Formula 1 - 2018 Season

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  1. Kaotik

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    Since the season starts this weekend and @Dave Baumann is nowhere to be seen making the thread, someone has to do it.

    Calendar:
    1 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, 25 March
    2 Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, 8 April
    3 Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, 15 April
    4 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku City Circuit, Baku, 29 April
    5 Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, 13 May
    6 Monaco Grand Prix, Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, 27 May
    7 Canadian Grand Prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 10 June
    8 French Grand Prix, Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, 24 June
    9 Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, 1 July
    10 British Grand Prix, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, 8 July
    11 German Grand Prix, Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, 22 July
    12 Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Budapest, 29 July
    13 Belgian Grand Prix, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, 26 August
    14 Italian Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, 2 September
    15 Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, 16 September
    16 Russian Grand Prix, Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, 30 September
    17 Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka, 7 October
    18 United States Grand Prix, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, 21 October
    19 Mexican Grand Prix, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, 28 October
    20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, 11 November
    21 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, 25 November

    Teams & Drivers:
    • Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport GER Mercedes
      44 Lewis Hamilton GBR
      77 Valtteri Bottas FIN
    • Scuderia Ferrari ITA Ferrari
      5 Sebastian Vettel GER
      7 Kimi Räikkönen FIN
    • Aston Martin Red Bull Racing AUT TAG Heuer (Renault)
      3 Daniel Ricciardo AUS
      33 Max Verstappen NED
    • Sahara Force India F1 Team IND Mercedes
      11 Sergio Perez MEX
      31 Esteban Ocon FRA
    • Williams Martini Racing GBR Mercedes
      18 Lance Stroll CAN
      35 Sergei Sirotkin RUS
    • Renault Sport Formula One Team FRA Renault
      27 Nico Hulkenberg GER
      55 Carlos Sainz ESP
    • Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda ITA Honda
      10 Pierre Gasly FRA
      28 Brendon Hartley NZL
    • Haas F1 Team USA Ferrari
      8 Romain Grosjean FRA
      20 Kevin Magnussen DEN
    • McLaren F1 Team GBR Renault
      2 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL
      14 Fernando Alonso ESP
    • Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team SUI Ferrari
      9 Marcus Ericsson SWE
      16 Charles Leclerc MON
     
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    Thanks for stepping up, Kaotik. :)
     
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    So P1 was Mercedes looking scary fast but P2 had Red Bull much closer.

    P3 and quali tomorrow, here's hoping it will be tight.
     
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    Ricciardo starts the season with 2 infraction points and 3 place grid penalty for the race

    [​IMG]
     
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    Odds before the season starts FWIW, looks to be another exciting season.
    Ppl laugh at nascar about them just driving around in circles but at least theres some competition there

    1 Lewis Hamilton 1.65
    2 Sebastian Vettel 4.50
    3 Max Verstappen 6.50
    4 Daniel Ricciardo 10.00
    5 Valtteri Bottas 9.00
    6 Fernando Alonso 15.00
    7 Kimi Raikkonen 31.00
    8 Nico Hulkenberg 101.00
    9 Carlos Sainz 101.00
    10 Stoffel Vandoorne 101.00
    11 Esteban Ocon 151.00
    12 Sergio Perez 201.00
    13 Romain Grosjean 501.00
    14 Kevin Magnussen 501.00
    15 Pierre Gasly 501.00
    16 Brendon Hartley 301.00
    17 Lance Stroll 501.00
     
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    The Ferrhaasi drivers shouldn't have that high odds and neither should the Red Bull drivers.
     
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    Wonder if any of the changes Ferrari made to the chassis will make a difference .... last year they were pretty fast.
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    http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/43438002
     
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    Although they say Hamilton made a mistake on his fastest lap, which cost in the region of 2 tenths. A 4 tenth gap in that case. Merc still way in front. This doesn't fill the narrative though that it's close at the front though so is being ignored. Another boring season in the offing and Hamilton's 5th title.

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    Quali was tighter until Q3 when Hamilton really pulled one out of the bag.

    Red Bulls start on SS tomorrow while the others start on US, and Merc has been overheating their US so maybe Red Bull can pull something off if Ferrari doesn't come through. Nice to see Kimi coming out on top in the intra team battle at Ferrari in quali.

    Hopefully McLaren can climb in the race compared to the previous years where they always fell back.

    Also, I'm predicting some Honda woes for Toro Rosso, just for spite.
     
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    Wolff reportedly confirmed that they do have "party mode" on the car which was used in qualifiyng. Considering no-one else seems to have one, it's hard not to suspect them still using some oil-shenanigans they've been claimed to use before - despite rules outright forbidding such.
     
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    Renault have stated that they are working on a way to turn their engine up to 11 too, so we must suspect Ferrari are too.

    Also there's a new rule this year which states that the engine manufacturers can't discriminate on software and modes, but since Mercedes can spend bazillions developing compared to their customers I don't think any amount of engine modes will enable Force India and Williams to beat Mercedes.
     
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    http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/43513082
     
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    I believe it was Ferrari Renault suspected of burning oil.

    It is far more likely that the Mercedes engine is that good they can just run it absolutely flat out without any problems, for 3 or 4 laps, whereas others certainly cannot.
     
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    Boring race, nearly fell asleep two or three times.

    Well with a bit of well have a three way battle later on in the season.
     
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    Looks like Mercedes continues the tradition of being terrible when you're behind someone. Lucky VSC for Vettel, without it he wouldn't have gained any places from pitting late
     
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    The schadenfreude is strong, Toro Rosso Honda.
     
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    We'll see if this a recurring theme throughout the year or if Mercedes fixes the computer glich ....
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    That's not a problem unique to Mercedes. The commentator here actually said that you'd need about a 2 second advantage in regular lap times if you want to have some decent chance of overtaking on this course (and Hamilton had nowhere near close that, maybe half a second or even less as he had older tyres). Now I'm pretty sure that's quite the oversimplification (and it probably doesn't help that the top speed of the Ferrari was just as high as that of the Mercedes), but based on what I've seen in this race I've no reason to doubt it. Alonso slowing down everybody behind him quite a bit, and Verstappen was clearly faster than the Haas in front of him, but no way he could overtake, and when he tried really hard it didn't end up too well for him.
    Speaking of Haas, while they weren't as fast as the top 3 teams, they appeared to be very strong. Not the best pit stops, though... At least they proved they are a partner team Ferrari can rely on :).
     
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