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    Posted: January 17 2017 at 06:32
Thought I'd get this years thread rolling.

Big news to start the year, Bottas is replacing Rosberg at Mercedes for this year with Massa coming out of a very short retirement at Williams for one last season and Pascal Werhlein moving to Sauber. Manor are unfortunately in administration, there's an offer on the table for them but it's got to be sorted very soon or the teams done.

The Daytona 24 Hours should be up soon, the first season with all LMP2's and there the newer more powerful cars this year.
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At least Bottas is not stuck at Williams anymore, but I bet he's going to get destroyed by Hamilton.
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I don't know about destroyed, but Verstappen, Alonso and Ricciardo are the only drivers I'd not automatically expect to loose when alongside Hamilton.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote noni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2017 at 13:54
Originally posted by Vompatti Vompatti wrote:

At least Bottas is not stuck at Williams anymore, but I bet he's going to get destroyed by Hamilton.

It's early days yet.  Bottas beat Massa and he's no slouch.   I agree,  Hamilton will walk over Bottas but i believe he will have some great results to prove his talent!...  He's only signed a 1 year contract.
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Can't complain about Bottas getting that seat.

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Bottas unchained! Watch out world.
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With the NFL season completely unraveled, I just want to get back to racing again.  Some fairly big stuff happening in the off season, too, across the globe.

-Obviously, the Nico Rosberg retirement announcement came as a shock to everyone, especially just having won the title.  Bottas getting the seat is cool.  However, I can't imagine he does much against Hamilton and wouldn't be surprised if his own team were the biggest road block.  It just seems too temporary. 

-Another shocking retirement came out of Monster Energy Cup Series (formerly Sprint Cup) ranks when Carl Edwards announced he was done with full time racing, effective immediately.  Coming so close to finally getting that illusive title last year, I didn't see this one coming at all.  Being at JGR, he has the best shot of anyone to get it this year.  He stated his reasoning mainly being that he wants to do other things, but I don't know.  Seems too sudden.  2016 Xfinity champion Daniel Suarez will take over the 19 in the Cup series full time. 
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So it's been confirmed today, Manor have officially closed their doors and shut down, no buyer was found in time for them to get going this year.

On the upside, Daytona 24 this weekend.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote noni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 27 2017 at 15:06
Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

So it's been confirmed today, Manor have officially closed their doors and shut down, no buyer was found in time for them to get going this year.

On the upside, Daytona 24 this weekend.

That''s a shame Cry
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Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

On the upside, Daytona 24 this weekend.

I want to see Jeff Gordon add this race to his list of accomplishments. 
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YES!



And that controversial move that got them the lead late, to me, was just hard racing where both cars forced the issue and Taylor came out on top.  A very quick move that I'm sure surprised Albuquerque, but he ended up coming down on the 10.  Honestly, though, IMSA had been letting a lot of aggressive moves go the entire race, so they were pretty consistent throughout. 
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Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

So it's been confirmed today, Manor have officially closed their doors and shut down, no buyer was found in time for them to get going this year.

On the upside, Daytona 24 this weekend.
 
That is indeed bad news/ Ouch
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Originally posted by MillsLayne MillsLayne wrote:

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And that controversial move that got them the lead late, to me, was just hard racing where both cars forced the issue and Taylor came out on top.  A very quick move that I'm sure surprised Albuquerque, but he ended up coming down on the 10.  Honestly, though, IMSA had been letting a lot of aggressive moves go the entire race, so they were pretty consistent throughout. 
 
That is pretty sweet. I didn't realize he was on that team as the ending laps were happening. Pretty fun end of the race too. Thumbs Up
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I was rooting for the WTR team, along with the Mazda Multimatic-Riley the best looking of the new prototypes, disappointing just how huge the Cadillac advantage was, the only other car that could live with the three Caddies in the dry was the Rebellion racing WEC car, and that dropped out in the second hour.
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The 24 hours of Daytona is my ringing in to the new racing season :D

Wow, another close ass finish. Congrats to the old man Jeff Gordon, Angelelli and Taylor & Taylor on the win!


Sad about Nico, but hey...guess tough to resist going out on top. Excited to see what Bottas can do.
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Yes, good see these enduros go down to the wire! I saw a six hour race at Watkins Glen in the seventies where I actually fell asleep almost through the entire race and was told that I didn't miss a thing!

IMSA will eventually dial out the Caddie advantage in time.
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It's hard to tell how much of an advantage they had though, very strong rumours going around that Nissan and Mazda had detuned their engines for the weekend due to reliability fears.
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I agree but IMSA, and especially NASCAR, are used to some sandbagging at the start of the season. I'm sure they will sort it out.
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First of the 2017 cars, the Sauber C36. Looks good, shame it's going to be last.


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Huh? I was expecting something with NHRA drag slicks and a nose as long as a top fuel car. 
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