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by mario
30 Sep 2022, 18:48
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Singapore Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!
Replies: 13
Views: 157

Re: 2022 Singapore Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!

The "can we get this season over with now?" GP 1. Verstappen 2. Leclerc 3. Perez 4. Russell 5. Hamilton 6. Sainz 7. Alonso 8. Ocon 9. Bottas 10. Norris Pole: Leclerc Fastest lap: Verstappen First retirement: Stroll Reject of the Race: Alpha Tauri Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race: A...
by mario
29 Sep 2022, 20:31
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Ponderbox
Replies: 5015
Views: 684275

Re: Ponderbox

Maybe if it was an intense title fight with something to play for then maybe it would have made more of an impact missing wise However seeing the 2013 seasob revisted all over again has migrated the damage... Technically, in 2013 Vettel had a slightly smaller lead in the WDC after 16 races than Ver...
by mario
25 Sep 2022, 11:58
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 14047

Re: 2022 Discussion Thread

How on earth is Jeddah still on the calendar? I hope all 20 drivers just flat out refuse to go there after what happened this year. China will be a pretty grim event too given they’re hell bent on achieving the impossible of zero COVID. Also for a series wanting to be carbon neutral by 2030, having...
by mario
23 Sep 2022, 20:25
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

After seeing how Nyck de Vries made him look silly after just stepping into the car, this isn't entirely surprising, but it will be interesting to see who Williams gets into the car instead. Best choice for Williams at the moment would be Albon and de Vries. There are factors outside of Williams's ...
by mario
21 Sep 2022, 19:53
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Dutch Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: 2022 Dutch Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!

Rob Dylan wrote: 19 Sep 2022, 17:18 So at Zandvoort, Takagi just turns up and immediately wins. Good stuff! Mario takes another impressive result to put him into an effective championship lead. Scary stuff!
I guess that he was living up to his username after all...
by mario
19 Sep 2022, 08:54
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 14047

Re: 2022 Discussion Thread

So, given that the idea of a Porsche-Red Bull partnership was meant to have been an open secret for such a long time, Porsche have now confirmed that they are pulling out of negotiations with Red Bull. https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/porsche-officially-calls-off-f1-entry-plans-after-no-red-bull-...
by mario
14 Sep 2022, 09:48
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Italy 2022
Replies: 33
Views: 815

Re: Reject of the Race - Italy 2022

They are there to explain to the people at home what's happening, and they don't necessarily always do a very good job of it considering the amount of information they have given to them. Something about it irked me. A number of good points, but the quoted part really hit home to me. And it highlig...
by mario
09 Sep 2022, 09:07
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 14047

Re: 2022 Discussion Thread

So, given that the idea of a Porsche-Red Bull partnership was meant to have been an open secret for such a long time, Porsche have now confirmed that they are pulling out of negotiations with Red Bull. https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/porsche-officially-calls-off-f1-entry-plans-after-no-red-bull-d...
by mario
08 Sep 2022, 08:53
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Italian Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!
Replies: 17
Views: 308

Re: 2022 Italian Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!

The "how will Ferrari embarrass themselves in front of their home crowd" GP 1: Verstappen 2: Perez 3: Alonso 4: Russell 5: Hamilton 6: Leclerc 7: Ocon 8: Sainz 9: Gasly 10: Tsunoda Pole: Verstappen Fastest lap: Verstappen First retirement: Schumacher ROTR: Ferrari (take your pick from botc...
by mario
04 Sep 2022, 16:00
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Holland 2022
Replies: 25
Views: 702

Re: Reject of the Race - Holland 2022

Alpha Tauri & Tsunoda: "There's something wrong with the car!" "No! Keep going!" *Slow lap because he's undone his belts, followed by a slow pitstop* "Still something wrong!" "Ok, stop now." Absolutely embarrassing and potentially dangerous. Amongst those...
by mario
02 Sep 2022, 22:30
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

So, what has been an open secret for some time has now been resolved, with McLaren now confirming that Piastri will be driving for them in 2023. https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/mclaren-wins-f1s-crb-ruling-over-oscar-piastri/10362076/ What is interesting is the detail that McLaren signed their dea...
by mario
31 Aug 2022, 06:40
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Dutch Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: 2022 Dutch Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!

The GP where probably at least the first 5 minutes won't be visible due to flares 1: Verstappen 2: Perez 3: Leclerc 4: Sainz 5: Russell 6: Hamilton 7: Norris 8: Alonso 9: Gasly 10: Ocon Pole: Verstappen Fastest lap: Verstappen First Retirement: Ricciardo ROTR: Another incident involving flares IIDOT...
by mario
26 Aug 2022, 19:37
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

On a wider note, I am still wondering if Webber and Piastri have made the right call in choosing to go to McLaren instead of Alpine. Alpine do seem to have made some progress under Otmar, and whilst Norris has succeeded in getting some surprisingly good qualifying results that might have made him a...
by mario
26 Aug 2022, 18:13
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Belgian Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!
Replies: 15
Views: 307

Re: 2022 Belgian Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!

1. Perez 2. Hamilton 3. Sainz 4. Russell 5. Norris 6. Verstappen 7. Ocon 8. Leclerc 9. Alonso 10. Albon Pole: Sainz Fastest lap: Verstappen First retirement: Magnussen Reject of the Race: Ferrari - can't help but feel that Ferrari, with an open goal to get a win, will manage to do the equivalent of ...
by mario
24 Aug 2022, 19:05
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

Ricciardo confirmed out of McLaren , so one more seat free. I wonder if this will be Piastri's moment to shine. I guess it depends on whether the legal arguments between Alpine and McLaren have been settled yet, given that seems to still be rumbling on. On a wider note, I am still wondering if Webb...
by mario
13 Aug 2022, 19:49
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

When was the last time we had silly season/contract hijinks of this magnitude? Seems like several years if not a lot more. F1's been pretty boring in this regard for quite a while. Maybe you have to go back to the arguments that broke out over Button's contracts with BAR and Williams in the mid 200...
by mario
11 Aug 2022, 19:43
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

Well, drifting off topic a little - the indication is that the whole "road car related" aspect was misunderstood by large chunks of the media. Whilst there seem to have been a lot of people getting excited about the idea of the Hypercar class being based on road vehicles like the McLaren ...
by mario
10 Aug 2022, 18:33
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

So, as if the arguments between Piastri, Alpine and McLaren weren't already peculiar enough, according to AutoHebdo, the Contract Recognition Board has muddied the waters further by suggesting that Piastri has two different valid contracts https://www.autohebdo.fr/actualites/f1/affaire-piastri-un-co...
by mario
06 Aug 2022, 10:17
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

Just to swerve back on topic for a moment, it will be a tragedy and a travesty if Danny Ricciardo loses his seat and/or does not get a decent drive for 2023. Yes he has been frustratingly and predictably poor at McLaren and has been shown up by the excellent Lando Norris but we know he can drive an...
by mario
05 Aug 2022, 18:31
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

Ok, this is way off topic, but in a similar line to Mario's last post, did the DTM and Japanese Super GT ever consolidate under a single ruleset? I seem to remember reading about that a couple years ago, but I haven't followed closely enough to know what's going on there. They have traditionally be...
by mario
05 Aug 2022, 14:22
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

Wallio, with regards to your question about McLaren and the WEC - Zak Brown has publicly floated the idea of McLaren building an LMDh car and entering the WEC in 2024, with the final decision due later this year. Still, even with a WEC team, it does look like a few too many driver contracts around ...
by mario
03 Aug 2022, 21:10
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

But seriously, what ARE Mclaren doing? By my count, they have 10(!) drivers under contract next year for a possible nine seats across 4 racing series. Plus a testing contract with Herta, and reserve driver agreements with De Vries and Vondorne so......13? Are they starting a WEC team? That's why I'...
by mario
03 Aug 2022, 17:45
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

Excellent trolling by Alex Albon: https://twitter.com/alex_albon/status/1554829547006111749?s=21&t=bpD0voExuCpD7f7msKJnGw I like that trolling. There's plenty more where that comes from - there's this tweet from DTM: https://twitter.com/DTM/status/1554781444341665792?cxt=HHwWgMDU1Y3f2JMrAAAA Me...
by mario
03 Aug 2022, 06:43
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

Really not looking good for Danny Ric is it? Ever since he left Red Bull (barring a few races in 2020 and 1 race in 2021) it has gone so far downhill that he is now being dropped without a trace (Probably) There is a possible silver lining for Ricciardo - I think I had seen somewhere that Otmar did...
by mario
02 Aug 2022, 19:10
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2023 Silly Season
Replies: 48
Views: 1651

Re: 2023 Silly Season

https://twitter.com/OscarPiastri/status/1554527452231262210 F1 has its very own Alex Palou contract saga, I cannot believe what I'm seeing. :pantano: Alpine did at least have the grace not to fabricate a quote from Piastri in their earlier press release, but what we're seeing unfold now is bizarre....
by mario
01 Aug 2022, 19:10
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 14047

Re: 2022 Discussion Thread

I don't really understand why Alonso has signed for Aston Martin. I can only think that Alpine must have decided that, for whatever reason, they didn't want him for next year. Even if Aston improve dramatically, they surely won't be any further ahead than Alpine next year? Of course it could be a l...
by mario
31 Jul 2022, 15:20
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Hungary 2022
Replies: 27
Views: 1054

Re: Reject of the Race - Hungary 2022

Ferrari - everything that needs to be said has been said above Crofty - has finally reached peak numpty. He actually spoils the event for me now. If only we could just switch off the commentary track. Have you considered muting Sky's coverage and synchronising the feed with the BBC's Radio 5 Live c...
by mario
31 Jul 2022, 15:18
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Hungary 2022
Replies: 18
Views: 692

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Hungary 2022

Perhaps, in some senses, Alpine's double points looked rather improbable given the squabbling between their drivers and their poor strategy choices, although not quite in the spirit of this thread... I'd agree that the Aston Martin duo were a surprise, given that they managed to turn a poor qualifyi...
by mario
31 Jul 2022, 15:14
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Hungary 2022
Replies: 27
Views: 1054

Re: Reject of the Race - Hungary 2022

When I joked in the Predicament Predictions thread about this race being "The "how will Ferrari contrive to cock this one up?" GP", I wasn't expecting Ferrari to go "challenge accepted". The strategy with Leclerc was just baffling - they'd seen how badly both Alpine's a...
by mario
30 Jul 2022, 07:57
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!
Replies: 17
Views: 473

Re: 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!

The "how will Ferrari contrive to cock this one up?" GP 1. Verstappen 2. Leclerc 3. Perez 4. Sainz 5. Hamilton 6. Russell 7. Norris 8. Alonso 9. Ricciardo 10. Vettel Pole: Leclerc Fastest lap: Verstappen First retirement: Tsunoda Reject of the Race: Haas Infinite Improbability Drive of the...
by mario
28 Jul 2022, 19:49
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Vettel retires from Formula 1
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: Vettel retires from Formula 1

Feels like only yesterday since we saw this spotty teenager driving the wheels off a Toro Rosso. It's seemed inevitable for the last year or so, but even so it's still a shock. I don't know if it is maybe just me, but I'm not that surprised that he is retiring from the sport now. I might be mistake...
by mario
26 Jul 2022, 20:56
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - France 2022
Replies: 29
Views: 1061

Re: Reject of the Race - France 2022

In Checo's defense, he had no info from race control during the VSC, so he couldn't see the deltas or the countdown to the green. And since the team was getting conflicting data, they had him go slower to be safe. Cost him a podium easily. That being said Leclerc/Ferrari have this locked up (and pr...
by mario
24 Jul 2022, 16:48
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - France 2022
Replies: 19
Views: 718

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - France 2022

I agree with Enforcer. I don’t think anyone did anything worthy of this award today. The closest I could think of is Stroll getting a point for 10th because we don’t expect him to be there these days. 47 year old Jimmie Johnson in Indycar though…. Actually tbf Stroll isn't a bad call given Aston Ma...
by mario
24 Jul 2022, 16:38
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - France 2022
Replies: 29
Views: 1061

Re: Reject of the Race - France 2022

1 - Everyone at Ferrari not called Sainz: Another throttle problem? An error by Leclerc? That scream. The unsafe release. "You got a stop and go penalty". "Look, Carlos, we know you're wheel-to-wheel racing with Pérez for P3- we think this is the perfect moment for you to pit". ...
by mario
23 Jul 2022, 07:35
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 French Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!
Replies: 19
Views: 528

Re: 2022 French Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions!

1: Verstappen
2: Leclerc
3: Perez
4: Hamilton
5: Russell
6: Sainz
7: Norris
8: Gasly
9: Magnussen
10: Ricciardo

Pole: Leclerc
Fastest Lap: Verstappen
First Retirement: Bottas
ROTR: The race itself
IIDOTR: Norris
DBTMOTR: Latifi
Last place: Latifi
How far back: 1 lap
by mario
11 Jul 2022, 06:57
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Austria 2022
Replies: 23
Views: 1083

Re: Reject of the Race - Austria 2022

DHM1: The fireworks. One of the leading causes for me not going to an F1 race. I thought they were supposed to be getting banned? If they were, it seems the security staff weren't doing anything to check for them - there are reports that the security staff weren't interested in searching for those ...
by mario
10 Jul 2022, 15:01
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Austria 2022
Replies: 17
Views: 696

Re: Infinite Improbability Drive of the Race - Austria 2022

Am somewhat torn between just nominating Mick, or the entire Haas team - Mick had a very creditable race, and one that backs up a solid performance in Silverstone, which is rather timely given there had been some whispers of dissatisfaction at Haas with his performance. That said, Magnussen also put...
by mario
10 Jul 2022, 14:50
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Austria 2022
Replies: 23
Views: 1083

Re: Reject of the Race - Austria 2022

I am not sure if some are aware of this, but there have been reports of problems this race with hooliganism in the stands that have resulted in racist and homophobic chants being thrown at a number of drivers, along with reports of harassment, physical assaults and some women claiming to have been s...
by mario
08 Jul 2022, 12:05
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: 2022 Austrian Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions
Replies: 19
Views: 468

Re: 2022 Austrian Grand Prix - Predicament Predictions

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

S1. Verstappen
S2. Perez
S3. Leclerc

Fastest lap: verstappen
First retirement: Schumacher
Rotr: Haas
Iidotr: Norris
Dbtmotr: Riccardo
LP: latifi
Hfb: 2 laps
by mario
04 Jul 2022, 20:46
Forum: The Paul Stoddart Memorial Forum
Topic: Reject of the Race - Great Britain 2022
Replies: 27
Views: 1072

Re: Reject of the Race - Great Britain 2022

Ricciardo. What's happened to him lately? Maybe he needs to move teams. I wouldn't say that it was just recently - he's been off the pace for most of this season now. What I think really underlines how poor Ricciardo has been this season is the fact that, in the nine races where Norris was classifi...