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Old 03-13-2017, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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If the Ferrari is as good in race trim as it's appeared in testing I expect a rejuvenated Kimi to make a serious run at the championship.
These cars and tyres should suit him better. I think he should be taken seriously.
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Old 03-14-2017, 01:20 PM
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Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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These cars and tyres should suit him better. I think he should be taken seriously.
Yeah, Kimi can be very hot or cold but I believe a good car may really get him motivated, I believe there's a lot more emotion under that stoic surface than he may care to admit to.

It's gonna be interesting to see how the testing results correlate with race results.

I think the apparent top 3 teams, Ferrari, Mercedes, and Red Bull are going to have some good intra-team battles as well as inter-team ones.
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:19 AM
 
Location: 59N
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Ferrari looks pretty strong this year.

2017 Australian Grand Prix grid

1. Lewis Hamilton 122.188
2. Sebastian Vettel 122.456
3. Valtteri Bottas 122.481
4. Kimi Raikkonen 123.033
5. Max Verstappen 123.485
6. Romain Grosjean 124.074
7. Felipe Massa 124.443
8. Carlos Sainz Jnr 124.487
9. Daniil Kvyat 124.512
10. Daniel Ricciardo No time
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:21 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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But for his crash, I think Ricciardo might have been up there right around Kimi.

It also looks like midpack might be a little stronger - or at least a closer - than last year. Of course, this is the first race and everyone will have to actually finish. I like to see competitive cars, even if the place they are competing for isn't P1.
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:21 AM
 
Location: 59N
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6.5G through turn 11.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VJqbolqxd0
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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[quote=cmptrwlt;47639477]6.5G through turn 11.

It's like racing on rails.

My favorite F1 time was back in the olden days, the original turbo era, 1200 horsepower with severe turbo lag, lighter cars, less downforce and grip, much more car control required.....
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Old 03-26-2017, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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After the race Mercedes said that when Vettel had no problem keeping up with Hamilton at the beginning they determined that Vettel was probably slightly faster.

The early pit stop was Hamilton's choice.

Lapped up to 6th place.

Maybe harder to pass than last year.

For excitement we get to see thrilling battles for 14th place.
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Old 03-27-2017, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Bring back the V-12 scream. Adelaide pole position lap 1991:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxDqikS-_A0
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Old 03-27-2017, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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The Red Bulls were driving with parts of last year, Renault couldn't deliver in time.
It will be a very tight competition of 3 teams this season.
What do you guys think will be the 4th best team this season? Force India, Toro Rosso, Williams or McLaren?

Tier 1:
Mercedes (Hamilton, Bottas)
Ferrari (Vettel, Raikkonen)
Red Bull (Verstappen, Ricciardo)

Tier 2:
Force India (Perez, Ocon)
Toro Rosso (Kvyat, Sainz)
Williams (Massa, Stroll)
McLaren (Alonso, Vandoorne)

Tier 3:
Renault (Hulkenberg, Palmer)
Haas (Grosjean, Magnussen)
Sauber (Ericsson, Wehrlein)

Why did Hulkenberg leave Force India for Renault? I think he's a pretty good driver that deserves a better car.
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Old 03-28-2017, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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The Red Bulls were driving with parts of last year, Renault couldn't deliver in time.
It will be a very tight competition of 3 teams this season.
What do you guys think will be the 4th best team this season? Force India, Toro Rosso, Williams or McLaren?

Tier 1:
Mercedes (Hamilton, Bottas)
Ferrari (Vettel, Raikkonen)
Red Bull (Verstappen, Ricciardo)

Tier 2:
Force India (Perez, Ocon)
Toro Rosso (Kvyat, Sainz)
Williams (Massa, Stroll)
McLaren (Alonso, Vandoorne)

Tier 3:
Renault (Hulkenberg, Palmer)
Haas (Grosjean, Magnussen)
Sauber (Ericsson, Wehrlein)

Why did Hulkenberg leave Force India for Renault? I think he's a pretty good driver that deserves a better car.
I think Williams looks good for #4. Massa was well clear of Perez all race. Toro Rosso looks like the next faster car, even though Checo managed to pass them both very opportunistically (great moves!), however Force India has upgrades in the pipeline that should propel them. Haas should be in that mix too, by the way, Grosjean qualified 6th and was racing P7 comfortably when he retired.

Here's the pecking order from what I saw in Australia (blank rows to illustrate distances)

Mercedes / Ferrari

Red Bull







Williams


Toro Rosso / Haas / Force India
Renault

Sauber / McLaren
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