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Old 22nd October 2018, 12:07   #16
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A well deserved win and podium for Kimi and Max respectively.

Lewis was let down by the tyre strategy and sensibly drove a calculated race to preserve his current World Championship position. Although Vettel is slightly self destructive, Lewis is not leaving anything to chance!
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United States Grand Prix: Race Highlights

Always feels good to see Kimi on the podium.

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Old 22nd October 2018, 16:22   #18
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That was a fabulous drive from Raikkonen. His defence against Lewis was supreme. A rare moment where one could see Hamilton being shown up.

Ferrari must have surely had an awkward moment yesterday. Their last champion and the one guy who delivers a win after a very long time in the season is being ousted next year.

Poor Leclerc will have to face a lot of flak if he doesn't shine next year as well. Not to forget what the Italian press will do to Ferrari and Arrivabene.
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That was a fabulous drive from Raikkonen. His defence against Lewis was supreme. A rare moment where one could see Hamilton being shown up.

Ferrari must have surely had an awkward moment yesterday. Their last champion and the one guy who delivers a win after a very long time in the season is being ousted next year.
Kimi did the job of a #1 and a #2 driver - he carefully held up Hamilton earlier on and made him use up his tyres, and then went on to win the race.

Nicely put!

Kimi's performances oscillate between lackluster and occasionally good, but yesterday was a drive that showed us the Kimi of old.

And yes, the contrast couldn't have been more obvious with Vettel making yet another ill-advised move, and spinning off as a result. I think the poor guy misses doing donuts post-race, and now ends up doing it during.


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Poor Leclerc will have to face a lot of flak if he doesn't shine next year as well. Not to forget what the Italian press will do to Ferrari and Arrivabene.
For reasons I cannot justify, I am confident Leclerc will do well. What will be of interest to see is Vettel's attitude - will he revert to his 2014 type?
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Not much action in the midfield. The gap between top 3 teams and rest is too huge as though two different races are going simultaneously.
I guess you missed the close finish between Ocon, Magnussen and Perez for the last 3 points place. The 3 were racing closely as similar to that of the Top 3 in the closing stages of the race. However, both Ocon and Magnussen has been disqualified for the breach of fuel flow rate and has been stripped of points; and this has allowed Alonso to keep his 10th place in the standings.

https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...8mWqiIu00.html

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And typical Kimi; to Hamiltion,

' Did you win the championship or not?'
Or was it Max asking Lewis?
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However, both Ocon and Magnussen has been disqualified for the breach of fuel flow rate and has been stripped of points
KMag made a statement regarding how F1 conserving fuel is not good for the sport and got to say I agree with that. Hope Liberty rectifies this as well as do something regarding tires(bring in multiple manufacturers, for instance).

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No, it was Kimi to Lewis and it was the funniest thing ever.
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What a weekend of sports for me! Two very likable blokes who get a lot of stick for not being their best turned on the style - Kimi and Ozil.

Always wanted Kimi to win one before he left the team. And now that he has cracked the code, I hope there is one more. Ferrari looks to have found some speed back.

Lewis played the averages and kept his cool to fight another day. Else, both Kimi and Max wouldn't have had it so easy with their respective moves. And those fellas took full advantage of Lewis's caution. Well done!

Someone should tell Vettel he is in F1 and not in synchronised spinning. He looks out of confidence and timing.
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Or was it Max asking Lewis?
Yes, Kimi it was.

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I wish Kimi had stayed and Vettel moved on to Sauber. Even with a no-2 package (which puts him mechanically and psychologically down on Vettel) he has consistently made it to podium, which clearly shows he had the nerves and talent to be the no-1 for Ferrari. Poor planning by the team.
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No, it was Kimi to Lewis and it was the funniest thing ever.
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Yes, Kimi it was
Oops, my bad. I thought it was Max.

As per the below article, it seems Mercedes has modified the rim design just before the race. If it's true, then it may have been one of the contributing factors for their tyre strategy.

Source: https://www.motorsport.com/in/f1/new...rrari/3200596/
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Another interesting bit of news I came across is this -

Vettel: Ferrari removed four months of upgrades from car

So apparently the pace suddenly disappeared from Ferrari because of some "upgrades" and apparently they found their lost pace when they reverted to old setup. Seems like a case of poor testing. Thoughts?

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What Kimi said on the radio when he crossed the line is what the world actually thought about him. Splendid drive from him and of course Max Verstappen!!! He is definitely a future championship material.

What a race!!! Hands down the best race of the season and Kimi winning it is absolutely fantastic!!! The last 15 laps or so is what Formula 1 is supposed to be. I wish the simpler front wing setup for next year gives us more of these nail biting finishes. Grande Kimi!!!! What an awesome win!!! I am so damn happy for him. And so glad to see the amount of Kimi Raikkonen fans just like me here.

On a side note, really sad to see a great talent wasted in the form of Fernando Alonso. Classic example of wrong moves at the wrong time burning all your bridges.
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Found this absolutely stunning photograph on Reddit.


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I missed this race but read that Vettel was spun around (again) after contact with a Red Bull (again). Monza, Suzuka and now COTA. This looked like the slightest of touches. Is the car inherently more sensitive to contact compared to the Mercedes and Red Bulls?


Helmut Marko didn't miss an opportunity to take a swipe at Renault, though:


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"Marko: Poor Daniel, he will have to live with these problems for another two years"

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More than anything it is a relief to see him get a win. For sure he has a legion of fans who were all desperate for this to happen. In the twilight of his career these last few races with ferrari is no better chance of winning

From next year at Sauber it will just be top ups to his vast retirement fund. Rumor says that he plans to stay in F1 as team owner in some form. Look forward to that
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More than anything it is a relief to see him get a win. For sure he has a legion of fans who were all desperate for this to happen. In the twilight of his career these last few races with ferrari is no better chance of winning

From next year at Sauber it will just be top ups to his vast retirement fund. Rumor says that he plans to stay in F1 as team owner in some form. Look forward to that
I would go the extra mile and say he has more fans than Sebastien Vettel
The roar from the crowd at Austin when his name was announced on the podium seemed louder than what Hamilton received as well. Kimi aways tends to get into a rhythm after breaking the victory duck. I hope theres at least one more for him before the season ends.

Is it just me or are there cracks in Vettel's story already? Some of his press interviews seem a bit awkward.
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