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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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”

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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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Book Reviews

Book Review: Ready Player One

I’ve had several people tell me to read this book and it’s been sitting in my “to be read” pile for a while. When I realized they were making it into a movie, I knew I had to move it to the top of the pile.

I’m not a huge gamer. Played plenty of video games when I was a kid–Tetris was a personal favorite, but beyond some drunken Golden Eye on the N64 in college, my adult life has not included gaming.

And of course, this book is about a massive multiplayer virtual reality simulation that people across the globe access on a daily basis because the real world had become so bleak. So, admittedly at first glance, I wasn’t sure if I’d get into it. Holy crap, am I glad I gave this book a chance.

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Bahrain Grand Prix

Last race here, because the FIA does whatever it wants, Bernie or no Bernie. Bottas surprised everyone with pole position, then surprised everyone again by staying in front after the first corner. Vettel, on the other hand didn’t surprise anyone when he got the jump on Hamilton and immediately started chasing down the leader. Exciting opening lap for sure.

Red Bull duked it out between each other for a bit, but Verstappen kept the pressure on Hamilton and Ricciardo waiting in the wings for any opportunity to strike. Magnussen lost his car on lap 9–more trouble for Haas once again.

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Chinese Grand Prix

Dry qualifying with record-setting laps lent itself to a damp start to race day. With everyone expecting the track to dry out quickly in the opening laps, it was Carlos Sainz who was the only one to gamble and start on the super soft tires instead of the intermediates.

More or less a safe start, with Vettel sneaking in a less than proper grid place start in second. Despite it, Hamilton got to the first turn quicker and seemed to comfortably set the pace.

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2017 Australian GP

Racing is back!!!!

Never a dull start, either. Hamilton saying the grip is poor on the starting line, an aborted start, and questions about passing because the cars are so much wider than last year’s. It was tough not seeing Ricciardo on the start, but it was great to see his car leave the garage on lap 3. Aussies had to love seeing him not quit.

Lucky for me, Hamilton got a good start but Vettel started chasing him down fast. Ferrari did a MUCH better job this offseason of developing their car and letting the lap times do the talking instead of empty talk. Vettel backed that up early on by cranking out the fastest laps, while Hamilton had the advantage with clean air and the ability to set the pace. Hamilton responded quickly to Vettel and got him out of DRS range, as well as setting his own fastest lap. Cat and mouse at it’s finest.

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