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23rd February 2014, 16:32 at 4:32 pm #249621
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 Ericsson12th January 2014, 23:48 at 11:48 pm #247999
That looks like great fun, thanks for the video!10th January 2014, 18:04 at 6:04 pm #247386
Thanks for the link!
Some funny numbers.. Maldonado #13, meaning the bad luck for those he crashes into. Also noticed Sutil taking #99. Vettel taking #5.8th January 2014, 0:04 at 12:04 am #247927
Martin Withmarsh said Magnussen instantly got up to speed at the young drivers test at Abu Dhabi a year ago. If Mclaren are able to give him a car capable of podium place’s, there should be no reason why he can’t do what Hamilton did if he’s that good. F1-racing skills are a different matter, something which only experience brings. If his car isn’t up for the challenge and he finds himself stuck in traffic, than he could be in for a tough season. A bit like Maldonado really. But hopefully better. Much better. And improving.4th January 2014, 18:51 at 6:51 pm #247896
@Antonio Nartea, .. Just imagine Bianchi and Frijns in the same team. Boy that would give some fireworks after what happened in WSR 3.5, were Frijns pushed Bianchi wide to then take the title himself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pln1b3pGwW03rd January 2014, 20:55 at 8:55 pm #247882
4. Force India
8. Torro Rosso
Had a hard time chosing between Mclaren and Lotus. Grosjean obviously has improved alot, and I actually rate him higher now than Button. But Magnussen is a very highly rated rookie, and think he has way more to offer than Maldonado. Honestly, I think Maldonado is one of the worst drivers on the grid. So that made me put Mclaren in 5th rather than Lotus.18th December 2013, 18:29 at 6:29 pm #247249
Massa mr 4-sure, you know?17th December 2013, 16:39 at 4:39 pm #247234
I bet Vettel will choose #8, as it’s seen as a lucky number in Japan, a county which he loves.14th December 2013, 8:43 at 8:43 am #24746413th December 2013, 22:57 at 10:57 pm #247461
Alonso probably wouldn’t drive even if it was the 2014 car. He seems to really need a break after the second half of the season. And no wonder, his car has kind of letting him down. Vettel usually dissapears in the winter as well, so no suprice there.9th December 2013, 17:16 at 5:16 pm #246003
1. Sebastian Vettel
14. Di Resta
19. Van der Garde
22. Pastor Maldonado
23. Max Chilton8th December 2013, 18:23 at 6:23 pm #246890
@George: Not until the end of 2015. Horner has indicated Redbull will keep him working on their car for the forseeable future.7th December 2013, 23:01 at 11:01 pm #246879
Lets start summing a view things up before making any predictions:
- Ferrari and Mercedes are the only teams manufacturing their own engines.
- The Renault V8 was known for it’s driveability, and possibly lower fuel consumption.
- Ferrari have increased brain-power with Byrne and Alison onboard. Lotus have lost 2 of their lead engineers. Merc have lost Brawn, but he wouldn’t be involved in the design part anyway. Redbull is stable atm. Mclaren are obviously without Paddy Lowe.
- Redbull are known for their KERS troubles.
- Merc and Ferrari are desperate. Mclaren want payback.
- First full winter for James Key at Torro-Rosso. Sauber have lost him.
- Williams switches to Merc engines. Pat Symonds joins.
-Mercedes (anything else would be a failure for them)
-Ferrari (Alison+Byrne, finally a working windtunnel)
-Redbull (Newey and their 600-man workforce still going strong)
-Mclaren (Good car, drivers struggeling: rookie + Jenson complaining about grip)
-Force India (decent car, great driver pairing – solid results)
-Williams (making progress, not hurt by the coanda-effect anymore)
-Torro-Rosso (decent, but lack of experience on the driver side make them loose out on points)
-Sauber (financial trouble, less than average driver lineup, no points anytime soon)
-Caterham (having had all 2013 to build the 2014 car)
-Marussia (back to 11th place sadly)2nd December 2013, 23:11 at 11:11 pm #246507
The question is how much, if anything, more do Ferrari get out of this than running the engine on the dyno? That car might have the turbo V6 engine, but i doubt is has the full ERS unit and all the electronics that comes with it. So basicly they only test the engine and turbo itself. But than again, at was rev, and with what cooling etc. The simularities with an F1 is probably not even close. On the dyno on the other hand, they can simulate pretty exactly cause they have the gear changes and driver input from the drivers around F1 tracks from previous years. It’s cool that Ferrari test this way, but im not sure Merc/renault really lose out on anything if they won’t get the change to do the same.26th November 2013, 19:14 at 7:14 pm #245901
My personal view is that Mercedes has heavily improved this season. Hamilton has taken a step back. That doesn’t mean he’s no good. But what im saying is he’s not performing as welll as he was back in 2012. That year he could pull out speed that was second to none. He had some great performances, while this year .. not that many to be honest. I think there were a number of drivers doing a better job than him this season, especially the 2nd half. But with that said .. i think he is one of the favorites for WDC next year.