Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by FB, Sep 3, 2018.
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I don't believe Räikkönen will play along. He will do his own thing, a that is that. I for one think that it is mistake to let him drive next to Vettel for remainder of the season.
1. It appears that Ferrari is faster than Mercedes
2. It appears that Mercedes is faster than Red Bull (this has got to be disappointing for them....as this is one track where they should shine).
3. I am guessing that best of the rest is Haas. I gather Grosjean is back on form...and that form is faster than Magnussen's. Suspect Haas will be remain loyal to its two drivers for 2019.
4. Vandoorne remains unexplainably slow.....sort of making the argument why he won't have a drive next year, regardless of his complaints and comments.
5. Sainz is starting to look better the second half of the season (he did not in the first half). He may be rejuvenated now that he knows he has a home.
6. Alonso is Alonso...he always performs no matter how bad the car is.
7. I gather Ericson, Ocon and Vandoorne need to prove something, as they may all be out of a ride this year.
8. Vettel kind of needs pole here.
But outstanding from verstappen, from where they were in FP3 to stick it on the front row better than both ferrari's & bottas, arguably on a par with Hamilton pole. Its dejavu because like i said 12 months ago if verstappen sticks 1 up the inside let him go as there no need to fight him
Still....Hamilton was almost 0.6 seconds ahead of his teammate !!!
Anyhow, that may be the lap of the season....as I suspect this pole, at a track where Ferrari was supposed to have an edge.....may give Hamilton an unbeatable advantage. Races can be tricky things.
A few things to watch for tomorrow:
1. The Vettel and Verstappen duel.....right behind Hamilton. Can't imagine that this will not end up in tears.
2. The Perez, Grosjean, Ocon duel (as they are starting as the best of the rest in 7th, 8th and 9th). One of these drivers may not be in F1 next season.
3. The Hulkenberg, Alonso, Sainz duel. Is Sainz, in a superior car, able to beat the man he is going to replace next year at McLaren.
I agree with that. As logic says he shouldnt have won at monza & shouldnt be on pole in Singapore. But he taking the car beyond where it should be. Which is not great for bottas as said before because matching that is almost like the impossible job & when currently bar verstappen & Vettel maybe alonso. I dont see anyone else with the potential to match him
Just need to complete what i saying. I double checked it for errors as well
He should also be on pole in Singapore. It’s not magic. Every car is subject to the laws of physics and neither Matt Adore nor Hamilton can push their cars beyond that limit.
The onboard laps of Hamilton and Vettel show that the Mercedes rotates a lot better than the Ferrari and so did the Red Bull of Verstappen. Even without the small errors Vettel wouldn’t have been on pole or in second. Verstappen was actually quicker than Hamilton in most of the turns, but lost time on all the straights.
The gap between Hamilton and Bottas is just as big as last year. Since when is Bottas’ form the baseline of Mercedes’ general performance - isn’t he just an average Joe according to most viewers who should be sacked for Ocon?
I'd say that this is the season when Hamilton has been most impressive
very interesting post, I didn't manage to watch qualy but in a few lines you gave me all the info that I needed
I'm not into betting but if I was I'd put some money that there will be fireworks from Vettel and Versbatten and that Vettel will be the one who loses out most. And if anything happens chances are that no matter what caused the accident Vettel will receive some sort of penalty
Clay I have to say that Merc car car confuses the hell out of me. In Q1 there were times it looked impossibly stiff like it didn't want to turn at all and it was no surprise to see Hamilton running wide and over kerbs. By the time we got to Q3 though it's it's charactetistics seemed to have changed completely and it was cornering like a dream.
Underrated -: Hulkenberg - I dont disagree
Overrated : Ricciardo - guess they have not checked Daniel's record at Red Bull since he got promoted included thrashing Vettel
Hamilton ;- Trying to compare against when he got in a quick car straight away He still managed to race and compete hard against Alonso and yesterday's lap was Senna like and no one saw it coming
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