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Grand Prix 2017 Australian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Discussion in 'Grand Prix Discussions' started by FB, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. Lewywo4

    Lewywo4 Race Winner

    I'm not able to receive Sky, and have to suffer, and I mean really suffer with NBCSN broadcast for F1 here in the U.S. I recently read that on the Sky feed, Martin Brundle said that he was told that Mercedes told Bottas to hold station and stay third. Can any of you across the big pond confirm that statement? I don't believe in the first place, that Mercedes would tell Martin anything on that order, and if it was true would have caused a meltdown on F! websites world-wide.
     
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  3. racecub

    racecub Champion Elect

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    I don't remember hearing anything about that...I'm sure I would have done. There was some discussion amongst the commentators as to whether Lewis was managing the gap ( in fact I'm sure it was Brundle who said he thought Lewis had things under control) and what Merc would do if Bottas caught up and was faster. After the race Bottas said he couldn't get closer than 2 secs because it messed the car up too much.

    That's all I can think along the lines you mention.
     
  4. Rutherford

    Rutherford Points Scorer

    Bottas said they were free to race @1:10.

     
  5. Lewywo4

    Lewywo4 Race Winner

    The kid has nerve....:thumbsup:
     
  6. Lewywo4

    Lewywo4 Race Winner

    racecub & Rutherford

    :thankyou:
     
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  7. cider_and_toast

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    I'm sure I heard something in the commentary regarding Bottas being told to hold station but I can't remember if it was speculation or a statement. I'm reasonably certain it was during the last couple of laps but can't remember who said it.
     
  8. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    Sky interviewed Niki Lauda after the race and he said he wasn't aware of Bottas being given any instruction to stay behind Hamilton.
     
  9. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Everything in moderation Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    Must have been speculation from the Sky commentary team then. Someone must have thought it had been said if they had to ask Lauda about it.
     
  10. Incubus

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    But then again he was also asked by Sky about the nature of Nico Rosberg's problem 10 mns before the start of the 2014 title decider and he wasn't even aware that he had one!
     
  11. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    Lauda is too busy doing his commenter bit on Austrian TV to have time for anything else.
     
  12. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    A Scarlett Ferrari driven by a clever German wins a race by using the power of the overcut. This new F1 feels awfully similar to every race in the mid noughties.

    Once again we see that a Vettel who realises he can win a race is massively quicker than one who doesn't.

    Looking forward to a season long Hamilton/Vettel fight, although I think it will be mostly tactical overtakes rather than on track ones. Hamilton already made a small dig about that so I can see that brewing up.
     
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  13. Rutherford

    Rutherford Points Scorer

    German TV - namely RTL. ORF in Austria have Alex Wurz and Ernie Hausleiter. ;)
     
  14. olegg

    olegg Race Winner

    Spectaculars on the track near to the returning to the paddock cars was impressive
     
  15. Greenlantern101

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    vintly LifeW12 :)

     
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    Greenlantern101 LifeW12 Hey I got my 'at least one' overtake - just. However, thank you for that link, my tin-foil-hat-making procedure has now been forever altered for the better. :D
     
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  17. F1Brits_90

    F1Brits_90 Pole Sitter

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    1 of favourite lines from Australian GP actually came from Mclaren. As i remember if it was Brundle or Ted that was trying to get hold of alonso & Bouiller "oh yeah the boss of honda here this weekend & Alonso wanted a chat"

    I just thought yeah i bet he does ;):D
     
  18. Galahad

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    I thought a few words in praise of Pirelli might be in order. I have occasionally heard them criticised for not being able to produce decent tyres, when they were only doing what they were told to do. Now, despite having to develop 'blind' with minimal relevant testing or data available, they seem to have produced tyres that are long-lasting and with good performance.

    Whether that helps with the spectacle, I doubt, but that isn't Pirelli's fault either.
     
  19. Il_leone

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    The moan will now be you can't follow you can't overtake !!!
     
  20. Westy

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    I think Ferrari were controlling that race from 2nd. Better didn't seem to have any problems staying close to Hamilton. He got real close as Hamilton dove into the pits, I think 7 tenths was the margin at the time. The Ferrari may be the fastest car on race day where the Merc has the edge over one lap.

    A podcast I listen to was saying how the Merc has a narrower optimal operating window than the Ferrari. Vettel is an excellent driver and now he has a car that can once again live up to his talent. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of that bleeding finger this year.

    It is just early days though.
     
  21. marksawatsky

    marksawatsky Points Scorer Contributor

    Isn't it great that we really don't know who will win the next race, or the WDC?
     
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