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Charles Leclerc with the gift from Ferrari for his 20th Birthday.

Charles Leclerc with the gift from Ferrari for his 20th Birthday.

it's no gift, it's a loan

Hey Ferrari, my birthday is coming up too. Can I have one too, preferably in navy, pretty please.

Even drivers in F1 don't get cars for free from the manufacturers they race for. Unless part of their contract.

That's not the point idiot

Red Bull will protest if their unique ideas are used by Renault after the Budkowski hiring.

Red Bull will protest if their unique ideas are used by Renault after the Budkowski hiring.

Stuff like this is why they got him. Renault would be stupid to show up to the grid with a clone of redbull or Mercedes. They'll benefit greatly just from all this behind the scenes organizational stuff from other teams.

Some interesting details from a Google translate of the article:

Budkowski has already seen the 2018 car at Williams and Sauber in the wind tunnel. "He knows our data and projects for next year," one is angry at Force India. McLaren team chef Eric Boullier mentions three tricky examples: "He has the power data of all engines. And he knows what downforce the individual cars produce. In our case, he knows the share of CFD and wind tunnel work. This is strategic knowledge. Also the regulations, how far one may go with the hydraulic running gear. "He knows all the permissible and unauthorized tricks." Mercedes-Teamchef Toto Wolff sees the greatest damage in the fact that Budkowski knows how the top teams configure their wind tunnel and program CFD software so that they can drive a maximum of many test series with limited wind tunnel time and computer capacity. This is a privilege of the big teams, which can be made by experts. Anyone who has more experiments with restricted wind tunnel time can develop more quickly.

The fine should not be money, it should be straight up disqualification from the WCC imo, if these allegations are real, and they just copied all the important bits.

this will be fun to watch in 2018 If Renault copies All important bits from all teams. And all the teams start Protest and Renault End up paying huge Fine to the FIA.

TIL in the 5 years that F1 has raced at COTA, only two people have won it

TIL in the 5 years that F1 has raced at COTA, only two people have won it
Still more than MotoGP

Still more than

I, too, saw the table.

COTA is for Marquez, like Phillip Island was for Stoner.

Hamilton absolutely loves the track, only lost one of his 6 races in the USA (Indy 2007 included)

Lewis Hamilton now getting payback for 2016 F1 luck - Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton now getting payback for 2016 F1 luck - Jenson Button

Please please please don’t turn into a huge who-deserved-to-win-and-who-had-the-luck argument.

No JB. Luck doesn't keep score. It is, by nature, totally random.

Just grab the popcorn and wait.

Flair doesn’t check out

Lewis Hamilton was 'weird' as a team-mate, says Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton was 'weird' as a team-mate, says Jenson Button
Lewis Hamilton was 'weird' as a team-mate, says Jenson Button

Lewis was unbelievably quick and could pull a lap out of the bag just like that; him and Ayrton Senna were the two quickest guys over one lap, maybe ever.

But Fernando was the more rounded driver. I'd know, even if I out-qualified him,that he'd still be tough to beat in a race.

Interesting coming from a man that had both drivers as teammates.

Yeah, in 2011, Hamilton was anything but rounded. But I think if Button were to face Hamilton now his view might be different.

Yes I was thinking the same thing, Lewis has matured a lot more since they were teammates, improved in a number of different areas.

Looking forward to reading this book. I hope he doesn't hold back and tells some home truths about himself and F1.

Whitmarsh split up Hamilton's crew after 2009 and made 2 new crews, that did not sit well with Hamilton. His insistence on not getting involved with team decisions regarding team mates allowed that to happen. Try and imagine Alonso, Schumacher, Mansell, Prost etc allowing his crew to be dismantled to help the arriving driver. It would simply not happen. Button should have inherited Heikki's crew. Same thing happened with Rosberg in 2016. Lewis' winning crew got broken up. It's the downside to not being feared politically within your own team. Kimi would get the same treatment because he doesn't get involved in that scene.

In truth McLaren's equal status driver ideology cost them lot during those years. And Whitmarsh in general, really. Giving Brawn Mercedes engines, allowing Red Bull to dictate terms in FOTA. He tried so hard to be the good guy and failed to remember he was working in the Piranha club.

Renault RS16, Sunset, Singapore

Renault RS16, Sunset, Singapore

I think that the RS16 had one of the better liveries.

jolyon speeding off to the jobcentre

Damn that's an awesome photo.

The fastest banana on Earth.

Ayrton giving Bruno an early lesson.

Ayrton giving Bruno an early lesson.

IIRC Ayrton said that Bruno had the potential to be faster than him. I don't know if he said it out of loyalty for him but after Ayrtons death Bruno was forbidden from racing by his family which didn't do his racing career lots of good.

When Bruno was ten he said “If you think I'm fast, just wait until you see my nephew Bruno.”

Yep he wasn't allowed to race until he was 17. His Mum was pretty reluctant seeing as well as Ayrton dying his Dad was killed on a motorbike.

Right, that was it. Didn't know about the dad part...can't blame her. Still, one of my favorite what-ifs of "modern" times...

Yeah, have to wonder how things might have been different.

I Tried to do a Ricciardo Illustration. How is it?

I Tried to do a Ricciardo Illustration. How is it?

You say Ricciardo right? I don’t see a blinding smile, so this must be another driver.

I mean it's not bad, but I wouldn't use it as my wallpaper. Maybe you could add wheels, there is just something lacking in this image.

I stared at it for three minutes straight. For the first minute, I thought it was the ugliest thing ever. Then in the second minute, it started to grow on me. For the third minute, I just admired it, in awe of how awesome it is.

You broke my brain. And that's a huge compliment. This is really exceptional. If you take away that lost three at the top, it's perfect. Any plans to do other drivers?

Because you're meant to vote based on the content not the user.

Throwback to 2007!!

Throwback to 2007!!

I Remeber clearly wishing him the best of luck and maybe his first career victory. Went on to win it, become a multiple world camp and be wort hundreds of millions. Yet I'm still here jerking it haha.

Man, Hamilton's style has changed a lot. You can tell Ron Dennis was his team boss at this point.

Both Lewis and Alonso had long luscious hair in 2006 before Ron Dennis attacked them with a pair of clippers in 2007.

Keep jerking off with pride.

Palmer has 'Renault's commitment' to help him find a drive in 2018

Palmer has 'Renault's commitment' to help him find a drive in 2018

A reference from Alain Prost on his C.V.

Plot twist:

"We are proud to announce that our 2017 race driver, Jolyon Palmer, will be returning to us for 2018 as a reserve driver under our drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz. With his wealth of experience working alongside us at Enstone, we believe he will prove to be a valuable asset on our team."

I will take everything that Cyril Abiteboul says with a grain of salt.

Please go to Formula E and give them a run for their money.

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