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2018 Season

Australian GP this week.
It really is a make or break year for McLaren. They must already be living on their savings given the lack of visible sponsors on their cars. Pre-season testing didn't look that bad but they will need a few podiums this year if they ever want to become relevant again.

Toro Rosso could become a surprise this year if Honda got their act together, not sure they have the driving talent needed, however.

Otherwise I think we may be gearing up for a three horse race at the front, if Merc don't run away, that is. Exciting times (once we get over that halo/roll bar thing)


  • Well, it will be the usual thing......fly away races not a true guide, etc. There is potential for a more open season for the reasons mentioned though. Also, add to that some changes in motivation (Ricciardo, Hamilton, Sainz, etc), and then the race to see how soon Vijay gets extradited, and his team sold, and it could turn out to be an interesting year.

    Certainly, it does seem that MB have again get a genie in their engine bottle, but even so, there may be some action near the front.

    Here's hoping anyway.
  • Let's see, let's see. I also think MB will dominate but it's always an interesting week for me the week preceeding the season opener!! Roll on Sunday evening!
  • After free practice I'm surprised how strong the Haas cars are.
  • What was wrong with that pit crew at Haas? Really great drive from Alonso
  • HAAS frightened themselves. Too busy watching the monitors to do their work properly.

    Very ominous from Merc. The most frightening thing is to see how shocked they were when they did not win. Good drive from Alonso to keep out Max, who said he had a car problem. Well, time will tell on that one.

    With Bottas' drive and the rankings being relatively clear, we will now see if MB & Ricciardo come to terms earlier than otherwise expected.

    Unfortunately this is not an inspiring start to the season. With the desert next, it doesn't loo like things will get any better.
  • No, not an inspiring start at all.....
    Great Fernando, although a bit helped by VSC.
    Bets are open on when we are going to see Kubica replacing Sirotkin......
  • Just read an article on that. Didn't sound too much like he really wants to get into that particular car.
  • Toro Rosso doing amazingly well with those Honda engines in Bahrain
  • And a fourth place to top it off. McLaren never did better with Honda since 2015, that's a result to be proud of!

    What really surprises me is how close all the teams are together this year, maybe with the exception of Williams. You really have to ask yourself what went wrong some time in 2003
  • Fourth place for STR was a fantastic result after a great race, glad TOIT managed to hold off Mercedes. McLaren clearly don't have the best chassis on the grid with Renault power now they've ditched Honda, dreadful race for Red Bull, maybe Max needs to mature slightly? Williams best be making plenty of money from their other activities because the car looks dire.......

    All in all Forza Faenza!
  • Very good result for STR. Let us see if the China result is good. If it is, MaLaren will be soooooo pissed off. They really seem to be in disarray.

    This was a race that could have been very interesting, but fizzed out in the end. If we can see all 6 of the top cars running around China, with the second tier close behind, then we can say that the season may be OK.
  • You have to wonder whether, like Hartley did today, just edging into Q2 and then coming in last isn't worse than coming in 16th or 17th and finishing up after Q1 in terms of wear and tear and overall strategy.

    Ferrari looking very good, Hamilton hasn't quite found his rhythm and the Red Bulls are too far off the pace.
  • Never before has so little understanding of the sport been shown in one single post ;-D Well done Ricciardo, a very mature drive. Verstappen making friends again.
  • No, you didn't get it wrong. The Safety car simply changed everything. Vettel still had the best car, they just got the tyre strategy wrong. That was one for Bottas until the Bulls got clean boots. By the way, why on earth is no-one making jokes about a guy who has not one, BUT TWO words for bum in his surname????????

    In any event, you do not give Dan Ricciardo a chance like that and not expect him to have a real crack. He is turning out to be one of the great in-car strategists, and seems to see how a situation will play out when there is a disruption to the status quo.

    Max really is his own worst enemy. I was re-watching Erik The Viking last night and I made a connection between Sven the Beserk, and Max. You can just hear Joss in his earphones saying 'you'll never make a beserk if you let it all out too soon'. The Vettell thing was just dumb. Compare that to Ricciardo on Bottas. It was pretty marginal, but importantly, Ricciardo's front wheels were lined up with Bottas' before the corner entry. Not only that, but in post-race interviews, he noted that there was a plan B. One point to mention though. If the Red Bull ever gets to be the quickest car again, Max will just blow everyone away. He is the quickest driver out there. He just can't do it when there are other cars close by.

    My own view is that Dan will likely go to TOIT next year. Too many negatives to remaining where he is, and too many synergies with that move to ignore.

    Some good drives further down with Hulk his usual solid self, and Alonso doing everything that was possible with his car. Kind of feel sorry for Valteri on this one though. He finally gets a weekend when Lewis goes on holiday, and then Danny Ric comes and spoils everything. What's a Finn to do???

  • And what about poor Kimi, sacrificed once again by TOIT for absolutely nothing? You think Seb will want Ricciardo at TOIT? Rubens Barrichello announced to have won a battle with a neck cancer. Fingers crossed for him.
  • Kimi was indeed thrown against the wall for Seb. Makes one wonder what they would do with Vettel & Ricicardo in the team. They would probably have a race to half season, then the slower one plays shotgun for the rest of the year. Kimi is just a slut now though. He's doing it for the money.
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