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Chinese GP - Results

So Mercedes finished 1-2 again. I didn't get to watch the entire race like I expected, but from what I was able to watch, Mercedes started pulling away from lap 2 on. Ferrari and Williams were both able to overcome slightly disappointing qualifying sessions and finish the race 3-4 and 5-6 respectively. The time differentials at the end of the race had me thinking the race was competitive towards the end, but i'll get to that in a bit. The finishing positions were are follows:

LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES 1:39:42.008 

NICO ROSBERG MERCEDES +0.714s

SEBASTIAN VETTEL FERRARI +2.988s

KIMI RAIKKONEN FERRARI +3.835s

FELIPE MASSA WILLIAMS +8.544s

VALTTERI BOTTAS WILLIAMS +9.885s

ROMAIN GROSJEAN LOTUS +19.008

FELIPE NASR SAUBER +22.625

DANIEL RICCIARDO RED BULL+32.117s

MARCUS ERICSSON SAUBER +1 lap

SERGIO PEREZ FORCE INDIA +1 lap

FERNANDO ALONSO MCLAREN +1 lap

CARLOS SAINZ TORO ROSSO +1 lap

JENSON BUTTON MCLAREN +1 lap

WILL STEVENS MARUSSIA +2 laps

ROBERTO MERHIMARUSSIA +2 laps

MAX VERSTAPPEN TORO ROSSO DNF

PASTOR MALDONADO LOTUS DNF

DANIIL KVYAT RED BULL DNF

NICO HULKENBERG FORCE INDIA DNF

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Marussia succeeds in bringing both cars to the finish again, which is wonderful news for team sponsors I am sure. Lotus must be thrilled with the fact that they have earned their first points of the season. With this 7th place finish, they immediately find themselves nearly breaking free of the bottom three portion of the standings just one point behind Force India (who just barely missed out a point finishing in 11th with Sergio Perez). Sauber again proves to everyone that they are making huge strides this season with both drivers finished in points positions. They are currently 4th in constructors points. McLaren find themselves near Marussia again, which has got to be concerning for Honda, especially if they hope to continue supplying engines next season.

Red Bull and Toro Rosso are still neck and neck, this week Red Bull getting the better of their developmental team. Red Bull now has a one point advantage on Toro Rosso. The two teams remain 5th and 6th.

Mercedes remains on top, Ferrari second, and Williams third. One would think all three of these teams are very happy with their performances, but it is not so. The Ferrari team principal said expects his team to win on a more regular basis, while Mercedes continues with their infighting nonsense. So one guy is living in the past (Ferrari in this case), while a team that is winning so much it has hurt tv ratings sees, it's two drivers throwing verbal punches at one another after the Chinese GP. Rosberg claimed that Hamilton drove very slowly towards the end of the race in order to sabotage him and almost allow Ferrari to catch up to second. As it was, Mercedes easily had a sizable lead by the end of the race, and Hamilton was instructed by the pit crew to stay on his tires instead of coming into the pits for a new set. Hamilton claims he needed to drive slower in order to finish the race, and that Rosberg could have passed whenever he would have liked to. Personally, I think this is all a bunch of nonsense thrown out there by Mercedes in order to keep fans interested.

Next race is in Bahrain and we will only have to wait about a week for it. It should be a very good race in front of the pack if the Malaysian GP showed us what Ferrari were capable of on that type of track.

StarFoxfan-FUR_ever

F1 schedule update?

I have no idea when this happened, but apparently the Chinese Grand Prix got bumped up to this upcoming weekend, which means that the Bahrain GP will now be the 4th race of the season instead of the third, and that teams will only have less than a complete week to fine tune vehicles for Bahrain. Not sure if I like the thought of that. But that said, the Chinese Grand Prix will be exciting to watch for those of you who can, it usually is anyways. It features a good mix of slow and fast/wide turns, and an extended straightaway before the second-to-last turn, so it makes for lots of overtaking opportunities during the race.

Ok I'll admit it, I am genuinely concerned that the Chinese Grand Prix will be ruined by too many cars dropping out due to mechanical failure. There is simply no way the teams can make such drastic and effective engineering changes on such short notice. The only good thing is if everything falls apart, I won't be watching it anyways. But really, I hate timezone differences.

As usual, I'll try to get qualifying results and team reactions to you as soon as possible. See you around!

StarFoxfan-FUR_ever

Malaysian GP - Results

Before listing the finishing positions, I just want to say I should probably predict Mercedes dominate more often. Perhaps it will make the season more interesting, which is exactly what this race did. I'm genuinly upset that I did not get to watch this race, because from what I heard it was truly exciting to watch. Lots of passing, lots of over and under achievers throughout the field and just overall a great race.

One of the news stories that was going around the week prior to the practice sessions was a comment made about Merecedez dominance over the past season from Red Bull Racing. In short, a representative made a comment suggesting that Red Bull would consider leaving Formula 1 if the FIA is not willing to handicap Mercedez in order to make the races more competitive. While it is true that the FIA has "handicapped" certain teams in the past when things got out of hand, I find it laughable that Red Bull would complain about this kind of thing, after having dominated for four straight seasons between 2010 and 2013. There's more reason for Red Bull to get worrisome than simply not winning too often though. I'll get to that in the race results.

Before race day, there was an interesting situation with regards to qualifying, specifically with regards to Manor Marussia. Both drivers did not set a qualifying time within 107% of the pole position time in Q1 session, which meant they were not supposed to be allowed to race. The race stewards reached out to the FIA and said that Marussia had set times that were well within the 107% mandate during the practice sessions. Ultimately the race stewards announced that Marussia was allowed to compete, much to the delight of the team I am sure. Unfortunately, Will Steven's vehicle suffered from fuel pressure issues, which ultimately kept him from competing in the race. So they only had one driver to focus on for the race, Roberto Merhi. He ended up finishing 15th because four other drivers did not finish the race.

Here are the results of the race:

  1. SEBASTIAN VETTEL - FERRARI 1:41:05.793
  2. LEWIS HAMILTON - MERCEDES +8.569s
  3. NICO ROSBERG - MERCEDES +12.31s
  4. KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN - FERRARI +53.822s
  5. VALTTERI BOTTAS - WILLIAMS +70.409s
  6. FELIPE MASSA - WILLIAMS +73.586s
  7. MAX VERSTAPPEN - TORO ROSSO +97.762s
  8. CARLOS SAINZ - TORO ROSSO +1 lap
  9. DANIIL KVYAT - RED BULL +1 lap
  10. DANIEL RICCIARDO - RED BULL +1 lap
  11. ROMAIN GROSJEAN - LOTUS +1 lap
  12. FELIPE NASR - SAUBER +1 lap
  13. SERGIO PEREZ - FORCE INDIA +1 lap
  14. NICO HULKENBERG - FORCE INDIA +1 lap
  15. ROBERTO MERHI - MARUSSIA +3 laps
  16. PASTOR MALDONADO - LOTUS DNF
  17. JENSON BUTTON - MCLAREN DNF
  18. FERNANDO ALONSO - MCLAREN DNF
  19. MARCUS ERICSSON - SAUBER DNF

So there you have it. Sebastian Vettel has won for the first time in over a year, and in somewhat dominant fashion towards the end of the race, especially considering none of Ricciardo's victories last season felt secure at any point in time. Based on the transcripts I have read, Mercedes seemed to have some in-fighting going on during the race, particularly between Hamilton and the pit crew. Maybe the success has gone to his head? It's interesting to note that Vettel's teammate Raikonnen finished about 41 seconds behind Rosberg. That honestly makes me wonder what prevented him from competing with Mercedes the was Vettel did.

In any case, the biggest thing to stand out from this race other than a well-deserved victory from a non-Mercedes driver was the fact that for the first time in a year or so, a constructor has decreased the lead of Mercedes in the Constructor's Championship. By finishing 1st and 4th in Malaysia, Ferrari has gained 4 points on Mercedes, now being behind Mercedes by 24 points. And what's even better is that Williams is not too far behind Ferrari as well (only a 22 point spread), so we could potentially have some tight competition between the top three constructors through the season if they all perform well.

This is what Red Bull should be losing their minds over. Both drivers of their "developmental" team Toro Rosso (7th and 8th in Malaysia), performed better than the Red Bull drivers (9th and 10th in Malaysia) which has allowed Toro Rosso to take the lead over Red Bull in the constructors championship by a score of 12 points to 11 points. If it had not been for Verstappen's vehicle failing on him during the Australian GP, that lead probably would be bigger right now! Red Bull has to sit down with it's engineers and figure out what the issues are, because it's laughable that two second year drivers are being outperformed to such an extent so far by two rookies, and these two rookies are theoretically driving inferior vehicles as well.

Sauber didn't score any points in this race, but still hold on to 4th in the constructor's championsip. I kind of saw this happening, because Sauber was competing in a very diminished field last time in Australia, which allowed them to get the points they have with ease. However, 12th place by Felipe Nasr is not bad at all. This team can compete for points, and has certainly improved dramatically since last season.

Lotus and Force India are probably devastated by their performances. Lotus barely missed out on it's first point of the year with Romain Grossjean finishing in 11th place, and Force India finding it's drivers finishing in 13th and 14th. The team with the most issues out of anyone else is McLaren right now. Who would have thought that after two races, they would be unable to score a point? What makes this even worse is the fact that they have only gotten one car to the end of a race thus far out of four possible finishes. Even though Fernando Alonso made his return from injury, it didn't help the team out at all.

Going back to Marussia now, they have completed their first race of the season and are officially in the constructor's standings. Even though they only had one driver on track, they were capable of keeping up with the superior teams, finishing only 3 laps behind the winner. This was possible even though they using many old parts for their vehicle, which may actually cast a bright spot on the team in that it has skilled drivers who can help carry this team beyond what they should be capable of.

So there you have it, a very shocking turn of events for lots of different teams at Malaysia. The next race will take place in Sakhir at the Bahrain International Circuit in just under three weeks. It's another "top-speed" oriented track, so if the results of Malaysia prove to be any indication, we could be in for an even better race the next go around.

StarFoxfan-FUR_ever

F1 Preview - Malaysian GP

Well here we are again a couple weeks later, and I've come to a realization. I will not be able to watch the Malaysian Grand Prix, due to the time zone difference. But not all is lost, I can still talk about what the track offers in terms of the challenge and there is a bit of good news about one of the teams that is floating around. So let's get to it.

First and foremost, the track favors teams with stronger engines because of the long straightaways and very wide track surface. This makes for some of the "faster" action that will be seen throughout the year, at least in terms of vehicle top speed. It's a fairly simple track though, where the biggest challenge comes from the hairpin turn just before the midway point of the lap. Many of the turns are fast and wide, so don't expect "stop-go, stop-go" kind of racing.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say Mercedes should dominate on this track. If you thought a 33 second lead from Australia was crazy, this will be something else! However, the faster pace could lead to more driver errors, and I think after the Australian GP with cars falling apart left and right, the last thing teams want to deal with are driving errors.

Now as for that news regarding a team. Yesterday it was revealed that Manor Marussia has managed to get a Ferrari engine going and was prepping to put their cars out into practice sessions. This is a huge step up from where they were at in Australia, when they failed to attempt a practice lap. Here they are now in Malaysia performing in the Free Practice sessions. The results of the first free practice session have already been released, and Marussia is actually only 7 and 8 seconds off the pace of the fastest lap time, which is not so bad at all considering that they are running with both an outdated engine (2014 engine) and power unit.

As I am looking at Free Practice 1 times, I can't help but notice that Toro Rosso is performing better than Red Bull. Is it possible that the two rookies in Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen are actually that good, or is it more a mechanical issue for Red Bull? I guess we will have to see in the next couple of days.

For those of you who get to watch the race, I hope to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

StarFoxfan-FUR_ever

F1 Australian GP thoughts

The Australian GP is now in the past, and I quite frankly don't have words for what could be considered one of the worst races I have watched in years...

I really hope we don't get the same trend as last season, Mercedes blows everyone out of the water unless their cars fail on them. I've come to accept that they will be dominating for a few years, but this is absolutely ridiculous. There's dominance, and then there is just flat out no contest. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are both excellent drivers, don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining about them getting 1st and 2nd. But here's the thing, the differential between 2nd and 3rd place was 33 seconds. 33 seconds behind the leader is where you should expect one of the furthest cars away from 1st who hasn't been double-lapped to be, right? Or am I just blowing smoke here?

I'm not going to analyze the whole race lap by lap, just some key events. There were three good things to come from this race by the end of it:

1) Sauber showed they are actually capable of making a serious push this year, as their vehicles were able to outpace some superior teams. I'm happy my prediction of the team performing poorly again was wrong! It should make races much more interesting.

2) Felipe Nasr is the real deal, finishing 5th in his first race! While he did finish nearly 60 seconds behind 4th place, I'm not going to knock him though because he showed great passing and blocking skills during the race.

3) Carlos Sainz is actually just as good if not better than Max Verstappen. Verstappen was done in with bad luck as his car stopped on him out of nowhere, so we didn't get to see how these two would have finished comparatively had they both finished the race though..... This could be an interesting contest to watch down the line in the championship if Mercedes in fact does pull away and dominate.

There were a few events which affected the race before it even began. Let's go down the list:

First and foremost, you may remember how I said Marussia managed to scrap together a team and vehicles for the 2015 season in my other post. It turned out that yes they had a team, but they were unable to get either of their two drivers on the track for the qualifying sessions, thereby disqualifying them from the race. The FIA (Governing body of F1) is livid, though if I were the owner of Marussia, I'd take the opportunity to blame the FIA for these issues because they all stem from the fact that no budget caps were ever introduced that were promised five years ago when the team was still branded as Virgin Racing...but that's a discussion for another day.

So with that, from a field of 20 drivers, only 18 remained. But we aren't done yet.

Williams driver Valterri Bottas dealt with back pains after qualifying. It was later determined that he had suffered soft tissue damage, and as a result, dropped out before race day. 17 drivers left...

McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen (who is replacing Fernando Alonso while he deals with a concussion) faced mechanical issues during warm up laps prior to the start of the race. Smoke was coming out of the back of his car, though I don't believe the commentators ever gave official word of what the mechanical issue was. 16 drivers....

Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat also faced a mechanical issue during warm up laps. In his case, hydraulic issues.

So there you have it, what should have been a 20 vehicle field narrowed down to 15.

Other than that, there is not much to say about the race itself, that is save for a few more drivers dropping out of the race.

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado got bumped off track on the very first turn and ended up hitting the wall hard, ending his day early, and then teammate Romain Grosjean ended up with mechanical issues of his own and dropped out of the race at the end of the first lap. Needless to say the Lotus team was very upset considering they had high hopes for this race. 13 drivers left

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen dealt with mechanical issues too. Isn't it so exciting for the fans to watch the "most advanced racing vehicles in the world" constantly breaking down? - I would hope nobody thinks so. 12 drivers left.

Uncharacteristic of F1 teams, there were actually multiple pit crew errors/delays during the race. One which stood out that had occurred was a slow tire change when rookie Carlos Sainz came into the pits early in the race, which hurt his final standing (9th) in the long run. He was doing very well though and I was impressed by his skill.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was disqualified because one of his tires was not properly installed on his car prior to him leaving the pit area. He was having a decent race considering the pit crew had already made an error earlier in the race which cost him a tremendous amount of time.

And there you have it, 11 drivers were able to complete the race. Most of the actual competitive racing action occurred towards the back of the field through most of the race. It looked quite competitive throughout the early parts of the race (with the exception of Mercedes pulling away early), but once everyone was separated by multiple car lengths, you had a pretty good idea of who was going to end up where. The most exciting stuff going on was watching Sergio Perez fight back from last place through most of the race, (especially considering he drove off the track once and suffered some minor damage to the body of his vehicle later on in a separate incident where he was actually spun around) and pull of a 10th place finish to give his team one extra point in the standings. Although another thing to take away from the race was Sebastian Vettel's return to good form after last season. He finished 3rd in this race.

Final standings for the Australian GP: 1) LEWIS HAMILTON ; 2) NICO ROSBERG ; 3) SEBASTIAN VETTEL ; 4) FELIPE MASSA ; 5) FELIPE NASR ; 6) DANIEL RICCIARDO ; 7) NICO HULKENBERG ; 8) MARCUS ERICSSON ; 9) CARLOS SAINZ ;10) SERGIO PEREZ ; 11) JENSON BUTTON

The remaining drivers dropped out of the race in various ways as I explained above. Gotta feel bad for Jenson Button though. McLaren knew coming into the race they were a weaker team on this track, but for Button to be the only driver not to cash in points for his team out of the drivers who finished the race must have felt very awkward afterwards.

The next race is the Bahrain GP. It's more technical and allows for more passing than Australian GP, so it should be interesting to see who puts on a strong performance. Hopefully a larger field will be able to compete so there can be some more competitive racing throughout the field. And if that is the case, we will see who truly has what it takes to be consistent. It's hard to gauge actual team skill from the Australian GP, so I'm a bit hesitant to make any predictions. See you again in a couple of weeks.

Thank you for reading.

StarFoxfan-FUR_ever

F1 2015 Preview

It's that time of year again, after what could be considered one of the most disappointingly boring, "bad for TV" type seasons of all time this past season, for F1 to make its return. I think it goes without saying that viewers are coming into this season expecting more of the same old, teams X, Y, and Z dominate, with everyone else barely scrapping along week to week. But I'm here not to hype up what realistically will be another "meh" season, but instead I will come in with the intention of painting a better future for F1.

Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Here we are very close to the start of the season (about four and a half hours away) and F1 finds itself fielding only 10 teams this season as opposed to the 11 last season. By some miracle, the team Marussia has managed to get two vehicles ready for the Australian Grand Prix. Unfortunately that means Caterham is still nowhere to be found since the season finale last year. I suppose it's better than the 18 car field we would have been left with had Marussia not joined in last minute.

Team introductions:

Mercedes: Team of Louis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

They won the constructor's championship in dominant fashion last season, and took 1st and 2nd respectively as individuals. I'd honestly be surprised if they didn't repeat the constructor's championship this season, though you never know with the driver's championship what could happen. Perhaps it is just hopeful wishing on my part.

Red Bull Racing: Team of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat

Ricciardo came onto the scene last season and proved that he deserves to race at the F1 level. Daniil Kvyat didn't have anywhere near as much success in his respective rookie season, but he put in some noteworthy performances. I expect Red Bull to drop a bit in the standings from last season only because of the lack of experience these two drivers have, a combined two years of experience! However, that is not a knock on their talent, as they both should have good futures ahead of them.

Williams: Team of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas

On one side, we see Massa's resurgence, on the other we see a young talent in Bottas. One of the feel good stories of last year was the success of the Williams team which was able to get third in the constructors standings after having been in the dumps for too long. If things go well for them this season, they may be capable of pushing for 2nd in the standings. I liked what I saw from them last season, so hopefully they continue that strong run.

Ferrari: Team of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen

The story of Ferrari this season will be about two drivers trying to resurrect their careers. Ok sure, maybe it's a bit exaggerated in the case of Vettel (He did win four championships in a row after all), but for Raikkonen (now 35 years of age) this could be just the opportunity he needs to prove he can still keep up with the young up-and-comers. Last season was rough for him, finishing 12th in the driver standings. You gotta wonder how many years he believes he has left in the sport. Regardless of what happened last season with Vettel, you have to believe he will bring a lot of skill to a Ferrari team that has been falling off the wagon slowly these past few years.

McLaren: Team of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button*

*A quick note regarding the McLaren team drivers. Alonso is currently dealing with a concussion as a result of a crash during off-season testing last month. Kevin Magnussen will fill in the empty seat for at least the first race. We will have to wait to find out how long he will be substituting for. It's a lucky break for Magnussen who was not offered a renewed full time driver contract after what I thought was a good showing for a rookie driver last season, but it's not how you want to see younger drivers get the chance they need.

That aside, the big news for McLaren is the proposed partnership with another manufacturer to produce racing engines for their F1 team. News has leaked in the past day that business talks are still continuing, which is a bit of a let down after the team owner boldly stated they wanted to compete with the best for years to come. For those of you who don't know the manufacturer, it just so happens to be Honda. Yes...you read that correctly. McLaren wants Honda to produce engines for their racing team. I'm still as dumbfounded all these months later since first hearing the news. Perhaps the team is struggling financially, who knows? I expect them to scrap together some strong performances this season and remain competitive to an extent.

Force India: Team of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg

After a very good showing for the team last season, they decided to stay with the same drivers this year. I think if Red Bull, Ferrari, and possibly even McLaren end up having to deal with various issues this season, we could see the emergence of a new powerhouse for the next few years. I believe Sergio Perez is the most underrated driver in Formula 1 right now, and just needs that huge breakout year to prove his worth. You could say last season was the big year since he performed very well on what was supposed to be a weak team going in to the season, but I think he can do better. Without a doubt, Hulkenberg is a very reliable driver. Look for him to continue putting in consistently strong efforts. Look for this team to surprise everyone this season.

Toro Rosso: Team of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz

The developmental "second team" for Red Bull will feature two rookie drivers in Verstappen and Sainz. A lot of buzz has been going around for Verstappen, saying how he's going to be a great driver. If the name sounds familiar, it is because he is the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen. His father was never a high profile driver, so I don't understand why anyone is making a big deal about that small fact. In any case, the lack of hype around Carlos Sainz is somewhat surprising considering he won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship last year. I wouldn't look too much into the standings when comparing these two to the competition because of course Toro Rosso will not get the support it needs to showcase drivers properly. If anything, at least these two get a fair chance to gain experience.

Lotus: Team of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado

After what was an incredible year two season ago, Lotus fell back into obscurity last season. Grosjean might as well be considered the savior of this team if they can't remain competitive. I'll admit I tend to give him more credit than he should get, but Grosjean is a serviceable driver considering the team he is on. Maldonado will hope to improve on his performance from last season I am sure. Hopefully their luck will turn around this season.

Sauber: Team of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr

It's wonderful to see Marcus Ericsson back in a driver seat after the financial disaster Caterham faced last season. Technically speaking, it's a step up from his previous team performance wise, so perhaps he could showcase some moments of brilliance now in his second season, although I wouldn't blame him if he tried to get out as soon as possible. Last season I predicted this would be the next team to face serious financial struggle, possibly dropping out of F1 if things go sour, and nothing has happened during the off-season to make me think otherwise.

Felipe Nasr is a rookie driver who will be looking to quiet the naysayers. While driving in the GP2 series last season, he was unable to outrace teammate Joylon Palmer (who ended up winning the championship). Many F1 fans were upset to find out that Felipe Nasr was able to beat out Palmer for a F1 contract, saying that Palmer is the superior driver. They also say that Nasr was a better choice for the team only because he brings in more sponsorship money than Palmer. Interestingly enough, Palmer got a position as a test driver for Lotus this season, so perhaps in the near future we could see these two go head to head in F1 if Palmer impresses team owners.

Sauber is in a very troubling situation financially and are only surpassed in that regard to the next team.

Marussia: Team of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi

Marussia has by some miracle been able to successfully apply for and be a part of the 2015 F1 season. I honestly believed we had seen the last of this team after the financial debacle last season, so I must say I am pleasantly surprised. For those of you keeping track, Will Stevens raced for Caterham in the season finale last year, so he has one F1 race under his belt. Roberto Merhi also has past connections to Caterham, as he was the team's test driver last season. He also raced in the Formula Renault 3.5 series last year, where he attained 3rd place overall. If nothing else, at the very least Marussia has two drivers who could potentially develop into competitive racers going forward. I don't expect Marussia to shock us and become a middle of the pack team, but minor success in scoring it's first points in the constructors championship shows this team is run very seriously and intends to continue running until ownership goes bankrupt. And you've gotta respect that.

So there you have it, my semi-predictions and overall outlook on the F1 2015 season. Let's hope for the best for the struggling teams and let's hope for a real contest at the top for the championship this year. There's a ton of rookie and sophomore drivers to look forward this season. Perhaps someone will take the opportunity and put on a performance just like Ricciardo did last year? There's a lot to look forward to beyond the championship contenders if you look at the big picture.

StarFoxfan-FUR_ever

Subway performers

DISCLAIMER: I do NOT condone giving money to street/subway performers. The small section where I talk about it a bit is only to get my point across.

You know those people, the ones who barge in on your late morning or early afternoon commute, and generally put on display what could only be described as a cringe-worthy performance leaving you to wonder what horrible thing you did to deserve having to sit through it all.

Sometimes you get lucky, and you are provided with decent quality entertainment. The performer may be a good singer, be able to play an instrument well, perform a break dance move you've never seen before, or maybe even provide some inspirational words through poetry. These are the kinds of people that make me think to myself "How did you not make it in entertainment, why are you struggling in life?", and I mean it with sincerity.

Then there are others who make you wish you were someplace else. For instance, there's the dancer performing a gymnastics routine, or something along those lines, who almost (and sometimes does!) accidentally kick a passenger in the middle of their routine. You contemplate whether you should call the police on them for endangering others, or if you should instead chalk it up to a bad/off day and forget about it. Then there's that one person who resorts to annoying you to death by asking for you for a "smile" after their routine, since you aren't going to throw money at them. You would love to look them straight in the eye, laugh in their face, and proceed to give them a menacingly evil stare until they go away. Or let's say you aren't even on the train yet, as you are waiting for it to arrive at your stop. You hear this very strange sound that could only be described as "heavy, but occasionally transitioning into a very awkward squeak". You listen intently, trying to piece it all together when you soon realize that you have been listening to someone sing a classic song in an incredibly heavy foreign accent that you are unable to recognize according to any of the regional, or cultural stereotypes you have been told about over the course of your life. You try your hardest to remain composed, fighting the urge to go up to the singer and outright steal the microphone from them and begin singing in your "pure, accent-less" voice as a way to show up the performer, even if you suck at singing yourself.

You decide not to actually do these things to anyone. It's most likely because you are a decent human being who's respectful towards others in general. (Never mind that you don't want to anger a stranger, potentially putting yourself in danger) It also may have something to do with the fact that you took a look at their "bucket/plastic bag", or whatever they use to store money, and notice that it is completely empty. "BLASPHEMY!" You say to yourself. Surely these people are only hiding the money they made on that day from view so that they look poorer. Then another thought comes to mind. Is it possible that maybe they are afraid somebody is going to steal their money if they leave it out in the open? Surely they must realize what kind of danger they are putting themselves in by doing their act in public in front of complete strangers. Whether you love the few quality acts that exist, or hate everyone for disrupting your day, you've got to appreciate that they can take you away from all the different things that cause stress in your life, even if it's only for 5 minutes.

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Introducing the Crazed mind of FUR

So this is the blog section huh? I like it! So why'd it take me so long to post in here you might be thinking? Well, to put it simply, I was over-thinking things about what topics to write about and whatnot, causing me to become paranoid over whether or not people are gonna even read it if they don't care about the topic of discussion. I didn't want to become the crazy guy talking to himself. But I've come to the conclusion that it's ok, because basically everyone else is too for the most part, so I'm in good company. Hey you, where you going? Sit back and relaaaaax, I told you I was "introducing the crazed mind of FUR", and you clicked the link. So now, as a consequence you gotta sit through this garbage whether you like it or not.

I got you attention there didn't I? Even if I really don't have your complete 100% attention, that's ok. I wanna talk about what I want to use this blog for. Since there's actually a "category" feature, I want to organize my thoughts a bit better than they would be if I were to simply post rants on the main forum every now and then and have most of them ignored. And to be honest I'm surprised I haven't received the TLDR; reply in a long time. At least now with blogs, I can talk about stuff and not go off topic, since i'm the one determining what the topics are going to be. Everyone and their grandmother knows I go off topic mid rant on the forums way too much, so hopefully I can curtail that to an extent regarding miscellaneous topics.

Oh no, I did it again! You see what I mean? Oh my goodness, and now here I was about to rant about a rant. Wait a second, did this blog post even have a topic to begin with? I don't know anymore, and you don't probably don't know either, so I'll just go with the flow. You know you just gotta love that point in time where you hit a wall, and it seems like you have literally nothing in your mind worth worth putting down on paper, or in this case on a blog, so you sit there wallowing about thinking as hard as you can hoping that some idea will pop up that will amaze people and grab their attention. Right now, I'm not doing a very good job of that, or am I? If you're still reading this, you're either incredibly bored and tired, or I'm a genius. I'm willing to bet it's the former.

And THAT is your introduction to the crazed mind of FUR. PLEASE LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE :troll:

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