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    2019 Azerbaijan GP @ Baku Circuit

    Late to 2019 thread participation, but wanted to make a proper thread. Anyways, we're two weeks away from the next race.

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    Lewis Hamilton 68
    Valtteri Bottas 62
    Max Verstappen 39
    Sebastian Vettel 37
    Charles Leclerc 36
    Pierre Gasly 13
    Kimi Raikkonen 12
    Lando Norris 8
    Kevin Magnussen 8
    Nico Hulkenberg 6
    Daniel Ricciardo 6
    Sergio Perez 5
    Alexander Albon 3
    Lance Stroll 2
    Daniil Kvyat 1
    Antonio Giovinazzi 0
    Romain Grosjean 0
    Carlos Sainz 0
    George Russell 0
    Robert Kubica 0


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    Mercedes 130
    Ferrari 73
    RBR 52
    Renault 12
    Alfa Romeo 12
    Haas 8
    Mclaren 8
    Racing Point 7
    Toro Rosso 4
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    Leclerc has done well at Baku in the past and Red Bull are to bring a Honda engine upgrade.

    Could be an interesting weekend.

    Cautiously optimistic.
    yay

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    Ferrari 1-2 in FP1, FP2, AND FP3. Qualy Mercedes 1-2, half second clear.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yonkers320is View Post
    Ferrari 1-2 in FP1, FP2, AND FP3. Qualy Mercedes 1-2, half second clear.....

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    LOL, hard to make predictions now. Ferrari have a supposedly better engine, but mess it up when it counts. I just hope for multiple safety cars to spice it up.

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    No longer hard to make predictions.

    That was a pretty intense qualifying though. I thought Leclerc's response to his mistake was admirably genuine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VĒmp View Post
    LOL, hard to make predictions now. Ferrari have a supposedly better engine, but mess it up when it counts. I just hope for multiple safety cars to spice it up.
    The run up to the 1st corner probably decides the outcome. The corner were Kubica and Leclerc had their shunts will be the star tomorrow.
    Great job by Perez in the Racing Point, maybe repeat podium for him?

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    Great quali.

    Hope Bottas makes up for his last effort with a great launch and keeps the lead.

    Vettel vs. Verstappen into first corner could get interesting.

    Leclerc will have to show what he can do coming back through the field.
    yay

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    I think it's actually more unenjoyable to have Ferrari look so good until race day each weekend than when Mercedes was just faster all the time. Not the best options to choose from. At least Hamilton didn't get the freebie pass for the win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELVA164 View Post
    I think it's actually more unenjoyable to have Ferrari look so good until race day each weekend than when Mercedes was just faster all the time. Not the best options to choose from. At least Hamilton didn't get the freebie pass for the win.
    When i heard that "Lewis has DRS, overtake is inevittable" i thought they would swap places.
    Ferrari need to poach James from Mercedes for strategy calls. Also i think the front wings of Ferrari, and Alfa Romeo do not work.

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    He said "overtake is available". Overtake button on the wheel, so that Bottas could defend.

    Great work by Merc, i love that Ferrari is imploding

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELVA164 View Post
    I think it's actually more unenjoyable to have Ferrari look so good until race day each weekend than when Mercedes was just faster all the time. Not the best options to choose from. At least Hamilton didn't get the freebie pass for the win.

    This is Toto managing the appearance of a WDC chase, in the absence of real competition.

    Until a team can approach Mercedes, post qualy and post race highlights are the limit of my time this season.
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    Yeh. I fast forward a lot now. Watch first 3-4 laps. Fast forward a bit. Fast forward to pits. See a change in position or some mention in commentary then rewind. 15-20 to watch a race. Don't even bother with interviews or trophy ceremony. Kinda sad as I've been watching F1 for a very long time and I actually like Mercedes and Ferrari and RB and Renault and most teams but this is crap racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yonkers320is View Post
    When i heard that "Lewis has DRS, overtake is inevittable" i thought they would swap places.
    Ferrari need to poach James from Mercedes for strategy calls. Also i think the front wings of Ferrari, and Alfa Romeo do not work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VĒmp View Post
    He said "overtake is available". Overtake button on the wheel, so that Bottas could defend.

    Great work by Merc, i love that Ferrari is imploding
    If Lewis didn't screw up and mount the curb twice (which I'm glad he did), the pass would have been inevitable. There's absolutely no way to defend against the slipstream/DRS combo at that track. Bottas would have been robbed of another win through no fault of his own.
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    Quali was better than the race.

    Ricciardo has to be pretty low right about now. What a disaster.

    Red Bull had a drive shaft failure with Gasly and reduced power on Verstappen's car to avoid a repeat.

    At least Bottas took with win.
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    yay

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmonkey View Post
    This is Toto managing the appearance of a WDC chase, in the absence of real competition.

    Until a team can approach Mercedes, post qualy and post race highlights are the limit of my time this season.
    Pretty much this. This is the Mercedes playbook:

    FP1: Sandbag
    "yeah we tried some different settings out there but the Ferrari look fast"
    FP2: Sandbag
    "we thought we had worked through our issues but now we are .5 seconds behind italy"
    FP3: Sandbag
    "we may have found a couple tenths but Qualifying is going to be difficult"
    Q: Take 1-2
    "I'm just so proud of the team, we worked so hard and it was all just a great team effort"
    Race: Take 1-2
    "GET IN THERE LEWIS. Great drive mate you really had to work for that one, it was all skill that you and Bottas are 5+ seconds ahead of the Ferraris"

    Rinse, Repeat
    Rinse, Repeat

    Hopefully the Ferrari's can find some pace

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    If Renault keep failing, don't think the bosses will keep the team in F1. They had the CEO and other big bosses in both the China and Baku GPs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpine 318is View Post
    Pretty much this. This is the Mercedes playbook:

    FP1: Sandbag
    "yeah we tried some different settings out there but the Ferrari look fast"
    FP2: Sandbag
    "we thought we had worked through our issues but now we are .5 seconds behind italy"
    FP3: Sandbag
    "we may have found a couple tenths but Qualifying is going to be difficult"
    Q: Take 1-2
    "I'm just so proud of the team, we worked so hard and it was all just a great team effort"
    Race: Take 1-2
    "GET IN THERE LEWIS. Great drive mate you really had to work for that one, it was all skill that you and Bottas are 5+ seconds ahead of the Ferraris"

    Rinse, Repeat
    Rinse, Repeat

    Hopefully the Ferrari's can find some pace
    Pretty much. But only the media put Ferrari as fastest, or favourites. Vettel was saying they lack speed and grip on corners, can't get the tires to work.

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    LMAO, the salt is delicious

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    Quote Originally Posted by VĒmp View Post
    LMAO, the salt is delicious
    If that's your take on the comments, pity about your reading comprehension disability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badmonkey View Post
    If that's your take on the comments, pity about your reading comprehension disability.
    LOL, yum

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmonkey View Post
    If that's your take on the comments, pity about your reading comprehension disability.
    Just don't feed the Vamp Troll

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yonkers320is View Post
    If Renault keep failing, don't think the bosses will keep the team in F1. They had the CEO and other big bosses in both the China and Baku GPs...

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    The great irony in all this is that, after dominating with Red Bull, Renault was the loudest voice threatening to leave F1 unless the V8's were scrapped for a more "relevant" engine formula.

    Seems to have worked out well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KAILIYAT View Post
    Leclerc has done well at Baku in the past and Red Bull are to bring a Honda engine upgrade.
    Can’t wait to see how it turns out.
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