Grand Prix 2018 Austrian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by cider_and_toast, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. The Artist.....

    The Artist..... Champion Elect

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    An F1 team boss being convicted of a felony is nothing new:

    https://www.planetf1.com/news/briatore-given-18-month-jail-sentence-for-tax-fraud/
     
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  3. Ruslan

    Ruslan Test Driver

    This is not a typical case of tax evasion. I mean country musician Willie Nelson is paying off $32 million he owed to the IRS (and he is a repeat offender because of his multiple marijuana convictions). Three times Indy winner Helio Castroneves got into legal trouble over 2.3 million and was lucky not to get convicted. But....it appears that Gene Haas did a lot worse than just not pay his taxes, and wandered into conspiracy, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice. This led to his well-earned 16 month prison sentence. See: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/20/business/20tax.html

    Quote of the article: "Don't make me hurt you."

    Anyhow, this person's ethical standards are grossly substandard. I would love to have an American team in F1, but would prefer one run by a class act like Dan Gurney. I would be quite happy if Mike Andretti bought out Force India.
     
  4. Ruslan

    Ruslan Test Driver

    Yes, but if had not already served out his 5 second penalty, you don't think he would have found another 3.5 seconds. I gather he was taking it easy towards the end.
     
  5. Ruslan

    Ruslan Test Driver

    No...is Briatore in jail or is he out during appeal? Unlike Gene Haas, I gather there are no claims of witness intimidation.
     
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  6. interesting, yes Verstappen didn't seem to be pushing very hard at the end, but maybe with those tyres he didn't have much more than that, on the other hand Vettel wasn't really pushing very hard either. i personally think that without that 5 seconds penalty we would have seen a totally different race in the last 10 laps, that doesn't mean that Vettel would have won, just he would have tried and Reb Bull would have come up with a different strategy
     
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  7. F1Brits_90

    F1Brits_90 Race Winner

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    Ok lewis relieabilty problems aside. I do wonder what could have happened if mercedes had comprised on strategy in a halfway house that suited nobody. Because i thought it was certain Lewis would going on long on his tyres & battle through
     
  8. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Lewis asked to come in because his tyres were shot.
     
  9. F1Brits_90

    F1Brits_90 Race Winner

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    True & ill agree that his stubbornness. Is this downfall that he thinks he knows better as for once there was no advantage to pitting as Riccardio proved
     
  10. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #dejavu Valued Member

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    Which may just suggest he’s better at it!

    I think they’re a full-on rogues gallery and that’s not to minimise Haas’s crimes at all.
     
  11. Ruslan

    Ruslan Test Driver

    You could see his tires on my TV.....it was clear that they were blistering a lot worse than the Ferraris. He also appeared to be losing time to them at that point. I don't think he really had a choice. He clearly was going to do no better than fourth if he stayed out....so why not?
     
  12. Ruslan

    Ruslan Test Driver

    Have you read a couple of articles about Haas' actions? It was a rather unique effort.
     

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