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Jawad Yaqub

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Motorsports writer, photographer and sometimes podcaster on Hit The Apex Podcast. Catch me on Twitter @Doctor46th and @HitTheApexMedia.

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Ah yes, I recall that. Whilst I agree with you that parity uproar over the past three years has been absolute hogwash, unfortunately this is the image that they’re using at their discourse. What’s the point of then having multiple manufacturers if only one can go unchecked.

Supercars Tasmania SuperSprint talking points

Paddle shifts Damo?
I’m kind of working on a separate write up on that and Gen3, so be sure to stay tuned for that one.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter though mate!

Supercars Tasmania SuperSprint talking points

Turkey would be great, but only if an existing race were to drop off the calendar.

Six things to look forward to in Formula One in 2021

Qualifying on Friday would replace FP2 and I think they’ll still have a Saturday morning practice ahead of the sprint race.

Six things to look forward to in Formula One in 2021

You’d hope so given the McLaren organisation is in a much better place than it was three years ago. They’ve certainly got the makings of a top team at the moment, unlike Ferrari who we’ve got to wait till 2022 and see if their focus on the new regulations pays off. If not, then Ferrari are going to need an administration and management rethink.

Six things to look forward to in Formula One in 2021

Sandown is traditionally a circuit that hasn’t suited DJR in the last five years and Will did get a podium at the MP500. They’ll get stronger over the coming rounds and I think it’s unfair to write them off completely.

Supercars Sandown SuperSprint talking points

He was second there in one of the races at the second round at The Bend.

Supercars Sandown SuperSprint talking points

I’ve got my fingers crossed that McLaren will be able to jag a victory or two this season. But as for the top two teams, Red Bull based off testing should be equal (or better) than Mercedes, so there should hopefully be no domination. We can rule out Ferrari though for a top three challenge, they won’t be up there until next year.

Was F1's testing a false dawn?

Well they can’t really develop much anyway due to it being restricted to this token system, which prevents last year’s car being updated significantly. Mercedes haven’t won seven straight titles without being top of the class in every area, so I reckon even if Red Bull will hold them to account this season – that the Silver Arrows will still get it done.

Was F1's testing a false dawn?

Touching tribute Gurgler.

So many highlights to choose from, but a particular favourite of mine is him commentating his own ride with Brad Jones at Bathurst in 1997. That’s gold right there! Not to mention, slightly off racing – but the Pizza Hut commercial he did with Damon Hill. Cracks me up every time.

Vale, Murray Walker.

In memory of Murray Walker, F1 commentary genius

Glad you enjoyed it Mark and thank you for the read!

I’ve been to the 12 Hour three times now since 2017 and it’s become my annual February trip to Bathurst, but sadly not this year and not even for the Supercars.

It is such an amazing place and every time I go, it takes a while for that feeling of awe to sink in.

Not bad for some photos too, especially if you’re at the Esses and they come over Skyline!

A first timer's trip to the Bathurst Supercars

Yes I do watch via Kayo, though I could only watch Race 1 as a replay later that evening. Though I did hear about the number of problems viewers saw with the graphics during the first race.
Are you saying that Kayo’s coverage didn’t start until the fourth lap of the race?

Supercars Mount Panorama 500 talking points

I doubt anything will happen in regards to Waters for that. Perhaps just a bit of early season teasing between the championship contenders?

Supercars Mount Panorama 500 talking points

Would have thought continual world domination would be his style. 😛

Supercars 2021 off-season talking points

Definitely didn’t expect that backlash did they!

Supercars 2021 off-season talking points

Great for all different fans Micko, I think he touches every spectrum. Never whilst trawling through social media feeds or forums, have I ever seen a bad word spoken about Larko – so indeed that basis upon which Supercars first gave him the sack is baffling.

Supercars 2021 off-season talking points

Precisely Damo, they did come across as amateur in dealing with the incidents. Considering too, if it wasn’t for Penske’s lobbying in Detroit, we would have seen Ford return to Supercars in a factory capacity and bring with them the Mustang. It does stink a little bit not having a name as big as Penske in the sport this year – for the reasons mentioned, but I hope that DJR can continue on their trajectory of success after doing things the Penske way.

Indeed it is a great category, with world class drivers going wheel-to-wheel every weekend and some great circuits too. So all we can hope for is that the future is one that the fans can enjoy.

Supercars 2021 off-season talking points

Thanks Simoc.
I would love for an intra-team rivalry between Leclerc and Sainz to emerge. I’m hoping that the two-years at McLaren have given Carlos the tools he needs to be confident and consistent, especially in such a pressure cooker environment as Ferrari. But hey, Charles has proven he can do ok there, hasn’t he?

If anything, the McLaren-Mercedes partnership will hit its stride in 2022 with the all new car. Difficult it will be with the current token system to adapt the current chassis to the Mercedes power-train.

Feeling a bit let down with Top Gun Viñales and next year he’ll have to deal with Quartararo next to him, who we know can be the top Yamaha rider. Just depends on what kind of M1 we see on track next year and if they can sort out those engine troubles.

The year that was for motorsport

Thanks for reading Micko. Happy New Year to you too mate!

The year that was for motorsport

When you hear Checo say that the grid doesn’t have the greatest drivers in the world on it, then it really hits you hard. Especially the romantic in you, which proudly says that F1 has the 20 best racing drivers in the world – but in reality it is about half that number.

Sergio Perez's F1 travesty

No worries Micko. Yup from 2010-2013 it was Alonso and Massa. Before they brought Kimi back into the team in 2014, alongside the Fonz (Fernando).

Sergio Perez's F1 travesty

Kimi did get paid by Ferrari to not fulfill his contract in 2010, which did effectively force him out of F1 after ‘09. Then of course returning in 2012 with Lotus, after a spell rallying and in some NASCAR division.

Sergio Perez's F1 travesty

Gee I remember that race in 2012 like it was yesterday and the collective Darth Vader-like ‘nooooooo’ after Checo getting too much kerb at Turn 14. Who’d have thought back then that it would 190 races to earn his first win? Given how stellar he was all season.

And great of course to see young Mick wrap up the F2 title before he debuts next year in F1. I thought Haas already confirmed that Fittipaldi would be driving in Abu Dhabi? But anyway, I’m glad to have seen him develop the way he has and hope he can chip away from the back of the grid without letting that outside noise get in too much.

Five talking points from the Sakhir Grand Prix

Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez are both listed as Mercedes’ official test and reserve drivers for the 2020 season.

F1 champ Lewis Hamilton tests positive for virus

Not in the last 30 years Micko, but I do believe Jacky Ickx won some GPs back in the 70s.

F1 champ Lewis Hamilton tests positive for virus