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Turbocharged (edited)

it's the car ... 80% car 20% driver ... no good car 100% driver also no use

who knows about Max before he move to Red Bull with a great car then podium after podium

move hamilton or nico or even vettel to Force India

see whether they can win races after races since Force India is 4th after the big 3 (Merc, Ferrari, Red Bull)

 

exactly. that is why watching GP2 is more exciting.

 

why dont they organised a GP2 for Alonso vs Vet vs Ham vs Ros vs Ric vs Kimi....... and also put Max into the mix?

we can see who is the really champ.

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exactly. that is why watching GP2 is more exciting.

 

why dont they organised a GP2 for Alonso vs Vet vs Ham vs Ros vs Ric vs Kimi....... and also put Max into the mix?

we can see who is the really champ.

 

I tot got such race before. Normally after the season got this Champion of Champions thing where two GT cars driven by F1 or MotorGP doing slalom course inside a stadium?

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I tot got such race before. Normally after the season got this Champion of Champions thing where two GT cars driven by F1 or MotorGP doing slalom course inside a stadium?

 

Race of Champion?

 

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Race of Champion?

 

 

Yes. Thatz the one.

 

Still going on?

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exactly. that is why watching GP2 is more exciting.

 

why dont they organised a GP2 for Alonso vs Vet vs Ham vs Ros vs Ric vs Kimi....... and also put Max into the mix?

we can see who is the really champ.

Last time there was an A1 race where all the cars were the same but it seem to die off and not sure why as well cos thought that would be a true test of driver's capabilities.

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Balls of steel: Nico Rosberg's championship drive

 

If one moment defines Nico Rosberg's 2016 world championship season, it deserves to be lap 20 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

 

Mercedes, whose drivers had both pitted, led comfortably but had failed to shake the chasing pack, with Hamilton not building much of a gap at the start and leaving Rosberg close to the clutches of Red Bull and Ferrari behind. At this point the top six were split by less than 10 seconds and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, who had been flipped onto a one-stop strategy after his Turn 1 spin and was therefore yet to stop, sat between the Mercedes drivers.

 

Verstappen was due a pit stop but Rosberg was in danger of slipping back into Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo's battle. Ahead of lap 20, Mercedes told him it was now "critical" to get past the Red Bull driver -- Rosberg obliged. Catching the Red Bull down the backstraight, he dived down the inside of the second chicane, going wheel-to-wheel with the teenager. The pair were level coming out of the corner but Rosberg showed incredible poise and held firm, even as the Red Bull edged closer to his wheels.

 

The media centre collectively inhaled a breath as the two cars seemed to go through the second part of the chicane in slow-motion. After a moment where it looked like contact was imminent, Rosberg undercut the Dutch teenager on the exit, before powering past at the Turn 10 kink to move back into second.

 

Speaking afterwards, Rosberg hinted that it was one of the most stressful moments of his grand prix carer.

 

"That was a not a nice thing to do," he said of the overtake. "'It's critical to pass Verstappen' -- that's not a nice thing to hear, that was really bad, a horrible feeling...

 

"The feeling that I had right after I passed him I have never had that in a race car before in my life. I don't want it to happen again."

 

With his second pit-stop approaching, a series of fastest laps followed from Rosberg on laps 22, 23 and 24. As Rosberg made his second pit stop on lap 29 it looked like Mercedes was headed towards a routine one-two finish, and the German towards a maiden world championship. But Hamilton wasn't done there and soon his race tactic became clear -- back Rosberg up at every opportunity and hope the cars behind could spoil his teammate's race and season.

 

Rosberg and Mercedes seemed genuinely surprised Hamilton employed the tactic, but it was one predicted by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner ahead of the weekend. To become champion, Rosberg would have to withstand enormous pressure for ten laps knowing one mistake on the tight and twisty Yas Marina circuit -- renowned as one of the toughest on the calendar for overtaking -- could cost him his life's ambition.

 

While juggling the two cars getting closer and closer in his mirrors Rosberg admits he was also sceptical about how slow Hamilton would get.

 

"...The last ten laps as I could see them coming with what Lewis was doing and I didn't know how far he was going to push it. He could just go completely extreme and then made a right mess. I didn't know what to expect so that was also very, very tough."

 

Rosberg was faced with several options. Attack Hamilton and try and get clear of the danger, but at the risk of contact or a mistake, or let the faster Vettel through and take his chances against a Red Bull on the same tyre compound -- albeit a Red Bull driven by Verstappen, who had Rosberg's number on a couple of occasions this year. But after considering both, Rosberg decided his only option was to hold on for dear life.

 

When asked if he considered going for the lead, he said: "I couldn't, I was trying at times, but Lewis was driving really well. He pushed flatout from Turn 21 all the way through the first sector and halfway through the second sector and that is where you overtake so I was never getting close enough. He has the same car as me so in fast corners there was no way for me to get past and then he backed off in the next part where you can't overtake. There was no way for me.

 

"I had Sebastian Vettel behind so I wanted to try to hold on to second because once I drop one place to avoid a mess in front I knew Verstappen would be right behind so I didn't want that and him right behind him either..."

 

Hamilton's tactic required Rosberg to make a mistake or crumble under the pressure from behind. The German did neither, turning in a faultless drive as good as any we saw this season -- exceptional given the circumstances and with everything to lose. In that regard it had shades of Jenson Button's drive at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix, an assured, career-defining performance to silence the final doubters about his worthiness to win the world championship. There was no luck involved, just a demonstration of balls of steel from a man determined to seize his destiny and who has looked stronger and stronger since his win at the Belgian Grand Prix.

 

On the topic of luck, let's address that too. As Nico's father Keke pointed out after the race, no world champion has ever won a title without a bit of fortune. For all of Hamilton's engines woes this season, it is fair to argue the failures have evened out over the three years they've been teammates -- Rosberg suffered a race-ending failure on the grid of the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix that helped Hamilton take the championship lead, while reliability issues on the No. 6 car in Italy and Russia the following year eased the Brit closer to a third championship. Felipe Massa might also have a thing or two to say about Hamilton and luck and 2008. It's all relative.

 

Even if they hadn't been evened out over three years, it's hard to know what Rosberg was supposed to do in those situations -- he can hardly be expected to pull over and allow the championship fight to reset itself. All he could do is maximise the job in front of him and so often this season he did. He had a mid-season lull and looked dead and buried at the summer break, but showed remarkable mental fortitude to come back and beat a man he himself rates as one of the all-time greats in Formula One.

 

After Hamilton's decisive penalty in Belgium, Rosberg stepped up a gear -- his win at Spa was routine, but faultless. In Italy he beat the slow-starting Hamilton off the line to win, before his dominant display in Singapore. Those three victories came before Hamilton's engine failure but built the foundations to what followed Sepang -- another decisive display in Japan, taking Hamilton's destiny out of his own hands and allowing Rosberg the luxury of four second-place finishes to wrap up the title.

 

If we are talking luck, fans of both drivers must consider the incredible unlikelihood and fortune in F1 -- just ask Fernando Alonso -- of having a dominant car for three years in a row, especially having spent that time period largely unchallenged out in front. All other arguments aside, Rosberg has proven a lot of people wrong this season and made many journalists -- including this writer -- eat their words about his ability to follow in his father's footsteps. How he got there is now largely irrelevant - he seized the moment in fine style and he will now forever hold the title 2016 world drivers' champion.

 

http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/18164039/nico-rosberg-championship-drive

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exactly. that is why watching GP2 is more exciting.

 

why dont they organised a GP2 for Alonso vs Vet vs Ham vs Ros vs Ric vs Kimi....... and also put Max into the mix?

we can see who is the really champ.

And bring on the rain!

Then we can see who's the 'chick' out there... 

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wah ... wall of text

but most importantly are underlined ... LOL

 

How he got there is now largely irrelevant - he seized the moment in fine style and he will now forever hold the title 2016 world drivers' champion.

 

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Turbocharged

I tot got such race before. Normally after the season got this Champion of Champions thing where two GT cars driven by F1 or MotorGP doing slalom course inside a stadium?

this race more like a game.

 

put all these drivers in a proper circuit like suzuka which is a pretty technical track.

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Sebastian Vettel says Lewis Hamilton was driving as 'slow as a bus' in F1 finale

 

Sebastian Vettel says he was careful in the closing laps of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi finale to not ruin the battle for the 2016 world championship.

 

However, the Ferrari driver denied that he deliberately did not overtake Nico Rosberg in order to support his German countryman, as Lewis Hamilton did what he could to slow the pace to allow Vettel and Max Verstappen a chance to catch up to second-place Rosberg. Hamilton won the race, and had Rosberg finished off the podium, Hamilton would have claimed the championship.

 

"Nico was a little too fast for me on the straight," Vettel said to German media outlet Auto Motor und Sport. "Turn 11 was the best place, but Nico did well to defend."

 

Some, however, suspect that the moves Vettel did try were half-hearted.

 

Vettel added, "Nico was so close behind Lewis that I could not take full risk, because I could have cleaned (Hamilton) up, as well. I did not want to risk a stupid maneuver."

 

The four-time world champion has also been quoted as admitting he did not fully agree with Hamilton's backing-up tactics.

 

"I would not have wanted to be in Nico's shoes," said Vettel. "Everyone knew what Lewis was up to. He was as slow as a bus and wanted to drive Nico into us. I wanted to win the race for Ferrari, but I also knew that Lewis and Nico were racing for the title."

 

Vettel, therefore, said Rosberg is a fully deserving world champion, dismissing Hamilton's hints that only better car reliability got him over the line.

 

"In my view, you can never be champion just with luck," Vettel told Bild newspaper. "Sometimes you have luck, sometimes you are not so lucky, but I think that has happened to other drivers in the past. Nico collected the most points over the year -- he was very consistent -- and I think you should never doubt whether someone has earned the title or not.

 

"Over 21 races, the result speaks for itself."

Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/formula-one/sebastian-vettel-says-lewis-hamilton-was-driving-slow-bus-f1-finale#ixzz4RXtQ9hA9

 

 

 

 

Sir Jackie Stewart says Mercedes should punish 'little ballerina' Lewis Hamilton

 

 

Sir Jackie Stewart has labelled Lewis Hamilton a "little ballerina" for his tactics at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which he believes warranted a punishment from Mercedes.

 

.....

 

Hamilton's driving has been defended by Red Bull boss Christian Horner and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, though Sebastian Vettel accused the Mercedes driver of employing "dirty tricks". Stewart thinks his fellow countryman and three-time world champion deserves to be punished.

 

.....

 

Stewart says Hamilton, the best-paid driver in Formula One, has no excuse for disobeying a team order, even if a world championship is at stake.

 

 

"Lewis was refusing their instructions, and he was going against the management team. Now, I am sorry, but when you are paid between 20 and 30 million pounds a year and you are told to do something you have got to do it. I don't care who you are."

 

http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/18170335/sir-jackie-stewart-says-mercedes-punish-little-ballerina-lewis-hamilton

 

 

 

 

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Did Lewis Hamilton threaten to quit Mercedes after Spanish GP crash?

 

Deposed F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton reportedly made the startling threat to quit a quarter-way through the season, unhappy with the way Mercedes dealt with the fall-out from his race-wrecking collision with Nico Rosberg at May's Spanish GP.

 

 

http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/24181/10678092/did-lewis-hamilton-threaten-to-quit-mercedes-after-spanish-gp-crash

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World champion Nico Rosberg has announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.

 

The 31-year-old German won his first world title on Sunday, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by finishing second in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

"I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right," Rosberg said in a Facebook post.

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World champion Nico Rosberg has announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.

 

The 31-year-old German won his first world title on Sunday, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by finishing second in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

"I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right," Rosberg said in a Facebook post.

WTF??

 

he is telling ppl he got lucky this season....

 

although he is indeed lucky cos Hamilton drop a lot of unlucky points.

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Wise move. Leave at the top of his game. Better for the sport to remember him as a F1 world champ rather than a one hit wonder who couldn't defend it.

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Time to go Nascar lol.

Wise move. Leave at the top of his game. Better for the sport to remember him as a F1 world champ rather than a one hit wonder who couldn't defend it.

Jenson button won it once? Think he's doing pretty OK. Still has his hot gf. Lol

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Turbocharged

Already Earned enough $$$$,don't want to take further Risk.

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