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by mario
19 May 2024, 21:10
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Imola 2024
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Imola 2024

I guess that Stroll is perhaps the closest that we might get to a candidate - however, it does feel like one of those weekends where perhaps "none of the above" might be worth considering.
by mario
19 May 2024, 21:09
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Imola 2024
Replies: 8
Views: 190

Re: Reject of the Race - Imola 2024

As others have said, Alonso had an unusually poor weekend this time around - he never really looked comfortable in the car from the start and was unusually error prone, even going as far as complaining that his poor performance in qualifying was because the corner markers on the outside of the corne...
by mario
17 May 2024, 15:05
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

Albon, realizing he has no other real options, has signed a multi-year extension for Williams. With Alonso resigning, Hulk going to Audi, and the FIA receiving a waiver request to allow Kimi 2.0 in early, the silly season is wrapping up quickly. One thing to keep your eyes on: over in NASCAR land, ...
by mario
17 May 2024, 14:48
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions
Replies: 14
Views: 184

Re: 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions

1. Verstappen
2. Leclerc
3. Sainz
4. Perez
5. Norris
6. Russell
7. Hamilton
8. Piastri
9. Alonso
10. Tsunoda

Pole: Verstappen
Fastest Lap: Verstappen
First Retirement: Stroll
ROTR: Ricciardo
IIDOTR: Tsunoda
DBTMOTR: Ricciardo
LP: Sargeant
FTP: Bottas
YF: Stroll
Worst Team: Williams
by mario
05 May 2024, 21:49
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Miami 2024
Replies: 25
Views: 610

Re: Reject of the Race - Miami 2024

1. Kevin Magnussen . Finally, Pastor Maldonado's record of most penalties in one race weekend is broken. Absolutely epic, he'll go far in this sport. :facepalm: 2. Sergio Perez . Nearly committed the cardinal sin and achieved the square root of sod-all today. It seems that we're probably going to b...
by mario
03 May 2024, 06:52
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 Miami Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions
Replies: 12
Views: 296

Re: 2024 Miami Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions

S1: Verstappen S2: Perez S3: Leclerc S4: Sainz S5: Norris S6: Alonso S7: Piastri S8: Russell Sprint Pole: Verstappen First Retirement or None: None 1. Verstappen 2. Perez 3. Sainz 4. Leclerc 5. Norris 6. Piastri 7. Alonso 8. Russell 9. Hamilton 10. Tsunoda Race Pole: Verstappen FL: Verstappen First ...
by mario
01 May 2024, 18:11
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

Newey leaving Red Bull, ostensibly because of Horner's alleged shenanigans, is surely a significant issue for the team's owners? Before Horner's blown diffuser (as it were) became a matter of public record, the team was unbeatable, was odds-on for the championship this year and next, a good head st...
by mario
26 Apr 2024, 18:14
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

I feel like that's a pretty plum drive for Nico. Maybe if they get the car right, he has a chance of getting that podium, probably around 2027. The article said they want Sainz, I wonder if they'll be on enough of an upward trajectory to lure him in? I guess it depends quite how quickly the team ma...
by mario
26 Apr 2024, 12:37
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

Well, whilst we have Newey reportedly looking to move on, we have now had news of another figure definitely moving teams next year - Sauber have confirmed that Hulkenberg is moving to them for 2025. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/articles/cjew54g41ego
by mario
25 Apr 2024, 20:52
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

Newey's probably been rich enough to retire for at least 20 years. And maybe he views his last few championships as a peak that can't be bettered. But he does kind of seem like the kind of person who's going to work practically until he's dead. He can name his price and work as many days as he want...
by mario
25 Apr 2024, 18:28
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/articles/cmm3v9ny78eo If true, I did speculate a while back he could go Ferrari... Well, we will wait and see what happens, but I agree that Ferrari does seem plausible - it has the resources to support Newey's ambitions, some of Newey's close friends have moved to Ferra...
by mario
18 Apr 2024, 18:05
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 Chinese Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions
Replies: 14
Views: 559

Re: 2024 Chinese Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions

S1: Verstappen S2: Perez S3: Sainz S4: Leclerc S5: Norris S6: Alonso S7: Piastri S8: Russell Sprint Pole: Verstappen First Retirement or None: None 1. Verstappen 2. Perez 3. Sainz 4. Leclerc 5. Norris 6. Piastri 7. Alonso 8. Russell 9. Hamiltion 10. Tsunoda Race Pole: Verstappen FL: Verstappen First...
by mario
18 Apr 2024, 18:02
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Future F1 calendar
Replies: 22
Views: 2103

Re: Future F1 calendar

It is also worth considering that a 17-minute lap time as on Isle of Man would not lend itself well to the current F1 qualifying format, implying a maximum plausible lap time. Also one could not envision doing a 37.73 mile parade lap at the start of the race, having already done another 37.73 miles...
by mario
17 Apr 2024, 21:22
Forum: The HWNSNBM Memorial Forum
Topic: Team Profile - Bugatti
Replies: 10
Views: 4704

Re: Team Profile - Bugatti

Any more French teams to be profiled or is that it? Just saying because the last two team profiles have been on French teams. Yes - Automobiles Martini would be eligible, having taken part in 7 races (with their best results being two 9th place finishes). As an aside, I did happen to stumble on a t...
by mario
17 Apr 2024, 21:04
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Future F1 calendar
Replies: 22
Views: 2103

Re: Future F1 calendar

I sometimes wonder what current F1 would do if there was a return to really old school tracks, like the Manx TT Mountain course or the 1906 French GP track. As an aside, whilst some longer circuits were used in Formula 1 in the 1950s and 1960s, there are only four circuits that were 10km or longer ...
by mario
16 Apr 2024, 21:56
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Future F1 calendar
Replies: 22
Views: 2103

Re: Future F1 calendar

I believe the sprinklers are only in the short version (from the start/finish straight drivers must turn right to Mistral straight) of the circuit. Yes! Mandate tyre changes in the middle of each lap for the variable conditions! Yes! I sometimes wonder what current F1 would do if there was a return...
by mario
15 Apr 2024, 11:58
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

Plus I suppose they do have the added attraction of being wedded to a team-mate who is clearly no match for him. That may also be an attraction, as Alonso's reputation is being built on the perception that he is maximising the performance of the car. To some extent, that perception relies on having...
by mario
12 Apr 2024, 17:29
Forum: The HWNSNBM Memorial Forum
Topic: Team Profile - Bugatti
Replies: 10
Views: 4704

Re: Team Profile - Bugatti

MasterCard Lola has been profiled, although that is more one entry with a double DNQ. Oh yes, MasterCard Lola had a profile on the old site but their performance just screamed for an exception to be made. Plus, they did intend to do the entire season and Sospiri and Rosset did make it as far as tra...
by mario
12 Apr 2024, 17:15
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

I am quite surprised that Alonso signed up with Aston Martin when there might still have been a chance of a seat at Mercedes or Red Bull. I suppose he's gambling on their continued investment and development getting them the top team status they're aiming for, and decided this was the best bet for ...
by mario
05 Apr 2024, 13:47
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Future F1 calendar
Replies: 22
Views: 2103

Re: Future F1 calendar

dr-baker wrote: 05 Apr 2024, 05:48
Spectoremg wrote: 04 Apr 2024, 18:21 Sprinklers anyone?
That was one of Bernie's ideas, wasn't it?
It was, but it seems that was more of a case of Bernie saying something to generate attention, rather than having something serious to say.
by mario
05 Apr 2024, 13:46
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 Japanese Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions
Replies: 14
Views: 724

Re: 2024 Japanese Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions

1. Verstappen
2. Perez
3. Leclerc
4. Sainz
5. Alonso
6. Russell
7. Hamilton
8. Norris
9. Piastri
10. Tsunoda

Pole: Verstappen
Fastest Lap: Verstappen
First Retirement: Gasly
ROTR: Ricciardo
IIDOTR: None
DBTMOTR: Ricciardo
LP: Sargeant
FTP: Bottas
YF: None
Worst Team: Williams
by mario
01 Apr 2024, 20:10
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Future F1 calendar
Replies: 22
Views: 2103

Re: Future F1 calendar

So glad to hear that the Korean and Indian GPs are coming back. In other news, FOM has posted a video confirming the return of non-championship races :shock: :? :shock: https://youtu.be/mo6Ydw9x9dE?si=K3Sn91k8nhV8k-oz The thing is, given so many things have been suggested over the years, you'll pro...
by mario
30 Mar 2024, 10:27
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Hamilton to Ferrari in 2025?
Replies: 27
Views: 2262

Re: Hamilton to Ferrari in 2025?

I wonder how the Ferrari management would be feeling after seeing great performances from Carlos Sainz and Hamilton's struggle so far this season. I think Hamilton's struggles this season are the car, just look at how George is doing. But it's worth considering even so. Let's see if Carlos stays on...
by mario
28 Mar 2024, 12:25
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

In more Williams news, it appears that Logan may end up with the repaired tub next race, while Albon keeps Sargent's old one. And while yes the logic makes some sense (the engine and gearbox are tied to drivers not tubs, and swapping them is very tedious) its another bad deal for poor Logan. ...and...
by mario
27 Mar 2024, 14:49
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

Some YouTube comments are just so… tribal? Fanboy-esque? And then others are like: - I remember this like this was yesterday. - remember the days when Ferrari and McLaren dominated? - etc… But in that situation, I would probably be calling for the red flag too for self-preservation reasons. https:/...
by mario
25 Mar 2024, 20:08
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Australian GP 2024 IIDOTR
Replies: 14
Views: 1164

Re: Australian GP 2024 IIDOTR

Sainz/Ferrari - seriously when is this guy going to get the recognition he deserves? Mercedes and even Red Bull should be running to sign him. Marko doesn't seem to be keen on signing Sainz for Red Bull, perhaps because of political aspects, and perhaps because, having been dismissive of Sainz's pe...
by mario
24 Mar 2024, 22:12
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

Have to say the decision not to call a red flag is very questionable given this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDltOg-exCM Some YouTube comments are just so… tribal? Fanboy-esque? And then others are like: - I remember this like this was yesterday. - remember the days when Ferrari and McLaren domi...
by mario
24 Mar 2024, 13:31
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Australian GP 2024 ROTR
Replies: 21
Views: 1392

Re: Australian GP 2024 ROTR

Mercedes: Even if we take the Russell incident as being Nando's fault, still not a good race for them. Williams: As above, not letting them away with that chassis swap. Sargeant screwed over for no points. Ricciardo: Retire, old man. Whilst Williams might not have scored points with Albon, the addi...
by mario
24 Mar 2024, 09:06
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Australian GP 2024 ROTR
Replies: 21
Views: 1392

Re: Australian GP 2024 ROTR

I expect Williams will be getting most nominations, so perhaps I'll go for something different. As things stand, Alonso is currently being interviewed by the stewards over allegations of deliberately brake checking Russell on the final lap, which seems to have helped cause Russell's accident. Certai...
by mario
22 Mar 2024, 22:14
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

Don't even bother posting a ROTR thread this week. It's Williams. How in the hell do you not have a spare chassis? That is the type of laughable prep that used to feature on the team profiles of the old site. We're 5 weeks (counting testing) into the bloody season! And as of last season, Williams d...
by mario
22 Mar 2024, 08:12
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 Australian Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions
Replies: 13
Views: 882

Re: 2024 Australian Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions

1. Verstappen 2. Perez 3. Leclerc 4. Russell 5. Sainz 6. Alonso 7. Hamilton 8. Norris 9. Piastri 10. Ricciardo Pole: Verstappen Fastest Lap: Verstappen First Retirement: Ocon ROTR: Williams (having to withdraw Sargeant so Albon can race) IIDOTR: no-one DBTMOTR: Stroll LP: Magnussen FTP: Albon YF: Oc...
by mario
21 Mar 2024, 08:01
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

Row Man Gross-Gene wrote: 20 Mar 2024, 20:25
mario wrote: 20 Mar 2024, 19:36 sanctions in place make Nikita effectively unemployable in practice.
Not his driving ability? :D
His ability - or lack thereof - behind the wheel didn't stop him getting a seat the first time around as long as the money kept flowing.
by mario
20 Mar 2024, 19:36
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

In other news,the EU has lifted sanctions against Mazepin :) That said, the main reason given for dropping the sanctions was that, because he was no longer being directly sponsored by his father's companies after ceasing to be employed by Haas, there was no longer a direct economic link between Nik...
by mario
17 Mar 2024, 22:28
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Re: Reject of the Race - Saudi Arabia 2024
Replies: 27
Views: 1685

Re: Reject of the Race - Saudi Arabia 2024

I'm gonna nominate Perez simply because Mario called him a tit in a rare and wonderful moment of venom. I'll admit it was unusual, but Perez's attitude was really disappointing because it showed a real contempt for everyone around him. It's especially bad when the onboard footage from his car indic...
by mario
17 Mar 2024, 22:22
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: How do you see Christian Horner's case going to end?
Replies: 8
Views: 978

Re: How do you see Christian Horner's case going to end?

And now they've apparently complained to the FIA as well:- https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/68585318 A slight correction to your post - your comment gives the impression that the complaint was made recently, but according to the BBC article, the complaints were filed with the FIA ethics committ...
by mario
12 Mar 2024, 20:12
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Re: Reject of the Race - Saudi Arabia 2024
Replies: 27
Views: 1685

Re: Reject of the Race - Saudi Arabia 2024

Well, it would seem that some recent comments Perez has made have put him into contention for an award. Firstly, when getting the penalty for the unsafe release, Perez's response was, rather than accept that there had been a mistake, to instead complain that the circuits should make the pit lane wid...
by mario
10 Mar 2024, 17:11
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Andretti bid for 2025 rejected
Replies: 21
Views: 1837

Re: Andretti bid for 2025 rejected

Will Andretti even still be interested by 2028? A few US media at the Indy race this weekend reported that Andretti crash tested a car recently. So maybe? Whilst it seems that there are a number of people in the press referring to crash tests, saying that "the Andretti's have crash tested a ca...
by mario
09 Mar 2024, 19:41
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Re: Reject of the Race - Saudi Arabia 2024
Replies: 27
Views: 1685

Re: Reject of the Race - Saudi Arabia 2024

Well, there are a few here: 1. Stroll - a costly mistake from him there. 2. Sauber - one botched pit stop was bad enough, but two was particularly painful. 3. Ricciardo - at a loss to explain his performance in qualifying, and seemingly not much better in race trim either. HM: Magnussen - a rather w...
by mario
09 Mar 2024, 19:29
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Saudi Arabia 2024
Replies: 18
Views: 1178

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Saudi Arabia 2024

1. Ollie Bearman . 30 hours ago he was ready for another bog standard F2 weekend. What a performance from the lad! 2. Nico Hulkenberg . A precious point for Haas. I think that pretty much covers it - to me, it was more the maturity that Bearman showed that was impressive (from being able to handle ...
by mario
09 Mar 2024, 19:24
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2024 discussion thread
Replies: 190
Views: 14725

Re: 2024 discussion thread

Oliver Bearman will be using #38. If memory serves me correct, that number hasn't been raced since Christian Danner in 1989 with Rial. It looks like it would be the first time that somebody raced using that number since Danner in 1989, but technically we have seen that number used during a race wee...