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by kleefton
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Emilia Romagna GP 2021 - Qualifier of the day?
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: Emilia Romagna GP 2021 - Qualifier of the day?

Has to be Hamilton. He is the one they are all trying to knock off but he isstill getting the job done without the best car. Had norris not gone wide he would have got my vote. That was a stunning effort.
by kleefton
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Emilia Romagna (Imola) Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 7365

Re: 2021 Emilia Romagna (Imola) Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Now I think about it, there was a time when Albon got the same time as verstappen in qualifying only just after he moved to red bull mid season. Then Albon never got anywhere close to him after that. The reason I bring it up is because I think that session and this one was about the only ones that ...
by kleefton
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Emilia Romagna (Imola) Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 7365

Re: 2021 Emilia Romagna (Imola) Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

What I saw in free practice was Mercedes setting the benchmark and Red Bull struggling to match them. Remains to be seen what happens in a few hours. I have a feeling that we will get a Bottas pole, not sure why. Red Bull looks the stronger package with Hamilton working miracles! :lol:
by kleefton
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Emilia Romagna (Imola) Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 7365

Re: 2021 Emilia Romagna (Imola) Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Wow, I'm pretty sure Norris had pole in the bag
Checo outdoing Max is the surprise for me.
What happened to Valteri?
Lewis closing in on 100!
Crazy session.
by kleefton
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Emilia Romagna (Imola) Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 7365

Re: 2021 Emilia Romagna (Imola) Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Toto has shown ruthlessness in the past. It's only 3 points in that example but you'd rather have them in Hamilton's tally at the end of the season rather than Bottas'. I get what you're saying and if it's going to be a close battle then yeah you would prefer those three points in es interferes thi...
by kleefton
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Emilia Romagna (Imola) Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 7365

Re: 2021 Emilia Romagna (Imola) Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Unless Hamilton looked quicker and Bottas was clearly holding him up, I don't think they would at this early stage of the season. Toto has shown ruthlessness in the past. It's only 3 points in that example but you'd rather have them in Hamilton's tally at the end of the season rather than Bottas'. ...
by kleefton
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Who are the BEST QUALIFIERS on the grid?
Replies: 136
Views: 7383

Re: Who are the BEST QUALIFIERS on the grid?

If Verstappen trashes Perez by a (significantly) larger margin than Hamilton has over Bottas, then the inevitable conclusion will be an uncomfortable one. Someone is projecting hard. I have no problem with conceding that Verstappen is faster than Hamilton after he's demonstrated that consistently a...
by kleefton
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:32 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Driver(s) of the Day - 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix
Replies: 52
Views: 3342

Re: Driver(s) of the Day - 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis, Norris and Perez for me. Lewis I mean what can you say the guy is still in the middle of this magical run. I thought that him catching covid might have put an end to this run that he is in but it was not to be. He still has the nose for the checkered flag in the most unlikely of circumstances...
by kleefton
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 271
Views: 14384

Re: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Race Thread

This track may look dull, but it often produces highly entertaining races. Will be very interesting. I don't think it looks dull at all. Say what you will about the country, the Bahrain track is beautiful at night. To each their own i guess. It looks dull to me. The cars do not look particularly fa...
by kleefton
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 12341

Re: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Yes in summary we have a title fight, when criticising Bottas and qualifying perhaps doesn't matter that much well just tell Perez that, he couldn't get the fastest car through to Q3 on medium tyres, also it looks like Ferrari are much improved. well, in q2, perez was about the same distance from v...
by kleefton
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 271
Views: 14384

Re: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Race Thread

Leclerc's long runs on the soft tire were dreadful on Friday compared to Sainz's medium run. So I don't think the soft tire is a good tire to be on with high fuel. So all the guys on softs will likely pit very early. Perez should move up the field easily. P4 should be the target for him and P3 is po...
by kleefton
Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 12341

Re: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Yes in summary we have a title fight, when criticising Bottas and qualifying perhaps doesn't matter that much well just tell Perez that, he couldn't get the fastest car through to Q3 on medium tyres, also it looks like Ferrari are much improved. well, in q2, perez was about the same distance from v...
by kleefton
Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 12341

Re: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

I am surprised that Sainz is pretty much matching Leclerc so far. As a newcomer to the team he's been impressive.
by kleefton
Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 12341

Re: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Vettel 0.8sec slower than Stroll? Wow.
by kleefton
Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 12341

Re: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Bottas not happy... ‘it’s undriveable’ Bottas 3.0 dead on arrival. Mercedes won't even have a race before he's relegated to number 2 wingman fast but not as fast as Lewis. The car being difficult to drive will make his title hopes disappear pretty soon. He’s also got Perez to worry about too this y...
by kleefton
Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 12341

Re: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Both Alpine and Aston Martin look relatively dreadful. Vettel and Alonso will be seeing each other a lot on track this year. Ferrari looking dangerous. Leclerc did not really put in a representative lap and his long runs were on softs.
So it looks like the top 4 will be
Redbull
Merc
Mclaren
Ferrari.
by kleefton
Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 12341

Re: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Merc experimenting with a high rake setup. Never recall seeing that before. They are in trouble imo. The mcl is right on their heels. The Flying Dutchman looking supreme. Checo albon? The 2019 merc also not liking these regulation changes. A much improved Ferrari it seems. Ricciardo getting up to sp...
by kleefton
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Who are the BEST QUALIFIERS on the grid?
Replies: 136
Views: 7383

Re: Who are the BEST QUALIFIERS on the grid?

We also have no clue as to whether Verstappen was maximising the car the last two seasons because he was paired with underperforming and inexperienced drivers. I ignored this point the last time but I quoted you, but it also deserves attention. I find it interesting how the only time Gasly has ever...
by kleefton
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Which team has the biggest driver disparity?
Replies: 23
Views: 870

Re: Which team has the biggest driver disparity?

The biggest disparity this year? imo it will be a close call between the Redbull, Ferrari and Williams. Reasons; I think Latifi is probably the worst driver on the grid an Russell one of the most promising. Leclerc is that good while Sainz is a feisty competitor but will lack the outright pace to st...
by kleefton
Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Pre-season Test (Bahrain) Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 8856

Re: 2021 Pre-season Test (Bahrain) Thread

IMO the merc issues seem real. But I am somewhat baffled that so many are expecting them to solve those issues. From what I understand there are restrictions to what they can develop or change this year through the token system. So it’s not like they can throw unlimited resources at it as they’ve d...
by kleefton
Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Pre-season Test (Bahrain) Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 8856

Re: 2021 Pre-season Test (Bahrain) Thread

IMO the merc issues seem real. But I am somewhat baffled that so many are expecting them to solve those issues. From what I understand there are restrictions to what they can develop or change this year through the token system. So it’s not like they can throw unlimited resources at it as they’ve do...
by kleefton
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:49 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Button is better than Hamilton in the wet - True or False?
Replies: 54
Views: 2376

Re: Button is better than Hamilton in the wet - True or False?

IMO Lewis has gone to a new level in the wet the last 5 years. He used to be sort of on an off form in the wet in the past. I.e. in the 2012 Brazil race, Button was all over him in the wet and if I recall, even passed him. In 2013 and 2015 Rosberg appeared quicker than him when it was wet. But since...
by kleefton
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2022 Engine Freeze
Replies: 82
Views: 4467

Re: 2022 Engine Freeze

30 horsepower is a game-changer, that's worth close to half a second. No it is not. These engines' total output are too high for 30hp to make a meaningful difference. You're talking in the neighborhood of 1000 hp of total output. 30hp is too small a percentage to affect the power to weight ratio en...
by kleefton
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Ferrari's Engine Punishment
Replies: 24
Views: 1749

Re: Ferrari's Engine Punishment

If what Salo has said is true (big if), does that mean Ferrari could jump back to 2019 engine performance levels quite easily?* and probably a bit beyond that with the extra development ahead of 2021. *assuming punishment was for 2020 only The way I see it, there is no way they will have that magic...
by kleefton
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2022 Engine Freeze
Replies: 82
Views: 4467

Re: 2022 Engine Freeze

With "little difference", I am assuming you mean Honda vs Renault, because those two PUs are dead even. Ferrari is clearly behind at the moment and Mercedes are clearly in front. I have heard rumours of 40 hp upgrade from Honda for next year as they have moved all their scheduled upgrades for 2022 ...
by kleefton
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2022 Engine Freeze
Replies: 82
Views: 4467

Re: 2022 Engine Freeze

With "little difference", I am assuming you mean Honda vs Renault, because those two PUs are dead even. Ferrari is clearly behind at the moment and Mercedes are clearly in front. I have heard rumours of 40 hp upgrade from Honda for next year as they have moved all their scheduled upgrades for 2022 ...
by kleefton
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2022 Engine Freeze
Replies: 82
Views: 4467

Re: 2022 Engine Freeze

I wonder what Norris will say when he is being outqualified by Ferraris and Renault while he now has his Mercedes engine. I do have to agree that there is little difference in outright outputs between the pUs nowadays.
by kleefton
Fri Dec 18, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: How fast is Verstappen relative to Hamilton? (THREAD SPLIT)
Replies: 713
Views: 101342

Re: How fast is Verstappen relative to Hamilton? (THREAD SPLIT)

It amazes me how people think that default position is that the driver who has failed to get poles he should have is faster in qualifying than the driver who has 50% more poles than Senna. Yes, and when you get outqualified by Hulkenberg coming out of retirement for a one off and then by the much c...
by kleefton
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Why haven't Red Bull signed Perez?
Replies: 88
Views: 6714

Re: Why haven't Red Bull signed Perez?

Not only that, but poor UnlikeUday's been pushing Perez's wheelbarrow like there's no tomorrow for a while now so just for the PR work alone that Unlike's put in on Perez's behalf is another reason i'd like to see him get the ride. I think they both deserve the result they're waiting for. :lol:
by kleefton
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: How will Russell perform against Bottas?
Replies: 215
Views: 11776

Re: How will Russell perform against Bottas?

It wouldn’t completely offset, they would have to pay Bottas his 2021 wages (maybe more for break of contract) and then pay Williams to break George’s contract. Williams demanded $12 million to break Bottas’ contact back in 2017 and Mercedes paid it. I imagine George would be that amount or more. S...
by kleefton
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 429
Views: 14135

Re: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread

Re: Bottas vs Russell. I've seen some people say that Russell dominated him. Uh...no. The only thing Bottas did wrong this weekend is blow the start. had he maintained track position at the start I think he might have pulled away from Russell. He looked to have a tiny bit more pace all weekend. His ...
by kleefton
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 429
Views: 14135

Re: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread

Russell not winning this is a travesty, but if anyone else deserved it today it's Perez.
At least Russell is bagging some points out of this. It was a great effort imo.
Hard not to put Perez in the redbull now....
by kleefton
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 429
Views: 14135

Re: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread

So after all of his good efforts Russell is still going to end up without a point. Terrible luck.
by kleefton
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 429
Views: 14135

Re: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread

Wow, Mercedes falling apart in the absence of the Goat LOL
by kleefton
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 429
Views: 14135

Re: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread

looks like Checo is going to get his first win.
by kleefton
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread
Replies: 429
Views: 14135

Re: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Race Thread

Bottas should win this now, but Checo is going to make it very difficult I think.
by kleefton
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 5879

Re: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Bottas has been very sloppy so far. I can't remember the last time he has looked like this. Can't keep the car on the track at all. Max surprisingly had the best race pace although he was on Mediums while the Mercs ran the Hards. Russell has done well so far and will have a shot at pole. Still think...
by kleefton
Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 5879

Re: 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix Free Practice & Qualifying Thread

Started following f1 at the start of the 2010 season and as a Lewis fan. Haven't missed a race thus far and this approaching weekend looks somewhat surreal to me. Don't know who to root for. Me too, never watched an F1 weekend without Lewis participating in it. But never have felt more excited. The...
by kleefton
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Is Hamilton ruining Max’s legacy?
Replies: 211
Views: 11202

Re: Is Hamilton ruining Max’s legacy?

Hamilton is not ruining Verstappen 's legacy. However, if it is true that the Verstappens are blocking a remotely competitive teammate for Max, then this will taint his legacy for sure. Verstappen beat Ricciardo fairly clearly on qualifying pace in 2017 and 2018. The same Ricciardo who has smashed ...