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Yeah I'd been delierately avoiding it, assuming that it would just be some nonsense glitzy crap about how fantastic F1 drivers are but it's actually really quite insightful. I'd hate to think how much Netflix must've paid for the access they've got...

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I suspect it may not have been that much. I think the new (well, not really 'new' new any more) owners actually understand  how social media and audiences work, rather than being some senile twat like Bernie who just wants to add some zeroes to his latest Rolex contract rather than expanding the reach of F1.

It sounds like they've had an appreciable difference in audience numbers that they're attributing to the Netflix boom, so it may be that they've given them access in exchange for drumming up those new viewers. It doesn't really cost F1 anything to have the Netflix guys cruising around at the end of the day. Think the teams have realised that it's good PR for them too, unless you're Williams where they'll film you for the season then use about 3 clips of Claire Williams before she left...

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Track limit violation on turn 9 from Lando Norris looked so marginal to deny him P2 in Q3. 

 

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Anyone think Mercedes kinda dropped the ball bringing in bottas at the end? Seemed inevitable that verstappen would do the same and be faster.

 

edit: just saw max got his time deleted. Still, not the greatest tactics ever?

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Just don't see how Bottas is gonna make any serious title challenge on Hamilton, other than using Verstappen as a virtual wingman like at the early restart that caught Hamilton napping. 

 

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On 02/05/2021 at 7:42 PM, manuel said:

Anyone think Mercedes kinda dropped the ball bringing in bottas at the end? Seemed inevitable that verstappen would do the same and be faster.

 

edit: just saw max got his time deleted. Still, not the greatest tactics ever?

Indeedy. They admit in this video that they should have done it a lap later: 

Red Bull complaining about track limit enforcement after the fact too - Helmut Marko claiming they lost a win, pole and fastest lap because of track limits. They arguably did 'lose' those because of the track limits violations, but those came up because their driver violated track limits. It's not hard to work out. He overtook Hamilton while he technically wasn't on the track. He slid outside of track limits in qualifying. He drove outside of track limits on his go at fastest lap.

I'm not in an F1 team, but even I knew that they were enforcing turn 14 (and 15) track limits at Portimao, and when Max was having his tilt at fastest lap I saw that he went beyond the red and white curb and called it immediately that he'd lose the time because of that. If I'm just a random dickhead and I know that, how can a person paid millions to drive an F1 car not be aware of that? I'd be pretty embarrassed about that and wouldn't really want to draw attention to it, rather than saying I was just totally oblivious to it and didn't know it was happening. I guess Red Bull culture is to never take responsibility for anything, so it does follow that pattern.

I do hope Max gets a crack at the title as he is a great driver, but that attitude at Red Bull is preeeeetty toxic. A slight contrast to how Mercedes appear to be happy to hold their hands up and accept when they've got something wrong, e.g. that video up there.

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Shame RedBull couldn't help Verstappen maintain the position he gained from the start. Otherwise pretty boring race. 

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Meh - I was pretty happy merc won - I think I dislike max/Redbull more than I do merc/Hamilton (just). And he overtook on track ***.

Is it just me or did merc hand verstappen fastest lap (or a very good shot at it) again? As soon as they pitted bottas they handed max a free stop if he got overtaken. They nailed Hamilton’s strategy to win but bottas is just dead weight at the moment - he nearly took Hamilton out by not moving over and can’t get anywhere near fastest laps. If it were my team Russell would be in now. 

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