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swisstoni

7,292 posts

216 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Nobody will really know anyone’s prospects until the wheels turn at the first GP. Of course the ‘form’ would see Hamilton as a favourite..

But who knows who has gone forward or backwards during the off-season?

A slight car advantage one way or the other can see a team build a handy early lead.

Winning streaks are tricky to maintain in F1.
You generally need;
a superior car.
An excellent driver.
A supportive no2 driver good enough to take care of 2nd place points.
Good reliability
and a bit of luck.


Teddy Lop

629 posts

4 months

Wednesday 9th January
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spunkytherabbit said:
Will somebody PLEASE close this thread? I'm begging someone to. I'd PAY someone to.
PLEASE don't.

There's a few people with a burning need to talk st on ham continuously, probably better we have this thread for them to muck rake than let their weird obsession clog up other threads such as race weekend threads

If you don't like it there is an ignore thread button

BlackPrince

1,137 posts

106 months

Wednesday 9th January
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sparta6 said:
I don't own an axe.

Purely observations from the real world in London culture and communities.

And yes, it got quite nasty at times with Jamaicans and Africans. Why they couldn't get along baffled us, but you live and learn.
geezus fking Christ - surely you realize that your exposure is relatively limited right? Like any generalization the problem is that one tends to take what may be a set of reasonable accurate observations, and think that they apply universally to that particular population everywhere. You don't know anything about 'black culture' mate: you have had some experience with a particular subset of black people over a particular period of time in a particular part of London. The fact that you don't seem to realize this is absolutely maddening and beggars belief.

Anyway, back to Hamilton, I'm not really sure why or how the questions about his sexuality started on this thread, but it is unbelievable to me that this would be a matter of concern or even curiosity for anyone in 2018.

I'd be surprised if Leclerc bothered Vettel let alone Hamilton. He certainly has potential and his victory in the F2 championship was well earned. He will surely win an F1 championship someday, but I don't imagine that will be before Hamilton retires - unless Ferrari magically build a better car than Mercedes

37chevy

2,198 posts

93 months

Wednesday 9th January
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ELUSIVEJIM said:
The ball must very much be in Hamilton's court for a 6th World Championship.

I personally feel Vettel was shown up again in 2018. Two years in a row. Unless Ferrari finds something which gives them a big advantage then Vettel will not be doing anything in 2019.

LeClerc could be a different story. Could he be the Hamilton of 2007? I would love to see LeClerc do well as he has been through a lot with his father's death and Bianchi. The guy just seems very genuine.

But perhaps he needs a year to just get things in motion. He was amazing in 2018 but the pressure of Ferrari and the fans could make him suffer a bit.

I honestly can't see past Hamilton. Even with the changes in regulations, the Mercedes is still a very fast car.

They would need to make a bit of a mess of it over the winter period but I just can't see it.

Red Bull and Honda could be the surprise. But I doubt it.

Ricciardo is out of the equation as well which is a real shame.

Looking forward to 2019 but I would not place a bet anywhere apart from Hamilton.
agree with this

il be genuinely please for Charles and Ferrari if they win next year....although I still hope Hamilton does it!

red bull will either surprise or tank....it will be interesting to see what happens if its the latter

ricciardo? its either a master stroke or suicide....short term it will be painful, but long term it could be a clever move, especially if honda/ red bull tank.

spunkytherabbit

277 posts

117 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Teddy Lop said:
spunkytherabbit said:
Will somebody PLEASE close this thread? I'm begging someone to. I'd PAY someone to.
PLEASE don't.

There's a few people with a burning need to talk st on ham continuously, probably better we have this thread for them to muck rake than let their weird obsession clog up other threads such as race weekend threads

If you don't like it there is an ignore thread button
I was been a little tongue in cheek
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LDN

5,923 posts

140 months

Wednesday 9th January
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There will be fireworks with Leclerc and Vettel; and I’d not be surprised if it is Leclerc that becomes their number one. He’s up to the task and up to the pressure. I think Leclerc might emerge the Ferrari driver that Hamilton has to contend with. Vettel will either step up - or fold, like he did against Ricciardo at Red Bull.

sparta6

1,110 posts

37 months

Wednesday 9th January
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BlackPrince said:
sparta6 said:
I don't own an axe.

Purely observations from the real world in London culture and communities.

And yes, it got quite nasty at times with Jamaicans and Africans. Why they couldn't get along baffled us, but you live and learn.
geezus fking Christ - surely you realize that your exposure is relatively limited right?
Everyone's exposure is relatively limited.

But that doesn't diminish real London experiences compared to real NYC experiences. They are what they are, and nobody should be afraid to say what they experience.

Back to Hamilton. Should be a straightfoward WDC unless Bottas ups his game, or the Red Bull PU gets some decent power and reliability.



37chevy

2,198 posts

93 months

Wednesday 9th January
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sparta6 said:
Back to Hamilton. Should be a straightfoward WDC unless Bottas ups his game, or the Red Bull PU gets some decent power and reliability.
Errrrr aren’t you forgetting Ferrari? Wasn’t exactly straight forward this year was it? Especially up to and including Monza

LDN

5,923 posts

140 months

Wednesday 9th January
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sparta6 said:
Everyone's exposure is relatively limited.

But that doesn't diminish real London experiences compared to real NYC experiences. They are what they are, and nobody should be afraid to say what they experience.
Yes, but to then extrapolate that experience and suggest that it paints a picture of a community as a whole, says something; doesn't it.



sparta6 said:
Back to Hamilton. Should be a straightfoward WDC unless Bottas ups his game, or the Red Bull PU gets some decent power and reliability.
I think Ferrari will have a hand to play, in how this year pans out. They might be the team to beat in fact.

sparta6

1,110 posts

37 months

Wednesday 9th January
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37chevy said:
sparta6 said:
Back to Hamilton. Should be a straightfoward WDC unless Bottas ups his game, or the Red Bull PU gets some decent power and reliability.
Errrrr aren’t you forgetting Ferrari? Wasn’t exactly straight forward this year was it? Especially up to and including Monza
I'm not expecting much of a title challenge from Ferrari this season. I wouldn't be surprised if Renault got close to them in points. With Ricciardo they could be a dark horse.



sparta6

1,110 posts

37 months

Wednesday 9th January
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LDN said:
sparta6 said:
Everyone's exposure is relatively limited.

But that doesn't diminish real London experiences compared to real NYC experiences. They are what they are, and nobody should be afraid to say what they experience.
Yes, but to then extrapolate that experience and suggest that it paints a picture of a community as a whole, says something; doesn't it.



sparta6 said:
Back to Hamilton. Should be a straightfoward WDC unless Bottas ups his game, or the Red Bull PU gets some decent power and reliability.
I think Ferrari will have a hand to play, in how this year pans out. They might be the team to beat in fact.
Some were commenting on Hamilton's sexual orientation and public perception. He is black and British. London is the capital of Britain so chipped in with some actualities.
I won't even start on the club we had in West London biggrin

LeClerc will take a while to bed in, and my gut says Vettel is almost ready for retirement. Last grab at the brass ring for him

HighwayStar

2,096 posts

81 months

Wednesday 9th January
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sparta6 said:
37chevy said:
sparta6 said:
Back to Hamilton. Should be a straightfoward WDC unless Bottas ups his game, or the Red Bull PU gets some decent power and reliability.
Errrrr aren’t you forgetting Ferrari? Wasn’t exactly straight forward this year was it? Especially up to and including Monza
I'm not expecting much of a title challenge from Ferrari this season. I wouldn't be surprised if Renault got close to them in points. With Ricciardo they could be a dark horse.
I think you’re dismissing Ferrari to hastily. They have been right up there taking it to Mercedes for the last 2 years. There wasn’t much wrong with their car last season, acknowledged as being the better faster car but hampered by the team and Vettel drop offs.
New boss Mattia Binotto is the real star there. Other teams had been circling, another reason Arrivabene got his exit visa. Ferrari aren’t that far away... Binotto will know how to run the team. Vettel & Leclerc will be interesting. Whatever Honda bring to RedBull, good or bad, Mad Max will provide entertainment.
Renault are claiming big gains, maybe they held back, concentrating on the coming season, keeping things back from Horners boys.
Then of course Mercedes, they will no doubt do a fine job... like others I’m looking forward to the season. It could be better than 2018.

37chevy

2,198 posts

93 months

Wednesday 9th January
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sparta6 said:
I'm not expecting much of a title challenge from Ferrari this season. I wouldn't be surprised if Renault got close to them in points.
I’d love to hear your reasoning behind this opinion....what leads you to believe that Ferrari will drop that far back?

Exige77

3,076 posts

128 months

Thursday 10th January
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37chevy said:
sparta6 said:
I'm not expecting much of a title challenge from Ferrari this season. I wouldn't be surprised if Renault got close to them in points.
I’d love to hear your reasoning behind this opinion....what leads you to believe that Ferrari will drop that far back?
I’m expecting the red team to be right there.

Up to a point, it was neck and neck in 18 and they fell away at the end. Various reasons already covered.

Can’t wait to see how it pans out. Lots of change this year.

It’s gonna be fun.

Good luck Hammy !!

ELUSIVEJIM

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4,611 posts

88 months

Thursday 10th January
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sparta6 said:
I'm not expecting much of a title challenge from Ferrari this season. I wouldn't be surprised if Renault got close to them in points. With Ricciardo they could be a dark horse.
I think Ferrari could be right up there.

Vettel needs to have a total reboot over this winter period. Be interesting to see how he is at the start of 2019.

LeClerc being alongside him instead of Kimi might just give him the push he needs to raise his game again. Kimi could be amazing a few times a year but LeClerc will/could be a threat the whole season.

Renault will be as they were in 2018. Can't see them moving forward much at all. Perhaps Ricciardo will find a bit extra out of the car but that's about it. As for being near Ferrari I would be amazed. Ferrari would really have to be going backwards in a big way.

The biggest question is Red Bull. How strong will the whole package be? Gasly will have to be at his best to get near Verstappen. Can't see it happening.

sparta6

1,110 posts

37 months

Thursday 10th January
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37chevy said:
sparta6 said:
I'm not expecting much of a title challenge from Ferrari this season. I wouldn't be surprised if Renault got close to them in points.
I’d love to hear your reasoning behind this opinion....what leads you to believe that Ferrari will drop that far back?
I'm expecting Renault to close the gap on Ferrari. Ferrari has a new boss, new young driver unexperienced in a top team, lots of new moving parts.
Unless Vettel can nail it out of the starting gates I don't see much of a threat for the WDC.

HustleRussell

15,553 posts

97 months

Thursday 10th January
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I think we'll have three teams competing for the front row at most circuits

I expect Renault will pull clear of Force India and Haas and begin to bridge the gap to the top three but the gap will still exist. Perez might give them some trouble.

I think Force India, McLaren, Haas and Sauber will provide the midfield battle.

Williams will improve and will generally find Toro Rosso, Lance Stroll and (at a stretch) Sauber for company.

p1stonhead

17,566 posts

104 months

Thursday 10th January
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Wonder what the odds would have been in Hamiltons first year to equal Schumacher's 7 WDC's?

I wonder if anyone has played a ridiculous long game and may still win with incredible odds?

HighwayStar

2,096 posts

81 months

Thursday 10th January
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sparta6 said:
37chevy said:
sparta6 said:
I'm not expecting much of a title challenge from Ferrari this season. I wouldn't be surprised if Renault got close to them in points.
I’d love to hear your reasoning behind this opinion....what leads you to believe that Ferrari will drop that far back?
I'm expecting Renault to close the gap on Ferrari. Ferrari has a new boss, new young driver unexperienced in a top team, lots of new moving parts.
Unless Vettel can nail it out of the starting gates I don't see much of a threat for the WDC.
Sparta, you are so wide the mark here. The 'new boss' was formerly the chief technical officer under Arrivabene. An engineer.

"Binotto first joined Ferrari in 1995, originally as a test engine engineer – and then performed a similar role for the race team from 1997 to 2003.

After a spell as a race engine engineer, and chief engineer, he became head of engine and KERS in 2009 – before stepping up to chief operating officer of the power unit at the end of 2014.'

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/binotto-replace...

Arrivabene... they won't even notice he's gone.

As for Renault closing the gap to Ferrari... Honestly, I hope they do, they are claiming big gains in the engine and wind tunnel but.... Mercedes and Ferrari are a moving target, they will have been burning the midnight oil and riding the wild software too. Renault could turn up in Oz a few 10ths closer or just as far back.


Edited by HighwayStar on Thursday 10th January 15:55

lbc

2,546 posts

154 months

Thursday 10th January
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HustleRussell said:
I expect Renault will pull clear of Force India and Haas and begin to bridge the gap to the top three but the gap will still exist. Perez might give them some trouble.
I think Renault will be in same position as last year. Force India and Haas will be better.

Hopefully Williams and Mclaren will improve to compete with the midfield.

Mercedes and Ferrari will still be at the top.

Red Bull may have some good races at expense of reliability.

It will be good to see Hamilton win another title, but hopefully with some stronger opposition.

Bottas and Vettel will be gone next year if they don't perform.


Edited by lbc on Thursday 10th January 16:51