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by James1978
14 Sep 2022, 19:43
Forum: The Jean-Denis Deletraz Memorial Forum
Topic: What things do you miss from older F1 races?
Replies: 80
Views: 34025

Re: What things do you miss from older F1 races?

I remember watching Imola 1998 or 1999, the one where Häkkinen famously bumped it into the wall on the start straight. The reason I remember it is because of how shocked I was that the car remained there for the rest of the race, always on the TV screen when they would show that start-finish straig...
by James1978
12 Sep 2022, 11:27
Forum: The Jean-Denis Deletraz Memorial Forum
Topic: What things do you miss from older F1 races?
Replies: 80
Views: 34025

Re: What things do you miss from older F1 races?

I know it's done for safety these days but I've been watching quite a few 80s/90s races recently and I really miss just letting the races continue if a car has pulled off with mechanical issues or spun off (I'm primarily referring to pulled completely off the track rather than stopped on track), rat...
by James1978
11 Sep 2022, 17:00
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Italy 2022
Replies: 19
Views: 451

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Italy 2022

Shame for Zhou as scoring points and bossing Bottas gets completely overlooked by Dr Vries (but rightly so)!
by James1978
11 Sep 2022, 16:59
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Italy 2022
Replies: 33
Views: 804

Re: Reject of the Race - Italy 2022

Almost tempted to say the whole field bar Max - they just have no answer. But in truth, Aston Martin did have a shocker.
by James1978
09 Sep 2022, 07:19
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Who will be the next NEW F1 world champion?
Replies: 215
Views: 61152

Re: Who will be the next NEW F1 world champion?

Russell is my pick - Mercedes can easily improve to previous years' levels and Hamilton will retire in the next couple of years so he's the prime candidate. (Or possibly whoever replaces Hamilton when he retires, to be Russell's teammate) Ferrari I can't see getting back to championship-winning ways...
by James1978
05 Sep 2022, 21:02
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Holland 2022
Replies: 25
Views: 665

Re: Reject of the Race - Holland 2022

Online abuse should get it really but Alpha Tauri really didn't help themselves by making it look so blatant. Tsunoda could have toured round back to the pits but the first thing which popped straight into my head when Tsunoda stopped on track was "Nelson Piquet Junior" (as that's basicall...
by James1978
28 Aug 2022, 15:18
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Belgium 2022
Replies: 16
Views: 456

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Belgium 2022

Gotta be Albon - a Williams in the points is still a rare thing but both Alpine drivers also worth honourable mentions, Alonso for being near enough to Leclerc to pounce.
by James1978
28 Aug 2022, 15:17
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Belgium 2022
Replies: 26
Views: 749

Re: Reject of the Race - Belgium 2022

Hamilton would have got it for me until the last lap until Leclerc completely made reject gold again.
by James1978
28 Aug 2022, 08:00
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Discussion Thread
Replies: 235
Views: 13967

Re: 2022 Discussion Thread

Unless he gets tripped over at the start, I still think Max will win from 15th. 3 cars will jump out of the way for him, and can't see anyone else apart from maybe Sainz being able to hold him up.

And I can't see Mercedes winning a race this year based on that qualifying performance.
by James1978
15 Aug 2022, 20:00
Forum: The Eric van de Poele Memorial Forum
Topic: Your favourite Tyrrell livery?
Replies: 23
Views: 4925

Re: Your favourite Tyrrell livery?

Personally I don't think you can beat the simple Stewart/Cevert era Elf ones, particularly the 1973 one. A case of less is more.
by James1978
03 Aug 2022, 06:24
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Discussion Thread
Replies: 235
Views: 13967

Re: 2022 Discussion Thread

Also given that the team that originally started out as Jordan has through several iterations now came to be Aston Martin, it's like they've gone full circle back to their original green livery :-)
by James1978
01 Aug 2022, 17:34
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Discussion Thread
Replies: 235
Views: 13967

Re: 2022 Discussion Thread

Definitely didn't see that one coming. Though it's a sideways move at best for Alonso me thinks.
by James1978
01 Aug 2022, 17:31
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Hungary 2022
Replies: 18
Views: 666

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Hungary 2022

HM: Hamilton and Verstappen having a chuckle together about Ferrari's strategy in the cool-down room. The colossal meltdown of Ferrari has actually brought two seemingly sworn enemies together. I'm actually really hoping the two are not sworn enemies like many think and it's literally another Senna...
by James1978
31 Jul 2022, 20:17
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Hungary 2022
Replies: 18
Views: 666

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Hungary 2022

Gonna have to go with Max actually - no way did I expect a win from 10th round that track with no significant retirements in front. Even if Ferrari did screw up. Though it is a shame for the championship as he's now 80 points ahead but 2nd to 6th are covered by just 32 points - would be a great figh...
by James1978
31 Jul 2022, 20:15
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Hungary 2022
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

Re: Reject of the Race - Hungary 2022

Ferrari's strategy with Leclerc. Here you go Max, here you go Christian, there's your championships on a platter. 80 points, no coming back from there.

Otherwise probably Ricciardo again - 2014 feels like centuries ago.
by James1978
24 Jul 2022, 21:02
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - France 2022
Replies: 29
Views: 1055

Re: Reject of the Race - France 2022

All of Ferrari save Sainz. DHM to a lacklustre Checo.
by James1978
24 Jul 2022, 20:59
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - France 2022
Replies: 19
Views: 713

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - France 2022

There's no way I would have thought after qualifying that Merc would get a double podium so I'm saying them. I thought they might even struggle to beat McLaren/Alpine!
by James1978
10 Jul 2022, 20:58
Forum: The Black Stig Memorial Forum
Topic: F1 Endurance Championship
Replies: 52
Views: 3687

Re: F1 Endurance Championship

All over red rover. I'll say this, even if Mercedes are struggling this year at least their reliability is bulletproof unlike Red Bull and especially Ferrari. Russell was just unlucky with his first lap accident at Silverstone!
by James1978
10 Jul 2022, 20:53
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Austria 2022
Replies: 23
Views: 1058

Re: Reject of the Race - Austria 2022

I think with the track limits, if everyone was doing it then the criteria is too harsh. If it was 1 or 2 drivers yes but not nearly everyone!

Otherwise Vettel was pretty poor for a 4-time champion, and Sainz's engine, well that a blow-up from the 80s turbo days!
by James1978
10 Jul 2022, 20:51
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Austria 2022
Replies: 17
Views: 678

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Austria 2022

Schumacher slam-dunks this for me. Saw flashes of his father in there with his reaction after the sprint!

Can't really think of a 2nd vote TBH, maybe Haas as a whole as Magnussen was just behind making it their best 2-car result in quite some time.
by James1978
04 Jul 2022, 06:26
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Great Britain 2022
Replies: 27
Views: 1068

Re: Reject of the Race - Great Britain 2022

Ricciardo. What's happened to him lately? Maybe he needs to move teams.
by James1978
04 Jul 2022, 06:24
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Great Britain
Replies: 20
Views: 728

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Great Britain

I think more than anything it has to be the fact that Zhou and Albon are still with us.
by James1978
20 Jun 2022, 21:19
Forum: The HWNSNBM Memorial Forum
Topic: The Gravel Trap on midfield F1 drivers
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: The Gravel Trap on midfield F1 drivers

Oh and I agree it was definitely the denying Kubica a race seat with Sirotkin, rather than his replacing Massa who was meant to retire a year earlier anyway! Some more for me: Heidfeld not getting a full time seat in 2010 (was PDLR who'd been out of racing for 3 years really a better bet?) and losin...
by James1978
20 Jun 2022, 20:59
Forum: The HWNSNBM Memorial Forum
Topic: The Gravel Trap on midfield F1 drivers
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: The Gravel Trap on midfield F1 drivers

A couple I felt in the 90s were Mark Blundell not getting a seat for 1996, then Martin Brundle not getting one in 1997, despite the fact he was near retirement age, I don't think he actually wanted to. Though looking back I do feel Blundell definitely fits into the category you're citing, maybe Brun...
by James1978
18 Jun 2022, 17:51
Forum: The Black Stig Memorial Forum
Topic: F1 Endurance Championship
Replies: 52
Views: 3687

Re: F1 Endurance Championship

dr-baker wrote: 18 Jun 2022, 15:53 I imagine that 2022 will end up being a tight battle between Perez and Russell.
Checo was classified in Bahrain but didn't see the flag IIRC. Russell, Hamilton and Ocon are the only 3 still in at this point.
by James1978
13 Jun 2022, 17:46
Forum: The Black Stig Memorial Forum
Topic: F1 Endurance Championship
Replies: 52
Views: 3687

Re: F1 Endurance Championship

Well 2002 will be just as rubbish as real life! :-D
by James1978
12 Jun 2022, 19:05
Forum: The Black Stig Memorial Forum
Topic: F1 Endurance Championship
Replies: 52
Views: 3687

Re: F1 Endurance Championship

Just double-checked - Hamilton and Ocon are the only other drivers to finish every race so far!
by James1978
12 Jun 2022, 16:07
Forum: The Black Stig Memorial Forum
Topic: F1 Endurance Championship
Replies: 52
Views: 3687

Re: F1 Endurance Championship

Russell must surely have got this one this year as all 4 of the Red Bull/Ferrari drivers have had at least 1 DNF?
by James1978
12 Jun 2022, 15:15
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Azerbaijan 2022
Replies: 18
Views: 760

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Azerbaijan 2022

Gasly and Vettel were really the only ones finishing higher than you would reasonably expect.
by James1978
12 Jun 2022, 15:13
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Azerbaijan 2022
Replies: 23
Views: 1040

Re: Reject of the Race - Azerbaijan 2022

Ferrari really do slam-dunk it but on any other day Alpha Tauri duct-taping Tsunoda's rear wing would be reject gold.

Ferrari power units also screwed Zhou's best showing so far.

Both Canadian drivers, McLaren's team strategy and Mercedes porpoising are big DHMs too.
by James1978
01 Jun 2022, 06:33
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Monaco 2022
Replies: 23
Views: 1171

Re: Reject of the Race - Monaco 2022

If nobody could get RotR for 2 (or more) successive races than it's a relief it didn't exist in 1996 because I'm sure Ferrari would have got it 3 times in a row then (Canada, France, Britain) - both cars retired within a few laps each time including 2 false starts for Schumacher!
by James1978
30 May 2022, 09:16
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Monaco 2022
Replies: 23
Views: 1171

Re: Reject of the Race - Monaco 2022

https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/the-s ... /10313764/

Latifi a Red Bull secret agent anyone? (Albon is sort of expected but Latifi has no known history with them but seems to inadvertently help them out all the time) :)
by James1978
30 May 2022, 06:17
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Monaco 2022
Replies: 18
Views: 883

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Monaco 2022

Not so much for this race in isolation but I think a lot of teams' perceived second drivers are doing really well lately, such as: Checo - if he'd been allowed to win in Spain too, he'd be just a single point behind Max. Red Bull might get another Vettel/Webber situation soon. Sainz - fought back w...
by James1978
29 May 2022, 20:29
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Monaco 2022
Replies: 23
Views: 1171

Re: Reject of the Race - Monaco 2022

Ferrari seem to have many ways of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!
by James1978
29 May 2022, 20:28
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Monaco 2022
Replies: 18
Views: 883

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Monaco 2022

Not so much for this race in isolation but I think a lot of teams' perceived second drivers are doing really well lately, such as: Checo - if he'd been allowed to win in Spain too, he'd be just a single point behind Max. Red Bull might get another Vettel/Webber situation soon. Sainz - fought back we...
by James1978
22 May 2022, 17:59
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Spain 2022
Replies: 12
Views: 746

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Spain 2022

The 2 British youngsters - the country is going to be in top hands even when Hamilton retires.

Actually Latifi gets an honourable mention here as he's been pounded all season - best I've seen from him for a while.
by James1978
22 May 2022, 17:57
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Spain 2022
Replies: 16
Views: 982

Re: Reject of the Race - Spain 2022

Ferrari save Leclerc has got to win this hands down for me. I don't have a problem with Red Bull doing what they did - they're in a proper fight with Ferrari and possibly now Mercedes too, it's a no-brainer to "max"imise Verstappen's points. This was no Austria 2002. Ferrari need to do the...
by James1978
09 May 2022, 17:32
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Miami 2022
Replies: 21
Views: 1014

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Miami 2022

Verstappen is now the driver I most expect to win any given race - this century it's been Schumacher, then Alonso, then Vettel then Hamilton, now Max - so him winning a race is therefore almost normal rather than anything IIDOTR worthy. Not that it takes anything away from this performance but I sti...
by James1978
09 May 2022, 17:26
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Miami 2022
Replies: 28
Views: 1303

Re: Reject of the Race - Miami 2022

I should always wait to look on the Monday on Autosport to see which driver got the lowest mark out of 10 as that should base the RotR decision, and it was Alonso (he got 3, Schumacher got 4). Thought none of the veteran champions are looking very good at the moment in all truth. Did anyone expect R...