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Headline from obituary of André Cassagnes, a French electrical technician who half a century ago invented Etch A Sketch, the mechanical drawing toy that has lately become an American political simile.....




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The Lotus Elise Almost Had Gullwing Doors


You'll learn that and more in this amazing documentary on Lotus' tiny mid-engine savior.






Squeezing into a Lotus Elise is not an easy task. Not only is the car low, its door sills are tall and wide, which is great for structural rigidity, but bad for ingress and egress, leaving a tiny entryway when the roof is installed. The Elise could've been a lot easier to get in and out of, however. On YouTube, there's a 1990s documentary on the making of the original Elise, and it reveals that many at Lotus wanted the car to have gullwing doors.

This was inspired by the Mercedes 300SL "Gullwing," which, like the Elise, had high, wide doorsills for increased rigidity. Hinging doors on the roof of a car, as with the 300SL, creates larger entryways, making it easier to get in and out. Lotus seems to have experimented with McLaren F1-esque dihedral doors, too, which hinge at the base of the A-pillar and the roof, essentially serving the same function as gullwing doors.



At 18:40 in the documentary, there's footage of a May 1994 meeting with a member each from the design and engineering teams, and production bosses. The designer and engineer advocate for these cool, functional doors, but those on the production side worry that they'd be too complicated, and too expensive to make a reality.

With the financial backing of GM—which bought Lotus in 1986—the British company spent over $58 million developing the front-wheel drive 1990 Elan as a new entry-level model. But the car was a disaster. It was too expensive to manufacture, and cost almost $20,000 more than the then-new Mazda Miata, a car which got a lot closer to the ethos of the original Elan.

The Elan was unceremoniously killed in 1992, and in 1993, GM sold Lotus to Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli, of Bugatti EB110 fame. With the Elan out of production sooner than planned, Lotus needed to get a new entry-level model to market as quickly as possible, and on a tight budget. So, complex parts, like gullwing doors, weren't feasible.

But don't think that Lotus totally cheapened out on what became the Elise–its aluminum monocoque chassis was revolutionary, and it made the basis for the brilliant cars the company makes today. Even if its design makes getting in and out hard.

The whole documentary is 2.5 hours long, and I plan on watching the whole thing. You can too, and if you're just interested in the talk of gullwing doors, skip to 18:14.





https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cul...ullwing-doors/

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I know we have a lot of fans of "The Matrix" here.

Surprisingly, it wasn't about a Toyota.

But no one seems to know Neo's last name.



Mystery solved:

Prene.

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You Can Own Jim Clark's Lotus Elite

This 1962 Elite Super 95 was given to the future F1 champ as payment by Team Lotus.




Classic cars don't get much cooler than this. What you're looking at is a rare 1962 Lotus Elite Super 95, originally owned by one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, Jim Clark. It's headed to RM Sotheby's London auction in September, where it's estimated to sell for £150,000 to £200,000 ($198,000 to $264,000).



Clark, with James Scott of the Edinburgh Evening News.

Clark was given this Elite in February 1962 as payment for his services as a works driver for Team Lotus. By 1962, he was no doubt familiar with the Elite, having won a number of races throughout the late 1950s behind the wheel of the little sports car. He even placed second in class at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans driving an Elite.

The Elite was an incredibly innovative car for its time, with low-drag fiberglass bodywork that acted as a load-bearing monocoque. It didn't actually have a frame—instead, the engine and suspension are mounted to two metal "skis," which are bonded to the body. This construction was radically different than any other car on the market then (or since), and it meant the Elite was incredibly light, just over 1500 lbs.




This construction also meant the Elite was expensive to build, which is why Lotus only managed to crank out a little over 1000 before production ended in 1963. Only 23 examples of the Elite Super 95 were built, each featuring a hotter version of the standard 1.2-liter Coventry Climax four-cylinder, and other upgrades. The car comes with an Hobbs Mechamatic gearbox, which was an early type of sequential transmission. It's not installed now, but Clark used it while he owned the car.

Elites are very sought-after by Lotus fans, and this car might be the ultimate example. What's better than a Lotus once owned and driven by one of the company's greatest drivers?

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R&T:


The Meteoric Rise of Rimac

We drove to Croatia to have a chat with Rimac founder and CEO Mate Rimac, whose company has gone from fixing a broken BMW to pushing electric tech boundaries in an astoundingly short amount of time.



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Fascinating company.

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I saw "Baby Driver" for a second time.

This is a really good movie. Great car chases/stunts.

Plot that keeps us on our toes. (Painful by the 2nd hour...)

Good cast and acting.

Good rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

See it.

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I love that movie. It was a refreshing new look at car chases.
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Check out "World's Fastest Indian". Terrific.

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The Lotus Cortina Was the E30 M3 of the 1960s

A family sedan made a racing legend. Sound familiar?





In the early 1960s, Lotus founder Colin Chapman wanted to build his own engines, but starting from scratch was expensive. Instead, he got his engineers to use a 1.5-liter four-cylinder from Ford as a base. According to Hemmings, this engine made just 64 hp in the Cortina 1500, a basic family car made by Ford of Britain, somewhat analogous to the US-market Falcon. Lotus turned the engine into a monster.

A slight increase in displacement, coupled with a new twin-cam head and dual Webber carbs turned 64 hp into well over 100, which was more than enough for Chapman's lightweight sports cars. Ford wanted in, too. Walter Hayes, the head of PR for Ford of Britian convinced his superiors that the company should go racing, and a Cortina with Lotus power would be a great way to do so. Given the go-ahead, Lotus was contracted to equip 1000 Cortinas with twin-cam engines and other chassis modifications, all with Group 2 competition in mind.



Jim Clark, driving his Cortina in a 1966 race at Brands Hatch. Seeing these things on three wheels was not uncommon.


The resulting car, the Ford-Lotus Cortina, was one of the most dominant race cars in its field, winning tons of races in the hands of legends like Jim Clark, and Jackie Stewart. If you wanted to enter saloon-car racing in the UK in the mid 1960s, you needed a Cortina.

In that way, it reminds us of a much better-known race car that came two decades later, the E30-chassis BMW M3. Like the Lotus Cortina, the M3 started life as a basic family sedan, and with the help of race engineers, became a track weapon. In the 1980s, the original M3 was the touring car to beat, just like the Lotus Cortina before it.

The Jay Leno's Garage video below goes in-depth with this fascinating car. The Cortina featured here is a rare US-market, left-hand drive example from 1966, owned by Leno's head mechanic, Jim Hall. Hall just completed a loving restoration of the car, bringing it back to original specifications.



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Dragway fears shutdown over soaring electric bills

Kurt Bresswein For The Star-Ledger

The electricity for the overhead lights that illuminate the drag strip at Island Dragway in Warren County generally runs about $400 to $700 a month, says Melissa Milano, the operator there since 2013.

Then the June bill came from JCP& L: $5,269.54.

“I said, ‘No way this is right,’” Milano told NJ Advance Media.

She called to say she couldn’t pay it, and that’s when she learned her July bill was more than double that.

All told, she owes $16,624.74 by Aug. 1. And that’s just for the drag strip lights.

Milano says she learned Island Dragway in Great Meadows, Independence Township, is a high-voltage account and her bill is being calculated with a base capacity charge of more than $11,000 during the summertime peak-usage period.

“We can’t operate like that. It’ll totally shut us down,” she said, adding later: “We wouldn’t be able to afford it. We just flatout couldn’t have it. They’re saying if this doesn’t get changed, it’s $11,000 each month is the starting point.”

Milano as of Wednesday was assigned a case manager at JCP& L and remained hopeful for a resolution to her dispute. She’s also been in touch with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

Both the FirstEnergy utility company and BPU declined to comment Wednesday on Milano’s bills, saying they can’t discuss individual accounts.

“We are aware of the customer’s concern and we are reviewing the billing history, recent bill and rate and will be in contact with the customer regarding the situation,” said JCP& L spokesman Ron Morano.

“The board is unable to comment on any individual cases because at some point in the future, the board may be asked to rule on those individual cases,” said BPU spokesman Peter Peretzman.

Milano has never seen bills like this since she reopened the track, which dates to 1960. It is one of the few drag strips in the region open for public racing, after Old Bridge Raceway Park at Englishtown announced in January it would no longer hold drag races.

The bills also came after a rainy spring that kept Island Dragway closed some weekend days.

Weather permitting, she plans to be open for racing beginning at 6 tonight.

“I’m pretty much at the point where I know it’s the capacity charge and the bill is going to start at $11,000 even if this doesn’t go away,” Milano said.

“So at this point, I might as well open for another Friday night and just let them shut the lights off because it’s ridiculous,” she said.

Island Dragway is also sticking with its scheduled event for what Milano called its biggest day of the year: The 58th Anniversary Funny Car Throwdown that starts at 9 a.m. Aug. 5.

That Sunday features top fuel dragsters from as far away as Atlanta, along with jet-powered cars, which have appeared at Island Dragway previously.

“That’s not a night race so we don’t need the lights for it anyway,” she said.

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Oh. Dean, thanks a lot.

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Ayrton Senna's Imola Pass Was Never Photographed ... Until Now


A Prague art studio uses incredible technology and obsessive attention to detail to illustrate Senna's legendary pass at Imola in 1988.




Jan Rambousek finally found the moment: Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4/4, screaming down the back straight at Imola, passing Nelson Piquet in a flash through the Alta curves.

The year was 1988. Piquet, then Formula 1’s reigning champion, had a front-row seat to history. Those seconds at the San Marino Grand Prix, where his third-place Lotus was lapped by Senna’s McLaren, foreshadowed one of the most dominant seasons in F1 history. Just one problem: Few saw the pass, and even fewer documented it. "There’s not a lot of pictures, and there’s just one really sh**ty YouTube video capturing the moment," says Rambousek, founder of Unique & Limited, an art studio in Prague.
"We talked to the people at McLaren, to Senna’s main mechanic, and we were not able to identify the exact place the pass happened."

Driven by the challenge of recapturing motorsport’s bygone zeniths in high detail, Rambousek and his design partner, Petr Milerski, left their jobs in advertising to pursue the passion project that is Unique & Limited. The images they create blend traditional photography with hyperdetailed 3-D renderings to explore an old moment from unseen angles. The final product is dreamlike, straddling an uncanny valley between photorealism and fantasy, as if painted by a gearhead Norman Rockwell. Each picture is printed in large format and in limited number, commissioned by manufacturers or simply sprung from ideas in Rambousek’s head and sold to clients.




With the San Marino Senna project, it was McLaren who approached Rambousek with cause to celebrate: 2018 marks anniversaries for the marque’s 1988, 1998, and 2008 F1 drivers’ championships. Rambousek and McLaren whittled down potential milestones to arrive at that moment in 1988.

"It turns out quite well with Senna because of the composition and the angle, because it’s not something you see with pictures from the era, even though there’s hundreds of photos from the race itself," Rambousek says.




With the "hero car"—one of the most successful ever to compete in F1—and its heroic moment chosen, Rambousek and Milerski set about collecting period references of the MP4/4 at Imola. They sifted through photos, videos, race reports, and their own conversations with McLaren staff to pinpoint the car’s precise position on-track. Imola’s layout has changed over the years, further complicating things.




The MP4/4’s bones, and the track around it, were built from the reams of research. Here’s where the magic starts to happen. Proprietary software selects the same point on multiple photos—say, a sponsor sticker or the wheel of a car—and uses it as a reference point to stitch together an accurate model of the MP4/4, bringing the McLaren into three dimensions. Milerski tweaks the digital model throughout the process. Visually, the results are like the hand-sculpted clay models automakers use to prototype cars—all faceless shapes and smooth, broad edges. And the process is just as painstaking: The initial form takes Milerski up to eight weeks.

The Senna project in particular demanded an extra level of detail. "The car is basically covering the entire picture," Rambousek explains, whereas every other print in the firm’s catalog features the car at a further distance. "This was trickier in terms of the texturing and rendering, because it’s so large."

Fortunately, Unique & Limited had special access to the MP4/4 at the McLaren Technology Center. The team shot thousands of photos of the car for reference.

"We sent the model to McLaren for the final checks," Rambousek says. "They sent it to [McLaren designer] Neil Oatley, who found a few mistakes on the bolts and wheels of the car, which you can’t even see."

The fussing continued. Digital layers of texture and grime were added. Bolts were weathered, as if clashed with virtual wrenches. A 3-D model of Senna’s torso was created, down to the torn threads on his driving gloves.

The obsessiveness becomes more evident in the way Rambousek and team anchor their virtual work in reality. In a different photo shoot, set in an Italian village, fans lining cobbled streets were actors on location, dressed in period garb. In another, a fire hose created puddles and mist. Each of these scenes was captured in detailed photos and layered into digital images.

For the McLaren project, Ayrton’s nephew, Bruno Senna, sat on a stool in Unique & Limited’s Prague studio. His face was lit to re-create the bright Italian sun, then photographed to capture a hallmark of F1’s turbo era: His uncle Ayrton’s ferocious gaze. Bruno’s eyes were then digitally placed inside Ayrton’s Day-Glo helmet—a haunting, perfect match.

The cinematic quality and real-life-or-fantasy vibe of U&L’s work are due in part to Isabell Mayrhofer. The third member of Unique & Limited’s creative triumvirate, she previously was a casting agent and producer for films and commercials. Melding reality, photography, fantasy, and cinema is tricky, she says, noting that it’s tempting to lean more toward fantasy or reality for the sake of convenience. So why make the effort? "We ask ourselves that question every day," Mayrhofer laughs.




t’s a quest to create something new from limited resources, such as black-and-white images of Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows, cars seldom captured on film. "We decided to tell stories in a way never seen before," Milerski says.

For Rambousek, it’s about the challenge. Of creating the most accurate historic models that don’t exist in reality. Of pursuing beauty as an end unto itself. Of pushing into undiscovered territory for its own sake, he says.

"The creation process is some kind of signature for what we do, so that’s the reason we should stick with it," he says. "If we have a guy who wants his 911, a road-legal car you can take into the street and shoot, then that’s not really a project for us. Anyone else can do that."


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Stinging UK report calls out Facebook


In recommendations, British lawmakers urge for tougher oversights, transparency on social media in an effort to ‘protect democracy

Danica Kirka Associated Press

The U.K. government should increase oversight of social media like Facebook and election campaigns to protect democracy in the digital age, a parliamentary committee has recommended in a scathing report on fake news, data misuse and interference by Russia.

The interim report by the House of Commons’ media committee to be released today said democracy is facing a crisis because the combination of data analysis and social media allows campaigns to target voters with messages of hate without their consent.

Tech giants like Facebook, which operate in a largely unregulated environment, are complicit because they haven’t done enough to protect personal information and remove harmful content, the committee said.

“The light of transparency must be allowed to shine on their operations and they must be made responsible, and liable, for the way in which harmful and misleading content is shared on their sites,” committee Chairman Damian Collins said in a statement. The study was due to be published today, but a copy was leaked on Friday by Dominic Cummings, the director of the official campaign group backing Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Social media companies are under scrutiny worldwide following allegations that political consultant Cambridge Analytica used data from tens of millions of Facebook accounts to profile voters and help U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. The committee is also investigating the impact of fake news distributed via social media sites.

Collins ripped Facebook for allowing Russian agencies to use its platform to spread disinformation and influence elections. “I believe what we have discovered so far is the tip of the iceberg,” he said, adding that more work needs to be done to expose how fake accounts target people during elections.

“The ever-increasing sophistication of these campaigns, which will soon be helped by developments in augmented reality technology, make this an urgent necessity.”

The committee recommended that the British government increase the power of the Information Commissioner’s Office to regulate social media sites, update electoral laws to reflect modern campaign techniques, and increase the transparency of political advertising on social media.

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to address the issue in a so-called White Paper to be released in the fall. She signaled her unease last year, accusing Russia of meddling in elections and planting fake news to sow discord in the West.

The committee began its work in January 2017, interviewing 61 witnesses during 20 hearings that took on an investigatory tone not normally found in such forums in the House of Commons.

The report criticized Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg for failing to appear before the panel and said his stand-ins were “unwilling or unable to give full answers to the committee’s questions.”

One of the committee’s recommendations is that the era of light-touch regulation for social media must end.

Social media companies can no longer avoid oversight by describing themselves as platforms, because they use technology to filter and shape the information users see. Nor are they publishers, since that model traditionally commissions and pays for content.

“We recommend that a new category of tech company is formulated, which tightens tech companies’ liabilities, and which is not necessarily either a ‘platform’ or a ‘publisher,” the report said. “We anticipate that the government will put forward these proposals in its White Paper later this year.”

The committee also said that the Information Commissioner’s Office needs more money so it can hire technical experts to be the “sheriff in the Wild West of the internet.” The funds would come from a levy on the tech companies, much in the same way as the banks pay for the upkeep of the Financial Conduct Authority.

“Our democracy is at risk, and now is the time to act, to protect our shared values and the integrity of our democratic institutions,” the committee said.
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I am very unimpressed with Facebook’s “forgiveness” TV ad.

It seems to be trying to deliver a message that says “Gee, these things just happened”.

Certainly, they did, but Facebook was not doing its job, sold our data to the wrong people, made it difficult to opt out of having our info marketed, did not look at from where posts were coming and who was paying for those.

It behooved them to do some policing, but they did not.

They could have labeled/warned of automated accounts. They didn’t.

The Obama administration proposed the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, outlining consumers’ rights to control their personal data and requirements for transparency and security. It failed to gain consensus twice, and, if anything, privacy has moved in the opposite direction: President Donald Trump in 2017 signed legislation repealing the FCC’s privacy protections for internet users.

I left Facebook a couple of months ago.

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Spaniard Fernando Alonso sealed his place in the highest echelon of Formula One drivers with his back-to-back world championships in 2005 and 2006, ending Michael Schumacher’s five-year reign atop the sport. His subsequent accomplishments behind the wheel have only added to his legend. But a more recent glance at Alonso’s F1 results might suggest that his best days have passed him by. Alonso’s McLaren outfit sits in seventh place out of F1’s 10 teams, which is somehow an improvement over last season’s dreadful ninth-place finish. Alonso himself ranks a distant eighth in the driver standings, and he hasn’t finished a race on the podium since leaving Ferrari in 2014.

Perhaps that’s why the 36-year-old is openly considering retirement to pursue other motorsport ventures, such as endurance racing or an IndyCar seat.1 But despite appearances, Alonso isn’t done yet as an elite F1 driver. In fact, you could argue that he has done some of his best work this season, considering the circumstances. He’s driven circles around McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandoorne — and while that’s earned Vandoorne plenty of criticism, it’s also placed him in good company: Alonso has been dominating his teammates over his entire career.

Judging racers against their teammates is informative because Formula One is not just a competition of drivers (usually two per team per race, in the modern era) but also of car constructors and teams (engineers, pit crews, etc.). Any individual driver’s success is intrinsically connected to how good his car is — even the world’s best driver can only do so much. But by comparing teammates, we are controlling for this to some degree. Although drivers on the same team don’t always have equally strong cars, and sometimes the dreaded “team orders” can play havoc with how they finish relative to each other, teammates are much closer to operating on even footing than drivers across different teams are.

If we break each race result (or qualifying session, assigning those half-weight)2 into a head-to-head matchup between teammates — again, assuming that two drivers on the same team have roughly the same car to work with — and treat the result as a “win” for the driver who finished higher (or completed more laps, if neither finished the race), Alonso has the most net wins (aka “wins” minus “losses”) of any driver in F1’s modern era (since 1973):3


Only once in Alonso’s career did he see a losing record against a teammate — when he had an 11-16 weighted record against fellow McLaren driver Jenson Button in 2015. Since then, all he’s done is compile +22 net wins against Vandoorne and Button, which ranks second only to Sebastian Vettel’s +27 net wins over his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen over that span.

Of course, it’s obviously much easier to rack up head-to-head wins against weaker teammates than stronger ones, so perhaps Alonso has just been padding his numbers against the Stoffel Vandoornes of the world. One way we can adjust for this, however, is to borrow a page from other sports’ head-to-head rankings and craft our own F1 driver ratings. The way this works is that our data is fed into a giant logistic regression, in which each teammate matchup’s result is predicted by ratings for the drivers involved. The most accurate ratings are the ones that best predict what actually happened in the races (or qualifying sessions).4 When we run the numbers across entire careers, this has the advantage of telling us how good each driver is relative to one another, by way of the connections that form when racers switch teams and compete against other drivers. (So indirectly, we can say Driver X is better than Driver Y because both were teammates of Driver Z, and Driver X performed better in those head-to-head matchups than Driver Y did.)

With our new ratings in hand, we can plug them into each driver’s matchup data to get an “expected” record — the head-to-head record we would expect for a perfectly average driver against the same set of teammates faced by an actual driver. So for instance, longtime Ferrari driver Felipe Massa had -98 net wins against his teammates in his career, which sounds really bad until you consider whom he was teammates with: a who’s-who of former world champs, including Alonso, Schumacher, Raikkonen and Jacques Villeneuve. Against those teammates, Massa’s -98 net wins actually becomes +11 wins relative to what we’d expect out of an average driver under the same set of circumstances.

Adjust everyone’s record that way, and you get a more definitive ranking of the most impressive drivers since 1973. And, according to our new measure, Alonso still ranks first:

Which F1 drivers excelled vs. the toughest competition?
Most career head-to-head wins vs. teammates above expected (adjusted for quality of competition) for Formula One drivers, 1973-2018
HEAD-TO-HEAD WINS

DRIVER EXPECTED* ACTUAL VS. EXPECTED
Fernando Alonso 196.4 324.5 +128.1
Michael Schumacher 184.6 311.5 +126.9
Lewis Hamilton 98.5 195.0 +96.5
Nico Rosberg 104.1 176.5 +72.4
Sebastian Vettel 140.4 212.0 +71.6
Ayrton Senna 103.4 172.5 +69.1
Jenson Button 187.3 240.5 +53.2
Jarno Trulli 151.8 203.5 +51.7
Rubens Barrichello 191.5 236.5 +45.0
Alain Prost 142.5 187.5 +45.0

On a per-race basis, Alonso runs behind the late Ayrton Senna (for our money, the greatest driver in F1 history) and current reigning world champ Lewis Hamilton. But nobody has had a more impressive total record against his own teammates than Alonso has enjoyed over the years.

In that light, it might also be time to reassess just how poorly Vandoorne has done this season. Alonso himself has said that Vandoorne isn’t being treated fairly by the racing press: “He will always be a little bit behind,” Alonso joked, because “it’s difficult to beat me!” But then he got serious: “If you see previous teammates, they were a lot further [behind] than Stoffel. … In 2014 it was six or seven tenths [of a second] to Kimi every race. It’s less than that now.”

“He arrived [in F1] in a difficult car with some difficulties last year and this year as well. But he’s OK, and he will be very close in performance as soon as the car is delivering normal performance.”

The numbers bear that out: Even at a slight aerodynamic disadvantage relative to Alonso this year, Vandoorne’s qualifying lap times have been closer to Alonso’s than Raikkonen’s were at Ferrari in 2014. And his head-to-head record of 4.5 wins and 12 losses against Alonso is 0.8 wins better than the mark we’d expect from an average driver. Meanwhile, Alonso himself has the most net wins (+7.5) and wins above expected (+6.1) of any F1 driver this season.

It’s a little bit circular, of course, since Vandoorne’s rating informs Alonso’s record and vice versa. But the beauty of our regression-based ratings is that they also account for how much a driver usually dominates his teammates over a sample of many seasons. So because Alonso is legendary in that department, Vandoorne is actually holding his own this year — and Alonso is simply up to his old tricks.

The raw driver standings will probably end up showing this as just another in a string of mediocre late-career campaigns for Alonso. And if he does leave the sport after this season, it won’t be on a championship note. But the job he has done in recent years with his underpowered McLaren has been nearly as impressive as the one he did en route to those world titles during his prime. Alonso won’t have many points to show for it, but he appears to be as sharp behind the wheel as he ever was.


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