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by optimisteprime
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: F1 shift lights
Replies: 3
Views: 2400

F1 shift lights

I had it in my head that the gear shift indicator leds on F1 cars were symmetrical - starting in the middle and going out in both directions until time to shift. However looking on YouTube they all start from the left and go up to the right. Some of them start in the middle and go right, with the le...
by optimisteprime
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Planet F1 Team-mate wars: Can someone explain Vet-Kimi?
Replies: 25
Views: 10753

Re: Planet F1 Team-mate wars: Can someone explain Vet-Kimi?

How could Raikkonen and Vettel be 8-8, Kimi has finished ahead of him once in 16 races. At best you can give Kimi - Silverstone, Baku and then what... Singapore? Hungary? Monaco? Malaysia? Yeah but you're forgetting that Vettel is German and a threat to their beloved British champion and must be ma...
by optimisteprime
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Ferrari 2008 vs Ferrari 2017 which was the bigger screw up?
Replies: 69
Views: 21280

Re: Ferrari 2008 vs Ferrari 2017 which was the bigger screw

While it's true that in a fair world where results are determined on merit and luck plays no part they'd certainly have won both WDC and WCC in 08 and WDC in 17, I don't think it was a uniquely Ferrari screw up - there's plenty of other examples of teams losing out on reliability like McLaren in 05 ...
by optimisteprime
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Future of the Spanish Grand Prix
Replies: 40
Views: 9371

Re: Future of the Spanish Grand Prix

I doubt this will have any impact on the race. As has been said, the referendum was not a real referendum and has no legal standing. Most independent polling shows that in the event of a real referendum Catalunya would vote to remain a part of Spain by a fairly big margin. The extreme response of th...
by optimisteprime
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 551
Views: 67973

Re: 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix Race Thread

I think it would be as fair to say that Hamilton would not be leading the championship without Vettel's poor fortune as it was to say Rosberg would not be a WDC without Hamilton's poor fortune. There honestly is no comparison. I think there is. Bottom line is some bad luck is severely affecting a t...
by optimisteprime
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Hamilton and "taking the knee"
Replies: 81
Views: 19306

Re: Hamilton and "taking the knee"

I’d have a lot of respect for him if he did, and I couldn’t imagine the FIA or anyone else penalising him for it. I’d be surprised if he did though.
by optimisteprime
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Silly season 2018
Replies: 1349
Views: 380806

Re: Silly season 2018

I'm not sure what the point of keeping Kvyat next season is when they clearly have no long term plan for him - they've dropped him from Red Bull once and they're now choosing to temporarily drop him rather than dropping the guy who's already signed for another team next season. I agree there's no ob...
by optimisteprime
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Is Hamilton now rising to be the best of his generation?
Replies: 405
Views: 93481

Re: Is Hamilton now rising to be the best of his generation?

History and opinion would look very different if in 2012 McLaren convinced Lewis to stay - on a lucrative 3 or 4yr deal. Christ, the very good but not great Rosberg could be a 3x Champion. There are 3-4 elite drivers on the grid and it really all depends on where they are at a given time. Hamilton ...
by optimisteprime
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: DOTW Singapore - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Weekend
Replies: 51
Views: 11383

Re: DOTW Singapore - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Wee

Lewis. Monstered his teammate in Qualy then won from 5th without putting a wheel out of place the whole race. Just brilliant. Won from 5th after 3 people in front of him DNFed and the other was nursing a gearbox problem all race. It was practically impossible for him to not win that one. :lol: :lol...
by optimisteprime
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: DOTW Singapore - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Weekend
Replies: 51
Views: 11383

Re: DOTW Singapore - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Wee

Lewis. Monstered his teammate in Qualy then won from 5th without putting a wheel out of place the whole race. Just brilliant. Won from 5th after 3 people in front of him DNFed and the other was nursing a gearbox problem all race. It was practically impossible for him to not win that one. Lol, he go...
by optimisteprime
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Singapore Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 653
Views: 74089

Re: 2017 Singapore Grand Prix Race Thread

A bit too premature to call off the season. Even without any mishaps, a mathematical 42 point swing is available over 6 races. It's not over until the WDC leader has an unassailable lead. WDCs aren't won by giving up. Hoping for a great final 6 races to finish off a season that's finally seen some ...
by optimisteprime
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: DOTW Singapore - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Weekend
Replies: 51
Views: 11383

Re: DOTW Singapore - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Wee

Laz_T800 wrote:Lewis. Monstered his teammate in Qualy then won from 5th without putting a wheel out of place the whole race. Just brilliant.
Won from 5th after 3 people in front of him DNFed and the other was nursing a gearbox problem all race. It was practically impossible for him to not win that one.
by optimisteprime
Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 26501

Re: 2017 Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Threa

Stunning lap from Vettel at the end there, Ferrari not on the same planet as the Mercedes but to get within 3 tenths was incredible.
by optimisteprime
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: New 2018 IndyCar Aero Kit
Replies: 54
Views: 19235

Re: New 2018 IndyCar Aero Kit

I fully agree Blake. I come from the aerospace world, and classic designs were sleek and smooth, devoid of extra fences or vortex generators. And if they were installed, they were a solution to a component that should have been designed better. State of the art jet fighters (such as the Su-35) appe...
by optimisteprime
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 74195

Re: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread

Ferrari did interfere with there drivers, they didn't allow Kimi to stay out longer because he was putting in fastest sectors and would have got the overcut. This would have put Vettel vulnerable to both Mercs. Every article I read says Ferrari used Kimi to protect Vettel from the Mercs, Kimi would...
by optimisteprime
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 74195

Re: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread

As a Hamilton fan it's frustrating that even when he is quicker clearly team orders are not going to favour him so now he races at a disadvantage to Vettel going forward. ??? How can you say that the day after team orders did "favour" him? While he eventually gave the position back, team orders did...
by optimisteprime
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 74195

Re: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread

As a Hamilton fan it's frustrating that even when he is quicker clearly team orders are not going to favour him so now he races at a disadvantage to Vettel going forward. As a fan of evidence, facts and reason it's frustrating that this false narrative continues to permeate and carry so much weight...
by optimisteprime
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Team orders at Mercedes
Replies: 228
Views: 43072

Re: Team orders at Mercedes

This has been a brilliantly played piece of PR for Hamilton. Rather than the headlines being that Bottas has beaten Hamilton again, for the 5th time in the last 7 races both have finished, the race result headlines on BBC news were that Hamilton "gave" Bottas third, when the reality was that Bottas ...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Ferrari/Mercedes has the faster car? (post barcelona & on)
Replies: 1511
Views: 378737

Re: Ferrari/Mercedes has the faster car? (post barcelona &

Hungaroring was always going to swing more towards Ferrari. Hard to know if they've made any real improvement or if we'll see Merc dominant again come Spa.
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Halo confirmed for 2018!
Replies: 299
Views: 95012

Re: Halo confirmed for 2018!

The funny thing is that people love the concepts like the Red Bull X1 which genuinely aren't open wheel or open cockpit, because it's aesthetically pleasing. I really can't see this as being anything other than people unhappy that the cars won't look as nice, and that is simply not an argument to co...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: DOTW Hungary - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Weekend
Replies: 38
Views: 9584

Re: DOTW Hungary - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Weeke

Kimi gets my vote for being the ultimate team player. Vettel owes his win wholly to Kimi being willing to play nice. Alonso was also impressive, but I believe he already has a safe win in this pole, and I'm trying to push Kimi above Vettel! ;) Sorry but I really don't understand this. He bitched an...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 74195

Re: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread

Between that comment and some of the stupid things he said about the Halo the other day, I've lost a lot of respect for Magnussen this weekend. Wasn't just Magnussen though so do you condemn Verstappen as well? They are entitled to their opinion, I do wonder if some of the senior statesmen are bein...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 74195

Re: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread

Are there any lap charts showing evidence that the overcut had any chance of working? Vettel was nursing a problem but I don't think he was losing as much time as the offset between new and old tyres. The overcut didn't work for Verstappen - obviously he had the penalty but aside from that he was lo...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 74195

Re: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread

Between that comment and some of the stupid things he said about the Halo the other day, I've lost a lot of respect for Magnussen this weekend.
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Team orders at Mercedes
Replies: 228
Views: 43072

Re: Team orders at Mercedes

Interestingly Bottas has now beaten Hamilton in five of the last seven races that both have finished. Maybe it is in Lewis' best interest to set a precedent of no team orders with the direction things are moving, and reverse the precedent that they set when they used team orders to allow Lewis to be...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Robert Kubica makes single seater return
Replies: 141
Views: 53399

Re: Robert Kubica makes single seater return

Has Kubica got some kind of contractual obligation to Renault? I wonder why he's not bein linked to Massa's seat for example if Felipe is still ill, or why he's not being talked about for any of the other seats opening up next season.
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Drop Hungary from the Calendar?
Replies: 87
Views: 14780

Re: Drop Hungary from the Calendar?

2015 - Hamilton was in a bad state before the start, because he was at a movie set the night before. Yeah, a real professional. Rosberg was inept at racecraft and crashed with Ricciardo. Vettel won, in an emotional win because Bianchi had just died. But no actual racing for the lead. 2014 - A rare ...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Drop Hungary from the Calendar?
Replies: 87
Views: 14780

Re: Drop Hungary from the Calendar?

Hungaroring has historically been a very poor circuit for racing, but in recent years I feel it's redeemed itself, it's been one of the better races on the calendar for the last few years. I think there's two reasons for that: one is that it is truly difficult to overtake - a massive flaw in the pas...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Driver(s) of the Day - 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix
Replies: 34
Views: 8712

Re: Driver(s) of the Day - 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix

ReservoirDog wrote:Vettel for nursing that car. Easily driver of the day.

I'm stunned at how little credit Vettel seems to be getting for dominating the weekend while also very visibly nursing a serious car issue for most of the race.
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: DOTW Hungary - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Weekend
Replies: 38
Views: 9584

Re: DOTW Hungary - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Weeke

Amazed not to see anyone else vote Räikkönen. And had the thread starter allowed 2 votes, my other one would have gone to Paul di Resta. Plenty of honourable mentions, except for Max. He really should be briefed on how to avoid throwing away a race on the first lap. I think any driver who was out q...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Catch up TV in the UK is shocking for F1!
Replies: 14
Views: 5437

Re: Catch up TV in the UK is shocking for F1!

Its not designed to be good, to push you into paying for the real deal. I do pay for everything, but there have been times in the past where I was busy for whatever reason during the race, and trying to watch a replay is a nightmare. There's no on-demand catch up for it on Sky, you have to wait unt...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: DOTW Hungary - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Weekend
Replies: 38
Views: 9584

Re: DOTW Hungary - Officially Unofficial Driver Of The Weeke

Amazed not to see anyone else vote Räikkönen. And had the thread starter allowed 2 votes, my other one would have gone to Paul di Resta. Plenty of honourable mentions, except for Max. He really should be briefed on how to avoid throwing away a race on the first lap. Why on earth would anyone vote f...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 74195

Re: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread

Someone claiming that Räikkönen was allowed to challenge Vettel and just did not manage to - that is a whole new level of partisan spin doctorship surely ... :lol: :lol: :lol: as soon as i read that i knew who you meant. dont bother trying to argue with them cos i dont think they have ever agreed w...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 74195

Re: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread

Great post, but surely you understand that running into another car and them having to retire as a direct result warrants a driver penalty? It was the first lap, he wasn't trying to overtake, he wasn't trying to squeeze Ricciardo, in fact the line he was trying to take would have left Daniel plenty...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 549
Views: 74195

Re: 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Thread

Really impressive drive from Vettel holding his nerve and keeping everyone behind him while having to steer left to go straight and having to nurse a wounded car for most of the race. Even kept his tyres in shape to pull out a little gap at the end. Fair play to Hamilton and Mercedes for showing som...
by optimisteprime
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 British Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 421
Views: 59779

Re: 2017 British Grand Prix Race Thread

Yeah I don't think Vettel crumbled at all this weekend, he had a bad start and made a pretty ham fisted go at getting rid of Verstappen before his first stop, and that pretty much screwed his race from there on in. Raikonnen looked like the Kimi of old, and had Vettel's number all race. He was only...
by optimisteprime
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2017 British Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 421
Views: 59779

Re: 2017 British Grand Prix Race Thread

So far, Bottas had been the only driver to always qualify in the top 3 this year. That has now changed. But hopefully he can still get a podium. Considering Mercedes's pace, I think he could possibly manage 2nd tomorrow. Mercedes have looked comfortably faster than Ferrari over most of the weekend ...
by optimisteprime
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: F1 Live London - a bit short notice?
Replies: 103
Views: 22227

Re: F1 Live London - a bit short notice?

I attended this and thought it was really poorly organised. Don't know if I was just unlucky from the side I happened to approach it from, but there was basically no crowd control or staff or signage and I just ended up in a massive crowd, unable to move either forwards or backwards, with no hope o...
by optimisteprime
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: F1 Live London - a bit short notice?
Replies: 103
Views: 22227

Re: F1 Live London - a bit short notice?

I attended this and thought it was really poorly organised. Don't know if I was just unlucky from the side I happened to approach it from, but there was basically no crowd control or staff or signage and I just ended up in a massive crowd, unable to move either forwards or backwards, with no hope of...
by optimisteprime
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Bottas Jumping The Start
Replies: 178
Views: 37553

Re: Bottas Jumping The Start

Yep I'd say that's a jump start. Not sure if I'd give it a penalty though, it's very close and I'm all for this new stewarding stance of not giving penalties for minor transgressions. I wouldn't want to see drivers starting to roll in their grid slots every weekend in an effort to get half a tenth ...