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  • #252127
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    A bit of a silly thing to say Lewis…

    I understand his religious beliefs dictate such (however dubious that notion is) and he evidently has the utmost respect for him, but that was just inviting a sensationalist response. And it was ultimately a useless statement.

    #249002
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    Almost certainly F1 losing perhaps it’s greatest asset at the time – Ayrton Senna. As a result, F1 lacked a true legend’s presence on the grid: with Prost gone and Mansell at that time also gone, the event was a catastrophic blow for the sport’s publicity. So their only option was to visibly improve the safety of proceedings, with temporary barriers on Eau Rouge and such like before a major overhaul to ensure that such a travesty would never occur again.

    It undoubtably initiated the crusade that we should all be in debt to. Even if some tracks have been sterilised, I’d still far rather be complaining about Tarmac run-offs than mourning the death of a driver.

    #251502
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    …you pick racing lines when walking through crowds at your school and shout at people for breaking the defensive driving regulations by failing to “leava the spacea”

    #251491
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    I do that all the time. And I get frustrated when I carry too much apex speed and compromise the next corner.

    #249471
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    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.

    #248628
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    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)!

    #248594
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    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 India

    #247569
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    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.

    #248576
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    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…

    #248575
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    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!

    #248568
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    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.

    #203652
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    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).

    #203651
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    …when walking through a bustling corridor you pretend in your head to activate DRS when walking by people blocking the path.

    #212841
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    Which, @prisoner-monkeys and @toolmansteve99, makes complete sense. It’s more expensive to run there of course since you have to fly everything over but the more representative data gathered as a result more than offsets that (if, unlike Red Bull, you leave the garage for more than 10 minutes).

    #248455
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    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)

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