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2nd February 2014, 18:55 at 6:55 pm #248467
I’m surprised that the general consensus appears to be Ros > Ham and Mag > But. I think I will save my prediction until after the first Bahrain test.27th January 2014, 18:38 at 6:38 pm #248286
The next one is interesting. Shows something that looks like Honda 08 “bunny ears” on the nose.16th December 2013, 15:21 at 3:21 pm #247212
So bianchi will not be getting any of his choices then.19th November 2013, 15:44 at 3:44 pm #245505
It’s because nobody is pushing or racing. No one is on the limit so no one makes mistakes.18th November 2013, 18:00 at 6:00 pm #245143
Possibly. But then it could have been caused in Italy qualifying and made worse in Abu Dhabi. The fact is unfortunately we don’t know, all we do know is that in Abu Dhabi it was cracked I suppose therefore, we should only let it affect our judgement of Hamiltons Abu Dhabi performance.18th November 2013, 14:17 at 2:17 pm #245438
I think you’re onto something with the pitstop shortcut or increasing the pit lane speed limit. If the penalty for pit stops was lower, more teams would be inclined to make more pit stops as apposed to saving tyres. I think one thing that is clear is that everyone wants to be seeing drivers push harder throughout the race and anything that achieves that will be good. I watched the 2007 USGP a few days ago, and drivers were going off the track all by them selves, because they were pushing over the limit. When was the last time we saw that in a dry race?18th November 2013, 12:18 at 12:18 pm #245435
I see your point in terms of costs, however, what irks me about that is we take sets of wets to every race when we know they won’t be used because a race will be red flagged if they are required. Also, maybe only a few extra would be needed,as less of each compound could be taken. For example. Teams could take 4 of each tyre, so 16 overall, as apposed to the 11 that are taken now.
There are definitely flaws, but I think giving teams the choice of which compounds they use is definitely a good thing.18th November 2013, 10:53 at 10:53 am #245433
… So what do you guys think. I’m sure I’ve missed an obvious major flaw in the idea, but it seems to me that, with 2 stops guaranteed, and giving teams an opportunity to pick tyres that suit them, we are more likely to see drivers pushing, as apposed to managing tyres for the majority of the time.3rd May 2013, 12:49 at 12:49 pm #211410
It shouldn’t be forgotten that Hamilton led Rosberg in both races before his retirements.30th April 2013, 12:19 at 12:19 pm #232596
I watched china 2011 last night. That was a pretty epic win from Hamilton. It also made me think, why don’t we have tyres like 2011, they were great. High deg, different strategies, but drivers still pushing like hell!22nd March 2013, 11:10 at 11:10 am #229200
If he drives using the same attitude as Maldonado it probably wouldn’t have taken much from Bird. I suspect he was angry because he thinks everyone should just jump out the way because he is entitled to win. I suspect he will also deny any wrongdoing if asked, most likely claiming he lost control of the car. And yes, this does all sound very familiar.22nd March 2013, 9:04 at 9:04 am #229188
I mentioned during the session that we appear to be seeing a pattern when it comes to Venezuelan drivers and their attitude towards their competitors. There seems to be a mindset of entitlement and superiority, and that they can just do whatever they want.19th March 2013, 21:59 at 9:59 pm #229043
Don’t forget that a key part of the weekend; the end of P2 was cut short for both Mercs so they do all the long run tyre work they would have liked, so there’s another reason they should perform better in Malaysia.4th March 2013, 21:27 at 9:27 pm #227924
I’m not sure who has the fastest car, but here’s my prediction of the Aus GP grid:
11. Di Resta
22. Van De Garde
I’m not necessarily sure the Merc is the fastest car, but I think Hamilton and Rosberg are great qualifiers, and they both seem very comfortable with the car so will be able to push it right to the limit.
For me, Red Bull are struggling a little. It’s been said many times that RB don’t run any lighter than 70kg in testing. Even if this is the case, and we assume that Rosberg had about 10kg when he did his lap, 60kg only counts for 2 seconds of the 2.384 gap between the 2.
Mclaren have a car that they are struggling to get “just right” in terms of set-up etc. and unfortunately for them, they have 2 drivers that need it to be “just right”.
The great thing is that as I went throug the grid, I was constantly thinking “maybe they should be higher”, but I couldn’t find anyone who I thought would drop down in their place, showing just how close it will hopefully be this season!29th November 2012, 21:51 at 9:51 pm #216675
I will just start off with my top 3 for now:
1. This one’s easy for me… Lewis Hamilton. Didn’t make a single driving error all season, the only driver on the grid to do so. Was only out-qualified once by his team-mate in a fair fight (Belgium…in Germany Jenson had a new set of wets and in Japan Lewis had a suspension problem), less than any other driver on the grid. Would probably have won the title at a canter if it weren’t for team errors and mechanical problems.
2. Fernando Alonso. Another brilliant season, with only the odd little mistake (China and Japan). Took a less competitive car than the Red Bull to within 3 points of the title and generally drove superbly in the 1st half of the season. However, he did seem to drop off a little towards the end (or maybe Massa was just brilliant).
3. Sebastien Vettel. He won the title so obviously did a good job, however, was out-qualified and out-raced by his teammate a little too often at the start of the year to break into the top 2. He put in a few great drives (Australia, Abu Dhabi etc.) and made the most of a dominant car when he had one.