Tsunoda was never in any danger really. Unless RB decided to parachute Albon into the AT or bring back Kvyat again. Neither were likely.
Mazepin is on this week's Beyond the Grid. Comes across as quite normal and even likeable, surprisingly.
I would argue Albon is better than Tsunoda has been this season. But RB doesn't rate either Albon or Gasley so it's not surprising that they stuck with him through lack of options
I too think Tsunoda is very lucky to get another year and understand where Coulthard is coming from. It's almost like Tsunado was hoping to be dropped and was surprised he was kept and he should have been very happy for that maybe praise the team and say he will do better instead he says he was surprised he was kept himself as he did not think he would be on the grid next year.
It was a bit harsh from Coulthard but he said that at Monza.
Tsunado should have just said he was surprised but then said what I said above.
As for Haas I agree with keeping the two drivers. It would have been harsh to drop them but next year they and the team will have to do better.
Tsunoda was very quick in F2, Mazepin wasn't that quick at all. When Tsunoda came into F1 he did have a good race at the start but he is a little too hot headed, and is not thinking before he acts/speaks. He needs a mentor to give him the right focus, such as someone who is a past driver. Maybe Coultard should step up!
Imagine if Haas totally sacrifices the 2021 season, takes 2 years to develop the 2022 car, and they're still shyte when they rock up in 2022. They might as well sell to Mazepin and let him have a go at running it.
Wouldn't be surprised either. However, there was a period of time where Haas were handy enough n the midfield, but I think their inexperience really showed once their car had baked in imbalances.
I would like to see them do well, and for Schumacher to shine a bit more.
Amazing how agile and dart-y the cars looked compared to now. Had a quick look and I think the speed out of the tunnel was roughly the same then as now.
2005 fastest qualifying was 1:13.644 compared to 1:10.346 this year. Allowing for the rock-hard, grooved tyres then and the one-shot qualifying meaning the track didn't get as fast as it would now and it's one circuit cars are probably slower around now than 15 years ago.
Yes me too. I wonder how there method of doing things is going to work for next year as it really needed Ferrari to have some experience and designs of an old car that they could use. That's why they done OK in the beginning when they came in but next year will be different because they can not copy this years car and there is no previous car for next year. You would have to think they might be at a big disadvantage now but I hope to see them get back in the midfield somehow next year too as well as Alfa and Williams.
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Miami Grand Prix will be on from the 6th - 8th of May next year.
Verstappen is taking the new engine so him and Leclerc will be starting from the back. Might make it interesting. How do they decide who starts dead last? Will it depend on quali? Leclerc's Ferrari looks quick in practice.
Edit: I meant to put this in the race thread :(
Presuming it's by qualifying, unless it's by order of who received the penalty more recently?
I think it's based on whoever takes their penalty first, as in goes to FIA and says we're putting in a new engine
That's why these things often aren't confirmed until the last minute
I'd presume it's a case of how many parts they replace. E.g. 10 places for ICE, 10 places for MGUK, 10 places for MGUH. Plus 3 places for verstappen. And then consider their qualification positions. So of they replace the same parts and verstappen qualifies more than 3 places ahead, thrnnid say max will start in 19th. But I could be wrong about that.
Here's some stats homework for you, since Gasly broke a long Mercedes-Benz/Ferrari/Red Bull hold on the top step, Alpha Tauri, Racing Point, Alpine and now McLaren have all had a taste of victory. Which of those teams has had the longest gap between victories? And just to be clear we are talking about Aston Martin>Racing Point>....>Jordan and Alpine>Renault >Lotus>...>Benetton and Alpha Tauri>Toro Rosso>Minardi and of course McLaren throughout.
Racing point to Jordan, I would have thought. Great question though.
Multiple teams with pitstop problems again at Sochi. Probably not all down to the ridiculous new regulations but there’s definitely been a very clear uptick in issues since they introduced the rule.
It was introduced under the spurious justification of “safety”, but the amount of pitstops going awry and putting cars out of position and more likely to get into incidents is surely a sign they need to revisit this if safety was actually the true intention.
Lotus won some races with Kimi in 2012 I believe. McLaren has wins that year too, it was an extremely competitive season. Williams had a win that year too so if they somehow pull off a victory they will have a similar gap.
2008 at Monza was Toro Rosso’s last win, Vettel putting in one of the most impressive drives I’ve ever seen. 2008 was also Alfa Romeo / Sauber’s last win with Kubica in Canada, so would have a similar gap if they ever pull off the same feat again.
The chaotic 2003 Brazilian GP that Fisichella won on countback after Alonso’s big crash would have been Jordan’s last win before a long spell in the wilderness under different owners, so the biggest gap would be for them.
Gasly won last season at Monza with AT, who were Toro Rossi before the rebrand.
We know, don't worry. 🙂 I'd love to take the time to count how many Grand Prix exactly between all those gaps but it's getting late and I've work in the morning.
Re the pitstop saga. Yes it's annoying now but just give it time to settle in.
Nearly 20 years of technology advancement, billions of dollars spent, and we’ve ended up with cars that look and sound far less spectacular, are much bigger and therefore less suited to wheel to wheel action, and are only barely faster around a lap which is mainly thanks to ultra wide tyres and the qualifying format.
Yeah I was talking about their last win prior to the recent one, in terms of measuring the gap between wins.
Ah sorry, I missed that… thought you meant the last win in general! Yeah it prob would have been then yeah
I was only thinking yesterday, with the minor regulation changes at the start of this year, I think everyone expected another repeat of 2019, 2020 but this has been the best season since 2012 in my opinion. The midfield have closed the gap to the front two and there's nothing between the top two teams. I had Hamilton nailed on as world champion but his habit of making unforced errors (pit lane Q3, restart in Baku, Tosa in Imola) when he is under pressure has resurfaced again.
I am a little worried that Red Bull are putting everything into this year (and rightly so) to win the championship and have too much on their plate between the Honda withdrawal and reg changes for next year, but if you'd have offered me a season like this in March, I would have taken your hand off for it.
Just enjoy this one while you can and let next year sort itself out.
Agreed this season has been the best in years….! How many races have come down to the last few laps?!? It’s been brilliant to see and regardless of who wins out in the end it has been the best I can remember in a long time! Full disclosure I’m a big Vettel fan and am rooting for Max for the WC, But no matter what happens from here it’s been unreal!
Here is on for yis...only one team has scored a 1-2 this year.