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    Austria '18

    Not too long before the race , so we had better get a thread going .

    I expect curbs to break wings , and carbon fiber to cut tires .

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    Seb was handed a three spot grid penalty for impeding Sainz during qualification.

    Maybe this will cause the opposite of http://www.motorsportforums.com/show...rari-or-Vettel to take place, and now we will have a thread claiming the FIA is trying to give the title to Lewis.

    Bottas edges out Hamilton but just barely. The best of the rest are reasonably tight, and somehow the Haas cars are up at the pointy end of the grid. I've always enjoyed this track, and the curbs and lines often cause some off line mishaps that allow passes to take place. There isn't a lot of room for error, and a good variety of corners for such a short track.


    Thanks for starting a thread Bagwan. As a forum we have been slipping to the point that nobody is talking about the race until it's almost race time!



    Driver Grid Qual time

    V. Bottas
    Mercedes·#77
    1 1:03.130

    L. Hamilton
    Mercedes·#44
    2 1:03.149

    K. Räikkönen
    Ferrari·#7
    3 1:03.660

    M. Verstappen
    Red Bull·#33
    4 1:03.840

    R. Grosjean
    Haas·#8
    5 1:03.892

    S. Vettel
    Ferrari·#5
    6 1:03.464

    D. Ricciardo
    Red Bull·#3
    7 1:03.996

    K. Magnussen
    Haas·#20
    8 1:04.051

    C. Sainz Jr.
    Renault·#55
    9 1:04.725

    N. Hülkenberg
    Renault·#27
    10 1:05.019

    E. Ocon
    Force India·#31
    11 1:04.845

    P. Gasly
    Toro Rosso·#10
    12 1:04.874

    F. Alonso
    McLaren·#14
    13 1:05.058

    L. Stroll
    Williams·#18
    14 1:05.286

    S. Vandoorne
    McLaren·#2
    15 1:05.271

    S. Pérez
    Force India·#11
    16 1:05.279

    S. Sirotkin
    Williams·#35
    17 1:05.322

    C. Leclerc
    Sauber·#16
    18 1:04.979

    B. Hartley
    Toro Rosso·#28
    19 1:05.366

    M. Ericsson
    Sauber·#9
    20 1:05.479

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    Should be an interesting race. I'm especially interested where Kimi and Rogro finish(if he finishes)
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    Not a very good start by Bottas. Hamilton seemingly running away with it at the moment.
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    Boss is gonna' have to hustle!
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    Pathetic mercedes race engineers. Yet again screwing their driver. It was an obvious call to bring him in and yet their "decision by committee" can't even figure that out. Oh well
    you can't argue with results

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    Lots of technical failures today - Bottas, Ricciardo, Hulk, Hartley.

    EDIT: Add Hamilton to the list.
    Last edited by gm99; 1st July 2018 at 15:03.
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    Quote Originally Posted by truefan72 View Post
    Pathetic mercedes race engineers. Yet again screwing their driver. It was an obvious call to bring him in and yet their "decision by committee" can't even figure that out. Oh well
    It’s always the correct thing to do to pit under the safety car. Can’t believe they made that mistake again. I think that’s the 3rd time this year Mercedes have screwed up on strategy. James Vowles always makes these kind of mistakes throughout a season. They need a better strategist that doesn’t make these basic errors. First time since 1955 Italian GP that Mercedes had a dual mechanical retirement.

    Great race though and thoroughly delighted for Max.
    Last edited by The Black Knight; 1st July 2018 at 15:38.

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    A race that showed again, that Räikkönen is not done just yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by COD View Post
    A race that showed again, that Räikkönen is not done just yet
    Somehow just when you think Kimi is well past any good races, he puts in a good race. It's also interesting that the bump by Max may have well been what cost Kimi a win today, but there was no excess whining and crying other than to mention the bump.

    Great race for Haas today, keeping out of trouble and racing their race. Force India managed to do the same. LeClerc raced his way back up and helped his team both finish in the points after his off track incident.

    Some decent action for Austria, but attrition took out a lot of potentially key players as well. Tires were the big factor after accounting for the other DNF's, and it seemed like the temp changes put a lot of teams on their heels. Even Max had some graining issues going on, and seemed to be in damage control mode towards the end.


    A big crack in the Mercedes armor. A double DNF shows that despite being rock solid through most of the hybrid era, they are also being pushed themselves. And not pitting Lewis was just a horrible move, but that crack has reared its' head on several occasions now.

    I was rather surprised and happy that Ferrari didn't use team orders and force Kimi to yield to Seb. It's one of the few instances where it might have been warranted now that team orders are legal again. It shows how they have changed as a team.

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