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Old 11-28-2018, 03:00 PM   #1
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Last year's thread: https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2860070

While Vettel looked like the front-runner for a good chunk of the first half of the season, after the summer break has been the Lewis Hamilton Show and he cruised to his 4th 5th World Driver's Championship, marking 4 5 straight years of Mercedes dominance in the V6 turbo hybrid era. Yep, that intro was copy/pasted from last year's thread as that's 10 out of 10 driver's/constructor's championships for Merc now.



Hopefully there is more action at the front next year as only one podium spot for the entire season did not belong to the top 3 teams. Next year's revised/simplified aero regs as well as consolidated Pirelli compounds could help close up the current 3 team domination of the sport with everyone else making up the numbers as a clearly defined "Formula 1.5."


Speaking of changes, this has been the silliest of silly seasons on record with only 2 out of the 10 teams keeping the same lineup as next year, drivers leaving the sport, coming back to the sport, changing teams and engine manufacturers changing as well.

2019 driver lineups:

Mercedes (Mercedes): Hamilton, Bottas
Ferrari (Ferrari): Vettel, Leclerc
Red Bull (Honda): Verstappen, Gasly
Renault (Renault): Hulkenberg, Ricciardo
Haas (Ferrari): Grosjean, Magnussen
McLaren (Renault): Sainz, Norris
Force India (Mercedes): Perez, Stroll
Sauber (Ferrari): Raikkonen, Giovinazzi
Toro Rosso (Honda): Kvyat, Albon
Williams (Mercedes): Kubica, Russell

Bottas will need a strong showing after an abysmal year which saw him finish 5th in the driver's championship with 0 wins to his name, albeit due to some team orders, punctures and bad luck. Still, Mercedes needs someone pushing Hamilton like Rosberg did and with Ocon out of a drive and serving as Mercedes reserve/test driver and their other junior Russell in at Williams, his 2020 seat is far from secure.

Vettel will have a new teammate in the hotshoe Leclerc who has mightily impressed in his rookie season with a surging Sauber team. Gone will be Vettel's quiet, reliable wingman of Raikkonen who took it upon himself to sign with Sauber after Ferrari released him, showing there is still fight in the old dog yet. He will team up with another Ferrari junior in Antonio Giovinazzi.

Ricciardo has taken the biggest gamble of all in deciding to leave the nest of Red Bull to join the works Renault team where he will pair the consistent Nico Hulkenberg. Regularly outqualified and outraced by Verstappen, Ricciardo has decided to take the plunge on the hopes of a factory works team coming good in several years' time. We'll have to wait to see how that pans out for him and how Red Bull fares with their new Honda engines. Christian Horner has been notoriously quick to point the finger at Renault over the years and Honda has already endured plenty of that with McLaren. Pierre Gasly has been called up from the junior Toro Rosso team to fill Ricciardo's shoes. Thankfully for Gasly, there hasn't been much champagne in them recently.

Sainz was surprised to find himself without a seat after Ricciardo's surprise Renault signing and with Red Bull opting to promote Gasly instead (as Sainz was still a contracted Red Bull driver), he ended up down at the struggling McLaren where his hero Fernando Alonso has finally tapped out of a long, painful stint at the back of the grid. Sainz will pair rookie Lando Norris in a totally new lineup after Stoffel Vandoorne was regularly thrashed by the veteran Alonso, failing to outqualify him even once over the 21 race season.

Racing Point Force India were bailed out of a potential administration by billionaire Lawrence Stroll mid-2018, saving the jobs of hundreds of team members and keeping them on the grid. In a total coincidence, he has taken the he money to provided to Williams where his son, Lance, was driving and given it to Force India where, wouldn't you know it, Lance will be driving next year. Amazing what duffel bags of cash can do for your career! He will partner Sergio Perez who will be his strongest teammate to date and will need some strong performances to shake the constant perpetuating of the view that his dad is paving the path up the grid for him in gold.

Sauber had a great 2018 and all signs point to an even stronger 2019 despite a totally new driver lineup. That's because they managed to replace Marcus Ericsson with Ferrari's veteran 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and traded one Ferrari junior in Leclerc for another in Antonio Giovinazzo. With a strong Ferrari power unit, look for them to challenge even higher up the grid even more consistently.

Toro Rosso is yet another team with a totally new driver lineup in the form of former Red Bull journeyman Daniel Kvyat, everyone's favorite torpedo, and 2018 F2 3rd place finisher Alex Albon. The junior pipeline has dried up for Red Bull as they resorted to bringing in WEC driver Brendan Hartley last year to replace the demoted and booted Kvyat who is now being brought back in to the team for a 3rd time and Alex Albon who was dropped by Dr. Helmut Marko after a horrific rookie season in single seaters in 2012. I suspect the difference in experience will show in their results.

And finally, with yet another totally new driver lineup, Williams. Oh, Williams. What can you say about this dumpster fire of a season? The car was the worst on the grid, hardly ever making it out of Q1 or scoring any points. An inexperienced driver lineup of Lance Stroll and rookie Sergei Sirotkin were of little use as the team floundered at the back of the grid. With $troll moving up to Force India thanks to his dad's investment and rumors of Sirotkin's funding drying up, former F1 driver Robert Kubica is set to make his historic F1 comeback after a life-threatening and crippling rally accident in the winter before the 2011 season. 8 years later, he will be back in a full time race seat against Mercedes young gun and reigning F2 champion George Russell. While a rookie, he is highly rated and combined with Kubica's experience, they are a vastly superior lineup compared to this year. We can only hope the team can produce a car that can provide them with better results.

2019 F1 calendar:

17 March 2019 Melbourne Australia
31 March 2019 Sakhir Bahrain
14 April 2019 Shanghai China
28 April 2019 Baku Azerbaijan
12 May 2019 Barcelona Spain
26 May 2019 Monaco Monaco
9 June 2019 Montreal Canada
23 June 2019 Le Castellet France
30 June 2019 Spielberg Austria
14 July 2019 Silverstone Great Britain
28 July 2019 Hockenheim Germany
4 August 2019 Budapest Hungary
1 September 2019 Spa-Francorchamps Belgium
8 September 2019 Monza Italy
22 September 2019 Singapore Singapore
29 September 2019 Sochi Russia
13 October 2019 Suzuka Japan
27 October 2019 Mexico City Mexico
3 November 2019 Austin USA
17 November 2019 Sao Paulo Brazil
1 December 2019 Yas Marina Abu Dhabi

That's right, from St. Patrick's Day all the way to December!

2019 pre-season tests:

February 18-21 Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
February 6 - March 1 Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
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The driver shake up has me very

Not sure how I feel about this much new blood (that seems rather meh), and some high caliber drivers taking huge steps down.
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Hopefully there is more action at the front next year as only one podium spot for the entire season did not belong to the top 3 teams. Next year's revised/simplified aero regs as well as consolidated Pirelli compounds could help close up the current 3 team domination of the sport with everyone else making up the numbers as a clearly defined "Formula 1.5."
I thought they were only condensing the names for each race. Each event will see Soft, Medium, and Hard options for the teams, but those could be any of the seven compounds seen in 2018. So the Soft, Medium, and Hard in Australia in March might be 2018's Hypersoft, Supersoft, and Medium tires.
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I thought they were only condensing the names for each race. Each event will see Soft, Medium, and Hard options for the teams, but those could be any of the seven compounds seen in 2018. So the Soft, Medium, and Hard in Australia in March might be 2018's Hypersoft, Supersoft, and Medium tires.
I don't think that's correct, although I haven't been following the details too closely.

https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/14...1-tyre-changes

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It had already confirmed it would stop using a seven-compound range (from softest to hardest) of the hypersoft, ultrasoft, supersoft, soft, medium, hard and superhard.

Next year it will nominate a 'hard', 'medium' and 'soft' tyre for each weekend - picked from a range of five compounds, depending on what is suitable for each track.
From what I gather, there will be 5 compounds for 2019 that are yet to be coded. It sounds like some teams want "A-E" or "1-5" or whatever. And then of those 5, they'll bring 3 and they will be called 'hard', 'medium' and 'soft' no matter what their code is on the scale of 1-5 or whatever.
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Ok, so it's something between the current 7 and only having 3. Not confusing in any way .
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I'd like to bring the tyre wars back - don't like the single tyre manufacturer one bit.
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Mick Schumacher has turned down an offer from Mercedes and signed with Ferrari's junior driver program.

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A co-worker went to the USGP in Austin this year and mentioned that the cars are massive. This is a rather fantastic perspective. Perhaps they need to move back to smaller cars to allow more space for passing.
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they're bigger so they can accommodate all the hybrid and energy recovery systems.
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they're bigger so they can accommodate all the hybrid and energy recovery systems.
Isn't that mostly length? I was thinking width and the significant addition of aero bits. Narrow them up makes more room for two cars in a corner (passing) and may also reduce the dependence on aero grip and allow them to follow and pass each other.
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Isn't that mostly length?.
well yes, and that's why the newer car isn't much wider - but it's quite a bit longer. The cars are only a bit wider to accommodate wider tires in a move to increase mechanical grip.
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2007: 600kg
2018: 740kg

300.8lbs !

Monza going to try again to modify the track:

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/m...-2022/4313019/

Ahead of crunch discussions to secure the Italian Grand Prix’s future beyond next year, Angelo Sticchi Damiani, the president of the Italian racing federation ACI, has revealed a host of changes he wants ready for 2022.


According to a report in Gazzetto dello Sport, Damiani wants a new circuit configuration that will make the track quicker so it can seal its position as the ‘Temple of Speed’.

An initial suggestion is to remove one of the track’s three chicanes, most likely the second one, and open up the second Lesmo so it returns to being the faster challenger it was before it was modified in 1994.


As well as tweaks to the layout, there will be a widening of the track, new access roads, a new main grandstand and possible renovation of the old banking.

Damiani suggests that having a full workable banking could make Monza a unique attraction with, in theory, a 10 kilometre circuit.

The cost of the project has been put at 100 million Euros, but Damiani is not put off by the amount of money it will take – and thinks it can be raised through contributions from the local and national governments.

He told Gazzetto dello Sport: “The money will be found in some way.”

Key to the project moving forward will be a renewal of the Italian GP contract for 2020 and beyond, which has not yet been done as Liberty and race promoters have yet to agree a price.

Not sure if its the same changes they tried to do a few years ago.
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I just want to say that Hamilton has deminaded this season
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congrats Lewis Hamilton for winning his fifth consecutive title in 2019
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I'd claim you're a bot and you joined just to post that, but I think most spam bots at least know how to use spell check. They just lack sentence coherence.
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I don't understand you Scooby921
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what have I here written wrong
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A late charge for extreme ironing champion 2018.
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https://formula1.ferrari.com/en/ferr...uncement-2019/

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After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team. The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.

Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competiveness over the past few years, and wish him the best for his future endeavours.

With immediate effect, Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari’s Team Principal. All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia.
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It's about time... I think he should have fallen on his sword immediately following the season, if not before the final race. He was far too emotional in terms of moods that would swing to perceived depression and turmoil, I don't think he was able to motivate the team when things weren't going well, and probably was more of a de-motivator.
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four years too late
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Yep. Not surprised.
Vettel made his share of mistakes but the team had a few blunders too:

Poor race strategy
Sloppy pitstop execution
Updates that didn't work and failed to recognize it.

Bernie E called the team too Italian.
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https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/w...mpression=true

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Wehrlein joins Ferrari in F1 development role

Former Mercedes protege Pascal Wehrlein will work with the Ferrari Formula 1 team this season in a development role.
Wehrlein, who spent two years in F1 in 2016 and 2017 with Manor and Sauber, split with long-time backer Mercedes at the end of last year.

He will make his Formula E race debut this weekend with the Mahindra team and combine his racing commitments in the electric single-seater series with work on Ferrari's simulator.

Wehrlein's position has not been confirmed by Ferrari but the team needs new development drivers for this season.

It relied heavily on Antonio Giovinazzi and Daniil Kvyat in 2018, as both of those drivers have landed full-time F1 race seats for this season with Sauber and Toro Rosso respectively.

Wehrlein was under contract at Mercedes until December 31 last year, which is why he did not take part in the FE season opener in Ad Diriyah with Mahindra, but is understood to have visited Maranello in a working capacity for the first time on Monday this week.

A second development driver is understood to be under consideration.

Ferrari made good use of its development team in 2018, bouncing back from difficult Fridays to perform better in qualifying and the race on several occasions.

The most notable example was the Canadian Grand Prix, where Sebastian Vettel was uncompetitive in Friday practice but went on to qualify on pole and win the race on Sunday.

Asked by Motorsport.com at the 2018 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix how important the right replacements for Giovinazzi and Kvyat would be, Vettel said: "You get the point, it is very important.

"Based on our findings [after practice], we changed the car [for qualifying], both of us did, and it was better and we were happier.

"It's not the first time that this has happened so we're extremely thankful for the guys, taking the time.

"It's not the nicest job on Friday night, especially when you're young, but it's important, it all adds up.

"I think we will find people that fit in very well and very quickly, so I'm confident we will have a strong team on that front as well [in 2019]."
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