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Episode 41 · 1 year ago

F1 2020 Rounds 1-3 Review & NBA Playoffs Predictions - Episode 40

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

New guest on the show Alexander Van Well aka Peanut joins Hamish to chat about the last 3 weeks of F1 racing and give a quick preview and predictions of the NBA prior to its' return.

Crowd cheers. He settle. Welcomeback to episode of forty of the on the ball podcast. Today I amjoined by, well, it's Alex, but nobody calls him that. Everyoneknows him as peanut. Welcome mate, how I are not there. Itcould be here. Pretty King. Yeah, it's been a pretty long time coming. I think pretty stiff to have to wait till the forty episode.So today we're well, I feel like you and me actually follow strange rangesports when I just your typical footy, cricket, so and a sport withboth been following recently because of the Netflix drive to survive series. It's theF one. So so we're going to review the first three races of theseason and on the back of that we're going to talk about the NBA.Well, I'm not that into it as peanut is, but we're going totalk about the upcoming NBA resumption. I think it starts on the thirty oneof July or something. That's also we'll talk to the NBA expert himself.I think I put against that's my actually think that we've been pretty good.Oh really, I did see that on the Google on the wasn't sure forhis practice games or something aside. So, yeah, I think will for theirfun. We'll just roll team by team and we'll give each team arating out of ten and then after that we might, you know, saywho's been the worst drivers, the best drivers and you know, so onso forth. Pretty will roll in alphabetical order, so we'll start with theAlpha row Mayo, may quite a meering might the audible Jimmy Geo. Yeah, so it's a tough one to rate because I don't think they have thehighest of expectations. But if you actually look at the overtake, so they'requalifying position compared to their finishing position, they're actually doing well. They're themoon the highest of any other teams. So they seem to qualify well.I don't think they've made it out of the first qualifying session yet and everysingle race both drivers have bettered their qualifying position, which suggests that it's justtheir car that just doesn't have the pace. Yeah, the other teams and makingmoves that this still I mean two points from Jo's nine in the Austriafirst one and then, you know, sitting around when I said at fourteenfifteen, couple of DNS. I think in there. I think it's athey stay pretty under the radar. Can Really Sten backup points a little bit, you know. Yeah, Magnusen's and yeah, catlets and stuff. Ithink there's not too much to get excited about. At least they are movingup, but not no threats or anything. I think don'ting a look by pushingthe top six, top five this year. Less there's a big yeah, a big performance, you know, like that's Lee Lah. Yeah,Rice last year. You know something I've no way. I think there are. Yeah, every team with that Ferrari engine seems to be performing a lotslower. So they're probably a casualty of that. Yeah, I think.But they're going to I think for our themselves, looking at a big,big reset. I think they're mechanical leader or something came out saying they canhave a big, big change up overall and start from square one, becausethey're they're producing some pretty crummy cars, especially on the Straits. Yeah,the drive pretty extic direction and the running to each other. Yeah, yeah, Alpha is pretty lucky to be even on two points in that race.That Geo in Atsu came nine. I think there was six or seven retirements. So Yeah, I think for twenty DNF. Yeah, that's last.So yeah, cop two points. I mean that I'll take it for sure. In terms of a rating out of ten, it's a tough one becauseI don't think they really had any expectations of being a decent team. Sowe commun's just an all timer. Geo. Yeah, hasn't produced too much.I mean they're not for notice goold, but I think this is for me, about probably four five, because they are moving up in their qualities. So yeah, I'll give them a six out of ten just because,like, yeah, they're sitting in eighth in the championship right now, whichis probably about where we expected them to be whole. So they just neededa bit more unqualifying because, like,...

...if they start qualifying thirteen, fifteen, fourteen and then all of a sudden and they keep moving up in therace as much as they have been, well then all of a sudden they'reup and to the points. Just bit hard when you're qualifying from the lastrow of the grid, like starting the race from the last row of thegrid. So that's some big move they need to look at. Still,yeah, it's fly behinds. Think who we can play an EXTELPA still stand, but I would be threading Alpha. So yeah, away. So,as you just suggested out for Tory it's the next team, red bulls,like what can we call it? Feeder, feeder squad or whatever? trained.Yeah, how many point? They are on seven points due to gastly, the big up points in the first two races. A Big Mare.Wait, didn't on a kiddy out. Picked up in the second race,gas in the first, I think. Yeah, pretty steady month or threeweeks for them. Nothing really special. Gustle coming seventh. That's pretty goodeffort. But give it the the fact that, yeah, the midfield,like mcclarre and Renault, racing point. They're looking a lot faster this year. Say, seventh for our Pha Tories. Pretty good effort, but once againit's probably mainly due to all the retirements and stuff. Yeah, inthat race, but still seven, seventh of twelve or whatever. It's allgood effort. Yeah, I think conven went out that first race. GuysLee doing it, the only Dan in the last most recent race. Somaybe he set on a point or two and how he's gone. But Imean I'm pretty happy. I mean goes with the fifteen in the second race. Really hurt. Yeah, and the retirement after where did the quality qualifiedand ten, so they would have been looking at another points finished, butthe retirement that race hurt. See another one where it's kind of tough becausethat don't think they had the highest expectations. I think everyone you racing point wasgoing to be a bit better this year. Rannaul mcclaren were probably goingto improve and after Touri probably going to be left behind in that pack.So, having left behind in the dust pretty well here, think still fallonly five points behind Rhanto, but I think rhino is a lot better.I mean if ACONA starts producing and kind of wholes and form and looking prettydecent, to be honest. Just yeah, they're girst clear. Yeah, theylook a long way from Rhao. So for that reason I'm going togive them five. Once again, not the highest expectations going into the season, but they're probably not happy wointed. She said how far away they arefrom the rest of the teams. I don't think they're going to be catchingrhino or any of those the teams anytime soon. So no ideal for them. Yeah, I think they're they're probably just sat up where people expecting tobe me. Yeah, exactly field. Yeah, that leads us into theprancing horse. is a they call Ferrari. I don't know, the the jumpinghorse or something. We'd be. Yeah, the Ferrari probably one ofthe more disappointing, if disappointed teams are. Definitely think they've had the worst threeweeks of any team just because the lofty expectations that come with Ferrari.Yeah, they're currently sit in fifth, thirteen points behind racing point shopping.They drive in terms of their drivers. Charles is and seventh and vettel isintense. So very rare to see a Ferrari driver outside the top six,let alone both of them. It's think we clear with his second even makesthat look pretty generous to him. So yeah, that's absolutely carrying the point. Sally, what's that? Eighteen points and that's actually the only point she'sas good and battles picked up the nine. So yeah, the ideal at all. I mean it's quite entertaining actually seeing. Yeah, I think they'reactually going to do rather than dominate. Well, be the top three everyyear. So been good to see if they can recover and what they do. But yeah, the car's just not just actually see you. Yeah,the car's not great, but they also seem to not be making the greatestdecisions on race da like on the weekend we saw shalls come out with softtires and he basically just spent forty laps trying to stop people from overtaking himand he ended up coming eleven, which is just like not good enough fora team. The financial budget of Ferrari also missing points overall. Crashing intoeach other. They're doing sorts any favors with that car. But yeah,it's Um DNA for the clot the second...

...rate in yeah, and it'll.Oh, yeah, they are. Actually they both took each other a little. Well, it did. It looks kind of accidental because they remember whotook who out, but someone took the lip and then got some man landedon the other, which is pretty a round. Yeah, I think theClaire was gone. An inside metal got squeezed on whim. Sow Bit stifferent. Yeah, in a pact corner, but still make a moves in aback corners with its risky. So yeah, in terms of a rating out often, probably just going to give them a one. Like I don'tthink they would be happy at all to be sitting. I think they wouldbe able to stomach sitting below Mercedes and red bull, but below mcclaren andracing point. I think that would be happy at all. Over a pointwould probably get under the skin. Yeah, so for that reason I'll get themall one, just because, unlike the teens we've had before, theyhave pretty high expectations. You disappointment, since you for sure probably the VIGEST, but hope. I'd like to see him make it a be come back. Don't mind me some child so he gets some more. Yeah, sure, yeah, like I'll. Who seems like good block vot dogs. It'sGod from the days where used to dog Ricardo and Mark Webber. Yeah,he's a nominated now he's he's not donate any tving a bit of a tissue. So yeah, and then that moves us into half. Also, onthat Ferrari engine that we've talked about, where that they're coming second last,only sitting ahead of Williams, because Magnuson picked up a point on the weekend. Kat Better say they had a pretty decent weekend compared to their normal expectations, not so much in terms of positions, but like they were in the topten both their drivers for over half the race. Just let's lie outof their hands. Really. Yeah, but it has to be said,I don't think it was really much to do with their car. I thinkit was just a flukey decision to stay on a certain seat of tire.It's never going to coming in. I think they would have taken their chanceto sit off front, see as I could sit there for a longs okay, okay, yeah, so that I guess they did well and they workedwell as a team. Like Gro Jean did a bit of blocking almost forMagnuson to stay in that those points, and it worked. They got theirone point they desired. So they are off the bottom of the table.Uncle. That's like there's apart from that point, there's not really too muchto be happy about. The first race they both were tired. The secondrace they came twelve and thirteen, which I guess is not that bad consideringthey qualified and twenty and fifteen respectively. So making moves but no points toan no reward really, but I think that'd be super disappointed. But Ithink they're still pushing points, so that will be a little little cut down. Got Too many so far. Yeah, pretty pretty similar situation between halfs andthe hour for Rom are like they're not qualifying well. In the racethey're doing all right, but yeah, they probably need to lift their qualifyingif they're going to try and aim and pick up a few more points,which is always hard to do midseason. Definitely off to the car. Overshadowedby some of those other midfield teams, like racing point in the Claren andI definitely I was change. Definitely send you taken priority of the talk themedia over these guys. But yeah, yeah, I think again, Idon't think I produce much. I think magnison's a a decent driver, nothingspecial. I think he's the seats still probably solid, but I think he'sprobably pushing towards the UNDIES. He's time. I don't know. Yeah, hundredpretty statement grows on me. I said before the Party won't having achat. Wasn't the biggest fan of him. He's bigger spot behind the wheel ofmy eyes and definitely the two years didenter pumps ties up at all.I think they just showed all these crashes, but it's a bit of a groupof a blow that. Yeah, I don't think he's anything special.DNA, yeah, Dana F sixteen, yeah, exactly. Nothing, nothingthat to ride home about there. In terms of writing out of ten,I in them a six just because I don't think, as you alluded toearlier, I don't think they would have had the highest expectations. So kindof similar to our FA. Yeah, like they're just doing okay, prettymuch exactly what we expected them to do. So I'll give them six out often, just down the guts. Nothing surprised and using disappointing. Yeah. So, like, I can't say I'll be watching it when I'm watchingon race weekend, but I think they'll be a little bit of amitting battlefor eight, because I think our far to corior kind of safe, andseventh between the top six and the bottom three. Yeah, but I thinkthat position for eight between Alfa, Romeo, Haars and Williams will be love somepoint, sex for sure. Yeah, that'll be cool. So that movesus into one of the better stories of this season so far, McLaren. It was kind of predicted. It...

...was kind of predicted. I watchedlike a few prediction videos over the summer and yeah, run was pretty bigon McLaren. Obviously, Carlos Science is like one of the highly regarded driversoutside the big three teams. And then Lando's and good up and comer.And Yeah, they've done pretty well. Has We were talking about it beforewe came on. Carlos, in terms of his individual performance, probably isn'tthat stoked. Like he's been in the points every every race. He gotthe fastest lap point. That's in the second Grand Prix. Yeah, buthe sits a ninth overall, which I don't know if he would be toohappy about personally. Got Lando. On the other hand, Landa would bestoked. He sit in that fourth right now, but his first podium.So yeah, that was awesothing the watch. And then the second Grand Prix didsimilar thing. He like overtook three people's and we in the controversy withit. But yeah, in the last two laps I think he overtook three, maybe two. Yeah, so that jumped him up to fifth. AndYeah, they've they've had a pretty good month. Biggest surprise of the yearI can and Oh, it really showing he's worth yeah, and landers actuallydoing bits for the sport because as a few races of the races were overlockdown, he was like big on the twitch streaming and youtube game and likenow Campbell, who knows nothing about Fone, he knows who lando is because oflike his game, and now he actually watched the race on the weekendand was like asking how Lando's going and stuff. So he's doing isn't good. Yeah, some free promotion for the sport, which is cool to see. But yeah, this is a tough one to rate because almost each driverdeserves a different rating because, like landers would obviously be a lot higher thanconsents. But to tend, I mean thirteen on the weekend, if that'sa top ten, you know, top eight finished. I reckon, he'sseen it. It's nearly pushing a ten fees stunt of his. Yeah,signs. Yeah, I think off the back of last year, I thinkyou would have been loved top fivest, top sixes every weeks. So maybea touch to suppointing, but I think as a team they're looking pretty happyand they're going so far. Definitely pushing the the big boys. You know, only one point ahead of racing point, which is exciting to watch, butI think pushing red bull almost, you know, fourteen points behind.That's just a good race or two in their their ahead of red books.I think they'll be taken that any day. Yeah, I think I'll give theman eight out of ten. I think they've exceeded my expectations. Iknow they probably had high expectations of themselves, but to be sitting above Ferrari,above racing point, whoever I knew coming to the season had like seriespace. Looking they're doing pretty bloody well and and as you said, they'renot too far off red bull. Obviously that one's catching Mercedes about there.They're out there. They yeah. So what are you going to give mcclaren? Right, McLaren, I'll give an eight. Just it would have beena nine if signs of couple POSSI's higher and maybe norris in the points inthe last race. But I think that's pretty pretty good seeing what they wereexpecting and how those produced, especially on lander's Lando's in. But I thinkthe cars, the cars moving well and good place, really up there withthe big dogs. So they're pretty happy where they're at and I think they'll, yeah, definitely be CRA can down themselves to really push up that thetable, hopefully slipping the second on the team standings are reckon. They're probablypushing for well, that holding out racing and they'll push themselves to really pushfor stepping obll throughout the year. Yeah, and then that moves us on toMercedes. She not too much to talk about really. It's just probablythe same as the last night. Six or seven years. It's the oneall three races. They've one all three pole positions, they've one one ofthe three fastest lap point at bonus points. So they're pretty much ticked everything offthe bucket list for this season. One race where Hamilton came fourth,so it wasn't podium that bought. Yeah, the rest there on, both onthe pardium. So I think they're yeah, it's just what can yousay? They just dominating again. Pretty much expected, I think. Ithink people would love to see me for always who disappointed, but definitely readbull challenge them a bit more. But Hamilton's just look dominant. What Isaid, a bit of a shaky style the weekend which you could have maybepotentially turned into a first or second one'side Hamilton. But I think, yeah, they're they're too good. This you again just annoying. But fair creditto the rele yeah, I'm going to give them a nine just because likethat. They're not a hundred percent perfect...

...like the attend would be for themwith such high expectations. I think at ten would have to be like whatLe Get one to every race. But I think I'll give them a ninebecause their expectations are so high that they have been pretty close to a podiumin every race. I think Hamilton's crashed with our bond, which was ahundred percent the fold of Hamilton. Yes, probably the only thing stopping them fromhaving a really by every rank of a second. So when get fast, they're fast. That's Wi. How yeah, true, we's dominated.Wasn't any close. Yeah, so I guess the only thing they bring tothe sport is just a bit of a jewel between themselves for the title,that there's five points between them at the moment. But unfortunately for Valtrey there'stwo races at silver stone coming up and Lewis has one five the last six. Silver Stone strack probably doesn't use a good race up. Probably doesn't bodewell for both houses hopes. Yeah, not the biggest own upon us,but he can drive the car pretty well. I don't know if you can drivesproduce partner, but see there. Yeah, they're just dominating it.It's frustrating and you're looking for a big win every shoe wait racing, butit's almost just like how much in first that's a win and it's you know, you're fifteen laps into the race. Yeah, obviously the dream situation wouldbe like all ten teams are competitive, but at least they just like getout of the way in the first three laps and you just like don't haveto. You can just focus on the battle for like third and for thepodium. Yeah, like it's kind of weird, like they were talking aboutit on the broadcast on the weekend and it's like they legit just didn't showLouis to like the sixty lap or something like that. There was just likehe was so far in front of it just like didn't even matter to showhe's within just miles ahead. Yeah, that was probably one of the cruziestones ever seen on the weekend. Like you full pit it to try andget the fastest loot, which he did successfully. Yeah, just good petoo quick really is it's been. They're just too good. Yeah, Ithink all of them are pretty bloody good at their jobs. That moves usinto racing point, also known as the pink Mercedes, due to them basicallyjust copying the two thousand and nineteen Mercedes, but just planting and pink. Werehowever, in saying that, it's exactly it's work. Call Them.They've come from. I don't know exactly when they came last year. Ithink they might have come sick or something. Yeah, they were in and aroundwith Rehnao, but now they're sitting in fourth, just behind and mcclaren. Point really that they actually have another prodium yet, which is really theonly difference between them and McLaren at the moment. But a lot more consistent. Yeah, every apart from the one retirement, they've had five results betweenfourth and seventh. So very consistent. They've probably been qualifying except for thequalifying session in the wet and the second Grand Prix. Yeah, they've beenqualifying higher than they've been like resulting in the race, which is probably justnot ideal for them. Probably suggest their drivers aren't as good as like theMcLaren drivers, but they're doing pretty well, but apparent not the biggest fan ofstroll. If I'm very, very consistent, I think they'll take that. Yeah, strow, I mean fourth on the weekend, just gone hungrybeat our bond beats fatle. Think they're pretty that he stocked to see thecarpet juicer. Seventh, Second Week and was your first week. I doyou finish now? That's D could have put him. Yeah, we puthim. Said, Paris has been out doing stroll except for the weekend.I have to say I'm not the biggest fans of stroll, just like thewhole story about his dad like owning the team and like he's a very aggressivedriver, which at times is interesting, but like, I think it wasthat second race where he like went around Ricardo like off the trail. Helike basically push Ricardo the track contry and then Ricardo just had to copy itto yeah, I don't really rate that from him. Well, I writeSergoe Perrys. Yeah, all time is pretty good. Driver good. Sohopefully for them pairs can maybe turn some of those sixth or sevenths into apotential podium and that will probably help them in their cause when it comes toovertaking mcclaren and maybe pushing to overtake red bull as well. Yeah, yeah, we'll see how they go. I think I'm back in. McLaren,knock over a red bull. Maybe you have an off racing point as itjust yet. Yeah, I think Max is too good. Like I don'tthink he's maths aill miss the podium many weekends if he if he finishes therace. Yeah, in in terms of a writing out of ten for racingpoint, I think that's to be pretty...

...happy with how they're going. Mena Straw told him in the first could be couple points. So cashing inon the there right on red bull. But yeah, I think maybe eightagain, seven or right thing there from. Yeah, pretty happy with how they'regoing. He said the qualifyings may a bit better than the actual raceday. Maybe taste a couple rating points off for me, but I thinkshooting forty points after three really up there. Pushing for top three teams. It'sany team would be happy with that. Maybe Massa easy be disappointed if theyweren't first this year. But the racing point has attained their pretty prettystoked token. Yeah, I'll give them a seven, very close to aneighth, but just the fact that I gave mcclaren an eight and they hada podium, whereas racing point don't have a podium at so I'll punish themfor that wish. So yeah, I'll give them a seventh that. Yeah, she said. I'm pretty sure they would be happy with what they're doingat the moment and although some people were predicting, it's still kind of weirdto see them up and up and around like sniffing at that, those bigpoint positions and stuff like that. Not a hundred percent adjusted to it yet. But so that moves us into the team. We came mentioning Red Bull. Very different store, similar to McLaren but even more extreme. Fairly different. Like stories feach driver, obviously the stuffins, one of the best driverson the grid, if not the best, and then our bonds kind of findinghis way in the car. But has to be said, album's LEOMpretty well. We're talking off air that that first race where he got takenout by Lewis, if he turned that into a podium and then, ifyou take into his AC counties, fourth and fifth, and that's a prettygood your three weeks stretch for our bond. But sadly that podium got ten intoa thirteen and then all of a sudden that's kind of a different outlookfor him. Yeah, but Max Max is doing well to podiums and theretirement the first race. But I'm sure he would have got a podium thereif the wind as he always does, and he's fault. But yeah,album did really well on the weekend. Both of them did well on theweekend. Actually, our bond qualified thirteen, finished fifth. The stuff in qualifiedthe seventh finished second. So they would have been pretty tough with that. Nice race on the weekend. I think in the race the teaged agreat job to get him back here on the great yeah, thirty seconds whereit started, wherever it was, but exactly. Yeah, yeah, apparentlyit was a job that normally takes like an hour and a half and theydid in twelve minutes, which is pretty pretty impressive. Adoption. We havethat maths works out. But yeah, they've done something of him to holdsecond, especially in the car was doing what it was very good race frommasterly. I think I've owned the best, best on the grid, especially carcondition. He's got red bull not quite up there with Mercedes, Ithink in terms of car quality. Had A few point and you know,you know certain as sector in that car and stiff, stiff, DNF,you could push another podium. Yeah, he's, he's someone else really,Max, he's he's a gun. Yeahs. Yeah, so in terms of arating, I don't know, actually kind of weird one because they're they'reprobably not as far away from like the McLaren's, the racing points as theywould like, but when you actually go the race results with context, andactually done pretty well. So I'll give them a seventh because it's probably exactlywhat they've expected. Really, they're probably expected, this happened, to getpop podiums and then our bond to just be outside that. So yeah,I think that would be happy with the second I was standings, I thinkI'll born four points behind norris. Using fourth. You know, we seealmost points when you did get hit. I think he probably would painting horris. But yeah, I think serven all right. I think I still produceit some good, good results for the car. Yeah, and they'll takesecond on the I think I've definitely construct as championship in it. Second onthe team standings potentially put some pressure on my sadies, but I think it'slook too good for them to this year. Yeah. So yeah, that's that'sif a red bull I have to say with that album crash, itjust there's one thing that annoys me and flight. I don't know how youwould do it, but it annoys me. If you get taken out, yes, the other the person gets punished, but you don't get like Justin wouldlike. It's kind of like in AFL or NRL when a play getstaken out and that guy is suspended for the next week. It's like,well, if that guy who got injured goes off a concussion for the restof the game, well then in that moment that teams actually still still likea disadvantage for a legal play, which kind of something that always be insport. But I'm not really sure there's a waking get around. You can'treally just make the ray stop and put our bond back into got this.Pick up the car say yeah, yeah,...

...it's it's stiff, it's stiff strift, but yeah, nice capitalis on it, because on a podium againit's red book. Yeah, I think. I think that's got to be ourbonds mission for this next three race stretch. So to get his firstpodium. That would be I'd love to. I think rebel would be pretty happyfor him to finally take them one. So he's he's gone. It's notquite a lot of think, but I think as a joy it prettypretty damn talent, especially rage. Yeah, and then onto the REHNATO. Interestinglythey're getting smashed by McLaren, who actually uses a Renault engine, whichdoesn't really make too much sense to me. It's like yeah, it's how doesthat work? But it's interesting. I think the Carlo Showinese. He'sgot it. Maybe bitter OSI biased to it, but I think card ashe's still pushing the car ACON. I think CON CONN and the boys downhasn't produced too much this year. Hasn't looked true. Yeah, look athe's he seems a bit like Kiddyat where. He's just like just solid, nothingspecial. Bey picked up an axe in the first rate. Yeah,went and the DNF and a fourteen in that car is probably little and disappointingin for the for their perspective. Ricardo picked up an eighth, obviously hungry, which I can I be more expected to see him produce those kind ofresults, and an eighth the week before and obviously he's DF week one hurtsthe it's the points, but are they I think back to back eights fora card is definitely their kind of standard and I come can get in thetop ten for some points. I think that they might push up the teamsdown. It's a little bit put some pressure on for our if they don'tfix their car towdies. But yeah, I think they're that look. Definitelylooking to just keep six really push away from the other lower teams. Yeah, I don't know what it is with Reno. They seem to have alot of retirements over the last few seasons, I know, and that's why Iread bull change to the Honda end and or whatever. Yeah, butdefinitely produced. Yeah, yeah, and then the only thing for Renato,it's a bit of a tough season this one because I don't think there anywherenear the top. Will Not they are close to them, but I don'tthink they're going to compete with the top five, I think. And thenI think they're better than the bottom. For I feel like, similar toAlpha Tory, they're kind of just stuck in the position they are and itkind of just comes down to hopefully a few decent individual performances to make theirseason a bit interesting right the season. Yeah, at six. You know, I think seats off for gramps end of the season. So I thinkthey might need a big, big restart like for our Restam at the moment, but not probably as be I think right. I stuck it, sticksto the whole years. Probably is. Well, we're going to see,I reckon. Yeah, yeah, I'll get him a, not to belike funny, but I'll give them the six through their rating as well.Maybe four Tuck, yeah, when they probably wish they were doing a littlebit better. But he's probably about where we expected them to come as kindof level. But they're still they're fifteen points by one. So like DannyRick, as you're saying, maybe Australian bias here, but if he turnsthat retirement into a points finish, if he's had three straight points finishes ina row like that's a pretty good effort. Yeah, see, so although we'regiving against them a six, I don't think they've done that bad.They just probably need to try and limit those retirements. Yeah, and thenthere's always seems to be something wrong with the Renato. To whole lot industryis a bit both seasons. But yeah, Big Cyril, not a lot offan of seer. Actually interesting. Is Pretty Funny. But yeah,is funny. It's funny. He's a character, but feel like, Idon't know. I Guess Christian Horn is a bit of a Knob as wellat times. Anywhere there happy with anything? I mean it could be some oftheir convers it weird, Alex, you say. Yeah, pretty goodjob boys. Sorry. Yeah, never fully satisfied that man, but Ithink right. Yeah, probably just in a six for the whole year.Yeah. And then, in terms of the final team to tick off,got the Williams. Surprise, surprise, there still stuck in last with nopoints, as they have been for pretty much three or four years straight.Latifi's a new driver to F line. He's done all right. He gotan eleventh in the first rate, which is pretty good, but when yougive context the fact that there was like seven retirements, yeah, probably takesit a little bit away from it, but still good efforts. That watch. He refusion, watching the starts good at the blocks of I know thecar probably don't help him. Yeah, yeah, a bit of a toughweekend. I think he went off the track three or four times, thinkingpitted five times something. So wasn't the...

...easiest run for him and hungry they'vebeen qualifying well, which is just I'm not sure what's that down to really. Maybe just down to the fact that halfs an hour for Romeo don't havethe greatest power units at the most. But like on the weekend they bothgot out of q one so well. I always get confused. Is thefirst session q one or is the first session key three? For Each Other? First One's que and then it goes to q three, is like thetop ten. But yeah, they both got out of that first session,which is first for Williams in a long time, long time. But thencame race day and they were the final two cars to finish. So theteeth obviously with the gadsly retired of all finished cars. The TV's last everyweek. Russell second. All right, three weeks. That's different. SoI think the first week might and you look a bit bitter than what itused for the car coming up. Ye, can learn really put the time.Tough to rate, though. It's tough to give her rating because it'slike there was no other expectation. I mean Russell, I'll Russell's been hamersand good runs. I think scene around, you know, ten to twelve througha bit during races. And then I think he's DNF, DNF.First Week did kney. Yeah, I think he was. He was soon. I ten to twelve, three, good one and car just some mechanicalissues, I think put him out the race. It will be. He'sshown some promise, the young man, but hopefully might be able to ditchWilliams the next few years for a half decent car. Yeah, I'll givethem. I'll give them the five or six. I'll give him a fivelike that. It's pretty much spot on what we thought they were going todo. But I think given the spots they've been qualifying out, they wouldlike a like a better result come there. Yeah, I think after the onthat race. So let's put it reach team for some points. Definitely. Yeah, they've got being a fair few, like no ten other carson the grid or our sorry. Yeah, I think Latifu come on eleventh outof eleven or first week stiff to be sound. Some point or twomaybe if he sneaks up one something. But yeah, other reallys is aproducing this year once again, for sure. Yeah, I guess the upside forthem they've got two weeks of a home Grand Prix coming up, butnot sure if that's really going to help their performance on the track. Whoknows, maybe a morale boost. Yeah, they laughing about Nice? Yeahs right. So that's in terms of team for team. Now a general overview. If we have to award a team of who are the top three teams? So we can basically, I guess, look at our ratings, can we? But yeah, I'm really for you. If we go on topteens, I'd probably have to award it to maybe McLaren. I think they'vebeen the standout team. Obviously Mercedes has had the best results, but that'skind of just what we expect for Mercedes. So I think I would have togive the best team to McLaren for sure, closely followed by Mercedes andracing point, I think. Yeah, I think close, a bull justa fourth or I think they crack that top three. Bit disser point twise, no, fifty five still sitting or behind the state. He's probably big. Just point for them. Yeah, I can say the's McLaren raising pointand you can argue it away which ones one, two and three face onresults and expectation stuff. So I think it's a pretty pretty standard top three. I can for most yeah, and then worst, worst teams. Ithink everyone would have Ferrari number one. Yeah, sosly suppointed. They've hada root. Then maybe I won't know. It's pretty hard to choose the othertwo. Yeah, becauld everyone else's kinds performing to expectation apart or exceedingit, apart from Ferrari. Yeah, so I don't think I'll name anothertwo. I think I'll just for highlight that focus on roys. Might belooking would a lock some you know, pushing out for tour at seven points. I think that would like to see grows one up there. Maybe.Yeah, Magnus in, you know, produced some good results for just afepoint. It's just a pretty big L for any any carved the Ferrari poweryou at the moment just so proudly Alpha ferrarian halves all in that boat.Now. In terms of drivers, if we had the water, top threedrivers, this is a tough one. If if we pulled in a bigeffort on the week, yeah, I can he's definitely sitting top two.Maybe just yeah. Yeah, if you are surprise Jasus. For steffens,it's got to be top too, for sure. Yeah, but yeah,I actually think I'd go ver steppin one, norris to Hamilton three, yeah,and then bought House. And Perez just missing out. Yeah, outwill maybe you sneaking, but yeah,...

I think. Yeah, I thinkdefinitely steppen. Norris really showing some good driving this year. Yeah, andI'm definitely going to start that. So, as I mentioned on a previous episode, I've been trying to do like a brownlow type votes for feather sports. I'm definitely going to give it a crack. BEFRIENDRECON would be interesting.They could be interesting to see you come the end of the season. whichdrivers you know exceeded exceeded expectations week after week? Yeah, and then termsof worst driver or this is a tough one. Yeah, actually, Imean Jevens. He's done nothing special. You Cop to nine. I mighthave to go. I might have to go vettel. Yep, I think. Are Youle it's hard to distance their car from them self. But Ithink I'll go vettel and science. Bottom two. Very stiff on science,but just compared to what Norris has been producing, and I think everyone consideredscience the best driver. That's not in the top three team. Yeah,so it's very stiff, given arguable for sure, yeah, and then nextmay be hock on or something. He's being pretty much just pretty much justguessing there. Yeah, obviously grows on and stuff haven't been great for theircars gets and never great, are they? He so h that's pretty much it. Sometimes it's not all their fault or whatever, but yeah, yeah, it's too. So that's pretty much it for the F ones. We'vegot a weekend off in terms of the fone season this week and then wego straight back into a another three week of three weeks of backtoback, soto it silver stone and then one at Barcelona. So it's to be excited. I will be, I think. Yeah, it's awful teams to lookat the cars maybe make some changes, I reckon next few weeks. Yeah, pretty exciting. Yeah, I think for our he definitely needed this weekoff to try and sort some things out. I know probably they change something inthe car and then they in the second race and that they both crashedin the first lap. So they just like couldn't see what happens. SoI think little stuff like that they'll need a week to work out if theirimprovements are working and stuff like that. So yeah, I'd fining definitely lookto get you back on to maybe review the next three bunches of fone racesafter that. Yeah, too sure when that would be. I think lateAugust or something. But now we move on to the NBA. As yousaid, I think it starts tomorrow. It's matches on it up there.I don't look too much into it, to be honest. I think othersports have taken my prodion's been so long since the last game. Yeah,all right, like it's kind of weird. There's not much information on it.Yeah, I'm like looking at the startup. It's pretty I like itthat have done it, to be honest. I think it keeps it interesting.So twenty two teams in, nine from the east, sirting from theWest. So it's the top eight plus any teams with within six games ofthe top eight. So, yeah, the wizard, I think east.I think there's eight games. I think each team plays eight games or something. Yeah, and then it said, and that's the kind of seed thefinals and give the teams outside the eight to have a crack at it.And then there's some weird I don't know a hundred percent what it is,but there's some weird playoff. Yeah, so if the ninth seed is withinfour games of the eight and they have a little playing tournament, so Ithink, like I think it's out of three or something, and then eightgets two chances at night, gets all like's an extra chance they losethe first game or whatever. So yeah, I think it's I think that's reason. That's the interesting concert. I mean if, if, if thenine seats still four games behind eight, I thinks too might be a littlebit stiff. Yeah, but yeah, it's only a few few games tocatch up those six game brackets. So it's interesting. There's some teams Imight show some promise to with only a few games in the season, mightcome good. So are going to be exciting. Yeah, I'll definitely beexciting. In the West, like there's, yeah, only two spots up forgrabs, but there's seven teams buying out for those two spots. SoDallas look like they've pretty much confirmed their spot. But yeah, especially forthat eight spot, is going to be spicy. So yeah, well,it's these a little bit more to have, but Memphis really, you'd think Iget there and they go pretty good roster too. So yeah, soin terms of your top three favorites to win the competition? Who you lookingat at this stage? Yeah, it's a few few big teams. Ithink Milwauk is looking pretty good. Notice, probably the best player in the competthe moment, probably. I think Boston's a sniff. I think they'reI'll come good, for sure. They've shown themselves this year. Well,then we're in forty three and twenty one.

So could show from the boys.Miami Heat bit it. Maybe we're roughie my boys the heat for onehundred and twenty four. But I yeah, Lakers, clippers, Milwaukee definitely seemedto be the big three. Yeah, they're probably the three big dogs,are they? Yeah, for sure. Yeah. And then in terms oftop three teams, you're you like wouldn't I don't know how to wordthis, but you wouldn't want to face them in the playoffs. So I'mnot obviously the three teams you mentioned would be the three teams you would wantto face. But I'm talking teams who are going to sneak in at sixth, seventh, eighth or even fifth. That could really produce an upset andgoing a bit of a run. Who, who would you be afraid of ifyou know Miami came third and then got drawn up against yeah, Ithink it's fully sitting it steeth. I mean they Aston Conference finals last year. Lives in on that crazy quilt and shot. Yeah, but yeah,Philly's pretty tough. Brooklyn not sure about yet. They're still got a neediverecord, so I don't know if I be threatened by them over a fewseries. But terms of the West, Houston sin that sixth, I thinkyeah, it's end as that could put some pressure on specially in the playoffs. Fair big players really really dominate. DALLAS, for Luco and stuff,can get something going, maybe they can put a few games on the board, a bit of pressure on our the pot from that. I don't knowif Pelicans maybe. If I'm Zion's missing a few weeks due to family issues, leaving the bubble. Don't know if you heard about that. Yeah,he left the bubble for some family reason. Is Fair enough. I think he'smissing a couple weeks. But if when he gets back they could reallypush it, push for that a spot, with our few four games behind Memphisand Portland the game ahead of Pelicans, I think it'd be interesting. Butyeah, I think the big three teens are really really I could puton an effort year. Yeah, I can't lie. I'm actually very keenfor this. Like, I'm not the biggest basketball fan, but I usuallywatch the playoffs every year and this is basically just like an extended playoff seriesbecause, yeah, ever get back, although, although there's like Phoenix sittingin at thirteen in the West, still in the competition. Like pretty muchevery game is going to be between playoff teams or playoff contenders. So don'twant to be pretty high level Zo. It should be pretty good. Ithink speris will be throat. Same of the Kings this really I'm not I'mnot going to go for any team because I like just watching as a neutral, but I feel I'm pretty keen to watch like the Celtics, yeah,even Denver. I just like the teams that they're not really carried by oneor two players. They're more just like a team effort. Right, Iwrite that stuff. So wrestless objects, tatum Canba, yeah, smile.Yeah, I like it. Toronto and then don't know if they have itthis year. It's soon a second yeah. Yeah, they've got a pretty goodrecord. Push, push a good teatbacket, so open. I don'tknow if that yeah. trum walkie, though, I don't they beat themacross. So yeah, yeah, probably hurts them. Probably Hurts and thatthey've lost their like home advantage, which was pretty big for them, definitelyhurt. Well, that's probably hurt a lot of teams, to be honest. Yeah, I guess it kind of evens out. But in terms ofindividual awards, who would you be looking at to win the MVP and whodo you reckon will be in the all NBA first team? Obviously hard tothink nt, but still leading MVP race. Yeah, I think he's got afew. He's let in a few stats, I think. So he'sjust he's something else. But Lebron, I mean people talk about him andhe's age and stuff. I think he's lating a sister this year, sothat's pretty, pretty crazy. He's age, so I think first time he's everaveraged over tennisis or season. So I think he might be a sniffbut you know, I think, you honest, is just dominated again.He should get defensive play of the you again, I reckon. But allNBA first team is pretty tough. Few good guards and stuff going around.I think try young probably looking at a pick for the one of the gardenspots. Drum or ant he's just been googling. I don't think you'll makethe all first but he's definitely worth a mention of his performance this year.Yeah, rook at, rookie of the yeah, it'll slowly animous. Really. Yeah, Oh, first he's it's tough. You Go Yannis in there. Love Lebron taking a small forward, power forward, maybe a luker Lucasshowing stuff hard and actually, yeah, hard to go parts harder. Maybefor that should you guard? Who sent up set up? It's a senders, a big, big Bam. He's...

...the most improved. I reckon.I think they gotta watch out for the band. Yeah, I'm not toohard to everyone. Or maybe datus. Potentially, he's been pretty yeah,they that's true. I think Anthony towns was pretty hot the start, butI think he kind of a my calm down a bit, a bit.But yeah, maybe Davis, I'm no, senters a interesting there's always different statictread compare a better and blocks and stems and points and stuff. So, yeah, it's pretty good this season terms of quality. But yeah,feel like there's a although those big three teams in terms of like star power, a lot better than the rest. I think there's a wide range oflike higher level teams. Yea like, as you mentioned earlier, the factthat Houston and Philadelphia sitting at six, sixth in their respective conferences. That'slike pretty spicy. Yeah, that's I mean maybe a bit longer than whatthey are expecting me for, talking about expectations again. That are an Indianat fifth, I think in the east. Yeah, they'd be loving that.I mean same percentages Philly. So it's really equal for yeah, butPhilly, you've lost a few close loves. I think it's here, a fewwith him, a couple of points. So that might scrape him up toforce or even thirf. Some of US go their way. But likelooking at second Toronto, forty six wins and Philly at six or thirty nine, seven games in it top top five outside of millwark. He's pretty prettyinteresting to on the Eastern Conference side. Yeah, so that's pretty much allwe've got for you today. Can't I'm glad we did the NBA episode today. I wasn't sure when to when to do this episode, but didn't quiterealize it was starting tomorrow. So actually pretty good. Moss last couple days. Not sure if those games. I'm hoping that can't because it'd be goodto get it back on the road. But yeah, that might be cracky. Yes, cratchy. Yeah, although there's a lot of support a nightat the moment with the cricket, Rugby League, AFL soccer. Be Goodto get some seven sport goings. Yeah, I think especially. But and thelikes will be love in that. The fastballs back and yeah, samea gat multi the bastall the ways. Jeez, our our group chat alreadygets sent through enough multis. Yeah, basket will gets added to the mixand could be turning. It could be the mute button could be to bea chance to give me a chest. It's unfortunate that money puts always it'salways disappointing use. It's never, never win. But I got some boysget really good that. So that's pretty much it. Really Hin anything elseto yeah, so that's that's yours. First three rounds of that fone seasonand your MBA resumption preview. I mean pretty just chilled conversation really. Wedidn't do too much of too much hardcore analysis, but ice both sports atthe current stage. So it's hard. Yeah, exactly. Good look atit. I think you weeks definitely will see even true, true cult yeah, so hopefully in like a month or three or four weeks. Well,that is a month that I will get you back on. We would discussthese two topics again and seeing where they're act. We want to be honest. By that stage, opinions could have completely changed or they could be consolidated. Say Heaven No, all right, might be on top. Stay tunedfor that. Thank. Produces with me. Yeah, but not. It's beengood, mate, bed a pleasure to be on. Was Kan.Thanks for coming on. Came to get a finish it at some point,but yeah, it was long over to you. Apologies for the way.You actually might be coming on them episode soon. I haven't even asked You, but Oh yeah, I've got an episode playing with Brownie that I wouldn'tmind you hopping on as well for bit of surprise. Yeah, I'll haveto talk to you after. Talk to your people. Yeah, people,talk to your people. I'll try and book you in, but yeah,thanks for joining us. Not Now. A pleasure to talking to you.Yeah, and thanks for listening. If you're still listening. Good effort fromyou. Yeah, Pat Yourself on the back and yeah,.

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