Formula 1 - 2018 season

I still miss the lovely saloon hybrids: Mick Hill's 4.7 Capri, the Firenza/Aston, the deadly 6L Hemi A40 and all the BDA/FVC Escorts.
Me too. Gerry Marshall sliding Baby Bertha around Mallory Park is one of my oldest racing memories. There’s a tenuous F1 connection. Charlie Whiting’s brother Nick raced a Mk2 Escort super saloon.
 
Me too. Gerry Marshall sliding Baby Bertha around Mallory Park is one of my oldest racing memories. There’s a tenuous F1 connection. Charlie Whiting’s brother Nick raced a Mk2 Escort super saloon.
Funnily enough I mentioned Nick to my wife a couple of races ago and his sad demise a few miles from us at Rainham.
I was looking for a photo for her last week and found a B&W photo a friend took of Dave Brodie's 'Run Baby Run' Escort going through Paddock. His battles, and those of Norman Abbot against Marshall were legendary. I was at Brands when GM was taken to the stewards for deliberately ramming Abbot's Escort (BDA/FVC with a 5-speed ZF transaxle) when he couldn't get past, destroying the back end.
 
I should have posted this on Saturday.

7 April was the 50th anniversary of Jimmy Clark’s death in a totally irrelevant F2 race at Hockenheim.

I didn’t see anything in the mainstream F1 press. Autocar ran their obituary which was written by Innes Ireland, Clark’s first team mate at Team Lotus.

Another world...
The Indy race paid tribute to him on Sunday which is how I found out about it.
 
I see John Miles has died. Only a brief F1 career before he fell out with Colin Chapman. He only scored points once, but he was as quick as Jochen Rindt.

I always enjoyed his writing in Autocar. And he was the man who made the Lotus Elise handle.
 
I did mention this happening in a previous f1 thread 2016/2017, but it's certainly looking more likely as the season progresses.

Ricciardo will get offered the ferrari seat in replacement of Kimi, Seb won't like that after what happened the last time at Red Bull and agree to do a straight swap with Lewis.

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Lewis doesn't seem to have let his execrable choice of facial jewellery slow him down all that much:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/formula1/43854787

Of course, it helps when the two Red Bull cars take each other out and Finger Boy has a horror show.
 
Did I just see Hamilton sporting a shiny nose stud?
Good grief.
You only noticed the stud? Spec-savers beckons. He's given his bonce an all over rapper/gangsta going over. Still a demon behind the wheel and a gentleman in his comments on Valteri's misfortune. He went to see him before he went to the podium. That's why he was late.

The Ferrari's have upped their game this year. Can't be easy when one of them is up your chuff and you know they have the edge. Thought Kimi ran a good race coming all the way from the back of the field after the shunt on the first lap.
 
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Indy 500 practice live.

I've actually been watching a lot more motor racing this year than I have ever in the past. I always used to stick to F1 and things like Le Mans 24. A lot of the IMSA races are broadcast live on youtube and they are usually good fun.
 
Err . . . <BUMP> !! ;)
 
Err . . . <BUMP> !! ;)
Verstappen really reinforces why F2 exists doesn’t he? In 40+ years of following F1 there have been next to no drivers who have reached he heights of greatness without a proper apprenticeship. And plenty who have been picked up very young and failed at the highest level.

Citroen have just fired Kris Meeke from their WRC team for crashing too much......
 
The historic race was excellent, probably better than the main event this afternoon.

It's pretty obvious that Max isn't going to grow up as long as they keep giving him a car to drive, perhaps a rest would be in order? It appeared that he was spooked by the Renault, which was as far out of the way as you will ever get on this track. The onboard footage shows a little wobble as he passes, as if he was shocked it was there. That's just Monaco, deal with it.

The standards of driving in F2 were shocking. Albon entering the pits was just plain stupid and Norris diving up the inside was either gross stupidity or a professional foul.
 
Verstappen really reinforces why F2 exists doesn’t he? In 40+ years of following F1 there have been next to no drivers who have reached he heights of greatness without a proper apprenticeship. And plenty who have been picked up very young and failed at the highest level.

Citroen have just fired Kris Meeke from their WRC team for crashing too much......
Two years ago, same mistake, same corner, same damage, same twat. If he bends the car today there's a significant risk that he could be taking the long walk. Marco and Horner have had just about enough. On the other hand it does add a bit of excitement to a race as to who he's going to take out this time around.
 
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maguire

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that's sad for Danny Ric. looked like he had it in the bag there.

interesting how the incident yesterday has seemed to galvanize opinion re Verstappen - suddenly DC and Webber on 4 were talking about how he was brought in to F1 too soon á la the comments above. be interesting if red bull dumped him for next year and DR went walkabout to another team.

as for hamilton to ferrari? I can't see it. he wants to be WDC, and ferrari haven't provided anyone with a championship car since 2007 - mostly due to their own incompetence and bad management.
 

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It's pretty obvious that Max isn't going to grow up as long as they keep giving him a car to drive, perhaps a rest would be in order? It appeared that he was spooked by the Renault, which was as far out of the way as you will ever get on this track. The onboard footage shows a little wobble as he passes, as if he was shocked it was there. That's just Monaco, deal with it.
I had hoped Verstappen would mature and become a good driver but that obviously hasn't happened. My major concern is that his bullying ways will cause trouble for someone before too long.
 
It's pretty obvious that Max isn't going to grow up as long as they keep giving him a car to drive, perhaps a rest would be in order? It appeared that he was spooked by the Renault, which was as far out of the way as you will ever get on this track. The onboard footage shows a little wobble as he passes, as if he was shocked it was there. That's just Monaco, deal with it.
I had hoped Verstappen would mature and become a good driver but that obviously hasn't happened. My major concern is that his bullying ways will cause trouble for someone before too long.
As we used to say in karting, " he needs putting on his head" and there was always someone willing to do it, normally Jos Verstappen! Jos always seemed to have a PR buzz about him, everyone saying how great he was, but every time I looked, he was cocking up somewhere. The flashes of brilliance never outweighed the brain farts, just like his son.

The best drivers I saw in karting? Terry Fullerton, Jarno Trulli, Jan Magnussen, Massimiliano Orsini & Mike Wilson.
 

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