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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Aircon, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. Aircon

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    Goodbye 2019. Hello 2020.

    Looking forward to Lewis driving for Ferrari and Leclerc or Vettel winning the WDC in a Mercedes.
     
  2. Its328

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    I just choked on my muesli :eek:
     
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  3. moretti

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    I hate you already
     
  4. PAP 348

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    Definitely bring on 2020! :)
     
  5. Ferraridoc

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    I thought about starting this thread yesterday, but I couldn't do it to you :p
     
  6. ihavearedferrari

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    After a couple year hiatus, I'm back in Melbourne for the GP. Can't wait.
     
  7. PAP 348

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    Good on you mate. I can't manage next year, but hopefully 2021 I will come back down there for a visit again. It's been too long visiting my Mexican mates for the GP. :D
     
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  8. Aircon

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    No hurry
     
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  10. Aircon

    Aircon Seven Time F1 World Champ

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    Oh geez. Testing. Bottas on a harder tyre than Vettel

    Esteban Ocon made his debut appearance as a Renault Formula 1 race driver on the opening day of the post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre test, which was topped by Valtteri Bottas.

    Ocon replaces Nico Hulkenberg alongside Daniel Ricciardo in Renault's driver line-up for next season and got behind the wheel of the team's 2019 car for the first time on Tuesday.

    He clocked 77 laps and set the eighth-fastest time, lapping 2.8 seconds off the pace.

    That was set by Mercedes' Bottas, who was the busiest driver early on before ending the day with a 138-lap tally - only Max Verstappen (153) and Romain Grosjean (146) completed more.

    Each team has 10 sets of tyres to use on each day of the two-day test, with a mix of 2019 compounds and the controversial '20 rubber.

    Teams have five different 2019 compounds and six '20 compounds to choose from.

    Bottas's benchmark time, a 1m37.124s set on the 2019 C4 compound, was eight tenths of a second faster than the next-best, set by Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari.

    Vettel lost an hour of running in the morning with an exhaust issue, but eventually racked up just two fewer laps than Bottas on his way to a 1m37.911s on the 2020 version of the softest C5 compound.

    Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat set the third-fastest time, a second behind Bottas, ahead of Sergio Perez's Racing Point and Grosjean's Haas - with all three using the 2020 C5.

    Perez and Vettel were also involved in a clash at Turns 11 and 12 at the end of the second straight.

    Kvyat shared his Toro Rosso with Sean Gelael, with the Formula 2 driver taking part in the first half of the day.

    Gelael ended the day 11th fastest, 4.5s off the pace, and quicker only than surprise Williams tester Roy Nissany.

    Sometime F2 racer Nissany's 2020 C3-shod fastest time was 7.6s slower than Bottas, 4.4s slower than George Russell after taking over from the regular Williams race driver in the afternoon, and 3.1s slower than the next car (Gelael's Toro Rosso).

    Alfa Romeo brought Kimi Raikkonen's day to a premature end because of a "technical issue".

    Tuesday times
    Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
    1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m37.124s - 138
    2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.991s 0.867s 136
    3 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m38.183s 1.059s 72
    4 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m38.434s 1.310s 120
    5 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.526s 2.402s 146
    6 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m39.741s 2.617s 125
    7 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m39.926s 2.802s 153
    8 Esteban Ocon Renault 1m39.962s 2.838s 77
    9 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m40.368s 3.244s 87
    10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m40.903s 3.779s 93
    11 Sean Gelael Toro Rosso/Honda 1m41.640s 4.516s 67
    12 Roy Nissany Williams/Mercedes 1m44.760s 7.636s 41
     
  11. moretti

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    you're both wrong !!

    Vettel should FO, he's a KK
     
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  12. Its328

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    Has Villeneuve ever written anything that wasn’t complete rubbish. Leclerc just exposed Vettel, pretty much like Dan did. Ferrari were nuts to employ him after his last year at Redbull. He’ll have nowhere to go after next year, or a massive pay cut!!
     
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  13. Aircon

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    I don't really agree.
    It doesn't matter if Leclerc is faster or not. It's only his second year in F1 and he was told at the outset that Ferrari would be backing Vettel for this year, which is totally fair enough, considering his experience.

    Leclerc made plenty of mistakes this year too, don't forget, even if he was fast.

    Leclerc also disobeyed team orders when told, rightly or wrongly, not to overtake Vettel AND he screwed Vettel over at Monza during qualifying.

    Remember Hamilton and Alonso? It could have ended up like that! Hamilton was a knob that year, and so was Ron for that matter. Like Ron, Binotto should have put the relative rookie in his place, but didn't.

    NEXT year will be Leclerc's time to shine. This year was too soon, and he should have been told so and told the company line. That would have put less pressure on Vettel knowing that he had the full backing of his team AND team mate and he could have just concentrated on driving. Look how serene Hamilton is now that he has the full backing of his team AND a team mate who will obey team orders. We all know how Hamilton reacts to a tough team mate!
     
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  14. Steve355F1

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    It only took 78,371 posts, but you’ve got one absolutely spot on!
     
  15. PAP 348

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    Wake up to yourself PP!
     
  16. Horse

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    Yes, very poor hit ratio, but I agree.


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  17. Aircon

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    Better late than never, like Simon, for example.
     
  18. Aircon

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    Et tu???
     
  19. Aircon

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