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    Quote Originally Posted by Christiancoach View Post
    You explanation seems in line with what I have learned over many years of being a fan, and being a race driver myself.
    As I read your comment, I had a somewhat funny thought about Red Bull. So Red Bull is threatening to leave F1, over getting engines. The whole story in a nutshell: Not happy with Renault, Mercedes doesn't want them to have Mercedes equal footing, Ferrari has same fear as Mercedes....but the one thing I haven't heard any talk about: Honda! Why not Red Bull Honda? I know why it isn't being talked about, but in a way it is a huge BURN on Honda.
    You make a good point. However, despite being somewhat insulting to not even have Honda as a consideration I'm wondering if Honda has an exclusive deal with McLaren? This is purely speculation, but I am wondering if McLaren says that Honda can only work with them through the development process, and will probably hold an exclusive deal with McLaren after they have everything sorted out. In other words, why should RB benefit from all of the exhaustion and devastation that McLaren has suffered this year once their motor is properly sorted out? Along the same vein I'm wondering if RB has considered Honda, but just think that the motor needs more development before it becomes competitive? They themselves have said that if they aren't winning they don't want to be in the sport.

    I was excited to see VW looking at partnering with RB, but of course that all fell apart due to VW's recent news. I'm wondering why RB doesn't look at other engine suppliers from days past like Ford? To that point it would have been interesting to have the American team HAAS use an American made engine.

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    Kimi: What the heck over? Seriously? You thought Bottas was just going to move over?

    Perez: Nice job!

    Rosberg: Ever wonder if the powers that be at Mercedes want Lewis to be the drivers champion this year? #conspiracytheory

    Red Bull: Quit threatening to leave. You sound like an overgrown child. I get it that you need good engines to be competitive, but throwing a tantrum threatening to leave isn't getting you any new fans.

    F1: I have been a huge fan for a long time, and I am finding myself less and less enthused and interested. Almost every other racing series on the planet has a mix of winners, except Formula 1. Most of the races are becoming parades, with a little good racing mid pack. Why can't that mid pack racing be at the front of the race? How about a little equalization? Look at the last few seasons: Brawn dominates. Red Bull dominates for several years, and now Mercedes dominates.
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    Red Bull had their motor and chassis figured out there for a while, but with the new engines Mercedes just hit it out of the park right off the bat. Great engineering that unfortunately has not seen an equal in some time. However, it seems as though Ferrari is finally starting to get their stuff together once again. I believe they even have some tokens to spend on their engine before the season is over. With the pace that they seem to have the tokens might make for some interesting final races. Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to some great wheel-to-wheel action in 2016. It's always tough with a significant change (like an entirely new engine). You'll either get the recipe right, or you'll pay the price.

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    I was hoping Rosburg would take the win after strong qualifying sessions. Like most of the races, all the better action was at the mid field. Kimi was under pressure after 1 lap to go, so its now or never, and took Bottas out.
    I gotta say, Sainz did a great drive after crashing in FP3 and was within points in the race, but spun out.
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    I agree with the mid-field action. I too am really enjoying watching the Toro Rosso kids. Max in particular is super aggressive, and a joy to watch. That kid is going to have more than one World Championship under his belt before retirement I'm sure. It won't be too many years before he's driving with one of the big manufacturers and has the equipment to give a title run.

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    Lewis and Mercedes, just pure racing no conspiracy with Rosberg.
    Quote Originally Posted by Christiancoach View Post
    Kimi: What the heck over? Seriously? You thought Bottas was just going to move over?

    Perez: Nice job!

    Rosberg: Ever wonder if the powers that be at Mercedes want Lewis to be the drivers champion this year? #conspiracytheory

    Red Bull: Quit threatening to leave. You sound like an overgrown child. I get it that you need good engines to be competitive, but throwing a tantrum threatening to leave isn't getting you any new fans.

    F1: I have been a huge fan for a long time, and I am finding myself less and less enthused and interested. Almost every other racing series on the planet has a mix of winners, except Formula 1. Most of the races are becoming parades, with a little good racing mid pack. Why can't that mid pack racing be at the front of the race? How about a little equalization? Look at the last few seasons: Brawn dominates. Red Bull dominates for several years, and now Mercedes dominates.
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    Been watching the F1 news a bit and now Ecclestone is talking about V8's for next year. I like the idea, and at the same time my mind immediately asked the question: How much money have teams, and engine manufacturers spent on next years engines already???
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    I read a bit about the discussion around new engines too. From what I dug up "it was reported last week that Ecclestone is ready to "force" teams to go back to V8's, but it has now emerged he is in favour of 2.2-litre twin-turbo V6 engines, which are currently being used in the IndyCar Series, that will be provided by an independent supplier" (PlanetF1.com). The article goes on to say that "FIA President Jeant Todt is reportedly happy with the proposal, but Ecclestone concedes it would need approval from the Formula 1 Commission and World Motor Sports Council while there is also the issue of veto rights."

    I think it's very unlikely that we'll see an engine change for the 2016 season. There has been too much development toward the 2016 engines already to start fresh with a completely new setup. But who knows...

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    More importantly - We have our 2015 Drivers World Champion. Massive congrats to Lewis!! The entire race, start to finish, across all racers was exciting! We haven't seen a race like this in quite some time. I think there were 4 different leaders of the race. Lewis was as low as 4th. Some terrific driving up and down the grid. At least Lewis had to work at it to claim his back-to-back title. A win well deserved.

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    I guess Hamilton gave up the fight since he won world champion, or that Rosberg found some way to get ahead of him in qualifying and the races.
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    That's my guess as well. Obviously Hamilton couldn't just come out and say that he was coasting until the end since he had already wrapped up the title, and instead blamed it on "some change" made to the car a number of races earlier. At least that's what I want to believe. On the other hand he was close to matching/beating some records had he continued pushing which doesn't seem like Hamilton to give up on. So maybe Nico did find the pace and was simply too much for Hamilton to beat. The questions will obviously become clear when next season starts, but we could see Nico more in the fight for a championship next year. Additionally, we should see Ferrari take the fight to Mercedes next year too.

    The battle within Mercedes, Ferrari being a title contender, improved engines (noises), and another team on the grid should make for an exciting 2016 season.

    Sad to see the season end as it's now the longest period of time before the next season starts. DTM is also on their break until May 2016. I guess it's time to find another series to watch online in the meantime. I was thinking about the United Sportscar series or the Blancpain series. Any other suggestions?

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