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  2. HopeUgood

    24:24 MONDAY

    I did a 1/4 box of the RyJ #4 and 1/4 box of the PLPC to try out.
  3. This can be found for $40-ish, and when you do find it at that price, you buy it. I love giving it to friends who are not big fans of Zin, it always impresses. Biale Black Chicken
  4. LonesomeHabanoAficionado

    Bolivar Royal Coronas 2009 (BWRC)

    No problem! I was also once rookie who had lots of confusion about CCs! Me and other FOH members are always around to assist you 😄! By the way, you use the Stinky Cigar Ashtray like me! Mine is standard 4-stirrups Stinky Cigar Ashtray and what about yours?
  5. Cigar : Bolivar Coronas Junior (4-3/8 x 42) Specs : ETP FEB 17 (2yr 4mo), 7 weeks humidor rest, 65% RH, single torch butane lighter, smoking outside on the deck, 70 degrees F here in the Pacific Northwest, did not dry box. Disclaimer : I am a cigar noob with less than 200 smokes under my belt. I smoke Minutos mostly because I have a newborn to take care of. Wife is at the gym and baby just went down for a nap. Initial notes : This is the 4th cigar from this box that I’ve smoked. Construction looks great with a nice box press, although this one feels a bit harder packed than others I’ve had. Draw is a bit tight. I don’t mind a bit of resistance, especially on such a short stick, but I notice a sizable plug at the head, so out comes the Perfect Draw tool. I’m not great at picking out flavors, but there is a tiny bit of bright bitterness, lots of mid-range mineral, tiny bit of leather and tiny bit of sweetness in the background. Overall, the cigar is incredibly smooth and medium bodied at the moment. I don’t expect a ton of transitions for such a tiny stick, but I don’t mind that as I’m digging what I’m tasting. Medium finish. Final notes : Loads of smoke output and flavor. Got more medium+ towards halfway point. Can’t feel any nicotine at the halfway, so I’ll put that at either light or light+ for strength. Flavors got a bit bolder towards the end. Mineral flavor became a little brighter and mouth feel got a bit drier. Finish has moved towards upper back of my throat. Retrohale has been smooth as silk. Not a grain of pepper to be found. Burn was pretty decent, only requiring one touch up. Strength definitely picked up towards the end, feeling a nice N buzz. Slight blow out last 3rd, perhaps due to outside conditions and lack of dry boxing. Smoke time : 50 minutes Score : I enjoyed this smoke immensely, although perhaps not quite as much as a really good Parti Short. 8 out of 10 — a definite keeper in the rotation, especially when I want a short strong smoke.
  6. Wfriar

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Coro opening the pool
  7. captain

    Padrón Dámaso

    When they first came out they were pretty good..the newer ones are really loose, muted and crummy....done with them
  8. devildoge9

    24:24 MONDAY

    they get better with age folks... at those prices, put one of each away and revisit them in a couple years, you'll be glad you did.
  9. This is good value as well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. MIKA27

    FORMULA 1

    Why we love... the Monaco Grand Prix We’ve visited some great tracks already this season, but there’s always something a little bit special about the Monaco Grand Prix. Here's why we love going racing in Monte Carlo… 1. It looks incredible Even just one Formula 1 car making its way around the streets of Monaco is a sight to behold. From sweeping past the Hotel de Paris and the Casino, to blasting through the tunnel and then following the line of the spectacular harbour, it really is a stunning location for a race. When you put 20 cars on track at once, it gets even better. Everywhere around the circuit, fans can get so close to the cars, while the cameras can similarly be inches away from the action as the drivers thread their way between the barriers. An F1 car might not be able to hit top speeds or corner at its absolute fastest in Monaco, but the close vicinity of the walls and narrow width of the track just heighten the sense of speed and offer up a relentless challenge for the drivers, with no time to rest. And it’s all set against some backdrop, with the Principality stretching up above the circuit and a harbour that is filled with luxury yachts. It’s fantasy stuff that feels like it would never be approved now, which just makes it all the more special. 2. The driver makes a difference It’s true that the difficulty overtaking in Monaco can often lead to processional races, but to call it boring would do a disservice to the driver skill on show just to keep the car out of the barriers. Even more so with the wide cars we currently have, there is so little room for error. So much of the circuit requires commitment, and in certain areas that even means the drivers pointing the car at the barrier on the inside of the track in the belief that it will understeer and miss the Armco. Confidence is essential around Monaco, and without it you’re going to find yourself off the pace. While car performance still plays a role, this is one of those venues where a driver can still make a significant difference. Especially in qualifying, if a driver is committed, comfortable with their car and willing to take a few risks, the potential is there to exceed where the machinery would usually be on other circuits. The flipside of that is it only takes a second to make a mistake. No matter how quick you are, and even if your car is performing well, if you make the slightest error it’s likely to result in damage, or at least contact with a barrier that will cost significant lap time. And if you’re out of position in Monte Carlo, it’s so hard to make up for it. 3. So many of the greats have won here Another reason Monaco is so iconic is because so many of the greatest names have successfully risen to the test. When you think of past Monaco races, you think of Ayrton Senna’s record of six wins, of his sublime qualifying performance in 1988 (even though that didn’t result in another victory), and of Michael Schumacher matching Graham Hill with five victories. Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart, Juan Manuel Fangio, Niki Lauda, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel – they are all multiple world champions who were multiple winners on the street circuit. The records of so many greats – both past and present – in Monaco just add to the prestige of winning the race. But that doesn’t mean it cannot throw up surprises from time to time. Jim Clark was one of the greatest in the sport’s history but never won around Monaco, while 1996 saw Olivier Panis take a shock win in a Ligier as just four cars were still running at the chequered flag. 4. It starts a day early Now, don’t forget to set yourself a reminder, because if you’re on autopilot and tune in on Friday to watch free practice, you’re going to be disappointed. That’s because the Monaco Grand Prix weekend starts a day earlier than any other event, with media day on Wednesday and the first two free practice sessions on Thursday. Friday is a day off when it comes to Formula 1 track action, which adds suspense in terms of trying to get everything right for qualifying, as the drivers have to wait an extra 24 hours to see if their changes after FP2 have had the desired effect. But then they do get some more time to attend some of the glamorous events taking place around the Principality, so I’m sure they’re delighted about that… It does take the pressure off the teams somewhat in terms of preparing for Saturday’s running, but racing is still going on as the Formula 2 feature race takes centre stage on Friday. One of the backstories to the Thursday practice centres around a local market taking place on the Friday in the past, but however the tradition originated it’s simply an extra day to see cars running on track, so what’s not to love? 5. It’s the place people want to be seen We’ve already referenced some of the spectacular yachts that are moored in the harbour during the race weekend, and quite often they will house some of the biggest celebrities. As a race that features numerous high-end events around it, the Monaco Grand Prix is the place to be seen for A-listers. The grid is always packed with elite athletes, film stars, artists, models, designers and so many more, all keen to be part of one of the most glamorous weekends on the sporting calendar. But it’s not only an event that caters to the rich and famous. Sure, if you attend as a fan you probably wouldn’t mind a bit of extra spending money, but the track itself opens up on every single evening during the race weekend, with the final sector closed to traffic as it essentially becomes one big dance floor for all of the bars that line the circuit from the Swimming Pool to Rascasse.
  11. I get the root beer taste off an Illusione cigar. Great flavor. What is this "smashing" technique you speak of?
  12. MIKA27

    FORMULA 1

    THE DEBATE: Are Mercedes the greatest team in Formula 1 history? Mercedes have begun the 2019 Formula 1 campaign in breathtakingly brilliant fashion. Not only have they won all five races, but they've backed each of those victories up with a second place, too. It's an extraordinary feat which has not only led to many asking if they can go the entire season unbeaten, but also whether this Silver Arrows operation is the best ever. F1 digital presenter Will Buxton and F1 senior writer Lawrence Barretto discuss... WILL BUXTON - YES We always say it is a folly to try and compare racers from rival eras, so vastly different were the circumstances under which they raced. So to try and do so with the teams which have competed in the many and varied eras of Formula 1 may also prove to be equally as difficult. And yet I cannot think of another outfit which has not only so utterly dominated their opposition, but which have consistently raised the level of what we accept to be the norm in the history of Formula 1. Since the start of the hybrid era in 2014, Mercedes have won (post Barcelona 2019) 75% of the races contested. They have won every drivers’ and constructors’ title, matching Ferrari and Michael Schumacher’s run from 2000 to 2004. Should they win the constructors’ crown again this season they will match Ferrari’s six titles in a row. If either of their drivers wins the crown they will do what has never been done and take six doubles in a row. Ferrari may have been so dominant that they won the 2002 world championship at the French Grand Prix in July, but even they only managed a win rate of 66% in their five-year run of doubles. McLaren’s four-year run of doubles from ‘88-‘91 saw a 59% win ratio. Red Bull’s four doubles? 53%. But it’s not just about win percentages. Under the hybrid regulations, Mercedes have been at the forefront and never bettered in their development of the power unit. As far back as 2017 their engine hit over 50% thermal efficiency on the bench, reflecting one of the largest steps in one of the shortest periods in the history of the internal combustion engine. One of the defining pieces of technology of our lifetime has been evolved faster and further than at any time in its history thanks to the path this team have taken. But they have struggled at times with aero, tyres, strategy and even engine reliability. Yet they have used those moments as inspiration to better themselves, their creativity, their ingenuity and their workload. If they have found themselves a step behind they have not stopped until they are two ahead. And even then to focus on making it three steps. They are relentless. Seemingly unstoppable. A well-oiled machine created with just one purpose – winning. “The best, or nothing” is the company’s mantra and it seems to have permeated every level of the operation. And yet it remains human and warm. The team is not perfect. It makes mistakes. And when it does so it puts up its hands and finds out why. If success breeds confidence and confidence breeds success, Mercedes have found the perfect harmony to place themselves in a whirlwind of brilliance. Even a deep-seated animosity between their lead drivers to rival any of the rivalries seen in this sport could not halt their trajectory. As with everything, it was dealt with calmly, fairly and swiftly. Should we decry their achievements or their passion to continually better themselves? Or should we applaud the level of excellence their workmanship has created not only within the walls of their own team, but in every garage the length of the pit lane whose stated purpose and very existence is focused on toppling them from their throne? Take a step back and appreciate the greatest team in Formula 1 history while you still can. You’re watching them make history. LAWRENCE BARRETTO - NOT JUST YET What Mercedes have achieved since the start of the V6 hybrid era is astonishing. Five seasons, 10 championships. In the last five years, they won nearly 75% of the races. In 2019, they are unbeaten having scored five successive one-two finishes. Those are some killer stats. They are undoubtedly one of the greatest teams in the history of the championship - operationally, they are the best ever - but they are not the greatest yet. That accolade, in my opinion, lies with Ferrari, following their brilliant run of five successive championship doubles from 2000 to 2004. I rate that performance higher simply because they had stronger competition. Mercedes have essentially had it their own way during their period of dominance. Sure, Ferrari offered a threat in the last two seasons, but it was never sustained and always tailed off when the flyaways started in the second half of the campaign. Not once have we had a title decider between two different teams during that period. For Ferrari, it’s true that they were utterly dominant in 2002 and 2004, Michael Schumacher wrapping up the title as early as the French Grand Prix in July in the latter with his ninth win in 10 races. But 2000 and 2003 were competitive. In 2003, for example, Schumacher clinched the title by just two points. Mercedes have also made the most of the major engine regulation change ahead of 2014, which gave them a huge advantage over the rest of the pack. Of course, the job they did to achieve such a feat was mightly impressive, but it reduced the competition on track. While the rest of the pack have closed, they have upped their game consistently – making the most of having that advantage and allowing them to enhance an already strong product while also giving them scope to put resources into forward planning while others were throwing everything into simply catching up. That said, if Mercedes continue on their current trajectory, with the team operating at such a high level and producing a car, which this year Lewis Hamilton says is the team’s best ever, it’s hard to see how they won’t become the greatest ever in the very near future. If they keep winning at this rate, and wrap up a sixth consecutive double – something no team in F1 history has ever achieved – it starts to become very hard to deny them the accolade…
  13. i do know what you mean but surely a $100 can possibly provide far better value than a $10 wine. had a 97 pertimali brunello at a brunello tasting lunch on saturday - been in my cellar for years. probably only cost me $30 or $40 when released, may be less. i've had $1000 bottles of brunello that have been brilliant, but none got close to this. today, the current release would be over $100 (i'm guessing between $90 and $150 - no real idea) but if it is as good as this then i'd suggest the value it offers is near unmatchable (is that a word?) but i know what you mean.
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  15. MIKA27

    FORMULA 1

    Bottas: Every opportunity key to beating Hamilton in 2019 Valterri Bottas got to witness both the plusses and minuses of being Lewis Hamilton’s team mate at the Spanish Grand Prix, winning plaudits for his awesome pole lap that saw him trounce Hamilton by a full 0.634s on Saturday, before being forced to play second best to a stunning race drive from Hamilton on Sunday. A problem with his clutch at the start of the race, Bottas suggested, effectively handed victory to Hamilton, as the Finn had to slot into a second place that he’d never relinquish after the first three corners, as Hamilton pounded off into the distance. And with the chance of the 2019 drivers’ title being fought out exclusively between Bottas and Hamilton looking increasingly likely, after the pair’s fifth straight one-two of the year in Spain, Bottas was all too aware that, upon such things as poor getaways, championships can turn. “For now, [the title battle is] between me and Lewis, but it's massively long season,” said Bottas, when asked whether he expected an all-Mercedes scrap for the drivers’ championship in 2019. “There’s many teams that, especially at some tracks, are very close and it's going to be a big development race between teams all through the season. “But if it's going to be me and Lewis, every single opportunity is going to be key. That's why [the race in Spain] for me was annoying. I felt I worked hard for this weekend and for the qualifying… to be on pole, on this circuit where it means a lot and I lost it at the start. But that’s life and there's 16 opportunities to go. That's plenty. I look forward to it, Monaco next and we'll see.” As Bottas mentions, Formula 1’s next stop will be in the famous Principality. Mercedes, with their long-wheelbase, low-rake philosophy, have tended to struggle at Monaco in recent years relative to rivals Red Bull and Ferrari. But with the team having shown devastating pace through Barcelona’s corner-heavy Sector 3 complex, Bottas is hopeful that the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix will give him an immediate chance to hit back at Hamilton – and secure at the very least his first podium appearance in Monte Carlo. “I feel I've never in my Formula 1 career I've never had a good car in Monaco,” said Bottas. “It's such a unique track, you need a very special car in terms of how it works mechanically in Monaco, with all the warps and bumps, so it's a question mark how we're going to perform there. “But obviously from Barcelona here, Sector 3 with slow corners, it's promising… I would just hope that we have a good car there because it would be such a unique race to be fighting for the win, or win it. I've actually never been on the podium there so it's something I really look forward to. I'll definitely focus 100% of the weekend for the qualifying performance and being absolutely on it in Qualifying 3, like here. “I live just next to the start-finish line,” he added, “so it would be nice to have a good car there…” Hamilton’s victory in Spain means that he now sits seven points clear of Bottas in the drivers’ standings, with Bottas himself a full 39 up on third-placed Max Verstappen.
  16. MIKA27

    FORMULA 1

    Pirelli puzzled by complaints over new F1 tyres' working range Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli says it does not understand complaints from some teams and drivers that its 2019-spec tyres are more difficult to work with. The fluctuating form of Haas, which has seen its fast car hampered in races by it not being able to get its tyres into the right operating window, has put a focus on the challenge of the new 2019 rubber. Haas team boss Gunther Steiner said the influence of the tyres was too much, as he suggested the thinner tread introduced this year made it more difficult for drivers to keep heat. “We spend millions and millions to develop these cars and then they are out of the [tyre] window and really cannot get going,” he said. "I'm not blaming it purely on Pirelli. I'm blaming it on us as well because some [teams] get [the tyres] to work. But in general, this is not the right thing. We shouldn't be talking after the race, 'did your tyre work or not?' " Lewis Hamilton said ahead of the season that he reckoned no team was fully on top of how to get the most out of tyres, and claimed they were more difficult to understand. “What do you want to know, if the tyres are any good? I don’t really have a lot of good things to say on that, so best I probably don’t say anything,” he said. “As we get into the year, it is going to be a challenge. They are more challenging this year than they were last." But Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola is baffled about why teams think this year’s tyres are harder to work with, as he dismissed suggestions the operating window was narrower than last year. “If we talk about the width of the working window, and I heard some comments that this year it is narrower, it is difficult to confirm that,” explained Isola. “What we call the C3 and C4 are two compounds that are the same soft and ultrasoft that we had last year. Obviously the working range is a function of the compound, so with the same compound we have the same working range. “I don’t want to say it is wider, but what I will say is that they can use it at a higher temperature because of a reduction of thickness [of the tread], but we cannot say that it is narrower. “The C1 and C2 are two compounds that are softer than last year so are more suitable, and the C5 in terms of hardness is the same as a hyper soft, so in terms of mechanical resistance it is better. “We had a back-to-back comparison in Baku with some teams using the hyper versus the C5, and it is clear that the hyper had graining and the C5 had much reduced graining, so I don’t understand where we can say that it is a narrower window.” Isola said he would always listen to the views of teams if they felt improvements could be made. He thus suggested Pirelli may look at making a wider working window in the future. “Obviously I take any comments coming from the teams on board because narrower or not, they are asking for a wider working range,” he said. “The result is that they say it is narrow. “What is clear is that we have to work in the future to have a wider working range. Obviously we are designing new tyres for 2020 and also for 2021 considering the plan to remove blankets, so we are changing the approach in how we design the compounds. “We are testing new ingredients and new materials to try to achieve this target, and we will evaluate if we want to introduce something new for 2020 to test also for 2021.”
  17. MIKA27

    FORMULA 1

    Brazil government wants Petrobras' McLaren deal terminated Petrobras is seeking to end its partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 team at the request of Brazil's national government, the country's new president has claimed. McLaren announced a new technology tie-up with Petrobras at the start of 2018, to begin from 2019. As well as branding on the car, the Brazilian company is responsible for developing fuel and lubricants for McLaren to use. McLaren was using Petrobras transmission lubricant at the start of the 2019 and indicated other products would be ready “soon”. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has claimed that on his order, Petrobras – which is 64% owned by the government through direct and indirect means – will seek to end the deal. He claimed that Petrobras’s five-year deal with McLaren was worth 782million Brazilian Real, which today is worth roughly £150m. “In 2018 Petrobras signed an advertising contract of R$782m with McLaren, valid for five years,” Bolsonaro tweeted from his official account. “At the moment, the company, by decision of my government, seeks a way to terminate the contract.” When approached for a comment on the situation, a McLaren spokesman said: “Such matters are commercially confidential and therefore we are not able to comment further.” Petrobras has already cancelled one motorsport initiative by choosing to end its support of the national Seletiva de Kart competition it has backed for 20 years. Bolsonaro, a right-wing politician, assumed the Brazilian presidency at the start of 2019 and has targeted major reform economically and politically. His statement regarding McLaren and Petrobras is the second time this month he has become involved in F1 affairs. Last week he announced that the Brazilian Grand Prix would move from Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit to a new purpose-built venue in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives and held political positions prior to his presidency bid.
  18. MIKA27

    FORMULA 1

    Hockenheim: German GP a must if Schumacher gets F1 seat Formula 1 must have a German Grand Prix if Mick Schumacher follows in the footsteps of his seven-time world champion father Michael, according to Hockenheim. The German GP’s future remains under threat as it continues to negotiate an extension to the one-year reprieve it earned for 2019. Hockenheim is seeking a multi-year agreement at a lower cost than it was held to before its late 2019 reprieve, and its managing director believes current Formula 2 racer Schumacher’s future could make the race vital for F1. “The problem will be if we no longer have a Formula 1 contract today, it will be difficult to get a Formula 1 contract in the future as well,” circuit boss Georg Seiler told Motorsport.com. “Because then the basis is different. The demands are certainly even higher than if you have a current contract. “If Mick Schumacher drives in Formula 1, Formula 1 must come to Germany. That is our conviction. “Contracts are possible. But we will not conclude a contract that could mean a loss.” Ticket sales for this year’s are currently slightly down compared to the same stage in 2018. Seiler says that “we are working” on a possible demonstration involving Schumacher - whose F2 season does not include a Hockenheim round - but stresses nothing is agreed yet. Jorn Teske, Hockenheim’s marketing boss, told Motorsport.com that “there could maybe be a test, or a demonstration run in an old Ferrari from his father, or whatever”. “We would like to see him on the track in an F1 car,” he added. “That’s important.” Teske added that he was “quite disappointed” not to have Schumacher racing in F2 on the grand prix weekend. He said that it was the “big chance” to get Schumacher on track especially as it meant fans could have seen the family name winning again. “We made the decision makers aware very early that this is important for the German race,” Teske said of F2 racing at Hockenheim. “We told them when Mick won the F3 championship at our race in Hockenheim, we told them when it was announced that he’s racing for Prema in F2. We tried to convince them and made a lot of pressure. “When the F2 calendar was published, we were really disappointed. I know there were efforts afterwards from Liberty Media, that’s good. I think they realised lately the importance of Mick for Germany, the big enthusiasm Mick is bringing to the sport and to Germany. Maybe at that time it was too late.”
  19. Sacrifice one for its wrapper and binder. Use it to mend the others with some pectin. Seeing as these probably need 5 years, I'd say to bury them until you're ready to play Frankenstein.
  20. It’s a solid buy for its price point and it doesn’t surprise me it won out your tasting. Orin Swift makes many most are more expensive but to me this one is one of his best year in and year out. Used to be pretty hard to find and slightly better I feel. Seems more mass produced now but sill lots of value and a good choice. Thanks for the thumbs up Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. earthson

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    '12 Fuente Anejo Shark. I prefer Havanas, but these never disappoint. Plenty of nicotine to settle a heavy dinner. My wife also always calls these out as smelling extra luxurious and rich.
  22. I love pourover but here lately I haven't had so much time so I've been using my nespresso machine. It's about time to order some fresh beans and break out the Hario. I normally order from Counter Culture, Paradise, or Blue Bottle... Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  23. MIKA27

    FORMULA 1

    How the French GP ranks for on-track action The first French Grand Prix in 10 years thrilled last year, so Motorsport Live delves into the stats to explain why a Formula 1 race at Paul Ricard is simply unmissable and considers the key action areas on the track. What’s a Grand Prix without action? Overtakes, crashes, safety cars and a lack of retirements all form the blueprint of a great grand prix, and Paul Ricard never disappoints in that regard. Lewis Hamilton took a dominant win in 2018, but mainly because of absolute chaos at the start. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel – perhaps characteristic of his season – threw his race away and smashed into Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at ‘S’ de la Verrerie (Turn 1). There might have been more crashes in other European races, but none as significant in the title battle, and in contributing to Bottas’s unlucky start to the season, as Paul Ricard. Book your tickets to the French GP with Motorsport Live here It also caused disagreement in the aftermath, with Max Verstappen blasting the media’s harshness in describing the incident, while Mercedes’ boss Niki Lauda slammed F1 stewards for its decisions, which he did not feel were stringent enough towards Vettel. It’s fair to say Paul Ricard creates drama that lasts well after the grand prix! Esteban Ocon of Force India and Pierre Gasly’s Red Bull also clashed at Virage de L’Hotel (Turn 3) on the opening laps, with Gasly claiming Ocon hadn’t seen him. Both drivers were reprimanded. One area Paul Ricard dominated in terms of stats against the other European grand prix last year was in overtaking. And that’s without an excessively long straight down which DRS passing can take place. Vettel and Bottas’s thrilling drives back through the field contributed to that excitement. In total there were 48 overtakes, the second most of the European grand prix season and 42 more than a certain other grand prix in the same region, naming no names (ahem, Monaco). The stats don’t lie. The only European F1 race that pipped Paul Ricard in the overtaking stats last year was Hockenheim with its changeable weather – and even then, there were only two more passes in Germany than in France. The rest trailed a long way behind, with Monza next up behind Paul Ricard on 37 overtakes and even Spa-Francorchamps only producing 21 passes. Last year those passing moves were further down the field at Paul Ricard, with Hamilton only headed for a single lap when he pitted, but his two main rivals being delayed on lap one surely played a part. Who knows how much wheel to wheel racing might ensue in 2019 if the frontrunners are all in contention on a track so conducive to passing? Safety cars and retirements play contrasting roles in a great grand prix – a few safety cars to bunch up the field never hurt, but the fewer retirements the better as more cars on track for longer means more action for spectators. Paul Ricard was in the upper echelon for both statistics in 2018 with two safety cars, and just three retirements. Even the support races thrilled last year. Wet weather ensured an excellent Formula 2 race, while Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci was disqualified from a first victory in GP3 for a tyre infringement, handing the race win to fellow Frenchman Anthoine Hubert. Les Bleus – with their brilliant World Cup campaign happening alongside the grand prix – could do no wrong last year! Whether it’s F1, its support series or the drama following the race, those attending will never forget the 2018 French Grand Prix. And 2019 promises to be even better.
  24. CigarScentedBeard

    24:24 MONDAY

    It would be a cool idea on 24:24 to add something like that. I asked the same question, I want both but don't want 2 of either hahah
  25. Pfff. I view New Orleans in the same way as I view, say, Amsterdam - a very liberal city that treats me like an adult and trusts me to let my freak flag fly so long as I don't cause a scene. I need to check in with my buddy in Lafayette, LA to see if they changed their standards there as well. In an area boasting drive-thru daiquiri shacks, I'm surprised to see such new-fangled changes. Oh well, the world keeps turning. I'll just have to make sure it's not raining the next time I visit there!
  26. Post inspired. Opened this bottle to prepare for the last episode of GOT. I would have posted this one but the winery is small and not available outside the region.
  27. Great values in these that won’t break the wallet
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