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    2021 Race 8 - Styrian Grand Prix

    This race will push the season past the 1/3 mark. The French GP showed that it could be interesting fight the rest of the way.

    Norris continue to give consistent results, race after race.

    Russell had an amazing performance of getting to 12th in the French GP. Can he do it again and put him in position to finally grab a point?

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    Rain is in the forecast for this weekend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nKS View Post
    Rain is in the forecast for this weekend...
    Possibly stormy weather. It has been weird everywhere. Crazy floods in Crimea in Russia, Beauvais in France and lots of other places. And two earthquakes at different places of the world all in this crazy month of June.

    Rain would definitely throw some spanners into the works of most of the teams. This is another race where anybody might win it. It would be great if we have a completely new winner this weekend. Norris, Sainz, Ocon or Stroll would be great. It would be sensational if Tsunoda or Giovinazzi goes and win it. Even more sensational would be for one of the Williams to win it. I can dream. But it is looking for sure to be a real thriller.
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    FIA is changing rules on pit stops to slow them down.

    https://www.racefans.net/2021/06/24/...eir-pit-stops/

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nKS View Post
    FIA is changing rules on pit stops to slow them down.

    https://www.racefans.net/2021/06/24/...eir-pit-stops/
    I just saw this a few minutes ago. I think it's kind of crazy really. They are building in reaction time for the human factor, and taking away from the fact that faster is faster, and even on slow stops crews have problems at times. If all they are really concerned with is the safety factor, make a fully automated sensor system that doesn't allow release without everything being done properly. And really the more I think of it, it's not usually the really fast teams that have wheels coming off anyway.... so what are they trying to accomplish again?


    As for the weather, a wet race would be nice for a change. That might pull some of the midfield cars up into the mix too.

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    Things aren't looking good for Mercedes.

    Bottas will be given a three position grid drop due to his spin in the pits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airshifter View Post
    Things aren't looking good for Mercedes.

    Bottas will be given a three position grid drop due to his spin in the pits.
    video here. Pretty stupid. Well deserved penalty.

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...jt7PFC6nn.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nKS View Post
    FIA is changing rules on pit stops to slow them down.

    https://www.racefans.net/2021/06/24/...eir-pit-stops/
    It has being suggested that Merc may be behind this.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/57615628

    Is this a case of... If you can't pit stop as fast as your rivals, lobby the FIA slow theirs down?

    First bendy wings lobbying, now this. Utter desperation Merc.. really not cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zico View Post
    It has being suggested that Merc may be behind this.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/57615628

    Is this a case of... If you can't pit stop as fast as your rivals, lobby the FIA slow theirs down?

    First bendy wings lobbying, now this. Utter desperation Merc.. really not cool.
    I doubt Mercedes is behind this. It has been long coming with the situation of tyres flying off cars we have seen in the past. That said, it is puzzling why they have introduced it now. There has not been any major incident from pitstops recently. Hence, l can see Horner's suspicions about its origin. One of Redbull's biggest weapon in its armoury; is its 2-seconds pitstop that very few teams can match. They easily gain a second or two at pitstops.

    When Mercedes were scratching their heads as to why Hamilton did not undercut Verstappen at Paul Ricard, was a combination of faster pitstop and out lap times by Redbull and Verstappen.

    When l read about this, l thought they [F1M] were over regulating again. But in reality, it was probably long overdue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrodaze View Post
    I doubt Mercedes is behind this. It has been long coming with the situation of tyres flying off cars we have seen in the past. That said, it is puzzling why they have introduced it now. There has not been any major incident from pitstops recently. Hence, l can see Horner's suspicions about its origin. One of Redbull's biggest weapon in its armoury; is its 2-seconds pitstop that very few teams can match. They easily gain a second or two at pitstops.

    When Mercedes were scratching their heads as to why Hamilton did not undercut Verstappen at Paul Ricard, was a combination of faster pitstop and out lap times by Redbull and Verstappen.

    When l read about this, l thought they [F1M] were over regulating again. But in reality, it was probably long overdue.
    Hamilton's stationary time in the pit was a tenth quicker than Max. Where he lost time was in the pit lane itself, not on the stopped time. He lost 6 tenths from pit entry to pit exit after accounting for the stop gain. So that's not on the team, unless the pit lane limiter was not properly adjusted.

    Max simply put in an absolute blazing lap to make up the difference.




    As for the new regs, though RB have more fastest stops than anyone else, I think it's three other teams that have had fastest pits per track this season. And really that fastest pits don't always involve the wheel coming off issues.... those seem random and it's been quite a while.

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