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If you've never seen Charles in F2, this last lap on-the-edge fight and pass of Albon (now with Toro Rosso) should give you a pretty good sense of his nerve, skill and determination. High up on my list, before I knew him as an F1 driver:

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If you've never seen Charles in F2, this last lap on-the-edge fight and pass of Albon (now with Toro Rosso) should give you a pretty good sense of his nerve, skill and determination. High up on my list, before I knew him as an F1 driver:

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Reminiscent of the late Gilles Villeneuve also driving a red car
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Leclerc is doing to Seb at Ferrari what Ricciardo did to Seb in Red Bull.
Seb had early F1 success, maybe will have a precocious career end

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Seb needs to see a sports psychologist.

Unfortunately, his last season at RBR has a major variable, which has prevented widespread criticism of his performance, which didn't just drop enough to slide behind new kid Ricciardo; it was so blatantly awful and highly suspect that it did alert the informed that this was his way to Ferrari. Seb had a performance clause in his RBR contract to guarantee minimum performance, and he ensured the car's performance dropped enough to allow him to use his escape clause and go to Ferrari. Some say he tanked. RBR didn't bother much; there was VER in sight, and they knew -- damn well -- Seb had a Ferrari dream.

At Ferrari, he refuses to accept the car's limits at times, because of the immense pressure of a country on him, and because he refuses to adopt the Hamilton diva-bitch mindset, which is only attainable by the true persecuted sports divas. In action, it works like this: Get passed, finish down to your competition, but bring the points home as you lean on all the excuses you radioed in about the car being wrong somehow; throw the team under the bus; blame your engineers for sabotaging you; blame the other team for have a conspiracy to punt you off the track; act poorer and more persecuted than your teammate; be passive-aggressive with your teammate, and just generally let your teammate do a ton of the hard work and development, and just do NOT be afraid to finish behind others -- just take your licks and blame everyone. Be a diva, and when you get passed, with the diva mindset, you won't feel shame, because divas are shameless and pull pride out of their ass when they want, but they have no shame. Seb's shame is the enemy -- not lack of skill.

Seb drove best when Merc had the obvious better car. Why? No pressure. With the better car, you keep pressure off by being a diva, by doing what I outlined above.

Proud people, with conscience and shame, generally can't be divas, and the pressure comes to bear on them. Without that crutch, he's done.

Edit: Merc works as I outlined above, btw. They are FULLY into the Seb psychological battle and may have invested in consultants to advise and/or have been crafty enough to create the construct, which is that Ferrari have the better car (a Merc construct for a few years now). You put LH within 100 meters of VET on track and the shame factor (of Ham passing Seb, even though Seb has the so-called better car) bears down on Vet. How do we know? Well, see his performance under this pressure vs. when he had the so-called lesser car. In the so-called lesser car, Seb has no shame, so being passed is just due to limitation of the car. Without the shame, the pressure just slides off.

Merc has outplayed Ferrari in race strategy and the psychological battle, with a hugely dominant UK press towing the line, so the "Ferrari have the better car" construct is worth 3-4 wins for Merc, and at least two decisive ones, just by ensuring the non-Diva Vettel battles Ham past the limits of the car, because, afterall, Seb has the better car. Seb feels such shame to be passed in the ''better'' car that he collapses under the pressure.


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Ferrari has funny smelling fuel/exhaust, and with a Bahrain race finally showing the the full beans from the power unit, the data suggest a 40 HP advantage, with some possible low-end grunt for good measure, from harvesting extra turbo heat, to spool up the turbo better or add to ERS via MGU-H. This is the only area teams can exploit, as they are free to exploit all the turbo heat energy they can. Ferrari suspected of deliberately running hotter turbo or new fuels to burn hotter into exhaust, such that heat is added to a more robust turbo unit, and that heat is then harvested as energy to spool up the turbo or get ERS kick. Waaaayyy more complex than that, but that's the gist of it.


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that was some exciting stuff.
If you liked that one, try this (I think it may have been posted here before, coinciding with his Sauber debut):
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God Damn that kid can drive.

8th to First.

I really hope Ferrari can get their stuff sorted out, because LeClerc can bring them the driver championship.

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I really don't see Hamilton being a diva according to how you describe it. I do recall Vettel whining a lot and being way more Diva.

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@RYUK Whining is something all F1 drivers do. Being a diva gets you to where Hamilton is now, which comes with a protective layer called Merc AMG and casual smugness, which you can't do as a young diva. Well into his career with the team molded around his personality, he goes about his business relaxed, and the diva approach got him here. All failures and pressures are deflected. That's relaxing.

In my explanation above, Ham really has done all those things. The genius of Toto Wolff and the broader team is that they have created a construct in which Ham just needs to drive, always feeling relaxed/protected when doing so. 180 degrees opposite is Seb, who has not cultivated a career of persecution. Without any way to offload the pressure, he has no way out (no way to escape pressure and blame and no way -- NONE -- to relax).

Divas have excuses to ease the pressure (this is shameless and not something you or I can do), and they have buildings full of people tending to all their needs and flaws. Vettel does not have this. Arrivabene less than 1 year ago said (paraphrasing) that Sebastion needs to shut up and drive. Leave the engineering to the team. Etc.

Lewis Hamilton has literally accused Merc of sabotage when he lost to Nico. Team just covers for him. Lewis accused Ferrari of conspiring to crash him out. Team agrees and protects him. Etc.

This is genius by Merc. Managing sports divas is an art and sometimes a science. It's brilliant.

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After engine failure in 2016:

".... when he (Ham) had returned to the paddock and spoken to the TV cameras. “Someone doesn’t want me to win this year,” he said.

“We have so many engines made for drivers but mine are the only ones failing this year.

“Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable. I just can’t believe that there’s eight Mercedes cars and only my engines are the ones that have gone this way.

“Something just doesn’t feel right. It was a brand-new engine. It’s just odd. Only mine have gone.”

Aside from saying it, he was so comfortable saying it that he... well... said it. Vettel has some minor moans and niggles and Ferrari publicly bitch slap him and tell him to shut up. Hamilton had a protective blanket called Merc AMG putting him on their own pedestal because his comments are signs of a winner.

Take note: I am complimentary of those who cultivate sports diva constructs and manage them. I am calling it brilliant... art AND science.

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This is genius by Merc. Managing sports divas is an art and sometimes a science. It's brilliant.

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Good insight, just don't think that Toto deserves all the credit. He is riding the wave created by Brawn, Nico and Schumacher just before the new engine spec. Also, he was not perfect but now you can see how good Nico really was. Ferrari may have the better car but Merc is the better team
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