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24th December 2015, 9:25 at 9:25 am #310781
Belgium – Stoffel Vandoorne and Jerome D’Ambrosio
Reserve Driver – Maxime Martin
We’d prefer to send our Vanthoor rather than the FE man.
Bertrand Baguette would be a good pick as well. Belgium could well fight for 3rd spot alongside France, Australia, Spian, Finland, Netherlands and Denmark on a good day.5th January 2014, 15:54 at 3:54 pm #247900
On the same note as @jamiefranklinf1, I will pick according to which driver line “I would prefer to have” which is quite different to the association of the best 2 drivers.
1) RedBull : Having Vettel as a well known quantity and WDC material is a huge advantage and if the car is once again capable, Ricciardo can bring the remaining points to have yet another double WDC/WCC.
2) Mercedes : Probably having 2 of the best 3 qualifiers of the moment (Vettel being the 3rd) and drivers capable of winning without having any tension within the team. Surely a line up worth having.
3) McLaren : This will probably surprise many but having a assurance with Button and a risk/reward situation with Magnussen is something we should see more frequently in F1 and can bring good results. At worst, Button is there to take advantage of a capable car (suiting him). So the place is purely on interest and a line up a would love to have.
4) ForceIndia : Hulkenberg has now proven himself and could justify this position by his own presence. Perez is indeed a nice addition and give them a superb line up.
5) Williams : Not sure massa has still got what it takes, but Bottas seems to emerge nicely and as a line up we have knowledge and skills, could be nice to develop a car around such line up.
6) Lotus : Grosjean have shown promising performance. While I can’t bare Maldonado, I have to admit he could bring some serious points if the car is capable.
7) Ferrari : I know that’s low for ferrari considering they have 2 world champions but Alonso has never taken well to have a competitive team mate and kimi is who he is. They will be no favor and that could be a destructive pairing more than anything else. Can bring victories but at which cost ? Definitly not a pairing I would want.
8) Marussia : Because of Bianchi, he is worth beter than that and would chose him over any of the remaining drivers. He did very well and surprised he didn’t get a beter seat.
9-10) ToroRosso – Sauber : Both on the same level, quite unappealing pairings
Not classified : Caterham : can move up depending on which drivers they chose, Vandoorne or Frijns would be picks enough to justify to jump over ToroRosso and Sauber at least for the prospect they bring.23rd December 2013, 14:50 at 2:50 pm #247501
Another solution would be to award double point at every race since they are equally important … Oh wait that wouldn’t change anything at the ranking except someone could break Vettel record for scoring the most points during a season19th December 2013, 15:18 at 3:18 pm #247625
Indeed, would have been a big joke to have that kind of surprise at the first race … Probably a no race at all. What will they do for the testing ? Still conduct it as planned but limiting speed ?16th December 2013, 13:56 at 1:56 pm #246904
@kingshark Indeed Mercedes seems so confident and what’s they are requesting or presenting putt them high in the order. Can’t putt them anywhere else than at the top …
@vettel1 Good mention about electrics. Next year’s car will probably host much more electric device and managing than previously and the best team to take advantage of that is probably McLaren (and next in line Mercedes) with their huge knowledge in the matter. However I have not yet heard what is left to the team concerning ERS and that could play a part for McLaren and a bit against RedBull.
For the rest, general feeling is that Lotus will drop a bit but not that much, they still exploited people without paying them for this year and probably having a good basis for next year.
I expect RedBull to start not that strong but coming back to the lead through the year thanks to big development.
I hope ForceIndia will catch up to Lotus.
No real position for the rest, if I had to give an order, that would be (at the start of the season) :
Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari, RedBull, Lotus, Force India, Williams, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Caterham and Marussia28th November 2013, 13:46 at 1:46 pm #245719
Looks like that’s it or almost.
Sauber line up could be modified, not sure they will keep Gut or I missed something.
Too bad Bianchi doesn’t get a beter seat, he will do well in a Sauber. Or get rid of Chilton, huge gap between him and Bianchi.
After that, don’t see much that could be different…29th January 2013, 0:04 at 12:04 am #224605
@brazil2007 @fixy Actually if you look at Lotus E21 pics from Keith article (http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/01/28/lotus-e21-launch-pictures/) we can see that they have 2 different cars presented. One with intakes above driver’s head and one without (the one seen during live launch).
We can only see that they avoid showing the space where the duct should be from the intake to the rear wing on the car with intakes … So the car shown during launch is probably not the exact one they will race19th September 2012, 11:00 at 11:00 am #210756
At least it’s pure McLaren production and we feel it (unlike the X1 concept car) … Looks great, can’t wait to see more angle of view.2nd September 2012, 23:23 at 11:23 pm #209040
That and you could add the telemetry itself . The red writing suggesting he lost 1 sec on straight line only . He probably wanted to underlines how much this rear wing choice was a mistake by proving it … the wrong way2nd September 2012, 21:28 at 9:28 pm #209096
But the intention and the intensity has not been the same … Most of the time Maldona is clearly the cause. Last year with Massa, it was often a difficult call. And Maldonado is not helping by crashing at off track run
Now if we just count them, they are pretty much the same …13th June 2012, 0:28 at 12:28 am #202112
And for those who think he intend to break the car, I see only 2 cases where it was plausible. Indeed his crash into the Williams, but looking at the footage it doesn’t seem intentional as we can understand Schum was suprised by the “move back” from Senna and even if they break there are lots of things to do in a F1 car and they are still carrying some speed.
It left the gearbox, that’s a thing a driver can easily destroy if he wants to, but what the point at the first race ?
I don’t think we can blame him for trying to pull out the maximum out of the car, even if he doesn’t do it the right way (I mean by that the way the car would like)
I haven’t always appreciated Schum, but I don’t think we can speak of car breaker. Knowing the F1 world, I would be less sceptic about conspiracy (even if I don’t believe it’s the case, or the same question could be asked about mole at McLaren to make them fail pit stops that often … there is always been moles in F1 and probably will, as this is a world of secrets and jealousy, but I don’t think it goes that far but who know)10th June 2012, 17:53 at 5:53 pm #202606