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

Discussion in 'Grand Prix Discussions' started by Greenlantern101, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    Welcome to Shanghai International Circuit. 5.451 Km long , 16 turns, 56 laps and a side order of communism. Just the second of our fly away's for our 14th visit to The Peoples Republic of China.

    But first lets look at the season opener. The race in Australia was hopefully a good pointer for how the season will go, although it does throw up unusual results from time to time. From what we have seen it looks like the Mercedes and Ferrari are very evenly matched. The Red bulls aren’t too far behind Ferrari either.

    Arguably Mercedes threw the win away with a poor strategy call in a very early stop that saw Hamilton come out behind Max in his Redbull. Seb in his Ferrari took full advantage and went longer on tyres to get the ‘over cut’. Cue the ‘finger’.

    Daniel had a nightmare home grand prix and is after one race already a gear box and an engine down. Max done good and was worrying Kimi towards the end. Bottas had a decent first race for Mercedes. Kimi almost never turned up. Massa made Stroll look like a rookie in his first race weekend. But Giovinazzi was a class act considering how little warning he had that Pascal was still unable to race. I think we have a decent fight on for Williams, Haas and Force India in the midfield. Renualt, Sauber and McLaren trying to not be last. I despair when I think about McLaren, dead last and a DNF. How the mighty have fallen.

    All in all, a slightly duller than average first race. The lack of overtaking in particular was rather telling. It looks bad for the rest of the season. The regulations have managed to make things worse in my opinion.

    So on to China. Mercedes have won here the last 3 years, the long straight very much playing into their power advantage. In-fact a Mercedes powered car has won here 6 years out of the last 7 which is rather an ominious statistic if you are anyone but Ferrari.

    Last years race scored a respectable 7.14 in the CTA out of ten ratings. Mostly due to Lewis and Seb having to battle through the field from the back. Fingers crossed we get a decent race this time as well.

    Tyres for this race are supersofts, softs and the mediums. So one stoppers all round I would think.

    I’m looking forward to this. Hopefully we will get some more overtakes this time out on a proper race circuit. And I hope some of Shanghai’s 34 million inhabitants help fill out the grandstands.

    Here is the TV schedule. Another early one for us in the UK.

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  3. Rutherford

    Rutherford Rookie

    They used to offer people money or even force them to attend the races to fill the grandstands. I'd like to be offered money to visit an F1 GP instead of spending it. LOL

    I'm hopeful that some overtaking will take place due to the 1.3 km long back straight.
     
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  4. olegg

    olegg Podium Finisher

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  5. Il_leone

    Il_leone Race Winner

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    If they can't overtake down the longest straight on the calendar then I think the rest of the season are going to provide some very long processional races

    If I was Mclaren Honda I would be very worried as the car will probably be passed before even halfway down the straight
     
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  6. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    Pascal is out for China as well. Giovinazzi gets another go.
     
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  7. Incubus

    Incubus Champion Elect

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    Oh dear...
     
  8. Il_leone

    Il_leone Race Winner

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    You know people were saying Wehrlein had to beat Ericsson if he wanted to prove himself worthy of a Mercedes drive

    I think Giovinazzi is making a good case for himself to extend his F1 career and get a Ferrari drive
     
  9. Il_leone

    Il_leone Race Winner

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    LifeW12 Podium Finisher

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    They'll probably miss the 107%
     
  11. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    Would you care to wager a small sum on that LifeW12?
     
  12. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    Ready with the tinfoil hats.
     
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  13. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives He's the master of going faster Contributor

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    Due to Honda's lower output Mclaren have been given special permission to start going down that long straight in China now in order to avoid then creating any lap one incidents.
     
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  14. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    161 overtakes here last year. Higher or lower this year. :thinking:LOL
     
  15. RasputinLives

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    Depends on how high up the Mclarens qualify.
     
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  16. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    Smog. No running. Medical helicopter can't land at the hospital. Hopefully it clears before the race.
     
  17. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    Not good is it? I did, at least, find out that Bottas has a burger named after him in his home town and Max Verstappen thinks he has a dog's name.
     
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    McLaren have fitted a T wing - Formula 1: Tech Bite: McLaren fits new T-wing in China

    Meanwhile, the Captain of the Titanic has asked for the chairs to moved around.
     
  19. olegg

    olegg Podium Finisher

    Practices were very productive
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    Lucky for those who did not wake up at night to view them
     
  20. LifeW12

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    The post Suzuka 2014 safety paranoia has continued once again
     
  21. snowy

    snowy Champion Elect

    Not what I was expecting! ;)
     

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