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    2021 - Race 20 Qatar

    The end of the triple header. Waiting to hear who the pundits think has the advantage - they are wrong each week.

    After this weekend domination by Mercedes, it is hard to see them not be the favorites.

    Crazy watching Norris drop off the cliff for the 2nd half of the season. After the Russian gut-punch, he has been nowhere.

    Ferrari has seized control of 3rd place and is not looking back as Mclaren fades in the background.

    Renault and Alpha Tauri are in a dog fight for 5th and 6th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nKS View Post
    Renault and Alpha Tauri are in a dog fight for 5th and 6th.
    Just imagine where Alpha Tauri would be if they had a proper second driver instead of that destruction derby pilot.
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    This race has suddenly become so crucial for both Mercedes and Redbull. A Verstappen win here would put enormous pressure on Hamilton who would have only two races to recover. A Hamilton win would close up the gap considerably and make Jeddah an even more crucial race for both teams; especially Redbull. A DNF for either party would be disastrous for either party, hence both would require a clean race.

    It would still be advantageous for Verstappen to take out Hamilton and create a DNF for both parties. As it must be very painful and difficult to watch his points advantage disappear slowly before his eyes. We can expect to see more dodgy moves from Verstappen and dodgy decisions from the steward's office as they go off to buy new Ferrari's.
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    Check out this simulation of the Qatar track

    The long straight felt like an eternity. You can see why this track would favour Mercedes greatly.
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    Through FP2 it looks like track limits might be hard to enforce on this track. Quite a few drivers going off and the dust off the line makes things tricky.

    The lack of elevation change makes the track rather lifeless in my opinion.

    It also looks like a track that has the potential to be fairly brutal on tires. I guess we'll find out soon enough.

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    Zow Stan! Super lap by "da Boss" Race should be a real cracker, or a boring procession
    Also the battle between Alfa Tauri, and Alpine is really heating up!
    May the forza be with you

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    and perez has once again screwed it up.

    why is that man even in a redbull?

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    Verstappen, Sainz, and Bottas summoned over yellow flag violations in the Gasly incident. Apparently there are some conflicting incidents of dash warnings, flags, and the lights for all of them. Some drivers were given radio calls that conflicted as well, as it seems the decision on single, double, and slow moving vehicle signals bounced around some. Some slowed on seeing Gasly with no warnings that I know of, others did not.

    Grid penalties likely inbound, though with the conflicting signals possibly not or lesser than usual.




    I'm not sure if the yellow incident would have changed anyone in the order or not, but great lap by Lewis who looked to have the poll either way. It looks like a good track to drive, but the lack of features also make it look like it might as well be in a giant parking lot.

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    I looked at Bottas and Verstappen feeds, they didn't slow down at all, but I did not see them have any yellow flags or have any radio calls of yellow flags.

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    It is a very abrasive track and very unkind to tyres. Off the racing line is likely to be sandy and slippery as consequence.
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