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Sports writer/commentator/podcaster. Host of the Sportaholic podcast. An English Aussophile. Armed with opinions. Find them here or on Twitter @Joshua_T_Kerr.

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The situation has changed obviously since I wrote this article and wrote those comments before the start of the match. Denly’s batting in this test has not been that great and his position is certainly at risk. Crawley looks like a good option at 3 (perhaps even at 4 where he’s batted this week) so there is cover in case Denly does fall out of the squad.

I can’t defend Denly forever – he’s made starts but isn’t converting them into fifties and hundreds and that’s why he’s at risk of being dropped from the XI. His technique was questionable at times and he could have got himself out a handful of times in his second innings. But, while he’s here, give him a bat at 3 and then set Crawley up as a replacement.

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Ocon qualified third in the wet in Spa in 2017 so he’s been quick in the wet before and it is a strong point for him. Hopefully, a good haul of points comes the Frenchman’s way as he continues his F1 comeback.
The McLarens are still going well. And with Racing Point starting further down the grid than they’d like, McLaren are poised to have more success again this weekend in Steiermark.

Lewis Hamilton takes a dominant pole in a wet qualifying session in Steiermark

That Vettel interview isn’t taking place until Thursday by my understanding. Unless the rumours about a potential move to Haas are correct, I fear that we will be saying goodbye to Seb at the end of the year, which would be a great shame.

Lewis Hamilton takes a dominant pole in a wet qualifying session in Steiermark

I have heard nothing about Root being moved from 3. In that case, keep Denly there until his retirement.

Otherwise, I’m intrigued by your ‘third opener’ option. And could England be persuaded to keep things that way on Root’s return with the captain dropping to 4? But will the opener moved to 3 be happy with that?

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I would like to apologise for my comments made about partisanship. It is perfectly acceptable that partisanship influences opinions. In fact, that’s what opinions are supposed to be. I feel I went too far on this occasion and am more than happy to admit that.
I stand by all other opinions that I have expressed on here, including those related to Sebastian Vettel’s spin in yesterday’s grand prix. It was rather a cheap shot trying to gain an upper hand by saying another opinion was made due to partisanship. That’s not on.
All opinions must and should be respected and we should all be free to make them.

Five talking points from the Austrian Grand Prix

As always, it’s fine to agree to disagree. We’ve all had the chance to air our views which I love to see and the debate has been respectful which I also love to see. All for a good debate.

I’ll admit that I’m probably quick to judge Vettel’s spins – ‘here we go again’ kind of thing – but I can’t sit here and deny that it isn’t something that Vettel needs to sort out whether it’s 100% his fault or not.

As for Grosjean, well, he did have a habit of crashing (a 1-race ban in 2012 says it all) but he has improved.

Five talking points from the Austrian Grand Prix

Thank you Dexter. We’ve had good debating today and I don’t like people getting the wrong end of the stick when it comes to the way I do things.

It’s perfectly fine to be over the Mercedes, especially when it’s so far out in front.

Well, Dexter, there were regulation changes in 2017 which did work but Ferrari’s season imploded twice and so Mercedes were able to win more constructors’ championships. The new regulations are only coming into force in 2022 because of the 1-year delay because of Covid otherwise we’d be set for a closer season hopefully in 2021. But who knows how the rest of the season is going to play out? We don’t even know when it’s going to end!

Valtteri Bottas wins an awesome Austrian Grand Prix

Eh, maybe there was, maybe there wasn’t. I’ve slept since.

Five talking points from the Austrian Grand Prix

They didn’t make contact, Vettel spun of his own accord. That’s where the problem lies.

Five talking points from the Austrian Grand Prix

I’m not sure mate.

Five talking points from the Austrian Grand Prix

Definitely a racing incident.

But surely an experienced driver such as Vettel knows where the viable gaps are? There’s no point going for a gap if the result is going to be a bad one. Patience is key sometimes.

No opportunity for an overtake at all.

Five talking points from the Austrian Grand Prix

For goodness sake, Dexter. I don’t always agree with you but you are fair too.

Ben’s opinions can sometimes be based on his partisanship – so can everyone’s.

Five talking points from the Austrian Grand Prix

Thank you for making that clear Dexter because I completely agree with you that the race would probably have settled into a rhythm without that final safety car period. I don’t like the use of ‘snooze’ or ‘snooze fest’ but it’s fine if that’s what you think.

Please do not think I’m having a go at you when I say ‘you just need to know where to look’. I completely respect your views and I partially agree with them.

Domination isn’t great viewing but I commend Mercedes for creating an amazing car that just seems to get better every year, fighting off challenges from the rest to still finish at the top of the standings.

Valtteri Bottas wins an awesome Austrian Grand Prix

Exactly. Hence my criticism and many people’s criticism. I’m looking forward to reading what Ben has to say about it all because I do think he is greatly influenced by his partisanship for Ferrari.
You’re very fair in your judgements Micko. 😊

Five talking points from the Austrian Grand Prix

They call Joe Denly ‘Dependable Denly’ for a reason. Deserves to stay in the team.

Interesting to read your thoughts on Burns at 3. Shall have to wait and see what the final verdict is when the final XI is released before the start of play on Wednesday. A few options in batting and bowling so a nice problem to have I think. Experimentation isn’t a bad thing either in small doses.

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Can’t answer that for you Micko I’m afraid because I haven’t followed the story closely since it first broke really. There was a letter written to the FIA by all seven non-Ferrari powered teams but I haven’t heard anything since. It might have been swept under the carpet for all I know.

Valtteri Bottas wins an awesome Austrian Grand Prix

Isn’t it interesting how we all see things differently based on our partisanship?

Five talking points from the Austrian Grand Prix

For me, whenever I criticise Vettel’s spins, it’s because I know he can do better as a 4-time world champion. I still respect his many great achievements but for the here and now, this spinning problem has gone on for far too long and only Vettel himself knows how it can be fixed.

Five talking points from the Austrian Grand Prix

Nothing’s fair in Formula One 😛

Valtteri Bottas wins an awesome Austrian Grand Prix

Suspicion is more than justified Micko. Based off this weekend’s performances, one would be inclined to think that Ferrari had too much power. The FIA should have made all this public at the time for this reason but I think the whole situation is long done and dusted now.

Valtteri Bottas wins an awesome Austrian Grand Prix

Yes Micko, I can completely see what you’re saying there. All the Ferrari-powered cars (Ferrari, Haas and Alfa) have gone backwards.

Valtteri Bottas wins an awesome Austrian Grand Prix

Good idea actually there Micko.

Similar to what we do here on The Roar with the tipping where both the experts and The Crowd predict how matches are going to go.

Valtteri Bottas wins an awesome Austrian Grand Prix

I think so too Micko now it is legal but the final decision will be based on whether it is worth doing considering DAS is illegal from next season onwards.

Valtteri Bottas wins an awesome Austrian Grand Prix

I think a problem that can be found with the Driver of the Day award is that it is open throughout the race so people will have voted for Albon before he retired from the race.

It’s part of fan engagement by F1 so it is good in that respect. Allowing the fans to have their say should be welcomed. The format of Driver of the Day should not be changed any time soon.

Valtteri Bottas wins an awesome Austrian Grand Prix

Brake failures on the Haas cars but both cars have been running ahead of the Williams cars all weekend. Improvements clear to see for Williams though.

Valtteri Bottas wins an awesome Austrian Grand Prix