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Epic. Interlagos never ceases to deliver...




And this one for the smoothest operator in the track...


 

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Even though driver of the day went to Verstappen, both Carlos Saints drive from last on the grid to Alex Albon effort would have be deserving.
Great race. This should really shut of the 'Formula One is boring' crowd.
One more to go. Unfortunately, my nephew won't be in his usual role as Yas Marina assistant race director (track).
 

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Kudos to Honda, who actually came very close to a potential Honda 1, 2 & 3 before Lewis banged into Albon, and the two Ferraris mutual destruction.
After spending in excess of half a billion $ trying to stay all Japanese, early last year Honda finally looked for help from engine guru Mario Illien (ilmor engineering) and his team in Brixworth. UK. For US based racing series, Honda had a long relationship with Illmor engineering's Plymouth, USA branch. It looks like their work finally got Honda engines close to Mercedes and Ferrari in terms of performance and reliability.
According to the pundits, Interlagos high altitude and different size turbo chargers may be the cause of Mercedes and Ferrari's deficit in performance over a race distance..

Interestingly enough, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd, (also Brixworth) started out as ILMOR, a combination of the names of their 1983 founders, Mario Illien and Paul Morgan.
AMG powertrains and Illmor engineering, supposedly are in close enough proximity to see each others buildings.

Also, Mercedes AMG F1 team started out as Honda F1 (actually you could go back further to Tyrell, BAR and BAR-Honda). After the economic jitters of 2008/9, Honda suddenly decided at the end of 2008, to pull out of F1, which led to a management 1 pound buyout by Ross Brawn and Nick Fry.
Honda sold the team for a symbolic 1 English Pound. They would otherwise have been liable for millions in employee and other divestment costs. Honda continued to pay all their bills to March 2009, and even provided some operating capital, a class act. The team had the new (Honda financed) 2009 car, renamed the team BRAWN GP, and found an engine supplier in Mercedes. The Brawn GP team won the World F1 constructors title in their first year, and in their car Jensen Button became world drivers champion.
The rest is history, and you can't really make up stuff like this.
At the end of the 2009 season, Mercedes Benz and Aabar investments (Abu Dhabi) bought 75% of the team, and renamed it 'Mercedes GP.'
At the end of 2009, Brawn, Fry, and 3 lesser directors came out of that deal with a lot of money. Ross Brawns share was said to be around 70 mio pound.
One more race to go.
Cheers

The Brawn GP story

 

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Kudos to Honda, who actually came very close to a potential Honda 1, 2 & 3 before Lewis banged into Albon, and the two Ferraris mutual destruction.

A bit of trivia... such finish would have been more than appropriate considering it was on Soichiro Honda's birthday. He would have been 70.
 
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