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2021-12-09 9:17:03 AM  
I think we'll just have to see whos side Bottas is on.
 
2021-12-09 9:21:07 AM  
Demolition Derby Nascar. Hell, isn't this what some people watch this sport for?
 
2021-12-09 9:42:59 AM  
Yes, and no lazy thing like Schumi tried against.. was it Jacques?  Hit him hard enough that the car is 100% unable to finish in the points, and don't make it look obvious.  Or better, ask a friend (does he have any?) to do it.  What you don't want is disciplinary action being considered.
 
2021-12-09 9:53:48 AM  

offacue: I think we'll just have to see whos side Bottas is on.


Bottas and Perez are the wild cards in all this but man, I do worry that someday, if not this time someone will do it with serious injury consequences.
 
2021-12-09 10:10:19 AM  
Based on how he's driven all year, I would not be surprised if Verstappen punts Hamilton in turn 1. Then I fully expect Masi and the stewards to take no action.
 
2021-12-09 10:17:12 AM  
Wasn't it Aryton Senna that deliberately wrecked a guy on the first corner so he could win a championship?

Subby, Dale would definitely NOT do something like that. He would race everyone, lead most of the laps, and 10 before the checkered flag be taken out in a wreck by someone like Darrell Waltrip who was 5 laps down because he had already wrecked once that race and was back out running trying not to get a DNF.
 
2021-12-09 10:18:24 AM  
Prost / Senna , Doucheboogaloo pt2
 
2021-12-09 10:20:56 AM  

Dick Gozinya: Wasn't it Aryton Senna that deliberately wrecked a guy on the first corner so he could win a championship?

Subby, Dale would definitely NOT do something like that. He would race everyone, lead most of the laps, and 10 before the checkered flag be taken out in a wreck by someone like Darrell Waltrip who was 5 laps down because he had already wrecked once that race and was back out running trying not to get a DNF.


Lol.. Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, and most of the rest of the drivers from that era would like to say something...
 
2021-12-09 10:21:39 AM  

Dick Gozinya: Wasn't it Aryton Senna that deliberately wrecked a guy on the first corner so he could win a championship?


No, it was Aryton Senna, greatest F1 driver of all time that deliberately wrecked a guy.

So of course Verstappen should do this, just to make F1 come up with justifications as to why Verstappen is bad but Our Holy Lord Senna is still perfect and good.
 
2021-12-09 10:29:04 AM  
F1 racing has become a bore fest anyway.  basically just a race to the first corner since passing has become all but impossible/against the rules.

MotoGP is where it is at.
 
2021-12-09 10:30:27 AM  

TheManofPA: offacue: I think we'll just have to see whos side Bottas is on.

Bottas and Perez are the wild cards in all this but man, I do worry that someday, if not this time someone will do it with serious injury consequences.


Russell and Tsunoda have entered the chat.

Though it would be pure bedlam if it was an actual accident involving Mazepin. Guy would probably start his Russian military service immediately
 
2021-12-09 11:35:26 AM  
The FIA have reminded teams that if they do something obvious and unsportsmanlike they will be penalized accordingly up to and including points deductions.
 
2021-12-09 11:41:56 AM  
In more important news, check out the livery on Kimi's car this weekend!

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2021-12-09 11:44:44 AM  

tom baker's scarf: F1 racing has become a bore fest anyway.  basically just a race to the first corner since passing has become all but impossible/against the rules.

MotoGP is where it is at.


And here's someone who hasn't watched a single race this year.

Seriously, everyone and their mother is expecting Max to punt Lewis at the earliest opportunity on Sunday. The moron in charge Michael Masi said today that points deductions are on the table if that happens, but the stewards have been so incompetent that anyone with a brain shouldn't believe that.

One last thing: Max's father said yesterday that he only respects Lewis as a driver and that's it. I would like to point out that Lewis doesn't have a conviction of assault and a separate conviction over threatening his ex-wife like Jos does.

Gee, I wonder where Max gets his attitude from.
 
2021-12-09 11:55:52 AM  
I give it about 50/50 that Max tries it on Sunday.  But if he does he doesn't have the cunning or cool head to make it look plausibly deniable like Senna did at Suzuka.

One thing that's been overlooked in the driver drama is how this really highlights how insanely toxic the atmosphere at Red Bull Racing is.  Max clearly doesn't have the confidence that he'll get another car than can do the job for him, or keep his ride if he keeps coming up short.  Lewis never had that at McLaren or Mercedes, and never got so desperate and out-of-control that crashing Alonso or Rosberg even entered the conversation.
 
2021-12-09 11:59:15 AM  
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2021-12-09 12:05:44 PM  

desertgeek: tom baker's scarf: F1 racing has become a bore fest anyway.  basically just a race to the first corner since passing has become all but impossible/against the rules.

MotoGP is where it is at.

And here's someone who hasn't watched a single race this year.

Seriously, everyone and their mother is expecting Max to punt Lewis at the earliest opportunity on Sunday. The moron in charge Michael Masi said today that points deductions are on the table if that happens, but the stewards have been so incompetent that anyone with a brain shouldn't believe that.

One last thing: Max's father said yesterday that he only respects Lewis as a driver and that's it. I would like to point out that Lewis doesn't have a conviction of assault and a separate conviction over threatening his ex-wife like Jos does.

Gee, I wonder where Max gets his attitude from.


please.  even if F1 got twice as good this year compared to the previous 5 it wouldn't be 1/10 the racing as motoGP.
 
2021-12-09 12:10:50 PM  

soopey: In more important news, check out the livery on Kimi's car this weekend!

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He knows what he's doing.

/Go Kimi
 
2021-12-09 12:23:06 PM  

jack_o_the_hills: Dick Gozinya: Wasn't it Aryton Senna that deliberately wrecked a guy on the first corner so he could win a championship?

Subby, Dale would definitely NOT do something like that. He would race everyone, lead most of the laps, and 10 before the checkered flag be taken out in a wreck by someone like Darrell Waltrip who was 5 laps down because he had already wrecked once that race and was back out running trying not to get a DNF.

Lol.. Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, and most of the rest of the drivers from that era would like to say something...


Ward Burton would crash the field and win the race
 
2021-12-09 12:27:02 PM  

desertgeek: tom baker's scarf: F1 racing has become a bore fest anyway.  basically just a race to the first corner since passing has become all but impossible/against the rules.

MotoGP is where it is at.

And here's someone who hasn't watched a single race this year.

Seriously, everyone and their mother is expecting Max to punt Lewis at the earliest opportunity on Sunday. The moron in charge Michael Masi said today that points deductions are on the table if that happens, but the stewards have been so incompetent that anyone with a brain shouldn't believe that.

One last thing: Max's father said yesterday that he only respects Lewis as a driver and that's it. I would like to point out that Lewis doesn't have a conviction of assault and a separate conviction over threatening his ex-wife like Jos does.

Gee, I wonder where Max gets his attitude from.


I've always gotten the impression that Max and Jos are Colonialist Dutch.
 
2021-12-09 1:14:48 PM  

question_dj: desertgeek: tom baker's scarf: F1 racing has become a bore fest anyway.  basically just a race to the first corner since passing has become all but impossible/against the rules.

MotoGP is where it is at.

And here's someone who hasn't watched a single race this year.

Seriously, everyone and their mother is expecting Max to punt Lewis at the earliest opportunity on Sunday. The moron in charge Michael Masi said today that points deductions are on the table if that happens, but the stewards have been so incompetent that anyone with a brain shouldn't believe that.

One last thing: Max's father said yesterday that he only respects Lewis as a driver and that's it. I would like to point out that Lewis doesn't have a conviction of assault and a separate conviction over threatening his ex-wife like Jos does.

Gee, I wonder where Max gets his attitude from.

I've always gotten the impression that Max and Jos are Colonialist Dutch.


Yup. Old world racist garbage.

Personally I'd like to see Max crash himself out of the championship.
 
2021-12-09 1:35:45 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: jack_o_the_hills: Dick Gozinya: Wasn't it Aryton Senna that deliberately wrecked a guy on the first corner so he could win a championship?

Subby, Dale would definitely NOT do something like that. He would race everyone, lead most of the laps, and 10 before the checkered flag be taken out in a wreck by someone like Darrell Waltrip who was 5 laps down because he had already wrecked once that race and was back out running trying not to get a DNF.

Lol.. Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, and most of the rest of the drivers from that era would like to say something...

Ward Burton would crash the field and win the race


WAHD couldn't be understood since nobody speaks Virginian anymore.  Even his own brother is intelligible, except for saying "tars."
 
2021-12-09 1:42:17 PM  

Kurohone: I give it about 50/50 that Max tries it on Sunday.  But if he does he doesn't have the cunning or cool head to make it look plausibly deniable like Senna did at Suzuka.


Twice.  Back-to-back seasons.
 
2021-12-09 1:43:24 PM  
To be fair to Senna, Prost did the same to him the year before, but Senna ended up winning the race on track.

Fortunatnly for Prost, his buddy was the head of the FIA and agreed to DQ Senna.
 
2021-12-09 1:44:06 PM  

bluorangefyre: Kurohone: I give it about 50/50 that Max tries it on Sunday.  But if he does he doesn't have the cunning or cool head to make it look plausibly deniable like Senna did at Suzuka.

Twice.  Back-to-back seasons.


Prost initiated the collision in 1989
 
2021-12-09 1:52:58 PM  
In the Schumacher documentary, Michael described shunting Villeneuve at Jerez as something that was unconscious, that happened too fast - instinctually, even - for him to even be aware he had done it.

In both Brazil and Saudi Arabia, Max only went wide on turns, or cut corners, when Lewis was attempting to pass.

It's happened enough times that if Max does wreck Lewis on Sunday, it will be premeditated. 

It's been a back-and-forth title bout. I felt sick to my stomach as a Hamilton fan after he and Max came together and Verstappen ended up in the wall at Silverstone. Since then, the contact between the two - and there's been a lot - has seemed to me very much initiated by Verstappen.

Yes, I am a Hamilton fan, so I'll take 23-27% off there, but last week in Saudi Arabia was atrocious in terms of dangerous driving on Max's part.

I just hope it gets decided on the track and not by the stewards.
 
2021-12-09 1:58:52 PM  

bluorangefyre: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: jack_o_the_hills: Dick Gozinya: Wasn't it Aryton Senna that deliberately wrecked a guy on the first corner so he could win a championship?

Subby, Dale would definitely NOT do something like that. He would race everyone, lead most of the laps, and 10 before the checkered flag be taken out in a wreck by someone like Darrell Waltrip who was 5 laps down because he had already wrecked once that race and was back out running trying not to get a DNF.

Lol.. Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, and most of the rest of the drivers from that era would like to say something...

Ward Burton would crash the field and win the race

WAHD couldn't be understood since nobody speaks Virginian anymore.  Even his own brother is intelligible, except for saying "tars."


Jeff is fairly easy to follow. According to him, this why he sounds different from Ward -  "Yeah...Ward grew up on the southern side of the house"

Ward's story is something else
 
2021-12-09 3:46:42 PM  

Dick Gozinya: Wasn't it Aryton Senna that deliberately wrecked a guy on the first corner so he could win a championship?


He punted Alan Prost
 
2021-12-09 4:57:26 PM  
Whoever designed this point system farked up.  There should never be a case where causing an accident improves your standings.
 
2021-12-09 5:35:58 PM  
This could get extremely dirty and problematic should Bottas or Perez have an incident with the point contenders.  Certainly there should be no uncertain terms stated by the FIA that drivers and teams with itchy arms, https://www.foxsports.com/stories/nas​c​ar/throwback-thursday-2013-richmond-ra​ce-left-long-lasting-itch-on-nascar will be harshly punished.
 
2021-12-09 5:44:03 PM  

Geotpf: Whoever designed this point system farked up.  There should never be a case where causing an accident improves your standings.


It wouldn't improve Max's standings... it would freeze it in place.

Right now Verstappen and Hamilton are tied on points, but Max wins because he has more 1st place finishes than Lewis.  If neither finishes in the points...say by, for instance, an accident between them, then Max doesn't technically gain anything.  He just stays in first, where he already is.

The situation that might need to be looked at is the even more unlikely situation of Hamilton finishing 9th (2 points), Verstappen 10th (1 point)... and Verstappen getting fastest lap (also 1 point).  Hamilton would finish the race ahead of Verstappen, and lose the title.
 
2021-12-09 5:45:46 PM  
No passing , no crashing. Sobbing and whining and biatching on the radio are allowed and encouraged. If you bust your transmission and spill shiat on the track then next time we grid you gotta start at the back, loser You can buy your friggin  tyres from our best buddy at the track and you pay whatever our best buddy tells you to pay and you get the tyres our buddy tells you that you get . Because we like our buddy and fuq you thats why! Thems the rules. If you dont like the rules then either buy the series and change the rules or go someplace else and enter a car race. And dont be a Yank FFS. Nobody here wants to share a track or a paddock with unrefined savages
 
2021-12-09 9:37:58 PM  

Kurohone: I give it about 50/50 that Max tries it on Sunday.  But if he does he doesn't have the cunning or cool head to make it look plausibly deniable like Senna did at Suzuka.


There was nothing plausibly deniable about Senna crashing into Prost at Suzuka in '90. It was one of the most obvious intentional crashes in the history of F1. I think it was more obvious than either of Schumacher's final race collisions.

Of course, Prost was 100% responsible for the collision at Suzuka in '89, so I don't blame Senna one bit for what happened in '90. And the driver on pole should never be placed on the dirty side of the track at the start, like Senna was in '90.
 
2021-12-10 12:32:52 AM  

Geotpf: Whoever designed this point system farked up.  There should never be a case where causing an accident improves your standings.


What point system would you prefer?
 
2021-12-10 5:27:24 AM  

mikaloyd: No passing , no crashing. Sobbing and whining and biatching on the radio are allowed and encouraged. If you bust your transmission and spill shiat on the track then next time we grid you gotta start at the back, loser You can buy your friggin  tyres from our best buddy at the track and you pay whatever our best buddy tells you to pay and you get the tyres our buddy tells you that you get . Because we like our buddy and fuq you thats why! Thems the rules. If you dont like the rules then either buy the series and change the rules or go someplace else and enter a car race. And dont be a Yank FFS. Nobody here wants to share a track or a paddock with unrefined savages


I think you're right and you're wrong in many aspects. F1 is European - very traditional, if you will - and that region hasn't embraced parity and all the drama it brings like the United States has. But, point-by-point:

No passing. You won't get an argument from me, or any other F1 fan on that one. This is largely due to two factors: (1) the aerodynamics are so good that they create "dirty air" behind the cars, making it very challenging to approach, let alone pass; and (2) the disparity between the teams typically means the fast cars qualify toward the front, the slower toward the back, which means no one is catching anyone, unless a faster car/driver goofs qualifying, or had a mechanical issue and started a few grid places back. Again, not enough parity. Mitigating: One of the main goals of the 2022 specs (used to be 2021, but there was that whole pandemic thing) was to make passing easier by reducing the dirty air behind cars. Hopefully, it works this time.

No crashing. Not sure what is meant here. F1 cars crash all the time. They're open-wheel cars, which can also make it impossible for them to recover from what would be consider "rubbin's racin'" techniques in NASCAR. F1 races all road courses at ridiculous speeds - 220mph is reserved for only a few super speedways in the U.S., which it's commonplace on any straight in F1 - so any crash can be deadly, despite the innovations in safety, like gravel runoffs, safer barriers, fuel cells, etc.

Sobbing and whining and biatching... allowed and encouraged. Won't argue this one. F1 led the way with multiple on-car cameras on every car while other series had two or three cars with a single camera. This was part of the immersive experience Bernie Eccelstone pushed through his tumultuous tenure atop FiA. And, as noted above, passing and wheel-to-wheel action can become rare in some races, so the drama on the radio, whether it's Lewis Hamilton saying his "tyres are dead" before putting in three fastest laps of the race in a row, or drivers complaining when someone won't simply move over for them and defends their position (legally, and not dangerously), it creates some semblance of drama. This is the European-American divide: in the U.S., where I'm from, people like NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle pushed for parity and American football is king among sports nationwide, whereby baseball, "America's pastime," is the same 30 players competing for the World Series, only some have changed uniforms.

Friggin' tyres. Having a single tyre supplier actually drives parity. They do not want a repeat of the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix, so everyone gets the same tyres from the same supplier. Since the cars are hybrids and there's no refueling, the competition is actually through tyre wear; each car must race on at least two compounds, and the compounds have different benefits (faster/shorter life; slower/longer life; in between), so teams and drivers must strategize and manage their tyres, which often makes for a boring post-start stint, where teams are trying to stick to a plan and "manage their tyres." But you were focused on the single supplier. NASCAR went through this with Hoosier tires vs. Goodyear, until the latter got the exclusive contract in 1997.

No Yanks. I know, that sucks. They've been trying for years, even have developmental programs for American drivers to make it to Formula 1, but the path to a superlicense in F1 is through karting and series that take place in Europe, for the most part. I believe getting Haas to field a team was a step in that direction, but they've always had European drivers, and now they're broke and relying on a Russian oligarch for funding, so they only have one seat available as the other goes to the oligarch's kid.

By and large, you are correct in your criticism of F1. The sport isn't perfect, and it can be boring. But it appears to be taking a page from Rozelle's playbook by enforcing more parity beginning next year. Mercedes managed to build an almost unbeatable car for the entirety of the turbo hybrid era, which began in 2014. They've won every drivers and constructors title since then. What makes this year exciting, however, is that Red Bull, who won the championship 2010-2013, are putting up a really good challenge. For most F1 fans, this battle for the title between Max and Lewis has been exhilarating, but not lost on us is the fact that there are 17 other drivers and Nikita Mazespin* on the grid that have no chance of competing.

I grew up watching NASCAR in the 1980s and Formula 1 wasn't as available in the States. Although the allure - Ferrari, super-fast cars, drivers sitting inches from the ground, exposed. Racing in the farking rain! That's what draws me to it now; in the decades since, Formula 1, through the immersive experience and now Drive to Survive on Netflix, has peeled back the layers, while NASCAR has become increasingly more corporate and now, thanks to the "Let's go, Brandon!" chant, more politicized.

Anyway, good morning, thanks for reading this far. I'll stop now.


* The oligarch's kid
 
2021-12-10 12:20:26 PM  

YabbaDabbaDouchebag: mikaloyd: No passing , no crashing. Sobbing and whining and biatching on the radio are allowed and encouraged. If you bust your transmission and spill shiat on the track then next time we grid you gotta start at the back, loser You can buy your friggin  tyres from our best buddy at the track and you pay whatever our best buddy tells you to pay and you get the tyres our buddy tells you that you get . Because we like our buddy and fuq you thats why! Thems the rules. If you dont like the rules then either buy the series and change the rules or go someplace else and enter a car race. And dont be a Yank FFS. Nobody here wants to share a track or a paddock with unrefined savages

I think you're right and you're wrong in many aspects. F1 is European - very traditional, if you will - and that region hasn't embraced parity and all the drama it brings like the United States has. But, point-by-point:

No passing. You won't get an argument from me, or any other F1 fan on that one. This is largely due to two factors: (1) the aerodynamics are so good that they create "dirty air" behind the cars, making it very challenging to approach, let alone pass; and (2) the disparity between the teams typically means the fast cars qualify toward the front, the slower toward the back, which means no one is catching anyone, unless a faster car/driver goofs qualifying, or had a mechanical issue and started a few grid places back. Again, not enough parity. Mitigating: One of the main goals of the 2022 specs (used to be 2021, but there was that whole pandemic thing) was to make passing easier by reducing the dirty air behind cars. Hopefully, it works this time.

No crashing. Not sure what is meant here. F1 cars crash all the time. They're open-wheel cars, which can also make it impossible for them to recover from what would be consider "rubbin's racin'" techniques in NASCAR. F1 races all road courses at ridiculous speeds - 220mph is reserved for only a few super speedways in the U.S., which it's commonplace on any straight in F1 - so any crash can be deadly, despite the innovations in safety, like gravel runoffs, safer barriers, fuel cells, etc.

Sobbing and whining and biatching... allowed and encouraged. Won't argue this one. F1 led the way with multiple on-car cameras on every car while other series had two or three cars with a single camera. This was part of the immersive experience Bernie Eccelstone pushed through his tumultuous tenure atop FiA. And, as noted above, passing and wheel-to-wheel action can become rare in some races, so the drama on the radio, whether it's Lewis Hamilton saying his "tyres are dead" before putting in three fastest laps of the race in a row, or drivers complaining when someone won't simply move over for them and defends their position (legally, and not dangerously), it creates some semblance of drama. This is the European-American divide: in the U.S., where I'm from, people like NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle pushed for parity and American football is king among sports nationwide, whereby baseball, "America's pastime," is the same 30 players competing for the World Series, only some have changed uniforms.

Friggin' tyres. Having a single tyre supplier actually drives parity. They do not want a repeat of the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix, so everyone gets the same tyres from the same supplier. Since the cars are hybrids and there's no refueling, the competition is actually through tyre wear; each car must race on at least two compounds, and the compounds have different benefits (faster/shorter life; slower/longer life; in between), so teams and drivers must strategize and manage their tyres, which often makes for a boring post-start stint, where teams are trying to stick to a plan and "manage their tyres." But you were focused on the single supplier. NASCAR went through this with Hoosier tires vs. Goodyear, until the latter got the exclusive contract in 1997.

No Yanks. I know, that sucks. They've been trying for years, even have developmental programs for American drivers to make it to Formula 1, but the path to a superlicense in F1 is through karting and series that take place in Europe, for the most part. I believe getting Haas to field a team was a step in that direction, but they've always had European drivers, and now they're broke and relying on a Russian oligarch for funding, so they only have one seat available as the other goes to the oligarch's kid.

By and large, you are correct in your criticism of F1. The sport isn't perfect, and it can be boring. But it appears to be taking a page from Rozelle's playbook by enforcing more parity beginning next year. Mercedes managed to build an almost unbeatable car for the entirety of the turbo hybrid era, which began in 2014. They've won every drivers and constructors title since then. What makes this year exciting, however, is that Red Bull, who won the championship 2010-2013, are putting up a really good challenge. For most F1 fans, this battle for the title between Max and Lewis has been exhilarating, but not lost on us is the fact that there are 17 other drivers and Nikita Mazespin* on the grid that have no chance of competing.

I grew up watching NASCAR in the 1980s and Formula 1 wasn't as available in the States. Although the allure - Ferrari, super-fast cars, drivers sitting inches from the ground, exposed. Racing in the farking rain! That's what draws me to it now; in the decades since, Formula 1, through the immersive experience and now Drive to Survive on Netflix, has peeled back the layers, while NASCAR has become increasingly more corporate and now, thanks to the "Let's go, Brandon!" chant, more politicized.

Anyway, good morning, thanks for reading this far. I'll stop now.


* The oligarch's kid


MLB has had 8 different champions the last 8 years
 
2021-12-10 2:44:13 PM  

JuicePats: YabbaDabbaDouchebag: mikaloyd: No passing , no crashing. Sobbing and whining and biatching on the radio are allowed and encouraged. If you bust your transmission and spill shiat on the track then next time we grid you gotta start at the back, loser You can buy your friggin  tyres from our best buddy at the track and you pay whatever our best buddy tells you to pay and you get the tyres our buddy tells you that you get . Because we like our buddy and fuq you thats why! Thems the rules. If you dont like the rules then either buy the series and change the rules or go someplace else and enter a car race. And dont be a Yank FFS. Nobody here wants to share a track or a paddock with unrefined savages

I think you're right and you're wrong in many aspects. F1 is European - very traditional, if you will - and that region hasn't embraced parity and all the drama it brings like the United States has. But, point-by-point:

No passing. You won't get an argument from me, or any other F1 fan on that one. This is largely due to two factors: (1) the aerodynamics are so good that they create "dirty air" behind the cars, making it very challenging to approach, let alone pass; and (2) the disparity between the teams typically means the fast cars qualify toward the front, the slower toward the back, which means no one is catching anyone, unless a faster car/driver goofs qualifying, or had a mechanical issue and started a few grid places back. Again, not enough parity. Mitigating: One of the main goals of the 2022 specs (used to be 2021, but there was that whole pandemic thing) was to make passing easier by reducing the dirty air behind cars. Hopefully, it works this time.

No crashing. Not sure what is meant here. F1 cars crash all the time. They're open-wheel cars, which can also make it impossible for them to recover from what would be consider "rubbin's racin'" techniques in NASCAR. F1 races all road courses at ridiculous speeds - 220mph is reserved for only a few super speedways in the U.S., which it's commonplace on any straight in F1 - so any crash can be deadly, despite the innovations in safety, like gravel runoffs, safer barriers, fuel cells, etc.

Sobbing and whining and biatching... allowed and encouraged. Won't argue this one. F1 led the way with multiple on-car cameras on every car while other series had two or three cars with a single camera. This was part of the immersive experience Bernie Eccelstone pushed through his tumultuous tenure atop FiA. And, as noted above, passing and wheel-to-wheel action can become rare in some races, so the drama on the radio, whether it's Lewis Hamilton saying his "tyres are dead" before putting in three fastest laps of the race in a row, or drivers complaining when someone won't simply move over for them and defends their position (legally, and not dangerously), it creates some semblance of drama. This is the European-American divide: in the U.S., where I'm from, people like NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle pushed for parity and American football is king among sports nationwide, whereby baseball, "America's pastime," is the same 30 players competing for the World Series, only some have changed uniforms.

Friggin' tyres. Having a single tyre supplier actually drives parity. They do not want a repeat of the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix, so everyone gets the same tyres from the same supplier. Since the cars are hybrids and there's no refueling, the competition is actually through tyre wear; each car must race on at least two compounds, and the compounds have different benefits (faster/shorter life; slower/longer life; in between), so teams and drivers must strategize and manage their tyres, which often makes for a boring post-start stint, where teams are trying to stick to a plan and "manage their tyres." But you were focused on the single supplier. NASCAR went through this with Hoosier tires vs. Goodyear, until the latter got the exclusive contract in 1997.

No Yanks. I know, that sucks. They've been trying for years, even have developmental programs for American drivers to make it to Formula 1, but the path to a superlicense in F1 is through karting and series that take place in Europe, for the most part. I believe getting Haas to field a team was a step in that direction, but they've always had European drivers, and now they're broke and relying on a Russian oligarch for funding, so they only have one seat available as the other goes to the oligarch's kid.

By and large, you are correct in your criticism of F1. The sport isn't perfect, and it can be boring. But it appears to be taking a page from Rozelle's playbook by enforcing more parity beginning next year. Mercedes managed to build an almost unbeatable car for the entirety of the turbo hybrid era, which began in 2014. They've won every drivers and constructors title since then. What makes this year exciting, however, is that Red Bull, who won the championship 2010-2013, are putting up a really good challenge. For most F1 fans, this battle for the title between Max and Lewis has been exhilarating, but not lost on us is the fact that there are 17 other drivers and Nikita Mazespin* on the grid that have no chance of competing.

I grew up watching NASCAR in the 1980s and Formula 1 wasn't as available in the States. Although the allure - Ferrari, super-fast cars, drivers sitting inches from the ground, exposed. Racing in the farking rain! That's what draws me to it now; in the decades since, Formula 1, through the immersive experience and now Drive to Survive on Netflix, has peeled back the layers, while NASCAR has become increasingly more corporate and now, thanks to the "Let's go, Brandon!" chant, more politicized.

Anyway, good morning, thanks for reading this far. I'll stop now.


* The oligarch's kid

MLB has had 8 different champions the last 8 years


Yes, but the same 30 guys in their lineups.

I'm exaggerating, I know...

... but damn, eight different teams the last eight years...?

Might have to start watching baseball again.
 
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