2016 - End of Year report cards

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  1. Mr.B

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    As the dust settles on the 2016 season, how about some reflection and some report cards?
    I'm thinking 'Tell us your Top 3 and your Bottom 3" in the following categories
    • Team
    • Driver
    Your Top 2 and Bottom 2 in the following categories
    • Performance (could be by a driver, a pit crew, a steward, whatever)
    • Individual (i.e. could be anybody - a team principal, a TV pundit, a media rights holder)...
    Also, your favourite thing about the whole season, and your least favourite thing. (Anything you like - it could be a specific thing that happened, or something about a venue, or something else completely.)

    The 'rules'...

    Teams
    Apply whatever criteria you want. Points success? Contribution to the paddock? Any criteria you like - it's your prerogative. (That's why I'm calling them "Top & Bottom", rather than "Best & Worst".)
    You don't have to apply the same criteria across them all. You might give top spot to a team because you love seeing an underdog having a go. And you might give second spot to a team because of their engineering excellence...


    Drivers
    As above, apply whatever criteria you want to. Raw talent? Great hair? Good egg? Your criteria, your call, and feel free yo mix your criteria up...

    Performance
    You get the idea - apply any criteria you like. A fantastic drive? An inspired race strategy? A ridiculous penalty / outrageous application of the rules?

    Individuals
    A person trying to bring some common sense into the way the sport is run? A person who makes you laugh? A waste of space? Whatever criteria you like.

    Favourite thing and least favourite thing
    Yep - whatever criteria you like.

    Basically, you have completely free rein to pick your best & worst, for your own reasons.
     
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  2. Mr.B

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    Teams
    Top team
    Second
    Third

    3rd bottom
    2nd bottom
    Bottom team

    Drivers
    Top driver
    Second
    Third

    3rd bottom
    2nd bottom
    Bottom driver

    Performances
    Top performance
    2nd top

    2nd bottom
    Bottom performance

    Individuals
    Top individual
    2nd top

    2nd bottom
    Bottom individual

    Favourite thing


    Least favourite thing
     
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  3. Smithers

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    Teams
    Top team: FI for performing beyond their budget, having a decent livery and standing their ground within the working technical group.
    Second: Merc for their ultimate performance achievements.
    Third: Haas for their ability to not look like The newbies of old.

    3rd bottom: Williams, woefully underperformed and have not bettered their driver status moving forward.
    2nd bottom: Ferrari, chaos - simple.
    Bottom team: McLaren, for both their performance on the track and the political wrangling off it.

    Drivers
    Top driver: Alonso
    Second: Riccardo
    Third: Max

    3rd bottom: KMag
    2nd bottom: Palmer
    Bottom driver: Ericsson

    Performances
    Top performance: Max's win in Barcelona
    2nd top: Ricc not winning in Monaco

    2nd bottom: Merc's constant controlling of races, their bare faced lying when trying to convince the sport they are fair and their ironic inability to control their drivers in a micro management environment.
    Bottom performance: Charlie, The Rule makers and the Stewards. It's a sweeping statement tarring them all with the same brush but the the fundamentally dismantling of the sporting code to the detriment of the sport itself is morally bankrupt.

    Individuals
    Top individual: Massa and Button jointly.
    2nd top: The independent press/media that bring information, rumours and an element of sanity to the sport.

    2nd bottom: Toto, Claims to be one thing but neither has the Motorsport presence or the cut throat nature to be what he claims. He fell out of a PR boardroom and it shows.
    Bottom individual: David Croft(I refuse to give airtime to his self imposed nick name) and the media in general - biased and uninformative.

    Favourite thing
    More races.


    Least favourite thing
    VSC and the Max rule. Both pointless knee jerk reactions to existing fundemental issues that remain unresolved.
     
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  4. moreinjuredthanowen

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    Teams
    Top team: Mercedes. that much is undeniable. they are just the best period
    Second: Red bull. put u pa bit of a fight with a dog of an engine they developed themselves.
    Third: Haas for their ability to not look like The newbies of old.

    3rd bottom: Williams, I agree. given the engine its really poor
    2nd bottom: mcclaren. no progress or was there. i can't honestly tell.
    Bottom team: Ferrari. very dissappointing.

    Drivers
    Top driver: Rosberg :) just to annoy the fanboys
    Second: Ricciardo
    Third: Verstappen

    3rd bottom: Hamilton. if he'd been bother for half the year and not whining he'd have won this handy IMO. should have
    2nd bottom: Kvyat
    Bottom driver: Palmer

    Performances
    Top performance: I think watching verstappen in brazil for me. it just showed a guy alive and trying to find different ways while others tip toed around following a dry line.
    2nd top: I think theres a couple mercs that drove through the field performances that are underrated. Very enjoyable. Hamilton at spa for instance.

    3rd bottom: european GP quali from hamilton. utterly bizarre and clealry somethign went on and he was not right in the head that day.
    2nd bottom: Yes mercedes as above. constant straight jacket to get 1/2 robs fans of a spectacle.
    Bottom performance: I agree. the making up of rules week by week wa really annoying. The stewards playing favorites very obviously at times.

    Individuals
    Top individual: Alonso for having a laugh.. you can only laugh a tthe joke of a car given to him
    2nd top: TRosberg for putting up with everyone calling him ****.

    2nd bottom: Horner for being a dick and constancy trying to break the rules and get advantage. his antics with backing up vettel, sending ricciardo down a closed pit lane ridiculously and daring to claim a non existant puncture...

    Bottom individual: I'd put every steward that gave a deliberate time penalty to change results. the penalty to rosberg to put him 4th for example. FFS bump wheels etc is not a penalty IMO.

    Favourite thing
    More races.


    Least favourite thing
    constant safety cars for nothing cos someone decided in a dark room that bringing the field together for any excuse is good for racing... AND constant ignoring of deadly dangerous antics in the pit lane. Several things have gone on where mechanics have been put at risk and no punihsments have come yet guys are punished for hard racing.
     
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    Teams
    Top team: Force India
    Second: Mercedes
    Third: Toro Rosso

    3rd bottom: Ferrari
    2nd bottom: Williams
    Bottom team: McLaren

    All for the same reason as Smithers, except for Toro Rosso who i including for outperforming McLaren on chassis tracks with a year old engine.


    Drivers
    Top driver: Alonso
    Second: Ricciardo
    Third: Verstappen

    3rd bottom: Nasr - One swallow does not make a summer. Got battered by Ericsson (who isn't great himself).
    2nd bottom: Kvyat - gave up after losing the Red Bull drive
    Bottom driver: Gutierrez - why was he ever hired

    Performances
    Top performance: Verstappen Brazil.
    2nd top: Ricciardo Monaco

    2nd bottom: Hamilton Baku
    Bottom performance: Verstappen Spa. (congrats on winning best and worst in the same season!)

    Individuals
    Top individual: Jenson Button - Enjoy retirement buddy. The sport is worse without you.
    2nd top: Gene Haas. For bringing in a new team that can actually compete.


    Again as Smithers said:
    2nd bottom: Toto, Claims to be one thing but neither has the Motorsport presence or the cut throat nature to be what he claims. He fell out of a PR boardroom and it shows.
    Bottom individual: David Croft(I refuse to give airtime to his self imposed nick name) and the media in general - biased and uninformative.


    Favourite thing
    Errr.... Well at least it wasn't as bad as 2015

    Least favourite thing
    Dull racing with a winner decided at turn 1 more often than not.
     
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  6. Sharpe*

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    Kept nodding off through the season and eventually only watched if I had nothing else to do.

    My general comments would be the following:

    - Mercedes, although I don't like them much and their handling of their drivers, are still quality performers.
    - Redbull are back.
    - Verstap is the real deal.
    - Ferrari are still all over the place and went backwards.
    - Force India had a blinder.
    - Williams had an annoyingly bad season.
    - McLaren improved but showed poor form with the ousting of Ron.
    - Haas delivered.
    - Liveries need to improve next year.
    - There are quite a few races which are not worth watching. Too few places to overtake.

    Not much else was interesting/worth commenting

    The racing remained largely very dull and predictable will some exceptions.

    Needs to improve badly.

    Watched more BTCC which was great value this year.
     
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  8. Smithers

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    <whistle> Pfff...copyright
     
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