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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:30 pm 
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Melbourne is meant to be a non-Ferrari circuit though. Traditionally they do better at "normal" tracks, whereas Mercedes often do well in Australia. Admittedly, Mercedes do well everywhere since the introduction of the current engines.

If Vettel qualifies behind Hamilton but maintains such a performance gap in race trim, he will be dangerous this year. Very dangerous. If Vettel manages to lead into the first corner, he will be hard to catch for anybody else.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:06 am 
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Just seen this video of a Comparison between the McLaren Honda of 2017, and the Renault of 2004 (both driven by Alonso). Interesting that the slowest car on the grid today is comparable to one of the faster cars back in 2004!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:25 am 
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And that was China, a lot more interesting than Melbourne, quite a lot of overtakes. Also a very nice drive from Verstappen, after being eliminated in Q1 of qualification, managed to end up on the podium, he deserved the Driver of the Day.

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My driver of the day for sure was Carlos Sainz. Gambling to start on dry tyres, didn't pay off, but still fought his way to earn the title "Best of the rest". Honorable mentions to Max Verstappen and Kevin Magnussen.

I also love that Mercedes and Ferrari are so close together. Today was definitely a Mercedes day, but we still haven't got a clue who will take the honors 7 days from now in Bahrain. It's too close to call.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:20 am 
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http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2017/04/12/a ... polis-500/

what.

What??

WHAT?!?!?

Fernando Alonso is skipping the Monaco Grand Prix in order to compete in the Indy 500. Yes. This is not April 1st, is it? It must be. Isn't it? Huh?

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Wow. Flashback some 60 years when drivers did that sort of thing?

But, well, why not? It's not like he's competing for the title. Might as well do something interesting to keep morale up ^^


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I believe this may well be a way for McLaren to persuade him to stay. If he can go do these things, he may stay at McLaren in 2018. If that's what it takes, they are willing.

Having a driver skip a Grand Prix (and Monaco at that!) for racing in another series is practically unheard of in modern F1.

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Button will be replacing Alonso in Monaco, which is not entirely unexpected as he is the third driver for the team at the moment.

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So Massa has come back full-time, Button part-time, when will Rosberg be coaxed into racing a GP for someone? ^^


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I can only assume we will have Rosberg back on the grid with Hakkinen and Hill by 2018.

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Well, they could start a Formel S/eniors ...

Race it in old-style cars, too. That'd be fun.


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Pyoro wrote:
Well, they could start a Formel S/eniors ...

Race it in old-style cars, too. That'd be fun.

Maybe make them race in the car they won the World Championship in? That would be pretty awesome

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I'm pretty sure there was an attempt at a Grand Prix Legends style thing a couple years back, although now that I Google about I can't find info on it. But yeah, it was basically a series for former F1 drivers driving GT cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and similar cars. It folded before the first race, because there was absolutely no backing.

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_Masters

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:02 am 
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Pilot wrote:
Pyoro wrote:
Well, they could start a Formel S/eniors ...

Race it in old-style cars, too. That'd be fun.

Maybe make them race in the car they won the World Championship in? That would be pretty awesome

Would make things also pretty unbalanced, as the differences over the years are huge.

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Dave wrote:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_Masters

There we go. Cheers!

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Oh what a race we were treated to in Bahrain tonight. Great stuff. I love how respectful Hamilton is of both Vettel and Bottas. He really appears as though he'd prefer to be P2 behind Vettel than P1 over Rosberg. He is enjoying these battles, although this race wasn't his greatest.

Without the SC, Ferrari would surely have won. With the SC, Hamilton had a shot and messed it up. He would have exited behind Ricciardo no matter what, so trying to slow him down did him no good. Ferrari were lucky that Bottas had a slow stop. Great stuff from Vettel to keep Bottas behind on restart. Honorable mention to Perez for reaching P7 from a lowly 18th on the grid.

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Yes, good race. And encouraging that nothing too extraordinary was going on and it still was interesting for quite some time. Good job changing the rules, hopefully nobody will manage to create a huge advantage over the other through the season. Could be really good.


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Not exactly the most spectalur race ever, although the (mostly strategical) battle between Bottas and Vettel was interesting. Unfortunately, that was pretty much the only interesting thing about this weekeend.

Well, that and Sauber committing suicide by joining the Honda minority. ^^


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Pyoro wrote:
Not exactly the most spectalur race ever, although the (mostly strategical) battle between Bottas and Vettel was interesting. Unfortunately, that was pretty much the only interesting thing about this weekeend.

Well, that and Sauber committing suicide by joining the Honda minority. ^^

It was indeed pretty forgetable, even Australia had more excitement. After the first race lap basically all excitement was gone, only the strategic battle was a little bit interesting.

And indeed, Sauber is going full suicidal with joining Honda, maybe they should have asked Alonso for his opinion on those engines, as he did not even start today and not even having finished this season...

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Well, Honda is being assisted by Mercedes now. Their engine should be on par by the end of this year. Who knows what they might find for 2018?

Sochi is a useless excuse for an F1 race. Conversations with Putin before the podium is just wrong. Dictators do not belong in the F1 circus. Ecclestone felt that they did, I feel that they don't. Get him out, leave Sochi.

Great battle at the end, Vettel pushing like a mad dog and Bottas only just hanging in there. Well deserved first victory for the Finn. The Finnish national anthem has been a long time coming.

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