Thanks for the corroboration. Agreed that it wasn't intended to be malicious, but what a cliched racist slip up – Yuki isn't even Chinese.I heard it. I took it more as an old man forgetting the world he’s now in. I’m sure it’ll blow up but I struggle with it being malicious.
Yes, you (and kfoss and cgori) are absolutely correct. After some sleep and with the benefit of hearing a replay, it's now clear Brundle said, "The German, the Chinaman... the man from Japan" in reference to Hulkenberg, Zhou, and Tsunoda respectively. In the moment I didn't catch "the German", so it sounded like he just said "the Chinaman", paused, then corrected himself with a bit of emphasis. My mistake! I probably shouldn't have posted at 4-5am, but it was quite surreal and this thread was the first place I thought of checking.Wasn’t he fighting with Zhou?
Albon and Gasly weren’t capable of protecting Max when the team needed the second car to hold off a challenge. If Lewis and George were working together to provide a credible threat and Perez wasn’t there to cover strategy, the rumblings would be there.Max is so dominant and Perez so not is not unexpected, but the non-trigger finger is probably the more surprising part. Albon and Gasly got yeeted for similar
Agree Perez saved by sheer luck of the zero pod concept and probably his blocking in Abu Dhabi 21.Albon and Gasly weren’t capable of protecting Max when the team needed the second car to hold off a challenge. If Lewis and George were working together to provide a credible threat and Perez wasn’t there to cover strategy, the rumblings would be there.
0.048s – that was all that stood between Charles Leclerc and pole-sitter Max Verstappen in Friday’s thrilling qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring, with those two now set to face off in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.
https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.leclerc-calls-p2-bittersweet-despite-best-quali-of-2023-in-austria.3ogiW4hAmkchn4O5vrHCg5.htmlFerrari put pedal to the metal at their Maranello base to fast-track upgrades originally intended for Hungary and bring them to Austria.
And those changes to the floor and front wing looked to have paid dividends, with Leclerc and team mate Carlos Sainz claiming P2 and P3 respectively in Friday’s qualifying – with Saturday’s Sprint Shootout and Sprint, and Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, to follow.
It's crazy, Perez won two races this year and second in points, but he's in a massive slump.Aston and Ferrari cratering is something. This best of the Max battle is something. Perez needs to go there's so many better drivers in the midfield.
I thought I was hardcore until I read you were following F2.Amazing that Lando and Piastri both held off on Hards after the restart. I wonder if Lando had been able to keep it within 1s after the restart how things may have played out different.
Max was really not rapid on the softs at the end. He could only open it up to 3.5 after a 2 second gap after the first restart lap. Makes Russell going almost 30 laps on scrubbed softs even more impressive.
Aston and Ferrari cratering is something. This best of the Max battle is something. Perez needs to go there's so many better drivers in the midfield.
Not sure if anyone was watching F2 this weekend but that Doohan vs Bearman drama was amazing. For those that didn't see the sprint race Bearman had elbows out defending against Doohan nothing illegal but definitely aggressive, until he pushed too much and went of late in the race. Doohan passed him and waved. Then today they kept getting tangled in the Feature race great theater. Martins drove a mega race even with a 5S bs penalty for leaving the track to gain and advantage and Theo man I dunno he was so promising and he's just so inconsistent.
Good article about him from a couple months ago: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/05/style/ferdinand-habsburg-royal-racecar-driving.htmlThe interesting part about the lower rungs is that there's an actual member of the Habsburg royal dynasty racing. It would be fun if he were promoted to F1 just to see what kind of reception he gets in the Austrian and Hungarian grand prix.
1000%. de Vries is the sacrificial lamb to get Danny into racing form.Pretty brutal for de Vries. He certainly hasn’t done much to impress but he doesn’t even have a full season under his belt and the AlphaTauri sucks this year. I suspect this is more about putting pressure on Checo by having someone at AT that at least conceivably could replace him if he continues to underperform.