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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Alferd Packer » 2017-05-01 07:11am

atg wrote:Wonder what Sauber are thinking of their Honda move at the moment... Apparently Honda have said they'll have massive improvements by mid-season but we've heard that before.


I suspect Honda's paying them to use the engine, as McLaren appears to be dropping them next year and Honda want to remain in the sport, even if in a backmarker.

Anyway, Bottas earned that win. Good for him. And we got to hear the Finnish national anthem for the first time in a long time.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby atg » 2017-05-01 07:57am

Apparently part of the deal is that McLaren have guaranteed to supply Sauber with gearboxes even if they do swap to another engine supplier. I suppose it does show that Honda are in it for the long term.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Thanas » 2017-05-01 11:59am

atg wrote:Not sure where you are getting this 'cannot save tyres' from.


Maybe from his constant complaining about them?

Not impressed by his pace and haven't been since the season started.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

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Tangential again, but I thought I'd point out that, mainly due to the interest in Alonso's entry into the Indy 500, IndyCar has been streaming practice at Indy all week. I'd advise checking it out if only for a few minutes, because the comments are frigging hilarious.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Thanas » 2017-05-18 01:54pm

Forgot to say this: That was some very good strategy by Mercedes in the last GP. Props to them and Hamilton for managing to stave off Vettel.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Alferd Packer » 2017-05-18 02:00pm

Thanas wrote:Forgot to say this: That was some very good strategy by Mercedes in the last GP. Props to them and Hamilton for managing to stave off Vettel.


Agreed. Merc's strategy was impeccable. Though I think some were suggesting that Vettel was down on power, as he was still using his first PU of the year (with over 3000km on it). Lewis certainly blew by him like he was standing still when he made that pass.

Still, this season is sooooo much more entertaining than the last couple years. And hey, if Red Bull manages to sneak a win in at Monaco next week, then that'll make it all the more fun.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby SpottedKitty » 2017-05-19 01:44pm

Alferd Packer wrote:And hey, if Red Bull manages to sneak a win in at Monaco next week, then that'll make it all the more fun.

Don't forget that one corner where all the pileups seem to collect, if the one in front isn't careful enough. I think the first practice session in Monaco with the new cars is going to be "interesting times" — yes, in that sense.

(And there's also that awkward hairpin, and the tunnel where you sometimes see a whole car go in and one lonely wheel bounce sadly out... well, it is Monaco, it's never entirely predictable.)
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Captain Seafort » 2017-05-19 03:03pm

Alferd Packer wrote:Lewis certainly blew by him like he was standing still when he made that pass.


That's not much of a yardstick - the DRS zone was longer than usual, so it was giving a much greater advantage than usual. Even Alonso was overtaking people on the straight, and that McLaren would be pushed to take on a milk float.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby atg » 2017-05-20 08:11am

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Alferd Packer wrote:And hey, if Red Bull manages to sneak a win in at Monaco next week, then that'll make it all the more fun.

Don't forget that one corner where all the pileups seem to collect, if the one in front isn't careful enough. I think the first practice session in Monaco with the new cars is going to be "interesting times" — yes, in that sense.

(And there's also that awkward hairpin, and the tunnel where you sometimes see a whole car go in and one lonely wheel bounce sadly out... well, it is Monaco, it's never entirely predictable.)



Palmer or Stroll for first crash?
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby SpottedKitty » 2017-05-20 10:52am

atg wrote:Palmer or Stroll for first crash?

<tosses coin>

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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Alferd Packer » 2017-05-27 04:05pm

Hamilton is out of contention tomorrow. Wow. I wonder if we'll see him try to stretch the ultrasofts for the duration of the race to make up as many positions as possible.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby SpottedKitty » 2017-05-27 11:44pm

Much ouchings. Not sure what happened with Hamilton's car today, but it sounds weird. And that duplicate of Verstappen's crunch last year (in the same place, even) stopping him finishing that fast lap was just horribly bad luck. Fingers crossed for tomorrow...
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Thanas » 2017-05-28 04:11am

Serves the blocker right I say.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Thanas » 2017-05-28 09:59am

What a great race. Awesome drive by Vettel.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Alferd Packer » 2017-05-28 01:01pm

That was a great race, though I do feel for Kimi.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Thanas » 2017-05-28 02:21pm

Alferd Packer wrote:That was a great race, though I do feel for Kimi.


It sucks for him for sure but Vettel was 0.5 seconds faster per lap.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Alferd Packer » 2017-05-28 10:23pm

Thanas wrote:
Alferd Packer wrote:That was a great race, though I do feel for Kimi.


It sucks for him for sure but Vettel was 0.5 seconds faster per lap.


And those 5 hot laps on the ultrasofts before his pit stop were nothing short of pure racing genius, so he definitely earned that win. Still, you'd like to see Kimi get one more victory before his retirement from F1.
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Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Postby Alferd Packer » 2017-06-14 01:16pm

Well, while it was a procession up in front, the race for the final spot on the podium was some brilliant stuff, with Seb doing another brilliant stint late in the race. Had he 2-3 more laps, he definitely could've challenged Daniel for third. But then the world would've been deprived of this:



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