Roberto Merhi

RasputinLives

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Mephistopheles - mare eeee - or thats what they say in commentary.

I'm actually quite happy to see him get a chance in F1 as he was quite impressive in WSR 3.5 last year and has done well in single seaters before - he actually won the European F3 Title Mr Vestappen!

He was incredible in a race in the wet in 3.5 last year. He was like 3 seconds a lap faster than anyone during the race and to say its a spec series then thats impressive.
 

RasputinLives

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Merhi does the race distance in his first race then.

A lot of drivers complaining that he wasn't fast enough under the safety car. Apparently he stuck to the delta time rather than speeding up to catch the safety car.
 

Brogan

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That must have been what Raikkonen was complaining about when he asked if he could overtake.

An easy mistake to make though, in your first race.
The SC rules are a bit silly and over-complicated.
 

RasputinLives

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I think he'd have been criticised more for going too fast under the safety car.

Incidently an hour after the race Merhi had to jump on a plane to Spain to go testing for Pons Racing in the 3.5 series. The fact he is doing that means one of two things. Either he knows he won't be in the Manor all season or he can't afford to buy out his contract with Pons. As he has hardly any funding at the moment it might be the latter.
 

RasputinLives

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Merhi has in fact done a full days testing of WSR 3.5 today in Spain. He was one of the first drivers out this morning and last on track. Only 13th fastest but blimey thats a good fitness level ain't it?
 

RasputinLives

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So I'm massively dissapointed with Merhi this season. For a former European F3 champ and someone who ran Carlos Sainz close in 3.5 last year I expected him to be well in front of Will Stevens who doesn't have that pedigree. Instead he's having his behind handed him on a plate. very dissapointing.

I'm sure Manor will stick with him until the end of the European Season before sticking Jordan King in the car in order to get round next years super licence rules soaybe he has time to come back but right now he is graded a D-
 

cider_and_toast

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Autosport is still narking me off. They seem unable to believe that Stevens is capable of beating Merhi so we've had several excuses trotted out including the fact that Stevens is lighter than Merhi. I can't wait to see the revised 15 version Manor expected to run in August, with the up to date Ferrari thingy in the back, there will be no excuses.
 

Dash Racing

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What... the... hell was that? Going that slow on a straight with a relatively high speed corner behind it isn't too bright, but not paying attention to the cars in front of you and slamming into the back of them is just as stupid. :facepalm:
 

Brogan

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Indeed.

Although Mehri was in the wrong to slow so dramatically, Lafiti was also at fault.
 

pob

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It's possible he was slowing down to do a burnout on his grid slot for the next race, something that they had been told in the driver briefing specifically not to do which is why the punishment is so severe. :clip:
 

RasputinLives

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To be fair to Lafiti he was in a drag tace to the line with Dillman so had to floor it. I guess he just didn't expect Merhi to be stupidly stopped on the start finish straight.

Merhi by the way won't care he's excluded from the WSR races. Now if he had a 1 race ban from the F1 for it then I'm sure he'd learn more.
 
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