A prelude to what could be a classic
28/03/2021 | sport | f1 | 1,366
Mercedes look to have a proper fight on their hands in 2021. Roll on, Emilia Romagna...
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29/03/2021 06:41:08 31 11
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No.

Just the first step towards Sir Lewis becoming a record 8 time world champion, and getting 100+ plus wins.
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29/03/2021 06:42:44 6 25
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Zzzzzzzzxx
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29/03/2021 07:08:40 22 3
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If that bored you, then maybe you need to find a different sport?
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29/03/2021 07:56:29 3 0
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Switch off and go back to your cave.
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29/03/2021 06:42:52 6 57
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Best driver denied by bureaucracy yet again ?
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29/03/2021 06:48:40 49 3
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you say best driver - i suppose what you've got to ask is, had the situation been reversed and Hamilton got within striking distance with 5 laps to go in a much faster car and newer tyres - what would be the outcome?

My guess is
a) Hamilton would have executed a legal overtake and probably won the race by a good few seconds
b) People would complain he only won as he's got the fastest car!
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29/03/2021 06:52:56 4 4
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Tosh! If he was the best driver he would have won comfortably in the faster car?
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29/03/2021 07:09:28 7 2
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Lol. Best driver denied win by application of the rules. Overtaking by leaving the track will be penalised. Every. Single. Time.
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29/03/2021 07:28:13 7 2
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How is exceeding track limits by miles 'bureaucracy' ?!?!
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29/03/2021 12:13:55 2 0
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Maybe they should suspend the rules when other drivers break them and only use the rules when Hamilton breaks them? That would make it a more level playing field perhaps as he's just too good?
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29/03/2021 06:43:35 96 12
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It appears then that Red Bull had complained about LH exceeding track limits and involved the race director. Ultimately it cost them the race along with MV' s impatience!
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29/03/2021 07:10:50 62 4
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Not the first time Verstappen has been too impatient when in a strong position to win a race.
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29/03/2021 08:26:19 7 0
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It didn't. Exceeding track limits and passing whilst off the track are separate issues. Ultimately if VER had passed HAM in the same way at a different corner the outcome would have been the same. It is just coincidence that it happened at the same corner as where RB complained having not listened to the stewards pre-race.
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29/03/2021 14:56:55 0 0
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Yes good old Christian Moaner and Co...as Max said last season they should focus on themselves and not what others are doing!
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29/03/2021 06:43:55 13 14
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It's certainly a much better start - the hybrid era has been the worst of F1 by a distance due to the total lack of competition, a vocal minority on these HYS' claiming that Mercedes winning all the time was somehow good for the sport and we should be excited over the "BATTLE FOR 13TH PLACE".

Yesterday's race highlighted what F1 is truly supposed to be - the best drivers fighting for the win!
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29/03/2021 06:51:44 28 3
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There has always been dominance in F1. This is nothing new. Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, Benetton, Red Bull. They all have their dominant periods.
Just enjoy the techfest!
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29/03/2021 06:56:06 0 5
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TOSH. It was still a 2 horse race. Just that this time it was LH vs MV instead of Bottas who once again under-delivered even before his botched pit stop.
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29/03/2021 06:45:34 4 18
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Watch the current Netflix f1 docs. Tells you all need to know about the diva-fest that is f1.
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29/03/2021 07:00:41 9 1
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why watch then?
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29/03/2021 06:47:08 2 42
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It is Mercedes versus Verstappen, as it has been for 3 years now. Two-on-one is never fair, particularly not with a obedient wingman Bottas who is easily the laughing stock of F1.
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29/03/2021 07:00:11 9 2
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2v1 you are joking right? he was a mile behind and had no impact on the race.
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29/03/2021 07:12:53 3 0
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That's down to Red Bull choosing the wrong team-mates for Verstappen. Perez was unlucky yesterday, he could yet have an important say in the WDC. Both "wingmen" will be important.
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29/03/2021 07:48:55 0 0
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Bottas is not a wingman, he is not just good enough to march Hamilton. He would lost that race if he was in that Hamilton position yesterday. Call a spade a spade
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29/03/2021 06:48:36 43 4
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The report didn’t mention the fact that the rule changes to this years cars have made a big impact, this has disadvantaged some cars more than others. This looks to have brought the cars closer together on performance and led to a great first race.
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29/03/2021 08:44:08 12 1
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Its just dropped Aston Martin to the back of the field and pulled merc below redbull in speed. The rest of the field have been improved by Merc or Honda engines that they didn't have or are much better than last year.
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29/03/2021 09:47:56 2 0
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You cant forget that Mercedes have struggled at Bahrain in recent years, its almost the track with their advantage is the smallest. So I wouldnt be surprised if normal service is resume (or at least is a lot closer) in 3 weeks time!
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29/03/2021 06:42:52 6 57
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Best driver denied by bureaucracy yet again ?
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29/03/2021 06:48:40 49 3
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you say best driver - i suppose what you've got to ask is, had the situation been reversed and Hamilton got within striking distance with 5 laps to go in a much faster car and newer tyres - what would be the outcome?

My guess is
a) Hamilton would have executed a legal overtake and probably won the race by a good few seconds
b) People would complain he only won as he's got the fastest car!
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29/03/2021 06:56:52 5 2
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Or c) Verstappen took him out on a corner
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Jim
29/03/2021 06:50:00 119 4
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Although they didn't win this race, have Honda done it again, producing a winning product just as they left the sport?

As for the race, I bet Redbull regret raising issue about turn 4.

But a good opener. Bring on the rest of the season and the big 2022 changes
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29/03/2021 07:21:15 184 24
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Lets be honest here, this is less about Honda innovation and more about the FIA examining in detail the differences between the Merc and the Redbull and changing the rules to remove the gains made with the Merc design philosophy.

The only people who should be praised are Merc for still managing to fight back and win after being targeted by the rule changes.
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29/03/2021 08:01:25 19 0
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It wouldn't have mattered whether Red Bull raised turn 4 or not, passing off track has always been penalied and would have been here whether they complained or not.
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29/03/2021 13:19:24 3 2
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Jim, you've got it spot on. Red Bull went crying to race control when the Mercedes were using the run off in turn 4. Then it came back to bite them on the bum. A case of be careful what you wish for?
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29/03/2021 06:50:28 88 3
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One race doesn't make a season so lets not write anyone or anything off yet. Lewis won this one, but it looks like Mercedes may not have it easy. As an opener, intriguing!
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29/03/2021 06:58:19 113 30
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The FIA have done their best to make sure Merc can't win it this year by their very targeted rule change
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29/03/2021 07:27:15 12 1
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I think we can safely write Vettel off ??????
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29/03/2021 06:50:45 6 13
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As much as I'm pleased Hamilton won, let's be honest it was because Max made a mistake, and it was too late to do anything about it. Still, should make for an exciting season at last....I'll be surprised it LH wins it this time.
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29/03/2021 06:54:57 8 8
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erm so did hamilton going off the track in the few laps.
sorry chum wrong again about lewis.
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29/03/2021 08:16:43 0 1
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An LH fan trying to troll LH? Do you even understand what you're saying or what you 'saw'?
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29/03/2021 06:43:55 13 14
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It's certainly a much better start - the hybrid era has been the worst of F1 by a distance due to the total lack of competition, a vocal minority on these HYS' claiming that Mercedes winning all the time was somehow good for the sport and we should be excited over the "BATTLE FOR 13TH PLACE".

Yesterday's race highlighted what F1 is truly supposed to be - the best drivers fighting for the win!
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29/03/2021 06:51:44 28 3
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There has always been dominance in F1. This is nothing new. Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, Benetton, Red Bull. They all have their dominant periods.
Just enjoy the techfest!
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29/03/2021 06:51:50 272 9
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And as the great Murray Walker said...”catching is one thing...passing is another”
Like covid Removed
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29/03/2021 07:18:11 9 3
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As Max crossed the line he said "I've got to stop because I've got a lump in my throat".
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29/03/2021 09:18:44 7 9
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I know it's been asked before on other threads but, why the f*** has anyone down voted this? I see it's only 2 people but why. If you are one of them please, please comment and tell me why. I need to know.
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29/03/2021 10:52:50 2 0
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though to be fair - he did say that before the introduction of DRS. It's still relevant but less so
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29/03/2021 11:33:05 1 1
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Unfortunately, DRS makes that all too easy. Aero downforce needs to be reduced by rule changes, so that DRS can be eliminated. Does anyone really notice whether lap times are faster or slower than previous years?? If wings were totally removed, we'd still enjoy close racing.
30/03/2021 18:24:31 0 1
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Worry not, Bahrain is a bit of an outlier and the Red Bull will be so far ahead at most other tracks Murray's immortal words won't be necessary.
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29/03/2021 06:51:50 103 27
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All the pundits masks slipped yesterday.

How long now have we been told by the pundits and reporters that they don't have an issue with Lewis and only want to see a fight. Well we got that fight yesterday but tellingly the pundits acknowledged a great race but looked like they were at a funeral after the race and tried to divert the discussion on to this nonsense about Lewis and track limits.
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29/03/2021 08:38:16 64 9
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Well said..They were so gutted it was embarrassing but boy did i enjoy it!!!! ;))))))
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29/03/2021 08:43:00 1 4
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Oh, here he goes again. He's now convinced that everyone is against Lewis, and that the media who gave him untold amounts of praise and flattery last year are somehow now totally biased against him. Soon enough, he'll be claiming that Mercedes too are gaslighting the GOAT. You only see what you want to see, though, so I guess that'll never change.
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29/03/2021 09:07:27 1 1
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Which pundits? When? What did they say?
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29/03/2021 10:29:31 0 8
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Lol are you delusional. The British pundits are always foaming at the mouth for Hamilton to win, especially at BBC Sport and Channel 4.
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29/03/2021 11:58:02 1 15
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Lewis cheated again and got away with it. End of story.
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29/03/2021 12:35:22 5 1
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What’s even sadder is their continual need for a fight but it’s only allowed to involve LH and MV
Very disrespectful of all the other drivers out yhere
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Jim
29/03/2021 13:51:04 0 5
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Nonsense. You're just seeing what you want to believe.
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29/03/2021 06:42:52 6 57
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Best driver denied by bureaucracy yet again ?
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29/03/2021 06:52:56 4 4
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Tosh! If he was the best driver he would have won comfortably in the faster car?
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29/03/2021 06:53:02 198 15
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A super race with an uncertain result right up to the end, Verstappen hindered by his own team highlighting earlier what the mercedes were doing during the race but had been helped by Bottas's long stop, for the Hamiton naysayers i think his defensive driving on the last 2 laps shows just how good he is ...his racing vs Verstappen in the quicker car this season will be electrifying to watch
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29/03/2021 07:32:21 157 39
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Max overtaking off track has nothing to do with turn 4 track limits. You're getting confused because you're listening to the garbage from the sour grapes pundits looking for a distraction from an amazing win by Lewis.
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29/03/2021 09:21:04 6 3
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Imagine if the track actually had limits and exceeding those limits meant end of race?

The modern ultra boring tracks where an ‘off’ means nothing more than a loss of time makes for ultra boring races!
30/03/2021 19:13:37 0 0
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his defensive driving on the last 2 laps shows just how good he is, that's about the only time he had to drive the car the rest was a good strategy
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29/03/2021 06:54:30 7 39
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F1 - a sport?
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29/03/2021 06:56:09 19 1
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are you - reading and posting on here?
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29/03/2021 06:57:08 4 2
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Yes. Next question.
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29/03/2021 06:50:45 6 13
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As much as I'm pleased Hamilton won, let's be honest it was because Max made a mistake, and it was too late to do anything about it. Still, should make for an exciting season at last....I'll be surprised it LH wins it this time.
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29/03/2021 06:54:57 8 8
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erm so did hamilton going off the track in the few laps.
sorry chum wrong again about lewis.
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29/03/2021 07:06:14 1 1
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Agreed
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29/03/2021 06:55:35 31 2
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I enjoyed the battle between Max and Lewis. Aside from the whole turn 4 issue, this was good along with the other battles.

More of this please.
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29/03/2021 06:59:41 76 17
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The turn 4 stuff is a complete and total non-issue. Its just being blown up and exaggerated by the media to feed the Hamilton hater trolls talking points and change the subject from Lewis' amazing win.
29/03/2021 20:46:55 0 0
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As true F1 fans have said all day!
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29/03/2021 06:43:55 13 14
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It's certainly a much better start - the hybrid era has been the worst of F1 by a distance due to the total lack of competition, a vocal minority on these HYS' claiming that Mercedes winning all the time was somehow good for the sport and we should be excited over the "BATTLE FOR 13TH PLACE".

Yesterday's race highlighted what F1 is truly supposed to be - the best drivers fighting for the win!
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29/03/2021 06:56:06 0 5
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TOSH. It was still a 2 horse race. Just that this time it was LH vs MV instead of Bottas who once again under-delivered even before his botched pit stop.
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29/03/2021 07:29:32 2 3
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A 2-horse race is entirely fine if both drivers are capable of fighting for a win. Max and Lewis are just that.

Bottas is a joke who pussys out of wheel-to-wheel racing and rolls over to anyone who pushes him, that's why it's been tedious over the past few years.
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29/03/2021 06:54:30 7 39
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F1 - a sport?
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29/03/2021 06:56:09 19 1
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are you - reading and posting on here?
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29/03/2021 06:58:23 0 5
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are you?
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29/03/2021 06:56:47 15 23
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Nice to see his principles didn't prevent him racing there
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29/03/2021 06:59:17 12 10
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YAWN
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29/03/2021 07:51:46 1 0
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Assume you apply the same logic to the rest of the F1 entourage. Or do you single out Lewis for some reason? Or perhaps you are saying he is the only one with principles?
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29/03/2021 06:48:40 49 3
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you say best driver - i suppose what you've got to ask is, had the situation been reversed and Hamilton got within striking distance with 5 laps to go in a much faster car and newer tyres - what would be the outcome?

My guess is
a) Hamilton would have executed a legal overtake and probably won the race by a good few seconds
b) People would complain he only won as he's got the fastest car!
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29/03/2021 06:56:52 5 2
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Or c) Verstappen took him out on a corner
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29/03/2021 06:54:30 7 39
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F1 - a sport?
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29/03/2021 06:57:08 4 2
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Yes. Next question.
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29/03/2021 06:57:43 402 52
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Deserved win, he didn’t have the fastest car, but the fella knows how to deal with the pressure.

Win or lose the haters are gonna hate.
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29/03/2021 07:01:50 82 147
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Actually he locked up and went in too deep under pressure in an earlier turn which gave Max the opportunity to pass on turn four. First time I have seen him crack which bodes well for an exciting season.
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29/03/2021 08:33:44 48 11
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"Win or lose the haters are gonna hate"...

Yes but isn't it sad when those haters are the BRITISH pundits and media charged with bringing you the sport?

We all saw them bouncing around in uncontained excitement after quali in anticipation of a great race and we all saw the life and energy drain out of them as they reported the results of the race and thats after seeing the battle they craved.
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29/03/2021 09:11:54 5 107
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Hamilton always has the fastest car. Same in this race
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29/03/2021 10:01:12 0 0
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And Lewis Hamilton is going to save the world......Still HE rises.
Tax exile... ?? Removed
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29/03/2021 13:01:40 0 1
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Totally agree. Dogs will always bark and losing dogs just park lauder
29/03/2021 17:31:06 0 0
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Not so much haters
But it’ll probably turn into another bore fest of a season
29/03/2021 18:05:56 0 2
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I'd suggest that the fastest car was the one without the diff issue, rather than the one with it. Tactically Merc did a great job to give LH track position. I can't help but feel though that without the RBR diff issue on his car MV would have won somewhat more easily. So a good race, but I think I'd have preferred a fully functional Merc + wingman taking a tactical fall for his #1 than a dodgy RBR
29/03/2021 21:39:13 1 1
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'Win or lose the haters are gonna hate'
Very true. It's nothing to do with his undoubted skill and success, everything to do with his views.
Removed
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29/03/2021 06:57:47 57 11
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Thanks BBC you won me a tenner yesterday. A mate didn't believe me before the season that I could predict the wording of the F1 headlines and I bet him a tenner that if Max is ahead the headline would be a triumphalist "Max beats Lewis" and if Lewis is ahead the headline would be "Lewis wins".

I just emailed him the quali and race links and am waiting for my tenner.

Cheers BBC.
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29/03/2021 07:03:48 26 34
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Well, your mate is a sucker, Lewis has no-one to beat as he is the reigning champion therefore the headline is always going to be 'Lewis wins'.
It's everyone else's goal to beat Lewis, therefore it will always be '*whoever* beat's Lewis'
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29/03/2021 07:15:45 3 12
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Benson really needs therapy for his Lewis OCD. He probably slips mention in when ordering a takeaway.
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29/03/2021 07:47:56 14 0
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What does the first 'B' stand for in BBC?

Its not altogether unsurprising that a British media company highlights the names and fortunes of British drivers above others.

I'm sure the reverse would have been true in a Dutch newspaper.

(...and before any uninformed keyboard warriors blather on about LH not being British because he lives abroad and 'pays no tax', I'd urge you to fact check...)
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29/03/2021 08:02:01 1 1
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Should have had a pair and put £100 on it. Easy money.
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29/03/2021 10:31:10 2 0
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You sound like a right muppet
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29/03/2021 06:58:12 200 24
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well that was a fantastic race and again and again hamilton produced a masterclass. slower car, not on pole behind on the 1st stint behind again and help off to get the win. my word what a drive lewis and god see max taking in on the chin for a change.
stunning drive lewis!
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29/03/2021 08:01:35 178 62
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This is a repeat of what Lewis did to Nico Rosberg in 2014 but on that occasion it was revealed that Nico was cheating with his engine settings as well has having fresh soft tyres and still couldn't get it done.

What more does Lewis have to do for people to finally accept that he is the GREATEST EVER DRIVER to have lived?
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29/03/2021 10:28:14 0 8
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Haha delusional fanboy, you could work for BBC Sport!
30/03/2021 08:48:03 0 0
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He had tears in his eyes and clearly upset...
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29/03/2021 06:50:28 88 3
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One race doesn't make a season so lets not write anyone or anything off yet. Lewis won this one, but it looks like Mercedes may not have it easy. As an opener, intriguing!
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29/03/2021 06:58:19 113 30
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The FIA have done their best to make sure Merc can't win it this year by their very targeted rule change
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29/03/2021 07:24:32 19 1
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The fia are a joke, you can’t change the rules just cause one team keeps winnings yet that’s exactly what they do through the history of f1, it’s down to everyone else to catch up. No other sport behaves in this way.
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29/03/2021 08:06:30 5 2
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The more honest interpretation... The FIA have done their best to make sure F1 is as entertaining as possible by trying to remove the dominant teams advantage. I agree it's harmed Merc but it's gonna make for a good season
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29/03/2021 06:56:09 19 1
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are you - reading and posting on here?
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29/03/2021 06:58:23 0 5
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are you?
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29/03/2021 07:00:07 0 0
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You're the one whining about it
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29/03/2021 06:56:47 15 23
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Nice to see his principles didn't prevent him racing there
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29/03/2021 06:59:17 12 10
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YAWN
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29/03/2021 08:01:06 0 1
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Good to see that human rights are so high on your list of priorities. That's an ironic statement by the way
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29/03/2021 06:59:36 7 34
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I thought Verstappen was ahead by at least half a car and therefore had the corner so Hamilton forced him off the track. Surprised not to see this mentioned.

Great drive by both drivers - more of the same with Perez joining in too. Could Bottas up his game for us please?

Ferrari and Maclaren might just contribute to an exciting season.
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29/03/2021 07:02:48 26 1
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I’m surprised that anybody who actually saw the incident would think Max had been ‘forced off’ - even Max didn’t mention, or even hint, at this.
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29/03/2021 07:17:30 13 0
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No, Verstappen wasn't 'forced off' he had plenty of room, but in order to stay ahead ran wide. Slam-dunk penalty. Every. Single. Time.
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29/03/2021 06:55:35 31 2
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I enjoyed the battle between Max and Lewis. Aside from the whole turn 4 issue, this was good along with the other battles.

More of this please.
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29/03/2021 06:59:41 76 17
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The turn 4 stuff is a complete and total non-issue. Its just being blown up and exaggerated by the media to feed the Hamilton hater trolls talking points and change the subject from Lewis' amazing win.
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LEO
29/03/2021 07:58:59 1 11
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How can it be a non-issue when it decided the outcome of the race? Stupid post. LH won because of a mistake by MV. not because he was a better driver. Good drive by both though. It also shows that it is the car more than the driver viz. RB improvement to be on a par with Merc with the same drivers.
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29/03/2021 10:30:25 0 0
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Hahaha delusional
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29/03/2021 11:15:34 1 2
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The turn 4 stuff is the whole issue. Stupid comment. The whole race weekend was a mess regarding the rules around turn 4. They should take a note out of Moto GP book of rules.
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29/03/2021 06:58:23 0 5
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are you?
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29/03/2021 07:00:07 0 0
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You're the one whining about it
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29/03/2021 07:07:19 0 0
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Yep.
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29/03/2021 07:00:08 156 7
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I thought the problem with Max was not so much about how he used turn four, but that once more he showed his impatience - he could have had several better overtaking opportunities if he had waited a little longer.
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29/03/2021 07:18:15 118 4
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Not the first time he's thrown away a race win by being impatient.
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29/03/2021 07:23:20 13 1
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Max is human and he's a racer and good on him for going for it. He tried it and it didn't work out and he's tried it several times in the past and it did work out, thats racing.

I have no issue with Max who performed brilliantly all weekend.
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29/03/2021 09:02:49 5 0
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One of the things that sets Hamilton apart from other drivers past and present is that there was never a period in his career that he looked like he was learning. The closest thing would be china pit lane that cost him his rookie season championship but even that was more of a tyre fault. Max is a fine driver no doubt. He's close to being as good but that last few percent is what makes a great
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29/03/2021 09:33:06 4 2
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Max is still young, he still has lots to learn sometimes it shows.
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29/03/2021 14:07:38 8 1
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verstappen whines too much. red bull are a whiney complaining team except when things favor them. hamilton is the best driver on the grid and its not even a debate.
30/03/2021 09:15:02 0 0
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I agree, made the same comment about waiting to get him on the straight, however then he wouldn't be the racer he is. Hindsight is a wonderful thing....Max will have him the next race and he will win this year's championship.
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29/03/2021 06:47:08 2 42
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It is Mercedes versus Verstappen, as it has been for 3 years now. Two-on-one is never fair, particularly not with a obedient wingman Bottas who is easily the laughing stock of F1.
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29/03/2021 07:00:11 9 2
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2v1 you are joking right? he was a mile behind and had no impact on the race.
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29/03/2021 06:45:34 4 18
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Watch the current Netflix f1 docs. Tells you all need to know about the diva-fest that is f1.
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29/03/2021 07:00:41 9 1
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why watch then?
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29/03/2021 08:27:37 0 0
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To find out what you need to know about the diva-fest that is F1?
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29/03/2021 06:51:50 272 9
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And as the great Murray Walker said...”catching is one thing...passing is another”
Like covid Removed
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29/03/2021 06:57:43 402 52
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Deserved win, he didn’t have the fastest car, but the fella knows how to deal with the pressure.

Win or lose the haters are gonna hate.
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29/03/2021 07:01:50 82 147
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Actually he locked up and went in too deep under pressure in an earlier turn which gave Max the opportunity to pass on turn four. First time I have seen him crack which bodes well for an exciting season.
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29/03/2021 07:23:41 49 2
bbc
Yes but it wasn't a pass as Max went off the track and had to give Lewis the lead back. And no I'm not an LH fan boy !
133
29/03/2021 07:55:41 45 5
bbc
Crack? LOL. You need to observe, not look.
152
29/03/2021 08:01:34 51 2
bbc
MV made error in better car and 11 lap newer tyres. Same as Monaco 2019.
231
29/03/2021 08:38:17 6 81
bbc
It's not the first mistake that Hamilton has made in his career and won't be his last, thats racing, and he doesnt make many. But it was the only reason that MV got into position to overtake Hamilton, albeit "llegally".
The Mercedes is still the better car despite what the BBC would have us all believe.
254
29/03/2021 08:47:35 48 2
bbc
Those tyres were done. He was struggling to stay ahead as Max was able to break later and get better traction off the corners. Max had faster car, better traction, better aero and tyres that were 5 laps younger. It was impossible for LH to win
290
29/03/2021 09:05:59 47 0
bbc
Mistake happen, Senna canned a certain win at Monaco when he dumped it in the barriers not seen anyone saying this made him a poor driver.

When you drive out on the edge some times you fall off, the best do it rarely - everyone does it some time.
539
29/03/2021 11:04:32 3 1
bbc
Verstappen went off track when he tried to overtake. Didn't mention THAT though, did you?
995
29/03/2021 16:10:28 1 0
bbc
He won the race mate. You call that cracking?
PJ
29/03/2021 17:23:33 0 0
bbc
umm not sure if it was pressure or tyres either way i agree with you good exciting season ahead
waz
29/03/2021 21:04:12 0 0
bbc
Actually when the real pressure came Hamilton was more than ready. I'd say it was Max that cracked, his race to lose and he didn't let us down.
32
29/03/2021 06:59:36 7 34
bbc
I thought Verstappen was ahead by at least half a car and therefore had the corner so Hamilton forced him off the track. Surprised not to see this mentioned.

Great drive by both drivers - more of the same with Perez joining in too. Could Bottas up his game for us please?

Ferrari and Maclaren might just contribute to an exciting season.
40
29/03/2021 07:02:48 26 1
bbc
I’m surprised that anybody who actually saw the incident would think Max had been ‘forced off’ - even Max didn’t mention, or even hint, at this.
54
29/03/2021 07:10:00 13 0
bbc
He doesn't really believe Lewis forced Max off, he's just a paid troll whos job is to manipulate and lie about the race in order to attack Lewis.
Where was Hamilton's stance on Human Rights? Or does that not matter in F1?
The hypocrisy is deafening.
Pay your taxes Hamilton.
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78
29/03/2021 07:23:27 2 5
bbc
Lewis has two things more important than human rights; his salary and winning world titles! It compares to environmentalists who jet around the world and drive their children a short distance to school!
156
29/03/2021 08:02:36 0 4
bbc
Well said! Sir Lewis is obviously able to compartmentalise his "principles"
517
29/03/2021 10:54:17 0 0
bbc
Lewis Hamilton pays more UK tax than literally everyone posting on here. FACT.
42
29/03/2021 07:03:34 6 26
bbc
Congrats to Lewis ! You are the best and your car's the fastest! How do you consistently win? Just amazing!
438
29/03/2021 10:12:10 1 0
bbc
I realise you are trolling, but you do realise this was demonstrably untrue this weekend.
27
29/03/2021 06:57:47 57 11
bbc
Thanks BBC you won me a tenner yesterday. A mate didn't believe me before the season that I could predict the wording of the F1 headlines and I bet him a tenner that if Max is ahead the headline would be a triumphalist "Max beats Lewis" and if Lewis is ahead the headline would be "Lewis wins".

I just emailed him the quali and race links and am waiting for my tenner.

Cheers BBC.
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29/03/2021 07:03:48 26 34
bbc
Well, your mate is a sucker, Lewis has no-one to beat as he is the reigning champion therefore the headline is always going to be 'Lewis wins'.
It's everyone else's goal to beat Lewis, therefore it will always be '*whoever* beat's Lewis'
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29/03/2021 07:14:28 8 0
bbc
True, but if you are a conspiracy theorist, then you can make anything fit your agenda.
No he's not a sucker, he just doesn't follow F1 and didn't believe me when I told him about the institutional closet racism thats rife in the sport and subtly shows itself in many ways including how the headlines change. I told him I could prove it so he thought he'd make an easy tenner but it just backfired thanks to the BBC proving me right with the headlines this weekend. Removed
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29/03/2021 07:38:32 1 5
bbc
He's not a sucker, he just doesn't follow F1 and found it hard to believe that there was this closet negativity towards Hamilton running through the sport that showed itself in the headlines so he's just had a very expensive lesson proving I'm right.
29/03/2021 19:11:13 0 0
bbc
Lewis has nobody to beat as he already has the best car.
30/03/2021 15:24:05 0 0
bbc
That's all fine N00b T00b but the problem is the bit that follow "Lewis win" which is almost always "Lewis win because Max HAD TO GIVE HIS LEAD BACK" or whatever other nonsensical REDUCER they have up their sleeves.
44
29/03/2021 07:05:02 7 47
bbc
MV had to leave the track because LH force him off the track, by going wide. Or there would have been a crash.
51
29/03/2021 07:08:36 30 3
bbc
LOL this is the kind of lunatic statement you make when you listen to Hamilton hating pundits who have a severe case of sour grapes because Lewis wasn't beaten.
70
29/03/2021 07:20:24 9 0
bbc
Watch it again, Hamilton left plenty of room. If Hamilton had "forced him off" Verstappen and Horner would have been whining non-stop. They said nothing, which only means one thing...
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29/03/2021 07:21:18 8 0
bbc
Lewis did not force Max off, Max went off all by himself - avoidance didn't come into it.

And I'm not a Lewis fan so you can stop before you start with the 'he's an LH fan boy' nonsense !! I'm an F1 fan of 40 years.
Where was Hamilton's stance on Human Rights? Or does that not matter in F1?
The hypocrisy is deafening.
Pay your taxes Hamilton.
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29/03/2021 07:18:37 5 2
bbc
??. Plenty Brit F1 drivers who live in Monaco. Queen obviously felt he contributes enough to get a knighthood
68
29/03/2021 07:19:40 5 3
bbc
And right on cue we have the "oh you can't dare say anything about anyone' troll farm of everyone's a racist brigade. Change the record your boring us now.
81
29/03/2021 07:23:48 7 4
bbc
Every time you see someone talk about closet racism or wolf whistling I always get the impression they're talking nonsense. With all due respect, there are legitimate reasons to dislike Hamilton and his opinions and stating as such doesn't make you a racist.
19
29/03/2021 06:54:57 8 8
bbc
erm so did hamilton going off the track in the few laps.
sorry chum wrong again about lewis.
46
29/03/2021 07:06:14 1 1
bbc
Agreed
47
29/03/2021 07:06:31 8 9
bbc
Somebody should tell Toto Wolff that Shakespeare didn't write novels.
97
29/03/2021 07:29:28 2 0
bbc
Probably called novels and not plays in Austria.
163
29/03/2021 08:09:53 0 0
bbc
No Shakespeare just stole Francis Bacon's plays.
176
29/03/2021 08:14:30 1 0
bbc
Wow, that’s your takeaway from the weekend is it?! Why don’t you tell him, I’m sure he’d be really interested!
48
29/03/2021 07:06:34 9 20
bbc
All the race showed was Mercedes won by gaming the chaotic track limits rule (Hamilton ignored corner 4 all race) and we still have the ridiculous situation of the tyres only being good for a couple of laps. Therefore we can expect many snooze fests of drivings cruising at 80% speed to nurse the tyres.
34
29/03/2021 07:00:07 0 0
bbc
You're the one whining about it
49
29/03/2021 07:07:19 0 0
bbc
Yep.
107
29/03/2021 07:34:12 5 0
bbc
Well constructed and intelligently made points, Ann Teavackxs. Thanks for your valuable contribution.
50
29/03/2021 07:08:20 23 7
bbc
Trouble is we all want to see them both race but they can’t because the tyres don’t last. They should make a tyre that lasts the full race but change the rules so you have to make a certain number of tyre changes in the race. That way you can fully race and each team can decide when to make the tyre change
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29/03/2021 07:20:55 8 4
bbc
Yes, pitstops shouldn't be compulsory...the fia like them because of the artificial 'drama' they bring. And while they're at it do away with tyre warmers. No need for them, and takes away a decent drivers skill of negotiating the track on cold tyres.
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29/03/2021 07:28:23 1 0
bbc
It’s more that they get in turbulent air and the car then starts to slide, overheating the tyres and causing their performance to drop off. We’ll see next year if reducing the aero wake + increasing the ground effect will make a difference. But to solely blame the tyres is very wide of the mark
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29/03/2021 09:03:36 0 0
bbc
That's a like saying the tyres on your car don't last the lifetime of the car.

I have no issue with tyres degrading as the race goes on, means the drivers and tacticians have something else to manage. Rip the life out of the tyres by doing 5 superfast laps, or take it a bit easier and make them last 10 laps - that's a choice they have to make
329
29/03/2021 09:21:11 2 0
bbc
People seem to forget that tyre changes and pit stops have been part of Grand Prix racing all along. Car management in general is part of the skill of a driver.
44
29/03/2021 07:05:02 7 47
bbc
MV had to leave the track because LH force him off the track, by going wide. Or there would have been a crash.
51
29/03/2021 07:08:36 30 3
bbc
LOL this is the kind of lunatic statement you make when you listen to Hamilton hating pundits who have a severe case of sour grapes because Lewis wasn't beaten.
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29/03/2021 06:42:44 6 25
bbc
Zzzzzzzzxx
52
29/03/2021 07:08:40 22 3
bbc
If that bored you, then maybe you need to find a different sport?
3
29/03/2021 06:42:52 6 57
bbc
Best driver denied by bureaucracy yet again ?
53
29/03/2021 07:09:28 7 2
bbc
Lol. Best driver denied win by application of the rules. Overtaking by leaving the track will be penalised. Every. Single. Time.
40
29/03/2021 07:02:48 26 1
bbc
I’m surprised that anybody who actually saw the incident would think Max had been ‘forced off’ - even Max didn’t mention, or even hint, at this.
54
29/03/2021 07:10:00 13 0
bbc
He doesn't really believe Lewis forced Max off, he's just a paid troll whos job is to manipulate and lie about the race in order to attack Lewis.
4
29/03/2021 06:43:35 96 12
bbc
It appears then that Red Bull had complained about LH exceeding track limits and involved the race director. Ultimately it cost them the race along with MV' s impatience!
55
29/03/2021 07:10:50 62 4
bbc
Not the first time Verstappen has been too impatient when in a strong position to win a race.
276
29/03/2021 08:57:51 2 1
bbc
Is it impatience? Or being a racer?

Seems if he pulls off a move then it's brilliance, if it doesn't work out then it's impatience.
56
29/03/2021 07:11:05 219 54
bbc
Funny how the Hamilton haters have stopped the usual "its the car" nonsense.
59
29/03/2021 07:13:49 57 19
bbc
Long season ahead, bit too soon to be shouting about anything just yet.
83
29/03/2021 07:24:09 5 12
bbc
To be fair there’s not exactly much to choose between the Merc and RB. At least he will have one other person to beat at some of the races this year vs having it all his own way.

Still going to win the WC as Merc have already thrown a silly amount of money and resource into improving the car after the test and will simply out develop RB in the coming weeks.
106
29/03/2021 07:34:11 4 3
bbc
Now Hamilton is saying it’s because the Red Bull is quicker due to the rule changes surrounding the floor pan
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29/03/2021 07:49:40 6 4
bbc
Nothing to do with the car it's the individual himself the so called Hamilton haters hate,like people using the tag of an individual who murdered someone and thinks it's cool and funny.
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LEO
29/03/2021 07:53:57 4 8
bbc
Well, it obviously is the car! RB improved to be on a par with Merc with the same drivers!
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29/03/2021 08:34:00 13 1
bbc
Now its "the corner" nonsense. Always a excuse to keep LH down. I do not understand what issues they could have with the greatest british formula one driver
383
29/03/2021 09:42:30 2 3
bbc
It's the car! :)
413
29/03/2021 09:55:47 2 4
bbc
So one manufacturer has a car to compete with Mercedes. Big deal. What about the rest? May as well be bollards. Put Hamilton in one of those other cars. Think he will win? Of course not- it is the car.
456
29/03/2021 10:23:17 6 3
bbc
It's definitely not the car. No-one else could have won in that Mercedes. If Mercedes had only run one car since 2014 then NR or VB couldn't have possibly have won the WDC. Only LH could do this.

Does anyone really think that Lionel Messi is Lionel Messi because he has better football boots than everyone else?
541
29/03/2021 11:06:11 2 3
bbc
Well the Merc is the top of the constructors table so the car is better, no?
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TT
29/03/2021 14:18:58 1 2
bbc
It's the car
George Russell proved that last year
If it's LH then put him the Williams then and the win the championship!
There you go it's the car, end of.
933
29/03/2021 14:52:35 0 2
bbc
It's the car. It's ALWAYS the car. It makes good SENSE. Ask ALO, VER , VET and all.

Put a RUS in HAM's car and see how they do.

Poor show BBC NEVER checking these many knee-jerkers like you for deploying the "H" word at every opportunity.

It figures because the broadcasting organ is now staffed mainly by those self-inflicted and excrement stirrers who are quick to deploy that wordtoo.

YUK...
29/03/2021 19:40:08 0 2
bbc
OK fine, put him in the Haas & we'll see who is right.......
29/03/2021 19:44:31 0 2
bbc
Funny how the hammy fanbois believe Toto's bs every pre season about how they are behind (insert 4 teams here).

But I don't blame max for going wide, hammy would have pushed him off anyway.
"It's not the car". There. Said it. On the other hand, his views and his support of a certain group of violent agitators . . . Removed
TT
30/03/2021 06:24:22 0 0
bbc
There's no corner nonsense.
Max moves was illegally. LH used it to gain time advantage for 29 laps that's race control faults.

Merc is not slower than RB, they can do a 2 stop and when RB had to do 3.
Merc clocked the fastest lap of the race

But LH fan boys will say it's the Driver as always.
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29/03/2021 07:12:01 38 13
bbc
An hour and a half of the first grand prix and then suggesting it could be a 'classic season' I think is getting ahead of oneself.
312
29/03/2021 09:12:30 4 0
bbc
One rose does not a summer make, but it is a hint. It looks at first sight it has the potential to be more interesting than the last couple. Something more like 2016 or 2018 would be a good shot in the arm for the sport.
897
29/03/2021 14:24:22 0 0
bbc
I am hoping for a great season, but I just have this nagging suspicion that the Bahrain race is a going to be an outlier with the sand and wind not replicated elsewhere. Hope I am wrong but there is a lot of speed that can be found in the merc.
7
29/03/2021 06:47:08 2 42
bbc
It is Mercedes versus Verstappen, as it has been for 3 years now. Two-on-one is never fair, particularly not with a obedient wingman Bottas who is easily the laughing stock of F1.
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29/03/2021 07:12:53 3 0
bbc
That's down to Red Bull choosing the wrong team-mates for Verstappen. Perez was unlucky yesterday, he could yet have an important say in the WDC. Both "wingmen" will be important.
56
29/03/2021 07:11:05 219 54
bbc
Funny how the Hamilton haters have stopped the usual "its the car" nonsense.
59
29/03/2021 07:13:49 57 19
bbc
Long season ahead, bit too soon to be shouting about anything just yet.
145
29/03/2021 08:00:00 9 1
bbc
Not really. And it isn't one race, or one season. It's 14 years.
43
29/03/2021 07:03:48 26 34
bbc
Well, your mate is a sucker, Lewis has no-one to beat as he is the reigning champion therefore the headline is always going to be 'Lewis wins'.
It's everyone else's goal to beat Lewis, therefore it will always be '*whoever* beat's Lewis'
60
29/03/2021 07:14:28 8 0
bbc
True, but if you are a conspiracy theorist, then you can make anything fit your agenda.
90
29/03/2021 07:26:00 1 9
bbc
How can you be called a conspiracy theorist if you're RIGHT all the time and can accurately predict how the headlines are written?
27
29/03/2021 06:57:47 57 11
bbc
Thanks BBC you won me a tenner yesterday. A mate didn't believe me before the season that I could predict the wording of the F1 headlines and I bet him a tenner that if Max is ahead the headline would be a triumphalist "Max beats Lewis" and if Lewis is ahead the headline would be "Lewis wins".

I just emailed him the quali and race links and am waiting for my tenner.

Cheers BBC.
61
29/03/2021 07:15:45 3 12
bbc
Benson really needs therapy for his Lewis OCD. He probably slips mention in when ordering a takeaway.
43
29/03/2021 07:03:48 26 34
bbc
Well, your mate is a sucker, Lewis has no-one to beat as he is the reigning champion therefore the headline is always going to be 'Lewis wins'.
It's everyone else's goal to beat Lewis, therefore it will always be '*whoever* beat's Lewis'
No he's not a sucker, he just doesn't follow F1 and didn't believe me when I told him about the institutional closet racism thats rife in the sport and subtly shows itself in many ways including how the headlines change. I told him I could prove it so he thought he'd make an easy tenner but it just backfired thanks to the BBC proving me right with the headlines this weekend. Removed
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29/03/2021 06:59:36 7 34
bbc
I thought Verstappen was ahead by at least half a car and therefore had the corner so Hamilton forced him off the track. Surprised not to see this mentioned.

Great drive by both drivers - more of the same with Perez joining in too. Could Bottas up his game for us please?

Ferrari and Maclaren might just contribute to an exciting season.
63
29/03/2021 07:17:30 13 0
bbc
No, Verstappen wasn't 'forced off' he had plenty of room, but in order to stay ahead ran wide. Slam-dunk penalty. Every. Single. Time.
14
29/03/2021 06:51:50 272 9
bbc
And as the great Murray Walker said...”catching is one thing...passing is another”
64
29/03/2021 07:18:11 9 3
bbc
As Max crossed the line he said "I've got to stop because I've got a lump in my throat".
35
29/03/2021 07:00:08 156 7
bbc
I thought the problem with Max was not so much about how he used turn four, but that once more he showed his impatience - he could have had several better overtaking opportunities if he had waited a little longer.
65
29/03/2021 07:18:15 118 4
bbc
Not the first time he's thrown away a race win by being impatient.
134
29/03/2021 07:56:26 13 1
bbc
Anyone remember the last time the GOAT threw away a race win with impatience? No? That's why he's the GOAT.
29/03/2021 19:03:51 2 0
bbc
funny how people ignore the fact max made 2 mistakes, not only made the mistake going off while passing (unlucky more than mistake) but also made a second mistake giving the position back at the wrong time. if he had used some brainpower he would have given it back just before the next DRS line so he had the speed advantage as soon as he got to the next drs area. that was an unforced error
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66
29/03/2021 07:18:37 5 2
bbc
??. Plenty Brit F1 drivers who live in Monaco. Queen obviously felt he contributes enough to get a knighthood
67
29/03/2021 07:18:48 4 2
bbc
Hopefully the championship will go to the wire. However the opening laps demonstrated that the Red Bull is only very slightly faster. Classic season - we will see.
And right on cue we have the troll farm of closet racist Hamilton haters reporting for duty to copy and paste the script given to them for the umpteenth time. Don't you think its time to get some new material? Removed
68
29/03/2021 07:19:40 5 3
bbc
And right on cue we have the "oh you can't dare say anything about anyone' troll farm of everyone's a racist brigade. Change the record your boring us now.
88
29/03/2021 07:25:20 11 1
bbc
Firstly, he has been vocal on Human Rights, check out the post race interview from last season.
Secondly, he is one of the 5000 highest tax payers in the UK.
Please, try to be at least factual in your insults.
69
29/03/2021 07:20:18 5 2
bbc
Surely one of the key reasons why MV overcooked it into turn 4 was because he was running out of laps and that was also a Red Bull-induced issue due to the extra formation lap caused by Perez' gremlin on the original formation lap?
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29/03/2021 07:05:02 7 47
bbc
MV had to leave the track because LH force him off the track, by going wide. Or there would have been a crash.
70
29/03/2021 07:20:24 9 0
bbc
Watch it again, Hamilton left plenty of room. If Hamilton had "forced him off" Verstappen and Horner would have been whining non-stop. They said nothing, which only means one thing...
112
29/03/2021 07:37:49 0 0
bbc
Verstappens nose was well in front at the apex if there had been a coming together Hamilton may have been the one penalised
50
29/03/2021 07:08:20 23 7
bbc
Trouble is we all want to see them both race but they can’t because the tyres don’t last. They should make a tyre that lasts the full race but change the rules so you have to make a certain number of tyre changes in the race. That way you can fully race and each team can decide when to make the tyre change
71
29/03/2021 07:20:55 8 4
bbc
Yes, pitstops shouldn't be compulsory...the fia like them because of the artificial 'drama' they bring. And while they're at it do away with tyre warmers. No need for them, and takes away a decent drivers skill of negotiating the track on cold tyres.
248
29/03/2021 08:45:32 1 0
bbc
Those Tyre warmers ensure the car can stay on the road as it will be like ice if a smooth tyre is rock hard trying to grip onto the road
318
29/03/2021 09:18:22 0 0
bbc
The current tyres are like lumps of glass at normal ambient temperature. Nobody could drive on them.
446
29/03/2021 10:16:20 0 0
bbc
There has always been the need to warm tires and unless compounds could change - probably outside the laws of physics - there always will be.
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Jim
29/03/2021 06:50:00 119 4
bbc
Although they didn't win this race, have Honda done it again, producing a winning product just as they left the sport?

As for the race, I bet Redbull regret raising issue about turn 4.

But a good opener. Bring on the rest of the season and the big 2022 changes
72
29/03/2021 07:21:15 184 24
bbc
Lets be honest here, this is less about Honda innovation and more about the FIA examining in detail the differences between the Merc and the Redbull and changing the rules to remove the gains made with the Merc design philosophy.

The only people who should be praised are Merc for still managing to fight back and win after being targeted by the rule changes.
158
29/03/2021 08:04:40 15 3
bbc
At the end of the day F1 is entertainment so I don't blame the FIA for trying to take away the dominant team's advantage. I am more a fan of Merc than anyone else but I'm still glad the rules changed as it looks like we're going to get a cracking season.
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GEH
29/03/2021 08:45:41 10 1
bbc
Yep, rule changes deliberately designed to hobbled Mercedes. Engine rules for 2022-5 also amended specifically for RBR!
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ET
29/03/2021 09:25:57 15 0
bbc
Red bull also complained and got the Mercedes DAS system removed this year
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Jim
29/03/2021 12:22:24 10 0
bbc
Otmar Szafnauer is furious about how the changes have disadvantaged the low rake cars, and Toto pulled no punches about how he thought the changes were deliberately targeted.

And it is shocking - it targets an entire design philosophy, no way the Mercs and Astons could adapt to the changes within the token system.

Make no mistake - Mercedes are being punished for their success. This isn't sport.
790
29/03/2021 13:18:38 3 0
bbc
FIA won't be measuring the Merc against Red Bull specifically, their benchmark will be the Ferarri, as always. Just so happens rule changes also benefited Red Bull, with Ferrari unable to make enough ground.

Well done Lewis, long season ahead but looks like it'll be worth following.
30/03/2021 09:20:42 0 0
bbc
Tell me, did you not enjoy the closeness of the race and the uncertainty of the result right until the end? Having said that, Merc and other low rake cars, were aware of the changes for a year, I think this is just another fake narrative by the woke & fake media ??
73
29/03/2021 07:21:15 54 12
bbc
Remember when sports journalism was just about reporting on events and objectively assessing competitors rather than trying to create hype that proves to not be justified?
79
29/03/2021 07:23:39 12 4
bbc
Aah, those were the days (as Mary Hopkin once said!)
87
29/03/2021 07:24:49 5 1
bbc
True...they either try to report the news before it's happened or try and make the news themselves.
486
29/03/2021 10:39:11 0 0
bbc
ah, those were the days...Allis, Arnott, McLaren etc - quality, respect and dignity
883
29/03/2021 14:14:48 0 0
bbc
When it comes to F1, hype is all they've got.
44
29/03/2021 07:05:02 7 47
bbc
MV had to leave the track because LH force him off the track, by going wide. Or there would have been a crash.
74
29/03/2021 07:21:18 8 0
bbc
Lewis did not force Max off, Max went off all by himself - avoidance didn't come into it.

And I'm not a Lewis fan so you can stop before you start with the 'he's an LH fan boy' nonsense !! I'm an F1 fan of 40 years.
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29/03/2021 07:21:51 16 6
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I think the short answer is that we hope so, but too early to tell.
BBC becoming more like Sky every day - just deal in hyperbole and leave the reasoned argument to others.
Any stats on how many times each driver ignored track limits at turn 4 before being enforced?
Russell in Bottas' seat would have guaranteed a classic season!!
#8 please Lewis
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29/03/2021 08:07:01 7 11
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It's not a serious news organisation. Don't be surprised. The Onion, or The Daily Mash are preferable, just less complete, all encompassing and convenient one-stop shops. Plus, sadly we have to pay for it. Typing this here just for 'protest sake'. But wishing with all my heart there was a more worthy alternative.
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29/03/2021 08:22:37 1 3
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Yes, Lewis went outside track limits 29 times before the rules were changed/enforced. Nobody else did anything near that.
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29/03/2021 07:22:46 7 9
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Pfffft...so because instead of just the Mercedes drivers on the top 2 steps all the hypocrites and one-eyed pundits think we have turned a corner. Yes, we had a tussle for 1st pace which is incredibly unusual for F1, but the fact that the other 8 teams were so far behind the best 2 indicates what a dire state F1 really is in. If there was a tussle for all the positions in every single race...
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29/03/2021 08:29:21 4 1
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At what point do you stop watching F1 and instead watch my kids play Mario Kart to satisfy your strange need for all 10 teams to be equal. F1 has always been dominated by 2 or at most 3 teams at any point in time.
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29/03/2021 07:00:08 156 7
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I thought the problem with Max was not so much about how he used turn four, but that once more he showed his impatience - he could have had several better overtaking opportunities if he had waited a little longer.
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29/03/2021 07:23:20 13 1
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Max is human and he's a racer and good on him for going for it. He tried it and it didn't work out and he's tried it several times in the past and it did work out, thats racing.

I have no issue with Max who performed brilliantly all weekend.
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29/03/2021 07:58:13 11 0
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Now translate replace the word "Max" with "Lewis" and think about why no-one ever says that...
Where was Hamilton's stance on Human Rights? Or does that not matter in F1?
The hypocrisy is deafening.
Pay your taxes Hamilton.
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29/03/2021 07:23:27 2 5
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Lewis has two things more important than human rights; his salary and winning world titles! It compares to environmentalists who jet around the world and drive their children a short distance to school!
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29/03/2021 07:21:15 54 12
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Remember when sports journalism was just about reporting on events and objectively assessing competitors rather than trying to create hype that proves to not be justified?
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29/03/2021 07:23:39 12 4
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Aah, those were the days (as Mary Hopkin once said!)
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29/03/2021 07:01:50 82 147
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Actually he locked up and went in too deep under pressure in an earlier turn which gave Max the opportunity to pass on turn four. First time I have seen him crack which bodes well for an exciting season.
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29/03/2021 07:23:41 49 2
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Yes but it wasn't a pass as Max went off the track and had to give Lewis the lead back. And no I'm not an LH fan boy !
PJ
29/03/2021 17:24:25 0 0
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hes talking about something that happened earlier on mate
And right on cue we have the troll farm of closet racist Hamilton haters reporting for duty to copy and paste the script given to them for the umpteenth time. Don't you think its time to get some new material? Removed
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29/03/2021 07:23:48 7 4
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Every time you see someone talk about closet racism or wolf whistling I always get the impression they're talking nonsense. With all due respect, there are legitimate reasons to dislike Hamilton and his opinions and stating as such doesn't make you a racist.
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29/03/2021 08:29:14 1 1
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I suspect there are far more numerous, legitimate reasons to dislike you.
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29/03/2021 07:24:09 13 4
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Lewis had the second best car all weekend, that win will have dented Verstappen's confidence.
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29/03/2021 07:32:23 6 7
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It’s all about the car is it ?
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29/03/2021 11:02:12 0 0
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I get the impression not a lot dents Verstappen's confidence.
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29/03/2021 07:11:05 219 54
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Funny how the Hamilton haters have stopped the usual "its the car" nonsense.
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29/03/2021 07:24:09 5 12
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To be fair there’s not exactly much to choose between the Merc and RB. At least he will have one other person to beat at some of the races this year vs having it all his own way.

Still going to win the WC as Merc have already thrown a silly amount of money and resource into improving the car after the test and will simply out develop RB in the coming weeks.
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29/03/2021 09:08:57 6 2
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The biggest budget in F1 is Ferrari and always will be, something to do with their special status, the reason Mercedes dominate has less to do with money spent than the fact that they and Lewis make less mistakes, the Turkish Grand Prix last season is a good example.
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29/03/2021 07:24:12 5 8
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'prelude to classic year' - Nope, that's it. That's going to be the highlights of the next 10 months.
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29/03/2021 06:58:19 113 30
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The FIA have done their best to make sure Merc can't win it this year by their very targeted rule change
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29/03/2021 07:24:32 19 1
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The fia are a joke, you can’t change the rules just cause one team keeps winnings yet that’s exactly what they do through the history of f1, it’s down to everyone else to catch up. No other sport behaves in this way.
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29/03/2021 07:28:32 5 0
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Motorcycle racing does. Club & International level, if a rider is too far ahead, they will find a way to change the rules to minimise their advantage.
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29/03/2021 07:24:33 10 1
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Never mind Hamilton or Verstappen, I want to see more of Checo!
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29/03/2021 07:37:20 3 2
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Well he needs to up his qualifying game then.
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29/03/2021 07:21:15 54 12
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Remember when sports journalism was just about reporting on events and objectively assessing competitors rather than trying to create hype that proves to not be justified?
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29/03/2021 07:24:49 5 1
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True...they either try to report the news before it's happened or try and make the news themselves.
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29/03/2021 08:52:03 5 1
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Or don't even bother to report properly the most important facts like qualifying results and race results. I missed qualifying and had to look at four different BBC reports dealing solely with qualification before I found a simple list of the complete results. The fancy word for doing the job properly is "reportage".
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29/03/2021 07:19:40 5 3
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And right on cue we have the "oh you can't dare say anything about anyone' troll farm of everyone's a racist brigade. Change the record your boring us now.
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29/03/2021 07:25:20 11 1
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Firstly, he has been vocal on Human Rights, check out the post race interview from last season.
Secondly, he is one of the 5000 highest tax payers in the UK.
Please, try to be at least factual in your insults.
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29/03/2021 07:25:44 29 3
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No one has pointed out that Max and LH were over 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, hmm...
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29/03/2021 07:28:51 19 1
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Gap to Bottas was artificial because of the extra stop to get fastest lap.
Gap to Perex understandable but still suggest a 2 horse race between RB and Merc.
Mclaren, Ferrari looking best of the midfield.
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29/03/2021 07:31:48 3 0
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Perez would have been up there if he had qualified better
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29/03/2021 07:14:28 8 0
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True, but if you are a conspiracy theorist, then you can make anything fit your agenda.
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29/03/2021 07:26:00 1 9
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How can you be called a conspiracy theorist if you're RIGHT all the time and can accurately predict how the headlines are written?
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29/03/2021 06:50:28 88 3
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One race doesn't make a season so lets not write anyone or anything off yet. Lewis won this one, but it looks like Mercedes may not have it easy. As an opener, intriguing!
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29/03/2021 07:27:15 12 1
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I think we can safely write Vettel off ??????
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29/03/2021 07:28:10 8 6
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'A race to showcase the sport at its very best'

I'm starting to think F1 is basically Mario Kart... Aim for 2nd place then use a blue shell (DRS) on the final lap.

DRS needs to go before I take the racing seriously.
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29/03/2021 07:48:36 3 2
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And yesterday showed that it's not certain to work.

I'm not a huge fan of DRS as it happens but it's hardly a last-lap "push to pass".
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29/03/2021 06:42:52 6 57
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Best driver denied by bureaucracy yet again ?
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29/03/2021 07:28:13 7 2
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How is exceeding track limits by miles 'bureaucracy' ?!?!
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29/03/2021 07:49:41 1 3
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F1 is too complicated with too many rules and the cars almost drive themselves.I have watched it since the seventies unlike the majority of contributors here who only know about the modern effluent served up by F1 week in week out. Once upon a time it was very exciting but not any more im afraid. Its my opinion formed over many years nothing more.
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29/03/2021 07:08:20 23 7
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Trouble is we all want to see them both race but they can’t because the tyres don’t last. They should make a tyre that lasts the full race but change the rules so you have to make a certain number of tyre changes in the race. That way you can fully race and each team can decide when to make the tyre change
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29/03/2021 07:28:23 1 0
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It’s more that they get in turbulent air and the car then starts to slide, overheating the tyres and causing their performance to drop off. We’ll see next year if reducing the aero wake + increasing the ground effect will make a difference. But to solely blame the tyres is very wide of the mark
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29/03/2021 07:24:32 19 1
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The fia are a joke, you can’t change the rules just cause one team keeps winnings yet that’s exactly what they do through the history of f1, it’s down to everyone else to catch up. No other sport behaves in this way.
95
29/03/2021 07:28:32 5 0
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Motorcycle racing does. Club & International level, if a rider is too far ahead, they will find a way to change the rules to minimise their advantage.
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29/03/2021 07:25:44 29 3
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No one has pointed out that Max and LH were over 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, hmm...
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29/03/2021 07:28:51 19 1
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Gap to Bottas was artificial because of the extra stop to get fastest lap.
Gap to Perex understandable but still suggest a 2 horse race between RB and Merc.
Mclaren, Ferrari looking best of the midfield.
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29/03/2021 07:06:31 8 9
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Somebody should tell Toto Wolff that Shakespeare didn't write novels.
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29/03/2021 07:29:28 2 0
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Probably called novels and not plays in Austria.
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29/03/2021 06:56:06 0 5
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TOSH. It was still a 2 horse race. Just that this time it was LH vs MV instead of Bottas who once again under-delivered even before his botched pit stop.
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29/03/2021 07:29:32 2 3
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A 2-horse race is entirely fine if both drivers are capable of fighting for a win. Max and Lewis are just that.

Bottas is a joke who pussys out of wheel-to-wheel racing and rolls over to anyone who pushes him, that's why it's been tedious over the past few years.
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29/03/2021 07:31:00 4 12
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So now Hamilton is saying it’s all about the car when it’s a red bull ?
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29/03/2021 07:25:44 29 3
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No one has pointed out that Max and LH were over 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, hmm...
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29/03/2021 07:31:48 3 0
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Perez would have been up there if he had qualified better
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29/03/2021 08:57:26 0 0
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... and had not been forced to start from the pit lane.