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Poll: The 2018 F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix (268 member(s) have cast votes)

Who will win the race?

  1. Sebastian "number 1 Ferrari driver" Vettel (66 votes [24.63%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 24.63%

  2. Lewis "will he be back on top form" Hamilton (71 votes [26.49%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 26.49%

  3. Valtteri "my dark horse for the title" Bottas (18 votes [6.72%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.72%

  4. Daniel "shoe drinking" Ricciardo (29 votes [10.82%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.82%

  5. Kimi "number 2 Ferrari driver" Raikkonen (26 votes [9.70%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.70%

  6. Fernando "how am I 7th?" Alonso (12 votes [4.48%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.48%

  7. Nico "give me a podium" Hulkenberg (7 votes [2.61%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.61%

  8. Max "too many mistakes" Verstappen (23 votes [8.58%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.58%

  9. One of the Pink Panthers (Force India drivers) (1 votes [0.37%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.37%

  10. One of the it "Haas to happen now" drivers (7 votes [2.61%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.61%

  11. Surely not a Sauber driver (6 votes [2.24%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.24%

  12. One of those cheapskate Williams drivers (1 votes [0.37%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.37%

  13. Why not those colliding Toro Rosso drivers (1 votes [0.37%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.37%

  14. Sorry to forget you - Other (Sainz or Vandoorne) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

How many safety cars will we get this year?

  1. 0 (20 votes [7.46%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.46%

  2. 1 (86 votes [32.09%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 32.09%

  3. 2 (125 votes [46.64%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 46.64%

  4. 3 (25 votes [9.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.33%

  5. 4 or more (12 votes [4.48%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.48%

Is this the most exciting start to an F1 season in the hybrid era? (i.e since 2014)

  1. Yes (192 votes [71.64%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 71.64%

  2. No (76 votes [28.36%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 28.36%

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#1 f1paul

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:50

​Remember that race last year were people kept on hitting each other and a guy called Lance Stroll got onto the podium. No not that BTCC race, and I'm not talking about Indycar either. I'm on about last year's Azerbaijan Grand Prix. 

 

WATCH THIS GIF OR ELSE SITOTKIN WILL BECOME A FERRARI DRIVER! http://forums.autosp...pped/?p=8004920 (the original founder of it is here)

 

 

 

For a more FOM (Formal Opinion of Motorsport) you may listen to David Croft shout for 7 minutes...

 

 

And if you like to play games then I found this for you

 

 

Finally, if you want to hear in idiot's perspective, well unlucky you're going to have to read instead.  :p

 

It was an average day and an average race with the cars being magnetised together. Punches were thrown and a German hit a Brit. We had a red flag, loads of safety cars, and divebombs into turn 1 which ultimately gave Dan The Man Ricciardo the win from 10th on the grid.Vettel intentionally hits Hamilton on one of the safety car restarts which caused an absolute meltdown to the forum as people were angry that Vettel didn't get a bigger penalty even though it was clearly a gust of wind which caused the collision. I mean, it's called the City of Winds for a reason. Force India could have won the race but no the pink panthers stroked each other at 130MPH and said goodbye to a historic win. And the guy who was cleanest all weekend was Lance Walk In The Park Stroll. He got beaten to the line to 2nd place thanks to "festival mode" in Bottas's car but it was still a good joke to see him on the podium. It didn't actually happen did it??? Anyway, I have a bad memory and haven't watched any of the highlights above, that doesn't mean you shouldn't.  :stoned:

 

The Windy City 

 

No it's not called that because of gases that come out of your backside (ha ha ha 6 year-old jokes) but because the sheer speed of an F1 car causes a minor hurricane to happen there annually. Since 2002, Baku has hosted 36 major sporting events + a few F1 races.  :p It will host 4 matches in the 2020 European Football Championships which clearly means that they will have a team playing in the Euros. It hosted the prestigious 42nd Chess Olympiad in 2014 and is the birthplace of Garry Kasparov. 

 

Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan and a major port on the Caspian Sea. The city was first taken by Peter I in the 1710s and held for two decades. The entire region of Caucasia was conquered by Russian forces in a war against Iran in the 1800s and confirmed by the 1813 Treaty of Gulistan. Baku has meant two things to Russia: oil and strikes. The former has had the more enduring significance. Basically, Baku means Charlie Whiting because he likes to give us lots of non-racing time when it should be racing time so that he can save oil and give his brain a rest. It's also why we see an aborted start every season. 

 

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​See he's just lifted his head off the table/desk thing, I don't know what it's called, because he fell asleep.

 

The 72nd FIA Formula One World Championship SO FAR

 

Round 1 - VSC Gate

​Is it just me who was happy when the VSC came out in Melbourne? I mean it was going to be a pretty rubbish race if it didn't happen but instead, we get two 4-time world champions pushing very hard in the final 20 or whatever laps it was. Vettel drove brilliantly to not make a mistake IMO and I thought it was a decent opener. It was obviously scripted because the VSC wasn't thrown for the first Haas stoppage because good old Whiting clearly forgot the plan so Haas were paid to do it again and Whiting was told to wake up and throw a VSC. And then Hamilton didn't maximise his VSC delta time to give Vettel the lead but also to make it look close and dramatic. 

 

​If you're wondering what VSC means it is - Very Silly Charlie

 

​Round 2 - Bottled it Bottas Gate

​A great race. Shame about the Bulls and a shame that Verstappen misjudged his overtake against Hamilton but I thought he was a bit unlucky to get damage when other cars may not have got damage. Anyway, we saw a horrific Ferrari pitstop in which it's a good time to say get well soon Franceso Cigarini and if you're reading this which I'm guessing you are; we all hope to see you in the pitlane again very soon! :) Bottas closed Vettel down and had a look into turn 1 on the last lap but then he played it safe and didn't give us the collision move which we were all hoping for. We all know that every time there's a change for the lead on the last lap that the leader NEVER wins. Bottas should have knew this.   ;) 

 

Round 3 - How can F1 be this good gate?

​"winner, winner something brisket dinner" - the words of Ricciardo after he drank out of his shoe (he didn't actually say this). 6th to 1st in 10 laps is very impressive no matter how much better his tyres were. Verstappen was in the wars again this time with Vettel and many of the Autosport Forum members. If you're a betting man or woman then go and put a bet on him because the odds are pretty good and we're only 3 races in a 21 race season! That's just too many, you won't get threads like this every week (seriously though F1 isn't on every week!) Toro Rosso's collide to help Red Bull win AND  the safety car is called at the point were the leaders cannot pit and Mercedes somehow forget to pit Hamilton and Raikkonen. Give us a rest Charlie!

 

I'm sure your memories are good enough to remember the 3 F1 races so far this year so this part of the OP was pretty pointless and just a reason to get the word "gate" into the thread and have a go at Charlie Whiting. Sorry for wasting your time, I don't even know why I'm having a go at Whiting. I respect him quite a bit because it's one of them jobs were it looks easy on the outside but I bet it's as hard as winning a race if your name is Kimi Raikkonen. 

 

What am I on about, oh yeah the Baku race. 

 

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It's a 71 lap race according to this https://maxf1.net/en.../azerbaijan-gp/

 

Facts from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. 

 

-Did you know there has been one previous F1 race in Azerbaijan, that was in 2017.

-Daniel Ricciardo is the only ever winner

-Lewis Hamilton is the only ever pole sitter

-Renault are the only team to not score points at this race; disgraceful I know. I've used a semi-colon as well!  :clap:

 

 

With the halo, will the drivers still crash at the old castle?

 

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yes

 

Can you actually do a sub 2 second pitstop?

 

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yes but only at Baku of course

 

Can you bump F1 cars together and get away with it?

 

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yes you can but don't tell Max!

 

My maths tell me that 52X20=1040 so that's how many tyres are actually in this next picture.

 

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As you can see, we have lots of purple things, not many red things, and hardly any yellow things. This really doesn't matter because by the time the race arrives, most of the teams have a similar amount of each compound available to them.

 

The weather will be DRY, IF IT RAINS THEN I WILL BAN MYSELF FROM THIS FORUM FOR 6 WEEKS!

 

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This picture clearly doesn't care about those who are 11th or below.

 

 

 

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This one is even worse (I know I've the constructors' championship is seen twice but there's 2 cars per team remember?!)

 

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And what is this??? 

 

Don't you hate it when you don't know when the race is on, especially since Livery have decided to move the races to 10 past the hour. All times below are local Baku times. (Baku is 3hrs ahead of the UK and 8hrs ahead of the east coast in USA, apologies to any Nigerians but I don't know what time it is there, I've heard that they are 100 hours ahead though)  :drunk: 

 

 

Friday    
Formula 2 - Practice Session 11:00 - 11:45                                                
Formula 1 – First Practice Session 13:00 – 14:30

Formula 2 - Qualifying 15:00 - 15:30   
Formula 1 – Second Practice Session 17:00 – 18:30

 

 

Saturday 
Formula 2 - Race 1 12:00 - 13:00                                          
Formula 1 – Third Practice Session 14:00 – 15:00  
Formula 1 - Qualifying 17:00 -18:00 

 

Sunday
Formula 2 - Race 2 13:10 - 14:00       
2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 16:10 – 18:10 (who knows with safety cars and red flags!) 

 

​DON'T FORGET TO WATCH TO FORMULA 2 ACTION - THAT'S GURANTEED TO BE CRAZY  :drunk: 

 

"The six kilometre, anti-clockwise layout of the circuit was designed by famous circuit architect Hermann Tilke. The circuit is planned to start adjacent to Azadliq Square, then loop around Government House before heading west to Maiden Tower. From there the track is planned to have a narrow uphill traversal and then circle the Old City before opening up onto a 2.2 km (1.4 mi) stretch along Neftchilar Avenue back to the start line."

 

My not so serious final thoughts. 

I genuinely think that this could be a classic F1 season. It looks like it will go down the final race (bold prediction) and I think it will be about how many drivers can still win it in Abu Dhabi. Ferrari have proved that they are now the team to beat. Mercedes will still be strong but they have not been in this position for a very long time were they're not the favourites anymore. There's a new kind of pressure on them and they have already made silly errors which they cannot afford to continue. I expect Hamilton to bounce back very quickly but the problem Merc have is that their drivers are already taking points away from each other; they haven't been maximising their points unlike Vettel has been and will continue to do. Red Bull are in the championship fight and I reckon they will surprise people and be very strong at Baku. Verstappen is going through a very bad phase but I see him winning a race soon or doing something special which will stop all of the cynics against him saying that he's not as good as everybody thinks. 

 

We should enjoy this season and be optimistic because we haven't had such close competition at the front for a very long time and it's about time F1 fans get rewarded. Roll on Baku!

 

​(if you did not notice the sarcasm above then I'm very sorry (I am a very neutral F1 fan (brackets in brackets in brackets must be a first)) and I will stop myself from starting any thread for another 2 weeks or so, I strong apologise for wasting my time, your time and everybody who's had to suffer with this OP)   ;) 

 

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Edited by f1paul, 23 April 2018 - 20:30.


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#2 f1paul

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:02

Read the OP, I've heard it's really good!  :D


Edited by f1paul, 22 April 2018 - 12:19.


#3 f1paul

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:02

Joking of course. 



#4 thegamer23

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:10

Last year's gp was full indycar.
No VSC please!

#5 LiftAndCoast

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:16

Brilliant OP f1paul, really appreciate the effort you put into these.

 

Did you know there has been one previous F1 race in Azerbaijan, that was in 2017.

 

Is this a reference to the fact that the 2016 race was called the European GP, or had you forgotten this is the third running of an f1 race on this circuit?  To be fair, the first one was one of the most forgettable F1 races in a long time!



#6 BCM

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:21

I expect total mayhem at this race again. Can't wait.



#7 Lipp

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:26

Thanks for this great OP f1Paul!



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:46

I'm really looking forward to this one, think it's my favorite circuit of all the new ones the last 15 years or so, still don't understand how did F1 manage to have such a boring race there in '16.

However I suspect with the layout being more reminiscent of Melbourne than Bahrain or China, it may favor the Mercedes more clearly again. But I haven't even seen which tyre compounds will be in use and what kind of temperatures to expect - I think that may have a lot to do with why performances between teams have swung pretty noticeably the first 3 race weekends.

#9 TomNokoe

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:46

FORZA BAKU, however I do think we'll need a separate race thread come Sunday :cry:

Edited by TomNokoe, 22 April 2018 - 11:47.


#10 sopa

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:57

Personally I find that 2018 pecking order among top teams at least seems very similar to 2017. Midfield has obviously shuffled around somewhat.

 

But this means I decided to take a look at how drivers in top teams have gained or lost compared to the beginning of 2017.

 

Points after three races (2017 - 2018)

VET  68 - 54 (-14)
HAM  61 - 45 (-16)
BOT  38 - 40  (+2)
RIC  22 - 37 (+15)
RAI  34 - 30  (-4)
VER  25 - 18  (-7)

The start of 2018 has been closer than 2017. Wonder, how long does it take for Vettel and Hamilton to start pulling away from the rest, or do we get another crazy Baku race to tighten things further for now?

 

Ricciardo has started out better than last year, though the mid-season string of 5 podiums he had in 2017 will be hard to repeat.

 

PS - If you expect a crazy race, you often end up with a boring race. So be careful, what you expect.  :p



#11 f1paul

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:58

Brilliant OP f1paul, really appreciate the effort you put into these.

 

 

 

 

Is this a reference to the fact that the 2016 race was called the European GP, or had you forgotten this is the third running of an f1 race on this circuit?  To be fair, the first one was one of the most forgettable F1 races in a long time!

This.  :up: 



#12 f1paul

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:58

FORZA BAKU, however I do think we'll need a separate race thread come Sunday :cry:

Well I ain't doing it.  :p


Edited by f1paul, 22 April 2018 - 11:58.


#13 krapmeister

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:03

A full 5 days before FP1 - someone's keen!

#14 f1paul

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:08

A full 5 days before FP1 - someone's keen!

Nothing new. I did one last year even earlier! http://forums.autosp...ver-f1-is-back/

 

Or 

 

Did maybe I thought the race was today and this was meant to be the race thread but then I've realised I dreamed that Sauber locked out the front row and Jacques Villeneuve replaced Lane Stroll.  :stoned:


Edited by f1paul, 22 April 2018 - 12:09.


#15 f1paul

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:19

Poll Added  +++



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 13:35

I'm really looking forward to this one, think it's my favorite circuit of all the new ones the last 15 years or so, still don't understand how did F1 manage to have such a boring race there in '16.

However I suspect with the layout being more reminiscent of Melbourne than Bahrain or China, it may favor the Mercedes more clearly again. But I haven't even seen which tyre compounds will be in use and what kind of temperatures to expect - I think that may have a lot to do with why performances between teams have swung pretty noticeably the first 3 race weekends.

Melbourne is the only one of its kind. Baku isnt really similar than Melbourne. Smooth track surface almost no bumps on this track. Think this will be a very close Qualifying. With that long straight i kind of think the Merc will get pole. They still have a better ERS than Ferrari which will help them on this massive straight. But if the gap is the same as China than this season will be the most unpredictiable for me in a long time. This track should favor the Mercedes.

Edited by Blackoutjulian, 22 April 2018 - 13:36.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 13:39

This race was dreadful last year. So many interruptions. I don't think I finished watching it live.  :down:

 

Mercedes was superb here last year. They should have already won races this season, and they can't keep messing it up, can they? Hamilton has to be the favourite for the win. 

 

I'll continue to hope there isn't an accident at Turn 15, because I still have no idea how that run-off is supposed to actually work.  :well:


Edited by Nonesuch, 22 April 2018 - 13:40.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 14:55

Cheers for the great OP.

 

Hopefully this race is as exciting, eventful and dramatic as last year to keep the momentum of the season going.



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 15:04

Ferrari will again be the quickest car. 

Last year they were equal with Merc in race pace, but far behind in qualy.This time I expect Ferrari to be the quickest in Q by a good margin. Advantage in Race pace will be smaller, but still significant.

 

Red Bull might bring a surprise and be the biggest rivals to Ferrari.



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 15:46

I would be surprise if it will not be a similar weekend (pace wise) for Merc like they had in Melbourne. So it should be the 1st win for Hamilton in 2018. Behind it will be tight between Ferrari and Red Bull, where I see Ferrari infront for quali, but Red Bull stronger in race pace.


Edited by trickle, 22 April 2018 - 15:58.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 15:46

Ferrari will again be the quickest car.
Last year they were equal with Merc in race pace, but far behind in qualy.This time I expect Ferrari to be the quickest in Q by a good margin. Advantage in Race pace will be smaller, but still significant.

Red Bull might bring a surprise and be the biggest rivals to Ferrari.

Mercedes had a huge margin in qualifying last year. They're known for their banana wings at places like this.

I think it'll be super tight again, don't discount Red Bull who shone in low downforce trim last year. Driver can make a big difference here, too.

Edited by TomNokoe, 22 April 2018 - 15:48.


#22 Jovanotti

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 16:28

Too early to call it a modern classic? I'm very much looking forward to another insane race.

...but it will probably be a bore when everyone's expecting crazyness again.

Edited by Jovanotti, 22 April 2018 - 16:29.


#23 Ben1445

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 18:23

Baku is an odd track. I was utterly convinced it wouldn't happen when the first images of the layout were released. 



#24 MikeV1987

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 18:40

What gets me about Baku is how massive it is. 6km (3.7 miles) in length, Spa in comparison is 7 km (4.3 miles).


Edited by MikeV1987, 22 April 2018 - 18:42.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 18:48

This race was dreadful last year. So many interruptions. I don't think I finished watching it live.  :down:

 

Mercedes was superb here last year. They should have already won races this season, and they can't keep messing it up, can they? Hamilton has to be the favourite for the win. 

 

I'll continue to hope there isn't an accident at Turn 15, because I still have no idea how that run-off is supposed to actually work.  :well:

 

For the 4th time already this season. Hamilton is bound to win a race eventually so if we keep saying it it will eventually come true, but this season so far has taught me to confidently predict nothing.  



#26 sportyskells

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 21:48

The only thing I want is quaflying to be free of red flags as I got other FIA motorsport to watch



#27 Spillage

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 07:14

I'm going to tip Bottas for the win here. He's been so close the last two rounds.i

#28 Nonesuch

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 07:23

For the 4th time already this season. Hamilton is bound to win a race eventually so if we keep saying it it will eventually come true, but this season so far has taught me to confidently predict nothing.  

 

Favourite isn't the same as inevitable.  :p

 

The first three races each had opportunities for Mercedes to win. They failed to take them when arguably they should have - at least in Australia and Bahrain. PR China was a bit more of a gamble, but still.

 

Perhaps last year's pace means absolutely nothing now, but the gap Mercedes had in Baku was huge. It perhaps colours expectations.



#29 Blackoutjulian

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 07:32

Favourite isn't the same as inevitable. :p

The first three races each had opportunities for Mercedes to win. They failed to take them when arguably they should have - at least in Australia and Bahrain. PR China was a bit more of a gamble, but still.

Perhaps last year's pace means absolutely nothing now, but the gap Mercedes had in Baku was huge. It perhaps colours expectations.

If I remember correctly Ferrari had to use a very used ICE for Vettel last year.

#30 Goron3

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 07:57

Favourite isn't the same as inevitable.  :p

 

The first three races each had opportunities for Mercedes to win. They failed to take them when arguably they should have - at least in Australia and Bahrain. PR China was a bit more of a gamble, but still.

 

Perhaps last year's pace means absolutely nothing now, but the gap Mercedes had in Baku was huge. It perhaps colours expectations.

Wasn't Ferrari's floor banned in Baku? And on top of that I believe they had to run a very old engine (can't remember the reason why).



#31 Hellenic tifosi

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 08:25

Baku was the first race of the oil burning ban, and Vettel had to use ICE 1 for the 6th consecutive race.



#32 Joseki

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 08:31

I think the race is going to be a borefest like in 2016.



#33 ANF

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 09:29

That first GIF in the OP is 68 MB. Just sayin'.  ;)

#34 Jon83

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 09:33

Incredible OP!



#35 Stephane

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 09:39

In which timezone is the Schedule ??



#36 f1paul

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 09:53

In which timezone is the Schedule ??

Absolutely no idea. I'll change it now to local time. 



#37 f1paul

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 10:00

Updated the OP with the F2 session times and the Baku time zone. I think I was using some Russian town as a time zone before. :)



#38 GoranF1

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 10:35

Mclaren 1-2



#39 onemoresolo

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 10:58

formula1.com says the race is at 16:10 local, not 17:10 - link



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Posted 23 April 2018 - 11:10

formula1.com says the race is at 16:10 local, not 17:10 - link

That's 12:10 UTC.

#41 Burtros

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 11:34

Sadly this weekend clashes with BTCC which features drivers in cars actually racing each other as opposed to drivers in cars driving to a delta time to make sure their tyres and fuel last till the end so I am unable to watch this weekend.

 

I would like to say fair play for a brilliant OP though. I may even turn over and watch a bit of the F1 as it does such a good job of reminding me that last year did throw up a classic.



#42 TomNokoe

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 12:26

It's going to be a funny one, for sure.

Baku is arguably (tied with Russia?) the lowest degredation track on the calendar. This will only be exacerbated by cooler temps this year, as they have brought the race a little earlier on the calendar.

Tied in with the fact we are going to see our first consistent weather weekend...

Australia rain on Friday
Bahrain FP1+3 are useless
China rain on Friday

... of the season, you'd be surprised if anybody, even Mercedes, ran into set up problems. They will have plenty of laps, plenty of time to push, etc. They won't be conserving tyres this weekend, for sure. Q3 should be a theatre of speed, having built up through the weekend. The only thing that could spoil it are the red flags!

Being 28m under sea level is probably going to throw a few curve balls in terms of chassis/engine performance. Engines and aero thrive on dense air, but I've no idea the relative affect it will have on the field!

Edited by TomNokoe, 23 April 2018 - 12:28.


#43 Clatter

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 12:41

Sadly this weekend clashes with BTCC which features drivers in cars actually racing each other as opposed to drivers in cars driving to a delta time to make sure their tyres and fuel last till the end so I am unable to watch this weekend.

I would like to say fair play for a brilliant OP though. I may even turn over and watch a bit of the F1 as it does such a good job of reminding me that last year did throw up a classic.

That's what recording devices are for.

#44 Kalmake

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 12:43

Altitude is not a worry unless the sea rushes in. It's still just 28 meters.



#45 Risil

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 12:59

Being 28m under sea level is probably going to throw a few curve balls in terms of chassis/engine performance. Engines and aero thrive on dense air, but I've no idea the relative affect it will have on the field!

 

The halo will at least keep the starfish and clams away from the driver's heads. But where will they put the snorkel?



#46 Myrvold

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 13:12

I don't have anything useful to say, but the OP is a tad heavy for my phone and mobile data speed. So I want this thread to get to page 2.

The race will probably be more 2016 than 2017...

#47 jannyg

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 13:17

Going for a Verstappen win in a crazy race, would be a great way to bounceback and I can see the F1 Gods adding something like this to the script.


Edited by jannyg, 23 April 2018 - 13:17.


#48 maverick69

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 13:18

Being 28m under sea level is probably going to throw a few curve balls in terms of chassis/engine performance. Engines and aero thrive on dense air, but I've no idea the relative affect it will have on the field!

 

Never knew that!

 

I guess the most efficient intercoolers will come to the fore. Also need to trim the wings. McLaren may have a bit of tough time.



#49 RA2

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 13:19

 

Facts from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. 

 

-Did you know there has been one previous F1 race in Azerbaijan, that was in 2017.

-Daniel Ricciardo is the only ever winner

-Lewis Hamilton is the only ever pole sitter

-Renault are the only team to not score points at this race; disgraceful I know. I've used a semi-colon as well!  :clap:

 

 

 

???



#50 noikeee

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 13:26

???

 

Correct statistics from the first and only Azerbaijan GP, the race that in 2017 replaced the European GP held in Baku the previous year.