wrong, Seb did the Schumacher chop and Max ****ed his pants a little and jerked across straight into Kimi) and gifting effing Hamilton a win.

This time we had a much better race. The main man of the race has to be Vandoorne. This is I think the first time he's properly beaten Alonso fair and square. He outqualified him and had a legit 0.2sec over him in every qualifying session.

In the race Alonso had no problems. It's just he was stuck behind other cars for most of the race and couldn't get past them. Alonso had the better strategy imo pitting at mid race lap 26 with the leaders while Vandoorne came in far too early on lap 13 and had to go 43 laps on 1 set. But he held on, passed the Williams back instantly as Massa tried to keep his more talented (at this stage in their careers) team mate behind him.

Alonso struggled to really pass anyone and his fastest lap was 0.5s slower than Vandorne's when it should have been faster with soft tyres less laps to conserve them. So yeah, when's the last time Alonso got properly beat by a team mate and outperformed? Maybe just Button. Kimi and Massa couldn't outperform him at Ferrari, ever. Actually I think Kimi might have beat him once. Stoffels now done it and finally showing the form we expected.

Lance Stroll was strong, well at least stronger than his team mate. Williams disadvantaged him by giving Massa the undercut, but Stroll did well to get back past and pull away.

Palmer; for once was able to keep up with Hulkenberg. Kept him within 2 seconds even though Hulkenberg undercut him by 4 laps. Hulk then made the extra stop so Palmer would have finished ahead of him. Until he spun a couple of times. Duh Palmer.

Ocon. Hmm, did he run 53 laps on 1 set? Had to pit on lap 2, don't know why. Ran to the end from there and finished 10th but a decent amount behind Perez. Not his best race but damn that's a lot of laps on one tyre set.

Kmag an eventful race, seemed to be in the top 10 but had some rough battles, Alonso pushing him off track. Then Palmer spins and comes out next to him not wanting to lose the position. Still finished ahead of Grosjean but his fastest lap was rather slow.

Wehrlein, 10th fastest lap, not bad. But only finished in front of his team mate. It's a shame Sauber are so slow, it's ended Wehrlein's career really and how the hell is Leclerc supposed to stand out with them?

Hey what about Gasly? Sounds like he had fuel issues as he wasn't saving enough as it's all new to him. I remember looking at him running at the back battling with the Saubers while Sainz was 8th and thinking oh dear, you need to be doing better than that Gasly. Ended up beating the Renaults as well although they both didn't have smooth races. But then Sainz DNF'd anyway. Not the greatest debut (ie. Kmag and Vandoorne's debuts were a bit better) but we'll see him again next week. I think he's better than Kyvat, but not much to be honest. It took him nearly 2 years to win in GP2 and even then very nearly lost the title to his much less experienced team mate with them both in the fastest car. But I do think Gasly should finish Super Formula because the streak he's on he'll likely win it. Don't sacrifice the Super Formula title just for one extra F1 race when you're guaranteed a seat next year anyway since Red Bull have no other juniors to move up. Sainz is moving out and Kyvat is rubbish so they have no choice but to call Gasly up.
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Vandoorne has had a good couple of races. Star of the future

Palmer looked feisty battling Stoffel in Singapore and finally got a points finish. He stayed up with Hulk before that spin, although IDK what caused it

Ocon only did one stop from what I saw, so good to stay on one set for so long

Stroll had another good race

Wehrlein is really dominating Ericsson again

Magnussen needs to watch his driving or he'll find himself very unpopular

And Gasly, not a bad first race as expected
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