Ramblings

Formula 1

Belgian Grand Prix

Can we start with how happy I am the summer break is finally over? I know the season is tough on the teams and it’s good for them to rest but it’s tough on fans. We go through withdrawals.

Fantastic news that Kimi has been signed for one more year at Ferrari, too. That makes the rest of the driver moves much more complicated and that makes me happy. Verstappen now has fewer options and will have to put his diva attitude on hold. Alonso still might make a move (and that move may not even be within Formula 1).

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

I’ve been in a book rut the past few months. Was trying to read but just couldn’t get into the choices I made. I abandoned a Chuck Palahniuk book after 100 pages, “As I Lay Dying” by Faulkner couldn’t suck me in despite being a recognized classic, and other one that I can’t even remember the name.

When my cousin suggested this book to me and told me that it was about racing but told from a dog’s point of view, I figured it had to be worth a read. Wow, did I underestimate how good it would be. I read this book in 36 hours and that was only because I had to put it down to function at work by getting sleep. I could have easily read this in one sitting. It grabbed my attention and my heart-strings from page one. Continue reading “Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain”

Formula 1

Hungarian Grand Prix

Ferarri had this track figured out in qualifying this race, compared to Mercedes. It was thrilling to see record lap after record lap being set. Hamilton complained of tire vibrations in Q3 and just never could pull it completely together in the last few minutes when Vettel and Raikkonen could.

But when the race started, it was Red Bull who had the most trouble–Verstappen hit Ricciardo and took him out of the race on the opening lap. They had to release the safety car since Ricciardo’s car covered the track in fluids.

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Formula 1

British Grand Prix

It’s safe to say I’ve been slacking. It started with me going on vacation with the family in June and I just flat-out didn’t back into things as I meant to. But if I’m going to jump back into it late, at least it’s for the British GP.

Before the race, I think it’s important to note a couple of things. First, it’s weird not having this race the same weekend as the 4th of July–I always secretly thought it was a British middle finger to the chaps across the pond and this year was left wanting. Second, how awesome was it to have Alonso finish Q1 at the top of the board? I know it was a result of circumstances, but he can still drive the piss out of a car in wet conditions and I miss McLaren being a top contender.

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Formula 1

Monaco Grand Prix

Can we started with Hamilton not getting into Q3 for the first time in forever? He had the best time in free practice 1 and it fell off after that, including where it counted the most. Partly due to VanDoorne’s crash in Q2 but he usually has a strong enough qualifying time where he doesn’t need to crank out the critical lap at the very end of Q2. Then Kimi taking his first pole in 4 years. Vettel making sure Ferrari had a front row lockout.

Enjoyed hearing Alonso and Button’s exchange just before the race start. Alonso telling Button to take care of his car and Button saying he was going to pee in the seat.

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Formula 1

Spanish Grand Prix

Hamilton edged out Vettel for pole to start the race, and just barely. It was a Mercedes and Ferrari row stack with a thrilling start. Vettel got the jump on Hamilton going in to Turn 1 and took the lead… while Bottas and Raikkonen got into each other, which immediately sent Raikkonen into Verstappen. Suddenly, Ferrari and Red Bull had one car left in the race.

Somehow Alonso kept his car in the race after being forced off by Massa, which dragged him out of the points, but numerous other “racing incidents” happened early on to bring out a virtual safety car ultimately thanks to VanDorne’s McLaren crapping out.  Continue reading “Spanish Grand Prix”

Formula 1

Russian Grand Prix

Ferrari locked out the front row in qualifying for the first time in almost ten years. They’ve really proven they caught up to Mercedes and they’re here to fight. It makes for a much more interesting season than when Mercedes (or Red Bull before) just runs away with everything without having to really try.

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