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TouchedTheAxeIn82
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F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
F1 2019 Schedule

Date Grand Prix Location => Podium
March 17 Australia Melbourne => Bottas (FL), Hamilton, Verstappen
March 31 Bahrain Sakhir
April 14 China Shanghai
April 28 Azerbaijan Baku
May 12 Spain Barcelona
May 26 Monaco Monaco
June 09 Canada Montreal
June 23 France Le Castellet
June 30 Austria Spielberg
July 14 Great Britain Silverstone
July 28 Germany Hockenheim
August 04 Hungary Budapest
September 01 Belgium Spa
September 08 Italy Monza
September 22 Singapore Singapore
September 29 Russia Sochi
October 13 Japan Suzuka
October 27 Mexico Mexico City
November 03 USA Austin
November 17 Brazil Sao Paulo
December 01 Abu Dhabi Yas Island

F1 2019 Driver Standings

Driver (Team) - Points, Wins, Podiums, Fast Laps
1. Bottas (Mercedes) - 26, 1, 1, 1
2. Hamilton (Mercedes) - 18, 0, 1, 0
3. Verstappen (Red Bull) - 15, 0, 1, 0
4. Vettel (Ferrari) - 12, 0, 0, 0
5. Leclerc (Ferrari) - 10, 0, 0, 0
6. Magnussen (Haas) - 8, 0, 0, 0
7. Hülkenberg (Renault) - 6, 0, 0, 0
8. Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) - 4, 0, 0, 0
9. Stroll (Racing Point) - 2, 0, 0, 0
10. Kvyat (Toro Rosso) - 1, 0, 0, 0

F1 2019 Constructor Standings

Constructor - Points, Wins, Podiums
1. Mercedes - 44, 1, 2
2. Ferrari - 22, 0, 0
3. Red Bull - 15, 0, 1
4. Haas - 8, 0, 0
5. Renault - 6, 0, 0
6. Alfa Romeo - 4, 0, 0
7. Racing Point - 2, 0, 0
8. Toro Rosso - 1, 0, 0
9. McLaren - 0, 0, 0
10. Williams - 0, 0, 0

Engine - Teams
Mercedes - Mercedes, Racing Point (Force India), Williams
Ferrari - Ferrari, Haas, Alfa Romeo (Sauber)
Honda - Red Bull, Toro Rosso
Renault - Renault, McLaren
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TouchedTheAxeIn82
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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
Here we go. We're at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. The first qualifying session of the year has just finished, and now we have a sense of the true pace of the teams, and it's not looking good from a competitive standpoint.

1. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1m20.486s
2. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes + 0.112s
3. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari + 0.704s
4. Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Honda + 0.834s
5. Charles Leclerc MON Ferrari + 0.956s
6. Romain Grosjean FRA Haas F1 + 1.340s
7. Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 + 1.613s
8. Lando Norris GBR McLaren + 1.818s
9. Kimi Raikkonen ITA Alfa Romeo + 1.828s
10. Sergio Perez MEX Racing Point F1 + 2.295s
-- Q2 CUTOFF 1m22.532s --
11. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault 1m22.562s
12. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault 1m22.570s
13. Alexander Albon THA Toro Rosso Honda 1m22.636s
14. Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo 1m22.714s
15. Daniil Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso Honda 1m22.774s
-- Q1 CUTOFF 1m22.966s --
16. Lance Stroll CAN Racing Point F1 1m23.017s
17. Pierre Gasly FRA Red Bull Honda 1m23.020s
18. Carlos Sainz ESP McLaren 1m23.084s
19. George Russell GBR Williams 1m24.360s
20. Robert Kubica POL Williams 1m26.067s


The 2nd fastest team Ferrari is 0.7s off the pace. That's huge! Mercedes should run away with this race.

The fact that P8 is almost 2s off the pace is pathetic. Only a few cars are going to finish on the lead lap, unless they have a couple of safety cars to bunch up the field.

I missed Q1 and Q2, and only saw Q3, but I just read that the reason Gasly got stuck so far back is that Red Bull opted to do just one run in Q1. Gasly was just 0.144s slower than Verstappen, but when the other teams did a 2nd run and improved their times, that 0.144s was the difference between Verstappen moving on to Q2 and Gasly getting stuck in P17. The team screwed up.

If Verstappen can finish the race (a big if) and compete with Ferrari, that will be a big boost for Honda, and Red Bull's decision to go with Honda (not that they had much choice).

US team Haas is looking good!
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i am dan
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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
Hamilton is just too good.

Is the race televised today or tomorrow?



TouchedTheAxeIn82
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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
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Is the race televised today or tomorrow?

The Aussie race is a decent time for the west coast (Saturday at 10:00 pm PDT), but that makes it awkward for the eastern US (Sunday at 1:00 am EDT).


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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
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Merc sandbagging at qualifying confirmed.

Really pulling for Kimi to make something happen at Sauber/Alfa.

Must be a bit of a bummer for Danny, but I’m sure it won’t be overnight success in a new car with a new team.

Also glad to see the Haas cars up there. Hope they don’t choke like last year and give F1.5 a legit go.
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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
Posted in the other thread
This is my first season trying to keep up. I’m going to rely on some true fans to talk technical and teach me the ins and outs

Was a bit disappointed to wake up and see Mercedes still dominating. I was hoping for a competitive 1-3 and good battle for 4th(like anybody) Oh well.
Glad for team America though.

I think I’m gonna be a Verstapin fan just to make people mad( he came off as a douche in the show)


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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
& the Williams team still dragging up the rear.


weagle99
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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
The interest this year might be in seeing how the new drivers do.

Looks like more MB domination.


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jordan21210
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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
I’m far from an expert, started following last season. That said, the new rule for fastest lap has potential to make things interesting. Fastest lap in the top 10 on race day gets a point.

Agree with above though, this season will be about the new drivers. I assume Mercedes will dominate as per usual.


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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
Not a good first qualifying of the year for Renault. I’m hoping to see them challenge Red Bull some this year.


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pjab
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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
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Fastest lap in the top 10 on race day gets a point.



Hamilton will get that too.

In qualifying, the two Mercedes were trading track records back and forth. We can only hope for Bottas to outwardly challenge Hamilton.


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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
Merc didn't sandbag. They showed exactly this pace during winter tests. They only went all out once at were faster than Ferrari when they did.

Renault...wow guys. Sucks.

Ferrari fans. Next year boys, always next year.


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fightin tigers
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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
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Hamilton will get that too.



Maybe, but probably not. Hamilton will save the engine and not worry about the one point. Formula 1.5 will be the ones fighting over that 1 point.

Save engine = turn down performance, use less fuel (more weight), stay on older tires longer.


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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
Lewis is a prick


fightin tigers
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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
The Nick Saban on F1. Can't name anything prickish he has done, except win.


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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
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Glad to see Grosjean and Magnussen off to a solid start. Hopefully they both finish in points to start the year.
Shocked to see Renault finish so poorly we will see how the drivers compete tomorrow. Wonder how the veteran drivers took Norris' finish.


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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
The race for positions 4 through 10 will be the best racing and drama of the weekend, as it has for the last few years. Mercedes dominated qualifying last year and Ferrari pulled the upset because of mistakes, so it may be interesting to see. I wish there was some more parity amongst the teams but looking like a two team breakaway for 2019


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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
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Hamilton will get that too.


It is more likely for mid-tier teams to pick up the fastest lap point. The top tier teams won't push their engines nor potentially hurt their race strategy by hammering their tires. Mid-level teams with someone with good safe track position can come in late for their last stop put on the races softest compound and take a couple of flyers with low fuel. Those points can mean lots of extra money for the mid-tier teams. Given it looks like a Mercedes whitewash is possible Hamilton won't need to push for them.


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re: F1 2019 Season Thread (Next race: Mar. 31 Bahrain)
The Alonso Commemorative Point.


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