Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by cider_and_toast, Apr 9, 2019.
could be a thing but it wouldve been lap11 vettel didnt pit til lap 14
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All 4 renault powered cars in the top 10 for FP2 with Hulk 5th, Ricciardo the top of them in FP1 in 6th.
Titch, just that there has been some comments about Kubica being bald and mildly handicapped and that's why he was being beaten. Thought I'd turn it on it's head.
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Ferrari are still saying that in 50/50 situations they plan to put Vettel first. I wonder how much longer that scenario will last if Leclerc proves to be the faster of the two. Not that he was today, but I meant in general.
Hill drives father's Monaco-winning Lotus in Shanghai demo
I gather from this the Merc engine is still very much suited to the Chinese circuit then. They've been very successful round here.
I do wonder if Liberty Media would prefer a Ferrari victory for the 1000th GP. History and all that.
A few observations:
1. It was cooler than usual weather....so results may vary.
2. Not sure if Ferrari is faster than Mercedes. Sort of looks it though, but not by huge amounts (maybe 0.2 vice 0.5).
3. The rest of the order seems the same as before.
4. The driver pairings seem the same as before except Kubica is now ahead of George Russell.
.....a. The most notable differences remain on some teams: Hamilton over Bottas, Verstappen over Gasly, Kvyat over Albon and Raikkonen over Giovinazzi
.....b. The general sense I get from the multiple practices over the first three races is that Vettel definitely has a speed advantage over Leclerc.
If that were the case, surely the Kimster will be celebrating an astonishing victory for Alfa Romeo?
Ruslan Vettel & leclerc were running different downforce levels in FP1 & Leclerc cooling leak cost him that 2nd run later as he
missed final 35mins, so his fastest time was 1 of his 1st in FP2 in 1st half hour
Well, here is what I am seeing so far: Leclerc's time compared to Vettel
FP1: +.263 (Leclerc ahead of Vettel)
FP3: +.169 (Leclerc ahead of Vettel)
FP1: - .256
FP2: - .801
Obviously Leclerc has had a great weekend at Bahrain, and Vettel did not, but you wonder if Vettel does not still have an overall speed advantage. We will know more tomorrow.
Given the time difference between team mates you would have to think they all maximised the cars potential apart from Gasly and the results are a fair indication of speed at least for China.
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