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Title: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on December 12, 2018, 11:50:49 AM


Quite aside from the doubts of the watching world, we can be reasonably sure that part of Daniel Ricciardo’s mind is still not entirely sure he’s done the right thing in leaving Red Bull for Renault.

In the immediate aftermath, he will almost certainly be surrendering significant performance. Regardless of Renault’s long-term prospects, it would be an immense achievement if it could make up what was often a lap’s-worth of performance on Red Bull from one year to the next. But on the other hand it gets Daniel out of further direct comparison with Max Verstappen, who is only going to improve his all-round game further and who will become ever-further embedded within the team. It was always going to be difficult to counter that and for Ricciardo to retain his number one credentials rather than fall into a support driver role. That’s something for which he is not wired up.

Things might just go from bad to worse for the big retainer star

But Ricciardo’s new frame of reference, Nico Hülkenberg, is hardly going to be a pushover. Hulk’s fresh off a season in which he emerged ahead - in both qualifying and race - of Carlos Sainz. These comparisons shouldn’t be given absolute authority regarding the respective levels of team-mates because there are so many variables. It was telling, for example, not long after Sainz first joined Renault at the tail end of 2017 that Hülkenberg, having had a chance to study the telemetry, was saying privately that he was confident he would prevail over Sainz because the Spaniard’s driving style, which was very different to his own, would not be suited to the traits of the cars that Enstone was producing and developing.

Sainz was saying much the same in Abu Dhabi a couple of weeks ago prior to his final race for the team – that there was a trait in the car that gave it an inherent imbalance when he tried driving it the way he naturally wanted to, that its rear instability often prevented him squeezing the last couple of tenths from himself.

Related:

    "Renault is trying to fly first-class but paying cattle-class rates"
    MPH: Vettel, Leclerc and Ferrari’s power struggle
    Kevin Magnussen: Robust, ruthless and uncompromising

Sainz is a driver very much at ease with oversteer and who spends some of his free time driving rally cars on loose surfaces around the Sainz family’s private track. At Toro Rosso he was frequently to be seen in the practices rescuing the car from wild angles, just establishing the limits, prior to tidying it all up for qualifying, where he was nip and tuck as quick as Max Verstappen.

So why this need for rear stability? The Toro Rosso was a more forgiving car in which he felt comfortable committing to high entry speeds, in the knowledge that he could lean against the initial shallow understeer, which would then give the building oversteer a nice progressive feel. The Renault had a higher grip level but was more edgy, in part as a consequence of its difficulty in combining the relatively softly-sprung rear end a high-rake car requires with good rear ride height and suspension control.
 

 

Hülkenberg, a driver who revels in reflex saves, using less initial steering lock, earlier braking, using the brakes to help more with weight transfer, was more at ease with the general instability of the car. Of course a driver can adapt once he understands – and Sainz did. But those last few grams of speed are always going to come easier and more consistently when you are not consciously going against your natural instincts, which are determined by the way the driver is wired up physiologically.   

In other words, it’s more than feasible that a car with different traits would see the picture between the two drivers reversed. Hence why team-mate comparisons should always be treated with a healthy fudge factor.

Ricciardo, though, drives in a very similar style to Sainz. There’s a lovely flowing momentum to the way he carries the speed and controls the slide – but that’s in a Red Bull that combines heaps of rear grip with a beautifully benign handling balance. Who’s to say that he’s doing this to a higher level than Sainz or Hülkenberg, two drivers who’ve never found themselves in a car as good as a Red Bull (although the rookie Sainz lapped a Red Bull faster than Sebastian Vettel in a Silverstone test 2014)?

How Renault progresses with its general car traits between RS18 and RS19 will likely play a huge part in determining how Ricciardo stacks up against Hülkenberg. If the new car still has the ghost of the RS18’s traits inbuilt, things might just go from bad to worse for the big retainer star.

He’s a remarkable competitor and good enough to work through such difficulties – but he can be under no illusions that he’s automatically going to establish himself as the team’s number one.
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on December 12, 2018, 04:07:14 PM
Should be an awesome opening race with so many driver changes
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on December 22, 2018, 12:05:50 PM
F1 2018 summary from ARSE forum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ea4XVLqXhM&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on February 21, 2019, 01:57:09 PM
This could be good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCMDH_at1_o
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on February 21, 2019, 07:08:03 PM
yeah, I think I might watch it
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on February 28, 2019, 07:44:37 AM

Carlos Sainz (McLaren, 1:17.144, 130 laps)
Sergio Perez (Racing Point, 1:17.848, 88 laps)
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari, 1:18.195, 40 laps)
Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo, 1:18.209, 113 laps)
Romain Grosjean (Haas, 1:18.330, 120 laps)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull, 1:18.395, 128 laps)
Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso, 1:18.682, 101 laps)
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes, 1:18.941, 74 laps)
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes, 1:18.943, 102 laps)
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault, 1:19.056, 58 laps)
Robert Kubica (Williams, 1:19.367, 130 laps)
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault, 1:22.597, 72 laps)

No time - Charles Leclerc (Ferrari, 1 lap)

Tyres

Sainz, Perez, Raikkonen and Kubica C4 (second softest)
Grosjean C5 (softest)
Ricciardo C2 (second hardest)
Everyone else C3 (medium)
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on February 28, 2019, 02:16:59 PM
cant believe its so close to going again, 

I hope we can have a mini xgn catchup and have a beer and a meal one evening, or at least a catchup at the track sometime, no doubt I will see rooshooter bit staying in the same hotel.

If anyone is interested post in here maybe so we know who to share mobile numbers with
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Bacchulum on February 28, 2019, 02:22:30 PM
I'll be there.
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: ab156 on February 28, 2019, 02:37:13 PM
I'll be there - all four days  8)

Bringing my old man down for Sat and Sun so won't be moving around too much on those days but catchup on Thursday or Friday would be good.

Also off to China (first time) and Silverstone (5th time) this year and of course you can never rule out Singapore until the week of the race....
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on February 28, 2019, 02:56:16 PM
I will arrive Thursday afternoon, may I suggest we PM our Mobile numbers to facilitate a catchup on Friday evening 8). Really looking forward  to this now :).
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on February 28, 2019, 03:07:29 PM
I will arrive Thursday afternoon, may I suggest we PM our Mobile numbers to faciltiate a catchup on Friday evening 8). Really looking forward  to this now :).

sounds good,  I think you have mine roo, but will send it again just in case
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on February 28, 2019, 03:10:51 PM
I'll be there - all four days  8)

Bringing my old man down for Sat and Sun so won't be moving around too much on those days but catchup on Thursday or Friday would be good.

Also off to China (first time) and Silverstone (5th time) this year and of course you can never rule out Singapore until the week of the race....

China will be interesting, would like to visit there,  we are thinking about Singapore this year, well I am, wife is thinking Maldives and wives generally win out in these situations  ;D  but the way the year is going and we have weddings to go to in different parts of Australia throughout the year I cant see us making it anywhere over seas :(
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on February 28, 2019, 03:35:13 PM
I will arrive Thursday afternoon, may I suggest we PM our Mobile numbers to faciltiate a catchup on Friday evening 8). Really looking forward  to this now :).

sounds good,  I think you have mine roo, but will send it again just in case
Thanks Phil I have sent mine also.
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Gratulin on February 28, 2019, 08:36:22 PM
https://youtu.be/rykELZtzr6s
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on March 01, 2019, 06:48:34 AM
Thanks Gratulin.
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Dave O on March 01, 2019, 10:34:03 AM
Nice interview.. Really hope he goes well with Renault.
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Bacchulum on March 01, 2019, 12:58:24 PM
It's a BIG risk leaving Newey, the greatest designer ever. :-\
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Simone on March 01, 2019, 02:11:05 PM
Hey guys!!  Been very busy at work and it looks like the situation is not getting better but....but....i would love to come down in melbourne for the gp .........i had a ball last year....we see finger crossed!!!   I d like to catch up with Phil and pay him a beer or 2 also....lololol
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on March 01, 2019, 05:12:31 PM
looking forward Simone,  shame we missed last year,  I somehow didn't even see I had a message from you until I was leaving on the Monday :(

I think a few of us are going to catch up on the Friday evening at Taco Bill on Clarendon St just down the road from gate 3, AB156 has enticed us with  "horrible tex-mex and cheap frozen margaritas"   ;D ;D ;D :P :P :P :P 8) 8) 8) 8)

then next morning this is how we will all feel   :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :o :o :o :o :o :( :( :( :( :( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on March 02, 2019, 09:31:42 AM

Final day times
Vettel (Ferrari) 1:16.221 (110 laps) C5 tyre
Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:16.224 (61) C5 tyre
Bottas (Mercedes) 1:16.561 (71)
Hulkenberg (Renault) 1:16.843 (51)
Kvyat (Toro Rosso) 1:16.898 (131)
Sainz (McLaren) 1:16.913 (134)
Grosjean (Haas) 1:17.076 (73)
Ricciardo (Renault) 1:17.114 (52)
Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) 1:17.239 (132)
Magnussen (Haas) 1:17.565 (94)
Verstappen (Red Bull) 1:17.709 (29)
Perez (Racing Point) 1:17.791 (104)
Kubica (Williams) 1:18.993 (90)
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on March 03, 2019, 08:29:51 AM
Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel in 2019 Barcelona testing

So later today preseason testing will be over and the reality of Melbourne beckons.

What we’ve seen from the two weeks of Barcelona is a Ferrari that appears viceless, poised – and very quick, a car that’s hit the track running.

The Honda-powered Red Bull looks somewhere around as competitive as last year’s Renault-powered car, while Mercedes seems to have struggled to consistently find the W10’s sweet spot and though it has proved ultimately capable of lapping within a couple of tenths of the Ferrari, it’s taken a bit of sweat to get it there.

We await to see how Honda’s qualifying modes compare with those of Ferrari and Merc, for that is going to be key to Red Bull’s prospects of sustaining a genuine title challenge

Lewis Hamilton ultimately got to within thousandths of Sebastian Vettel’s best time – but this was as the Ferrari was sidelined with an electrical issue. This – and Valtteri Bottas’s pace in the morning of the final day – suggested Mercedes had made progress in understanding the heavily updated aero package it brought for week 2, but the Ferrari pace seemed to come easier.   

We can bet on Mercedes finding answers in the two available weeks – but enough to challenge the red cars? Lewis Hamilton inevitably brings a chunk of lap time in his own personal performance around Albert Park – he’s regularly been up to 0.6sec faster than his team-mate there, regardless of who that is.

With its shorter corners, it’s a place where a driver can find more than at Barcelona from taking the car by the scruff of its neck. But as things stand as of today, even Hamilton’s hustle might not be enough.

This time last year Mercedes was heading to Australia with what appeared to be marginally the quickest car. Hamilton then set a devastating pole lap from out of nowhere but subsequent races suggested that was more driver than car and that the actual advantage was negligible or non-existent. This time it would be very difficult to read the testing times in a way that suggested Ferrari wasn’t the quickest by a small but significant margin.

Charles Leclerc’s Thursday time of 1min 16.2sec on the softest tyre (C5) came on a short, light-fuel, run. This was matched by Vettel on Friday. Bottas on a C4 that Pirelli reckons to be 0.6sec slower took his Merc around in 1min 16.6sec – so potentially a faster time even than Ferrari if that tyre offset is accurate for the Merc.
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on March 03, 2019, 08:33:26 AM
Max Verstappen in the Red Bull in 2019 Barcelona preseason testing

Ferrari comfortably led in the race simulations (by an average of around 0.3sec), where the Red Bull was comparably fast to the Mercedes – but again, let’s acknowledge the raw processing and brain power that will be being unleashed on the W10 between now and then.

We await to see how Honda’s qualifying modes compare with those of Ferrari and Merc, for that is going to be key to the team’s prospects of sustaining a genuine title challenge.

For all that we’ve seen several of the ‘midfield’ teams set the best headline times of the day, it was invariably done by having a softer compound of tyre fitted than the big boys. There still appears to be a significant gap between the top three and a very tightly-bunched group comprising Renault, Haas, Toro Rosso, Alfa Romeo, McLaren and Racing Point.

There really seems only around 0.5sec between the front of this group and the back (i.e. between seventh and 18th!) so the actual order will be pretty volatile and probably dependent upon who hooks it up best at the critical time.

Bringing up the rear pretty solidly (around 1.2sec off the penultimate) is Williams but initial feedback from the drivers suggests its problems are not as fundamental as those of last year’s disastrous car.

Without knowing precise fuel load comparisons, here’s our take of one-lap pace as things stood heading into the final day, based not only on the actual times but the circumstances:
Gap    Team
0sec    Ferrari
     
0.3sec    Mercedes
     
0.2sec    Red Bull
     
0.4sec    Renault
     
0.1sec    Haas
     Toro Rosso
     Alfa Romeo
     McLaren
     Racing Point
     
1.2sec    Williams

And just for those who are about to pipe up with ‘you can’t tell anything from testing’, yes you’re probably right up to a point. But let’s take a look at how we called it at the end of testing this time last year – and compare to the grid we got in Melbourne.
     MS 2018 testing analysis    2018 Melbourne Grid
1    Mercedes    Mercedes
2    Ferrari    Ferrari
3    Red Bull    Red Bull
     Big Gap    Big Gap
4    Renault    Haas
5    Haas    Renault
6    McLaren    McLaren
     Gap    Gap
7    Toro Rosso    Force India
8    Williams    Willliams
9    Force India    Toro Rosso
10    Sauber    Sauber

Not spot-on, but pretty close – and we even tipped Force India to be more competitive in Melbourne than they had been in testing and that there was very little to choose between Renault, Haas and McLaren. The test times do mean something if you read them carefully.
 
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on March 03, 2019, 06:26:51 PM
cant wait to see what happens in Melbourne, should be very interesting
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Bacchulum on March 09, 2019, 01:41:21 PM
If you want to get in the mood, check out Drive to Survive, if you have access to Netflix (or other sources  ;) ).
I've only watched 2 episodes, but it's not over exaggerated for a US audience (which I expected and something Steve Irwin exploited) but very informative.
Focusing (so far) on background stories (no Mercedes or Ferrari yet) you do see behind the scenes, with team members cursing and definitely not sticking to 'corporate speak'. ;D

Got my weekend booked. 8)
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Joe on March 09, 2019, 06:49:04 PM
Agreed I watched the first 3 episodes last night and will watch a few more later
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Bacchulum on March 09, 2019, 07:36:32 PM
6 of 10 done, and it's starting to look like a promotion of the midfield.
Makes sense, drumming up support for the "B-teams" when Liberty are looking to introduce a budget cap/re-distribution of funds.
I support it, better to have 10 elite teams rather than 3 elite and 7 struggling.
(and it's taking away negotiation strength from Ferrari & Mercedes as fans follow the midfield story, ie. play on the under-dog sympathy) 8)
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: RussG on March 11, 2019, 01:45:35 PM
I think a few of us are going to catch up on the Friday evening at Taco Bill on Clarendon St just down the road from gate 3, AB156 has enticed us with  "horrible tex-mex and cheap frozen margaritas"   ;D ;D ;D :P :P :P :P 8) 8) 8) 8)

then next morning this is how we will all feel   :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :o :o :o :o :o :( :( :( :( :( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Ahhh, the Margarita's, you gotta come for the Margarita's  :o :o - oh, and the hot sauce of course  ;D ;D
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Joe on March 11, 2019, 02:21:51 PM
I think a few of us are going to catch up on the Friday evening at Taco Bill on Clarendon St just down the road from gate 3, AB156 has enticed us with  "horrible tex-mex and cheap frozen margaritas"   ;D ;D ;D :P :P :P :P 8) 8) 8) 8)

then next morning this is how we will all feel   :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :o :o :o :o :o :( :( :( :( :( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Ahhh, the Margarita's, you gotta come for the Margarita's  :o :o - oh, and the hot sauce of course  ;D ;D

Ah wish I was coming. I haven't been since 2010 as my first daughter was born on the 18th so her birthday weekend is always that weekend.... One day I'll just bring her with me  ;D
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Bacchulum on March 11, 2019, 03:04:40 PM
I have a ticket to some Friday night gala, but I think you might need a tie for that (which I don't have), so Margarita's sounds like a good alternative. ;)
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on March 11, 2019, 05:32:20 PM
I have a ticket to some Friday night gala, but I think you might need a tie for that (which I don't have), so Margarita's sounds like a good alternative. ;)
Margies would be much more fun
😎
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: buellersdayoff on March 11, 2019, 09:01:58 PM
Found this on ozbargain, f1 tickets https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/443190
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: RussG on March 11, 2019, 10:31:22 PM
I have a ticket to some Friday night gala, but I think you might need a tie for that (which I don't have), so Margarita's sounds like a good alternative. ;)
Margies would be much more fun
 8)

You don't REALLY know it until you try the Margarita's :)
Just one rule .... if you come and join us, you have to drink frozen Margarita's until your head hits the table  ::) :o 8) ???
Just sayin'

Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on March 12, 2019, 12:59:41 PM
so a normal Friday, just tequila instead of gin
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Joe on March 16, 2019, 11:58:06 AM
has anyone tried F1 TV. Is it the full sky sport coverage and commentary?
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Simone on March 16, 2019, 12:08:16 PM
Cant believe i am up here in this sultry weather to work and you little bastard are down there enjoy the sun,engines,alcohol....and girls      nooooooooooooo

On a sad note....the more i see his perfect smile, hearing  his semi whinging comments  i believe more and agree more on what the red bull boss Horner had to say about Ricciardo leaving redbull team......he run away from a challenge and i think Mr Horner was spot on!!!

Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Gratulin on March 16, 2019, 01:17:15 PM
has anyone tried F1 TV. Is it the full sky sport coverage and commentary?
Didn't think it was available in Australia?
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Joe on March 16, 2019, 01:46:12 PM
has anyone tried F1 TV. Is it the full sky sport coverage and commentary?
Didn't think it was available in Australia?

It let me chose Australia when I went on the website and gave me aus pricing. Was just curious what coverage it uses.

Edit.. You're right when choosing Aus you're just paying for live timing and old coverage

Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on March 21, 2019, 05:13:25 PM
What is the best way to watch live/replays (must be in HD) of F1 races in 2019, does not have to be for free.

I am enjoying Netflix F1 Doco, interesting and funny.

Was great to catch up with the other XGN guys in Melbourne :).
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on March 21, 2019, 05:15:17 PM
What is the best way to watch live/replays (must be in HD) of F1 races in 2019, does not have to be for free.

I am enjoying Netflix F1 Doco, interesting and funny.

Was great to catch up with the other XGN guys in Melbourne :).

https://kayosports.com.au/

I presume it has replays like Foxtel does as its owned by Foxtel,  just their new sport orientated service and its cheaper that Foxtel
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: ab156 on March 21, 2019, 10:17:21 PM
Some pics from pitlane on Saturday
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Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: ab156 on March 21, 2019, 10:18:15 PM
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Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: ab156 on March 21, 2019, 10:19:07 PM
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Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on March 21, 2019, 10:20:31 PM
They are awesome pics
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: ab156 on March 21, 2019, 10:34:36 PM
Helped me remember 2017.  This was the year they open parc ferme just as the pitlane walk started.  That was chaos....

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Good times  8)

Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on March 22, 2019, 08:48:33 AM
amazing pics thanks  :).
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on March 24, 2019, 08:21:05 AM
MPH: Comparing team-mates at the Australian F1 GP
by Mark Hughes on 22nd March 2019

Think Verstappen trounced Gasly in the Formula 1 season-opener? And Kvyat did similar to Albon? And Norris to Sainz? It’s not that simple...

Daniil Kvyat in the Toro Rosso leads Pierre Galsy in the Red Bull in the 2019 Australian GP

Pierre Gasly's 11th place at the 2019 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, failing in a Red Bull to pierce the defences of his ostensible replacement (and predecessor!) Daniil Kvyat doesn't sound very hot stuff, does it?

Especially when team-mate Max Verstappen passed Sebastian Vettel to secure third place. So Verstappen can overtake a Ferrari for a podium, while Gasly in the same car can't even pass a Toro Rosso for a point.

Yes, that's factually accurate. But means almost nothing. Circumstances very often mean there can be no realistic assessment of a driver's performance regardless of how good he may be.

When so much of how drivers are rated is dependent upon comparison to their team-mates, we should recognise when to disregard any comparison

So if Verstappen had been the Red Bull driver that got caught in Turn One traffic on his second Q1 lap, but had recorded sixth-fastest time on his previous lap, and thus decided not to use up another set of tyres and stayed in the garage, secure that he surely wasn't going to drop from sixth to outside the top 15… but did because the track grip ramped up so fast. Then what?

How would Max have got on from 17th, rather than fourth on the grid? On a circuit where passing is more difficult than anywhere other than Monaco. And against a Toro Rosso that unlike the Ferrari didn't have a particular problem through Turn One.

Maybe he'd have made more progress than did Gasly. But it's really not a given. There are days when circumstances mean that you are simply not able to demonstrate your potential, and this was one of them for Gasly.

He wasn't the only one. Lando Norris made a great debut by qualifying his McLaren eighth – many places better than it deserved, Fernando Alonso-style. So that shades Carlos Sainz, out in Q1, right?

2019 Australian Grand Prix report

Absolutely not. There is no valid comparison. Sainz was about to set a top-10 Q1 time when he had to back off for the limping punctured Robert Kubica two corners from home, thus consigning the second McLaren to be a Q1 casualty. It's entirely feasible he'd have made Q3 together with Norris and fought out position there.

But Norris faded from his sparkling fourth row start to finish out the points. So he wasn't as good in the race as in qualifying, right?

Again, no valid comparison. There was no way of knowing in advance that Antonio Giovinazzi's long-running, medium tyre-starting Alfa was going to take on bodywork damage on the first lap and so form a block to all those, like Norris, who were on softs and exited from their first stops behind the Alfa and lost a heap of time – and many places – to those who'd been able to start on mediums and run longer.

Similarly, Alex Albon. After an impressive rookie qualifying effort put him ahead of team-mate Kvyat, he finished behind him. The latter has absolutely nothing to do with respective merit.

2019 Australian Grand Prix results

Kvyat (who started on mediums, rather than the softs of his team-mate) drove a strong and determined race to fend off Gasly for the final point, but who is to say that wouldn't have been for a couple of places behind Albon had the long-running Giovinazzi not picked up his first lap damage and thereby not cost Albon so much time upon rejoining after his stop?

Kvyat's strategy turned out to be better than Albon's – but not for any reason of merit. That's just how it panned out. Similarly, Sergio Pérez losing out to team-mate Lance Stroll at Racing Point for the exact same reason.

So in this machinery-dominated sport, when so much of how drivers are rated is dependent upon comparison to their team-mates, we should recognise when to disregard any comparison. No matter how well one driver may have done (and it could theoretically have been one of the all-time great performances), if his team-mate has been denied equal opportunities by circumstance, they cannot be compared.

These things tend to get forgotten in the overall assessment of performance over a season. Let's see how Gasly – who was outstanding at Bahrain in the Toro Rosso last year – compares if he can get a more equal opportunity next weekend.
 

 
Title: Re: F1 2019 Where Mercedes gained time in the F1 opener by Mark Hughes on 26th M
Post by: rooshooter on March 27, 2019, 08:39:37 AM

While Ferrari was slower than Mercedes in the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas found the W10 to be a handful – and things could change going into Bahrain

Mercedes W10 Australian Grand PRix

“Wow! That looks like he’s having to correct it even on the straight,” said Martin Brundle on reviewing Lewis Hamilton’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix pole lap. And indeed, it’s quite remarkable just how busy the Mercedes W10 looks when being pushed hard.

The Ferrari and Red Bull look like limousines in comparison, as do Mercedes of previous years – yet there can be no denying the W10’s effectiveness. It’s a trait that was made extra visible around the low-grip, bumpy Albert Park but thinking back to Barcelona testing, it was keeping its drivers a lot busier on the wheel there than was the Ferrari, notably through Turn Two and into Turn Three.

What was assumed to be a balance problem there may just be a characteristic.  Because neither Hamilton nor Valtteri Bottas were getting out of the car in Melbourne saying it was easy. They are reporting that it’s hard work – but fast. That it’s a question of getting used to how much it likes to move around, having faith that the downforce is there and will smother the waywardness.

But watch Hamilton’s Australia pole lap from on board and it’s clear that the trait is there only at certain speed ranges – the slow-to-medium corners. Through the faster ones, notably Turn 10 and 11, it’s astonishingly planted and fast. Hamilton turns in to 11 – sixth gear, maybe 150mph, but essentially a 90-degree change of direction – just by steering it. The engine note is unchanged as his foot remains resolutely down and the thing just flies through there. It clearly has masses of downforce at high speed and there’s none of the nervy behaviour seen at lower speeds.

This could all be down to the new aero regulations, specifically how they have impacted upon Mercedes’ chosen design of front wing. As we’ve written about before on here, Mercedes has opted for full depth elements across the full span in contrast to Ferrari which has pared them back at the outboard ends, ahead of the tyre. Mercedes’ philosophy implies it will be capable of generating more load from the wing itself but that turning the airflow around the tyre for the vital ‘outwash’ airflow might be tricky. Paring back the elements at the ends, as on the Ferrari, implies the opposite: less available front wing load but a more robust transition around the tyre to form the outwash airflow.

More

    2019 Australian Grand Prix report
    F1 2019: simple aero, better racing?

Ferrari 2019 Australian GP

The Ferrari arrangement implies a more consistent aero behaviour through the corner, the Mercedes one a greater peak. If we think about how the outer end of the wing works as the wheel is first turned, it suddenly has a whole lot more space behind the elements for the air to flow through to, it no longer being blocked by the tyre. This is happening simultaneously with a change in the direction of the flow (as the car turns). It’s a very volatile split second or so – and the more the wing is loaded up at the outboard ends, the more volatile it tends to be.

Through higher speed corners the wheels are not being steered anything like as much, the space behind the elements therefore remains much less variable, and so the wing should work more consistently. Hence maybe why the Mercedes looks easier and more planted there. It can also be that the vital outwash is being more easily maintained at higher speed flows than through the low speed stuff where it may be switching on and off.

MPH: Who can stop Mercedes?

But comparing where the Ferrari was losing time to the Mercedes in qualifying at Albert Park, it was all slow-to-medium speed. At high speeds it was comparably quick. This is all speculative and theoretical, but what we may have been seeing there was a Ferrari that just could not generate the front wing load necessary on such a low-grip, bumpy track to balance out the greater rear downforce generated by the more powerful 2019 rear wing. But that the Mercedes could, even though that involved giving its drivers a bit of a busy time.

So heading for Bahrain’s much more conventional Sakhir circuit, might we see a Ferrari balanced more like it was in Barcelona? And how will that compare to the fast but feisty Mercedes?
 

 
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: ab156 on April 25, 2019, 09:39:13 PM
Some pictures from the trip to China

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Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Guybrush Threepwood on April 25, 2019, 09:58:13 PM
How did you find the Chinese GP experience ab?  I've been looking at going at some stage.
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: ab156 on April 28, 2019, 03:45:45 PM
Take this all in a positive light...  China is it's own world.  If you have been before and were comfortable then I would recommend it, if you haven't and you are looking for an overseas race to try this wouldn't be my first recommendation.  Everything is hard due to the language barrier and no effort made to accommodate Westerners.  More power to them in some ways.  We did a week or so of tourist stops prior to the race (Beijing / Xi'an / Chengdu), getting to Shanghai was a relief, it is a much nicer place to be  ;)

We stayed in the Changning District as we thought the subway to the track would be accessible, it was but was either a long walk or using two lines - on average it took about an hour door to door.  Even after the race the trip home wasn't too bad.  We did get a car on the first day, it is a long drive in traffic.  While taxis are cheap (~$20AUD for a 45 min trip) the combination of cheap subway (~$3 per trip), same travel time and the fact it is hard to get a taxi (even from hotels - they don't want to deal with Westerners) made the subway the preferred option.  If I go back I will probably sort out a private car and driver. 

DiDi didn't work for us, you need a local SIM, I was roaming. Also, you need to carry cash as cards may not always work and the locals all use WeChat Pay which we can't do (need a Chinese account). Even then, they don't like using cash and you have to watch out for counterfeit notes.

We did a F1Experiences package (3 of us), gave us Paddock Club access on Friday and Premium Grandstand (upper) on Saturday and Sunday, I think it was ~$2400 a ticket.

I would go back as you can see the cars for most of the lap from your seat, if I did it would be just for the race, get in and get out.  I think the 7 days before had me a little agitated.  I recommend you look at the F1Experience packages options, I think 3 days just in the stand would have been a bit challenging, there are better races to do if you want to do that (Suzuka / Barcelona / Montreal).

In general you can do it pretty cheaply, we saved $ on accommodation and food to balance ticket cost and still had a nice room and decent food.  In general I though pretty much everything was cheap compared to Melbourne prices (except decent coffee which was an issue).

If you have any specific questions let me know, I have just rambled on off the top of my head  ;D
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Guybrush Threepwood on April 28, 2019, 04:21:23 PM
Thanks ab.  Great feedback.  I never knew you could see a lot of the track from one location.  This is what I liked about Sepang.
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: rooshooter on April 28, 2019, 04:27:11 PM
Great report ab, thanks :).
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on April 28, 2019, 07:09:18 PM
Great report ab, thanks :).

Yes, thanks for all the info
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Phil.8 on May 23, 2019, 03:50:50 PM
I wonder if the Aus GP will have a different date next year and not be the season opener, Usually by now you can save your seat if you like,  I received this email today from GP advantage and have never got one like it before

"As a valued customer we want to let you know that the Save Your Seat booking period for 2019 GP Advantage members is not available yet and will open later this year.
As a GP Advantage 2019 member, you will receive an email once the Save Your Seat launch date has been confirmed for the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2020.
Thank you for your patience and ongoing support. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit for the season opening round of the Formula 1® World Championship."


I know the message says "season opening round",  but seems suss to me
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Bacchulum on May 23, 2019, 04:43:30 PM
It may just be the date is up in the air, with Zandvoort and Vietnam entering the fray.
Technically, the season schedule is not locked in until October, so they have been taking risks offering it earlier in the past.
Title: Re: F1 2019
Post by: Joe on May 23, 2019, 07:41:08 PM
Hmm usually I cant really go as it's always my daughters birthday weekend but if they change the date maybe I can!