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Old 3 Jun 2024, 06:30 (Ref:4211615)   #1001
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There's people I listen to about F1 - top tier journalists like Hughes and Roebuck (in years gone by) - and there's those I don't. Like internet news channels and forums.

Mark Hughes is one of the finest journalists of today, stands comparison with Denis Jenkinson IMO. I trust his opinion and use it as evidence as I form my own. GR plainly has driving talent aplenty and seems comfortable taking a leading role within the team so with the additional input from someone who knows I'd say yes GR is top tier.

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Old 3 Jun 2024, 09:16 (Ref:4211634)   #1002
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There's a chance. Mercedes has been strong, but they've had some shaky moments. We'll have to wait and see if it's the end of an era or just a bump in the road.
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Old 3 Jun 2024, 09:43 (Ref:4211640)   #1003
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Mercedes are still competing near the front, if not at the front. They have got it in them to get back on top
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Old 3 Jun 2024, 21:40 (Ref:4211698)   #1004
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I think it might be a similar case to Nico Rosberg, who wasn’t especially hyped up after beating Michael Schumacher who was considered to be a different driver, but it turned out that, up against Hamilton, he was actually very good after all. Russell might well be on a similar level to Rosberg. And there is less reason to think that Hamilton’s form has significantly dropped than there was with Schumacher.

I think Russell is probably fourth best right now, but very close to Norris and Leclerc and so could potentially be ahead of them and second only to Verstappen.
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Old 3 Jun 2024, 23:37 (Ref:4211704)   #1005
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I think it might be a similar case to Nico Rosberg, who wasn’t especially hyped up after beating Michael Schumacher who was considered to be a different driver, but it turned out that, up against Hamilton, he was actually very good after all. Russell might well be on a similar level to Rosberg. And there is less reason to think that Hamilton’s form has significantly dropped than there was with Schumacher.

I think Russell is probably fourth best right now, but very close to Norris and Leclerc and so could potentially be ahead of them and second only to Verstappen.
Russell isn't fit to tie Rosberg's shoes
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Old 4 Jun 2024, 07:40 (Ref:4211750)   #1007
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Interesting opinion,considering the 7-1 advantage he currently holds over the driver who beat Rosberg 7-1 in terms of championships.Of course,there is the possibility that none of those championships could have been won without a vastly superior engine and we may remember how that fared when faced with a Ferrari engine that had a mysterious advantage.
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Interesting opinion,considering the 7-1 advantage he currently holds over the driver who beat Rosberg 7-1 in terms of championships.Of course,there is the possibility that none of those championships could have been won without a vastly superior engine and we may remember how that fared when faced with a Ferrari engine that had a mysterious advantage.
2-1 advantage over Rosberg to split hairs
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I think Russell is probably fourth best right now, but very close to Norris and Leclerc and so could potentially be ahead of them and second only to Verstappen.
Last year I rated Russell 9th in the end of year thread, which was a disappointment because his first year inte h Merc' was better IMO. This year he maybe a little higher due to his qualy record vs Hamilton. Like several other drivers on the grid, if he was plonked in the best car, he would probably have a WDC in him.
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Old 4 Jun 2024, 21:27 (Ref:4211857)   #1010
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Last year I rated Russell 9th in the end of year thread, which was a disappointment because his first year inte h Merc' was better IMO. This year he maybe a little higher due to his qualy record vs Hamilton. Like several other drivers on the grid, if he was plonked in the best car, he would probably have a WDC in him.
Don't see an awful lot wromg with Russell's attitude, pace or commitment tbh.
Just needs a bit more composure in the heat of the moment as he seens to getsl a bit of the red mist at times.
Mind you i'm sure he said that Montoya was a hero of his when growimg up so that might explain the aggression at times!!
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Old 8 Jun 2024, 22:43 (Ref:4212456)   #1011
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Hilarious. Rosberg isn't fit to tie Russells shoes.

Its 8/1 now. And Russell beat Hamilton on his strongest track.
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And he set his pole time on a used set as well!

Let’s see if he can convert, but performances like today definitely change minds….admittedly it’s having that effect on me.

Also hoping to see a Merc strategy tomorrow that prioritizes a win and not max points or keeping both drivers happy. be aggressive out there!
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Old 9 Jun 2024, 05:14 (Ref:4212482)   #1013
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…Let’s see if he can convert, but performances like today definitely change minds….admittedly it’s having that effect on me…
To add to this, despite a few errors, I really like how he kept on it and even though it was in a DRS zone, he made a tough move to pass Ham. I think that’s the kind of thing you expect the team leader to do.
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…Let’s see if he can convert, but performances like today definitely change minds….admittedly it’s having that effect on me…
To add to this, despite a few errors, I really like how he kept on it and even though it was in a DRS zone, he made a tough move to pass Ham. I think that’s the kind of thing you expect the team leader to do.

Took the teams first race podium of the season with it.
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How does choosing Ocon over Sainz make any sense?
Probably about as much as signing Perez over Sainz does.
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There is, although his behaviour with team orders again yesterday was pretty shocking.
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There is, although his behaviour with team orders again yesterday was pretty shocking.
I assume you mean how he answered the question regarding being screwed by the team? That his answer was not diplomatic enough? I am no fan of Ocon by a mile, but I think it's hard to hold your tongue if you get publicly screwed by your team that has dropped you. I mean the right thing would have been to smile and take it. Especially if he is looking for a ride.

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I meant more the childishly time taken to let the Gasman through, denying him the time to attack for P8, potentially costing vital team points.
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I assume you mean how he answered the question regarding being screwed by the team? That his answer was not diplomatic enough? I am no fan of Ocon by a mile, but I think it's hard to hold your tongue if you get publicly screwed by your team that has dropped you. I mean the right thing would have been to smile and take it. Especially if he is looking for a ride.

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He didn't get screwed by the team, sound reasons for not swapping the order back again and he could have checked on that before having his dummy spit to the media but then a calm approach doesn't seem to suit his personality. Agree that if he does go to Mercedes, it could be an entertaining year.

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Agree - took far too long, although it's not the first time we've seen drivers do that.
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How does choosing Ocon over Sainz make any sense?
Probably about as much as signing Perez over Sainz does.
I would imagine Saimz is reluctant to accept just a one year deal? He needs a lomger term commitment that he feels refects his status as ome of the top 6 or 7 drivers.

For an Ocom or a Bottas it's a different story. Tbey need to prove they want to, or need to stay on the grid. Ome year doing rrasonably well alomgside Russell may present more optioms for '26 onwards. Better chance to prive this in a Merc tham a Haas.
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Ocon and Russell would have to be the most underwhelming and petulant pairing for the 2025 grid if it happened.
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How does choosing Ocon over Sainz make any sense?
Ocon is managed by Toto Wolff and is more likely to accept a one year placeholder deal (until Antonelli) than Sainz. I have suspicion both Ocon and Russell can better handle a difficult oversteering car too, compared to Sainz who seems to struggle compared to Leclerc whenever the Ferrari has rear instability.

IMO Ocon is underrated and is pretty fast!

Also Ocon will drive for a tenner, whereas Sainz is probably chasing at least $12m p/a...

If Wolff doesn't back Ocon as:
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- a former Mercedes reserve driver, and
- consistently pushing to the limit and outqualifying Gasly by up to 4 tenths at the start of the season when the Alpine was a backmarker with difficult handling (great fighting spirit, much like Russell)

Then what even is the point!

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Ocon and Russell's maximum attack approach is what we like to see!

The Alpine may have been a overweight backmarker car, but Ocon pushed it to the limit and got it into Q2!

Russell had the sniff of a P6 in Australia and pushed it to the limit and threw it off the road but at least he tried!

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made sure Gasly didn't have enough laps to get to him.
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