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  1. PaulCP

    Formula One

    Verstappen is undoubtably a talented driver, but his comments in this piece do give a good insight of his views into his style of racing. Sorry Max, if you believe all of that then you are better suited to Stock Car racing. F1 is too fast and dangerous for kamikaze drivers! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/59542219
  2. PaulCP

    Formula One

    It’s going to be interesting next week🤔 Will Mad Max, the guy who it was reported this weekend is always prepared to crash rather than concede a position, be prepared enough for a crash which will take him & Hamilton out so that he gets the title that way? …………… I don’t doubt it for a second! FIA should consider a rule change this week. If they both end up out due to colliding there’s no point in disqualifying the guilty driver since a disqualification would have no impact on the drivers championship and sanctions for the next race would be a joke. The rule change which should be considered is that a disqualification would also carry a points deduction, it’s the only way to ensure a clean race from the madman!
  3. We had a similar issue with BG back in Sept. Received a text the day before our boiler service to say it had been cancelled & rescheduled for January. I called customer services and asked why the late cancellation and long timeframe for rescheduling, especially when the boiler which they guarantee was out of warranty in Oct. I got the usual Covid excuse but, after a short while of insisting that they extended the warranty, they magically decided that they could use a sub contractor to do the service in 2 days time!
  4. Surely then, in the belief of personal choice, you must agree with compulsory vaccines for certain workers to continue in their jobs. Take care workers as an example, yes it is their choice no to be vaccinated but, if I was in a care home or needing care, it must also be my choice not to be dealt with by an unvaccinated person. It becomes a vicious circle so at some point common sense has to prevail over the “it’s my right” brigade. Interesting also though that Germany, with their insistence on keeping the European Court of Human Rights are prepared to ignore it. EU rules ok😂
  5. I think the most interesting and probably the most truthful sentence that came out of a French MPs mouth on b’fast TV this morning was when he said “the Brits just need to give us more money” Then, when it was pointed out that 99% of these migrants are not genuine asylum seekers but “economic migrants“ we had some potty female ranting on about how much this is not true and saying that we should welcome them all with open arms since all they want is a better life for themselves and their families! Europe as whole need to sort out this mess since most of it is a result of EU countries ignoring the EU directive which states that, if I’m not mistaken, “asylum seekers must seek asylum in the first EU country which they arrive in” Instead they just provide them with a safe passage to the U.K……. EU countries ignoring EU rules that they don’t like, who would have thought it 😂………..particularly French politicians who are masters of it
  6. PaulCP

    Utility Bills

    I am sure that Sizewell C will get the go ahead next year but the way that EDF have ridden roughshot over the local communities by not listening to genuine concerns about their access plans, constantly providing mis-information and generally showing nothing but contempt for anyone who asks questions about their extremely flawed plans it is a complete joke. Traffic access along an already congested A12 has still not been properly addressed and the minor roads from the A14 through to the A12 are grossly unsuitable for the rabbit run that will take place by haulage companies and employees to save 10 miles of distance but nothing in time. One of the rabbit runs through a small village on the B1078 which is narrow for around 600 metres due to residents in 1890’s built terraced houses which face the roadside with limited pavement having no where to park their cars other than on the road. EDF want to ensure that traffic can flow freely through that village so their solution is to insist that parking is prohibited along the route and to build a car park for the residents some 400 metres from their homes. I have personally called them out at two meetings with their bogus claims. On one occasion they stood up in a meeting saying that they will build park & ride facilities at a site, which happens to be at the end of a congested 8 mile section of road rather than where it should be at the start, and that they would utilise a lorry booking system in a haulage park along the congested section of road where haulage vehicles would be required to park up before being called forward to the site. They actually used what they called the successful system deployed for the stadium build for the London Olympics which they claimed to have studied closely. When I asked questions about the lorry booking system and in particular the system used for the London Olympics it was clear that they didn’t have a clue. They came out with waffle worse than Boris’. In the end I pointed out that I worked at Tilbury during this time and had first hand knowledge of all of the failures of the London Olympic system which was far from successful. I also suggested that they should at least talk to haulage companies before talking about vehicle booking systems where traffic delays and drivers attitudes tends to kill those systems. Sizewell C is going to be a complete mess during a construction period that will completely over run in timescale by many years due to the incompetence of the people who are currently planning it. I have nothing against it in principal but EDF have proven themselves to be a complete joke over the past 7 years of planning.
  7. PaulCP

    Formula One

    A good insight into Horner’s rantings over the weekend here, it appears as though the FIA may be close to having heard enough from him. (Worth reading in full but the main bits below) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/59368634 There was more provocation for Mercedes in Qatar, with the complaints from Red Bull about the legality of their car turned up a notch, if anything, even from Brazil. But in the end Red Bull's outspokenness, casting aspersions on their rivals and on the officials, caught them out. After Verstappen was given a five-second grid penalty for ignoring double waved yellow caution flags in qualifying, his team boss Christian Horner gave a contentious interview which was a step too far for governing body the FIA, and he was hauled before the stewards to explain himself. Amid this torrent of accusations from Red Bull, it was ironic that Horner himself ended up in hot water with officials. When Verstappen's penalty was announced on Sunday a couple of hours before the race, Horner went on television and blamed the yellow flag on a "rogue marshal". Through the weekend, Horner gave a series of interviews casting doubts on the legality of the Mercedes rear wing, demanding something be done about it, and having a pop at Wolff. Red Bull's accusations centre on their belief that the main plane of the Mercedes rear wing has been flexing backwards above a certain speed, reducing drag. The believe scrape marks on the wing end-plates prove this. And Verstappen even says they have video evidence. But there has been no protest as yet. Wolff says Red Bull are "seeing ghosts". And governing body the FIA introduced a new load test in Qatar to check this out. It had no regulatory value; it was part of trials the FIA are running ahead of next season. But the Mercedes wing - the same one they used in Brazil, they say, unchanged - passed it easily. On Friday, the pair engaged in tense and bad-tempered news conference, in which Horner repeated his accusations that Mercedes' straight-line speed advantage in Brazil was "not normal", threatened to protest the car if Red Bull saw again what they believed to be an illegal rear wing, and accused Wolff of being affected by the pressure. One team boss not involved in the title fight has described Horner's claims as to the speed off-set between Hamilton's car and the others as he came through the field at Interlagos as "the usual Red Bull BS".
  8. PaulCP

    Formula One

    Yep, Horner is having his usual whinging session. According to Horner, “Max didn’t see it and the track is wide enough anyway so why a penalty. Also it could have been a rogue Marshall who stuck his flag out before being instructed to” Meanwhile Bottas is quoted as saying “I didn’t see it but it was a yellow so I’ll just take the penalty” Hence, according to Horner’s analogy, he would tell the court when challenging a speeding conviction that it’s ok then to drive on a dual carriageway at 70mph when the speed limit is 50mph because the road is wide enough and you didn’t see the 50mph sign. So, Bottas 6th, Mad Max 7th on the grid. You know what to do Bottas when Max tries to overtake you on the approach to a corner, but make sure you keep him behind you after the start!
  9. PaulCP

    Formula One

    Well it is sometimes called the F1 circus and now it is turning into Billy Smart’s best! Just wondering who will end up playing Coco the clown🤔
  10. PaulCP

    Formula One

    In the last Netflix ‘behind the scenes’ series Horner’s frustration (or jealousy) at always coming second best to Wolf came across loud and clear. He will stop at nothing to beat him & I think we have been seeing this over the past 2-3 months. I don’t think Toto Wolf or Bottas would play dirty with Verstappen by pushing the apparent new rules created by the FIA today to their limits but I certainly wouldn’t rule out Horner doing so with Perez. There is only one big loser today and that is the integrity of F1. I only hope that the new nursery rhyme that I was teaching my grandson today comes to fruition: ”Little Chris Horner, sat in his Corner, eating his humble pie………..”
  11. PaulCP

    Formula One

    @C8RKH Yep you was right, stewards and FIA don’t have a backbone. So, if I read things correctly:- 1. It is now ok to continue to race off the track of you are being overtaken on the outside of a corner provided that there is no contact 2. If the cars do touch it will always be the car that was attempting an overtaking manoeuvre that will be at fault. 3. This part of the FIA rules no longer applies. “Manoeuvres liable to hinder other drivers, such as deliberate crowding of a car beyond the edge of the track or any other abnormal change of direction, are strictly prohibited." Hence we now have F1 as being that ‘demolition derby’ that Verstappen used to think it was. I read last night that Verstappen said in an interview with BBC 5Live yesterday that in his view everything was ok because no contact was made. It would also appear that Horner Spice will continue his campaign to prove that the Mercedes rear wing is illegal, so the saga is to be continued
  12. PaulCP

    Formula One

    Stewards and FIA still trying to find their backbone!
  13. It all depends how you read some of those links Doug. Most of the new jobs were all “jam tomorrow” and other would have moved anyway due to lower labour and production costs, just like many before them whilst we were still in the EU. it’s almost impossible to do so but you have to filter out the vested interests. BTW, I voted remain but just accept that we are out, why continue to moan about it? TBH, although I voted remain I am now glad that we are out. The EU has since demonstrated just what a set of petty minded, vested interested individuals they are and continue to do so by the day!
  14. Probably suits them to be in jail over the winter, heating at zero cost to them rather than having to fund it themselves so their uninsulated homes don’t matter. Should have been a 5 year sentence, that would have caused them to sit up and think rather than believe that they are martyrs for the cause. - Something that the media through their coverage will make them
  15. PaulCP

    Formula One

    After seeing that, and a still (which I can’t find now) it is clear that Hamilton’s rear wheels were in front of Verstappen’s front wheels during the overtaking move. The video also shows that Verstappen didn’t change direction with the steering, but it also indicates that he failed to brake when he should have and as a consequence failed to make the corner. The main discussion point then is was it a blatant attempt to use Hamilton’s car as a brake and hence take him out? Apparently Max is blaming the failure to decelerate on his tyres. Well they were ok in the preceding 6 corners and the ones afterwards 🙄
  16. I’m sure they could change the laws but look at the outcry there would be from that fantastic Labour Party, whose purpose in life atm is just to criticise every Tory word rather than be an effective opposition, & all of the other do gooders. It would need massive balls to do it and I don’t think they will feel that it is worth the hassle
  17. Barry, the big problem are the human right lawyers etc who have dozens of illegals & failed asylum seekers, many who are criminals, rapists and murderers taken off deportation flights.
  18. PaulCP

    Formula One

    I didn’t realise that RB were given permission to amend their rear wing whilst Verstappens car was in parc ferme, nor that Hamilton was fined after the race for a seat belt infringement https://www.planetf1.com/news/toto-wolff-mercedes-diplomacy-ended/ https://www.planetf1.com/news/max-verstappen-decision-missing-footage/ Also, according to this, Horner thinks it’s ok to tun opponents off the track provided that there I’d no contact🙄 There is also an interesting comment about the analysis of Verstappen’s steering angles after the incident🤔 https://www.planetf1.com/news/christian-horner-assessment-turn-4-clash/
  19. Shell plans to move headquarters to the UK https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59288593
  20. PaulCP

    Formula One

    Ot was a clear examination of the gap in the rear wing, a little more than just a 2 second touch. Brundle clearly didn’t want to get into the damage later in the video & tries to brush it aside The complaint was made by RB after this Stewards have said that any future further breaches of a similar nature by drivers may incur a stiffer penalty. I know others disagree but IMO Max definitely got off light.
  21. PaulCP

    Formula One

    @C8RKH Your comment re Vettel mirrors exactly what I was saying to MrsCP whilst watching Top Gear yesterday. Vettel is now much more relaxed and has turned into Mr Personality which is exactly what F1 needs these days, drivers who are capable but also who are relaxed and personable. Remember the “old days” when we had Herbert, Brundel, Irvine, Button, Hunt etc and how some used to let their hair down after the British GP and play in the band with Eddie Jordan, Hill etc
  22. PaulCP

    Formula One

    Yep, Lewis pushes Max slightly wide at Silverstone and gets a penalty, Max pushes Lewis even wider & completely off the track in Brazil and no action taken. Hamilton’s reaction from the cockpit said it all when he was told by Wolf that the move was deemed safe by the stewards when he replied “of course” The stewards decision in Brazil has indicated to all drivers that pushing another driver wide and off the track is acceptable. We need consistency of application of the rules and driving standards otherwise F1 is really going to turn into the next remake of ‘Mad Max’
  23. PaulCP

    Formula One

    @PARyou can of course respectfully disagree, just as I can respectfully disagree with you 😛 If you’re fed up with the Mercedes BS then you must also be fed up with the RB BS. Horner in particular, in his obvious desperation to beat Mercedes, has managed to whinge this season more than the rest of the team principals put together. You did also miss the point about Verstappen being fined the change in his back pocket for knowingly breaching regulations and examining a rivals car. Yes rules are rules, but the level of punishment to a driver for a car’s technical infringement resulting from a malfunction v a driver knowingly breaching the rules by closely examining a rivals car seem quite dis-proportionate. The big question is should a driver be penalised for what was accepted by the stewards to be an unwitting technical infringement of the rules or should the team be fined or deducted points. Maybe the rules need to change. So we both “respectfully” (god I hate that word!) disagree but let’s also not forget Verstappen’s long history of throwing opponents in to the wall when commenting on the one time it happens to him.
  24. PaulCP

    Formula One

    Seems a harsh penalty on Hamilton when you read the stewards’ report. They have accepted that the design met the regulations and hence that there was no intent by Mercedes to breach the rules. They also stated that the gap was only wider than the regulations on one edge of the gap in the wing and that they accept that it was a DRS part malfunction. Also confirmed that Red Bull did make the complaint to the stewards and Verstappen gets fined the change in his back pocket for knowingly breaching regulations and examining a rivals car. If constant whinging by that baby Horner and spoilt brat Verstappen is the only way they can beat Hamilton and Mercedes that whatever title they win is meaningless to everyone else!
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