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by oz_karter
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Rumour: Mercedes selling majority stake to Ineos
Replies: 3
Views: 635

Rumour: Mercedes selling majority stake to Ineos

Surprised not to see a thread on this yet. Mercedes are strongly rumoured to be selling 70% of their F1 team to Ineos. https://www.planetf1.com/news/ineos-buy-mercedes/ This seems to fit all the recent rumours of Mercedes looking to exit the sport. This is a soft exit, with the team remaining in F1,...
by oz_karter
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Second Red Bull seat
Replies: 36
Views: 3903

Re: Second Red Bull seat

How about poaching Kevin Magnussen from Haas? His cowboy-attitude would fit very well with Red Bull, and he's a fast driver, who can win races in the right car. He's not good enough to be a threat to Verstappen, but there is no way he would be lapped by him either. As driver #2 he would collect a s...
by oz_karter
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Murray Walker Puts Neck out there: HAM v SCH v SEN
Replies: 63
Views: 5537

Re: Murray Walker Puts Neck out there: HAM v SCH v SEN

Thing is, what are we debating here? Is Murray saying he's the most talented? The word he used was "greatest", which perhaps implies he's referring to the whole package rather than just driving ability. Good point. But does being nice to other drivers mean they aren't great? "Greatest" refers to bo...
by oz_karter
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Murray Walker Puts Neck out there: HAM v SCH v SEN
Replies: 63
Views: 5537

Re: Murray Walker Puts Neck out there: HAM v SCH v SEN

I still can't agree with this. Lewis is obviously prolific and his talent is outstanding. But even if Schumacher and Senna tainted their careers with dirty or questionable tactics, are they not still the most talented? Another question remains - Schumacher and Senna were not as dominant and had more...
by oz_karter
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Could DAS have caused the tyre failures
Replies: 20
Views: 1862

Re: Could DAS have caused the tyre failures

It possibly could have contributed, but given Sainz had a failure at the same time it seems to be a wider issue. Debris or something exposed around the removed kerb seems the most likely.
by oz_karter
Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The Official Lando Norris thread
Replies: 11
Views: 1485

Re: The Official Lando Norris thread

Hard not to like him.

Going to be a real treat having Ricciardo and Norris together at McLaren next year...
by oz_karter
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Would you swap Perez for Vettel?
Replies: 130
Views: 9486

Re: Would you swap Perez for Vettel?

I probably would take the punt on Vettel for a couple of reasons. He is a former 4x world champion and still commands attention, which will bring attention and credibility to the team. This is especially useful given its Aston Martin's foray into modern F1 at a team level. It would also undoubtedly ...
by oz_karter
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Salty Renault Protest Racing Points Legality.
Replies: 105
Views: 8340

Re: Salty Renault Protest Racing Points Legality.

So renault know they have a rubbish car and are doing everything they can to get a free position in the championship. Another protest has been made on the racing points legality of their cars. Pathetic by Renault to be honnest. Just build a better car. While I agree that Renault should build a bett...
by oz_karter
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Renault and Mclaren battles
Replies: 9
Views: 1064

Re: Renault and Mclaren battles

What if Norris comfortable beats Sainz, what will Ferrari do? I don't think they can do anything. He's signed a contract. Norris is on a contract at McLaren too, so nothing will change there. Sainz has already proved himself to be a solid and consistent driver so I don't think Norris beating him wi...
by oz_karter
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: How F1 should ultimately be formatted
Replies: 51
Views: 2673

Re: How F1 should ultimately be formatted

The day Formula 1 holds a reverse grid race is the same day Formula 1 is finished. It's an unpopular gimmick even in grassroots motorsport. It should not be happening at the top level. I didn't think the existing format was broken. F1 just needs to be more competitive. Then that automatically makes ...
by oz_karter
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: F1, Racism & BlackLivesMatter
Replies: 425
Views: 19885

Re: F1, Racism & BlackLivesMatter

Now, to respond to the question of where are the Americans on this thread. No, I have not been hiding, afraid to face the forum. The simple truth is, that coming and posting at PF1 was not something that crossed my mind, I have far too many other concerns to deal with... Great post Blake. All the b...
by oz_karter
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Mercedes F1
Replies: 16
Views: 2486

Re: Mercedes F1

I think it's fanciful to suggest that Paddy Lowe moved to Williams F1, then was subsequently pigeon-holed into a role by Claire Williams. That's not how recruitment works. It's more likely Paddy was interested in the position at Williams and there was a negotiation. He would have known he was going ...
by oz_karter
Wed May 27, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Daniel Abt sanctioned for 'substitute' in esports race
Replies: 9
Views: 1091

Re: Daniel Abt sanctioned for 'substitute' in esports race

My opinion is a bit different. I think they had to take action like this, especially given it was an "official" race and not just a game. If they were lenient it sets a precedent. E-sports is quite serious beyond the amateur gaming side and there is even betting markets on it. Just because it's virt...
by oz_karter
Fri May 15, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Confirmed: Ricciardo to join Mclaren from 2021
Replies: 30
Views: 3989

Re: Confirmed: Ricciardo to join Mclaren from 2021

Could be a very good move for Dan. The Ferrari seat would have been as a number 2, given how much Leclerc is being cemented as Ferrari's future. While their car will be capable of winning races some days, overall they have been inconsistent for a very long time. McLaren made a huge leap in 2019, may...
by oz_karter
Wed May 13, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of season
Replies: 189
Views: 17089

Re: Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of season

I could see Sainz getting the seat over Ricciardo. But not because of better potential or performance, simply because Ferrari don't have two alphas in a team. Ricciardo is not a number 2 driver (yet). While I would love to see Ricciardo at Ferrari and back in the top group of cars, McLaren also look...
by oz_karter
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: How would people feel about over-the-winter seasons?
Replies: 12
Views: 9794

Re: How would people feel about over-the-winter seasons?

There is actually historical precedent for running races over the European winter... albeit not part of the F1 championship.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasman_Series
by oz_karter
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Unpredictability: Holy Grail, or just a gaudy fake?
Replies: 49
Views: 6715

Re: Unpredictability: Holy Grail, or just a gaudy fake?

I don't think you can compare withholding track data to something like reverse grids. Reverse grids are obviously contrived, but deciding not to give teams detailed data puts them all in the same boat. Setting the car up for the track is a process which F1 teams have refined so much and is so data-d...
by oz_karter
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Ricciardo v Ocon 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 2992

Re: Ricciardo v Ocon 2020

I think Ricciardo will have Ocon's measure easily.
by oz_karter
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2020 Mercedes vs. Ferrari vs. Red bull
Replies: 32
Views: 5194

Re: 2020 Mercedes vs. Ferrari vs. Red bull

I think they will. But probably not by Ferrari - although I expect them to come out of the blocks fast, a year of inconsistency and poor strategy will again leave them behind. Red Bull, however, have made strides this year and the Honda engine is looking stronger and stronger. Max is getting very co...
by oz_karter
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2010-19 - end of a decade
Replies: 24
Views: 5181

Re: 2010-19 - end of a decade

1. Driver of the decade: Lewis Hamilton 2. Team of the decade: Mercedes 3. Race of the decade: Canada 2014 4. Lap of the decade: Ricciardo, Monaco 2016 (Pole) 5. Season of the decade: 2012 6. Best single race performance of the decade: Verstappen, Brazil 2016 (Wet Race) 7. Favourite moment of the de...
by oz_karter
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The future of Sebastian Vettel
Replies: 43
Views: 5894

Re: The future of Sebastian Vettel

"The future of Sebastien Vettel" and yet the essay of a post is 95% about the past :lol: I think he'll stay as long as he can get a good team to pay him to drive. His performances of recent times must be frustrating him, but I think he will still have motivation. I think most drivers are eager to se...
by oz_karter
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Renault Team quitting F1 after 2019?
Replies: 38
Views: 8506

Re: Renault Team quitting F1 after 2019?

When there is a rumour you first need to look at the source.

The source appears to have put together the idea from speculation and no substantive reports or quotes from anyone.

I'd take this with a big grain of salt.
by oz_karter
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Driver(s) of the Day - 2019 Mexican Grand Prix
Replies: 48
Views: 9092

Re: Driver(s) of the Day - 2019 Mexican Grand Prix

Couldn’t vote for Hamilton, his performance was less than other drivers. Ferrari strategy won him the race again.
by oz_karter
Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Renault disqualified from Japanese GP!
Replies: 78
Views: 14704

Re: Renault using a Illegal Braking System?

Lots of conjecture and comparison here, but does anyone know if or when there is a hearing on this?
by oz_karter
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Renault at 1000bhp ?
Replies: 40
Views: 7975

Re: Renault at 1000bhp ?

Renault did a serious disservice to the sport by spending their limited budget on Daniel Ricciardo if they don't have a realistic plan to mount any sort of challenge for a podium. He's too good a driver to be wasted on them. Makes me think Ricciardo's move was not about going to Renault (although m...
by oz_karter
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: T-bone accidents in racing?
Replies: 12
Views: 1928

Re: T-bone accidents in racing?

They are rare but when they happen there is often consequences. One that strongly comes to memory is that which killed Mark Porter during the Bathurst 1000 weekend in 2006. He spun and was stopped sideways across the track at the top of the hill (which is blind and very fast). Another driver could n...
by oz_karter
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Which team will be strongest at each remaining circuit:
Replies: 55
Views: 17263

Re: Which team will be strongest at each remaining circuit:

I think Red Bull will be stronger at more tracks than they're getting credit for in this poll.

The Honda is getting better and they've surprised at a few tracks they're not normally strong at.

Conversely, I think Ferrari are getting too much credit. Can't see them winning too much more this year.
by oz_karter
Thu May 02, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Silly Season 2020 (Kubica joins Alfa Romeo)!
Replies: 1025
Views: 174124

Re: Silly Season 2020!

I can't see any changes at Mercedes for 2020, unless Bottas really drops the ball later in the season. If they get a 1-2 in the WDC and take the WCC (which seems more than likely), it will be status quo. Gasly might be the only change in the top 3 teams. He's had a run of bad luck, but his speed is ...
by oz_karter
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Point for fastest lap / Fastest lap stats (merged)
Replies: 201
Views: 34921

Re: Fastest lap stats

Thought I'd have a look at 2018 for who might have done well out of this: Number of Fastest Laps in 2018 Bottas - 7 Ricciardo - 4 Vettel - 3 Hamilton - 3 Verstappen - 2 Raikkonen - 1 Magnussen - 1 This would have put Bottas in 3rd place in the 2018 WDC, jumping both Verstappen and Raikkonen. That's ...
by oz_karter
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Drive to Survive - Netflix
Replies: 41
Views: 13169

Re: Drive to Survive - Netflix

Covalent wrote:Is it just me or is the race commentary recorded afterwards just for this series?
I thought this might be the case. Some of the commentary is from broadcasts, but I'm sure a lot of it was recorded after the fact to make the stories more exciting.
by oz_karter
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Charlie Whiting 1952-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 10004

Re: Charlie Whiting 1952-2019

Completely unexpected.

How very sad, he seemed to be a very respectful and respected man.

Right on the eve of the new F1 season too.

RIP Charlie.
by oz_karter
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Race fans 20 questions
Replies: 82
Views: 14485

Re: Race fans 20 questions

1. Helmut Marko says Red Bull-Honda will win five races. How many do you think they will win? 1 2. What will Daniel Ricciardo’s highest race finish be? 3rd 3. Who will score the most points: Lando Norris, Alexander Albon or George Russell? Albon 4. Which driver will out-qualify their team mate the m...
by oz_karter
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Drive to Survive - Netflix
Replies: 41
Views: 13169

Re: Drive to Survive - Netflix

I think this has been a great series. Yes the dedicated F1 fan is going to be a little frustrated by some of the narratives and the missing details, but at the same time I think we've got to see a lot more behind-the-scenes chat and goings on than we ever would have otherwise. It's clear the point o...
by oz_karter
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Renault & McLearn leapfrog Red Bull
Replies: 30
Views: 8542

Re: Renault & McLearn leapfrog Red Bull

Can't see that happening, especially for McLaren. Toro Rosso looked pretty quick in testing (although I'm sure with low fuel, etc). This suggests the Honda engine isn't too far off. Renault are hopefully a bit closer to the top 3, but I reckon we won't see them challenge properly for a couple more y...
by oz_karter
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Common Gearbox 2021
Replies: 56
Views: 13276

Re: Common Gearbox 2021

I'm not really having the "sky is falling" reaction to this as some other fans. The point has been made that gearboxes have converged to similar technologies and performance. When this happens, the cost of performance gains increases exponentially. It's much more costly to get half a tenth out of a ...
by oz_karter
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2018 Season Montage
Replies: 11
Views: 4429

Re: 2018 Season Montage

Would have loved to see this, but looks like FOM are on to it...
by oz_karter
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2019 Pre-Season Testing Thread (Updated with Test 2 Lineup)
Replies: 519
Views: 115412

Re: 2019 Pre-Season Testing Thread (Updated with Test 1 Line

I think it's far too early to be guessing at a pecking order, but there's certainly some things that seem clear: Ferrari are strong. Whether they are in front of Mercedes is only something that we'll know in Melbourne Q3, but the outright speed, consistency and reliability is looking very good. Ferr...
by oz_karter
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: RIP Sauber name in F1
Replies: 38
Views: 10838

Re: RIP Sauber name in F1

I thought that at one point BMW tried to ditch the Sauber name though? But they left it too late and BMW Sauber was already registered. I might just be getting confused with the 2010 season. The BMW name lived on there despite BMW's 2009 withdrawal. The team was rather confusingly "BMW Sauber Ferra...
by oz_karter
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Vettel's 4 Championships
Replies: 170
Views: 39959

Re: Vettel's 4 Championships

My opinion is that Vettel's 4 championships can't be an anomaly, but there's definitely some factors which put his performances into question. I also think you can look at Hamilton in a similar way. Exhaust Blown Diffuser For the duration of Vettel and Red Bull's dominance, Red Bull were running a v...
by oz_karter
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Ferrari / RedBull dominant years starting to look meagre?
Replies: 60
Views: 12285

Re: Ferrari / RedBull dominant years starting to look meagre

I think the Red Bull dominant period has been well and truly surpassed by Mercedes 2014-18 run. Weren’t there 7 different winners from 5 different teams in the first 7 races in 2012? Can you possibly imagine that happening in the past few years? Admittedly I wasn’t as big a F1 follower during the Fe...