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Mar 30, 2021 - 11:45am

Netflix did a really great job on this. Most people around me become F1 enthusiasts because of the TV show. It sounds really crazy how a good TV show can democratize a sport which was first reserved to real passionate. 

Mar 31, 2021 - 6:05pm

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Well said. Started the first episode under the ignorant/arrogant impression that racing was grimy and low-class. Boy was I wrong lol

You thought Formula One was "low class"? Lol. It's like Polo in race cars, for rich ppl.

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Mar 30, 2021 - 12:16pm

Thats the thing. In America, we dont get as much exposure to a sport like this. However, I think F1 has a huge opportunity in this market.

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Mar 30, 2021 - 12:23pm

I don't realize how F1 is popular in the US. As you already now, in Europe it's really popular. Despite, if you look at the audience chart since the release of the TV show from Netflix, the audience massively rise ! 

Mar 30, 2021 - 12:27pm

Agreed, I knew next to nothing about it, and still do, but boy did they make it very engaging. I love the trash talk especially, it sounds very refined vs most American sports' trash talking.

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Mar 30, 2021 - 11:56am

Hell yes. The show prompted me to make a "what's your dream career" thread. I now have this ritual when I don't have work to get done or calls to make: I'll wake up, crush an espresso, finish an episode (currently re-watching the series), hop in the car, then drive like an absolute ass to the nearest Starbucks imagining I'm Lewis Hamilton. Admittedly pompous and probably rather dangerous/annoying to anyone else on the road, but god is it fun. 

Don't know where you're located but I know that there a certain tracks around the Tri-State area where you can bring your car. Have a buddy who's dad is a successful orthopedic surgeon and he has a 911 turbo that he races some weekends. Not sure if you need any certifications (would assume so) and I think for that to be an even remotely economically responsible decision you've got to become a member at the track (I think the alternative is ~$700 for a session around here). Although, if you're anything like me maybe it's worth looking into.

How'd you watch the race on Sunday? I only saw it available on Hulu live tv which I cannot bring myself to buy. All the other streaming I looked at was bogus.

Mar 30, 2021 - 12:06pm

What an amazing ritual (but always be careful while driving !). What car do you actually drive ?

I'm in Paris and every Grand Prix are on national T so we don't have any issue with streaming. 

In France we have lot of tracks where you just go with you car and drive without any formation (sounds crazy but I think the speed is limited without license).

Mar 30, 2021 - 12:16pm

Luckily home bc of covid so I've been taking my dads car out. He's got a turbo-charged Audi all road with some pretty serious mileage but that thing goes, especially when you throw it in manual. The undertone of privilege made me cringe but you asked lol

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 5, 2021 - 5:30pm

You can get a subscription directly from F1 which also allows you to watch qualifying rounds etc.

Source: I mooch off my older bro's membership ;)

Mar 30, 2021 - 12:15pm

Epic battle, if you start developing a passion for racing would recommend giving go-karting a try. 

All these formula one guys start off karting / still practice during the off-season using karts. 

Welcome to the sport!

Mar 30, 2021 - 12:37pm

I work as an IB analyst now, but I am very much into motorsports. As a kid and teenager, I raced quarter midgets and micro sprint cars, and became a huge NASCAR fan. 

However, after about 2012 or so, NASCAR completely went off the rails in terms of bullshit rule changes, good drivers retiring, and too much micromanagement. Since then, I've started becoming more and more of an IndyCar and Formula 1 fan. 

I want to see someone win the triple crown.

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Mar 30, 2021 - 12:46pm

Great time to get into the sport. Red Bull seems very competitive to fight Mercedes, gap between the midfield is narrower, mix of rookies and veteran drivers. And if you get into the engineering aspect, you can really go down the rabbit hole.  

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Mar 30, 2021 - 1:33pm

Sucks everyone is joining F1 and missed the Nico vs Hammy, Vettel dominance, and Ferraris glory days. also dont be surprised when Merc takes the sandbags off and Hammy walks away with the title.

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Apr 1, 2021 - 8:21am

The 90s and 2000s were the golden era - Senna vs Prost, Hakkinen vs. Schumacher and then 2007 and 2008 were decided by one point in the last race - absolutely thrilling. 

I'd argue almost all of the 2010s have been a bit of a drag given first Red Bull and then Mercedes's dominance although there were a couple years when Ferrari were a legit threat (2010, 2012 and 2017).

Apr 1, 2021 - 10:33am

respectfully disagree lol the 90s and 00s were not different that 2010s in terms of dominance, its just that retroactively it looks better than it is lol. IMO 2010 and 2012 were some of the greatest seasons ever - Seb and RB were really in their element. Merc dominance was the result of them tanking during v10 era....in a perverse way they kinda deserved it lmao - obv FIA shouldve changed up regs more often to spice things up but i digress

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Apr 5, 2021 - 6:27pm

I personally do not agree that 90s and 00s was the golden era of F1 (got to go further back to the 70s for that). 90s was dominated by either McLaren-Honda or Williams and 00s was Ferrari. I think we tend to romanticize these years because it's the era that most of the stars/icons came from (Senna, Prost, Schumi, Hakkinen). I challenge you to go back and watch some of that footage, because it's a lot of dull moments, as well as a few legendary once (of course I'm talking Hakkinen on Schumi in Spa....). In recent years, I think 07, 08, 10 and 12 were incredible, but there's a lot of promise in this season as well. To anyone just starting to get interested in the sport, please go to a race and you will be hooked forever

Mar 30, 2021 - 2:05pm

Ya I think this season is looking to be fantastic. Bahrain was great, I think Lewis really showed his class holding on against Max, should be a good battle all season. As for being a fan, I don't know anyone who also watches F1 so that's kind of a bummer...

Mar 30, 2021 - 2:33pm

This may actually be the year where Max challenges Lewis.  Sucks its the year before the new regs, but if the season is anything like this past weekend, what a treat it'll be.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Mar 30, 2021 - 2:40pm

Honestly really happy that Checo Perez is at Red-bull after how he was treated by Aston Martin/Racing Point. Sucks that he had to start from the pit lane but showed some real dominance by finishing in 5th place. As he gets more used to the car I think there's a real chance for him to compete for 3rd place in the driver's championship against Valtteri Bottas.

Mar 31, 2021 - 5:58am

Bahrain was an absolute treat and the midfield looks tighter than ever. Still don't think we've seen the full strength of Aston Martin tho, or even Ferrari for that matter

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May 6, 2021 - 1:29am

I've been off for a while due to work but I gotta say as a lifetime RBR fan, this is one of the most exciting seasons forsure. Looks like Honda has delivered an engine which is competitive with the MBs and we're actually seeing a potential title fight in the making with LH and MV. Gotta say that LH's experience and racecraft is genuinely shining at the moment as he dukes it out with Max. Max is my favorite but you see him make just the slightest of mistakes which Lewis hasn't been making (relatively speaking, Lewis has still had some blunders but clearly is fine). These two are performing better than ever and finally have the machinery to give us a show worth watching, though I think that mostly holds true for the more fun circuits as opposed to sleepy ones like barca. Also great to see Perez getting into relative stride on raceday (barring Imola) and generally competing at the front of the field. All around great grid this year with all the swaps and newbies.

Also gotta give a shoutout to Lando for his utterly consistent excellent form and carrying McLaren thus far. Ric will get there but it was so crucial in the title fight that Lando kill it while Ric adjusts to the car.

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Apr 1, 2021 - 6:02am

It is a wonderful sport, and Drive to Survive does a brilliant job selling it. Bahrain is always a fun track, check out last year's two GPs there, they were event packed.

Apr 5, 2021 - 12:19pm

Couple things:

Still not as good as it was in the tyre war era.

Kimi Raikkonen is the greatest driver of all time.

F1 is too limited with strategy compared to late 90's or early 2000's.

Apr 5, 2021 - 7:47pm

I mean I like him because nobody this century was quicker than him during his peak 2003-2007, and because he is super fair, no matter how dirty the other driver is, on track.

In our business, values matter. Kimi sticks to his no matter what.

On top of that, he's apparently a savant with car setup.

But obviously Lewis' success is unprecedented. The rivalry I actually want to see more of is Leclerc vs Verstappen. Those two have been rivals since a young age and do NOT like each other. See Silverstone 2019.

Apr 5, 2021 - 6:17pm

I think people romanticize the 90s & 00s when it comes to F1. My first F1 memory is from Aus GP 2001 and thought that era was the shit. Truth is, if you go back and look through the races there was a lot of really dull races then too. I've re-watched pretty much everything since 94 season and can't say that 90s were any better than late 00s. 

That being said. 07 season was an absolute beast and Kimi is indeed the man

Apr 5, 2021 - 7:44pm

2001, 2002 and 2004 were average/below average.

But every other season from 1997-2006 was monstrously good in my view. 2007 was unreal too. 98-2000 is still the best rivalry between two teams and one of the best driver rivalries ever. Trust me, if you watched those 3 seasons at the time, it was like a boxing match every race. So much drama and action. Michael vs Mika. Ferrari vs McLaren. It was awesome.

Then the young guns came through like Kimi, Alonso, etc etc but the sport went through some changes and I honestly never liked the aero changes they made in 2009.

But regardless, I get where you are coming from. I just think the fact everyone starts on the same fuel load, no testing, same tyres, makes it a less variable sport than it used to be in some ways. The more variability, the more exciting the racing in my view.

Apr 5, 2021 - 5:36pm

I love F1 and agree that Drive to Survive is such a great introduction to the sport! If Bahrain was any indication I think we're in for a great season.

Does anyone know any bars in NYC that air the races regularly? I watch at home (pandemic) but would love to find a place to watch with other fans.

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Apr 17, 2021 - 2:08pm

Love to see Sergio qualify at P2 at Imola. He's going to be running a different strategy compared to Max/Lewis so I wonder if that'll be a disadvantage for him.

Apr 19, 2021 - 9:50pm

Yes, another thing I picked up during quarantine and via Netflix DTS. I'm rooting hard for McLaren, hope they can wrestle third place away from a very strong looking Ferrari this season. Lando drove his heart out at Imola!

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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