Featured Grand Prix 2019 Australian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

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  1. Angel

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    Apparently I'm Nico Hulkenberg, I can live with that :)
     
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  3. Angel

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    I think Ferrari are playing silly beggers, there's no way they're that slow after the pace they showed in testing!!
     
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  4. Radical F1

    Radical F1 Learner

    I think Ferrari isn't running full power today. They may surprise Mercs tomorrow :whistle:
     
  5. Johnny Carwash

    Johnny Carwash Champion Elect Contributor

    I doubt Mercedes are running at full power either.
     
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  6. F1Brits_90

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    I think we are still in the balance Ferrari never have shown the true pace on a Friday last few years in any practise session & I find it extremely unlikely that Mercedes have found 1.3 secs in 2 weeks. most teams are delighted if they find they find 1.3secs over a season. so when everything dialled I still expect to see a Ferrari on the front row. I would say 2 in the top 3 but you can never discount lewis or max because they can & have pulled out stonking qualifying laps from nowhere. Red Bll I think are 3rd but I think they can spring a surprise & have closed that gap are in contention for a victory

    haas arent where I expect them, seemed 4th in testing but now look 6th Renault look 4th but I would say have closed the gap but not enough id still say about 35/45 secs over a race distance. dont be too hard on albon or Norris I just seen that Leclerc was beaten by 9 tenths on Friday, look where them 2 are now & Williams well we cant say that we didnt expect that. I said you might as well stick them on the back row the fact they couldnt even break 1:18 but the gap is pretty bad worse than I thought, it reminded me of the old manors your not wrong about 107% who wouldve ever thought that Williams would be in a position where that is a concern. its a good job that rule applys for Q1 & not Q3 as instead of being 8 tenths in black they would have to find 1 second from somewhere. funny thing is from Q2 today Mercedes have found a second & Williams have lost a 2nd & as ive said for a while this is with the engine that since 2014 has been the class of the field & arguably joint now with Ferrari. if they had renualt or honda I dread to think
     
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  7. F1Brits_90

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    also for those that may have sky but not the sports package the race is live on sky 1
     
  8. Ruslan

    Ruslan Rookie

    A few observations from P2 (which is no where near as informative as P3):

    Teammates:
    1. Hamilton was faster than Bottas in both practices (+0.048 best time)
    2. Vettel was faster than Leclerc in both practices.
    3. Verstappen was faster than Gasly in both practices (+0.042)
    4. Kimi shows some speed. Giovanazzi did not look that good.
    5. Hulkenberg was faster than Ricciado in both practices (+0.07)
    6. Kvyat looked good. Albon less so.
    7. Stroll was faster than Perez in both practices.
    8. Sainz ahead of Lando Norris.

    Big Questions:
    1. Who has the 0.5 second advantage again....was it supposed to be Ferrari or Mercedes?
    2. Was Mercedes sandbagging in Barcelona or is Ferrari sandbagging now in practice?
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019
  9. Ruslan

    Ruslan Rookie

    I took the test....and I got Robert Kubica....which is good as I am a Robert Kubica fan....and Williams is my favorite team (even though they are going to spend this entire season looking at the back end of the other 9 teams).
     
  10. Ruslan

    Ruslan Rookie

    Took the quiz a second time, changing two answers....and got Daniel Ricciardo. Another driver I like a lot.
     
  11. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    I got Carlos Sainz in the test. Not sure what that makes him or me?

    LOL
     
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  12. Olivier

    Olivier Race Winner

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    Same here
     
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  13. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    I am finger boy

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  14. Chasz

    Chasz Points Scorer

    No surprise there FB. The clue's in your name - Finger Boy!

    Apparently I'm Robert Kubica...
     
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  15. F1Brits_90

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    did you find a way to watch sky f1 on BT
     
  16. Radical F1

    Radical F1 Learner

    I got Kubica
     
  17. Ruslan

    Ruslan Rookie

    Watching practice 3....not great television at the moment.

    One car is now on the track.

    Williams are the two fastest cars on the track! It does help that they are the only cars on the track.

    Gasly just blew them away by three seconds.

    Verstappen just blew Gasly away by a second.

    This is sad.

    Ricardo ran a really smooth lap. Still slowr than Versrappen, and he had softer tires. Clearly there is going to be a gap from the top three teams to the rest.
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2019
  18. Ruslan

    Ruslan Rookie

    Kvyat now has the fastest time. Are Toro Rosso allowed to be ahead of Red Bull?

    Ferrari looks smooth. Vettel on top.

    Hamilton looks racey. Bumps Vettel by 0.04.
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2019
  19. Ruslan

    Ruslan Rookie

    Vertel just ran a 1:22.556. Looks like he got serious. Smooth lap.

    Hamilton just beat him. 1:22.292
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2019
  20. Ruslan

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    Well, that was interesting. The 0.5 second advantage that Ferrari has never showed up. A few observations:

    1. Beginning to look like the Mercedes are equal too or faster than the Ferrari's, at least the one driven by Hamilton.

    2. The Red Bull does not look competitive with the Mercedes and Ferraris. This may be a two-team season (again)...which is better than the one-team seasons we have had a lot of....but.....

    3. The pecking orders of the team appear to be established:
    ....a. Hamilton over Bottas (and Ocon is beginning to look like he will be employed soon).
    ....b. Vettel over the well behaved Leclerc.
    ....c. Verstappen over Gasly (even though Verstappen blew his lap in P3).
    ....d. Raikonnen over Giovanazzi
    ....e. Grosjean over Magnussen (nothing new here on the good day)
    ....f. Perez over Stroll (sorry Daddy Stroll)
    ....g. Kvyat over Albon
    ....h. Sainz over Norris

    4. Still up in the air:
    ....a. Ricciardo vs Hulkenberg
    ....b. Kubica vs Russell

    5. Haas looks good. Could they actually take 5th and 6th (like they almost did last year)?

    6. The Williams don't suck as bad as they did at Barcelona.

    We shall see what qualifying brings, but usually FP 3 is pretty telling.
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2019
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  21. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    No - I was looking as we might be moving house and considering cancelling Sky. Have to wait and see how the pennies work out.
     
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