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The last 10 laps or so reminded me of the last 10 minutes of old style qualifying where it was just record lap after record lap being put down.  My take away from the weekend though was not Max and Lewis... We all know they are quick, but what happened to Bottas?  I get that he would have been 40 seconds off the back after a wing change but he seemed to just be losing time the entire race.  I don't see how you qualify 2nd and don't have race pace to battle back. 

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On 8/5/2019 at 5:55 AM, bbaker480 said:

The last 10 laps or so reminded me of the last 10 minutes of old style qualifying where it was just record lap after record lap being put down.  My take away from the weekend though was not Max and Lewis... We all know they are quick, but what happened to Bottas?  I get that he would have been 40 seconds off the back after a wing change but he seemed to just be losing time the entire race.  I don't see how you qualify 2nd and don't have race pace to battle back. 

The prediction from the team strategist after the pit stop was that he should be good for a 6th place by the end of the race; he ended up 8th. When you get stuck behind traffic that is close to your pace (Ricciardo), it's hard to find a way by because of the dirty air even though your pace can be a couple seconds quicker on a clean lap.

 

Bottas' pace was initially as fast or slightly faster than Hammy's right after he got the new wing on. I was watching the gap hovering around the 49 second mark for a few laps, then he got into traffic and that started to accumulate.  

 

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Dissenting opinion alert.

 

I realised a couple of years ago I was watching F1 out of habit more than enjoyment.  Whenever there was a pass I could never tell if it was strategy, tire degradation, DRS, engine token management or driver talent.   I couldn't defend to my NASCAR friends (let alone non racers) why a world champion was starting with a 47 place grid penalty in an 18 car field or explain the difference between an MGU-K and MGU-H.     Ignoring the sound issue, cars looked clunky and slow in the corners (just compare any video from the Stewart thru Shumaker eras at Monaco to any Azerbaijan lap).   The cable package was costing me $10/mth for F1 & IRL and still not getting me IMSA or Lemans.   So one fall I dropped it, now I sleep in on Sundays.

 

IRL produces a 30 minute highlight reel on youtube 3-4 days after every event that gives you a real feel for the race and covers all the major turning points without all the commercials (including the nail biting last 5 laps at Mid-Ohio).   F1 produces the same thing and it's usually under 7 minutes.  In that time it generally shows the start 3 times and the commentators use the word "undercut" 6-7 times.  IMSA has full races on youtube within a week (their Limerock race this year was epic).

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ESPN now Carry's the f1 coverage in its entirety without commercials.  If you can get the ESPN app, you can watch the race anytime you want and also watch any of the multitude of summary shows.

 

This year has had great racing.  It is the best I have seen in a very long time.

 

Just watch the Hungary or silverstone race and I think you will agree.

 

I have been using f1 as an excuse to take a nap on Sundays.  Not this year!

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2 hours ago, wvumtnbkr said:

ESPN now Carry's the f1 coverage in its entirety without commercials.  If you can get the ESPN app, you can watch the race anytime you want and also watch any of the multitude of summary shows.

 

This year has had great racing.  It is the best I have seen in a very long time.

 

Just watch the Hungary or silverstone race and I think you will agree.

 

I have been using f1 as an excuse to take a nap on Sundays.  Not this year!

No ESPN because Canada.  I did see the 1st half of Germany and it didn't suck (mainly because of the rain) but 2-3 good races aren't enough to tempt me to spend $120/yr when there's lots of regularly good racing free on youtube.   F1 has lost its way.

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13 minutes ago, mcewena said:

No ESPN because Canada.  I did see the 1st half of Germany and it didn't suck (mainly because of the rain) but 2-3 good races aren't enough to tempt me to spend $120/yr when there's lots of regularly good racing free on youtube.   F1 has lost its way.

Oh geez!  If I had to pay for it, I might not think about it the same way.

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4 minutes ago, wvumtnbkr said:

Oh geez!  If I had to pay for it, I might not think about it the same way.

So ESPN is part of over the air free TV??? :)   I had the sports packages just for racing (no interest in stick/ball sports).

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