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by oz_karter
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Is Ricciardo done?
Replies: 27
Views: 1275

Re: Is Ricciardo done?

Kind of weird to see this thread just after he qualified 2 thousandths of a second off Lando at the last GP. His race pace wasn't quite there but that's actually a reversal of previous GPs. The car clearly doesn't suit his natural driving style, we know that. McLaren aren't going to be willing to sp...
by oz_karter
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:09 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Sprint Qualifying - first impressions?
Replies: 33
Views: 968

Re: Sprint Qualifying - first impressions?

I think the sprint was too many laps. It was exciting for the first few laps but then died down as the field spread and drivers started to think about getting tyres to the end.

Give them high grip tyres and a 10 lap race. Then it's a proper sprint.
by oz_karter
Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2022 F1 car - officially leaked
Replies: 40
Views: 1194

Re: 2022 F1 car - officially leaked

What’s going on with the wheels?? The 18 inch used in testing previously looked much better.
by oz_karter
Mon Jul 12, 2021 2:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: COVID responses of different countries.
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: COVID responses of different countries.

What has changed though is that the populous have become assimilated to the concept of government protecting them from transmissible diseases. Not much chance of that here. Australians are generally quite sceptical, especially of politicians and governments. There is certainly no mentality of "the ...
by oz_karter
Sat Jul 10, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: COVID responses of different countries.
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: COVID responses of different countries.

Well, Australia may be a bit different than other countries. Isn't it possibly down to the fact that the country has a much warmer climate and generally viruses do not do well in hotter weather? The same reason that they allowed people to go on hols in the summer, as they expected the virus rates t...
by oz_karter
Fri Jul 09, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: COVID responses of different countries.
Replies: 7
Views: 462

COVID responses of different countries.

Continued from a thread in the F1 & Motorsport forum about the cancellation of the Australian GP. I don't want to get into a political argument about this, but it is an interesting discussion and being in Australia, I think we are experiencing a different kind of response to COVID that is interestin...
by oz_karter
Fri Jul 09, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 917

Re: 2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed

Sure... I'm confused that you think I've said anything different. I'm not judging the policy. It is true that even vaccines aside Australia is dealing with the situation a different way to most. A number of countries hosted GPs without a single person vaccinated for example. It's the ultra cautious...
by oz_karter
Fri Jul 09, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Did Alpine make a mistake extending Ocon's contract?
Replies: 40
Views: 1536

Re: Did Alpine make a mistake extending Ocon's contract?

I was surprised they did it so quickly after seeing how he compared to Ricciardo in 2020 (poorly).

Alonso took some time to get on top of the Alpine, but now that he has it is a similar story.

I think there were probably some good options elsewhere (e.g. Gasly, Piastri).
by oz_karter
Thu Jul 08, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 917

Re: 2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed

Sure... I'm confused that you think I've said anything different. I'm not judging the policy. It is true that even vaccines aside Australia is dealing with the situation a different way to most. A number of countries hosted GPs without a single person vaccinated for example. It's the ultra cautious...
by oz_karter
Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 917

Re: 2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed

I think we can kiss goodbye to the idea of an Australian GP in March as well. Unless they have a radical about turn in the way they deal with Covid. I wasn't going to reply to this but having thought on it for many hours I just have this to say: Your enjoyment of watching a race on TV in my country...
by oz_karter
Tue Jul 06, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 917

Re: 2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed

Thinking about it further, Australlia's Covid strategy has been to basically withdraw from society on the basis that nobody should ever die. A zero Covid strategy where the only factor in consideration is preventing Covid cases. Once you go down that route it's hard to pull back because people get ...
by oz_karter
Tue Jul 06, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 917

Re: Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed

Confirmed, both the Australian F1 GP and MotoGP races are cancelled for 2021.

https://www.speedcafe.com/2021/07/06/co ... cancelled/
by oz_karter
Tue Jul 06, 2021 4:17 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Was Red Bull always better than Mercedes at aerodynamics?
Replies: 17
Views: 1145

Re: Was Red Bull always better than Mercedes at aerodynamics?

I'm not sure they did in any season. I think Mercedes were SO far ahead because the engine was better, but also they had got the aerodynamics right. Red Bull may have been close to equal some years (e.g. 2014, 2016) but I don't think ever ahead. It's been only recently that Red Bull have got on top ...
by oz_karter
Tue Jul 06, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 917

2021 Australian GP Cancelled - Confirmed

News media in Australia are reporting the Australian GP will be cancelled, most likely in the next few hours. Apparently quarantine requirements were not able to be agreed on. Australia still has very strict requirements for incoming travellers, so this is not much of a surprise. https://www.theguar...
by oz_karter
Thu Jul 01, 2021 2:42 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Baku!Paul Ricard!Styria Fastest Laps
Replies: 29
Views: 1232

Re: Baku!Paul Ricard!Styria Fastest Laps

I don't put much value on fastest laps as a comparison tool. The way the current tyre regulations are, whoever is on the best set (softest and freshest) tyres late in the race will probably set the fastest lap. Given most teams run their drivers on different strategies and the tyre life and ultimate...
by oz_karter
Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:19 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Most disappointing driver of 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 7796

Re: Most disappointing driver of 2021

Not sure what to think about Ricciardo. Austria isn't a particularly technical track, and it is short. A bit like Monza and Interlagos it should see team mates perform pretty similar provided no issues as the balance is more car than driver (than most circuits) - but Ricciardo was nowhere. He came ...
by oz_karter
Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Driver(s) of the Day - 2021 French Grand Prix
Replies: 15
Views: 1200

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

Yet again Norris fastest lap was more than 1s quicker than Ricciardo, he didn't make a bad start but wasn't aggressive enough into turn 1 which allowed a Ricciardo dive bomb down the outside forcing him to back up behind a Ferrari and lose momentum allowing Alonso past. Norris is doing really well,...
by oz_karter
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Driver(s) of the Day - 2021 French Grand Prix
Replies: 15
Views: 1200

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

I think the teams were caught out by the tyre degradation and just how much faster it was to do a later pit stop or a second stop.

So some drivers may have been looking like stars when really it was just better strategy.
by oz_karter
Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Most disappointing driver of 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 7796

Re: Most disappointing driver of 2021

Ricciardo is still living off the hype of 2014 when he beat Vettel. The following year Kvyat beat him. The same Kvyat that didn't have enough mental toughness to survive Red Bull's corporate politics and was psychologically buried over 2016 and 2017. It's not hype if he actually achieved something....
by oz_karter
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:23 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Most disappointing driver of 2021
Replies: 138
Views: 7796

Re: Most disappointing driver of 2021

I had to go with Bottas. Many of the other drivers have had big challenges to deal with (e.g. Alonso coming back after some time away, Ricciardo with a car that doesn't suit him) but Bottas is where he has been for years in a car he knows very well and just isn't performing well. Harsh on Ricciardo ...
by oz_karter
Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Baku!Paul Ricard!Styria Fastest Laps
Replies: 29
Views: 1232

Re: Baku Fastest Laps

Not sure the fastest lap of a race like this really means much. They are driving to manage the tyres, not pull every thousandth of a second out of the car like in qualifying. This race was pretty messy and it appears most did their fastest laps later in the race with fresher tyres and a lower fuel l...
by oz_karter
Wed May 26, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Perez/ Albon/Gasly/Ricciardo vs Verstappen
Replies: 19
Views: 1016

Re: Perez/ Albon/Gasly/Ricciardo vs Verstappen

Verstappen has got much more consistent since Ricciardo was his teammate, but Ricciardo was definitely a big loss for Red Bull. Maybe not quite the raw pace of Verstappen (at least not every race), but he had much more ability to run at the front and win races compared to Albon or Gasly. Perez proba...
by oz_karter
Sun May 23, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: How to solve a problem like Monaco...
Replies: 85
Views: 3685

Re: How to solve a problem like Monaco...

You don't.

It's the Monaco Grand Prix and every year a few people whinge, but tv viewers still tune in, spectators turn up, sponsors spend big and the show rolls on.

I think it just needs to be accepted for what it is.

It rewards good qualifiers with millimetre precision and well setup cars.
by oz_karter
Sun May 23, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The Official Daniel Ricciardo Thread
Replies: 345
Views: 104164

Re: The Official Daniel Ricciardo Thread

I am hoping McLaren find something amiss with Daniel's car.

Lando is good, but he's not a second faster than Ricciardo. That is a massive gap and can't be explained by settling in or driver skill.
by oz_karter
Sun May 23, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Rank the Wingmen
Replies: 38
Views: 1817

Re: Rank the Wingmen

I haven't watched F1 long enough to follow all these drivers, but is it common for the wingmen to have much worse luck then the team leader? Bottas having 8 retirements since 2017 and 1 for Hamilton seems a bit odd. One was his fault in germany, but still... Has happened quite a bit over the years ...
by oz_karter
Tue May 18, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Rank the Wingmen
Replies: 38
Views: 1817

Re: Rank the Wingmen

Just saw this on Reddit, ranking number 2 drivers by their second place finishes: https://i.redd.it/3p3vuwsglkz61.jpg Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/formula1/comments/ne1es2/number_1_number_2s_nonwdc_drivers_with_the_most/ Interesting, but flawed I think. It should only really count second places...
by oz_karter
Sun May 16, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: McLaren will run Special livery at Monaco!
Replies: 21
Views: 1299

Re: McLaren will run Special livery at Monaco!

I like it, and since I never saw any of the hype ahead of time I didn't have any anticipation spoiled. I agree. Didn't see any of the journo comments or hype, just saw the livery this morning. Looks great! I also enjoy the hype around the Monaco GP. It might not be pure F1, but it's one of those ev...
by oz_karter
Mon May 10, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The Race as One Initiative
Replies: 93
Views: 2363

Re: The Race as One Initiative

Anti-racism is communist propaganda?

Wow I must read the wrong news sources. This is a revelation...
by oz_karter
Mon May 10, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The Race as One Initiative
Replies: 93
Views: 2363

Re: The Race as One Initiative

It's simple for me. I dont tune in to see the wra1. A blm movement. Or anything decisive in the political world or in general life. I think the problem here is seeing it as a divisive political issue. It absolutely isn't and shouldn't be. It's a social problem and a deeply wrong one. There is no va...
by oz_karter
Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The Official Lando Norris thread
Replies: 19
Views: 2768

Re: The Official Lando Norris thread

Lando did have a lot of bad luck in one of their seasons, which I thought flattered Sainz in terms of making him look a lot better than Norris. I’ve thought they were close from the off and Lando may turn out to be better in time given that he is only a few seasons in. Looking at the comparison bet...
by oz_karter
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: 20 questions for the 2021 F1 season
Replies: 31
Views: 1541

Re: 20 questions for the 2021 F1 season

1. A record 23 races have been scheduled on the 2021 F1 calendar. How many rounds will be held this year? 21 2. Following the latest aerodynamic rules changes, will this year’s cars be slower than last year’s? No 3. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be during his first year back in Formula 1? ...
by oz_karter
Wed Mar 17, 2021 2:14 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: The best and worst wheel-to-wheel racers on the grid
Replies: 38
Views: 1873

Re: The best and worst wheel-to-wheel racers on the grid

I am surprised Ricciardo has only been mentioned once. The best racecraft and passing under brakes ability on the grid in my opinion. The Renault didn't give him much to work with (but he still managed some great wheel-wheel exchanges), but I think the McLaren might see him back at his best. Verstap...
by oz_karter
Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Williams FW43B revealed!
Replies: 40
Views: 2304

Re: Williams FW43B revealed!

They should have become a Mercedes B-Team when the opportunity was there (early years of hybrid regulations). The Mercedes trickle-down effect would have kept them solvent enough to hold their heads high and been further up the grid. I think Frank Williams would rather have no team than a team that...
by oz_karter
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Button is better than Hamilton in the wet - True or False?
Replies: 54
Views: 2637

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

I'd bet on Hamilton for a wet qualifying lap, but over a race distance Button.
by oz_karter
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:42 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Porsche / Volkswagen making noises about entering F1.
Replies: 19
Views: 1421

Re: Porsche / Volkswagen making noises about entering F1.

Tufty wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:03 pm
They repeatedly do viability checks and repeatedly decide it isn't.
Yes, but now there's a cost cap.
by oz_karter
Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: If Hamilton doesn't sign
Replies: 26
Views: 1491

Re: If Hamilton doesn't sign

I'd agree that the choices are Hamilton signs or Hamilton retires. And yes there's an infinitesimal chance of him not signing... But there's still a chance given it's nearly February and the contract still isn't sorted. There has clearly been some major stumbling blocks (probably financial) preventi...
by oz_karter
Thu Jan 28, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Silly Season 2021
Replies: 801
Views: 77630

Re: Silly Season 2021

Also if Mercedes won't agree to his terms which other team would which would keep him in F1, there is a kind of disconnect were Hamilton drives in a worse team for less terms than he wants because he needs to prove himself away from having the best car, only in Hamilton land do we seem to get these...
by oz_karter
Wed Jan 27, 2021 5:32 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Silly Season 2021
Replies: 801
Views: 77630

Re: Silly Season 2021

What driver has ever won a title in a midfield car? It seems I'm right in my assumption, give Hamilton an impossible task so we can watch him fail. So he'll just be in the same position as 5-6 title-capable drivers are - not having a title-capable car. What driver has had a longer run in a dominant...
by oz_karter
Wed Jan 27, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: F1 & Motorsport Forum
Topic: Silly Season 2021
Replies: 801
Views: 77630

Re: Silly Season 2021

What driver has ever won a title in a midfield car? It seems I'm right in my assumption, give Hamilton an impossible task so we can watch him fail. So he'll just be in the same position as 5-6 title-capable drivers are - not having a title-capable car. What driver has had a longer run in a dominant...