Pre-Season 2018 Season Preview

Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by FB, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives Happy to be me again Contributor

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    Interestingly Torro Rosso got more test laps in with Honda this year than they did with Renault!
     
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  3. P1

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  4. P1

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    If that article is on target then it looks like it could be another good year for our man HAM
     
  5. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Everything in moderation Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    Oooh Joy.
     
  6. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives Happy to be me again Contributor

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    Rumours are Merc are a second a lap quicker than the rest - although Merc are denying it (which probably makes it true).
     
  7. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    Another season of boredom then.
     
  8. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Everything in moderation Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    As I read today, there is nothing as corrosive in sport as a lack of competition.
     
  9. vintly

    vintly Mostly bacon Premium Contributor

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    Last year had genuine competition until Singapore when Ferrari (or was it Vettel?) bungled it. Admittedly after that it was all over, but we had three quarters of a season when there was a genuine contender in the running against Mercedes. The same again wouldn't be great, but it could be worse. I think one of the issues with the sport is that there's no ebb and flow in the drama. Reliability and strategy is so refined now that a driver's position in the race is usually cemented by about lap 5. We hope that someone will challenge the leader eventually, hopefully before the end of the damn season, and make a sport of it. That and the odd big crash, is the only drama left. Let's hope it's close in Melbourne.
     
  10. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #dejavu Valued Member

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    The anti-climax of last season didn’t help. The title race was looking so intriguing, then Ferrari/Vettel ballsed up in Singapore, compounding the mistake by ballsing up Kuala Lumpur. He’d have won both of those Grands Prix; there’d have been a title fight if he had. Then he retired from Suzuka too!

    I’m not saying Vettel would have been champion, but there’d have been incentive to keep watching. The infrequently entertaining racing was marred by a sense of what could have been too.
     
  11. F1Brits_90

    F1Brits_90 Race Winner

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    Im a hamilton fan & delighted all 4 times he won, crushed in 2007 & 2016 but no one wants a 1 horse race vettel years of 2011 & 2013 were for me worse than Schumacher years 2013 was closest i came to stopping F1. It not a understatement that would be a disaster for F1. Almost criminal if we never get chance of a full season of Hamilton & Vettel going head to head on & off the track. That could be this generation rivalry

    70s had Hunt v Lauda
    80s had Prost v Senna
    90s had Schumacher v Hill & Hakkinen
     
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  12. F1Brits_90

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    But from watching & reading testing. Very worrying news that williams could be "battling" with sauber to avoiding be on the back row. As some have said the handling looks dreadful on track
     
  13. Titch

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    My expectations of an exciting season ahead are zero.
     
  14. olegg

    olegg Race Winner

    Another one variation analise of the winter tests
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  15. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    LOL

    Lets hope Merc don't fix this before Melbourne.

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  16. Rutherford

    Rutherford Podium Finisher

    Red Bulls tyres looked like that as well. I'm sure it's nothing to worry about, unlike Mr. Anderson's comments on what we could be facing this season.
     
  17. Il_leone

    Il_leone Champion Elect

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    the suggestion is Mercedes are very strong over long runs given most of the running they were doing were on the medium tyre and they still able to come out with fast times relative to other teams who were using softer tyres

    RasputinLives

    There is a suggestion Honda were using a new engine every time to mask the reliability matter.

    Its easier to have a fast car that is not reliable to work on than a reliable car that is slow because you don't know where the potential.

    What will matter is how often Toro Rosso's get lapped by a Mclaren because I am sure that was very seldom last year given Mclarens were always at the back or failed to make it to the end of the race

    Well Honda were suggesting they could be top 3 last season so that did sound ambitious given their record since their return
     
  18. Il_leone

    Il_leone Champion Elect

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    P1 Thanks for the insight if Gary Anderson's observations are correct then we will see Vettel of 2016 return very soon and Arrivabene will be fired before the season is over ... I am surprised he is still at Ferrari given rumours were circulating he was on his way out

    The most interesting thing to observe this season will be if Renault and Mclaren as expected will suddenly come through to battle the top 3 at the moment


    I am expecting Williams and Toro Rosso to really struggle due to the lack of experience from both driver line ups
     
  19. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives Happy to be me again Contributor

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    I wouldn't say Hartley lacks experience.

    Also that Honda rumour has absolutely no basis in fact whatsoever. It is being widely reported though. Mainly by media outlets influenced by Zak Brown. Hmmm.....
     
  20. siffert_fan

    siffert_fan Too old to watch the Asian races live. Contributor

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    I won't be the least bit surprised if TR consistently outperforms McLaren.
     
  21. Il_leone

    Il_leone Champion Elect

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    hmm Zak Brown's friends leaking false stories
    :whistle: that's very cheap and dirty
     

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