Grand Prix 2015 Russian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Olivier

Race Winner
дравствуйте товарищи!

No longer the new kid on the block, the Russian GP is now an established race at the end of a championship that seems to go on and on. This year the highlight of the race is Aussi artist Natalie Imbruglia which along with Diskoteca Avariya and DJ Legran will try to bring some joy to the Motorsport aficionados. If 2014 was anything to go by, there is little to hope for the race that takes place is warm-for-russia Sochi. It really is a reflection of what’s been going on lately with the sport. We seem to have seamlessly gone from a Red Bull/Vettel domination in early 2000s to the rule of Mercedes/Hamilton, with the difference that Hamilton has really little opposition and it’s not a matter of if but when will he clinch the championship.

14 races into the championship and we are more or less at the same place we were a year ago with Lewis Hamilton in front and Nico Rosberg a little further back. This year Ferrari is playing catch up with Vettel breathing on Mercedes neck, the same way Riccardo did last year. It may be not everybody’s opinion but so far the season has been little more than boredom all the way, unless you are a Hamilton hard core fan that is.

Pirelli will bring the super-softs in an attempt to spice things up but probably that’s only going to make Mercedes life easier and you’ll know after the first lap what the final classification is going to be. FIA bosses have tried to change the sport to improve the TV audiences and interest in F1 in general, with little success. And while the real fans keep coming back for more, we all know it’s going to be little bit more than a Mercedes parade.

Drama seems to be unfolding actually outside the track; will Red Bull retire from the sport? Is Renault coming back with the works team? Are both Button and Alonso so disappointed by their “GP2” power units that they are ready to hang their helmets and head to greener pastures? Is Kvyat finally going to get his maiden win? Who’s Haas fielding for next year?

If you ask me, F1 can borrow a page or two from Indy Carts (sans the accidents); after all the race finale couldn't have been any more thrilling with 4 drivers still with option to win. If you take the incredible speed and bravado of Hamilton, Vettel’s car control, Button precision, Alonso’s intelligence, Riccardo’s smile and a bunch of kinds that are just old enough to have a drink fighting for the coveted spot of “the best new thing in town” and put them in those monstrosities that Indy officials call cars, people would tune in, for sure. But that’s topic for a different thread.

For the time being, let us relax, drink a little Vodka and continue to hope for the impossible; one interesting race …
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
I hope using the softer tyres might give us more than we got last time out but I'm not too hopeful. They should ask Formula E if they can double up on the race in Moscow. That was a simply crazy circuit.
 

olegg

Race Winner
I think that such low rating for russian GP last year was due to...
the snobbery but not because of the quality of the race.

In the last season were more boring races with smaller number of overtaking
which had more high rating.
 

soccerman17

Race Winner
I think maybe those other races should have been rated lower. But the snobbery would make a lot more sense if Hamilton hadn't won last year
 

Greenlantern101

Super Hero And All Round Good Guy
Contributor
It was the atmosphere I really loved. All that Herrass fencing within an industrial estate just had a certain ambiance.
 

olegg

Race Winner
This track is corruption
And do you have evidence?
How ridiculous Australian truth-seeker.

This is Australia democracy 1960.
But in Russia for 3 years before
hundreds of thousands of young people from hundreds of
countries arriving in Moscow in the Youth and Students Festival.
And in 1961, Gagarin became the first astronaut in the world

Everything is relative.....:)
 
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