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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Hamilton on pole as Red Bull hit trouble

Hamilton looking very good for the win, as I don’t think Ferrari’s ability to run longer on the options is going to help them enough to compensate for their slower pace on the prime. The Mercedes has...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Webber sent to the back of the grid over...

“It is the second time in six races Red Bull have had a car sent to the back of the grid for this reason.” Setting aside ridiculous conspiracy theories (please), how can the best funded team in F1...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Hamilton wary of threat from Raikkonen and...

“I can only picture HAM giving Macca 2 big fingers to them” Hardly. He gave Button a hug after the race.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Rate the race: 2013 Chinese Grand Prix

Gave it a 7. Not a classic, as too heavily tyre determined, but full of incident. Alonso did not put a wheel wrong, and Ferrari’s race strategy worked perfectly. I’m far from sure that we saw Mercedes...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies...

Why did Mercedes run their second stints on the option ? No other team did this, and it surely cost them lap time.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies...

(Edit) Hamilton’s second stint. (Though Rosberg also used only two sets of the hard tyre).

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Button and Perez "clear the air" over clash

“the change he felt in the car was too drastic to be attributed to the cooler temperatures ” Switching from used options to new primes could well explain the difference. I’m still puzzled by his...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, FIA telemetry system to be fixed for Spain

“Today, it’s not the fastest driver… who wins…” … but the one with the biggest budget. Nice to see your concern for the purity of the sport, Dietrich.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Rate the race: 2013 Spanish Grand Prix

Except the hard tyres weren’t any more durable.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Rate the race: 2013 Spanish Grand Prix

5/10 In contrast to many here, I’m quite happy to follow a tactical race – but when cars are four stopping and still having to nurse new primes just to get through the stint (eg Hamilton “I can’t drive...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Ecclestone bribe case decision due

“Alonso’s total race time was 7 seconds slower than Maldonado’s 2012 time. That’s 0.1s per lap.” But the pole position time was a full second quicker this year. Which demonstrates that during the race...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Ecclestone bribe case decision due

You might argue that’s not comparing like with like. So what about the winners’ Q3 times ? Maldonado 2012 – 1:22:1 Alonso 2013 – 1:21:2 Still think nothing has changed since last year ?

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Ecclestone bribe case decision due

Have you not seen the picture of his front tyre at the end of the race ? Worn right through the tread.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Monaco "still a daunting place", says Webber

And funnier.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Vettel attacks Pirelli over safety of tyres

“Red Bull and Mercedes certainly wanting a change, Lotus and Ferrari clearly wanting to keep it as much as it is…” I think Mercedes are a little more reasonable, as Toto Wolff said to Autosport: “If...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Rain can't keep Rosberg from another pole...

Hamilton didn’t lack quali pace – this weekend, he lacks pace full stop. Up until Q3, he’s been significantly slower than Rosberg since practice started on Thursday. Given an overall lack of pace, to...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Hamilton "struggling" with brakes

Consider how long it took Lotus to get their steering set up to Raikkonen’s satisfaction last year, and what happened at Monaco in 2012: “As has been well-reported, Kimi made a single out-lap in...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Williams confirm "long-term" Mercedes...

“Hard to see how come so many believe Mercedes will be THE engine” Probably because energy recovery will be far more important next year, and they seem to have had the best KERS system for a […]

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Mercedes and Pirelli to face FIA Tribunal...

From the rest of his comments, it appears that is precisely what he is aspiring to be: “So I definitely start to think what I want people to remember me as: I just want to be known as a hard, out and...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, 'We always prefer to test with race...

But presumably Red Bull also prefers to be able to make setup and parts adjustments during their tests, too – and to run those tests using this season’s tyres ? While I don’t disagree that Mercedes...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, McLaren hire former Sauber designer Morris

Yeah, just ridiculous…http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/motorsport/image/17801.html

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Alonso blames Pirelli for 'worst Saturday...

“As excuses go, this is very weak by Alonso.” Not just weak – demonstrably wrong. if it were just a matter of ‘unfair’/’conservative’ tyre selection, why was he outqualified by both Force Indias – a...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Vettel and Rosberg lead the way on home...

But “legal” and “illegal” are what the authorities decide. If you accept their judgment as far as Red Bull are concerned, then you must accept their judgment regarding […]

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, 2013 German Grand Prix grid

Did they have any new options left for Q3 ?

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Hamilton denies Vettel home pole position

If it’s on the wheel, that would be a Head Down Display. A HUD would be technically feasible, but probably not worth the cost of implementing.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix grid

Hamilton’s lap “didn’t even feel that great”. He’s going to be quick when he finally gets to grip with the Mercedes. :-b

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix grid

When his tyres overheat, he won’t look so fleet.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix grid

There is also the small matter of fitting in an extra stop. Probably.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Grosjean given 20-second penalty but keeps...

Just noticed, watching the highlights, that Vettel left the track with all four wheels twice while defending against Grosjean. And did so fairly obviously.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Grosjean given 20-second penalty but keeps...

On lap 19, btw.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Grosjean given 20-second penalty but keeps...

I think the Button overtake penalty was fair enough – a bit harsh, but it was Grosjean’s miscalculation which caused the contact. The Massa overtake penalty looked rather harsh. Grosjean was no further...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Montezemolo rebukes Alonso for critical...

“…put the interests of the team above their own…” Good luck with that one. There is not one of the top drivers who thinks that way – which is one of the reasons they are the top drivers.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Vote for your Hungarian GP driver of the...

He does now have a car which is stronger in qualifying – Grosjean’s Q3 time was closer to Hamilton’s pole time than Kimi’s was to Grosjean. Both Grosjean and Raikkonen were very impressive, but neither...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Setback for Russian Grand Prix bid

“The trouble is that the rules are very clear about leaving the track between the white lines and gaining an advantage or position. ” Except the stewards seem only to enforce the rules against someone...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Caption Competition 34: Raikkonen and Vettel

“I’d prefer Mark.”

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, FIA 'lacked courage' on Mercedes test -...

Shorter LDM… “We’re not winning, therefore it’s not fair.”

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, How Mercedes can beat Red Bull at their...

I agree with most of the article, but I think it might be reading a bit too much into the Hungary result, and it’s not at all clear who is going to be the fastest on the new tyres. Vettel was very...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, 2013 F1 season half-term driver rankings:...

Wasn’t it Niki Lauda who said that the secret to F1 is to win “going as slowly as possible” ?

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, 2013 F1 season half-term driver rankings:...

I think we should have an honourable mention for Kubica : http://www.pitpass.com/49645/WRC-drive-for-KubicaSpeaking in the wake of the event, Citroen Racing team boss Yves Matton admitted that the...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Sky F1 ratings fall in second year as...

Agreed. And that’s a >lot< of gold…

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Mercedes showing their real speed now -...

Hey, steady now ! Mansell was 39 when he won his Championship – and Fangio was 40 when he got the first of five. Still, I don’t think either subsisted on vodka and ice cream…

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Red Bull cautious despite strong Friday...

Fraid not. I think this year’s regs prohibit intentional use of tachyon streams.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Alonso 'more complete' than Schumacher,...

As soon as I saw the headline I groaned. I laughed. Best piece of F1 related trolling I’ve seen in a while – just look at all the comments. Nice one, Felipe.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Why Vettel's rivals may be disappointed in...

I’m broadly in agreement with what you say, and managing traction without access to this year’s levels of downforce is going to be a very different problem to the one that Newey has excelled in solving...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Why Vettel's rivals may be disappointed in...

And in addition, of course, Sebastian Vettel’s current unique driving style will not be possible next year.

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Singapore showed Vettel's true advantage -...

Yes, here’s a link to a transcript of the interview:http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/110285 Hamilton’s first response to the question about Red Bull’s pace was this: “I agree, there’s not...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Vettel expects more pressure from Mercedes...

Actually, Renault have spilled the beans – Mercedes just don’t have the right engine mapping:http://thejudge13.com/2013/10/04/red-bulls-clever-mechanical-systems-explained/ Clearly the system works...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Vettel "deserves his success" says Hamilton

So what’s the problem with that – why shouldn’t both be entirely sincere ?

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, Vettel breaks track record with Indian GP...

No idea. If you look at Vettel’s pole lap:http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/24682933 he clearly leaves the track with all four wheels three times. If they are going to penalise Grosjean for a...

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Nigel Bates commented on the post, How to design a better points system for...

That is Keith’s favoured solution as outlined above. It’s worth looking at how it might have effected past results. In general, it doesn’t massively alter what happened, but I’ve listed some of the...

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