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Posted 4/16/17 , edited 4/16/17
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Posted 4/29/17 , edited 4/29/17
What an exciting quali that was! First Ferrari front row lock-out since the 2008 French Grand Prix. Game on!
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Posted 4/29/17 , edited 4/29/17
nice to see ferrari step up their qualifying game
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Indeed! Very cool to see the first Ferrari front row since '08. Hard to believe it's been that long. Can't wait for the start!
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Posted 5/1/17 , edited 5/1/17
Too bad the race wasn't as exciting as quali. The lack of overtakes made most of the race pretty much a boring trend of watching variations in gap times and wondering how many laps an ultrasoft tyre is supposed to last. Because I feel like nearly forty laps is a little silly.
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Posted 5/2/17 , edited 5/2/17
The race was pretty dull for the most part yeah, although it did heat up towards the end when Vettel was catching Bottas.

You're right about the tyres too, the deg rates have been pretty crazy at times so far this season. The surface at Sochi probably compounded the issue given it's so smooth.
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Posted 5/4/17 , edited 5/5/17
Yes, it's wasn't the most exciting of races. I am a bit disappointed with the lack of overtaking this year, I think I got my hopes up too much in the pre-season. I thought the technical changes would make a difference. Oh well. The cars still look great!

But the ending was exciting and I was hoping Vettel would catch him and make a pass solely for the fact it would've made an great finish.

I agree about the tires also, the number of laps those ultrasofts went was insane. Was it Hulkenberg that went, like, 75% of the race on one set? Something like that...Speaking of pit-stops, I wish they brought refueling back. I really think it adds an entirely different element to the race strategy and another potential hurdle teams will have to overcome to win.
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Posted 5/5/17 , edited 5/5/17
40 laps for Hulkenberg. 76.9% of the race.

Unfortunately, about the overtaking, the new regs have made the cars more aero dependent this season. That only exacerbates the issue of dirty air and makes overtaking more difficult. However, Sochi's a difficult track to overtake on regardless; so, I'm not quite ready to call off overtaking as a whole for the season. Hopefully.
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Posted 5/5/17 , edited 5/5/17
DRS has definitely lost some of its potency this year too. While there is a lot less overtaking, at least we know the overtakes we do see are more "well-earned" now.

On another note, Alonso seems to be taking to his Indy practice well. Happy to see him having some fun and speaking positively about his experiences so far, he deserves some good times after putting up with that shower of shit McLaren for so long!
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Posted 5/5/17 , edited 5/5/17
Yea, really pulling for Alonso. I just hope his typical...luck (or lack there of) doesn't show up for the race.
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Very true Venerable, I'll have to wait and see what the overtaking looks like on the tracks that favor it better before I write it completely off. And thank you for the Hulkenberg stat! I was surprised I was as close as I was lol.

And Potato-Girl, you are right. Those passes we DO see are well earned. But I wish they'd abolish DRS entirely, it seems basically ineffective now.

I am beyond excited for Alonso and can't wait for the 500. As an die-hard IndyCar fan, the fact that he's going to be racing in the series is such a much needed boost to it's credibility. I'm also hoping he makes it to the start of the race (Conor Daly's car failed him in the pace laps of the 2015 event). But I'm sure Andretti/McLaren well insure that he has the best everything, considering the huge jump in viewership Alonso is generating. It was great to see him so excited after this week's rookie orientation. I hope he does well, just because I enjoy versatile drivers. Him winning (while unlikely) would be a sight to see.
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Posted 5/9/17 , edited 5/9/17
There's some debate right now about whether Red Bull is working on a RB14. Do you guys think that based off their performance so far this season that Red Bull needs a B-spec car?

For me, it is sad that just as Ferrari asserts itself as a Merc competitor, that it seems rb has fallen behind this season. I'd love to be seeing a three way championship fight, and I don't think the RB13 can accomplish that. Thoughts?
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I was reading today also that Red Bull are planning extensive upgrades for Barcelona. The gap between them and Mercedes/Ferrari is pretty big though; I can see them catching them to some degree, but enough to truly get in the mix for regular podiums? I'm not sure... It's not as if the two front teams won't develop throughout the season either!

I agree that it's sad that Red Bull have seemingly fallen away a little, especially when you consider that many people (myself included) tipped them to be the prime challengers to Mercedes before the season started. You'd have put money on them being more competitive with the more aero focused regs and having Newey on board.

Who knows though, hopefully then can surprise us and make it a three way fight, that would indeed be pretty damn sweet
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Posted 5/12/17 , edited 5/13/17
I'm not so sure they're doing so poorly that they need a B-Spec. However, by their own standards, perhaps they do and don't see any further potential with the current RB13. I do agree that the car doesn't seem to have the ability to compete with Mercedes and Ferrari. We'll have to see how they do in qualy.

I think the more competitors fighting for wins and the title the better. While Ferrari's competitiveness this season has excited me, I wish the gap between the two tops teams and the rest of the field wasn't so huge.

Hoping for some exciting surprises this weekend!
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Posted 5/14/17 , edited 5/14/17
The podium for Ricciardo today (which has happened through good fortune alone) will deflect some of the unwanted attention away from Red Bull to a point, but make no mistake, this was a bad weekend for them. Absolutely miles off the pace despite their upgrades; Spain really shows which cars have a good overall package and the Mercedes and Ferrari are light years ahead. The fact that Monaco is next could save them a few more blushes and buy them a little time to improve.

The above being said, it was still nice to see Ricciardo on the podium again, love the guy and what a really great race in general, exciting all the way through in my opinion. Wehrlein 8th also?!!! What a drive from him!
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