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      08-02-2021, 03:51 AM   #507
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''What a great strategy by Mercedes,bottas did a super job for them today by taking out both our cars''
https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/90644...ps-at-spa.html
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Another race where the mid-pack teams are more interesting to watch than the rest.
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Here is my take.

- That lap 1 was brutal. Poor Lando, Max, Perez and Leclerc.
- I think Stroll got off easy. His mistake was overshadowed by Bottas' but it was the same error. Mistimed braking. I do not think it was caused by the crash already started in front of him either
- It was fun having Ocon and Seb battling for P1
- Sucks that Seb got DQ'd
- At least with Lando getting crashed out, all of his competitors for that P3 slot were out as well
- Great recovery drive from Hamilton and a great strategy that gave him the opportunity
- Tough day for Max
- Horner and Helmut need to shut up though. No way that was intentional from Bottas, also with the speed he was going in at, he wouldnt have been certain he wouldnt clip Ham too, he almost did.

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Here is my take.

- That lap 1 was brutal. Poor Lando, Max, Perez and Leclerc.
- I think Stroll got off easy. His mistake was overshadowed by Bottas' but it was the same error. Mistimed braking. I do not think it was caused by the crash already started in front of him either
- It was fun having Ocon and Seb battling for P1
- Sucks that Seb got DQ'd
- At least with Lando getting crashed out, all of his competitors for that P3 slot were out as well
- Great recovery drive from Hamilton and a great strategy that gave him the opportunity
- Tough day for Max
- Horner and Helmut need to shut up though. No way that was intentional from Bottas, also with the speed he was going in at, he wouldnt have been certain he wouldnt clip Ham too, he almost did.
Great analysis!!
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Post Race Analysis from Autosport about RBR.

This is a great post-race analysis from Autosport about Red Bull and their need to perform a complete reset over the summer:

A return of just five points across Silverstone and Budapest has seen Red Bull lose the lead of both championships, leaving it in need of a reset heading into the summer break.

On outright pace, Verstappen should have a healthy lead over Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, barring the incidents in the last two races and the failure in Baku that denied him a surefire victory.

But title fights are rarely a case of ‘man with fastest car wins’. There will always be setbacks, requiring drivers to dig deep and recover. The Turn 1 incident was sheer bad luck for Verstappen, but has left him with a hole to dig out of in the second half of the season.

The confidence of having the fastest car might not be quite as strong as it once was, with Mercedes appearing to make a decent step with the Silverstone update. But this still feels like Red Bull’s title to lose.

If it can come back fighting at Spa and, importantly for Verstappen, Zandvoort, then the title will again be in its hands. Champions are formed by how they deal with adversity, meaning the response to the recent disappointment will be critical to Red Bull’s season.

Further:

It’s not only on-track where Red Bull has been suffering lately.

The team waged a fairly aggressive war of words with Mercedes in the wake of Verstappen and Hamilton’s crash at Silverstone, doing little to defuse things even when Mercedes tried to calm the matter.

But it ended in fairly shambolic fashion after the FIA threw out the request to review the case when Red Bull offered no new evidence, but had instead created evidence from the accident in a bid to try and fight its case.

The stewards’ note of “allegations” made by Red Bull - which were did disclosed as the matter was put to bed - also indicates the belligerence shown by the team did not stop even when it came to a formal hearing.

PLUS: How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks

Mercedes was emphatic in its response, saying it hoped the ruling would put an end to Red Bull’s efforts to “tarnish” Hamilton’s name. Sadly, the boos from the orange-clad fans after both qualifying and the race in Hungary show that the damage has already been done.

Yet Red Bull has also seen its own perception and role in this title fight change. Once the underdog that could give some fresh blood to the championship and perhaps end Mercedes’ domination - an attractive proposition to the neutral fan - it has come out of this whole affair very badly.

All of this from Autosport. One of the most respected Motorsports Publications in the world.
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      08-02-2021, 10:47 AM   #515
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I missed the race yesterday (was out fishing 25 mi off the coast w/no cell service). My wife & I watched highlights last night and are trying to catch up on everything.

Such a crazy race to have missed!
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I missed the race yesterday (was out fishing 25 mi off the coast w/no cell service). My wife & I watched highlights last night and are trying to catch up on everything.

Such a crazy race to have missed!
Watch the first lap, and last 15. Otherwise it holds little interest.
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This is a great post-race analysis from Autosport about Red Bull and their need to perform a complete reset over the summer:

A return of just five points across Silverstone and Budapest has seen Red Bull lose the lead of both championships, leaving it in need of a reset heading into the summer break.

On outright pace, Verstappen should have a healthy lead over Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, barring the incidents in the last two races and the failure in Baku that denied him a surefire victory.

But title fights are rarely a case of ‘man with fastest car wins’. There will always be setbacks, requiring drivers to dig deep and recover. The Turn 1 incident was sheer bad luck for Verstappen, but has left him with a hole to dig out of in the second half of the season.

The confidence of having the fastest car might not be quite as strong as it once was, with Mercedes appearing to make a decent step with the Silverstone update. But this still feels like Red Bull’s title to lose.

If it can come back fighting at Spa and, importantly for Verstappen, Zandvoort, then the title will again be in its hands. Champions are formed by how they deal with adversity, meaning the response to the recent disappointment will be critical to Red Bull’s season.

Further:

It’s not only on-track where Red Bull has been suffering lately.

The team waged a fairly aggressive war of words with Mercedes in the wake of Verstappen and Hamilton’s crash at Silverstone, doing little to defuse things even when Mercedes tried to calm the matter.

But it ended in fairly shambolic fashion after the FIA threw out the request to review the case when Red Bull offered no new evidence, but had instead created evidence from the accident in a bid to try and fight its case.

The stewards’ note of “allegations” made by Red Bull - which were did disclosed as the matter was put to bed - also indicates the belligerence shown by the team did not stop even when it came to a formal hearing.

PLUS: How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks

Mercedes was emphatic in its response, saying it hoped the ruling would put an end to Red Bull’s efforts to “tarnish” Hamilton’s name. Sadly, the boos from the orange-clad fans after both qualifying and the race in Hungary show that the damage has already been done.

Yet Red Bull has also seen its own perception and role in this title fight change. Once the underdog that could give some fresh blood to the championship and perhaps end Mercedes’ domination - an attractive proposition to the neutral fan - it has come out of this whole affair very badly.

All of this from Autosport. One of the most respected Motorsports Publications in the world.
Good read.

As much as some people want it to be just driver + car + track, that part of the sport is just your profession. When you want to become a champion and an all-time great, it goes beyond that. You have to start looking at other external factors that we don't see on Sunday's - whether it's a drivers race IQ, the team strategists, anything that you don't do in the cockpit. Mercedes has shown everyone time and time again they are very good at that (see: Spanish GP).
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Yet Red Bull has also seen its own perception and role in this title fight change. Once the underdog that could give some fresh blood to the championship and perhaps end Mercedes’ domination - an attractive proposition to the neutral fan - it has come out of this whole affair very badly.
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Good read.

As much as some people want it to be just driver + car + track, that part of the sport is just your profession. When you want to become a champion and an all-time great, it goes beyond that. You have to start looking at other external factors that we don't see on Sunday's - whether it's a drivers race IQ, the team strategists, anything that you don't do in the cockpit. Mercedes has shown everyone time and time again they are very good at that (see: Spanish GP).
Exactly in so many ways.

What Max is missing is the long view. In my estimation, he should have let HAM take the corner at Silverstone and not try to win the race on the first lap. He had the race speed to cover HAM based on the sprint race results. Rather than do that he did the same thing he did while OCO was unlapping himself in Brazil...red mist collision. This is not the act of a future WDC. HAM learned this lesson in 2016 and has been a harvester of points since that time.

Untl VER learns this, he will be a double digit race winner but zero championships. Much like my 2nd favorite driver growing up...Gilles Villeneuve.
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They killed their own good will in less than 2 weeks. Spectacularly horrible.
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Don't agree. Strongly disliked it. Turn one BUTTASS ruined it. Verstappen wasn't in it. Vettel handed his second podium the same way and it's taken from him. If I could delete a race this season, it's this one. I won't even get into my boy Lando getting the prison treatment
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My favourite race of the season....so far, looking forward to 27-29th.


Three weeks of inane drivel to lol forward too in the meantime
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I mean not to pick sides or anything but Verstappen literally used to have a website dedicated to all his crashes. Seems the site has since been taken down but there's an article you can see below about it:

https://jalopnik.com/need-to-know-if...-th-1825622020

Max is a hard racer, he brings great racing to F1 which is definitely welcome, I just wish his attitude was better. He is going to be a contender for WDC for years to come as long as whatever team he is with will be able to give him a car worth a damn and that is reliable.

Anyone saying Hamilton isn't one of the best racers of all time is just in denial. Rosberg gave everything he had to beat Hamilton once and called it quits after. He is relentless and consistently good. Not just a few laps here and there, I think Hungary shows that. How about Silverstone last year, he legit did half a lap on 3 wheels and still won. Wild.

He's made quite a few mistakes this year I will say though(Italy, Baku, Hungary just off the top of my head). I wonder if that is the fault of him having no real competition the past 2 years and getting a little comfortable, or maybe hes just starting to come out of his prime.

Riccardo, I really want to like him... I loved him at RB. Ever since it just feels like he's been going down and down and down. Hopefully he figures the Mclaren out and gets going this season. Or maybe Lando really is that good. Who knows?

Alonso was everything we wanted this weekend.
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