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Charles LeClerc and Carlos Sainz finished at the top at the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton finished out the podium. Both Red Bulls took a shit as the race came to its end, leaving Verstappen and Perez with no points.
McLaren also struggled badly. Mercedes looked ok, but not nearly as good as last year. It looks like Haas has gained the most, and McLaren lost the most with the new car designs.
Haas F1 and their new driver Kevin Magnussen brought home 5th place - which shocked everyone after their dismal performance last year.
I should make a separate thread, but MotoGP has thrown up just as many surprises through two races. It was supposed to be all about Suzuki, Honda's new bike, and the factory Ducati team, but so far, we've got KTM going 2nd and 1st with two different riders, a customer Ducati winning the other race and coming in third in the second, and both podiums being filled out by a Yamaha and Honda's #2 rider. The Ducati and Suzuki factory teams that everyone was so high on haven't sniffed the podium yet. Early tims, but it's pretty intriguing. After two races, only six points separates the top five. There's really no clear trend except the Ducati factory team needing to pull their heads out of their asses.
There was some really solid racing going on too, all around the track. It looks like F1 has figured out how to make the cars fast, and still able to be passed on track, with the new design regulations.
Haas finishes with a car in the points again, with Magnussen bringing home 9th place.
Lewis Hamilton finishes tenth. lol
Does Mercedes really suck, or are they just struggling with setup because Hamilton doesn't know fuckall about how to develop a car, only how to drive one?
Can Red Bull finish another race, or is reliability going to continue to be a problem for them?
Will Ferrari continue with their strong showing out of the gates, or will Mercedes and Red Bull start taking bites out of their lead?
There has been a lot of good racing at the first couple circuits - hopefully, that continues.
Just fyi - there are 3 US Grands Prix on the 2023 F1 schedule. Austin, TX, Miami, FL, and a Saturday night race in Las Vegas, NV. I'm thinking I might do a combo F1/fishing trip to the Keys vacation. Then if I die or get killed after that, I'm good.
LeClerc cruised to an easy win in the Ferrari, with Perez in 2nd and George Russell 3rd in the Merc.
Italy is next in 2 weeks - the Tifosi are going to be out of their minds.
Absolutely love hearing the hardcore speculation of Audi/Porsche returning to F1 in some capacity.
And then there's the Audi Quattro Group B rally cars, and IMSA GTO cars. Unbelievable to watch on the track and on the dirt. The Unfair Advantage video on youtube is a great watch.
It's the OG 917 for me. In Gulf livery. The car that started it all for Porsche as the most winningest team in endurance racing history. It's shocking Porsche has not done better in F1 considering the MASSIVE amount of success they (and Audi) have had in ALL other forms of racing. Just a legendary team.