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Ben is a journalist and radio host currently living and working in Canada where he thankfully has retained his Australian accent and has avoided eating too much poutine as he is on the keto diet. He has a particularly strong passion (and somewhat obsession) with Formula 1, as well as North American sports. Ask him about his beloved Raptors winning the NBA Championship in 2019. He'll happily engage in conversation with you about it again and again and and again.... www.benwaterworth.com

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I would also side on Hulkenberg in that debate. He is a guy who deserves his seat in the sport more than a handful of other drivers on the grid, and hopefully will get that opportunity next year again

Five talking points from the Portuguese Grand Prix

I feel I need to do an article defending the merits of Stroll, because while I am a big fan of the Canadian angle, Stroll is so unfairly diminished as simply a driver who only has a seat because of his father having money. He has proven stats and junior formula pedigree to back up his ability, and this year has been one of the shining drivers of the year who is sadly overlooked.

Also, Dexter, I’m actually a Flames & Ducks fan…

Five talking points from the Portuguese Grand Prix

Looks likely if it happens he’d be out of the job. I could imagine maybe a year on the sidelines as Mercedes backup and potentially groomed as a replacement for Bottas, or Hamilton if her perhaps makes a switch ahead of 2022

Five talking points from the Portuguese Grand Prix

Well a big whisper is Perez might end up at Williams, replacing Russell, due to his money to help the new owners there. Which would be a massive shame to see Russell lose a seat. But money talks a lot in F1 as we all know

Five talking points from the Portuguese Grand Prix

Agree. That’s why I wanted to use the Mount Rushmore analogy. That way it’s more of a homage to some true legends and icons of the sport, and perhaps you can lump in four drivers deemed ‘the GOAT’ together. Personally, I don’t consider Lewis to be the GOAT, but he’s at least in the conversation and will always remain so.

Five talking points from the Portuguese Grand Prix

Lol

Five talking points from the Eifel Grand Prix

Oh I haven’t heard of it! Will definitely look it up!

Five talking points from the Eifel Grand Prix

I think based on pace they do. Ocon has closed the gap and has had some bad luck, and Danny is driving out of his skin. But judging on the last three or so races, they seemingly have been. But having said that, it is ridiculously close between them, Racing Point and McLaren. You’d argue McLaren have the most complete drive line up so therefore are always up there, followed closely by RP and Renault in third. Ocon really hasn’t lived up to this hype that has surrounded him, so that causes them to languish a bit, even though as I just said he has closed the gap slightly.

Five talking points from the Eifel Grand Prix

It’s insane what he achieved looking back on it. He is a driver I wish they’d focus on more somehow, be it through a documentary series or a movie or something. Especially when there are amazing stories to tell like him getting kidnapped and held for ransom, and the fact that Ayrton Senna looked up to him like people like up to Senna now. Fangio was an enigma. And I feel this gets forgotten about nowadays

Five talking points from the Eifel Grand Prix

It’s all well and good to criticize us ‘oldies’ who sit in front of a TV longing for ‘the good old days’, but I think you’re missing the key thing when it comes to those who do that: context.

During every single era of F1, people long for the ‘old days’. When I started watching in the mid-90s, everyone bemoaned it as boring and that it wasn’t as good as it used to be. I vividly remember after the 1999 Spanish Grand Prix the absolute backlash that came with Michael Schumacher unable to pass the BAR of Jacques Villeneuve for the first half of the race, and how so many overhauls needed to be done in order to make it exciting. After the first two races of the 1998 season, when the McLarens had basically lapped everyone 100 times in the first two races, of how the new regulations had ruined the sport and it would never recover. And yet here we are, 20 years later, sitting in our zimmer frames longing for those days.

It’s all well and good to say “I went back and watched these races and they were boring because the coverage wasn’t good” and I get that. That was always something that was talked about 20 years ago about how F1 coverage was lacking, especially compared to say Indy Cars in the States. But the difference is, for the most part, we didn’t know any better. That is what we got, and we were happy about it. In 10, 20, 30 years time when we are probably witness to virtual reality racing with personally introduced overtakes by each driver as they do it, we will look back at today and go “well didn’t F1 coverage suck in 2020”. Of course by modern standards, coverage isn’t what it was back then. But I know for one when I was able to watch a live race in 1999 on a small TV in my bedroom in Tasmania, I wasn’t complaining as I would’ve been if I was growing up in the 1970s when I would’ve been barely lucky to catch a highlights package on the weekend news.

As has been reiterated in every comment above, this is the single most dominant stretch in the sports history by one team and in particular one driver. The statistics don’t lie, and while I admire your passion and love of the sport, it hasn’t been a golden period for the neutrals out there who want to see more competitive racing. Look at any period of dominance in sport by any team or athlete. If you support that athlete or team, it’s great. As a Ferrari fan, of course I look back at the early 2000s fondly. But I know a lot of people who don’t. It’s logical. People are allowed to be upset with the state of a sport. They are allowed to be negative against it if it’s not what they have experienced before or what they expect. It’s a natural reaction. Stating “if you don’t like it don’t watch” is a tad too much, especially when you live off the notion of ‘respecting other peoples opinions”. People being disconnected with a sport they love and have held a passion for most of their life is an opinion they are entitled to have, as much as your entitled to yours.

Please keep enjoying the sport the way you are. Nobody is trying to take that away from you Josh. Your passion and love for it is great and great that people can find passion in this period of the sport. But I think, as many people have said, it might take a little context and visual guidance in the way you phrase and word things to fully understand the “digging deeper” picture you claim to be doing in this article.

Dig a little deeper before you criticise F1

Which is a shame, as it’s a great circuit

Five talking points from the Eifel Grand Prix

Which will make it interesting if this weekend has anything to by. A fair bit of unreliability could be attributed to the lack of running on Friday. So Imola could follow suit.

Five talking points from the Eifel Grand Prix

Also a brief correction, the next race is in Portugal, not Imola. I got slightly ahead of myself!

Five talking points from the Eifel Grand Prix

Agreed. I did an article last year saying that it wasn’t right he wasn’t on the grid. Could easily list maybe nearly half the grid I would rate Hulkenberg a better driver than who would bring in more to a team than they would

Five talking points from the Eifel Grand Prix

Gotta say placing faith in Binotto is a tough pill to swallow. Arrivabene getting dumped hurt the team more than they ever knew, especially around his working relationship with Seb, who really has struggled the most since that change happened. I agree some stability is needed to try and keep their feet on the ground, something they haven’t really done since Todt came in to the team in 93. Think about what has happened since Schumacher left in 06? The changes that have occured every few years have just been a vicious cycle, and that’s why they’re stuck in this weird phase and no titles since 2008. It’s bloody painful I tell you as a Ferrari fan, and one hopefully they kick soon. But great article all the same!

Why we've got to accept a Ferrari rebuild

Ah, yes. You’re correct. My bad!

Five talking points from the Spanish Grand Prix

Great article. It’s such a confusing situation, but one that you can’t help feel sympathy for RP given they technically haven’t done anything wrong

The 'Pink Mercedes': Clever engineering or a blatant cheat?

Albon isn’t new to F1 either. He has had the same amount of time behind him as Gasly had a year ago, and is consistently off the pace of Max. Exactly the same situation

Five talking points from the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

The same argument can be made for Gasly last year. There are only so many chances a driver can be given, and when you’re in a team that is hoping to content regularly for wins, you can’t have a second driver who is constantly under performing. I too am a big Albon fan, but Red Bull need to get something sorted in order to have a more consistent pairing soon. It’s something they’ve direly missed since Dan left.

Five talking points from the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

From the official F1 website post race interview with Hulk:
“The first half of the Grand Prix was obviously very good,” said Hulkenberg, “we were kind of on target to hold onto P4. But then Charles on his one-stop was very strong. I don’t know, in my last stint on the prime [hard tyre], the second stint on the prime, that seemed a wholly different set of tyres, not the same grip.

“Then I picked up some blisters on them from the rear axle and consequently fairly big vibrations that ultimately forced us to stop off that tyre and three-stopping then obviously onto P7.”

Well it’s not ideal and I just don’t understand because the second stint, that was all fairly straightforward and easy and usually it gets easier as the fuel comes out of the car.

“So I thought the third stint should be very straightforward, but it came differently, unfortunately, so we just need to see why that happened. But given all the circumstances, I’m very happy to be standing here with six points to be honest.”

Five talking points from the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Both Hulkenberg and RP confirmed that was the issue after the race. Hulk said he doubted he could’ve made it to the end on his tyres

Five talking points from the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Hulkenberg reported a vibration in his car, they pitted him as a precaution. Had nothing to do with protecting Stroll’s place

Five talking points from the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

The guy won five Championships for four different constructors too. Four. To me that in itself deserves credit, as nobody else has for more than two

Five talking points from the British Grand Prix

Yeah I was banging on hope this would be his weekend but alas, it wasn’t to be. He was very lucky to get two points. He really shouldn’t have gotten any.

Five talking points from the British Grand Prix

Max was far too dangerous in what he used to do, so that makes sense. The way he has matured though as a driver in the last 24 months has been incredibly impressive.

Five talking points from the British Grand Prix