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Old 11-30-2017, 09:46 AM   #26
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Alonso keeps crowing on how McLaren has the best chassis and all they need is an engine. Well they got an engine for next year (Renault), so I expect the to be equal or better than Red Bull.
Remember that next year each driver gets just three engines for 21 races.
Renault's reliability problems in 2017 have come when they tried to turn up the power to competitive levels.
If Renault gets the engine to last at higher power levels, McLaren could well be a top-three competitor.
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:08 AM   #27
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My constructor's prediction:

1. Mercedes
2. RedBull
3. Ferrari
4. Force India
5. Renault
6. McLaren
7. Williams
8. Haas
9. Toro Rosso
10. Sauber

I really, really hope the 3 engine limit doesn't end up the way I think it will and teams are taking penalties race after race, never starting where they should on the grid. That would be such a farce.
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Agreed. Except I'd switch Toro Rosso and Sauber. Sauber will have current Ferrari engines,
and Toro will have Hondas, which I doubt will get any better.
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My constructor's prediction:

1. Mercedes
2. RedBull
3. Ferrari
4. Force India
5. Renault
6. McLaren
7. Williams
8. Haas
9. Toro Rosso
10. Sauber

I really, really hope the 3 engine limit doesn't end up the way I think it will and teams are taking penalties race after race, never starting where they should on the grid. That would be such a farce.
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:25 AM   #29
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Sauber also doesn't have a driver's lineup yet. Shame either way, Toro Rosso was looking so strong recently. Gasly is much younger but I think that might help him get on top of the Pirellis better than Hartley who has been racing for a decade and already has an expectation of how a tire behaves because everything I've read says you need to go against your instincts to get the best out of these Pirellis. Either way, they'll need an engine that's not blowing up every other session.
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Sauber also doesn't have a driver's lineup yet. Shame either way, Toro Rosso was looking so strong recently. Gasly is much younger but I think that might help him get on top of the Pirellis better than Hartley who has been racing for a decade and already has an expectation of how a tire behaves because everything I've read says you need to go against your instincts to get the best out of these Pirellis. Either way, they'll need an engine that's not blowing up every other session.
well, here´s a theory: build an engine that only last one weekend, but outperform every other engine in the grid. You will get penaltys, you will start every time from the box, but you will finish between 3 to 5 every race...
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well, here´s a theory: build an engine that only last one weekend, but outperform every other engine in the grid. You will get penaltys, you will start every time from the box, but you will finish between 3 to 5 every race...
Interesting theory. I like it.

In addition, you'd stand a good chance of winning the first three races because there'd be no penalty yet. That would give you a pretty good head start on the season.

One problem I see is fuel - not having enough. You can't run these engines at high power and have enough fuel to finish the race.

If this worked, it would show what a farce this engine/penalty thing is, though.
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Neat. The addition of new tire compounds should produce more passing (in the pits) as the Hypersoft last for 3 laps and and the new Ultrasoft for 5. We'll see NASCAR-like races with 6 pit stops .

Every F1 change makes me like IMSA and WEC more and more.
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:47 AM   #33
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Neat. The addition of new tire compounds should produce more passing (in the pits) as the Hypersoft last for 3 laps and and the new Ultrasoft for 5. We'll see NASCAR-like races with 6 pit stops .

Every F1 change makes me like IMSA and WEC more and more.
Agreed. It doesn't make for better racing, it creates different strategies. I know that's a part of "racing", but we're generally referring to cars battling on track, which is what motorsports is about. Undercut/overcut and who comes out where on track is an alternate way to shuffle the deck without actually improving the wheel to wheel racing, which is atrocious as cars cannot get within a second or two for any period of time. Contrast this with MotoGP where bikes are inches apart for the entire lap and often change positions multiple times on the same lap. I keep watching F1 for its prestige and cache, but the actual racing falls short so frequently. Between the halo, tire regulations, 3 engines per season, fuel flow/saving, it's become quite a drag.


Not great when a world champion is saying F1 has nothing to do with racing these days.
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Old 11-30-2017, 12:18 PM   #34
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Not great when a world champion is saying F1 has nothing to do with racing these days.
He's been complaining about that for a couple years.

Someone asked him why he has more fastest laps than anyone else.
He said that he gets bored mid-to-late race after driving around at 9/10. So, after he's burned off most of the fuel, he tries to set a fastest lap to relieve the boredom.
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Interesting theory. I like it.

In addition, you'd stand a good chance of winning the first three races because there'd be no penalty yet. That would give you a pretty good head start on the season.

One problem I see is fuel - not having enough. You can't run these engines at high power and have enough fuel to finish the race.

If this worked, it would show what a farce this engine/penalty thing is, though.
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Die Mercedes-Fahrer kamen mit 89 Kilogramm (120 Liter) über die Distanz. Erlaubt sind 105 Kilogramm. Ferrari brauchte für die 305 Kilometer 101 Kilogramm (136 Liter) Kraftstoff
GP Mexico, the Merc drivers only needed 89kg fuel (around 120 ltr), Ferrari needed 101 kg (around 136 ltr). The maximum limit is 105 kg.

10 kg less weight means 3/10 seconds faster per lap.

In Abu Dhabi Vettel had to save fuel after the first half of the race.

Ferrari can´t match with Mercedes, Mercedes engines
- are more powerful
- are more fuel saving
- are more reliable

There is no way that Ferrari, Renault or Honda will be at the same level as Mercedes.

And my theory with one race/one engine has another plus: starting from the box allows you to change your setup (for rain, sunshine etc) and you´re not involved in start crashes.
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:51 AM   #36
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https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/s...season-985150/

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Sauber confirms Ericsson alongside Leclerc for 2018

Marcus Ericsson has won the battle to retain his Formula 1 seat at Sauber next year, with Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne confirming on Saturday that the Swede will race alongside Charles Leclerc next season.

Ericsson had been in a fight with Antonio Giovinazzi for the second seat at Sauber, which will have closer ties with Ferrari next season thanks to a title sponsorship deal with Alfa Romeo.

Although the initial idea of an Alfa Romeo team had been triggered because Marchionne wanted a proving ground for young Italian racers, Ericsson’s close ties with Sauber’s owners eventually won out.

The announcement was made at the launch of the new Alfa Romeo partnership in Italy on Saturday, when Marchionne confirmed that Leclerc will be stepping up to F1 after a dominant campaign in F2.

Sauber has undergone a dramatic change of direction this year after former team principal Monisha Kaltenborn was moved aside in favour of Fred Vasseur.

A plan to run Honda engines in 2018 was abandoned swiftly, as Vasseur believed that the future of the team was best served by getting much closer relations to Ferrari.

A customer engine deal was believed to include an agreement for it to take one of Ferrari’s young drivers, with Leclerc’s speed this year making it clear he was the preferred option to take the first seat.

And although Giovinazzi was in contention for much of the year to step up to a full-time F1 seat, Sauber’s management team has strong ties with Ericsson’s Swedish backers – and this is likely to have swayed the final decision on this front.

Sauber has however confirmed that Giovinazzi will be the team's third driver.
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I hope the livery is just a "concept"......
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The concept is boring, but that red looks great
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Fiat still owns Alpha, no?

I guess the Ferrari quit threat is more real this time.
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Yes, Fiat still owns Alfa. Rumor of Maserati being Haas' title sponsor, effectively giving Ferrari 6 cars on the grid and more bargaining power. That remains to be seen as Sauber and Haas are independent teams and while they have a technical relationship with Ferrari, they are in no means under their control. It does mean Ferrari could pull the rug out from the under them and make them either pack it up or find a new partner.

A lot of political jousting going on (and rumors as well).
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looks like Kubica is out (thank god) and Sirotkin is in

http://www.planetf1.com/news/kubica-...s-seat-report/
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Be a great Meylander replacement though.

As if anyone can replace Meylander. No one has lead more laps by now.
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Following in JEV's footsteps, Kvyat to become Ferrari development driver.

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Also, Sirotkin expected to be announced at Williams within the next week.
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F1 bosses using eSports to evaluate change to grid formation process
http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/...mation-process

In which Pat Symonds takes a shot at "someone" (aka Bernie)
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Symonds pointed to the uproar caused by a sudden qualifying format change in 2016, which was scrapped after just two races following criticism from both fans and drivers, to back the idea of simulating a proposed change rather than making a knee-jerk decision.

"Some might remember that a couple of years ago, someone who is no longer involved in F1 decided it would be a good idea to change the qualifying procedure and at a whim that was done. There was no simulation of it whatsoever.

"A few people with an IQ that ran into double figures did look at it and decided it was going to be a disaster and sure enough it was a disaster but nevertheless it went ahead and sure enough it was a disaster. How do things like that happen? We can't let happen again."
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I <3 Pat Symonds.
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Sergey Sirotkin is the new Williams driver:

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/w...ammate-996281/


Kubica the reserve driver:

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/k...driver-996292/
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After using the Daytona 24hr as practice, Alonso confirms he will race WEC/LeMans this year.

http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/124...e-championship

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But McLaren insist that Formula 1 remains "their shared top priority"

Fernando Alonso has been cleared to compete in this year's Le Mans 24-hour endurance race with Toyota by McLaren.

As reported by Sky F1 on Monday, the team have also agreed to permit the Spaniard to compete in the other rounds of the World Endurance Championship which begin in May.

However, stressing that both parties are 'in full agreement that Formula 1 remains their shared top priority', McLaren have confirmed Alonso will miss the Japanese leg of the WEC season as it clashes with F1's United States GP in late October.

"I've never been shy about my aim of winning motorsport's 'Triple Crown' - the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans," said Alonso. "We tried for Indy last year, came close, but just missed out.

"This year, I have the chance thanks to McLaren to race for the win at Le Mans. It is a big challenge - much can go wrong - but I am ready, prepared and looking forward to the fight.

"In no way will this challenge take away from my main target of Formula 1 with McLaren."

The Le Mans 24 Hours takes place on June 16-17 and means Alonso will race on five consecutive weekends from the Canadian GP on June 10 to the British GP on July 8.

Alonso's 2018 racing programme
Date Championship Race
January 27-28 US SportsCar Daytona 24 Hours
March 25 Formula 1 Australian GP
April 8 Formula 1 Bahrain GP
April 15 Formula 1 Chinese GP
April 29 Formula 1 Azerbaijan GP
May 5 World Endurance 6 Hours of Spa
May 13 Formula 1 Spanish GP
May 27 Formula 1 Monaco GP
June 10 Formula 1 Canadian GP
June 16-17 World Endurance Le Mans 24 Hours
June 24 Formula 1 French GP
July 1 Formula 1 Austrian GP
July 8 Formula 1 British GP
July 22 Formula 1 German GP
July 29 Formula 1 Hungarian GP
August 19 World Endurance 6 Hours of Silverstone
August 26 Formula 1 Belgian GP
September 2 Formula 1 Italian GP
September 16 Formula 1 Singapore GP
September 30 Formula 1 Russian GP
October 7 Formula 1 Japanese GP
October 21 Formula 1 United States GP
October 28 Formula 1 Mexican GP
November 11 Formula 1 Brazilian GP
November 18 World Endurance 6 Hours of Shanghai
November 25 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi GP

Alonso's extensive 2018 schedule
Confirmation of Alonso's expected sportscar programme comes just days after his debut in endurance racing at the famous Daytona 24 Hours.

Driving for McLaren chief Zak Brown's United Autosports outfit, Alonso and his two team-mates finished only 38th after a succession of technical problems but the Spaniard said he enjoyed the experience and "now I think I can drive prototype cars at a higher level than two weeks ago".

The World Endurance Championship is motorsport's premier endurance series and features prototype sports cars racing in events ranging from six to 24 hours. The forthcoming campaign features eight rounds but is split over two years in a new-style 'super season'.

The season begins with the Six Hours of Spa on May 5, the weekend between the Azerbaijan and Spanish GPs. The prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours then takes place on the weekend of June 16-17, with round three taking place at Silverstone during F1's August summer break.

The season resumes two months later at Fuji, the round Alonso will miss as it clashes with the US GP, with the 2018 part of the extended 'super season' finishing in Shanghai on November 18. The season then breaks for winter before resuming in March 2019 for three further rounds.

Toyota have confirmed Alonso will feature in all rounds of the 2018-19 season which do not clash with F1.

Alonso told Sky F1 last October "I would race every weekend in any car in any country" and, having now signed up to compete in 25 events in the space of 36 weeks from late March, the 36-year-old has committed to one of the most intensive motorsport programmes in recent memory.

His schedule is at its busiest in the spring and early summer, with a run of 11 races in 14 weekends.

However, McLaren believe the dual racing schedule will not detract from their top priority of returning to the front of the F1 field this year.

"It's no secret that Fernando has wanted to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours," said Brown. "And I think everybody within our organisation appreciates that a motivated, hungry and happy world-class driver such as Fernando is a formidable asset for any team in F1.

"Last year, we came to the joint decision to go racing with Fernando at the Indy 500 rather than at the Monaco Grand Prix. But we've always said that we would consider each opportunity on a case-by-case basis, and we both know that, in 2018, our core priority is success in Formula 1.

"Like Fernando, at McLaren we're racers at heart, and our team is built on a brave heritage of competing and succeeding in different forms of the sport. Equally important is the confidence that nothing detracts from our number one goal of Formula 1. After proper evaluation, we are satisfied that this campaign does not do that, and that McLaren's best interests prevail."

Toyota have confirmed Alonso's team-mates in the number eight car will be former F1 drivers Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, with Sky F1's Anthony Davidson taking on a reserve and development driver role. Davidson and Buemi won the WEC title in 2014, although Toyota are yet to win the prestigious Le Mans event.

However, the Japanese outfit are firm favourites for 2018 following Porsche's withdrawal from the sportscar series.

What is the Triple Crown?
Although an unofficial achievement, the Triple Crown is considered to be achieved if a driver wins three of world motorsport's most historic events - the Monaco GP, the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Two-time F1 world champion Graham Hill is the only driver to achieve the hat-trick thanks to wins in Monaco (five), Indianapolis (1966) and Le Mans (1972).

With Alonso keen to be considered the world's best driver amid a five-year victory drought in F1, he decided to skip last year's Monaco GP to make his Indy 500 debut at the famous Brickyard.

Driving a McLaren-branded Andretti-Honda, Alonso qualified fifth and was in contention for a debut victory until a late engine failure ended his challenge.

The Spaniard has already ruled out an immediate return in 2018, with Le Mans taking priority for this year alongside his McLaren F1 commitments.
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I feel like the 500 is the hardest one. There are only a handful of cars which can win Monaco or LeMans each year. By getting himself the Toyota seat, he's halfway there, especially with this year's field.
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