Grand Prix 2020 Australian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

The long 4 month drought of F1 is soon to be over. as on 15th March we finally be getting 2020 season underway (Virus permitting 😷 ) . I can guarantee 1 thing that the 1st race of this decade cant be any worse than the 1st race of the previous decade which seemed to set the tone for the poor decade that would follow. as 2010 Bahrain gp is ranked up there with the 2019 French GP & others. so bad that they were started a discussion to have mandatory 2 stop races. but we will see who will follow in steps of Guiseppe Farina, Bruce McLaren, Jack Brabham, Alan Jones, Ayrton Senna, Micheal Schumacher & Fernando Alonso as the 1st Grand prix winner of the new decade, so no pressure on sundays winner as will have to keep up the world champion streak & even the 1 that didn't founded 1 of F1 most successful teams

but on Australia, their history of motorsport goes alot further back than I thought, the Australian GP started in 1928, has gone to become Australia's 2nd oldest motorsport competition that still takes place today, only beaten the Alpine rally that started 7yrs earlier & in its self is the 4th oldest surviving motorsport event in world. only the French GP, Monte Carlo rally & Indy 500 are older. the GP way before the its official debut in 1985. Australia was informally a big part of F1 because in mid 60s. Australian GP was apart of the Tasman series Where world champions likes of Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt, Phil & Graham Hill, all regularly took apart, after the tasman series ended in 1975 in the 10 yr break til we returned to Adelaide. which I think even to this day is remembered with great fondness, a circuit that drivers liked with the fast flowing layout, the 1985 pole had a average speed of 106.5mph, which compared to the 91.7mph & 90.2mph average speeds they experienced in Monaco & Detroit. over the 10 years they had some memorable moments
1986 - the famous 3 way title race between Piquet, Prost & Mansell, Mansell blowout that cost him & Williams with precautionary pitstop, cost them world title & handing to outsider Prost
1991 - the shortest race in history, that only lasted 14 laps (probally 8 laps too long)
1994 - 1 of the most infamous in F1 history with Hill & Schumacher incident, with the accident or deliberate nature is still debated to this day
1995 - the final race was where Damon Hill won by record margin likely never to be beaten winning by 2 laps. 1 already discussed DC managing to crash coming for his pit stop

when you think of albert park & motorsport. you would think of 1996 1st race. but you would be very wrong. because the 1st motor race around the Albert park lake was back in 1953. in a circuit that almost the same length but was ran anti clockwise. which was won by doug whiteford who did 64laps 5 laps clear of 2nd which raced 300km but in 2hr 25 instead of 1hr 29 of bottas in 2019 & a certain 27yr old jack brabham was apart of the event but couldn't start due to car issues. but the move to Albert Park was very controversial in the beginning to say the least as it was "stolen" from Adelaide, it all started with Ron walker who wanted improve Melbourne's morale, after losing the bid for centenary Olympics to Atlanta, become the self proclaimed sporting capital of the world to go all the other major events held in melbourne & coupled with that Bernie getting angered by delays he was getting from Adelaide. that in MI5 style in late 1992. secrecy to the point, that the only 3 people who knew about deal was Ron Walker, Bernie Ecclestone & Victorian treasurer. so secret they would book into hotel rooms in London under fake names to avoid story leaking. & then in December 1993 a day after state election the new councillor got a phone call to drop the bombshell that the Melbourne had stolen the race under Adelaide noses, which still to this does cause some frustration. but then when he thought he quelled the anger from adelaide. he had a new controversy when alot local people were angry as they set up & protest for many years the save Albert park group, who still even in recent years & more minor way protest the location of the grand prix

also austrailian had some of the worst luck because widely known but strange fact alot like Jenson button record at Silverstone. that despite the quality drivers theyve had down the years. the Aussie are still waiting to cheer there home favourite to victory & not even had driver classified on the podium. The best results they achieved Webber 4th in red bull & his amazing 5th place in that minardi. also Ricciardo 4th in 2016 & 2018

but anyway now to the present day, we have the start of the season which is a end of an era before maybe the biggest rule change for F1 in many years. is looking like an intriguing season which hopefully Australia will give us some answers.
  • how good are mercedes
  • Are Red bull hiding championship challenging pace. potential to finally getting to see how verstappen copes under pressure of a title battle
  • are ferrari troubles are bad they seem. can Leclerc & Vettel on track relationship repaired , also does Vettel get a contract for 2021
  • can force India racing point provide a huge surprise become the 1st team to be able to challenge the big 3 for 1st time since enstone team with grosjean in 2013
    is this the beginning the end for Haas, as they are debating their future
    Can Mclaren & Renault take the Next Steps that the budgets they pressure them into
  • & is this Williams new car finally capable of giving Russell a car to get into B race & out of the doldrums
so yes good luck to whoever you support, enjoy the ride & lets hope we have a entertaining 2020. because when its good on track, it can paper over the cracks of the Off track issues
 

RasputinLives

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I kind of hope this was tweeted with tongue in cheek.

I mean obviously we'll miss Hannah Montana the most duh.

F1. It's a sport honest.
 

vintly

Mostly bacon
Premium Contributor
Well autographs and music isn't sport, so it's a harmless tweet.

What's important is whether the racing goes ahead or not. I think they'll pull it. Let's have a poll.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
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I kind of hope this was tweeted with tongue in cheek.

I mean obviously we'll miss Hannah Montana the most duh.

F1. It's a sport honest.

that news has hit me like a wrecking ball, but as we well know very few things stop F1. even driver death or civil war going into its 2nd yr didnt

all i did have a chat with miley cyrus few weeks ago turns out big F1 fan.
i asked "so whats your favourite thing about F1"

miley replied "i love watching the cars at monaco going from saint devote up to casino square"

i said "oh really, whys that"
miley replied " its all about the climb" :D :tumbleweed:
 
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F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
if im being purely honest. as long as we get qualifying sorted. ill be happy because i just want to know where what the pace is . i dont mind about the 21 races
 

RasputinLives

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I can tell you that right now.

Merc



Red Bull
Ferrari



Racing Point
McLaren
Alpha Thingy
Renault
Haas
Alfa Romeo














Williams
 

The Artist.....

Champion Elect
Hamilton seems to be speaking sense; he has asked why the Australian GP is even running!
  • Given that all Italian sport has been cancelled
  • Given that the US has banned all flights from EU countries
it seems deeply irresponsible to run the F1 circus.

Similarly, it seems deeply irresponsible that major events like the Cheltenham Festival are still going ahead!

China has shown the way to deal with Covid-19. The rest of the world needs to follow suit!
 
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F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
interesting RasputinLives because for me
---------------------- Hamilton
Mercedes
---------------------- Verstappen
Red Bull ------------ Bottas

Ferrari----------------Albon
Racing Point

Mclaren
Renault
Toro Tauri

Alfa Romeo
Williams
Haas
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
it seems deeply irresponsible to run the F1 circus.

very true but we all watched F1 for long enough to know this is completely normal, io have a feeling that extra prediction in start of febuary is a slam dunk

after current events, ill add another one to this. that F1 will keep up its long tradition plowing on pig headed with events that everyone sensible is advising them to rearrange or cancel, like japan 1976, imola 1994, bahrain 2012, japan 2014

for me in uk events, i think you should just the delay these things we restart the sporting calendar in may if hopefully everything is fine. ebcause sports without fans is ridiclously
 

RasputinLives

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Of course you now have to question who that team member came into contact with whilst in the paddock so who needs to isolate themselves. A lot of Ferrari employees won't even be able to go home! People keep saying "But F1 always carrys on" like it's an excuse for it but it really was a very daft decision not to suspend the start of the season.
 

Grizzly

Bear
Contributor
Well, i certainly wouldn't want to be the one charged with making the call. The only reason they went in the first place was because of the financial penalties of being the one to do so, i.e. the FIA, Formula 1, the race promoter and i'm sure some others, like Pirelli for example. If the government do it, they can't all point fingers at each other, so they're all holding out for their hand to be forced. Yes, ridiculous.
 

RasputinLives

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With China and Vietnam likely to be out then the season with the most races ever could also be the season with the least races on about a decade.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
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BBC saying it's off. Sky saying it's on and is going to be best race ever ever ever.

we cant blame liberty media. this is ingrained in F1. cant forget the most famous back in 1976, the drivers were forced to race in unsafe conditions because of TV pressure. but alot of colleagues at work as this is the discussion. are amazed at f1 stubbornness how even a ongoing civil war in Bahrain that has stopped many a sporting event couldn't stop a race

it is amazing to think that our season starts in under 8 hrs. & we are still none the wiser
 
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rufus_mcdufus

Champion Elect
How idiotic to allow all the teams to get out to Melbourne, no doubt put all the road closures in place etc. and then make a decision to call off in the early hours of the day before the practice sessions.
 
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