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The new turn 10:

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Have they finally taken out that awful chicane which causes so much bad racing?
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F1_Ernie wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 3:51 pm
Have they finally taken out that awful chicane which causes so much bad racing?
That chicane still stands. It's only turn 10 they changed. Wonder if it will make any difference!
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UnlikeUday wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 4:01 pm
F1_Ernie wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 3:51 pm
Have they finally taken out that awful chicane which causes so much bad racing?
That chicane still stands. It's only turn 10 they changed. Wonder if it will make any difference!
If they are not prepared to take out that chicane which can easily be done to try improve racing then the track should go. This track has been around way to long and delivering boring races.
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https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/arti ... lOJ4t.html

Redbull brought some upgrades to Portimao but put this in here if anyone is interested as the upgrades should give a better indication on how effective they are in Spain.
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F1_Ernie wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 4:27 pm
UnlikeUday wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 4:01 pm
F1_Ernie wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 3:51 pm
Have they finally taken out that awful chicane which causes so much bad racing?
That chicane still stands. It's only turn 10 they changed. Wonder if it will make any difference!
If they are not prepared to take out that chicane which can easily be done to try improve racing then the track should go. This track has been around way to long and delivering boring races.
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UnlikeUday wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 4:01 pm
F1_Ernie wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 3:51 pm
Have they finally taken out that awful chicane which causes so much bad racing?
That chicane still stands. It's only turn 10 they changed. Wonder if it will make any difference!
It should do. The straight hasn't been made any longer and the corner now has a faster entry, and therefore shorter breaking zone. So it should make it even harder to overtake than it was before.

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Black_Flag_11 wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 9:40 pm
UnlikeUday wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 4:01 pm
F1_Ernie wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 3:51 pm
Have they finally taken out that awful chicane which causes so much bad racing?
That chicane still stands. It's only turn 10 they changed. Wonder if it will make any difference!
It should do. The straight hasn't been made any longer and the corner now has a faster entry, and therefore shorter breaking zone. So it should make it even harder to overtake than it was before.
Nobody could overtake there anyway. May as well at least have a nice corner.

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mikeyg123 wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 9:48 pm
Black_Flag_11 wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 9:40 pm
UnlikeUday wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 4:01 pm
F1_Ernie wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 3:51 pm
Have they finally taken out that awful chicane which causes so much bad racing?
That chicane still stands. It's only turn 10 they changed. Wonder if it will make any difference!
It should do. The straight hasn't been made any longer and the corner now has a faster entry, and therefore shorter breaking zone. So it should make it even harder to overtake than it was before.
Nobody could overtake there anyway. May as well at least have a nice corner.
True, we've seen a move or two into there over the years but without a headwind or vastly different tyre conditions it isnt happening.

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There's a good chance of rain on Sunday.

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Forecast says 40% chance of rain by the end of the race. Temperatures between 13 and 25C.
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Supposedly, the Barcelona track layout should suit RB a little more than Merc. It has better grip on its tarmac when compared to Portugal. There will be more rubber on track as well as there will be support races throughout the weekend.

Also the upgrades that were installed on the car should hopefully work better at Barcelona due to the track layout wanting more downforce.

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Banana kerbs installed between turns 7 & 8.
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Expecting few things to continue
Ocon will continue schooling the Spanish Matador
Valterri will keep drifting away in pace from the leaders
Carlos "I'm as fast as Leclerc in the corners" Sainz will be schooled again
The smiling honey badger will continue to struggle against Lando

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Just to bring everyone in the mood. Last year's qualy.

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Track limit directive as suggested by FIA:

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I hope the rain forecast is accurate for Sunday, might make it more interesting. I think there's been two races here in the hybrid era that haven't been bad and one of them was thanks to the two Mercs taking each other out.

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Check this out. See from 11.15 if wanting to know a little about the upgrades heading into this grand prix.
https://www.formula1.com/en/video/2021/ ... kkb7MuGFMM
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JN23 wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 6:14 pm
I hope the rain forecast is accurate for Sunday, might make it more interesting. I think there's been two races here in the hybrid era that haven't been bad and one of them was thanks to the two Mercs taking each other out.
The worry is they are quite a way from the plain. Seems unlikely there will rain before race end.

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Mazepin begins his weekend!
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Less than 4 minutes into the session before Mazepin goes off. I fully accept that the Haas is a swine to drive but Schumacher has had far less drama than Mazepin. And beat a Williams on pure pace last weekend.
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Mazepin is an embarrassment

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I have to say I'm beginning to get attached to Mazepin. Never a dull moment he always gives good value.

And in two weeks it's Monaco :lol: :lol: :lol:

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mikeyg123 wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 9:51 am
I have to say I'm beginning to get attached to Mazepin. Never a dull moment he always gives good value.

And in two weeks it's Monaco :lol: :lol: :lol:
Oh f...

Yeah, we'll be getting at least one red flag there. Part of me hopes he utterly totals the car in FP1 so we have a clear track for most of the weekend.
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Not something of a big news but Mazepin is 1.2 secs slower than Schumacher.
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UnlikeUday wrote:
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Not something of a big news but Mazepin is 1.2 secs slower than Schumacher.
I think the opposite would make it bigger news!

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Ooh its close! I know fp1 etc. etc. but still makes for a good qualy, even if we know the race might be somewhat of a procession...

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I do wonder if Bottas gets sick of topping the timesheets without being able to shake the existential dread that Hamilton will probably beat him to pole or beat him in the race.

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Lando and Daniel again, ooooof. At least Vettel seems to be getting his confidence back

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What's going on with Red Bull in FP2? Why so slow?
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F1Tyrant wrote:
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What's going on with Red Bull in FP2? Why so slow?
I think Verstappen made a mistake on his first qualy sim attempt from reading twitter commentary.

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This is known practice where the Manufacturer team urns down its engine whereas the customer team runs at a higher mode. No doubt over here, RB have turned their engine down.
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Verstappen had a broken front wing in FP1 and another in FP2.

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FP2 done:

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I think the Mercs are looking good, no doubt there's more to come from Red Bull but surprisingly for me the Merc is looking quicker.
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Pirelli expecting a two stopper due to high tyre offsets between the compound. Soft about 0.8 faster than medium which is 1s faster than hard.

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