- Daniel Ricciardo starting from last due to penalties, he's been doing long runs all Friday. - Ferrari blistering their ultrasoft tyres within 6~ laps, similar to what we saw at previous races including Silverstone last race. Ferrari seem to be struggling with tyres and the lower tyre tread we saw at the last race is arguably a bigger advantage to them than anyone else. - Hamilton & Bottas can both go 3~ laps longer than Vettel on Ultrasofts whilst able to match the lap time. Hamilton appeared to be slightly faster. - Ferrari looked like they were a little bit faster than Mercedes on the soft & medium tyres. However Red Bull looked like they were very comfortably the fastest on the Soft tyre. They were also on par with Mercedes on the ultrasofts
- Drivers backed up and defended Gasly in regards to the incident streamable.com/dvek9 of which he received a penalty for, they all agreed that it was a racing incident and want the FIA to NOT penalise for incidents like that. - Possible driver swap going on with Sauber & Ferrari for 2019, we might be seeing Raikkonen switch to Sauber and Leclerc or Ericsson switch to Ferrari, everyone agrees that Leclerc looks like the better driver so it should be him. It all depends on if Raikkonen wants to drive the Sauber for 2019, if they can pick up their pace more this year he may well be up for it. - Force India took a stab at Haas, in Hungary there will be a test and it's where teams try out 2019 parts but Haas have opted to miss it and as a result Force India accused them of not needing to develop their own parts over the winter... - Stroll, Sirotkin, Hartley, Ericsson and Vandoorne are the drivers who are at risk of losing their 2019 seat. We have 2 drivers who have a decent chance of getting a seat being Robert Kubica (Williams 2019 seat?), Lando Norris (McLaren 2019 seat?). Mercedes have filled their seats so it's an unknown where George Russell will go. We also have Antonio Giovinazzi, Dan Ticktum, Nyck de Vries, Callum Ilott, Joel Eriksson, Pietro Fittipaldi, Jack Aitken, Oliver Rowland, Raffaele Marciello, Nobuharu Matsushita all wanting to get into F1 and having history that shows they do have the potential. I personally want to see Callum Ilott, Pietro Fittipaldi, Oliver Rowland and Raffaele Marciello in for the biggest chances behind Norris & Russell & Kubica
So glad to see this thread! Was contemplating starting one but it would have been unorthodox ( nice word) a nightmare( real word)
Good write up there RyRY. - Ric , should have checked about him before submitting interforum picks. still, I only placed him 6 th so maybe with the right strategy he might get up there.
-Tyres. Yes I saw that in practise, Ferrari blistering again. Vettel was only saved from the blistering at Silverstone by the safety car. Ferrari are indeed the biggest beneficiaries of the thinner tyres. What odds that this is completely disregarded by the “wah, wah, Mercedes designed the tyres wah wah’” brigade.
-watched your clip RyRy and can’t see what Gasly did wrong there. It’s a race. I’m glad the drivers got together and challenged that. More effective to challenge silly decisions when you aren’t the recipient of the punishment.
- drivers. I’m pretty certain Leclerc will be going to Ferrari, have thought so for some time. That will be interesting! Natny said he’d heard that Ferrari aren’t completely happy with Vettel to the extent he’ll be favoured over Leclerc, not sure what his source was......but I must say recent Ferrari behaviour bears that out. They had options to switch their drivers recently but didnt favour Vettel the way they’ve favoured drivers in the past.
-drivers at risk. I agree with your choices. Ericsson has always been an anonymous driver in my eyes. He’s picked it up a bit this year with the arrival of Leclerc but not enough. Stroll and Sirotkin, neither have done much this year to stand out. I guess the Williams is a mare but I d love to see Kubica get a shot next year. Vandoorne. I watched him at Monza in his last GP2 season and he was stunning, couldn’t wait for him to get to F1, but it hasn’t quite happened. Unless Alonso is playing his games.....can’t let another Rookie beat him. Dunno.
Apologies for the lateness, my life has been crazy of late, not bad crazy just crazy crazy. I've missed the league picks for three GPs now! BTW racechick I'll be in Spain next year around May some time. It will be a good ten day vacation or so but I'll be keeping my eye areas of the country I would purchase a retirement property. My wife an I, party time EU residents.
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- Great lap from Bottas, at a track where I expected Ferrari to beat Mercedes he did really well. If Bottas can get that close... Hamilton could have taken pole position. - Ric & Ham will need a safety car tomorrow because there is a lot of very fast cars up the front, Sauber & Haas are both very quick this weekend and likewise so are Renault. - As expected Vettel got pole, Raikkonen... fluffing up Q3 yet again.
He didn’t actually damage the car on those kerbs. That’s what I thought yesterday but it wasn’t the case. He used the kerbs in the normal way on the previous corner and that’s when it broke causing him to lose steering and go very wide in the next kerb. The damage was already done before he bounced back on to track.
Keeping going when told to stop is another matter.
But I was at Hockenheim in 2014 . He was similarly out of quali with brake failure. Started absolute last. He fought through , partly with a broken car from a brush with Raikonnen and finished 2nd ( I think) He would have won it if they’d pulled the safety car when they should have for Sutil spinning on a blind corner by the pit entrance and Marshall’s on the road. But they didn’t because they wanted a German winner. So alls not lost. He should make at leat 4th or 5 th. with a good strategy and Ferrari blistering their tyres, higher.
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Yep that's what they clarified later....the wide off was a result of the damage actually.
But man, Merc are really fucking up with small stupid issues and this is gonna cost them. I feel these tracks are where they should be building a buffer to Ferrari but instead they're just giving away points. I feel quite pessimistic about this year already, Merc seem to be panicking under the close competition.
2019 - The year Mercedes knocks Ferrari off their perch.
His fightback at the British Grand Prix was stunning!
He was referring to Hockenheim however in his comments after qualifying in which, according to the BBC or Sky, he said it was hard to overtake at Hockenheim.
Yes I know what he meant. I mean at Hockenheim too! In 2014 he had break failure in quali and went from last to 3rd . I was there. He nearly won. Amazing drive through!
( I said 2nd but it was 3rd Valterie pipped him. )
Ahh right, yes I remember. Hockenheim is a great circuit for overtaking! So, whilst it's a shame he's well out of position on the grid, I disagree with him that it's difficult to overtake at Hockenheim. Really looking forward to seeing what he can do. A safety car can swing it right back into his favour.