Grand Prix 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix (990th GP) Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Bill Boddy

Professional layabout
Contributor
It would be nice to think that FP2 were to be telling the truth about the relative positions but I fear not.
 

Jimbob

Test Driver
A comedy of errors in Baku.

A manhole cover is lifted up, which poor George Russell then drove over absolutely destroying the floor of his Williams.

Then the recovery truck carrying the stricken Williams hits a bridge covering the car on the flatbed in hydraulic fluid...

300 manholes to check.
Dare I say, it wouldn't have happened when Charlie Whiting was around. Or is that grossly unfair?
 

220

Test Driver
Dare I say, it wouldn't have happened when Charlie Whiting was around. Or is that grossly unfair?
Exactly the same thing happened Malaysia 2017 in FP2.
Grosjean crashed after hitting a loose drain cover and the session was over while they checked the track.
 

Angel

Pole Sitter
Contributor
So Gasly has to start from the pitlane due to missing a weigh in. Ouch, that's going to be difficult for him on a track like this, then again he did the wrong thing. This punishment has been handed out before to Magnussen (Bahrain 2016) and Sainz (Monaco 2015) apparently. So they should know the consequences.
 
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cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
Staff member
Premium Contributor
Bugger. That's my (already massively..) outside bet on 'you bet' gone up the spout then.
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
never rains but its pours for gasly. but this could be a saviour or another nail in the coffin. depending on how he can come through the field. but its the right the punishment because F1 have got to check any car isn't cheating

this couldve happened to anyone. as new guy said 1 bit failed over 320 manhole covers
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
this looks like an open goal for Ferrari, Charles Leclerc is looking mighty impressive even with a vettel tow still beat him by 2 tenths & beat the Mercedes by 1.4secs

I was in favour of the punishment because they have to be draconian to stop the cheating because you know the F1 teams would be looking at every loophole, but then as soon as Christian horner said that Punishment wouldve been less severe if he had actually been found guilty of ie: running underweight. then rules have gotten ridiculous when the suspesion is worse than the infringement
 

Bill Boddy

Professional layabout
Contributor
The first eye-opener in Q3 was the Mercedes drivers not getting down to the Ferrari times with their qualy rehearsal and then Verstappen going quicker. Then the two Ferraris blasting everyone away but Vettel needing an enormous tow to get within two tenths of his team mate.

Will this be a year for him like Ricciardo's opener?
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
im pretty happy ive still stuck with leclerc & Ferrari LOL & my replacements kimi & Norris are doing well

currently my drivers 1st 5th 7th & 11th
 
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