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Attrition Game: Indian Grand Prix

Not much to say this week. Let’s get right to it, then….

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Four out (Button’s still showing in pit, not as STOP or RETIRED) means @dmidwestredneck, @Dger, @racingpoke, and @photomandab win! Congratulations!

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Attrition Game: Japan Grand Prix

Fact: most of the time, when I start to write this post, it’s after the start of the race. On evenings like tonight, it’s difficult to focus on writing. I used to spend a good chunk of pre-race working on the Attrition Game, but I’ve found I prefer to spend time running my mouth on Twitter and watching coverage instead.

Both Korea and Japan have really cemented the differences between watching races in the Midwest and watching on the West Coast. In Fulton, Korea and Japan come on around 1 am – meaning there’s more than enough time to get a nap before the race. Living in California, this race starts at 11 pm – still just early enough to make it difficult to sneak in a nap before the race. I’m tired, but as I’m writing this I’m watching Mercedes wheel in one of their cars – with nine laps of 53 elapsed.

How can I be tired? This is shaping up to be a crazy race!

On to the Attrition Game.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Sleepy Hansman means short wrap-up. Three retirements means …

… congratulations, @dmidwestredneck, @wcraghead, @photomandab, and @katstaker!

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Attrition Game: Korean Grand Prix

The Korean Grand Prix is on at a reasonable time for the West Coast (but I’ll admit it – I still took a nap before the race). The rarely-used track provides little traction for the skittish cars, and the lateness in the season means drivers push hard to claw as many points away from Vettel as humanly possible.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Five out (with Di Resta out first, to boot) means we had several winners….congratulations, @TrillF1, @DougBryan1, @graemefowler, @brclark7, and @_MrHS_ on your correct guess! Bonus points to @TrillF1 for also getting Di Resta right – you’re on a roll tonight!

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Attrition Game: Singapore Grand Prix

The Singapore Grand Prix is usually filled with near-misses and tight racing (even if some of that tight racing is the result of a safety car). As I’m writing this piece of the post, with just over one-third of the race complete, exactly ZERO cars have retired. No crashes. Vettel’s currently almost 11 seconds ahead of the field…after his first pit stop.

AAAAAND just as I write this, Ricciardo throws it into the wall and the safety car’s deployed. NOW it feels more like Singapore.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Webber’s fire on the last lap (which makes me so sad…though seeing Webber take a ride on Alonso’s Ferrari makes up for it a bit) means we had four out.

Four out means @joehrossi wins! Nice work!

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Attrition Game: Italian Grand Prix

This weekend’s Attrition Game brought to you by my memories of writing last year’s Idler article. Strange how the brain works.

(I still have the draft of the McLaren counterpoint in my drafts folder.)

I miss writing.

Someday. Soon.

In the meantime, we have an Attrition Game to play.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Three out (with a last lap retirement thrown in for fun) means @Dger and @VMRVictoria win today! Congratulations!

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Attrition Game: SPA! SPA! SPA!

If I had to pick just one (non-US) track to catch a race, I’d have to pick Spa. I don’t care if that means I’d have to pack my rain boots and a poncho. I’d do it. In a heartbeat.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Three out means @photomandab wins! Congratulations!

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Attrition Game: Hungarian Grand Prix

Last race before the August break – let’s hope it’s a good one.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Sutil broke first, followed by Guiterrez and Bottas…and for a very long time it looked like we’d finish with three retirements. @JohnNeese then dared to mention his potential win….AND ROSBERG’S ENGINE EXPLODED. Di Resta pulled in at the very end, bringing the final count to five.

Great race; great result for Kimi.

Congratulations to @RacingPoke, @WeeklyWargamer, and @Dger!

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Attrition Game: German Grand Prix

Honestly, I’m not sure what I think about this calendar – lots of strange three-week breaks followed by back-to-back races.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Today’s race. Wow. Four laps in and Massa breaks. Eleven laps in and Red Bull botches a pit stop. Camerman hit with tire. Kimi being Kimi. Alonso parks it after the finish. Good times.

Three out means @SlashVohaul, @fhchandler, and @lorenamacdonald win today’s Attrition Game. Congratulations, everyone!

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Attrition Game: Canadian Grand Prix

Oh, Canada! The first of two North American races. I’m seriously thinking of going next year. If Jessica wills it, I should try to make it happen…right?

Right. On to the actual game….and this week, I’m not even putting them in order. It’s been a crazy week, but that’s the subject of another post.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: With three retirements, no winners for the Attrition Game for this race. Wasn’t much of a race, either – outside of Kimi’s pit mishaps and a couple of nicely-executed passes, this wasn’t the most exciting of races…..(my two cents, of course!)

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Attrition Game: Monaco Grand Prix

Oh, Monaco. Slow race, often without a lot of passing…but it seems this is the race that sees more attrition than most. It’s a lot of fun watching the broadcast team on location this week…as they can’t help but find themselves infected with on-track excitement.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Seven out – congrats to @RacingPoke, @joehrossi, @harryagapidis, and @TrillF1 for guessing correctly today!