Grand Prix 2019 Chinese Grand Prix (1000th GP) Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

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  1. F1Brits_90

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    could be a thing but it wouldve been lap11 vettel didnt pit til lap 14
     
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  4. 220

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    2 practice sessions in and I dont think we have had a Renault engine problem yet.
    All 4 renault powered cars in the top 10 for FP2 with Hulk 5th, Ricciardo the top of them in FP1 in 6th.
     
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  8. cider_and_toast

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

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    Not so much of a gap at the back for Williams so far. It would seem they are slowly clawing back a tenth here and there.
     
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    Bobby K ahead of GR in both sessions as well. Useless, two handed, hairy git Russell should pack it in...
     
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    No opinion either way 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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  12. Angel

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    Loving the avatars Titch and FB

    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.
     
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  13. siffert_fan

    siffert_fan Too old to watch the Asian races live. Contributor

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    At least there was one beutiful F1 car on the circuit today:

    Hill drives father's Monaco-winning Lotus in Shanghai demo
     
  14. RasputinLives

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    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.
     
  15. Ruslan

    Ruslan Points Scorer

    Sort of fast-forwarded through both qualifying sessions on TV. Does anyone know what the problem was with Leclerc's car?

    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.
     
  16. cider_and_toast

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    If that were the case, surely the Kimster will be celebrating an astonishing victory for Alfa Romeo?

    ;)
     
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  17. F1Brits_90

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    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
     
  18. Ruslan

    Ruslan Points Scorer

    Well, here is what I am seeing so far: Leclerc's time compared to Vettel

    FP1: -.036
    FP2: -.281
    FP3: -.193
    FP1: +.263 (Leclerc ahead of Vettel)
    FP2: -.035
    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.
     
  19. 220

    220 Learner

    Well I think quali has given us a fair indication of car pace Bottas on pole by .02 from Hamilton. Vettel .3 behind in third but less than .02 ahead of his team mate. Max back in 5th .5 off pole pace. Gasly only .02 ahead of the Renaults who are 1.4sec off the pace with Danny Ric piping the Hulk by .004.

    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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