Predict Melbourne grid

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    Everybody else, who put out brave, innovative designs (i.e. Newey) would’ve toasted their engines before the end of Q3. On the other hand, I bet the bottom 2 teams probably went with a very conservative design :)

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    Why are people doubting red bull over 1 lap? it’s obvious that Vettel will be on pole. No matter how happy people are the Red Bull are suffering atm, it’s typical that come Q3, the red bull will be the car to beat

    Q3? That’s a bit scary.

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    Why not, I’m having a slow day at work. A Mercedes is going to be on pole I think and it’ll probably be Hamilton driving it. Red Bull will be able to cover a lap by the time we get to Melbourne and they’ll be able to do it quickly no doubt. Ferrari will be next ahead of McLaren, with Williams being best of the rest. So I think it’ll look something like this:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Rosberg
    4. Raikkonen
    5. Alonso
    6. Button
    7. Ricciardo
    8. Magnussen
    9. Bottas
    10. Grosjean
    11. Hulkenberg
    12. Massa
    13. Maldonado
    14. Perez
    15. Sutil
    16. Gutierrez
    17. Kvyat
    18. Vergne
    19. Bianchi
    20. Kobayashi
    21. Ericsson
    22. Chilton

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    1st – Jenson Button
    2nd – Lewis Hamilton
    3rd – Nico Rosberg
    4th – Kevin Magnussen
    5th – Sebastian Vettel
    6th – Fernando Alonso
    7th – Sergio Perez
    8th – Kimi Raikkonen
    9th – Valtteri Bottas
    10th – Felipe Massa
    11th – Nico Hulkenberg (misses Q3 because of Melbourne hex)
    12th – Daniel Ricciardo
    13th – Pastor Maldonado
    14th – Esteban Gutierrez
    15th – Romain Grosjean
    16th – Adrian Sutil
    17th – Daniil Kvyat
    18th – Kamui Kobayashi
    19th – Jean-Eric Vergne
    20th – Marcus Ericsson
    21st – Jules Bianchi
    22nd – Max Chilton

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    Im amazed some still expect Redbull (Vettel) making the top5. In my view, they stand no chance, and are probably worse of now, than Mclaren was last year, and Ferrari the year before.

    1st – Nico Rosberg
    2nd – Lewis Hamilton
    3rd – Kevin Magnusses
    4th – Nico Hulkenberg
    5th – Jenson Button
    6th – Valterri Bottas
    7th – Fernando Alonso
    8th – Felipe Massa
    9th – Kimi Raikkonen
    10th – Sergio Perez
    11th – Sebastian Vettel
    12th – Romain Grosjean
    13th – Daniel Ricciardo
    14th – Adrian Sutil
    15th – Pastor Maldonado
    16th – Esteban Gutierrez
    17th – Daniil Kvyat
    18th – Jules Bianchi
    19th – Max Chilton
    20th – Jean-Eric Vergne
    21st – Kamui Kobayashi
    22nd – Marcus Ericsson

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    these are my prediction after Jerez

    1. Hamilton — 2. Rosberg
    3. Button —– 4. Raikkonen
    5. Alonso —– 6. Magnussen
    7. Massa —— 8. Bottas
    9. Vettel —- 10. Grosjean

    but after first test of Bahrain, I think it would be like this

    1. Hamilton — 2. Rosberg
    3. Button —– 4. Magnussen
    5. Massa —— 6. Bottas
    7. Raikkonen — 8. Alonso
    9. Hulkenberg 10. Perez

    considering that Ferrari said that they will start explore the fast lap times in second test of Bahrain (and most likely other teams), the initial pecking order is still shaping up. But honestly, at this moment I can’t say that any Renault-powered car will be there at Melbourne Q3.

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    1. Hamilton
    2. Magnussen
    3. Rosberg
    4. Button
    5. Vettel
    6. Hulkenberg
    7. Ricciardo
    8. Alonso
    9. Perez
    10. Raikkonen
    11. Bottas
    12. Grosjean
    13. Massa
    14. Sutil
    15. Maldonado
    16. Bianchi
    17. Gutierrez
    18. Chilton
    19. Vergne
    20. Kobayashi
    21. Kvyat
    22. Ericsson

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    1) Hamilton
    2) Rosberg
    3) Massa
    4) Bottas
    5) Alonso
    6) Button
    7) Raikkonen
    8) Hulkenberg
    9) Magnussen
    10) Vettel

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    Changing my prediction after the 2nd test.

    1st) Lewis Hamilton
    2nd) Nico Rosberg
    3rd) Fernando Alonso
    4th) Felipe Massa
    5th) Jenson Button
    6th) Sergio Perez
    7th) Valtteri Bottas
    8th) Sebastian Vettel
    9th) Kevin Magnussen
    10th) Kimi Raikkonen
    11th) Nico Hulkenberg
    12th) Daniel Ricciardo
    13th) Adrian Sutil
    14th) Jules Bianchi
    15th) Esteban Gutierrez
    16th) Daniil Kvyat
    17th) Pastor Maldonado
    18th) Jean-Eric Vergne
    19th) Romain Grosjean
    20th) Max Chilton
    21st) Kamui Kobayashi
    22nd) Marcus Ericsson

    The RB10 is a glass cannon – quick enough, but extremely fragile, so Vettel could still make Q3 and I see Ricciardo getting bumped out in Q2. Hulkenberg’s luck at Melbourne is atrocious so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets bumped in Q2 at the very last minute, and Perez is a better qualifier than most people think – he’s defeated his teammates in qualifying every year of his brief F1 career. I had McLaren up in the Top 4 last time, I still think Button will do well here as usual, but they didn’t make the steps forward the way Williams did in Bahrain Test 2 so my expectations for them are tempered just a little. Caterham’s duo will occupy row 11 but still get in above 107%. Bianchi will get to Q2 on a dry lap and be a genuine point-scoring threat, but Marussia has had reliability issues too…

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    Having seen all of pre-season testing, it’s now time for me to do my final prediction.


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    My final prediction:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Massa
    3. Bottas
    4. Rosberg
    5. Hulkenberg
    6. Magnussen
    7. Alonso
    8. Perez
    9. Button
    10. Räikkönen
    11. Vettel
    12. Sutil
    13. Ricciardo
    14. Kvyat
    15. Vergne
    16. Gutierrez
    17. Grosjean
    18. Maldonado
    19. Kobayashi
    20. Bianchi
    21. Chilton
    22. Ericsson

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    As with others, my final prediction.

    1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    3. Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
    4. Felipe Massa (Williams)
    5. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
    6. Jenson Button (McLaren)
    7. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren)
    8. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
    9. Sergio Perez (Force India)
    10. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
    11. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
    12. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
    13. Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
    14. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
    15. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
    16. Adrian Sutil (Sauber)
    17. Pastor Maldonado (Lotus)
    18. Jules Bianchi (Marussia)
    19. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber)
    20. Max Chilton (Marussia)
    21. Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham)
    22. Marcus Ericsson (Caterham)

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    Ok, waited until post testing. Here we go!

    1) Rosberg
    2) massa
    3) Hamilton
    4) Alonso
    5) button
    6) bottas
    7) hulkenburg
    8) raikkonen
    9) vettel
    10) pereZ

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    Here we go then!

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Nico Rosberg
    3. Valtteri Bottas
    4. Kevin Magnussen
    5. Felipe Massa
    6. Nico Hulkenberg
    7. Jenson Button
    8. Fernando Alonso
    9. Sergio Perez
    10. Sebastian Vettel
    11. Kimi Raikkonen
    12. Pastor Maldonado
    13. Daniil Kvyat
    14. Adrian Sutil
    15. Jean-Eric Vergne
    16. Jules Bianchi
    17. Max Chilton
    18. Kamui Kobayashi
    19. Marcus Ericsson
    20. Daniel Ricciardo
    21. Esteban Gutierrez
    22. Romain Grosjean

    I’m expecting the final three not to set a Q time, with their positions based on practice times. Ricciardo and Grosjean have technical issues from FP3 while Gutierrez crashes out.

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    This is my second and final attempt. My first was just after Jerez.

    1. Hamilton, 2. Rosberg
    3. Magnussen, 4. Hulkenberg
    5. Massa, 6. Button
    7. Bottas, 8. Alonso
    9. Perez, 10. Vettel
    11. Raikkonen, 12. Ricciardo
    13. Grosjean, 14. Maldonado
    15. Sutil, 16. Bianchi
    17. Gutierrez, 18. Kvyat
    19. Chilton, 20. Ericsson
    21. Vergne, 22. Kobayashi

    From Kvyat down, the drivers will struggle to complete a lap within 107% of Q1’s fastest lap time.

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