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22nd February 2014, 14:37 at 2:37 pm #249471
Red Bull – Vettel will exercise the advantage he holds in experience very early on to assert his authority in the races and within the team, but Ricciardo will claw some of that back as the season progresses (particularly in qualifying, where I’m expecting some close battles).
Mercedes – very close between Rosberg and Hamilton, and I genuinely anticipate Rosberg to have a very real shot at the title.
Ferrari – Räikkönen will of course be a much sterner opponent than Massa, but I think Alonso will be fairly comfortable in the end.
Lotus – Grosjean will surely continue his form, but Maldonado will be a fierce opponent in qualifying and should by some miracle he mature I think he will show brilliance in the races also.
McLaren – Magnussen has been very impressive in testing. Button’s smoothness may help, but I think Magnussen will beat him in the final standings.
Force India – fairly comfortable for Hülkenberg: he has familiarity with the team and immense talent. His qualifying will put him generally out of Perez’s reach.
Sauber – god, is their line-up boring. Sutil will win due to consistency.
Toro Rosso – Kvyat will take some time to bed in but I was impressed with him in GP3, so I’m expecting good things.
Williams – Massa will be empowered, as he was in the second half of 2013, by the freedom he will have at Williams to race. But I think Bottas will begin to dishearten him with his speed.
Marussia – Bianchi, comfortably, will beat Chilton.
Caterham – Kobayashi should show his experience to succeed in both qualifying and the races.15th February 2014, 1:27 at 1:27 am #248628
It is looking in general very fresh and refined, definitely a good improvement to the site and worth the disruption (which of course was no problem at all)!9th February 2014, 2:42 at 2:42 am #248594
I’m just going to do a top 10 and 5 respectively:
1 – Hamilton (finally, someone else!)
2 – Rosberg
3 – Vettel
4 – Alonso
5 – Button
6 – Räikkönen
7 – Ricciardo
8 – Magnussen
9 – Hülkenberg
10 – Grosjean
1 – Mercedes
2 – Ferrari
3 – Red Bull
4 – McLaren
5 – Force India9th February 2014, 2:34 at 2:34 am #247569
Red Bull – Vettel will exert his dominance very early on, but expect Ricciardo to give him a strong fight in qualifying as the season progresses.
Mercedes – Hamilton will relish in the lack of grip on corner exit and have the initial beating of Rosberg, but the two will revert to being fairly evenly matched as in 2013.
Ferrari – Alonso will be pretty comfortable in having the beating if Räikkönen, but will initially be destabilised by the pressure of having a very competitive teammate.
Lotus – Grosjean will continue on his much improved form and have the beating of Maldonado, but expect a few brilliant performances from the Venezualan.
McLaren – Button, with his experience, will have the edge in consistency, but qualifying will become rather one-sided as the season progresses against his favour and as a result he will come under more pressure from his teammate in the races.
Force India – Hülkenberg will show what a class driver he is and after re-acclimatising will hark back to his giant-killing performances. But Perez will of course be much closer behind than Guitierrez.
Sauber – Sutil will be consistent but uninspiring, and Guttierrez will follow suit (but with some added South American flair).
Toro Rosso – all eyes will be on the surprise signing of Daniil Kvyat, and he will respond by beating Vergne overall.
Williams – Massa will perform well out with the one rooster environment of Ferrari, but Bottas will have his beating and attract attention up and down the paddock.
Marussia – Chilton will finish often as with last season. A lap behind Bianchi. As with last season.
Caterham – Kobayashi will take a while to re-affiliate himself but will soon be clearly the better performer. However, Ericsson will keep him honest on occasion.6th February 2014, 23:46 at 11:46 pm #248576
700bhp would be an amazing figure from such a small engine though (which bearing in mind has to contend with much less fuel and much more distance than an 80′s engine). Add ERS to that and you are swiftly approaching 900bhp…6th February 2014, 23:45 at 11:45 pm #248575
I don’t really believe that, unless the figures are quoted as what power outputs the engines were running at maximum during the Jerez test. In which case that is entirely believable, since the Renault kept setting fire to itself!6th February 2014, 19:43 at 7:43 pm #248568
Does there not have to be a hydraulic connection also by the regulations though?
11.7 Rear brake control system :
The pressure in the rear braking circuit may be provided by a powered control system
provided that :
a) The driver brake pedal is connected to a hydraulic master cylinder that generates a pressure source that can be applied to the rear braking circuit if the powered system is disabled.
So I don’t think that is an advantage @dzrhml02.4th February 2014, 23:26 at 11:26 pm #203652
One I do a lot: when you can link every conversion to F1 in some manner – for example, I linked a discussion about deserts to Kimi Räikkönen (deserts > ice cream > Räikkönen).4th February 2014, 22:33 at 10:33 pm #203651
…when walking through a bustling corridor you pretend in your head to activate DRS when walking by people blocking the path.3rd February 2014, 22:20 at 10:20 pm #2128411st February 2014, 15:15 at 3:15 pm #248455
Very tricky as there is little basis, but I’ll give it a shot ;)
1 – Magnussen
2 – Hamilton
3 – Rosberg
4 – Button
5 – Vettel
6 – Alonso
7 – Ricciardo
8 – Räikkönen
9 – Grosjean
10 – Hülkenberg
11 – Massa
12 – Kvyat
13 – Perez
14 – Maldonado
15 – Bottas
16 – Sutil
17 – Vergne
18 – Kobayashi
19 – Gutierrez
20 – Bianchi
21 – Ericsson
22 – Chilton (his permanent spot)25th January 2014, 23:31 at 11:31 pm #248221
Done and I’ll share it on twitter :)25th January 2014, 12:30 at 12:30 pm #248214
I imagine part of the issue is the narrow tracks of the cars and the decreased area of the diffuser – since there is inherently less volume perhaps the trend has gone in such a way to compensate for the loss of downforce due to the simple decrease in diffuser area?21st January 2014, 20:29 at 8:29 pm #247422
It’s rather annoying how very few drivers have picked high numbers. I personally would have picked 88 (Senna’s first title year) but if I recall correctly nobody has picked a number in the 30′s, 50′s, 60′s, or 80′s20th January 2014, 21:17 at 9:17 pm #244741
I had no idea they ditched the ‘Ring and Suzuka – what an awful decision! Two of my definite favourite tracks on Forza 4, particularly Suzuka – the Degna curves are some of my favourite corners on any racetrack. If the data was already pre-existing, why the hell did they feel compelled to remove the tracks‽