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Formula One 2018 Season Chat

Post by ElNumbre on Mon 19 Mar 2018 - 20:12

The Formula One 2018 season is nearly upon us with it looking like Ferrari and Red Bull might be back to form alongside the all powerful Mercedes.    Renault engines will power both the McLaren and the gorgeous looking Renault RS18.



This season takes place across 21 tracks, finishing on 25th November

Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix CircuitMelbourne25 March
Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International CircuitSakhir8 April
Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International CircuitShanghai15 April
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City CircuitBaku29 April
Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaBarcelona13 May
Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de MonacoMonte Carlo27 May
Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles VilleneuveMontreal10 June
French Grand Prix Circuit Paul RicardLe Castellet24 June
Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull RingSpielberg1 July
British Grand Prix Silverstone CircuitSilverstone8 July
German Grand Prix HockenheimringHockenheim22 July
Hungarian Grand Prix HungaroringBudapest29 July
Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-FrancorchampsStavelot26 August
Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale MonzaMonza2 September
Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street CircuitSingapore16 September
Russian Grand Prix Sochi AutodromSochi30 September
Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka International Racing CourseSuzuka7 October
United States Grand Prix Circuit of the AmericasAustin, Texas[N 2]21 October
Mexican Grand Prix Autódromo Hermanos RodríguezMexico City28 October
Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo José Carlos PaceSão Paulo11 November
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina CircuitAbu Dhabi25 November
Which driver do you think will succeed?   Will there be a surprising performance from a traditionally lower placed team?   Will Alonso continue to provide comedy moments?   Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Re: Formula One 2018 Season Chat

Post by Bunyip on Tue 20 Mar 2018 - 7:03

Lewis will of course be a very strong contender along with (can I spit my dummy out of the pram) Vettle. 
Look out for Riccardo and Verstappen who will be hot contenders in my mind. 
F1 isnt just about the drivers its also about consistency and reliabilty and drivers and teams keeping mistakes to a minimum. 
I love F1 and yes I’m sure the likes of Alonso will provide us with many amusing moments, quips and insights into what its like to be an F1 driver. 
Personally I’d like to see HASS do well, and the sport freed up from some of the political in fighting that we’ve all had to witness over the years. 
Pirelli will have to provide good tyres because like us tyres are the only thing that prevents us flying off the road, regardless of engine or driver. 
I’m sure the coming season will provide us with many controversies and questions and dare I even say thrills. 
I cant wait for the first race Enjoy lol!
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Post by knebby on Tue 20 Mar 2018 - 14:44

Any views on the halo? Personally I think it looks awful and that they might as well just put a roof on and be done with it.

I’m off to the Historic Monaco Grand Prix in May when the GP cars of the 50s, 60s, 70s etc race around the circuit and you can actually see the drivers sawing away at the wheel.
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Re: Formula One 2018 Season Chat

Post by ElNumbre on Sun 25 Mar 2018 - 16:55

It is what it is - I get what they're trying to achieve, but as ever in F1,  a half-cocked implementation.  The camera views which are now basically staring at some sponsored scaffolding.  They've missed a trick to put a camera in the T-Bar giving almost a true drivers-eye view.   It looks better now they've colour coded them, with the dark ones disappearing more than the lighter coloured ones.
I'm surprised they didn't go for the fighter jet style canopy but I think they said that it messed with the aerodynamics.

We're getting further away from open cockpits, and I'm not convinced Halo would have protected the drivers from any of the recent accidents which have caused death or serious injury, but I guess the FIA have to be shown to be doing something.

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** AUSTRALIA SPOILERS **

Post by ElNumbre on Sun 25 Mar 2018 - 17:06

This topic contains results spoilers!!


























Top 10 Results

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5 Sebastian VettelFerrari581:29:33.283325
44 Lewis HamiltonMercedes58+5.036118
7 Kimi RäikkönenFerrari58+6.309215
3 Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-TAG Heuer58+7.069812
14 Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault58+27.8861010
33 Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing-TAG Heuer58+28.94548
27 Nico HülkenbergRenault58+32.67176
77 Valtteri BottasMercedes58+34.339154
2 Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Renault58+34.921112
55 Carlos Sainz Jr.Renault58+45.72291


I hope that this race isn't a precursor for the rest of the season.   Not much excitement beyond pit-lane errors and results forced by virtual safety car.   What is most worrying is that it seems harder than ever to overtake - you only have to look at Bottas's performance, only getting into 8th through retirements and strategy, rather than the outright speed the car is capable of.

Congratulations to McLaren and Renault, particularly Alonso getting his RS powered McLaren into 5th, a fantastic performance.  Great to see the Diamond taking 40% of the top 10 (or 60% if you include the Tag-Heuer branded Renault engines in the RBRs).  

Bahrain next, under the lights for the first time this season.

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