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Hamilton on pole, Vettel 2nd & with rain a big possibility, it's going to be a great race.
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Yeah wet race!

Can't wait to wake up at stupid o'clock to watch red flags and safety cars :-|

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Ominous that Ocon thinks the new set tyres have more aqua planing that the old ones.

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Should be splendid.

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mikeyg123 wrote:Ominous that Ocon thinks the new set tyres have more aqua planing that the old ones.
I said no such thing. :)

Yeah, hoping for a dry race though. Having rain will only delay the possiblity of any analasys being made of where Ferrari stand compared to Merc.

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Black_Flag_11 wrote:Yeah wet race!

Can't wait to wake up at stupid o'clock to watch red flags and safety cars :-|
It's frustrating because part of me wants to see the Fezza/Merc fight in dry conditions again and as you say it would probably be all red flags and SC's but another part of me wants to see Max and Alonso in the wet to see what they can do as I think it's the only chance for McLaren to get some points and Max is always worth a watch coming through the field.
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Lotus49 wrote:
Black_Flag_11 wrote:Yeah wet race!

Can't wait to wake up at stupid o'clock to watch red flags and safety cars :-|
It's frustrating because part of me wants to see the Fezza/Merc fight in dry conditions again and as you say it would probably be all red flags and SC's but another part of me wants to see Max and Alonso in the wet to see what they can do as I think it's the only chance for McLaren to get some points and Max is always worth a watch coming through the field.
Completely agree, there are pros and cons to both scenarios. But I always prefer a dry and fair race.

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Lotus49 wrote:
Black_Flag_11 wrote:Yeah wet race!

Can't wait to wake up at stupid o'clock to watch red flags and safety cars :-|
It's frustrating because part of me wants to see the Fezza/Merc fight in dry conditions again and as you say it would probably be all red flags and SC's but another part of me wants to see Max and Alonso in the wet to see what they can do as I think it's the only chance for McLaren to get some points and Max is always worth a watch coming through the field.
Oh I love wet races, it just seems as though we get so few of them now without something making it not possible for the cars to run e.g. Excessive aquaplaning or the helicopter not being able to fly.

I'd love to be wrong and for us to have a proper wet race, but I have my doubts.

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Grosjean & Palmer will get 5 place grid penalties as FIA feel they didn't sufficiently slow down:

http://www.eurosport.co.uk/formula-1/gr ... tory.shtml

Verstappen & Ocon get promoted to 17th & 18th respectively.
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Black_Flag_11 wrote:Yeah wet race!

Can't wait to wake up at stupid o'clock to watch red flags and safety cars :-|
That's what I said about Brazil last year. Thought I was better off recording it, allocated extra time on the recorder and everything, but the red flag was so long that the recording cut off just after Felipe went into the wall.
Fair to say, I wasn't impressed.
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no matter how atrocious the weather may become, the race won't be cancelled as the FIA has set a group of neurosurgeons on standby at a hospital 5km away instead of the chosen hospital which is 38km away & reaching it by road (if helicopter can't fly in bad weather) would not be deemed safe & appropriate as 20 minutes is the maximum time for a safe window to operate on a seriously injured driver:

http://www.espn.in/f1/story/_/id/191146 ... s-race-day
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It's wet alright:

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This should be interesting....I hope
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SDLRob wrote:This should be interesting....I hope
Toes crossed!
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Starting Grid (Provisional):

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
3. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing
6. Felipe Massa Williams
7. Nico Hulkenberg Renault
8. Sergio Perez Force India
9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
10. Lance Stroll Williams
11. Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso
12. Kevin Magnussen Haas
13. Fernando Alonso McLaren
14. Marcus Ericsson Sauber
15. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
16. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing
17. Esteban Ocon Force India
18. Romain Grosjean Haas *5 place penalty for failing to slow for double waved yellows
19. Jolyon Palmer Renault *5 place penalty for failing to slow for double waved yellows
20. Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber *5 place penalty for gearbox change
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Toto punching the counter will be in every VT segment this season won't it?
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Bloody hell - the commentator on the pre-race show in Thailand just said that Lewis' quali performance showed that he's becoming more and more like Ayrton Senna :lol: !

I knew it was a mistake turning on the TV before the actual race....

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And now they are saying Vettel isn't on pole because he didn't have the perfect quali lap.

Don't worry, I'm now going to turn the TV off until the Sky (?) commentators take over 15 mins before the race start :lol: !

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LKS1 wrote:Bloody hell - the commentator on the pre-race show in Thailand just said that Lewis' quali performance showed that he's becoming more and more like Ayrton Senna :lol: !

I knew it was a mistake turning on the TV before the actual race....
Yes that's trash. :x Hamilton is capable of sporadic moments of brilliance, but he's still very inconsistent and prone to making huge errors under pressure.

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well then... that VT suddenly & swiftly gave out a kick to the feels there...
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Glad i woke up, for some reason I thought race start was an hour later than it actually is...phew

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Checo is going out on Inters:

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Ocon has chosen Wets though.
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UnlikeUday wrote:Grosjean & Palmer will get 5 place grid penalties as FIA feel they didn't sufficiently slow down:

http://www.eurosport.co.uk/formula-1/gr ... tory.shtml

Verstappen & Ocon get promoted to 17th & 18th respectively.
Didn't see Palmer but Grosjean came out of the last corner with quite a bit of pace and seem to keep it as he crossed the line.

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so wow...we actually get a wet/damp start today, get ready for wheelspin, can't make any predictions as to who will lead into the 1st corner now ;)

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no SC start...
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Did Brundle say Bottas went off on the out lap?
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Finally, a wet start from the line. Chaos at the first corner almost guaranteed. One thing is for sure, none of these drivers will have practised a wet start on inters............

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SDLRob wrote:Did Brundle say Bottas went off on the out lap?
It's a common thing with Finns!

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SDLRob wrote:Did Brundle say Bottas went off on the out lap?
He did, but the only replay I saw was Hamilton running wide on inters. Unless I misheard, Bottas was on slicks?

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I think both of them got to the grid on slicks...
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LBET wrote:
UnlikeUday wrote:Grosjean & Palmer will get 5 place grid penalties as FIA feel they didn't sufficiently slow down:

http://www.eurosport.co.uk/formula-1/gr ... tory.shtml

Verstappen & Ocon get promoted to 17th & 18th respectively.
Didn't see Palmer but Grosjean came out of the last corner with quite a bit of pace and seem to keep it as he crossed the line.
It's the new Rosberg rule. Nobody is allowed to put in a representative lap time with waved yellows. Passing waved yellow's in quali now means abandon the lap.

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Rain is not expected anymore. Changeable conditions on the cards.

Exciting race in prospect.
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Who'll be first onto slicks?

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LBET wrote:Who'll be first onto slicks?
Pirelli reckons the crossover point is when laptimes hit 1m46s (although that's on the proviso that the track is evenly damp).
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LBET wrote:Who'll be first onto slicks?
Several are already on the super soft........ :?

only one rolled off on slicks, Sainz.
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No. I'm wrong.
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All starting on inters except Sainz, he's on supersofts!
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Sainz starting on slicks.

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F1nut wrote:
LBET wrote:Who'll be first onto slicks?
Several are already on the super soft........ :?
Oh my. This will be interesting.

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only one it seems... Carlos Sainz the only one not on inters
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