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I was at Silverstone last weekend and had the best time ever! My mate won a pit walk for Thursday so we got to see into the garages and met Leclerc, Ericsson, Vettel, Jacques Villeneuve, Anthony David

Thought it was a great race today. One of the more entertaining in quite some time. There were lots of battles going on and I thought it was great. I feel sorry for both Haas drivers, obviously someth

Alonso tearing into the team for his piece of shit car over the radio is what kept me interested in F1 last season.  Long may he stay at McLaren and they keep putting sugar in his tank.

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I didn’t think they were being petty or petulant. I thought it was quite funny actually when they were talking about Kimi and he was just staring off into the distance. Both Vettel and Hamilton can be like children at times but I didn’t see that today. I saw great racing and an ‘as usual’ press conference and media paddock after the race.

The only person who pissed me off today was Hulkenburg who needs to get back in his fucking box. He apparently has a column in Bild and today he said that “F1 without grid girls is like Tom without Jerry”. Twice today my mate and I applauded because we saw two women (two whole women!) mechanics in the pits. Two women in a sea of [predominantly white] men. And he has the audacity to want to bring back grid girls?! When I see more of a variety of women on the track, in the garages, in the commentary boxes, in the pits and on the podium then you can talk to me about bringing the grid girls back.

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I think the press conference I saw, was from Saturday. There was some comment made about Hamilton having a "party" mode on his Car. It all got a little silly. With even Kimi being seemingly embarrassed for the other two. Or he just didn't care. Difficult to tell with Kimi.

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Actually it's really easy to tell with Kimi. No. Fucks. Given. Ever. 

 

As for Hamilton and Vettel, it's early in the season, enjoy the childish banter. By the time we've got half way through and they've had a few clashes on the track they won't be speaking to each other except to call one another cheats and the atmosphere will be terrible. 

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I really enjoyed yesterdays race personally. While I still think Hamilton will win the championship, it showed that the Ferrari and Red Bulls have enough in them to make a fight of it. 

It did really highlight the issues the drivers have when following a car though. The Mercs were obviously the fastest cars on the track, but once Hamilton was behind Vettel I don't think he ever managed to get closer than half a second to him. 

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I think that is a fair observation KC. That won't be remembered as one of the best races of the season at the end of the season but right now it's good to see the cars on the track. F1 is always about so much more than the on track action. The little battles, the luck, and the strategy are what makes it. Yesterday's race had all three of those ingredients. The main little battles of yesterday were Haas v their equipment, and Verstappen v The edge of grip. The luck was obvious, and the strategy was influenced by qualifying. The 2 Ferrari's were able to get the better of Hamilton because of Bottas's crash and subsequent grid position. F1 really is a team game and Bottas really let his team down yesterday. 

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Not disputing any of that, and I'm not calling for radical reform or anything. I'm just saying there wasn't enough of it for me to get more excited than I already was because it was the season opener.  We will hopefully see much more exciting races before the season is over. 

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I can't see the racing getting exciting. F1 just doesn't have exciting racing. Not in the same way other formulas do. There is just too much disparity between the cars for on track racing to happen. F1 a technical and strategic tour de force. Unfortunately as a racing spectacle,F1 is a dead duck. Alonso drove incredibly yesterday. Absolutely got everything and more out of that McLaren. It's baffling to me that he doesn't have a drive in a more competitive car. I wonder if Kimi would consider swapping cars with him?

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He is going to try and win Le Mans this year though and he drove in the Daytona 24 Hours with Phil Hanson and Lando Norris, so his ego is giving us some other great racing.  Keep an eye on Lando Norris though. He is the McLaren reserve driver, and has that great combination of driving talent, youth, and a rich dad. He will be driving for Carlin in the Formula 2 this year. 

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Alonso tearing into the team for his piece of shit car over the radio is what kept me interested in F1 last season.  Long may he stay at McLaren and they keep putting sugar in his tank.

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