November 19, 2013
*WELL, NO: For all intents and purposes, the race was over by the time Vettel climbed Phil Hill and made it through Turn 1. In fact, not only had he locked up the win but Lettuce Grosjean, taking advantage of yet another Mark Webber Lousy Start®, slotted into second place... which he wouldn't relinquish either. So, yeah, there's the race writeup, right there.
*BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE: Over at Chizumatic, Steven finally watched his first F1 race. He's absolutely right that DRS is, as he calls it, a hack. Before it came around, we saw practically zero passing; now we see regular passing, but usually only in certain locations. We here at F1U! like DRS about as much as we like Bubonic Plague, but it has done what the FIA wanted it to do. Steven also talks about the pitstops, and how even a "slow" one looked fast to his eyes. During the race, someone (Button?) had a four second long stop, and we were going "wow, slow" around the three second mark. But then, Mark Webber had a 2.3 second stop that Red Bull is claiming was actually a sub-two. Whatever, guys.
*STILL MORE: The "official language" of F1 is supposed to be English. All radio conversations are supposed to be in English, but Ferrari continues to speak to HWMNBN in Italian, particularly for sensitive messages. For the most part, the Red Team has been playing it straight this year, but every now and again, you'll get things like this that remind us why we despise the Scuderia.
*NO REASON, JUST A COOL SHOT:
*ENOUGH OF THAT: Look, if you think you're disappointed with this writeup, imagine how we here at F1U! feel. This is what we do, and we just don't have it in us to do anything more than this. Maybe we'll do something better for our least favorite race, Brazil, this coming weekend. It's the last one of the year, after all. See you then.
Posted by: jon spencer at November 19, 2013 10:48 PM (RtbUg)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 19, 2013 11:05 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 19, 2013 11:14 PM (Izt1u)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 20, 2013 09:33 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at November 20, 2013 12:39 PM (RqRa5)
Also, in World of Warcraft, sometimes when you click on a male Pandaren NPC, he will say "Enough of that."
Posted by: RickC at November 20, 2013 02:03 PM (A9FNw)
So anything you tell your driver, or that he tells you, is essentially public information. Thus, sometimes they'll make mysterious references ("Fail two two") rather than say what's going on ("the bloody KERS just packed it in again").
Duck, maybe the 2014 cars will shake things up a bit, hey?
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at November 20, 2013 06:18 PM (pWQz4)
Av, they might do.
Steven, I'd LOVE to have the drivers be able to talk to each other during the race... particularly when one of them does something really stupid involving another one.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 20, 2013 08:36 PM (Izt1u)
Posted by: Mauser at November 21, 2013 02:37 AM (TJ7ih)
Posted by: RickC at November 22, 2013 04:32 PM (A9FNw)
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