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Motors Bit-Tech F1 2019 thread - Round 14: Italy

Discussion in 'General' started by RedFlames, 25 Nov 2018.

  1. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Alfa Romeo Racing [Switzerland]

    Chassis: C38
    Engine: Ferrari

    Team Principal: Frederic Vasseur

    Drivers:
    7 – Kimi Raikkonen [Finalnd]
    99 – Antonio Giovanazzi [Italy]​

    Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow [Italy]


    Chassis: SF90
    Engine: Ferrari

    Team Principal: Mattia Binotto

    Drivers:
    5 – Sebastien Vettel [Germany]
    16 – Charles Leclerc [Monaco]​


    Rich Energy Haas F1 Team [USA]

    Chassis: VF-19
    Engine: Ferrari

    Team Principal: Gunther Steiner

    Drivers:
    8 – Romain Gosjean [France]
    20 – Kevin Magnussen [Denmark]​


    McLaren F1 Team [UK]

    Chassis: MCL34
    Engine: Renault

    Team Principal: Andreas Seidl

    Drivers:
    55 – Carlos Sainz [Spain]
    4 – Lando Norris [UK]​


    Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport [Germany]

    Chassis: F1 W10 EQ Power+
    Engine: Mercedes

    Team Principal: Toto Wolff

    Drivers:
    44 – Lewis Hamilton [UK]
    77 – Valtteri Bottas [Finalnd]​


    SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team [UK]

    Chassis: RP19
    Engine: Mercedes

    Team Principal: Otmar Szafnauer

    Drivers:​
    11 – Sergio Perez [Mexico]
    18 – Lance Stroll [Canada]​


    Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda [Austria]

    Chassis: RB15
    Engine: Honda

    Team Principal: Christian Horner

    Drivers:
    10 – Pierre Gasly [France] - Races 1-12
    23 – Alexander Albon [Thailand] - Races 13-
    33 – Max Verstappen [Netherlands]​


    Renault F1 Team [France]

    Chassis: R.S. 19
    Engine: Renault

    Team Principal: Cyril Abitboul

    Drivers:
    3 – Daniel Ricciardo [Australia]
    27 – Nico Hulkenberg [Germany]​


    Red Bull Torro Rosso Honda [Italy]

    Chassis: STR14
    Engine: Honda

    Team Principal: Franz Tost

    Drivers:
    26 – Daniil Kvyat [Russia]
    23 – Alexander Albon [Thailand] - Races 1-12
    10 – Pierre Gasly [France] - Races 13-​


    ROKiT Williams Racing [UK]

    Chassis: FW42
    Engine: Mercedes

    Team Principal: Claire Williams

    Drivers:
    88 – Robert Kubica [Poland]
    63 – George Russel [UK]​
     
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  2. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    2019 predictions:

    Williams v STR for the wooden spoon. Williams to come last again, but Russell and Kubica to make a good battle of it, reaching Q2 about half the time.
    Renault and/or Mclaren and/or Force India to finish ahead of Red Bull.
    Red Bull Honda to get extremely acrimonious.
    Merc'n'Lewis champions again.
    Leclerc second.
    Bottas third but replaced by Occon at the season's end.
    Occon to be driving the Force India from the summer break onwards.
    Russell to Force India at season's end, replacing 'Stroll'.
    Perez to lap Stroll at least once in the first three GPs.
    Vettel and Arrivibene out of Ferrari.
    Ricciardo beats both Red Bulls, gets some cheeky podiums.
    Hulkenberg finally gets a podium.
    Verstappen or Raikkonen (again) into Ferrari.
     
  3. BentAnat

    BentAnat Software Dev

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    I'll play predictions:

    Leclerc a serious competitor to Seb in the second half.
    RBR not happy with Honda.
    Ocon to replace Bottas at season end.
    Merc/Lewis WCC/WDC again.
    Vettel to consider retirement at season end.
    Arivabene out at Ferrari.
    Verstappen to be rumored at Ferrari come crazy season, but no cigar, since he's still mentally 10 years old.
    Renault to do better than expected, outgunning McLaren and (hopefully) RBR.
    Stroll out at season end.
     
  4. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    Predictions.

    I think Lewis will pick up his 6th title, Leclerc will be a match for Seb diluting his points haul.
    Bottas will dissspoint yet again, he’ll support Lewis early on then either get frustrated and fall out or be replaced mid season by Ocon.

    Merc and Ferrari will be on level terms performance wise, but Lewis with getting full support from his team unlike Seb at Ferrari.

    Red bull to show their frustration at Honda, and fall behind Renault
    Max won’t have a great year, and rather than mature will become more petulant and get caught in in fights with leading drivers - he might move in after the year end (future champion, but will need the right car)

    Kubica won’t be the second coming, and Russel will completely outshine him - well as much as he can in what will still be a dog of a car. Claire Williams will step down from her roll at the end of the year.

    McLaren, looks like a nice driver lineup - but can’t see the guys having the car they deserve.

    Riciardo to become the new Hulk, the guy that everyone thought could be a future champ - but never ended up in the right car at the right time. He’ll hang around for a number of years before heading of to do some V8 racing.

    Stroll to be utterly outclassed, throw his toys out of the pram, ask dad to have Perez replaced - but dad being a real businessman will actually drop his son.
     
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  5. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    2019 aero changes will do nothing
    Vettel will crash for no real reason leading a race
    RBR will say they are down on power all season
    Kubica will be very meh
    McRenaulto will move forward slightly
    LeClerc will challange Seb and be more a 1.5 driver rather than a true No2
    Bottas will continue to fade
    Sauber will become a more solid mid field team with Kimi eating all the magnums he can find
     
  6. Wakka

    Wakka Yo, eat this, ya?

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    Predictions!

    1 - Lewis to become 6-time champ. And it'll be an easier ride than this year, too.

    2 - Vettel will be upset by Leclerc early on, but it'll motivate him to actually step-up to his potential after a couple of easy years being compared to Kimi.

    3 - RBR will combust in spectacular fashion, literally and figuratively... Fiery Max + snakey Horner + easily rattled Marko + sketchy Honda engine is just a superb recipe for fireworks. Threats to leave the sport before summer break.

    4 - Renault will continue to close the gap, but at it's current glacial pace. With Force India having a Stroll handicap (and HAAS having Grosjean), they'll finish WELL clear of the mid-field, but I suspect the Red Bull's peak results (when it makes it to the end of a GP) will still keep them in front.

    5 - McLaren will suffer without Alonso's input. I won't say they'll fall further behind, but they won't be making any progress either. On a good day, scraping for points, but generally behind the likes of Sauber/Force India/HAAS and fighting with Torro Rosso and Williams.

    6 - Williams will make progress with Kubica's technical input, and with Russel in the other car, won't completely embarrass themselves... Providing they have enough money to see the season out.

    7 - Grosjean will crash. Not as much as this year, but still more than any other driver.

    Driver battles:

    Ham VS Bottas - Ham. Easy.
    Vettel VS Leclerc - Seb, but only after a strong 2nd half of the season.
    Max VS Pierre - Max. But only because of favouritism and Pierre fearing a 5 knuckle shuffle.
    Hulk VS D-Ric - Tough one, this. I'm a career Hulk fan, but I suspect Danny will just edge it... Unless his Renault PU curse continues.
    Sainz VS Norris - Sainz, but neither will make much of an impact on the season and McLaren will continue to look for a proper "Tier 1" driver.
    Perez VS Stroll - HAHAHAHAHA.
    Grosjean VS K-Mag - It'll be closer than this year, but I think Kevin will have the momentum to win it.
    Kubica VS Russell - I think it'll be fairly even. Russell is a rookie, and will take some time to get used the Formula. Bob has been away for a few years, but he has enough experience to get up to speed quicker, the question mark is where his peak now is. Could surprise us, and I would love for him to.
    Kimi VS Gio - Kimi. By a wide margin. But he won't enjoy it.
    Kvyat VS ??? - ???
     
  7. Anfield

    Anfield Well-Known Member

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    Lewis casually cruises to a 6th title.
    Ferrari 2nd in no mans land.
    Red Bull drop back to mid field.
    Three way battle for best of the rest between Red Bull, Renault and Ferrari 2 Sauber
    Force India, Haas and McLaren three way battle at the bottom end of midfield
    TR 2nd last in no mans land.
    Williams fall from grace to continue and out of F1 at end of season.
     
  8. RedFlames

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  9. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    So the top 3 from Formula 2 are coming into F1, the Super License rules work!

    Also, they're all brits. Although for reasons unknown Albon lists his nationality and racing license as Thai, even though he was born in London, went to school in Ipswich, holds a British passport and is about as Thai as a Cornish Pasty. About the only connection to Thailand he has is his mum... who he is estranged from after she was convicted of fraud for a huge ponsi scheme that left her in prison for six years.

    But no, totally Thailand's first Formula 1 driver.
     
  10. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    If they can milk it for sponsorship money then... Pratheṣ̄thịy thī̀ nī̀ reā pị
     
  11. RedFlames

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    2019 Predictions

    Hamilton makes it 6 with the aim of equalling Schumy before any rules change in 2021
    Stroll [if confirmed at not-FI] is still DFL or close to it.
    RBR are slagging off Honda by the summer break.
    McRenault and Williams improve, but not enough to not be at the back.
    Sainz inherits Alonso's role of primary source of televised radio meltdowns.
    Leclerc out qualifies Seb and starts suffering Ricciardo-esque car troubles thereafter.
    Gasly out qualifies Max and starts suffering Ricciardo-esque car troubles thereafter.
    Grosjean gets a race ban.
    Max trades bodywork with Hamilton
    Max trades bodywork with Vettel
    Max trades bodywork with Gasly
    Max trades bodywork with Ricciardo
    Max causes at least one Safety Car.
    Bottas' contract isn't renewed at Merc.
    Kvyat gets shitcanned half way through the season. again.

    Driver head-to-heads

    Merc - Ham > Bottas.
    Ferrari - Vettel > Leclerc
    RBR - Max = Gasly
    Renault - Ricciardo beats Hulk on Saturdays, Hulk beats Riccardo on Sundays.
    Not-FI - Perez > I-can't-believe-it's-not-Stroll
    Haas - Grosjean = KMag
    TR - Kvyat = Albon
    Sauber - Kimi > Giovanazzi
    McLol - Lando > Sainz
    WTFiams - Kubica > Russel

    Team most likely to go under this year - Williams
     
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    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    I'm just utterly psyched to be seeing Kubica in a race again.
     
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    Wakka Yo, eat this, ya?

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    Between Force India disappearing, the HAAS cars being almost completely rebranded with garish Rich Energy liveries and Williams announcing their new sponsorship deal with a Polish oil company, the midfield grid is going to look VERY different in 2019...
     
  15. fix-the-spade

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    The Haas will black and gold, so it'll look like a Lotus, the Williams will be white and red, so it'll look like a Sauber, the Racing Private Finance Inititative will still be Pepto Bismol pink, because that's their major sponsor.

    Personally I really, really like the pink, there are not enough pink racing cars.
     
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    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Edited to remove my utter stupidity. It's been a hard day.
     
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    legoman breaker of things

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    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    Mclaren have form in this regard, Button once drove an entire Canadian GP weekend (2012 I think?) with a car with a hairline crack in it's chassis. Not only was his insistence that something was wrong with the car ignored, he was lapped by Hamilton (who won) and had a new chassis at the next race, because he refused to drive that one again. Only taking it apart at Woking did they find the damage.

    Mclaren are a shambles.
     
  20. crazyg1zm0

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    My predictions:

    Lewis to win another title and bottas to wingman him again all season, and as others have said i see occon moving to the team at the end of the year.
    I see Seb being no1 and Charl being the no2 driver at ferrari but Seb will make mistakes and by the end of the season (last couple of races) i see charl being allowed to race properly
    red bull I see having a similar season, Some promising results but overall they will have issues with the PU that will limit their title chances at all. Max the clear no1 driver
    Renault: I hope to see them do well and that Danny Ricc gets a good season and can perform but i just dont see it happening unfortunately. i expect both drivers to finish 1st and 2nd in the 1.5 championship
    Torro Rosso: A few visits to Q3 and some top 10 finishes but not much more than that, they will do whats expected of them i think
    McLaren: If you believe them they know the issues they had last season and can fix them and make it all work, I hope this is try as want to see them battling again, I dont see it expect them to have a few visits to Q3 and a few top 10 finishes in races not more than that really
    sauber: I want to see kimi do well in this car as we have seen it perform well over the past season at times, so we know its no slouch. they will be pushing Renault for the 4th best constructor
    williams: They can't do much worse can they? they have a good looking driver lineup that i really want to see perform well. just dont think they will.
    Racing Point: expect to see Stroll get comprehensively beaten all season by his team mate and get moved to test driver at the end of the year. I have still not seen enough of him to make me believe hes worthy to be in F1 compared to others
    Haas: I expect similar to this year, They had a decent middle pack car they had some adequate results and I expect more of the same. I dont see them making enough of a leap to be pusshing the top 3 teams, I wouldnt be surprised to see them trying to get 4th in the championship but theres plenty of tracks their car just does not perform
     

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