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Old 07-16-2001, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default Hakkinen! Whew!

Speculation was that as fast as he was going, he must have been on a three-stop strategy. Unreal pace. Coulthard probably would have been just as quick, since the McLarens are generally not too far off each other, race pace-wise.

The post-race press conference was particularly terse, especially Schumacher. I don't think he was at all happy to have had his butt handed to him like that, although he obviously preferred giving it up to Hakkinen instead of Coulthard.

I couldn't believe the fuel mileage that Ferrari was getting, too. Makes you wonder if these teams don't have the tanks to run a full race distance, but the rules say they have to make one stop. Strong race from JPM, too, and his start was awesome!

The race was kind of dull, except to marvel at Hakkinen, and to see the passing and dicing that was going on.

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Old 07-16-2001, 11:43 AM   #2
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It was good to see Mika back in the winners circle, he has had terrible luck this year.

Schumacher shouldn't be down, he has the title pretty much sewn up. At least he lost to Mika and DC, that would have been worse. I am still impressed with Kimi Raikonnen, he will be good in another car.


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Old 07-16-2001, 12:00 PM   #3
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Default Ferrari didn't care

With DC out of the race both Ferrari's were more than happy to just hang where they were and collect points. No need to push it and risk a mistake and not finishing at all. Schumi still gained six on DC in drivers points, and Ferrari stayed even with McLaren in team points. Not saying Mika didn't drive a good race, but I think Ferrari was fine with taking 2-3 and keeping everyone else behind them.

Glad to see Mika win though...he gets the honorary place on my wallpaper instead of Ralf this week.
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Old 07-16-2001, 12:16 PM   #4
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Hakinnen even cracked a joke in the post race interview.
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Old 07-16-2001, 01:43 PM   #5
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donjuan, I was thinking the same thing (Ferraris just hanging back, happy to take 6 points, etc), just as the Speedvision commentators were speculating. But after watching the post-race interview, I'm not so sure that was the case. Michael was clearly not happy. Of course, it could have been that he wasn't unhappy about finishing where he did, but was unhappy that the team ordered him to take it easy? Just speculation on my part - maybe Michael was ordered by the team to cool it once DC was out.

Definitely some good racing going on in the 4th to 8th place range - not a whole lot of overtaking, of course (God forbid there be any overtaking in an F1 race! ), but some good dicing.

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Old 07-16-2001, 01:47 PM   #6
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I imagine the decision was not Michael's. If I'm running the team, DC is out, Mika is blazing away, and I've got my guys in 2 and 3 with a GOOD lead in both driver's and team points....I would sure as hell tell them to stay right where they are.

Maybe Schumi was pissed because he wanted to tie the 51 in GB and break it in Germany??
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Old 07-16-2001, 01:49 PM   #7
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I think it must have been that Ferrari asked Michael to hang back, because he did look a little disgruntled after the race. I dont think he minded coming in second, especially to Mika who is no threat at the moment and the fact that he got his first win this year. Michael even said that he would hate to see Mika retire from F1, so I doubt he was pissed about Mika winning.

Just my 2 cents.


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Old 07-16-2001, 03:15 PM   #8
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I dunno guys. It seems to me that if Schumacher were fast enough, why finish second? As hard as they run those cars even when loafing, if it's going to break, it's going to break.

I know that Schumacher was heavy, but that wouldn't have accounted for the monstrous (by F1 standards) pace difference between he and Hakkinen. I have to think it was a setup/car thing, which explained why he was so annoyed in the press conference.

His comment was really funny in a wry sort of way, though: "I parked and let him past," or something to that effect.

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Old 07-16-2001, 05:05 PM   #9
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I just think it was mixture of set-up and strategy, it just didn't work out for them on Sunday. That is why Schumi was pissed, not because Hakinnen won.



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Old 07-17-2001, 04:17 AM   #10
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Schumi: said ~ "it was'nt as if I parked and let him buy... I got sideways in that corner" which is kinda what Hakkinen said, that he was surprised by something Michael did, and was able to catch up and take advantage. Michael had no plans to let him by. His strategy of one stop could really only work if he could hold up the others to play it out. He was embarrassed at the end.
DC too much testosterone too early ala the "fast and the furious"... Guess Jarno had the same hormone levels going as well. Would have been much more interesting with DC in the mix.
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DC never makes it interesting. You always know what he's going to do:

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Old 07-17-2001, 11:49 AM   #13
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The difference in paces was due to their fuel strategies. Micheal was on a one stop, and Mika a two stop, so not only did Mika have a lighter fuel load, he could push the pace as hard as he wished.
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Michael will be back
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Old 07-17-2001, 12:40 PM   #15
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Part of executing a 1-stop strategy is being able to get in front of and hold up the competitive drivers who are on a two stop strategy. If you can keep them from turning fast laps, you negate that weight advantage, and then their second stop works against them. Perhaps after Schumi made a mistake in that one corner and Mika got by him, that ruined the chances of their strategy working...

and yes, Michael will be back, not that he really needs to, with DC choking and no one else really close, he could take 2nd's and 3rd's all the way through from now on and still win by a big margin.
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Which hopefully he will do.

<marquee> SCHUMI, SCHUMI, SCHUMI, SCHUMI, SCHUMI,</marquee>


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I was also really glad to see Mika win. I was nice to see him up there. Maybe McLaren will rebound. I also think the Mercedes team (mika excluded) is doing a bang up job on botching their season.
They really have no excuse to be as far behind as hey are. Every team has had problems and DNFs this year, including Ferrari. Problems with launch control, Mika's crappy car, and stupid DC mistakes have cost them the season. DC is a fine driver, as long as he doesn't have to deal with other cars on the track.
I know it's far from over, but DC's super-choke-2001 is just irritating and hilarious to watch. That crash on the first turn was 110% his fualt. To think that Jarno should have "backed off because I had grid posistion" is DC's excuse is just pure comedy. Does anyone know DC's address? I need to send him a box of tissues.

p.s. Way to go Sauber!
and in fictional news: KIMI replaces DC and JOS replaces RUEBENS
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Amen to that,
I dont think I have ever seen a choke to match this one.


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Hmm. If no one grapped on DC's tired, I'd say he deserves a tard face.
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DC is the original...








His name was orignally David Coulthardface.
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Old 07-18-2001, 02:53 PM   #22
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Done Choked

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Grap on his Tard !

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DC is still improving, especially in the mental side of it. The McLaren drivers never know if they will even have a race any given day, must be extra stress at the starts. Mika was brilliant.
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DC has all the time in the world to improve, he has driven in F1 for how long? I would understand the choke if it was Kimi or Jenson who was in this position, but DC is an F1 old timer. Come on DC, get your act together.


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