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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:23 pm 
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I sort of get the feeling that Ferrari are fast in short bursts, their downforce aero is related to their cooling it seems so does that mean their results are going to be temperature related, bit like Mercedes were last year?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:36 pm 
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What's wrong with the Alfas?

Only 16 laps between the two drivers in FP2.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:02 pm 
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What's wrong with the Alfas?

Only 16 laps between the two drivers in FP2.

Apparently both cars suffered the same mechanical issue, although reportedly from different reason.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:53 pm 
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So Ferrari are saying that they turned the power up to max and the gap is not representative. Seems to be corroborated by Wolff who says Ferrari are "making all their gains on the straights" with enormous power. Likely tomorrow we'll see the gap closing


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So Ferrari are saying that they turned the power up to max and the gap is not representative. Seems to be corroborated by Wolff who says Ferrari are "making all their gains on the straights" with enormous power. Likely tomorrow we'll see the gap closing


Have they said why they had the engines turned up? Seems a bit weird for practice unless they were testing reliability, which could make sense considering the overheating reports from Melbourne.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:00 pm 
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So Ferrari are saying that they turned the power up to max and the gap is not representative. Seems to be corroborated by Wolff who says Ferrari are "making all their gains on the straights" with enormous power. Likely tomorrow we'll see the gap closing


Have they said why they had the engines turned up? Seems a bit weird for practice unless they were testing reliability, which could make sense considering the overheating reports from Melbourne.

That seems quite feasible it's something they need to know sooner rather than later.

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I think I heard that when Ferrari turn the power up the aero gets diverted away from the cooling intakes so the PU overheats, which is what I meant about being fast in bursts. Explanation was in the BBC radio commentary of FP1 and FP2. I may have it wrong so don't hold me to it.


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Well have Ferrari dialed it back or have Merc found more pace in FP3???

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Mort Canard wrote:
Well have Ferrari dialed it back or have Merc found more pace in FP3???


Considering the Renault is quicker, I think they are just taking it easy.


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Tassadar wrote:
Mort Canard wrote:
Well have Ferrari dialed it back or have Merc found more pace in FP3???


Considering the Renault is quicker, I think they are just taking it easy.

It's also way too early to tell. They're still 2s off yesterday's times


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Well Chuckles is quicker than Seb in 2 of three practice sessions so far. Will be interesting to watch quali. I wonder if Ferrari will put their thumb on the scales???

I think Lewis can improve some but don't know if he has seven tenths worth in him.

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Looking like Ferrari is untouchable here. So strange how they were so far away in Melbourne and this weekend they are going to destroy everyone. Wow.


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Interesting session. i have to think Red Bull haven't shown their hand yet. Behind both Renault and McLaren, don't really see that lasting.

Ferrari look comfortably ahead so far, although times were slower than yesterday's FP2, so I'm guessing temperatures may play a big part in qualifying later?


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Zoue wrote:
Interesting session. i have to think Red Bull haven't shown their hand yet. Behind both Renault and McLaren, don't really see that lasting.

Ferrari look comfortably ahead so far, although times were slower than yesterday's FP2, so I'm guessing temperatures may play a big part in qualifying later?


Yeah I think not the most representative session, but Ferrari look good for a front row lockout unless the Mercs are really keeping their cards close to their chest.

Hamilton is only 0.5/0.6 faster than Grosjean and Hulkenberg so you'd think more to come from Merc, but probably not enough to overhaul the gap to Ferrari.

What's going on with Ricciardo :?


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Grosjean blocking.


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The Mercs stayed out for a several laps which makes me think they are doing some tyre testing in this phase of qualifying.


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Norris faster than Bottas would imply the Mercs were no where near their Q3 pace.


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Hulk out. Wow.


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3rd to 18th separated by 1 second... Everyone except the Ferraris and the Williams.


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Norris faster than Bottas would imply the Mercs were no where near their Q3 pace.

Also note that Bottas did his run right near the start of the run. So it is likely there will be a huge difference if they also are not trying.


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Stroll again out in Q1... lol

Disappointing Alfa Romeo and Hulk, Ferrari in own league, good job by Norris and nice to see Kubica on the same pace as Russell after Australia


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Really strange Q1. Red Bull lost in the midfield and Merceded barely faster than McLaren, find that hard to believe.

Ferrari's gap to the midfield teams makes sense but Mercedes and Red Bull's don't.


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Tassadar wrote:
Grosjean blocking.

Apparently Haas don't inform their drivers when they are being closed down by cars on flying laps hence why they often seem to get in the way in particular KMag, and then they moan when ever they get penalised.

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Stroll again out in Q1... lol

Disappointing Alfa Romeo and Hulk, Ferrari in own league, good job by Norris and nice to see Kubica on the same pace as Russell after Australia


Stroll needs to step up his qualifying. It's definitely his weakness right now.


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Grosjean blocking.

Apparently Haas don't inform their drivers when they are being closed down by cars on flying laps hence why they often seem to get in the way in particular KMag, and then they moan when ever they get penalised.


I agree with Brundle, I find that hard to believe. Unreal.


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Tassadar wrote:
Mayox wrote:
Stroll again out in Q1... lol

Disappointing Alfa Romeo and Hulk, Ferrari in own league, good job by Norris and nice to see Kubica on the same pace as Russell after Australia


Stroll needs to step up his qualifying. It's definitely his weakness right now.

Well the world begins to make some sense again. :)

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Brundle "second a lap, that echos back to the days of Williams, McLaren, and Schumi at Ferrari, they had the front row locked out"

Where have you been since 2014? Unreal.


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pokerman wrote:
Tassadar wrote:
Mayox wrote:
Stroll again out in Q1... lol

Disappointing Alfa Romeo and Hulk, Ferrari in own league, good job by Norris and nice to see Kubica on the same pace as Russell after Australia


Stroll needs to step up his qualifying. It's definitely his weakness right now.

Well the world begins to make some sense again. :)


See how he does in the race tomorrow. He's shown decent racecraft, I think he'll be fine.


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It's just me or Vettel is overpushing while trying to match Leclerc Today?


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I hate these stupid pop up things with the drivers. With them filling the screen and zooming in on a driver approaching you folding their arms looking proud. It just looks so stupid... Why can't they just have their face and name rather than swamping the screen and blocking EVERYTHING else... ? It is tedious. Anyone else find them irritating?


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Tassadar wrote:
Brundle "second a lap, that echos back to the days of Williams, McLaren, and Schumi at Ferrari, they had the front row locked out"

Where have you been since 2014? Unreal.

:lol: :thumbup:


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Isn’t Gasly supposed to be a Bahrain specialist? He is awful.


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It seems something like Ferrari alone in front - 0.6s - midfield with Merc leading. 😁


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Good luck leclerc, doing great so far. Vettel seems flustered, we've seen this from him before.

Gasly pretty poor again


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More like it from Mercedes, Red Bull seem to genuinely be struggling to be the 3rd best team though.


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Tassadar wrote:
Brundle "second a lap, that echos back to the days of Williams, McLaren, and Schumi at Ferrari, they had the front row locked out"

Where have you been since 2014? Unreal.


Mercedes had on average 0.5 over 2014-2016 which is still enough to lock out every front row but it was never consistently a second. They very rarely had more than 0.7


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Let’s see if vettel can “combine his sectors” better than Leclerc now...


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Zoue wrote:
Tassadar wrote:
Brundle "second a lap, that echos back to the days of Williams, McLaren, and Schumi at Ferrari, they had the front row locked out"

Where have you been since 2014? Unreal.

:lol: :thumbup:


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