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Joshua Kerr

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Joined March 2019







Roaring about all the grand prix action plus anything else that takes my fancy. I'm based in the UK so sometimes may not respond to comments promptly because it's the middle of the night here! Follow me on Twitter @Joshua_T_Kerr



Agreed. I hope that Red Bull do what they’ve done in the past which is to take their grid penalties at their weaker tracks in preparation for their stronger tracks.
If they had two ‘equal’ drivers (e.g. Verstappen and Ricciardo) then they would certainly be challenging for the constructors title and would’ve picked up some useful 1-2s along the way. Verstappen, I think, was hampered in Hungary by not having a teammate who could support him in trying to fend off Hamilton.
Spa – Mercedes (or Ferrari if they get their act together). It could be close. Red Bull will take their chance if it presents itself (Ricciardo’s win in 2014 comes to mind).
Monza – Ferrari could edge it (the track suits their car perfectly) but everything must fall into place (unlike last year).
Singapore – Red Bull will be strong if everything falls into place. Difficult to predict a top team.
Russia – Mercedes look like obvious favourites but Vettel did challenge Bottas for the win last year.
Suzuka – can’t really predict much as this has been the track when Ferrari’s season has imploded in the past two years.
Mexico – Red Bull – the signs are all there. Verstappen has won here for the past two years.
USA – Mercedes – Hamilton loves Austin and Austin loves Hamilton but if Ferrari can force Mercedes into a ‘mistake’ like last year, they could be in for the win.
Brazil – all dependant on weather. Mercedes look the strongest but Verstappen has a good record here, finishing 3rd in the wet in 2016 (although that doesn’t tell the full story) and almost winning last year (if it wasn’t for Ocon, he would’ve). Vettel did win here in 2017 though.
Abu Dhabi – count Red Bull out. Mercedes will be fairly relaxed having won both drivers and constructors titles. Ferrari have a slim chance but it’s still a chance. Pole man should win.

Ferrari, Red Bull and the tale of two contrasting constructors

I just think that this incident in the back of English minds (and similar ones). But it does have to stop. It’s gone on too long.

UK public at risk of marring an Ashes series for the ages

Like I said it was a petty example to use but it still shows some of the rubbish that England have had to put up with over the years. Darren Lehmann did make the comment on Triple M so probably not the best place for the head coach to have an interview.

I didn’t follow cricket at this point so cannot comment further.

UK public at risk of marring an Ashes series for the ages

Jofra is one of the greatest players to have played for England in recent years. But we are at risk of losing him. That is, if England continue to bowl him for the amount of overs they did in the Lord’s Test. He is not the primary bowler; he needs to be used only occasionally, in a similar fashion to the way Woakes and Stokes are used. Unfortunately, Joe Root has taken ‘replacement for James Anderson’ a little too literally.

I’m unsure how I feel about bowling bouncers. They’re great to see but not if it ends in concussion for the batsman. You can’t ban them though – that would be absurd! If we’re going to ban bouncers, we might as well ban tackles in rugby and headers in football while we’re at it just in case.

Safety should be of utmost concern though. I would add that Smith was not wearing the ‘full’ helmet which does provide some neck protection but what use that would have done him, I don’t know.

Fast bowling, concussions and Jofra Archer

In England, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner will always be considered cheats (not my opinion but the general opinion – I’ve got over it unlike some of my fellow countrymen). But this is how it’ll always be – the English hate the Australians and vice versa. Both sides will use anything they can to criticise the other. How about Darren Lehmann asking the Australian fans to make Stuart Broad cry in the 2013 Ashes series because he didn’t walk after edging one to first slip? (petty example I know but still)

Either way, it is a disgrace to see English fans still booing Smith after he was hit on the neck by Jofra Archer’s bouncer. But there’s nothing you can do about it. Some of us in England don’t like the booing as much as you don’t like it Down Under.

UK public at risk of marring an Ashes series for the ages

To be honest with you, I think the test championship has passed most fans by. I haven’t read anything about it (apart from your article), seen anything on TV or heard anything on the radio. It’s unequal, complicated and just useless all round.

Because nothing says cricket like uselessness and complications. And they wonder why nobody wants to watch cricket…

Why cricket isn't the winner in the World Test Championship

I think the headline to take away from this season so far is that Max Verstappen has two wins for Red Bull and Ferrari have no wins. Ferrari have had many opportunities to do so and would have had Bahrain not gone so wrong, Vettel kept on the black stuff in Canada and Leclerc hold off the charge of Verstappen in Austria (but that was a worthy win for Max so I won’t take anything away from his performance).

I honestly cannot see Ferrari win a grand prix this season (but you have the right to prove me wrong, Ferrari) because Mercedes have a consistently strong package and the Red Bull is stronger than the Ferrari on its day (and these tend to be tracks which Ferrari are also strong at). Ferrari is going to struggle at the tracks we visit in the second half of the season and I don’t think we’ll see Vettel win the Belgian Grand Prix like he did last year. The US Grand Prix was won by Raikkonen largely on strategy (which is something that Ferrari can definitely improve on as they don’t help themselves in that respect).

Lewis Hamilton will win his sixth world championship, Valterri Bottas will manage to hold off Max Verstappen for second, who will keep hold of third. Sorry Ferrari, better luck next year.

Ferrari, Red Bull and the tale of two contrasting constructors

Thanks for quantifying the excellent ‘Class B’ fight once again. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with McLaren’s return to form in the midfield with two brilliant drivers in Carlos Sainz, the smooth operator, and Lando Norris, who is having a stellar rookie season.

F1 midseason: Who's leading the Formula One class B championship?

While I think Albon would be a great addition to RB, I don’t think he should be moved up for what will be his second season in F1. That’s why they should go with Kvyat for the moment. Of course, if Verstappen moves to Mercedes then both can move up to RB.

Redemptive German Grand Prix a race for the true believers

I’m so pleased with Honda’s ‘resurgence’ as it’s fantastic to see the Honda representatives so happy after years of hurt. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Verstappen could get a podium in Suzuka? That would be the icing on the cake.

I think the German Grand Prix was Kvyat”s audition for Gasly’s seat. Would be great to see Kvyat re-join RB after 3 turbulent years.

Redemptive German Grand Prix a race for the true believers

Hi Ben, well done for putting me in my place but I am looking at the average across the season and Perez has been better than Stroll. I have been very careful when using the German Grand Prix because of its craziness but I do now remember Stroll holding off Bottas and perhaps forcing the Finn into a mistake. Perez’s crash wasn’t really his fault as he only touched the throttle slightly before he was sent into a spin. I also don’t judge ‘bad’ wet weather driving because I know that I’ll have crashed on the first lap most likely.

How have the F1 teams and drivers performed so far in 2019?

This is what comes with the ignorance of youth. This race beats Canada 2011, mainly because half of Canada 2011 was either behind the safety car or red flagged. So I’d definitely say it’s the best race of the decade, at least.

However, I’m going to stick with my original decision that Germany 2019 was the greatest GP ever because there was action throughout and not just across a few laps before becoming processional.

I have watched all the GPs you’ve recommended. But you’re more than welcome to keep your opinion.

Max Verstappen wins the greatest F1 race ever in rainy Hockenheim

The Alfas got a penalty because of a clutch infringement whereby the torque in the clutch at the start didn’t match the torque demand required to release the clutch within the maximum 70 milliseconds. They actually released it in 300 milliseconds. The stewards compared it to a false start so gave both Alfas a ten second stop and go penalty which was 30 seconds added to the race time.

Vettel was very lucky to get the safety car periods when they happened.

I’ve written in my season review so far that Gasly should be dropped from Red Bull as they need two drivers of equal calibre.

Max Verstappen wins the greatest F1 race ever in rainy Hockenheim

Hamilton may be ill but he’s still on pole and is more than capable of driving the full 67 lap race.

As for Gasly, this was actually his best qualifying session of the season! The time that I put in my grid was not his fastest time because he had his previous fastest lap deleted because he had exceeded track limits. That lap was under a tenth slower than Verstappen. If he can hold on to 4th then Red Bull should be happy but I do agree with you that his future at Red Bull is in jeopardy.

And don’t forget about the rain today! That will mix things up if it arrives.

Hamilton on pole in Hockenheim as both Ferraris suffer major car troubles

Look, the sport’s been seen as bland by the general public for as long as I’ve been alive (I’m 17), with a few flashes of brilliance in between. Maybe F1’s not for you?

Timely Austrian thriller proves F1's OK after all

Sorry about that. Our sport does tend to have quite a few negatives, which is why good news stories like Verstappen’s win on Sunday make us even happier!

Timely Austrian thriller proves F1's OK after all

In my opinion, every grand prix is good, it’s just the poor decisions of the TV directors that mean we do not get to watch on-track battles as they happen. Concentration needs to be shifted away from the front runners and onto the midfield if Hamilton and co decide that now would be a good time to get a thirty second lead.

While I’m here, I’d like to inform everyone of this fantastic button that comes with all television remotes that’s called the on/off button (on some TVs, it’s called the standby button). By pressing that, you are able to not watch F1 anymore so that you don’t have to moan about it on here. Alternatively, use the TV guide to find something you’d rather watch instead… (sarcastic rant over)

Timely Austrian thriller proves F1's OK after all

I just don’t know how long Haas can go on blaming Pirelli for their inability to put a good race together despite having excellent pace in qualifying.

Timely Austrian thriller proves F1's OK after all

Ricciardo will never be as competitive as he was at Red Bull while at Renault. I believe that he is living in a fantasy that Renault will have a championship-winning car when the new Concorde Agreement comes into effect in 2021. As a Brit, I do love watching the McLarens do well after years of languishing out of the points.

Red Bull may have been ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship if the Verstappen-Ricciardo partnership continued but Pierre Gasly is letting the team down massively, which is a great shame for all involved.

Timely Austrian thriller proves F1's OK after all

Mercedes were suffering from overheating problems all weekend so weren’t performing at their best but even Hamilton himself wasn’t performing at his best seeing as he broke a front wing in his first stint. I’m really happy that Verstappen won because whenever Red Bull win, they really deserve to win because they have to work hard to do so. Nice touch to bring a Honda executive onto the podium to collect the winner’s trophy.

McLaren are now 20 points clear of Renault (who they are customers to) in the constructors’ championship, where they sit 4th. They’ve had a complete overhaul of drivers and team personnel with Eric Boullier being dropped for Andreas Seidl and Gil de Farran and the excellent partnership of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris beginning to take shape. Sainz admitted that they did upgrade the car in Spain but that Monaco and Canada didn’t really suit the upgrades so it wasn’t until France last weekend that we could see the true performance of this McLaren. It all bodes well for them going into their home grand prix at Silverstone where there will be plenty of fans to cheer them on.

Max Verstappen wins the Austrian Grand Prix after an exceptional drive

I agree with Seb – F1 is becoming ever more complicated with lots of technical terms and rules to learn. As for Seb’s waning love for F1, it’s been waning since the regulations changed in 2014 when he discovered that he couldn’t just get in the car and blast off into the lead of the race. Like any other racing driver, when you try everything to win and you can’t win then of course you’re not going to enjoy it as much. I don’t think this will make Seb retire, at least for the moment but I wouldn’t be surprised if Seb wasn’t on the grid for much longer after his contract expires next year. Lewis has unveiled his plans to stay for another five years and I do think that this is largely due to the fact that he is in a world championship winning car, which Seb isn’t.

Has Seb Vettel fallen out of love with Formula One?

Yes, the decision may have ruined the race but I agree with what Marcus has said in this article and what Michael said in his article – Vettel cannot expect to have right of way when he has made a mistake. We should respect the steward’s decision and there’s certainly nothing we can do about it now. The Canadian Grand Prix finished at 9pm (UK time) on Sunday night, it is now 4pm (UK time) on Wednesday afternoon – let’s move on and stop getting worked up about it. Rules are rules…

Canadian GP and the growing disrespect in sport

The regulations state that you must only re-enter the track if it is safe to do so and the fact that Vettel wasn’t in control of his car shows that it was not safe to re-enter the track. Therefore, penalty rightfully awarded – don’t forget that it was also awarded because he nearly forced Hamilton into the wall upon re-entry. However, I do agree with your point that this doesn’t look good on F1’s record but I don’t think people should give up hope on F1 just because of this. Every sport has rules and they need to be followed.

Hamilton wins the Canadian Grand Prix - but it should have been Vettel's

If this is the incident at the Nouvelle Chicane, then I think you’re right. However, consistency has never been something that the FIA Stewards have done and they treat each incident on a case-by-case basis, hence why the decision on Sunday was different to that of that wet Sunday in Monaco 2016. Driver stewards do change every weekend so I’m not sure if that has an influence on whether decisions differ from race weekend to race weekend and, of course, we have a new Race Director after the unexpected passing of Charlie Whiting. Just ideas though. Court adjourned.

Hamilton wins the Canadian Grand Prix - but it should have been Vettel's

I’d set the alarm for tomorrow morning. Max will do his best to try and come through the field and Ricciardo will throw a spanner in the works for Gasly and Bottas. And, of course, the resumation of the Hamilton v Vettel battle – watch out for those two down into turn 1!

The streak is broken: Vettel on pole for Ferrari in Montreal