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24th April 2014, 20:42 at 8:42 pm #258093
I believe When Renault get their engine performance to max RBR will use their Max DF
Renault have been running their engines at 100% for the past few races, RBR are still nowhere near Merc.23rd April 2014, 10:48 at 10:48 am #257980
Most commentators believe the RB10 is again the class of the field when it comes to sheer downforce, hence their strong qualifying performances in the wet.
Wet performance is much more dependent on mechanical grip than it is on downforce. Take 2007 for instance, Ferrari had the most downforce, McLaren had the best mech grip, and as a result were the best in the rain. Good mechanical grip also reduces wheelspin, which is crucial in the wet.
Nonetheless, I’m not convinced that Red Bull have any more downforce than Mercedes. Take the middle sector in Bahrain for example, that sector is a swamp of corners, over 40 seconds in length. Rosberg was 0.369 seconds faster than Ricciardo through there, despite RBR usually preferring more cornering speed and less top speed setups opposed to Mercedes – and I highly doubt that Dan lost almost 4 tenths to Nico on that short DRS straight alone.20th April 2014, 22:08 at 10:08 pm #257724
Rosberg on Hulkenberg around the outside of the hairpin – lap 1.15th April 2014, 5:27 at 5:27 am #256961
Midway 2012 Mercedes were having a disastrous season, their car was driven by a prehistoric Schumacher and unmotivated Rosberg. At the time Lewis hadn’t been signed yet. Many people were expecting Mercedes to pull the plug with F1 sooner rather than later. I doubt anyone back in August 2012 could have guessed that Merc would be where they are today, 18 months later.15th April 2014, 2:55 at 2:55 am #256956
Are you implying a top team? Because I ruled out HRT before they even turned a steering wheel in 2012.
Regarding top teams, I ruled out Mercedes two races into 2011 and 2012, on both occasions they surprised me in China, but then faded for the rest of the season.
Anyone who ruled out Ferrari early in 2005 would be a fool, they just came off winning 5 consecutive world titles. You’d be better off writing off Red Bull at the present time.11th April 2014, 2:09 at 2:09 am #256629
My top 10 cut would probably be;
1. Canada 2011
2. Hungary 2006
3. Brazil 2003
4. Bahrain 2014
5. Japan 2005
6. Belgium 2000
7. China 2010
8. Silverstone 2003
9. China 2011
10. Europe 2012
Honorable mentions: Germany 2000, Brazil 2001, Belgium 2004, Germany 2007, Monaco 2008, Australia 2010, Germany 2011, USA 2012, and Brazil 2012.
By the way, I didn’t include races such as Japan 2000 or Brazil 2008 because they were only exciting due the championship being on the line. Take the WDC suspense out of the equation, and the races by themselves were quite boring. Brazil 2012 was an exciting race with or without the championship, but without the WDC on the line it would not have been rated as highly.8th April 2014, 17:27 at 5:27 pm #256026
Most dominant car since the F2004. The WO5 is very good, better than the Red Bull’s from the last few years, and the Brawn of 2009, but it’s not better than some of the early 2000 Ferrari’s.31st March 2014, 18:13 at 6:13 pm #254906
Hamilton did smash Rosberg, just like Rosberg smashed Hamilton in India and Abu Dhabi last year. There’s no need to be so PC about it.25th March 2014, 19:07 at 7:07 pm #253788
My ideal 2014 season calendar would be;
1. Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne (16 March)
2. Oceania Grand Prix – Adelaide (30 March)
3. Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka (6 April)
4. San Marino Grand Prix – Imola (27 April)
5. Spanish Grand Prix – Jerez (4 May)
6. Austrian Grand Prix – A1 Ring (18 May)
7. Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo (1 June)
8. European Grand Prix – Donington (8 June)
9. Canadian Grand Prix – Montreal (29 June)
10. United States Grand Prix – Austin (13 July)
11. North American Grand Prix – Laguna Seca (27 July)
12. Mexican Grand Prix – Hermanos Rodríguez (3 August)
13. French Grand Prix – Paul Ricard (31 August)
14. British Grand Prix – Silverstone (7 September)
15. German Grand Prix – Old Hockenheim (21 September)
16. Belgian Grand Prix – Spa (28 September)
17. Italian Grand Prix – Monza (12 October)
18. Luxembourg Grand Prix – Nurburgring (19 October)
19. Argentinian Grand Prix – Potrero de los Funes (9 November)
20. Brazilian Grand Prix – Interlagos (23 November)
I couldn’t narrow it down to 15 or so.22nd March 2014, 21:50 at 9:50 pm #253528
1. N Rosberg
2. L Hamilton
3. S Vettel
4. K Magnussen
5. F Alonso
6. K Raikkonen
7. J Button
8. V Bottas
9. D Ricciardo
10. F Massa
11. N Hulkenberg
12. E Gutierrez
13. R Grosjean
14. A Sutil
15. S Perez
16. P Maldonado
17. JE Vergne
18. D Kvyatt
19. J Bianchi
20. K Kobayashi
21. M Chilton
22. M Ericsson
I got 3/22 right, not exactly amazing.22nd March 2014, 21:43 at 9:43 pm #25352717th March 2014, 18:37 at 6:37 pm #253001
It must have been one of the Toro Rosso’s then, but I remember Bottas making a spectacular move around the outside of 3 early on in the race.17th March 2014, 17:31 at 5:31 pm #252991
Bottas around the outside of Kimi going into turn 3, deffo.16th March 2014, 19:01 at 7:01 pm #252890
Will he launch a WDC assault a la Lewis Hamilton in 2007?
No, the Mercedes will be too good for that, I’m afraid.
How long can he keep up his podium streak?
I doubt very. Merc are a class of the field, and Red Bull & Williams are roughly on par with McLaren. His podium streak might end in Malaysia.
How badly will be outshine (or be outshone by) Button?
He will clearly have an advantage over JB in qualifying. In the race, they will be closer but Mag will still be the quicker driver. I also don’t expect him to make many mistakes, so he will finish ahead in the WDC overall.
How many poles and wins will he score (assuming McLaren keep pace in the development war)?
I think he might have a season like Montoya in 2001. 3 pole positions, 1 win.15th March 2014, 19:14 at 7:14 pm #252615