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Re: F1, 2019

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:39 am
by Neville Bartos
Noni wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:07 pm
I can see Hamilton extending his contract with Mercedes, by then he will have 7 titles.

Would love Ricciardo to jump into a Ferrari

With George Russel, I expect him to replace Hamilton or partner him replacing Bottas.
I think as long as Hamilton is winning and Bottas is doing a good job as wingman, Mercedes will stay with that lineup.
Hamilton has 6 titles in the bag. Though with Red Bulls progress, and possibly Ferrari clawing back the ground they've lost, number 7 might be a big ask.
We could be in for a season like 2010 when the WDC leadership seemed to change every race. I'd love a 4 way tussle between Hamilton, Verstappen, Leclerc and Vettel. If only Renault could get their act together enough to get Ricciardo in the mix. That would be fantastic.
Still we all thought Ferrari were going to push this year and look how that turned out.

Re: F1, 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:42 pm
by Noni
Official news is that Kubica is to leave Williams and what is a surprise, is that Grosjean is staying at Hass. :shock:

I expect that Williams will promote their reserve driver, as he's worth about 30 million to the team.

Re: F1, 2019

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:31 pm
by Gandalf
Noni wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:42 pm
Official news is that Kubica is to leave Williams and what is a surprise, is that Grosjean is staying at Hass. :shock:

I expect that Williams will promote their reserve driver, as he's worth about 30 million to the team.
30 million? I didn't know that!

We were discussing this a few weeks back. My argument against him getting the promotion was that now is not the time to have two inexperienced drivers at Williams. They need someone who could develop the car. And Hulkenberg would fit that role nicely.
But 30 million is a lot of money for Williams. Although keep in mind he will be bringing some money to the team as test driver. So it's the difference between the two figures that needs to be considered.

As for the Hulk? I'm wondering if he blew his chances at Haas by holding out for a two year contract when only one was on offer. That played against him at Renault.
So where to next? No doubt he's praying the three amigos in the Red Bull camp fail to impress Helmut. If he gets that chance he certainly wouldn't turn down a one year contract there.
But more than likely he will end up testing for one of the teams further up the grid.
It will be a shame to see him go.

Re: F1, 2019

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:32 pm
by Noni
I did not expect the Ferrari's to do well here. Wow!!! :shock: Charles Leclerc is on fire at the moment. He claims his 3rd pole of the season at Singapore.


1.Leclerc

2.Hamilton
3.Vettel


4.Verstappen
5.Bottas
6.Albon
7.Sainz
8.Ricciardo
9.Hulkenberg
10.Norris

Re: F1, 2019

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:54 am
by Noni
I want Hamilton to win here. Though he's comfortably in the lead right now. 63 points is around 3 DNF's... Should sit comfortable in 2nd places and even on the last race with 18 point finishes, plus, who ever wins after that. Hamilton could win another WC.

Charles this year has impressed me so much!, I hope he does well for the future of Ferrari!.. ;)

Re: F1, 2019

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:46 pm
by Noni
Hamilton extends his lead over Bottas with 65points... Vettel wins his first race this year. Both Ferraris and Verstappen are hovering around 200 points. Hamilton is 96 points clear of the Ferraris and Red Bull of Verstappen. So, if Ferrari up their game, then Hamilton can just cruise to gain valuable points for himself and win the title.. :D

Re: F1, 2019

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:10 pm
by Noni

Re: F1, 2019

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:47 pm
by Gandalf
Ouch! That was a tough one for Leclerc. Yet another strange decision by Ferrari. No doubt engineered to take the pressure off Seb. Was there any sense in that? Maybe. But as he is not the future of the team it does seem a little bizarre.

But with the Ferrari drivers taking points off each other, and Bottas being asked to 'drive for the team' I think it's safe to say that Lewis has the championship in the bag. I think that thought will sugar the pill for him knowing that Mercedes screwed up today.

Ferrari's upgrades have clearly worked though, so there could be some interesting races yet in the remaining races.

Re: F1, 2019

Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:59 pm
by Gandalf
Russia. Nobody's favourite race.
But will this race give us a clearer picture of Ferrari's race pace. Despite winning the last three races I'm still not convinced.
Spa and Monza are power circuits that suited the high power/low drag of the Ferrari's. And in Singapore, despite winning, they were not necessarily that quick. They set their car up perfectly for a qualifying lap, started at the front, then controlled the race from there.
To give you some idea of how slow Leclerc was going, for lap after lap, George Russell was the fastest man on the circuit after his early stop and as he caught up to the back of the field.
In Russia, although not being a great overtaking circuit, won't give them the same luxury to control the pace if they are at the front.
So although this is unlikely to be a classic (it never is) it could still be an interesting qualifying and race.

Re: F1, 2019

Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:51 pm
by Noni
With a very young Charles Leclerc on pole again, looks like Hamilton's record could be broken here for the number of poles. That all depends when Hamilton retires. He did say that he wanted to race during the 2021 season and beyond.