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Old 03-30-2014, 09:41 AM   #766
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It sure looks like Ricardo really is Webber II, and he's got his crew.

10+ seconds between each of the first 4 or 5 positions made for a dull race.
Too bad Bottas couldn't Actually get around Massa.
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:54 AM   #767
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If the sound and/or the racing doesn't inspire you to watch, then don't. It really is that simple.
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Old 03-30-2014, 12:04 PM   #768
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If the sound and/or the racing doesn't inspire you to watch, then don't. It really is that simple.
Agreed. I don't mind the sound. But, I am a bit off my axis too...
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:08 PM   #769
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If the sound and/or the racing doesn't inspire you to watch, then don't. It really is that simple.
That's a ridiculous suggestion. Fortunately, the wiser heads who depend on sponsor revenue for their obscenely pricy sport don't think in terms of take-it-or-leave-it, all-or-nothing decisions.

If it remains a big deal, it will eventually be addressed. If it turns out that ratings and attendance are unaffected, and fans stop complaining, then perhaps nothing will change next year.

As for the race, I am extremely discouraged by how quickly Red Bull solved their problems. I wish Newey would get bored with F1. Had Ricciardo's pit crew not instigated a cascade of problems, Red Bull would have had a solid 3-4 finish.

Ferrari have once again designed a safe, not-fast car. It's disappointing that with all their turnover in technical departments, they remain essentially the third best team on the grid.

Claire Williams has her first personnel drama to resolve. Anyone not named Sebastien "Multi 21" Vettel must obey team orders. I wonder how she'll handle a defiant Massa? And while Williams must be pleased with a pair of cars in the points, are they secretly disappointed they didn't score more, after such a promising test campaign?
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:20 PM   #770
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I wonder how different Claire Williams' private comments will be to her public ones?

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As for deputy team principal Claire Williams, she claims Massa did not ignore a direct order.

"He didn't ignore them, but both cars were getting really hot at the end of the race and they were both told they needed to make sure they got both cars across the lines rather than overheating them. Valtteri was also told to cool it off as well.

"I'm very happy we are ending the race in P7 and 8, which is a great result for Williams. Much better than anything we did last year so I'm happy."

She added: "It's racing. It's such a difficult situation.

"You've got to do the best job for your team at the end of the day, it's a team sport, and that's what we are here to do to maximise the points for our team in the Constructors' Championship. That's the way it is. At the end of the day Felipe finished ahead of Valtteri."
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:25 PM   #771
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One final thought. What are McLaren feeling? Despite running the vaunted Mercedes engine, the best Button could manage was 6th. Magnussen had his own woes, of course.
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:35 PM   #772
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I lied. One one more thought.

It was believed that Ferrari's issue was the driveability of the engine. Kimi suggests that there's a problem at the other end of the car.

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"Hopefully next race we will have some new parts for the car I've been asking for and hopefully it makes a change in a nice way. Hopefully the front end will feel nicer. We will have to wait and see how we do on Friday there. I know on the test there was a some difficulties with handling but hopefully the new parts can sort that out. The new updates should make us a bit happier with the front end. It's a new part and we don't know if it will do what we expect. We have a good understanding of where we want to go and what to do. I expect if we make that happen we can go much faster, but how quickly we can do that we will see. All the good things we did a lot better here so we are going in the right direction."
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:20 PM   #773
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We're two races into the season and after watching both rounds on TV I have to say I couldn't care less about the difference in sound. In fact, I like the new sound better because I can hear other things going on in the engine and gearbox (I think that's what I'm hearing). Anyway, half the time, when I'm watching the race on NBCSN, I have the sound on mute to drown out the ceaseless and repetitive chatter of the broadcast team, who should be required to put a dollar in a jar every time they say "absolutely," "no doubt about it," or "absolutely no doubt about it."

Speaking of things no one should say, who the hell thought Massa wouldn't bristle at the phrase "_______ is faster than you"?
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:22 AM   #774
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If the sound and/or the racing doesn't inspire you to watch, then don't. It really is that simple.
The sound is part of the experience, not all of it! Kinda like having to watch porn with no volume, or doing it at the inlaws....

But yeah watching less, did not PVR the paractice for the first time in years and only watched the last part of qually 3...

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Old 03-31-2014, 05:37 AM   #775
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I wonder how different Claire Williams' private comments will be to her public ones?
Good for Phil, when I heard "Botas is faster than you... ", I hoped he would slam on the brakes and have Botas rear end him... Failing that, I hoped he would grow a pair and come back over the radio with something Kimmi inspired like " Really, he is behind me on track" or "Really, can you get him to prove it" or "no he's not now leave me alone or a strait up "fuck you"!

I for one am really glad he did not move over no matter what happens!

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Old 03-31-2014, 05:47 AM   #776
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I found the post race interviews interesting. Seb really looked rattled on the podium, he was really nervous and jittery, clearly flustered. OTOH, riccardo looked relaxed, smiling, accentuating the positives in spite of the poor finish in both races so far, they seem like polar opposites.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:52 AM   #777
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I found the post race interviews interesting. Seb really looked rattled on the podium, he was really nervous and jittery, clearly flustered. OTOH, riccardo looked relaxed, smiling, accentuating the positives in spite of the poor finish in both races so far, they seem like polar opposites.
Riccardo seems to genuinely enjoy racing. It's not just a job to him, nor is it a titanic death struggle with the other drivers. I think he thinks it's the coolest thing you can get paid to do and he is living his dream.

Good for him.
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I found the post race interviews interesting. Seb really looked rattled on the podium, he was really nervous and jittery, clearly flustered.
He was being interviewed by Sherlock and was afraid he'd deduce how Red Bull won those four titles.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:43 AM   #779
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I found the post race interviews interesting. Seb really looked rattled on the podium, he was really nervous and jittery, clearly flustered. OTOH, riccardo looked relaxed, smiling, accentuating the positives in spite of the poor finish in both races so far, they seem like polar opposites.
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Riccardo seems to genuinely enjoy racing. It's not just a job to him, nor is it a titanic death struggle with the other drivers. I think he thinks it's the coolest thing you can get paid to do and he is living his dream.

Good for him.
Not only that, every driver looks like they hate or dislike Vettel. Any time he's in the podium waiting area, parc ferme, etc, it's like he'll go to high five Lewis or Fernando, and they just oblige him, while everyone else is much more sincere and congratulatory. Yesterday while in the podium waiting room, it reminded me of a playground scene where the left out kid kinda tries the "hey fellas can I come too?!"
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I found the post race interviews interesting. Seb really looked rattled on the podium, he was really nervous and jittery, clearly flustered. OTOH, riccardo looked relaxed, smiling, accentuating the positives in spite of the poor finish in both races so far, they seem like polar opposites.
I didn't see the race. Did Vettel get booed on the podium again? I saw the first (Melbourne) round on TV, and there was a big cheer from the crowd when he failed to make the cut for Q3.

Seem to remember Vettel got booed in Malaysia last year.
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