Grand Prix 2019 United States Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Back in Austin, the butler won the battle but the Lord of the Manor won the war. Many congratulations to Lewis Hamilton but I can't help but feel as underwhelmed by this as I did about many of Michael Schumacher's titles. My apologies to Hammy fans, I don't mean this in a disrespectful way, nor to denigrate his achievements. I wish some of the other teams and drivers would step up and make the sport more competitive.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
FB I will say Ferrari should have stepped up but they keep shooting themselves in the foot with some strange and indecisive pit stop calls and their own infighting let them down

Bottas - V2.0 was not good enough and got blown away

Verstappen and Red Bull - I think Honda's so called progress is masked by the excellent Red Bull chassis - how long will it be before Red Bull turn on them ?

Mclaren - it was a bit too much to expect them to be front runners even if they had Alonso in the car they would still struggle to make the podium

Renault - The off field issues with Ghosn must have had some effect on the team but still unlike previous incarnations this Renault team has not improved

Williams - :o:sMon dieu -
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
i posted my thoughts on lewis Hamilton thread because they got quite long & felt right place for them but as put there i agree with FB maybe this would be his least remembered title as the others were more important & this maybe an anti climax, because we known he will be a 6 time world champion for 4 months now just waiting for confirmation. he didn't reach the heights of 2018 where he was untouchable & driving better than I had ever seen anyone where you think wow in italy & singapore but he didn't have to. as Bottas improved but i think it was Lewis coming off the peak that made it closer that seemed

on the race i dont really know what to say. pretty dreadful worst race since french gp. nobody was equal on pace. Bottas was best driver nobody could trouble him, Verstappen was faster than Lewis & Lone Ferrari was nowhere. so everyone was equally spaced out & making any battle at the front non existent. Ferrari pace which is the biggest mystery going to brazil what happened to there pace it was like hungary the last time they were comfortably 3rd best team. opening few laps wouldve stunned a few as they were dropping like a stone. this ferrari loss of power all weekend doesnt help the rumours after FIA issuing technical directive on fuel flow
 

Ruslan

Podium Finisher
Ruslan it seems the FIA are somewhat in agreement and a change in the rules may happen.

I noted that. Thanks. Good that they are taking action. There does seem to be a revitalized spirit in F1, where they actually are trying to address and correct things. The FIA rules have always been a little overly restrictive and a little too much all or nothing.
 

Bill Boddy

Professional layabout
Contributor
.... Lone Ferrari was nowhere..... Ferrari pace which is the biggest mystery....
I don't think that Ferrari are at their best in the cold, they seem have problems getting heat into the tyres. But didn't Leclerc get the fastest lap?
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
I don't think that Ferrari are at their best in the cold, they seem have problems getting heat into the tyres. But didn't Leclerc get the fastest lap?
they did but i feel that was a thing. they had a pitstop gap so went for extra point. it something for me to research of how many fastest laps have gone to fastest car not someone going for qualifying lap

but coldness could be a factor. but the race was 28c track & warmest it had been all weekend
 
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