Formula 1

Perez whoops

Oof, that’s not good for him as his future with Racing Point is already tenuous given recent rumors of Sebastian Vettel’s future. For F1 generally it is interesting that by the 3rd venue of the adjusted 2020 racing calendar a reserve driver is going to be needed, the 1st test of how the contingency plans are going to work out. Hopefully this remains isolated and we don’t see a spread through the paddock.

Maybe Hulkenberg can get his first podium in a Pink Mercedes?!?!

I’ve really been liking Nico Rosberg’s track overviews for each race.

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Merc doesn’t even need four wheels to win a race :tired_face:

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I’ve not watched the highlights, but I guess it is the start, a first lap crash, a second safety car, then skip to the last three laps and replay them in real time.

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“Hulk qualified where??”

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This past weekend has confirmed that we need to permanently shift the tire hardness down for all races. No more one stops!

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Rip Ferrari

Props to F1 for posting content like that on their official channel.

How consistent are top drivers on a single lap time trial like that? If Charl did 10 on the same day, is his best to worst .4 seconds apart?

It depends so much on what else is happening.

On a fresh track there is less rubber laid down, which means less grip, which means a slower lap. That’s one of the reasons times get faster the longer you go in qualifying.

But then, you don’t want to be too close behind another driver, or else you lose aerodynamics, and lose time.

But if you’re close to another driver down a straight, you can get into their slipstream and go faster.

Also the wind can change things, and track temperatures.

So let’s not say “on the same day” but “in the exact same track and weather conditions for a long time” then yes, 0.4 is what you’d expect as a range from “kinda average” to “best of the day”.

If you have a good team mate and can look at their data, you can work out who has better braking points and lines in to each corner, and then learn from each other which is which and put together a best-of-both lap.

This Monza race is crazy. I predicted Lance Stroll was going to win before the start, and I can’t believe he is in with a real chance.

You should be watching.

What a race that was! Very engaging at least, if not for ideal reasons. Combined with the tire degradation issues we saw in England this year, it goes to show that when things don’t go according to expectation in F1 you get results that are not boring to watch as a fan. Credit to Gasly, I didn’t think he would be able to maintain enough pace and lack of mistakes to prevent McLaren from getting past, but that win was not gifted to him. The opportunity was there and he had to capitalize on it.

Wow, Ferrari is in a rough spot, both with how the race played out but also for their huge lack of performance this year.

It seems Racing Point got a good deal with Vettel. They are only paying 1.5 million dollars as a retainer, with Aston Martin making up the rest of his payment for him being a Brand Ambassador. From a marketing point of view, Perez can’t come close to Vettel, so no amount of money he brings from his own sponsors is worth it.

Considering the budget cap that comes in next year, Racing Point are in an amazing position. Drivers salaries aren’t included in the budget cap, but Vettel is costing the team next to nothing, and how much is Stroll senior paying Stroll junior? Can’t be much.

So while the big teams are having to cut costs, Racing Point can actually spend more than have in the past. Vettel brings his expertise, can coach Stroll, etc.

I’m excited to see what Vettel gets up to next year, and how the team develops as Aston Martin.

OMG Mugello safety car restarts are worse than Indycar oval racing restarts.

FIA already not bothering with the investigation: “An FIA spokesman told BBC Sport an investigation had been ruled out.”

I’m not sure why anyone thinks the F1 and the FIA won’t stand behind their most successful, most lucrative current driver, who happens to be black, and not give a shit about racist Americans complaining on twitter. Formula 1 cares way more about keeping Hamilton happy than losing a tiny proportion of viewers who might not like him. He’s a goldmine of publicity and good will.

And if Mercedes changed the colour of their cars to black for entire season, they also don’t care about a tshirt, and will stand with him too.