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Definitely exciting.

George, go you bloody good thing!
Always great to see someone punching so much above his weight. Can't wait to see him in the Mercedes next year.
 

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i liked sprint more than I thought I would, still wouldn't be mad with them experimenting with more points to the top 8-10 positions and then doing an F2 style reverse grid for the race.
 

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Sprint race was fun for about seven laps, or so. Then it became very obvious that team orders were 'pass at the start, then hold pretty and not break the car. The actual race is tomorrow.'

Alonso at the beginning was brilliant!
Ricciardo taking some risks was fun.
George seemed to be doing not much, but kept hold of his position. This could also have been due to the telecast that I got this thought.

I got to say I am a bit sad that everyone gets to start the actual race on fresh tyres. Takes away some of the magic. I liked the 'you need to smash out a fast lap in Q2, on not the fastest tyres, but don't you dare put a single stratch on those race tyres.' Then having some of the drivers needing to switch to softs to make it into Q3. That spiced both the quallies and the start of the race up nicely for the non-Mercedes and Verstappens on the grid.
 

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I don’t think it would hurt to try out for a few weekends just to see what happens.
F2 is a feeder series. Reverse grid races serve a purpose in this context, demonstrating the young drivers can fight through the field.

Take a look at how many poles people like George and Charles were able to get in their seasons, and then how frequently they were able to disappear into the distance in the feature race. If not for the sprint race with the mixed up grid we might never see them actually racing, because the talent gap can be so big in F2. (More so In 2017 for Charles, but George still dominated the more competitive 2018).

Also, bear in mind the format F2 uses. Qualifying forms the grid for the main Feature race. The Sprint race used to be determined by reversing the top 10 of this grid, but now it's a bit different and sillier. But they still maintain the significance of qualifying on pole for the main race and the one that's worth the most points.

Why would F1, which brands itself as the pinnacle of motorsport, want to reverse the grid for the race? And what does that achieve?
 

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Hamilton makes the same move on 3 young drivers and the most experienced driver makes it a crash.
 

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And for my every race complaint about DOTD:

Two laps from the end:
1. LEC: 31%
2. VER: 12%
3. Who cares because VER is 12% after completing 1/2 of the first lap?!?

What a joke.
 

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The sprint was very fun to watch in a bubble. But the downside is that the sprint can completely fuck drivers over on their Sunday start.

I definitely don’t want to see reverse grid in an F1 weekend. It serves no purpose, unlike in F2.

The best part about the sprint was showing how quickly some drivers could adjust to limited information from just one free practice and making it work.

I’m so, so angry about that garbage call though. Jesus Christ that was shit.

At least Leclerc proved he can still do witchcraft.
 

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Can we take a moment to acknowledge how ironic it is that the guy who keeps using ableist slurs on the radio, assaults other drivers, and gets into bar brawls wants to lecture people about being respectful. The guy whose team and fans are calling for hard racing one week then calling people attempted murderers when it happens the next.
 

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Can we take a moment to acknowledge how ironic it is that the guy who keeps using ableist slurs on the radio, assaults other drivers, and gets into bar brawls wants to lecture people about being respectful. The guy whose team and fans are calling for hard racing one week then calling people attempted murderers when it happens the next.
Only if you can make it into a lyric that fits an Alanis Morrisette song.
:D
 

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Fernando you absolute legend. Happy for Ocon too!
The championship is still very close so it should be a very exciting second half of the season.

I hope to God that Zandvoort will happen as I love the track (still have to see the recent upgrades in person though), but rules & regulations for multi-day events are being debated by the government right now due to the latest covid developments here in NL.
The local organization is still building up the facilities for a full crowd, and they mentioned multiple times over the years they wouldn't do it without any spectators because of financial reasons, so yea things could change any moment.
 

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That restart with just Hamilton on the grid was one of the weirdest sights/situation ever in F1 i think. What a mad race.
 


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