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@Aland, let us stay for a while with this point about the tracks. The lamentations and debate about lack of racing in F1 tend to focus on the car, the aerodynamics, tyres etc and to some extent the ritual itself for instance how to change qualifying, introduce a sprint race and so on. There is comparatively much less discussion directed to the estate on which battle takes or should take place, namely the tracks themselves. But that seems to be as big, if not a bigger solution to the predicament we have today of limited overtaking or titanic battles. On one hand, with tracks that present reasonable room, straights or other features for battle possibilities - Bahrain, Red Bull Ring, SIlverstone, Spa, Hockenheim, etc - we see a lot more racing and overtaking from these very same cars and drivers. On the other hand, no matter what you were to do to the cars or the racing ways, how much overtaking will be possible at Monaco, Hungaroring, Albert Park or Sochi as long they remain so suffocating? So, isn't that where they should put as much, even more effort, including, conceivably, canning the joke of the Monaco Granprix (racing wise) once and for all?
46Renovation
I'd say that's a fair comment. Ricciardo was commenting about Turn 6, said that the bumps didn't affect him but would likely to affect the bikes. He's got as much right to offer an opinion as anyone on here, that's for sure.
Navelgazer
@AR86 Slow down, he's got to win it once yet, never mind be back-to-back champion. He's had what, 80-odd starts in Moto2, all on the same bike?
Navelgazer
Yzrm10, could explain why MotoGP fans feel so threatened by F1 that they come here after every race and try to convince peopel not to watch F1 and that MotoGP is better? There's room for both you know. If you don't like F1, no-one's making you watch it.
AlanD
@46, I don't like team orders to prevent racing, and I don't like it when drivers have one rule for team mates and another for other drivers, but I appreciated the racing in the opening laps between Hamilton and Bottas. It would have been easy for Hamilton to put the squeeze on Bottas on the inside of the corner, but he didn't, which allowed Bottas to fight back and recover the place. If all drivers were required to do that, we'd see a lot more overtakes and attempted overtakes. As it is, at most tracks, the distances between corners is just too short to allow a car to get fully alongside the one in front, so its easy for the lead driver to shut the door and argue they had the racing line. As a result, the bulk of overtakes we see are DRS overtakes on a long straight, which always feels a bit artificial.
AlanD
Lyclyc, no, that wasn't the case. The article says that before the race the strategists were all sure two stops was the better option. The computer simulations said two stops would be faster. The drivers suggested splitting strategies as a way of covering the bases and to avoid it being processional between them. It is only with hindight and a safety car that we know the one-stop proved better, and even then not by much. As for not overtaking "aggressively", it was two level-headed drivers who raced without putting their cars at risk, nothing to do with the strategies they were on, no conspiracy to give Hamilton a better strategy.
AlanD