2022 Canadian Grand Prix

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Chuck will be starting midfield at best, maybe worse if they also change the turbocharger. TC2 and TC3 were destroyed at Spain and Baku, TC1 has been racking up practice mileage on Fridays.

 

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^ After all these years of grid penalties deflating F1 race weekends... flat out ruining the show... it's a frickin' shame that it's still happening. Big crowd on hand for a Friday and obviously will be even bigger on Sunday, and they have paid a pretty penny to be there. And one of the two leading contenders is relegated to the trash bin (in terms of going for the win).

I don't know what the answer is, but I feel Liberty Media hasn't done jacksh!t to fix the problems that Bernie never even tried to fix. (Yes, I'm grumpy because it's Leclerc... been a Ferrari fanboy since 1962 when at age 13 I was captivated by b & w photos of the GTO in Road & Track magazine. And even before that, I had a 1958 Testarossa slot car, LOL.)
 

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I get your frustration but I feel this track is one of the better ones for overtaking so he's got that going for him. Then there's the strategy these teams use which often times seem to outweigh the actual racing. Problem is, the strategy can be screwed up as we've seen in the past.

I like this track and expect a good race.
 

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Leclerc took more components and will start from the back row with Tsunoda. Sainz will need to step up tomorrow.

Great qualifying in changing conditions. Verstappen pole, Alonso P2 - old man still has it, and the crowd loved it. Haas P5 and P6. Perez stuffed it in a barrier in Q2 and will start midfield.
 

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So much going on, especially in the background that it's hard to keep up.

Mercedes looking much better, and best of all, neither driver was complaining about porpoising. If they can keep it that way in the dry they have something they can build on.

Alpine has had decent qualifying most of the year, but they have not really delivered on race day. If it's dry tomorrow I expect he won't have the advantage his experience gave him in the wet, but if it's wet it could be a fun race, especially with Hamilton in the mix and even more especially with the Haas cars running this well.

I have a funny feeling this could be Sainz race, but that could just be wishful thinking.
 

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I probably don't need to say anything about what a great race Max ran and what a great champion he is turning out to be because he really confirmed it today. It pains me to say this after all the dirty stunts he has pulled and the way last year played out, but I have to be honest and say he's a great champion.

Sainz though came that close to greatness today and it was heartbreaking to see it escape him again. Anyone who had eyes on that seat might be disappointed because Carlos is getting it all figured out. That first win can come any time now, but the first order of business after a rough season was to deliver a good finish, and that came today.

I've been saying since 2014 that we're not seeing the real Lewis Hamilton. The real Lewis Hamilton is a fighter of the first magnitude who needs to get slapped around a bit before he realizes he's in a fight. That's when the real Lewis comes out. In many ways it's a shame he has had the best car because he's a lot more fun to watch him deliver with his back against the wall. Well, he's sure in a fight now and we sure saw the real Lewis Hamilton. George had another solid weekend and Mr. Saturday has become Mr. Consistency.

I made a special point to watch every car closely on the straights, and they are all porpoising. All of them. At least now the drivers aren't getting beat up like they were, but this phenomenon seems to change from race to race and every Saturday to Sunday. Remember, Lewis' car was "undrivable" on Friday, but as it stands right now he only needs to find a little speed and he will be right in the mix for wins.

Lots of people had great races and the level of clean driving was at an all time high. The swerving on the straights and running opponents wide seems to have completely disappeared, and I can only guess the FIA laid down what is acceptable at the first driver's meeting. Something happened because this is a totally different sport now.

I love the new cars, but I think there needs to be a small tweak of the rules to eliminate the porpoising. If they ca get rid of that, these cars will give us the kind of racing we've seen all year without hurting the drivers. We're right on the doorstep of a great new era in F1.
 

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It’s as if the teams are doing it on porpoise.
Apparently, they are pushing the cars as hard and running them as low as they can. A little porpoising seems to be ok and it took the teams a few races to find that point, I suppose. If it makes the car faster, the teams will put up with it.

So, at this point, the FIA needs to take that decision away from the teams and make everyone run a safe ride height. It will be the same for everyone to make a higher ride height work, but at least we won't be hurting people.

Edit: I misseed the subtleness of your post. Well done.
 

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Pretty tired of Haas having good qualifyings and then doing nothing with them. They’ve missed out on a lot of points this year.
Still, they are turning the corner and becoming a team America can be proud of.

Still, what does Mick have to do to get a measly point? It also looks like Mags got into Lewis and that ruined what was turning into a decent race for him.
 

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The FIA really needs to come up with a ground clearance and require it for next year to stop all this crazy bouncing.

If they tried it now Horner would go into trash talk mode and try to get a rise out of Toto, Marco would take a dump in the pitlane and Jos would try to run his girlfriend over with his car again in the paddock and maybe crack a skull or two. Mate****z would sit off to the side smiling at the sh*tstom he is financing. Those people consume too much energy drink and it makes them all nuts.
 
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