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Deja vu from 2017, sadly.



Unrelated to racing, but I want deja-vu to 2017 emoticon
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I've not done summaries since I haven't been able with the house changes, then Hamilton has had it handed to him so much that I've been too depressed to bother. This was supposed to be when he was toppled, damn it! Instead his ego grows bigger,and the British press grows smugger and more hateful. I might as well just nominate him after Friday and be done with it. Yawn-a-rama. Vettel's been robbed, I say. Robbed! They will be coming though, as F2, GP3 and PSC are all crowning their champions in a matter of weeks, and Formula E had its pre-season testing this week. Due to the moving I have missed the entire WRC season, that's ripe for a binging on Channel 5.
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An upgrade turning out to be a downgrade, with the state of the car beforehand turning out to be enough to win, only for them to lose the advantage by being too greedy and wanting more performance on top of that. Oh Ferrari, how dare you fall into that trap when I'm supporting you, when back in the day you pointed and laughed at the other teams for doing that when I wanted them to beat you. And dumping Kimi a year earlier than you should... Do you like torturing me like this? I am still disgusted by the lack of action taken against Hamilton for his crash with Vettel in Italy. A Ferrari hits a Mercedes on lap one and makes it spin in France and Britain: penalty. A Mercedes hits a Ferrari on lap one and makes it spin in Italy: racing incident. Bull Hits! What the hell was different then to now? There's no way that's not showing bias towards Mercedes, I don't care what anyone says. If that was a racing incident, then Vettel shoud not have been done in France for hitting Bottas, and Raikkonen should not have been done in Britain for hitting Hamilton. They were all the same. Simple as that.

Frustration is the order of the day in subsequent races, as the words of Toto Wolff rang true. He said whoever got it wrong first in development would lose. And Ferrari did just that. Hamilton, as usual, to quote the trope, Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing. Damn it all to hell.

This was supposed to be different. This was supposed to be the fall of the empire. It did turn out to be like Schumacher's Ferrari after all. Surviving the surge and brief overhauling in performance by two other teams to win by endurance, before returning to being the fastest and killing the excitement.
Mercedes take me back to those dark days by matching the five in a row of the red cars with a driver I believe does not deserve to win; then Schumacher, now Hamilton. Way to ruin my 20th anniversary guys. But then again, perhaps ye racing gods have it all in hand. Vettel has matched his hero Schumacher statisically in so many ways it's not even funny anymore. Most points in a season record, mid-season debut, winning first title in car number 5, first title in third full season, record breaking consecutive title sequence, three race wins in first season with Ferrari, to finish third in the standings behind the two drivers who drive the championship dominating car... It also took Schumacher five years to win with Ferrari. *fingers crossed for 12 months*

After so many months of trying to be fairer, I couldn't hold it any longer, I had to get my whinger's hat on. Brit bashing over, what a crazy driver market that was, huh? Ricciardo to Renault, Alonso finally naffing off, Raikkonen not, Leclerc to Ferrari a year too early for my liking, and Ocon so unfortunately out on his ear. Yeesh. Still don't give a toss about Lando Norris, but I fear George Russell, going to Williams in their sorry state, is about to suffer the same career SNAFU that Vandoorne seemed to be heading for with McLaren until he bagged a Formula E deal. He did well, effectively defecting to Mercedes. Last laugh, eh, Stoffel? Now will everyone please finally accept that Williams did the right thing by not subjecting Robert Kubica to the humiliation of lugging THAT bucket of bolts around the track?

Oh, and MiniDrivers, bravo. "Bwoah-llelujah." That is all.

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 346
2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 276
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 221
4. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 217

Constructors

1. Mercedes 563
2. Ferrari 497
3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 337
4. Renault 106

Manufacturers

1. Mercedes 617
2. Ferrari 609
3. Renault 413
4. Honda 32

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Porsche Supercup

Back to series where I do not have such loud biases...

Heading into the final two races of the season, things appear to have gone the way I thought it might. Being in the top team meant that if Preining could get a rhythm going, then he would take it to Ammermuller, which he largely has. The breakthrough win was followed by several wins in a row in the heat of summer. Ammermuller has struggled to achieve outright pace, but his experience means he has remained a tough nut. He has illustrated the old concept in racing that the second title or second success of any kind is sometimes harder than the first because the expectation that you are good enough to do it again means questions are asked of you if you do not win as easily as before. Ammermuller has done a lot of fighting with other cars either in the other podium places or higher points places, whilst only picking up a couple of wins compared to last year. EDIT: Or only one, in his case. He's been so consistent, I forgot that. Consistency will be what gets him the title if he does the job and retains it. He's plugging away like Tornado always did on Robot Wars, to use an analogy. The opponent throws everything into the fight, but he still keeps coming back, or as Tornado was described once, a "darn, dogged little thing". All or nothing had been the way to go with Preining before the last race in Italy, as he either won or wasn't on the podium. Meanwhile the former GP2 racer Nick Yelloly has done similarly to put together his first successes in the Fach Auto Tech car. Commentator Jack Nicholls has been saying for ages it's just between him and Ammermuller, but I think Preining's the one who the momentum is with, going by his growing win hit rate. Yelloly is in the 'other' big team at Fach Auto Tech, and that has helped him stay in it, but I feel he's lacking overall pace. Both of them need to bring their A+ game to dislodge Ammermuller, and will have had to slog their way to the title if either of them manage it. Final Showdown time!

Drivers

1. Michael Ammermuller (BWT Lechner Racing) 119
2. Nick Yelloly (Fach Auto Tech) 114
3. Thomas Preining (BWT Lechner Racing) 105
4. Mattia Drudi (Dinamic Motorsport) 93

Teams

1. BWT Lechner Racing 224
2. Fach Auto Tech 187
3. Martinet by Almeras 158
4. Dinamic Motorsport 119

Nations

1. France 166
2. Britain 158
3. Netherlands 140
4. Germany 137

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Jenson Button - with team mate Naoki Yamamoto - has won Japanese Super GT series.

Heikki Kovalainen who won the series 2016 was 9th.

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I keep seeing "Henson Button" when I quickly look at it from the ticker emoticon
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World Rally Championship ended more and less satisfyingly for Finland in Australia.
In total score Latvala and Lappi were 4th and 5th, while Rovanperä was 3rd in WRC-2 class.

Positives:
- Latvala got the only victory for Finns this season in Rally Australia
- Toyota won the manufacturer championship with two Finns and an Estonian driving and multiple world champion Tommi Mäkinen as team principal - I assume first Finn to win manufacturer championship in that position

Negatives:
- with both challengers Neuville and Tänak retiring in last stages, Ogier gets his 6th world championship in a rather anticlimactic way; it was close to being decided in the last power stage
- not only is that championship 6th to Ogier, with Loeb before him that makes 15 in row for French drivers - also longest streak ever without a Finnish winner
- ...and the France-Finland-Rest of the World score in WRC is now 16-14-12

This was first time since 2007 that same team doesn't win drivers and manufacturers championship.

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Formula E

Soooooo... that ended in summer, right? emoticon Gen1's final hurrah came close in the end, didn't it? Well, in the constructor's, at least. Poor Lotterer feeling guilty
about his over eager start costing Techeetah a fairytale title with a penalty, but by 'eck, didn't he try to put that right. Vergne became the first driver's champion to wrap it up early after Virgin's fears about New York's changes came true, costing Bird vital speed. Ouch. I thought Vergne had blown it in Switzerland, to be honest. A high points finish was required, and that's the time he decides to drive sloppily and get a penalty. I was disappointed Audi got the constructors, really. Part of that is down to the fact that they are the rival, with me being a Renault fan, I admit. Techeetah had 'turned up' all year doing the job, and here come Audi seemingly out of nowhere after being so unreliable they really weren't worthy of it, to my mind. Yeah, you can argue they busted their guts to come back from a disastrous start, but since they had always been front runners along with Renault, they really shouldn't have had to do that. And they are still throwing wins away through procedural screw ups, in a way I haven't even seen in F1. Also making me unhappy is how they managed to get back to winning ways when somehow their usual rivals Renault didn't, despite it still being Gen1, which they had dominated with, and doubly so, since Techeetah were able to win as a customer team. Will they still be as competitive after taking DS off of Virgin? We shall see. I'm not so sure, right now. The test after the race has Techeetah running Tatiana Calderon, so I will watch with interest. Also interesting to see Katherine Legge testing a Gen2 car with Mahindra, having previously raced the Gen1 car, all the way back in Season 1 with Aguri.

I'll of course be voting often for Felipe Massa in Season 5, can he get a first single seater win in over 10 years this year? Ooh, the suspense!

[cynic]Let's enjoy this last season of fun before Mercedes turn up fully in Season 6 and ruin it for everyone.[/cynic]

Gen2 is here at last! Woohoo! Penguin Power!

Season 4 Final Drivers Standings

1. Jean Eric Vergne (Techeetah) 198

2. Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt) 144
3. Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) 143
4. Sebastien Buemi ([sign in to see URL] Renault) 125
5. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt) 120
6. Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) 96
7. Mitch Evans (Jaguar) 68
8. Andre Lotterer (Techeetah) 64
9. Nelson Piquet Junior (Jaguar) 51
10. Oliver Turvey (Nio) 46
11. Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) 42
12. Maro Engel (Venturi) 31
13. Edoardo Mortara (Venturi) 29
14. Jerome D'Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) 27
15. Antonio Felix Da Costa (Andretti) 20
16. Alex Lynn (DS Virgin Racing) 17
17. Jose Maria Lopez (Dragon Racing) 14
18. Tom Dillmann (Venturi) 12
19. Nicolas Prost ([sign in to see URL] Renault) 8
20. Tom Blomqvist (Andretti) 4
21. Luca Fillippi (Nio) 1
22. Stephane Sarrazin (Andretti) 0
23. Ma Qing Hua (Nio) 0
24. Kamui Kobayashi (Andretti) 0
25. Neel Jani (Dragon Racing) 0

Season 4 Final Constructors Standings

1. Audi Sport Abt 264

2. Techeetah 262
3. DS Virgin Racing 160
4. Mahindra Racing 138
5. [sign in to see URL] Renault 133
6. Jaguar 119
7. Venturi 72
8. Nio 47
9. Dragon Racing 41
10. Andretti 24

Season 4 Final Manufacturers Standings

1. Renault 395

2. Audi 264
3. Citroen 160
4. Mahindra 138
5. Jaguar 119
6. Venturi 72
7. Nio 47
8. Penske 41
9. Andretti 24

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