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1.HAM – I have this gut feeling that Lewis will be on pole
RB – will start this year like last,slightly off th ultimate pace but will come back strong in development
Merc- I think as much as all the hype is being”dampened” by Lewis,Totto,Brawn,Nico etc, i think Merc finally have delieverd a silver bullet, but the big question is can they keep up the relentless devlopmet.
Macc-I think Mclaren will struggle to understand their new car in first 3-4 races, but will come strong in development like RB
Lotus – Lotus wll be at the sharp end and kimi will be in contention through out
Ferrari- Will start in much stronger shape that last yr, and Massa will suprise alot of people including Alonso.
Over to you; Give your top 10 for Melbourne
Red Bull will sort out any problems by Melbourne and will arrive with the quickest car again. Lotus and Williams will be the other two closest challengers.. followed closely by Ferrari and Mclaren. Mercedes will be behind, but expect Lewis to still make it to Q3.
Came to me in a dream last night.
EDIT: alright let’s do rest of the grid too
13. Bottas (because this is where all Finns end up in their first quali)
I think we could be in for a couple of surprises, but I really don’t know at this stage.
I’m a bit surprised that nearly everybody puts Räikkönen behind Grosjean on a predicted grid for Melbourne.
If I recall correctly Kimi started to edge Grosjean in quali on a more regular basis by the end of the last season. Qualifications were basically the only places where Kimi’s rustiness showed and he also had serious troubles with getting the tyres work for a single lap last year.
The tyres are softer, their operating window/temperature is wider and Räikkönen’s rustiness is certainly gone by now so I’d expect him to beat Grosjean more often in quali this year.
@tmekt – I think it’s mainly due to how well Grosjean performed in Melbourne last year. Raikkonen may have been rusty at the time, but a third place at the first Grand Prix, in a car which wasn’t necessarily great in quali trim compared to its race form was pretty impressive, and if I recall at the time, quite unexpected too.
1 – Alonso
2 – Maldonado
3 – Grosjean
4 – Bottas
5 – Vettel
6 – Webber
7 – Raikkonen
8 – Hulkenburg
9 – Massa
10 – Rosberg
^ I know it’s a bit crazy.
Webber will have his customary bad luck at his home race and something will keep him from making Q3. Lotus will turn up and surprise everyone with how fast they are, Ferrari will be 3rd fastest as usual, Massa continuing his strong form from 2012, McLaren will have poor qualifying as Perez and Button get to grips with the car and Mercedes will disappoint many but will definitely have closed the gap to the front since 2012.
@ShaneB12345678910 – Substitute Maldonado for Button and add Perez in somewhere, and that would be a lovely top 10 :P
Here goes nothing:
Too early to predict the grid in Melbourne…also testing did not prove anything significant this year.
I will wait until the end of FP2 to have an accurate prediction—which basically tells you the potential of the cars. FP1,FP3 are not too much representative but FP2 is interesting.
But i give a try just for gambling :
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