I am a fairly new fan to F1. Having watched NASCAR for 35 or so years but once Gordon retired I figured it was time for a change for me as well. Still enjoy Cup and some of the races but my heart has picked up a few BPM since watching F1. I have spent countless hours watching old races, documentaries, reading past and present news articles, driver commentary and more. I will say that in the past six years or so I have come to the same conclusion here at F1 that I have in every other motorsports division. You will win or you will hit the bricks. You will retire because you know in your heart that you can no longer cut the mustard to compete at the top or you will be forced out because your ego says you still can but the results prove otherwise. I am a racing fan. Plain and simple. Two wheels, four wheels, a prop on the front in the air or an engine under a hood on the ground. I love it all. I cheer for multiple drivers in F1 and because I am an American, I choose to cheer first for HAAS and the great things he is doing to rile up the other teams with drastically less funding. In my short time in F1, I have seen Vettel drive with a determination that provides him with a win but at the same time either the pressure to perform is breaking him down or he is losing his grip on the car in general. So many mistakes in the past couple of years. So many excuses. So much whining. Blame the car, blame the team. Everything but himself. The fact is - plain and simple - he is being out performed by his team mate and by the other top five drivers. Kimi has been one of my favorites but even the Iceman is losing the 'I drive fearless' battle. I wish Vettel well on his way out of the sport. Whether that is retiring out now and blaming COVID or slowly burning out after a few years of zero success in an under achieving team. He will always be a four time F1 champion and that will always be something to be proud of. I personally wish that people who talk about retiring would actually just do it. Stop testing the waters. Stop trying to figure out if you are still popular enough or good enough to get a high paying ride. Stop trying to see if you will still have the fan base when you leave Ferrari. The money and desire to be a celebrity and go fast are things they all want as drivers but they are in fact killing the growth of the sport. Vettel is no slouch and retiring would be a mistake in my opinion but crap or get off the pot man. Stop making excuses. Get out there, win and truly compete for a title or let some younger - faster - talent get into a car and give it a try.
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bought my grandpas 1977 Cordoba with the Corinthian Leather in 2004 with 46k on it. everything that was rubber or plastic needed replaced. including the gaskets for the engine and tranny. Excellent condition otherwise. it just sat in a garage all the time. He bought it brand new and it was the first car i ever got to steer while sitting on my grandpa's lap as a child. that land yacht is still one of my favorite possessions. just recently bought my grandpa's 1977 F150 4X4 from my grandma. it took her a couple years to part with it after his death but it is now in Texas sitting in my driveway. my grandpa was a utilitarian.....it worked good enough - no reason to put money into it - so leave it alone. it was HIS truck though and he would argue all day about how you should not be commenting on the work his truck didn't really need. we would laugh and argue and laugh again about door pins, two different wipers, a coat hanger for the antenna, mirrors that simply would not stay in place, cracked and worn gaskets on the fuel caps that left them loose and you could smell the fuel a bit. i am not the same as it pertains to my grandfathers mindset. many of these things are in the process of being 'fixed' to my liking and i am enjoying the memories of my grandpa and that truck while i am making it my own. as the months have gone by though i have come to a tough crossroads. the truck needs a full restoration. it runs like a crazy machine but still needs a tune up and such...... but suspension, paint, body work, interior and more are just worn out and need replaced. do i go all in and make it new (he would have loved to see that happen like i did when i bought the Cordoba) or do i make it road worthy and leave the rest alone. getting in the truck, it has the same smell that it did the last time i went with my grandpa in it hunting or fishing or wherever we were headed. the aftermarket tach on the top of the column always aggravated me but he thought it was cool - and now it works again....lol.....the windshield wipers still work and are still not a pair...... and all of these little things are a reminder of him. the petina the truck has is friggin great and i get compliments on it everytime i drive it even though it is a bit on the worn side. i think that for now, beyond the 'must haves' it will stay my grandpas truck while he lets me drive it if you know what i mean. we'll see....maybe i'll have to document a full resto and submit it here for your opinions. maybe i'll just submit a couple photos. be safe out there all. sincerely - a 45 year old car nut in Texas.
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