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Re: F1, 2019

Post by Gandalf » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:45 pm

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Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:25 pm
Hoping that Ferrari will allow Charles to compete with Vettel, specially the start of the season.
Ferrari have said that will happen and I think they will be true to their word.
However, this time there was nothing to gain for the team as Verstappen was already too far ahead. so it made sense to bag what points they had without any risk.

But Leclerc has been brought in to push Vettel, so they will surely allow him to do that. Otherwise they may as well stuck with Kimi.
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Re: F1, 2019

Post by Neville Bartos » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:14 am

I do like Bottas, but if his two seasons in the Mercedes have proved anything it's that he is incapable of consistently driving the car to its limits.
Yes, bad luck can seriously hamper a driver, but we've seen Hamilton get the lion's share of the bad luck driving against Rosberg and still finish ahead or very closely behind.
For me Bottas is the quintessential wingman. Great in the odd race, but far enough behind over the season as a whole to be no threat at all to a top tier driver.

And I think that dynamic helps Mercedes at this point. When they had the dominant car two drivers capable of pushing each other, and taking points off of each other was manageable. Now with Ferrari and Red Bull challenging? There's real safety in having a clear hierarchy.

I think Ferrari signing Leclerc suggests that they think Vettel isn't the man to back when the pressure is on. If Vettel can establish a big lead over Leclerc first half of the season he will probably keep that number one mantle until the end of the year. If Leclerc runs him close -- in his debut season -- early doors, it really doesn't bode well for the German.
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Re: F1, 2019

Post by Noni » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:39 pm

Sir Patrick Head has returned to the team as they try to recover from a sobering start to the new season.
The 72-year-old is working on what Williams describe as "a short-term consultancy basis".

Certainly they need help!...
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Re: F1, 2019

Post by Noni » Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:08 pm

Leclerc on pole
A new track record of 1:27.866 from Charles Leclerc, who takes the first pole position of his career.

It's an all-Ferrari front row with Sebastian Vettel alongside him.

Mercedes came first and second in Australia, but Lewis Hamilton starts third with championship leader Valtteri Bottas in fourth.

Max Verstappen gets himself into fifth after a tricky qualifying with Kevin Magnussen in sixth.
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Re: F1, 2019

Post by Neville Bartos » Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:21 pm

Noni wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:08 pm
Leclerc on pole
A new track record of 1:27.866 from Charles Leclerc, who takes the first pole position of his career.

It's an all-Ferrari front row with Sebastian Vettel alongside him.

Mercedes came first and second in Australia, but Lewis Hamilton starts third with championship leader Valtteri Bottas in fourth.

Max Verstappen gets himself into fifth after a tricky qualifying with Kevin Magnussen in sixth.
Worrying for Vettel as he was only marginally quicker than Hamilton, but three tenths slower than Leclerc in only his second race for Ferrari.
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Re: F1, 2019

Post by BillyDWhizz » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:56 pm

Neville Bartos wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:21 pm
Noni wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:08 pm
Leclerc on pole
A new track record of 1:27.866 from Charles Leclerc, who takes the first pole position of his career.

It's an all-Ferrari front row with Sebastian Vettel alongside him.

Mercedes came first and second in Australia, but Lewis Hamilton starts third with championship leader Valtteri Bottas in fourth.

Max Verstappen gets himself into fifth after a tricky qualifying with Kevin Magnussen in sixth.
Worrying for Vettel as he was only marginally quicker than Hamilton, but three tenths slower than Leclerc in only his second race for Ferrari.
I can see Vettel & Leclerc coming together at the 1st corner. Vettels' hubris won't allow him to be 2nd to a young upstart and it'll end in tears.
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Re: F1, 2019

Post by Neville Bartos » Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:40 pm

Unlucky for Leclerc, but that whole race looked like curtains for Vettel.
Slower than his team mate and he cracked under pressure from the Mercedes.
It's early doors, but Leclerc already looks the better bet at Ferrari.
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Re: F1, 2019

Post by Noni » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:07 pm

Neville Bartos wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:40 pm
Unlucky for Leclerc, but that whole race looked like curtains for Vettel.
Slower than his team mate and he cracked under pressure from the Mercedes.
It's early doors, but Leclerc already looks the better bet at Ferrari.
Hamilton gave good tribute to Charles and he lost on no fault of his own.

Charles the driver of the day.

Vettel still prone to mistakes!......
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Re: F1, 2019

Post by mkhammer » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:24 am

Decent race...enjoyed it,part from the fact,i'd avoided the result all day,aiming to watch it
on 4 later,flipped stupidly the BBC Sport site for something else,up pops the bloody result...

Great run in with Ham and Vettle,proved yet again Vettle might be quick,but when it comes to
Racing....well..... :lol: ....leave that to the Master......................Hamilton..
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Re: F1, 2019

Post by Neville Bartos » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:27 pm

The Ricciardo/Hulkenberg battle was pretty interesting.
I've always thought Hulkenberg was unlucky never to get a drive in a team capable of podiums.
He really hasn't been blown away by Ricciardo who we know is very quick.
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