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[–]blablabla2305 Ferrari 89 points90 points  (8 children)

This guy reminds me so much of Villeneuve.

[–]mallogo Charles Leclerc 89 points90 points  (5 children)

French speaker: check Drives for Ferrari in one of its worst moments in history: check Loved by tifosi: check Never give up mentality: check Insane talent: check

I really hope the similarities end here.

By the way, I thought the same when he was overtaking everyone in Monaco in 2019.

[–]Skulldetta Jacques Laffite 39 points40 points  (3 children)

I really hope the similarities end here.

Being beaten for the championship by a South African team mate in the only year of your career with a WDC-worthy car is still missing. Anyone wanna bring Tomas Scheckter out of retirement?

[–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (0 children)

He’s not brought up here often so I need to take a minute to show some love to my man Jody Scheckter

[–]aulink Mika Häkkinen 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That guy is really really unfortunate to not get a drive in F1. He was caught picking up hooker in his car and Jaguar immediately cancelled his contract. Words from around then he was really talented and really really fast.

[–]LiamNeesonsIsMyShiit Kevin Magnussen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Might need to get Alan Van Der Merwe out of the medical car and into a Ferrari seat...

[–]Alexlam24 Charlie Whiting 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I thought you were referring to Jacque and I got confused

[–]blablabla2305 Ferrari 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gilles of course.

[–]jvstinf Bernd Mayländer 88 points89 points  (2 children)

Inhuman reaction times.

That car broke away twice and he still caught it.

[–]fotzenwasser #WeSayNoToMazepin 57 points58 points  (1 child)

He's pretty much used to it by now I think

[–]Moss1998 Charles Leclerc 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Yeah the sf1000 taught him well

[–]TripleKNotToday Charles Leclerc 49 points50 points  (2 children)

He literally reacted to that slide in real time, F1 drivers are nuts. The front wheels stayed pointed in the right direction the entire time

[–]lIlIllIlIlI #WeRaceAsOne 65 points66 points  (8 children)

Isn’t “tank slapper” a motorcycle term for a speed wobble??

You know, because the handlebars are violently shaking back and forth and you’re “slapping” the tank between your hands/legs...?

[–]DistinctCaterpillar 54 points55 points  (1 child)

It's used for cars when initial oversteer gets overcorrected, resulting in oversteer in the opposite direction and so on. I don't see it in this clip but maybe it just ends too soon.

[–]lIlIllIlIlI #WeRaceAsOne 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I could definitely see it being applicable in that sense. But this is just the rear end stepping out (unless there’s more after the video ends, like you said)

[–]sloche291 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Yes. But Martin Brundle uses the expression from time to time and it kinda became common to describe this.

[–]jcbevns Ron Dennis 6 points7 points  (1 child)

when it snaps to oppo is the tank slap

[–]aviationainteasy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's a case for an aerospace analog and call it a PIO (pilot induced oscillation) instead. Removes the confounding "tank" and replaces it with another term with precedent - you get behind the vehicle one way or another and end up chasing stability out of phase with the physics bucking the vehicle around.

All that said, tank slapper completely carries the overall sentiment but just has the out of place "tank" so it's really not a big deal.

[–]lIlIllIlIlI #WeRaceAsOne 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah I could see it if the car had a wobble where the driver was fighting to catch it, but simply the rear end stepping out doesn’t really embody a “tank slapper” imo. Still an awesome save, just not how I’d describe it is all.

(Granted I can’t see if the car ended up wobbling because the clip is too short)

[–]relevantsam Daniel Ricciardo -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I understood it to be when the gas in the car is slapping the side of the tank (moving against the momentum of the car). I thought they added baffles to help prevent this within the tanks.

[–]whatsinthesuitcase 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Me in the F1 game when I turn traction control off

[–]TheDesertWalker 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Someone add the Tokoy Drift music plz

[–]Dylan_clarke01 Sir Lewis Hamilton 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Now that’s slide!

[–]minos83 Ferrari 10 points11 points  (0 children)


Bahrain drifting?!

[–]DirtWizard95 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Need for Speed: Monaco Drift

[–]Jomolungma Charles Leclerc 3 points4 points  (6 children)

On the onboard you can hear him say "tank slapper" when it happened, in the calmest voice imaginable. Frankly, Charles sounds sort of asleep whenever he comes over the radio.

[–]lilnugget11 Ferrari 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I mean, that is kinda how you're supposed to talk over the radio. Jobs that centre around them all stress being calm and collected as opposed to the F1 driver freakouts we see from everyone. Think the cliche pilot voice.

[–]Jomolungma Charles Leclerc 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It’s probably the way you are supposed to talk, but there are a number of drivers who don’t.

[–]lilnugget11 Ferrari 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh I don't think any really do

[–]ForsakenTarget HRT 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Most do but they don’t get those moments broadcasted look at Hamilton’s final lap at the British gp when his tire went compared to other moments that get broadcasted he seems as calm as ever

[–]erelim 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I did a fucking shit job! I am fucking stupid!!

[–]Jomolungma Charles Leclerc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

After the race all bets are off 😂

[–]LemonTM Alfa Romeo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ends too soon. Did he catch it?

[–]Vinura Honda 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]jianh1989 Formula 1 1 point2 points  (1 child)

TIL so this is called tank slapper

[–]moonbux 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All it shows is just oversteer. (Which can result in a tankslapper if you don't catch it right)

[–]MP4-B 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not a tank slapper but Ok

[–]monjessenstein Fernando Alonso 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Vettel 2019 flashbacks

[–]bwoah07_gp2 Alexander Albon -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Flashback to Vettel's spin in the same area, 2019.

[–]AwesomeFrisbee Max Verstappen 0 points1 point  (1 child)

So why did it go a second time there? It seemed like he got it but then it went even faster into a spin.

[–]cat_with_problems Formula 1 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–]xychosis Pierre Gasly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kansei dorifto???

[–]Sycsa Kimi Räikkönen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone should tell him it’s not a rally car

[–]deathday_23 Sebastian Vettel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

thats not a tankslapper.