I agree and like to point out that the midfield battle will be even more dramatic, at this point (1st quali in ) there is basically nothing between the teams behind the top 3.Chuckjr wrote: ↑Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:13 pmThis is finally the year the power units will begin to really equalize.
I see this season with no stand out fastest. Ferrari, Merc, and Red Bull will all have weekends where they shine over the others. I think in this regard the cars are evenly matched.
Each of these teams can be a development monster. Each can make the car faster all year.
Driver skill will be at a premium.
We have seen all three of these drivers crack for different reasons at different points in their career tho Max is a rookie almost by comparison of the other two. Lewis, Seb, Max, like any human, each has weaknesses, and if those weaknesses can be exploited, they should be. I see driver aggression, cunning, and measured attack as critical this year more than most, and the more aggressive driver will have advantage, IMO.
This year will be a fist fight on every track.
I don't think any prediction is right or even close as I see this season having A LOT of controversy and track incidences because everyone will be so close and fighting. I see points leads/advantages constantly changing.
Pit lane work is going to be nip and tuck many times this season. I see lots of race deciding pit violation penalties coming.
I really think we are in for a barn stormer of a season this year with tempers flaring. I pick the most cunning and aggressive driver to win, and many wins will be controversial. I don't see this year being a clean championship by any stretch.
Good showing by Sauba Romeo. Maybe they finish in the midfield this year. Updating my guesses for fourth place and lesser positions:roon wrote: ↑Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:23 pmMerc's sixth consecutive WDC.
A still-winnowing Ferrari with a bigger gap to second than in '18, losing more points to RB.
RB with a test-bed engine for another third place year.
Fourth goes Renault, Haas, or Racing Point.
Merc's main competitors in Ferrari and RB are both contending with major changes (driver lineup for both, PU supplier change for RB). It's Merc's season to lose. Expect more masterful sandbagging with a comfortable late season walk-away.
I don't think Mercedes is going to quit anytime soon. F1 generates a lot of marketing attention, even or especially when they are breaking records and with Petronas and the F1 money, they have it relatively cheap. Same goes for RedBull, tons of attention with Verstappen as a real RedBull hero, the young cocky challenger to the oldest brands and drivers on the track.roon wrote: ↑Fri May 03, 2019 8:13 pmCurrent WCC points distribution has some similarities to the end of last season. Big delineations between 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, each having about 2/3 their superiors' value, and a bigger jump to the 4th place battle shared by four teams each having roughly 1/4 of the 3rd place value.
I wonder if Merc will be altering their relationship with the sport soon. This season they could decide to take all remaining P1 and P2 points, break all records, and move on.
RB still strong and maintaining their position despite powertrain and driver changes, both of whom are young. That says a lot.
Ferrari with a driver change and a good car having a wider gap to second makes sense.