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Formula One 2018

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PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
edited March 19 Sport
The 2018 Formula One season begins this weekend at Albert Park, Melbourne. 

INS 
Sergey Sirotkin (Williams), Charles Leclerc (Alfa Romeo Sauber), Renault engines in the McLarens, Honda engines in the Toro Rossos, French GP (Paul Ricard), German GP (back at Hockenheim after a year off), Grid kids, Halos, Hypersoft tyres (new softer compound) and the new F1 logo. 
OUTS 
Felipe Massa, Pascal Wehrlein, Honda engines in the McLarens, Renault engines in the Toro Rossos, Grid girls, FTA live race coverage (after the Australian GP), Malaysian GP (Sepang), Shark fins and T-wings. 

SCHEDULE 
Mar 25 - Albert Park, Australia 
Apr 8 - Sakhir, Bahrain 
Apr 15 - Shanghai, China 
Apr 29 - Baku, Azerbaijan 
May 13 - Catalunya, Spain 
May 27 - Monte Carlo, Monaco 
Jun 10 - Montreal, Canada 
Jun 24 - Paul Ricard, France 
Jul 1 - Red Bull Ring, Austria 
Jul 8 - Silverstone, Great Britain 
Jul 22 - Hockenheim, Germany 
Jul 29 - Hungaroring, Hungary 
Aug 26 - Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium 
Sep 2 - Monza, Italy 
Sep 16 - Marina Bay, Singapore 
Sep 30 - Sochi, Russia 
Oct 7 - Suzuka, Japan 
Oct 21 - Circuit of the Americas, USA 
Oct 28 - Mexico City, Mexico 
Nov 11 - Interlagos, Brazil 
Nov 25 - Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi 

DRIVERS 
FERRARI 
#5 Sebastian Vettel, #7 Kimi Raikkonen 
FORCE INDIA-MERCEDES 
#11 Sergio Perez, #31 Esteban Ocon 
HAAS-FERRARI 
#8 Romain Grosjean, #20 Kevin Magnussen 
McLAREN-RENAULT 
#2 Stoffel Vandoorne, #14 Fernando Alonso 
MERCEDES 
#44 Lewis Hamilton, #77 Valtteri Bottas 
RED BULL RACING-TAG HEUER 
#3 Daniel Ricciardo, #33 Max Verstappen 
RENAULT 
#27 Nico Hulkenberg, #55 Carlos Sainz Jr. 
ALFA ROMEO SAUBER-FERRARI 
#9 Marcus Ericsson, #16 Charles Leclerc 
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO-HONDA 
#10 Pierre Gasly, #28 Brendan Hartley 
WILLIAMS-MERCEDES 
#18 Lance Stroll, #35 Sergey Sirotkin
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  • TiversTivers    6,746 posts
    Out - the old F1 logo
    :))
  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    edited March 19
    That old F1 logo was pretty iconic, has been around for many years, making its debut back in Brazil 1994, the same race that Heinz-Harald Frentzen (1997 San Marino, 1999 French and 1999 Italian GP winner), Jos "The Boss" Verstappen, Olivier Panis (1996 Monaco GP winner), Olivier Beretta, the late Roland Ratzenberger (he didn't qualify), Simtek (Australian David Brabham qualified for the race) and Pacific all made their F1 debuts in.

    During the off season, there was an interesting development regarding the new F1 logo and a possible copyright issue with 3M and a particular brand of their women's tights.

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/f1-autosport/905311/F1-logo-legal-battle-copyright-issue-3M-Postit-Notes-Scotch/amp
  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    edited March 23
    Top 10 after P2 in Melbourne
    HAM, VER, BOT, RAI, VET, GRO, RIC, ALO, MAG, VAN.

    RIC was faster than VER after S1 on a quicker lap, but the red flag came out (due to debris on the main straight).

    Might be the last chance of dry weather running with a 80% chance of rain (up to 10-20mm) tomorrow and a 70% chance of rain (up to 5mm) predicted for Sunday.
  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    PAUL said:

    RIC was faster than VER after S1 on a quicker lap, but the red flag came out (due to debris on the main straight).

    RIC has now received a 3-place grid penalty for driving too fast back to the pits after that red flag came out.

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2018/3/ricciardo-handed-three-place-grid-drop-for-red-flag-speeding-off.html

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  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    edited March 24
    Top 10 after Q3 in Melbourne
    HAM, RAI, VET, VER, MAG, GRO, HUL, RIC*, SAI, BOT.

    BOT crashed in Q3. If he needs to replace the gearbox, then he will start from 15th (at best), with ALO starting 10th.

    If the race is dry at the start, VER and RIC will start the race on the Supersofts, the rest of the top 10 on the Ultrasofts (based on the tyre they set their quickest time in Q2).
  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    edited March 25
    Top 10 in Melbourne
    VET, HAM, RAI, RIC, ALO, VER, HUL, BOT, VAN, SAI.

    That VSC (caused by the Haas-Ferrari of GRO) ended up working out well for VET. Another 4th place finish for an Aussie in a Red Bull-Renault at the AUS GP (Webber 2012, Ricciardo 2016 & 2018).
  • TiversTivers    6,746 posts
    Worked out well for VET and ALO.
    Rodgered HAM (what a shame) and RAI
  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    edited April 10
    Vettel wins the first two races of the season (AUS, BAH). The last driver to win the first two races but not go on to win the championship was Alain Prost (Renault) back in 1982. He won in both SA and BRA but only ended up finishing fourth overall (in a season where 11 drivers won).

    DRIVERS WHO WON FIRST 2 RACES AFTER 1982
    '91 Senna (McLaren) - USA, BRA, SMA, MON
    '92 Mansell (Williams) - SA, MEX, BRA, SPA, SMA
    '94 Schumacher (Benetton) - BRA, PAC, SMA, MON
    '96 Hill (Williams) - AUS, BRA, ARG
    '98 Hakkinen (McLaren) - AUS, BRA
    '00 Schumacher (Ferrari) - AUS, BRA, SMA
    '01 Schumacher (Ferrari) - AUS, MAL
    '02 Schumacher (Ferrari) - AUS, MAL, BRA, SMA, SPA, AUT
    '04 Schumacher (Ferrari) - AUS, MAL, BAH, SMA, SPA
    '09 Button (Brawn) - AUS, MAL
    '11 Vettel (Red Bull) - AUS, MAL
    '16 Rosberg (Mercedes) - AUS, BAH, CHN, RUS)
  • TiversTivers    6,746 posts
    And in other news - RIC a lock at FER !
  • paraleticparaletic    2,882 posts
    Best GP ive seen in years! Go Daniel you little beautyyyy!!!!!

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  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    paraletic said:

    Best GP ive seen in years! Go Daniel you little beautyyyy!!!!!

    As @Tivers can probably attest to, his win last year at Baku, Azerbaijan was one of the most exciting GPs to have watched also. After the last GP at Bahrain and the blown turbo in P3, it's a fantastic result for Dan. Now tied for 39th all-time with six career wins with Tony Brooks, John Surtees ('64 champion), Jochen Rindt ('70 champion), Jacques Laffite, Gilles Villeneuve, Riccardo Patrese and Ralf Schumacher.
  • TiversTivers    6,746 posts
    I was that pissed in Azerbaijan I didn’t actually see much of the race... :))
  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    Red Bull ... from chocolates to boiled lollies in the space of a fortnight.

    https://twitter.com/F1/status/990635790660263936?s=20

    Top 10 in Baku
    HAM, RAI, PER, VET, SAI, LEC, ALO, STR, VAN, HAR

    Drivers Championship
    HAM 70, VET 66, RAI 48, BOT 40, RIC 37, ALO 28

    Constructors Championship
    FER 114, MER 110, RBR 55, McL 36, REN 35
  • TiversTivers    6,746 posts
    VER is a ****
  • paraleticparaletic    2,882 posts
    Verstappen better pull his head in before he kills someone. an absolute menace on the track when driving offensive or defensive. His old man always being front and centre in the pits is starting to piss me right off. Its like he owns red bull and everyone is shit scared of him
  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    The best way I can describe the last race at Catalunya, after Lap 1 ... I-)

    Top 10 in Catalunya
    HAM, BOT, VER, VET, RIC, MAG, SAI, ALO, PER, LEC

    Drivers Championship
    HAM 95, VET 78, BOT 58, RAI 48, RIC 47, VER 33, ALO 32

    Constructors Championship
    MER 153, FER 126, RBR 80, REN 41, McL 40
  • TiversTivers    6,746 posts
    Yep, worst race of the year to date (MEL next worst).
    THE worst up next though :(
  • paraleticparaletic    2,882 posts
    Why is it that when Merc go to the front/win its boring as hell?

    They do nothing for the sport Sorry to say.
  • TiversTivers    6,746 posts
    Hello barrier my old friend...

    http://crashstappen.com
  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    Superb pole position for RIC. Hopefully this year, the team won't forget to bring out his tyres when they call him into the pits, when he's leading the race (2016). [-(

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  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    Fantastic! =D>

    Top 10 in Monte Carlo
    RIC, VET, HAM, RAI, BOT, OCO, GAS, HUL, VER, SAI.

    7th career win for Ricciardo, moves him up to a tie for 37th all-time, equal with Rene Arnoux and Juan Pablo Montoya.

    Drivers Championship
    HAM 110, VET 96, RIC 72, BOT 68, RAI 60, VER 35.

    Constructors Championship
    MER 178, FER 156, RBR 107, REN 46, McL 40, FOR 26.

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  • TiversTivers    6,746 posts
    YES YES YES !!!

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  • ThunderstruckThunderstruck    2,041 posts
    Geez u dont muck around Paul..all over it like a fat kid oops meant...good sports reporter :D

    Super effort under duress Daniel you beauty!!

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  • TiversTivers    6,746 posts
    Did it with only 6 gears (out of 8) too...
  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    edited May 27
    And to top off what was a good night for Australia in motor sport, Will Power became the first Australian to win the Indianapolis 500.

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-28/australian-will-power-wins-102nd-running-of-indy-500/9806202

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  • TiversTivers    6,746 posts
    If only Red Bull had instructed team orders in Baku..... RIC would be right in the championship fight.
  • paraleticparaletic    2,882 posts
    great win last night. He held it together well. 
  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    PAUL said:

    And to top off what was a good night for Australia in motor sport, Will Power became the first Australian to win the Indianapolis 500.

    To put into context how good a career this bloke has had in IndyCars, he won the 2014 IndyCar championship (with Team Penske), has now won 34 races (which ranks him equal 8th all-time), has been on pole position 51 times (which has him equal 3rd all-time) and after today's win, is back leading the championship.

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  • PAULPAUL    2,401 posts
    PAUL said:

    The best way I can describe the last race at Catalunya, after Lap 1 ... I-)

    Ditto that for last night's race, so much so, that they waved the chequered flag one lap early. Under F1 rules, because the race was ended prematurely, the official race results go back to a lap earlier, lap 68/70. Didn't change any of the top 10 positions. The gaffe did cost Ricciardo the fastest lap (which he set on the lap after the chequered flag was waved, the 70th lap).

    http://www.espn.com.au/f1/story/_/id/23755490/winnie-harlow-flag-gaffe-ends-canadian-gp-two-laps-early

    Top 10 in Montreal
    VET, BOT, VER, RIC, HAM, RAI, HUL, SAI, OCO, LEC.

    Drivers Championship
    VET 121, HAM 120, BOT 86, RIC 84, RAI 68, VER 50.

    Constructors Championship
    MER 206, FER 189, RBR 134, REN 56, McL 40.
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