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#2979920 - 03/13/19 04:15 AM OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season
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Apologies to Zephonic in stealing his thunder but in Melbourne for the 4 day festival of speed and wanted to start the thread to post some pics from turn 1 and 2 once practice starts on Friday.

Based on testing in Barcelona it seems Mercedes and Ferrari are again well in front. We won't know till Q3 when, based on previous Melbourne GP's, Hamilton saves his best till last.

This evening (Wednesday) the old Minardi 2 seater was out doing laps, which I could hear from where I am staying, a reminder of how loud they were in the past. The current cars are whisper quiet by comparison.
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#2979926 - 03/13/19 05:22 AM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: Markay]
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Looking forward to the Australian race as well. Hope this will be the right year for Ferrari... fans are exasperated with unfulfilled expectations. One thing is to be clearly inferior, but to be *almost* there for so many years is nerve-wracking.

Oh yeah, the Minardi double seater. Who haven't dreamed to do a lap or two on one of those? smile

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#2979936 - 03/13/19 08:02 AM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: marino]
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I'm ready! But without Alonso, I don't really have anybody to root for.

We ditched cable and I subscribed to the F1 streaming service. Both the app and browser version are pretty terrible, but the archive is worth it.

Has anybody watched the official F1 Netflix show "Drive to Survive"? I binged the whole thing and thought it was very entertaining, although the "Reality TV"-like narrative and fake SFX has all the diehard fans up in arms.

@Marino: maybe Arrivabene's departure and Binotto's promotion to Team Principal will make the difference this year. Or maybe Leclerc's arrival will start an intra-team feud that will cause the Scuderia to self-destruct.

I hope Danny Ric will do well at Renault, but I'm not that optimistic. And I think there's a good chance Williams F1 won't finish the season.

The biggest question is whether or not Honda has finally built a competitive PU. If so, this could shape up to be an interesting season!
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#2980088 - 03/14/19 09:10 AM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: zephonic]
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Things took a sad turn last night with the loss of long time race director Charlie Whiting, just 24 hours before the first practice. He died of an embolism. Sad deal.

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#2980199 - 03/15/19 05:14 AM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: JohnH]
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P2 update. Hamilton, Bottas and daylight to the rest. Through T1 and T2 the Mercs appeared composed and under control. Every team racked up around 30 laps, more than usual, seems like they are all testing fuel and tyre strategies.

Vettel defied my earlier prediction and was the second, not the first car, to run wide on T1. After missing the first 45 minutes of P2 due to a faulty seat Danny came out and managed to shave fractions of second off Vestappen. Yeah.

The Red Bulls are handling well though, so all meaningless until Q3 late tommorrow afternoon. Williams are 4 secs off the pace so may become the mobile chicanes in this race. Kubica got on the gas too early exiting T2 in P1 and hammered the wall.

Late in P2, 2 cars exited the pits baulking Hamilton on a hot lap so he appears to be a moving target. LeClerc was doing quick laps and staying on track but Ferrari had a gearbox issue late in P2 resulting in a spin.

Pics 2morrow when, hopefully, I will not have had a big night out and up to the challenge.
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#2980245 - 03/15/19 12:29 PM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: Markay]
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Originally Posted By: Markay

Vettel defied my earlier prediction and was the second, not the first car, to run wide on T1.


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Enjoy the weekend, Mark thu
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#2980320 - 03/16/19 04:51 AM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: zephonic]
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Well Q3 confirmed the continuation of the natural order of things from 2018. Some highlights, Bottas and LeClerc kept going faster than Hamilton and Vettel forcing both the no 1 drivers to go harder in the closing 2 minutes of Q3. Vestappen confirmed Honda gives him a solid shot at third.

Norris did a stunning job getting the Renault powered McLaren onto 8th on the grid. Haas in P6 and P7 are the big improvers over the winter break. Ferrari powered cars dominate the top 10 with Raikkonen in 9th.

No off track action pics so here is pic of the Renault nose cone with new aero from a pit walk I did on Friday.





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#2980322 - 03/16/19 05:10 AM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: Markay]
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And the most driven car in F1.



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#2980356 - 03/16/19 12:04 PM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: Markay]
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Nice pics, Mark.

I found some interesting reading regarding the teams' budgets:

https://www.racefans.net/2018/12/19/how-much-f1-teams-spent-race-2018-part-one/

https://www.racefans.net/2018/12/26/the-cost-of-f1-revealed-how-much-teams-spent-in-2018-part-two/

Mercedes and Ferrari are the biggest spenders, and the results reflect that. RBR is just behind them.

Haas remains an exceptional case, and I can understand why certain other teams have complained about their business model.

Williams need to accept that the times have changed and adjust their operations accordingly.
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#2980404 - Yesterday at 12:23 AM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: zephonic]
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So, after pre-season testing the pundits unanimously agreed that Ferrari had the quickest car.

So, of course, today we get a Mercedes double victory with a friggin’ Honda in third. Ferrari was 56 seconds off the pace.

All those pundits should get their pay cut.


But Bravo Bottas! Superb start won him the race, and he fully deserves it after last year’s bad luck. I hope he”s gonna make Hamilton work for it this season!
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#2980408 - Yesterday at 03:52 AM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: zephonic]
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Pics from Lap 1 Turn 1







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#2980413 - Yesterday at 04:16 AM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: Markay]
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Great shot of the frontwingless Renault.

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#2980416 - Yesterday at 04:25 AM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: Markay]
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How I saw the race.

Melbourne turned on perfect weather for this year's 4 day festival of speed. Having attended 23 GP's here this was one of the best in recent memory, the F1, and including the supporting events, round 2 of the V8 Supercars, GT3, Carrera Cup, Ferrari Challenge and Formula 4.

F1 - Bottas came of age today. Lead from the first corner to the last and never missed a beat. A clinical drive from hopefully this years world champion. After 25 laps gapped Hamilton by 30 seconds, reduced by 23 seconds when he pitted and then got back to a near 30 second lead. 5 laps from the end told by Merc to settle for first and not attempt to get an additional point for fastest lap. Thanked Merc for their advice, cleared some back markers and set the fastest lap.

Hamilton managed to stay in front of Vestappen, but 8 laps before the end Vestappen was almost close enough to deploy DRS when he pushed too hard on the entry to turn 1 and cut the grass losing a critical second. Red Bull must be well pleased with Honda power on their first outing.

Vettel wondered why the car was so slow, didn't hear Ferrari's reply, but a peep in the mirror might have given him a hint. LeClerc also pushed hard and was just in the DRS zone to overtake Vettel when he too cut the grass on turn 1. He backed off after that but I suspect that was due to team orders. He demonstrated that he has the talent to gap Vettel in future races.

As for rest, both Williams finished several laps down.

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#2980481 - Yesterday at 02:18 PM Re: OT: 2019 Formula 1 Season [Re: Markay]
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Binotto: "We don't know why we were slower".
Toto: "We don't know why we were faster".

Ok. So I heard an interview (in Italian) with Pirelli's Mario Isola, explaining that the teams still need work to understand how to best use this year's tyres, especially the harder compounds. Whether or not this really explains anything, I don't know...

Btw Bottas was superb. On the contrary, Seb is worrying many fans... he seems to have lost some of his motivation. I hope to be wrong. High hopes for LeClerc, though.

Glad to see McLaren returning (slowly) to more decent perfomance. Impressed by the Honda engine, and of course by Max Verstappen's race. And saddened to see Williams sink more and more.

That said, I fell asleep on my chair while watching the race. Two hours of boredom, except for Max, indeed... by comparison, last week's motogp race was an heartbreaker. The winner was uncertain until the very last corner, and the first *five* riders all finished within six tenths! 45 minutes of pure adrenaline... And of course the fact that the winner was Dovizioso on Ducati was the icing on the cake for me. grin

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