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DOTD for me Massa. Still puzzles me that so many confuse best car, best driver with best car/driver combination.
I watched the Channel 4 highlights and for the first time ever, this F1 enthusiast switched it off with a dozen laps still to go. A sign of the times which are a changin'. Not for the better. SadlyOver rated modern F1 drivers? GOAT? When one emerges from a blazing car minus an ear and half his face and then goes on to win more races and WDCs, that is far greater. Plus vision to employ LH.
395. Martoto @393 when talking about intra team performance, yes. It's about the driver. Since they have the same car, ordinarily. =Common misconception. No two cars are ever the same. Had Hamilton's Power Train been fitted into the other Mercedes-Benz, Vettel would have had more effective competition.Yet again, safety car deployment and pit lane start created a false impression.
Rubbish about reverse grids, best cars, LH in the best car etc.It's about the best car. Tell me why the manufacturers would want to be involved if they didn't think they could have the best car, team and drivers?Before any stupid fan boy (where did this ridiculous thing come from) the first battle is with your team mate, is VB as good as LH, not at this time. KR as SV, again the same.
Hamilton would battle back from the back."He's in a merc 🤔Like a e63 amg against a Renault clio ?Once you've passed all the others a podium is possible over a 2hr race surely ?With any motor sport it's the ones in the top teams that shine & get noticed .Where was bottas before he joined mercedes?
400. Willey "Why dont we just reverse the grid places."Well for starters, Practice sessions could take days.
@372 gj crunchGreat comment, Vettel could start at the same time as everyone else in Malaysia whereas Hamilton had to wait until everyone had passed and was then given a signal that he could start, yes maybe the safety car did help a bit, but surely events through other races have helped others and hindered Hamilton so it all evens itself out. Mercedes are just a better team from top to bottom.
How far was LH behind SV at the end of the race? a matter of a couple of hundred yards. How far ahead was SV when LH entered the track? several hundred yards and 18 other cars between them. I only deal in facts and say that Ferrari should be very afraid of what will occur again next season.SV will have to resort to his unsavoury driving to get and stay ahead of LH.The best car/driver wins.
No doubt that the driver of the day award went to Lewis for coming through the field to just miss out on getting a podium spot. No one else came close to achieving such a drive. This is why Lewis won another WDC, even before the season ended, and will be looking good to continue such victories to at least 2020 before the new engine rules come into play. So that's three more WDCs for Lewis to win!
Not sure how you see "great" comebacks that are simply not there. He recovered till where he was supposed to with that car. With the good fortune of an early safety car, Ricciardo spinning himself and the evident lack of top power of Red Bull. Plus, a short circuit with a long "straight" made it even easier to gain back positions. Raikkonen not losing his position as usual. That was a surprise!
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