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Old 01-04-2019, 00:20   #81
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Yeah not noticing any significant lipsync/audio issues either, other than the echo from the trackside speakers on the interviews immediately after the race. I'll have a check of my recording though.

Enjoyed that race a lot, felt really bad for Leclerc but another chance can't be far away. Very mature response after what must have been a crushing disappointment when he thought he was about to get his first win... I guess at least the simultaneous Renault failures kept him on the podium. Been very impressed by Norris in the McLaren, very strong showing for him, some mega overtakes, and the places he lost at the start didn't seem to be his fault.

Missing Ted's Notebook though.
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Old 01-04-2019, 00:25   #82
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Missing Ted's Notebook though.
Next race they say, still 13 races is simply not good enough, unless it’s his decision to do it for family reasons. I don’t think it is though
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Old 01-04-2019, 00:29   #83
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So disappointing for Leclerc, but he's certainly shown Ferrari that he can compete and beat Vettel.

I wonder whether this could be a similar season for Vettel as 2014, when he was at Red Bull with Ricciardo. His reputation took quite a hit then, he left for Ferrari and it's only really recovered due to time passing and competing against Raikkonen. If Leclerc matches or beats him, it'll surely dent his legacy.
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I think LeClerc is an exceptional driver and I have a feeling that 2019 will be his year, despite yesterday's setback due to no fault of his own. That was his race before the Ferrari power failure. I have watched him in the smaller Formulae races and he reminded me of Prost at his best. I think he is at least as talented as Mad Max without the brain fade of the latter. I hope he has the maturity to put Bahrain disappointment behind him and move on. And I hope Team Ferrari have the sense to see his long term potential and not hold him back to favour Vettel. Otherwise, LeClerc could be grabbed by other teams at the first opportunity.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:16   #85
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Future world champion without a doubt if he stays at Ferrari.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:37   #86
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Or a one race wonder where Vettel was a little off the pace? Ferrari have never operated well with two decent drivers have they? But after the dominant display of the first race, its nice to see that maybe Ferrari will keep the Mercedes honest throughout the season!
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I’m looking forward to the Vettel implosion. I don’t think it’ll take too long.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:54   #88
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If Vettel is lagging by the end of the season I could see him doing a Rosberg and just retiring. He'll never get a drive with another team that can produce a championship winning car so why risk continued racing where there the potential for serious injury or even death? He can't need the money and he could get his adrenaline kicks elsewhere.
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For goodness sake, what a ridiculous statement. It’s never been safer as a sport.

The risk is to his reputation
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Old 02-04-2019, 09:13   #90
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For goodness sake, what a ridiculous statement. It’s never been safer as a sport.

The risk is to his reputation
It's not ridiculous. Regardless of all of the safety measures, you're still sat in a car doing 200mph! Accidents can still happen, even if it's a 1% chance, that's still a chance.
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Having worked with a bunch of the drivers (and test drivers) in the day job, they all basically have the same complete disregard for their own personal safety on the track. It doesn't even remotely come into their minds.
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You have to, you have to literally not care about dying otherwise you'll never push yourself to take that bend as fast as you can.
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It's not ridiculous. Regardless of all of the safety measures, you're still sat in a car doing 200mph! Accidents can still happen, even if it's a 1% chance, that's still a chance.

There’s a chance you’ll get killed by your toaster

It won’t stop you using it and the same logic won’t stop Seb Vettel or any other F1 driver getting into a car at present. If we were talking about Niki Lauda 40 odd years ago you’d have a point.
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I don't think you can compare a toaster to any racing car. Like I said, the risk is miniscule compared to 2/3 chance you had in the 50s/60s and even 70s but there is still a risk when you're doing 200+ mph.
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Yeah, and you just have to take it from me that the risk isn't a factor in the F1 drivers' minds.
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In relation to the above posts, may I ask one thing? Is there a comparison figure for the chances between a modern F1 racing driver (say, post-2000) getting seriously injured or dying as compared with a similar outcome for an ordinary driver due to an RTA in a Western country (say, the UK)?
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Uk risk of death in a car accident is something like 1 in 20,000, in any one year
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I think we can say with some certainty that you have more risk of dying in a RTA than driving an F1 car but then there are millions of cars on the road, millions of drivers (of varying competency levels) and millions of journeys made daily. They're not really comparable.
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They’re entirely comparable. It’s just that the risk is different.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand

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We've had people die in F1 cars and serious injuries, based on their mileage and the amount of people who have competed, I'd guess about 100 or so. I'd say the odds are considerably worse in an F1 car.
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