2016 Japanese Grand Prix

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This forum isn't bothered with Formula 1 anymore but I watched the race today and it was pretty good. Qualifying went well for Ferrari but a bunch of penalties put them behind Red Bull anyway.
Hamilton I think got spooked by the wet patch under his car and stalled the car or something since he was 8th behind Kimi before turn 1.
A solid win for Nico means he only needs to come 2nd for the rest of the season to win the championship and Red Bull continue to stretch the 2nd place lead to Ferrari by 4 points because of Verstappen this time and that's annoying because Ferrari had good pace today.
 

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And it now is two years since Jules died. I had almost forgot.
it's been 2 years since the accident, but technically, he only died july 17th, 2015...

that was quite an entertaining race, thanks lewis, for bogging down at the start.
ferrari showed once again they realy, realy should fire their tactical planner. hamilton overtook both in pitstops!

but if there is one thing this race showed, is that they get rid of blue flags!!!
let the backmarkers defend their lead lap with their life, and a whole new level of battles will appear, and might bunch the leaders back together again
 
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Lewis can't start for shit and I'm thankful for it! Ferrari doing their best but it's clear they can't keep up with the Bulls.

The whole 'let's complain about Verstappen/let's not' thing with Mercedes is properly weird though...wasn't anything wrong in my book...
 

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but if there is one thing this race showed, is that they get rid of blue flags!!!
let the backmarkers defend their lead lap with their life, and a whole new level of battles will appear, and might bunch the leaders back together again
This will sit well after a couple of inexperienced idiots in very slow cars ruin a couple of leader's races...

Set the alarm for the race but missed it, woke up in time to see the last 10 laps or so.

Someone said Lewis needs to win every race from here on end to retain his championship, which is completely idiotic. One retirement by Rosberg and it's even again.
 

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This will sit well after a couple of inexperienced idiots in very slow cars ruin a couple of leader's races...

Set the alarm for the race but missed it, woke up in time to see the last 10 laps or so.

Someone said Lewis needs to win every race from here on end to retain his championship, which is completely idiotic. One retirement by Rosberg and it's even again.
Actually Hamilton needed to win Japan and every race until the end to win the championship. Obviously this excludes the possibility of a Nico retirement but it's not unreasonable to expect Rosberg to finish 2nd for the rest of the season. 1 Retirement would be enough for a Lewis championship but that assumes Nico doesn't win another race and that Lewis doesn't have another grid penalty or retirement or a crash anything. If Lewis won all remaining races with Nico taking 1 win and a retirement Nico Rosberg would win the title by 1 point. Also 1 retirement by Nico doesn't tie them it puts the gap down to 8 points assuming Lewis wins the race.
 

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This will sit well after a couple of inexperienced idiots in very slow cars ruin a couple of leader's races...
that's the aim ;)
if the leader can't overtake an inexperienced idiot, he has no place at the front of the race
and it seems to work for indy (where backmarkers can defend when they're still on the lead lap, for the second lap, they're also shown blue flags)

Someone said Lewis needs to win every race from here on end to retain his championship, which is completely idiotic. One retirement by Rosberg and it's even again.
rosberg can come in second for the rest of the year, and still be champion...
 
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Actually Hamilton needed to win Japan and every race until the end to win the championship. Obviously this excludes the possibility of a Nico retirement but it's not unreasonable to expect Rosberg to finish 2nd for the rest of the season. 1 Retirement would be enough for a Lewis championship but that assumes Nico doesn't win another race and that Lewis doesn't have another grid penalty or retirement or a crash anything. If Lewis won all remaining races with Nico taking 1 win and a retirement Nico Rosberg would win the title by 1 point. Also 1 retirement by Nico doesn't tie them it puts the gap down to 8 points assuming Lewis wins the race.
It's F1, first corner shit happens, Britney could retire more than once easily, specially if you bribe some young dutch character :mrgreen:

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that's the aim ;)
if the leader can't overtake an inexperienced idiot, he has no place at the front of the race
and it seems to work for indy (where backmarkers can defend when they're still on the lead lap, for the second lap, they're also shown blue flags)
No that's not the aim, the aim is for the fastest car/driver combination to win races/points/championships, not for it to be ruined by some Yuji Ide character who knows nothing about racecraft. Move out of the way when you're shown the blue flag and start dishing out penalties when you ignore them.

It is entirely possible for a leader to be faster than a backmarker but not fast enough for a clean overtake, because of tyre degradation levels, but still faster and getting stuck behind a slowpoke just because he won't move is bullcrap. The competition is with the cars directly ahead and behind, not with the lapped car.
 
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