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Posted By: Alex Kalinauckas  |  23 Oct 2016   |  10:16 pm GMT  |  234 comments

Lewis Hamilton dominated the 2016 US Grand Prix to take the victory ahead of his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Nico Rosberg and cut the German’s championship lead to 26 points.

The Mercedes duo were joined on the podium by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who had spent the first half of the race in front of Rosberg but lost out when the German pitted under the Virtual Safety Car that had been triggered by the retirement of Max Verstappen.

US GP 2016

At the start, Rosberg appeared to get a slightly better getaway than polesitter Hamilton, but unlike in previous races other cars were not able to jump ahead of either of the Mercedes drivers off the line and the Briton was able to hold onto the lead.

But Ricciardo, who was starting on the supersoft Pirelli tyres as opposed to the softs on Hamilton, Rosberg and Verstappen in fourth, dived to the inside of Rosberg at Turn 1, stayed alongside the German driver and then swept into second place on the entry to Turn 2.

In the pack behind, Nico Hulkenberg hit Sebastian Vettel’s left rear wheel and then clattered into the right hand side of Valtteri Bottas’ Williams, which gave the Finn a right rear puncture and the Force India driver had to retire as a result of the damage he had sustained.

Further around the first lap, Daniil Kvyat drove into the back of Sergio Perez’s Force India, spinning the Mexican driver around and earning the Toro Rosso racer a ten-second penalty.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton shot clear into a lead he would never lose apart from during the pitstop phases, as Ricciardo held Rosberg at bay and Verstappen closed in on the world championship leader.

Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen triggered the first round of pitstops early, coming in on lap eight to switch to the soft compound tyres.

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes waited two laps to bring in Rosberg and put him onto the medium tyres but he did not lose out to Raikkonen, who had used the undercut to pass Verstappen for a net fourth place.

Hamilton stopped on lap 11 and re-joined comfortably in front of the Ricciardo and Rosberg scrap, and Verstappen made it a three-way battle for second when he passed Raikkonen at Turn 12 on lap 13.

As the Dutch driver closed up to the back of Rosberg, Red Bull warned him about finishing his current stint, to which he swiftly replied: “I’m not here to finish fourth”.

Max Verstappen

But he did begin to drop back from Rosberg and was over two seconds behind the podium places when Raikkonen, in fifth, stopped for soft tyres on lap 24 – confirming he would be three-stopping – just as Vettel zoomed up to the back of his Ferrari teammate.

Ricciardo pitted for medium tyres on lap 24, which allowed Rosberg into second, albeit nearly ten seconds behind Hamilton.

A lap later, Verstappen suddenly appeared in the pitlane to the complete surprise of his Red Bull team and the 19-year-old lost 9.2s as his mechanics scrambled to fit him with the medium tyres. When asked what had happened by his race engineer, Verstappen replied: “I thought you boxed me, sorry.”

Max Verstappen

Hamilton continued to extend his lead over Rosberg in second, which was up to 10.1s on lap 30 when the pair pitted under the VSC.

This has been activated by Verstappen slowing along the Circuit of the Americas’ main straight after he suffered a mechanical failure and he then pulled off the track on the exit of Turn 18 to climb from his stricken car.

It took two laps to recover the Red Bull to a safe place and that delay meant Mercedes’ pitstops were effectively “free” as Ricciardo bitterly reflected to his engineer when he realised he would not be able to move back into second place.

Daniel Ricciardo

The top three ran to the flag without further issue and Hamilton took his seventh win of the season and his third successive win (fourth overall) at the Austin track. It also brings the reigning world champion level with Michael Schumacher on five US Grand Prix victories.

Vettel finished all by himself in fourth after Raikkonen retired moments after leaving his pitbox following his third stop on lap 39. The Ferrari driver was forced to stop at the pit exit after he was told a wheel had not been securely fitted and he allowed the car to roll back down into the pitlane where he switched off the engine and climbed out.

Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz was another driver who had benefitted from pitting under the VSC as it allowed him to leapfrog Felipe Massa and move up to fifth place with Raikkonen’s retirement.

The Spaniard was resisting sustained pressure from the Brazilian driver before McLaren’s Fernando Alonso opportunistically dived up the inside of Massa at Turn 17 and hit the Williams, forcing it off the track.

Alonso went by and then closed in and passed Sainz after a thrilling battle at the end of the race to steal fifth place from his compatriot, but the stewards have decided to investigate the collision with Massa after the race.

Felipe Massa

The Williams driver came home seventh after a late stop due to a puncture sustained in the clash, but he had enough time in hand to stay in front of Perez, who had recovered strongly from the first lap collision to finish eighth.

Jenson Button had made a great start to leap up the order from 19th on the grid and he came home ninth ahead of Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman scored the final point for Haas F1 at the American team’s first appearance at its home race.

Kevin Magnussen finished 11th for Renault after a late race pass on Kvyat, but the Dane completed the move off the track on the exit of Turn 12 and that will also be investigated after the race.

Kevin Magnussen

Jolyon Palmer ended up 13th after spending much of the race complaining about being held up by his Renault teammate Magnussen, as Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr finished 14th and 15th for Sauber.

Bottas was 16th after a long day following his first lap collision with Hulkenberg, and Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon brought up the rear of the field for Manor.

The only other retirement was Esteban Gutierrez, who retired on lap 17 shortly after he went off the track at Turn 11 with what looked like a brake issue.

Esteban Gutierrez

US Grand Prix result:

1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1h38m12.618s
2 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes +4.520s
3 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull +19.692s
4 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari +43.134s
5 Fernando Alonso, McLaren +1m33.953s
6 Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso +1m36.124s
7 Felipe Massa, Williams +1 Lap
8 Sergio Perez, Force India +1 Lap
9 Jenson Button, McLaren +1 Lap
10 Romain Grosjean, Haas +1 Lap
11 Kevin Magnussen, Renault +1 Lap
12 Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso +1 Lap
13 Jolyon Palmer, Renault +1 Lap
14 Marcus Ericsson, Sauber +1 Lap
15 Felipe Nasr, Sauber +1 Lap
16 Valtteri Bottas, Williams +1 Lap
17 Pascal Wehrlein, Manor +1 Lap
18 Esteban Ocon, Manor +2 Laps
DNF Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
DNF Max Verstappen, Red Bull
DNF Esteban Gutierrez, Haas
DNF Nico Hulkenberg, Force India

Drivers’ championship

1 Nico Rosberg 331
2 Lewis Hamilton 305
3 Daniel Ricciardo 227
4 Sebastian Vettel 177
5 Kimi Raikkonen 170
6 Max Verstappen 165
7 Sergio Perez 84
8 Valtteri Bottas 81
9 Nico Hulkenberg 54
10 Fernando Alonso 52
11 Felipe Massa 49
12 Carlos Sainz 38
13 Romain Grosjean 29
14 Daniil Kvyat 25
15 Jenson Button 21
16 Kevin Magnussen 7
17 Jolyon Palmer 1
18 Pascal Wehrlein 1
19 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
20 Esteban Gutierrez 0
21 Marcus Ericsson 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0
24 Esteban Ocon 0

Constructors’ championship

1 Mercedes 636
2 Red Bull 400
3 Ferrari 347
4 Force India 138
5 Williams 130
6 McLaren 74
7 Toro Rosso 55
8 Haas 29
9 Renault 8
10 Manor 1
11 Sauber 0

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Teds segment where they are near the Ferrari garage, totally brush off Taylor Swift! How can you not notice her?!!

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Who is she? A new female driver???

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Taylor shift biggest song artist in the world. It’s weird seeing her by herself no entourage. Maybe that’s why they shoved her out of the way!! I’m pretty sure as ted said the crowd was cheering Mercedes they were in actual fact cheering because they have seen Taylor.

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A very, very boring race with the result that I expected. Switched over to watch something else after an hour, went back for the result and post-mortem and learned that I hadn’t missed a thing. Rosberg didn’t seem to have quite mastered the first sector all week-end so not surprised that DR overtook him at the start. Still, part 1 of mission completed as he has the required 2nd place. Leisurely Sunday afternoon drive for Lewis. Very good drive from Jenson after disappointing quali that wasn’t his fault. Hope Mexico provides a bit more excitement and I am not talking about DNFs.

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Interesting to see how many ‘experienced drivers’ who complain about dangerous moves where causing collisions and forcing others off the track: Alonso, Hulkenberg, Vettel.

And great fun to see how Jenson Button was overtaken by Max, as if his sabbatical already started. Consistently missing out on Q3, consistently driving lacklustre races. Great back in the days, but the Jenson of 2016 will not be missed.

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Button’s McLaren cannot compete with Max’s RBR. Don’t know why you think it is worth comparing the drivers.

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I am going to stop this shoe drinking crap once an for all with a simple joke. Let’s repeat this joke and tell it to others.

Q: How do you improve Red Bull taste?
A: Add some foot sweat to it and drink it out of a used shoe.

I hope Red Bull Marketing people enjoy that one. I’m going to submit it this recipe into the Mixology Book for Bartenders, 2016 revision.

“Hey, you want to pick up a girl at the bar? Just take of your shoe and pour some Red Bull in it. If she drinks it, she’s wife material!”

Go ahead boys and girls, write your own jokes. Give it a shot. Jokes just flow off the laces!

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I guess the comeback to that is :-
Red Bull:- “After your feet it slips, like champagne to your lips” … (so I quip)

Its one of the most repugnant things Ive seen. Its bad enough drinking from your own shoe but then offering it to someone else is extremely rude in everyday life. People have become way too desensitised with all the hype around these guys. If anyone offered me a shoe I would stick it down his throat & your absolutely right- he didnt even win !

A word of warning Dan- keep your shoe on in the middle east or you may find yourself in the same predicament as your Cosi Clad Aussie compatriots in Malaysia or possibly worse!-extremely offensive there!

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Why would anyone drink from a dirty sweaty shoe is beyond me.

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You question me about the garbage juice perhaps? Did you see Butler’s face as he was holding the shoe? He was disgusted, obviously. I mean, Red Bull…out of a used shoe. Not beer. Not whiskey. Not out of a woman’s stiletto. Basic $1.99 Red Bull from a man’s sweaty used shoe. I feel for you Butler. Webber quit racing after drinking from a used shoe, but at least Webber got champagne and it was for P2. For P3, you get to drink a yellow sugar water from a used shoe. Poor Gerard, goes from a castle to a used shoe and sweat flavoured Red Bull. Mmmm…delish.

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Thank you Fernando for providing a few laps of real racing. Not sure that pass was legit, but it was pretty much the only exiting moment in the race. Imagine if we could have Fernando, Lewis, Seb, Ric, Kimi and others going wheel to wheel at the front? Who wouldn’t want to watch that? Instead we get Merc processions, the phantom VSC handing Ros 2nd place and of course the inevitable Ferrari blunder.

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I was right. Turned off after lap 31 because it was obvious that the race at the front was over after the VSC and Hamilton was going to win followed by Robserg and Ricciardo.

When I looked at the results this morning, I was correct.

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Did Perez not move in the breaking zone against Kvyat?

Did Massa not move in the breaking zone against Alonso when they touched? What happens when the breaking zone is curved?

Max moved in the actual breaking zone in Germany against Nico. (Nico was much closer than Lewis in Japan) Nico gets a penalty.

Max moves before the breaking zone in Japan against Lewis and the rule is changed.

Something is starting to look a little funny here guys. I have questions for the FIA. I think someone or something doesn’t want Nico to win.

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How is Max allowed to drive a broken car all around the circuit, weaving left and right at 10mph with cars crying to avoid crashing into him? I thought there was a rule that you had to retire the car as soon as possible. it was downright dangerous and he had a blatant disregard for the rest of the drivers.

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Its called commercial interests and its all about exposure!
Every extra second you get on the 100 million tv screens is paying you back big time.

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Enjoyed the live feed of ‘Ed moses’ a true sporting legend (he very much is) and a bloke fast asleep next to him in an f1 team garage during a race! F1 has some work to do to spice things up for the US market I fear!

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I attended this race over the three day weekend and I had an unbelievably fantastic time. This was my first F1 race (since starting age 8 in ’94) and as a Hamilton fan the result was ideal. It was unforgettable and I will remember the experience for the rest of my life.

While I had a great time, I noticed some things that could be improved:

I had almost no idea what was going on in the race. Whereas when I watch on TV the understanding via commentary is great and you don’t miss anything. Several other people I met say they will go home and watch the race to figure out what happened. I will do the same. This shouldn’t have to be.

Many people recommended the F1 app to improve my understanding of the race, which I downloaded.

I encountered my first difficulty in that the network data was very slow. I understand that the network operators don’t anticipate such high concentrations of demand on a single base station. However, this is a high technology sport – and it’s America – it should be possible to give high speed data to everyone.

The F1 app offers features on Friday and Saturday and to get anything on Sunday you have to pay. Why? I just paid a lot of money to attend the race. If you’re on site with a ticket it should be free.

Furthermore, why is there only one commentary option? With world wide broadcasters on site it should be possible to offer all audio feeds (video may take too much bandwidth to be realistic, and the TV monitors do a good job). Indeed, this would open F1 races internationally to people who don’t speak fluent English very well.

Indeed, from talking to engineers that I met, the “Kaizen” culture seems embraced by F1 – it’s critical to going faster – and I think the sport and the media could benefit from embracing it.

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Nico almost learned why you should NEVER EVER EVER play it safe in racing, or in anything related to life. His move to Hamilton’s outside at the start definitely eliminated any chance of Hamilton trying to cut him up into T1 but he left the door wide open to Ricciardo and had it not been for the VSC, could very well have cost him 2nd place. I think he still would have passed Ricciardo in the end, but it was by no means given. Playing to not lose puts you in a dangerous spot, because he is leaving no margin for error. Today he did what he needed to, and followed Hamilton home in P2, but he cant count on that every weekend. Hopefully he learned his lesson and we see a little more fire next weekend. He may still only get P2, or he might crash the car and lose the title in a shower of carbon fiber, but I’d rather see him fight the whole way in rather than just barely doing enough by jogging across the finish line in 4 weeks. If he only aims for 2nd place every race and gets tripped up and loses the championship, he will only have himself to blame.

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More proof that Charlie Whiting needs to go. For months he’s been making a fuss about track limits, despite cars going yards off track at practically every corner on one of F1’s widest tracks, we never heard a squeak from him. Can he only work on one rule at a time and yesterday it took all of his concentration to watch out for ‘moving under braking’?

The truth is much more simple. Politics and headline chasing. Let’s not upset F1s new American owners, so do your best to avoid contraversy over this weekend.

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I think most RACE STEWARDS should go.
We only need 3 good objective ones and they should then be permanent for the season, so we can get some consistent ruling!

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I started to believe that Alonso was right when he left Ferrari. There was the initial hype when Vettel and Arivabene joined, but it is back to normal for Ferrari again. Alonso almost won the title in 2012 when the car did not even deserve to be in contention till the end. Vettel is not at that level. I think Alonso is better, more complete.

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Yes. Alonso in 2012 was competing with car like Mercs that were 1s faster. Get real

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Ferrari 2012 was a better car than any of current Ferraris. Not to mention that Mercedes is a better car than RBR 2012. Moreover, if you take F1 statistics, see ESPN, there were more winners in 2012. So saying that 2012 Ferrari was worse and Alonso is better is relative to beholder’s eyes.

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What is Ferrari doing?
How many times, when Kimoi was ahead of Vettel did:
1. Vettel take Kimi out?
2. Kimi gets a DNF by equipment failure?
3. the team sink Kimi with pit stop?
4. the team tanks Kimi with strategy?

Is there a clause in Vettel’s contract that guarantees he will be (made if necessary) the top scoring Ferrari driver?

It’s terrible!

RB gave away 2nd place with the Max blow out, and helped Rosberg.

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Dont call a frenchman a mole in case he hits you with his stilettos

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Seb has 2 reliabilty related DNF and another one 100 % self inflicted plus once starting from the back plus gear box penalties, Kimi has 1 reliability related DNF and another one self inflicted (Monaco) plus gear box penalties. Seb is leading Kimi in the points so Kimis season could just be overrated, since his standard was so modest for the past years that we simply overpraise Kimi for a normal incident free race weekend these days. Its a terrible year for Vettel, its up and down for him since going from best driver in 2013 to worst driver 2014 back to best driver 2015 and worst driver again this year. Next year the rules favour Vettels driving style but he might want to end the Ferrari adventure early ?

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I think the answer is YES . I always had my doubts about Kimi going back to Ferrari in 2014 after the lies and deception of 2009. It was obvious with Alonso & more obvious now that Vettel is being shown out.

I wish he had somewhere else to go, Ferrari have never and will never deserve their last WDC they hired over rated lead drivers instead. Renault you still looking for another driver?

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What? Ferrari made Kimi’s teammate help him win the 07 title.How could you forget? Selective memory?

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Who said I forgot ? Did you forget Kimis help to Felipe in 2008?. You know when Ferrari won 2XWCC +1 (almost 2WDC in a row).. That is what teamwork is! That’s the point!

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Max again showing all he’s still a boy and needs to develop and improve his awareness outside of his own car. He cost Dan the 2nd place with a foolish Park.

His move to the top team was premature……..not his fault, but Marko’s.

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Lol read mark hughes piece on motorsport magazine then. He was intstructed to pull off. If you dont know the facts then better say nothing.

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The pit wall told him where to park. Criticise if you must but try to keep your criticisms aligned with reality.

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If you no longer move in the breaking zone, you know the rest

Good job Benedict Arnold (is he still a loyalist, Yankee or double spy, nobody knows) you won the battle, this is your spiritual homie track (yes i know he is reading this whenever he wins). Chill out, have a glass of cool milk, rap and snapchat till sunrise, you earned it ! Good job also he who is no longer willing to give the Barrichello, Kov, Web… part, doing just what he has to do but not more in order to win the war, just like his old man did during the cold war. Yes safety car in the cloud aka VSC made it easier for you and your PU but your cunning strategy with a long middle stint on softies was better anyway. And why win all the races if you dont have to ? I might imagine certain Elie will be upset that “Has to earn his place” is in front of Kimi “The renaissonce man” again and will give us a preview of chapter 13224 of her yet to be published book “The big ice cream robbery or how i learned to love-hate Kimis teammates”. Meanwhile Alonso is re-enacting the Rosberg/Kimi maneuver but the old no certain passport = no penalty joker might come into play. He with certain passport and the golden hair can win the title in Mexico if he wins the race and # 2 has a DNF or no better than 10th i think. Senna Jr. can not enter brazilian ground as team leader even if he wins and Leonardo gets lets say impeded by something like a foreign substance on his steering rod, not that such a thing would ever happen. The wife of the Merc team strategist who also happens to run global marketing for MercGP seemed to be particuarly chummy with Hammertime, this could be exploited by the media if they were looking for juicy conspiracy theories.

And yes, 21 races is too much, even more next year and F1 needs a liberation from Chevy Chase, who lets be honest is just a poor mans Jerry Lewis. This must be the reason why we French dont like him. But thats ok because apart from Jerry Lewis nobody like the French either. Did i mention the war yet ?

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Benedict Arnold was a Turn coat !
💂 British should have tied him to a lead vest and sent him for a swim in the Atlantic.

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Elie (Elias) is a he. Chapter 13224 is titled :-

Max Verstappen Returns to Ferrari 2032-The Chronicles of Kimi part 2

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Beautiful and entertaining; should I refer to you as “The Mole”?

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Judging from comments, glad I didn’t set the alarm clock for this one.

A typical Mercedes win, whether its nico or lewis, and by the sounds, typical bad steward decisions.

Hoping for a competitive 2017!

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Get🏆
In🏆
There🏆
Lewis 🏁
🏁🏆The Big 50🏆🏁
The race itself was a bit of a grey race with only a few exciting moments.
One being Ferrari pit crew having a senior moment with a wheel nut gun. At least Vettel got 4th even though he didn’t see Hulks in the first turn mash up.
Jock Clear must be wishing he stayed at Mercedes as he looked glum on the Pit Wall.
Marchionne will have his sacking hat on at the end of the season . Goodnight Vienna for Arrivabene?

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Wow, what a race heaps of overtaking thrills and spills.

OOPs that was Moto 3, Moto 2 and Moto GP. As for F1, well nothing really happened another Merc 1, 2. For the pinnacle of motor sport it is really coming a yawn fest.

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MOTO GP this year has been incredibly exciting, mostly because a number of different teams have bikes capable of winning races. But Moto GP has had some pretty boring seasons as well.

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The race robbed us off of potential battles upfront due to retirements of Max and Kimi.

One thing is for sure: Ferrari team is a career killer for drivers. It killed Massa’s, Alonso’s and Kimi’s. Now it is Vettel’s. What a team! They are making a whole lot of good drivers useless.

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Sorry, but I disagree. Alonso can’t be compared to those other drivers. He was and still is a predator, in spite of the car.

2012 is a good year for a comparison with Vettel. Ferrari was the third or fourth car in the grid and he was fighting for the title till the last race, his teammate was annihilated. What about Vettel this year in Ferrari?

And Massa and Kimi can’t be compared to him for obvious reasons. They were his teammates and Fernando was clearly superior.

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Vettels teammate was sixth in 2012 and Hamilton & Button fourth and fifth in an equally fast McLaren. But somehow Vettel is the rubbish one for actually winning the WDC ? And Massa was outperforming Alonso more often than not after the summer break, so no miracles were performed ?

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Alonso is without a doubt the most over rated driver in F1 history. He is the best “niggler” in F1 and an outright nusance on track but that does not make a great driver- He never allowed equality at Ferrari and was sacked along with half the people he controlled. At Mclaren he was beaten by a rookie & in 2005 won a title “lost” by the worst mechanical failures to Kimis car since the turn of the century. Besides other drivers dont threaten the boss for unconditional no1 or have their manager crash cars in walls to give them advantage. If you scared of equality it means you know your not good enough & this he knows better than anyone…

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The demand for being “unconditional no1” has been the traits of many F1 champs through the years. Cant really blame them. If the team agrees to it, why not enforce it. That is just one of several ruthless no-compromise demands champs drive for.

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I don’t think wanting to be unconditional no1 means you’re scared of equality. It simply maximises your chances against drivers from other teams.

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Yes. It does. That shows you are insecure and doesnt believe in your talent enough.

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Not to the extent you threaten the boss if you dont get it..Every driver wants and tries to get an advantage thats a fact but the level this guy expects it is a whole new ballgame & totally indicative of his shortcomings

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Ellie, whatever maybe his character…what he achieved in 2012 was something extraordinary…no driver in this grid is capable of that peak…that car was awful to drive…Alonso almost won it in the 3-4th best car in championship…
and in 2007 Hamilton and Alonso were tied on points…I don’t know how one sees that as he was beaten by hamilton and in any case…even if he was what was really the difference between the two in terms of points? zero
You could also argue Ron Dennis had gone nuts over favoring hamilton on alonso all that season..Mclaren didn’t manage the situation well…and there hamilton played a huge political game that season. I still dont understand why FIA intervened in penalizing Alonso for Hungary which was ridiculous…it was behind the scene politics used by hamilton that day. He truly knows how to play the game…
Even in that final race…no one was helping Alonso for the title even though he was on the same team…Mclaren rightfully lost that title..it was their stupidity that did it…
I am a Kimi fan but I admit Alonso is the best driver in f1 after schumacher…

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@tarun

It was the 3rd to 4th quickest car. If we factor in its reliability though, Alonso essentially had more races to accumulate his points in for free.

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“I am a Kimi fan but “– [Mod]!
“almost won it in the 3-4th best car”- [Mod]- It was 1-2nd at the start and 3rd in the end.
“no driver in this grid is capable of that peak”- Again [Mod]!.
No driver in the history of F1 has won a GP more times outside the top 5 than Raikkonen- Spa 2004 in a beat up MP4-19 from 10th (MS in podium interviews could not believe it) & Suzuka 2005 from 17th – were astonishing!!.

You Are An Alonso Fan!- Why are you so afraid to admit it!

Do not insult our intelligence with diversions on other drivers – Thats exactly what Alonso does and its exactly why I “extremely dislike” him – very disingenuine – apparently just like his followers.

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Are all those [Mod] text moderations done automatically or do you keep JA busy doing manual corrections every time you make a post? ;o)

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Oh yes I am an Alonso fan lol…happy now….feels like some third degree fbi investigation going on here…
well Kimi has been my favorite driver since the time I started watching F1 and unlike some crazy fanboy/girl on this site I can respect when a driver outshines his equipment…Alonso has achieved during this time battling with crap cars…you have to respect that (maybe you dont) and whatever maybe kimi’s qualities driving bad cars to battle for championship is not one of them 2014 really showed that to us…and I wasn’t referring to an odd win or two Alonso kept 2012 season alive in that machine which is what I respect the most. In F1 its really hard to find the driver contribution to a car…Hamilton and Vettel basically ran away with 1 sec faster than the field…2012 Ferrari truly showed how hard Alonso fought till the end…and that was one time when a driver outclassed his car..he deserved that title…
Kimi has won a few races in bad cars like belgian 09 was one of them when Ferrari had stopped developing it since the summer. But you have seen him over the years either kimi is on it or he’s lost…there’s no middle…
and in any case If you ever bother to read my posts I always mention that suzuka epic. Kimi is fast certainly it can be seen now when he’s beating vettel but the he has limitations..
Alonso is the complete package…certainly better than the current champion and Vettel. Hamilton struggled to sustain a championship in 2010, 12 mclaren which were really quick…Vettel is realizing how hard it is in the Ferrari now…
And if you ask me who has been the best driver of all the past 2 decades I would say Schumacher as what he achieved with Ferrari was incredible…I didn’t realize it during the time when he was winning but I certainly appreciate it now…with the likes of Alonso who gave up and Vettel struggling to emulate that feat!
I don’t include Senna or Prost because I never saw them race so can’t make an opinion about it….
and in any case dont just start yelling at people when you have a disagreement…chill down a bit

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It’s funny how some people still consider Alonso the best driver on the grid! I don’t!

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@ Mbh, selective memory bro. How can you compare Vettel’s 2016 to Alonso 2012, please compare 2012 season in totality. That season was a quite a anomaly as there being a lot of different winners, may also count some luck factor. Does alonso had to fight such a superior mercedes.

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That’s what Alonso propaganda machinery wants you to believe. That he outperformed the car some how. Not possible!
The 2012 Ferrari were very strong in quite a few races and had bullet proof reliability. They were a little short of Red Bull’s qualifying pace in the second half of the season but had stronger race pace that matched Red Bull’s. For what its worth, Stefano Domenicalli was a good team principal who knew how to put forth a good team unlike Arrivabene who seems clueless on the technical aspects of the racing.

Ferrari started the season strongly this year. But after the departure of Allison, the development of the car had stalled. Nothing the drivers could do here.

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100% Rohind -not 150 😉
I would also add Felipe was even quicker at times -India?, Austin (gearbox seal), & brazil he actually got out the way to let him through– people are extrremely niaive

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Exactly but thats how fernando ,I got the 4th,5th,6th best car but finished higher, alonso works. I thought sainz drive was much more impressive today and he could keep the car on the track unlike fernado.

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Well kimi still won a championship with them but yes interesting take on the rest!

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” Raikkonen, who had used the undercut to pass Verstappen for a net fourth place.”

Eh? I seem to recall that Kimi passed Max for p4 at turn 1.

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Anyone else watching C4 happen to catch DR’s little squirt exit from his pit garage? Noice

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Tornillo Amarillo

Hamilton great.
Max great in the radio.
Sainz incredible good.
Alonso entertainning. Thank you.
Boring race.
But next race will be thrilling to see if Lewis can catch up…

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Hey and how about Alonsos’ fifth place, 1 MINUTE and 33 seconds off the pace! Every car after 6th place down a lap. What scintillating competition!

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Alonso could have bagged a podium today, if just 2 more cars had gone the way of Kimi and Max. So near yet so far…….

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Given a few more laps he could have barged a few more off the track!

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50th Win Lewis.
Super start super win.
Ferrari needs to get rid of all their strategy staff as they are as “useless as a rubber axe on a real tree ‘. They are just expecting the likes of Kimi to bend over and get shafted.
It’s one duff move after another.
Then again Red Bull messed up by letting Emo Max keep going around the circuit when he had a dodgy car.
Creating a virtual safety situation and gave Mercedes a free pit. Planks that the defining word regarding that decision.

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