2019 Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne, March 15-17

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Funny, I'm going to predict the Ferraris ahead of everyone, with then perhaps Mercedes from the 2nd row on, but split by a RedBull. Then again, Melbourne being a street track, it could be well that Mercedes surprise me. I don't think Melbourne is a very good reference anyway, but I somehow smell a bit of trouble for Mercedes and I think Ferrari will simply ace the tires and be off to a very good start. I predict Vettel to just snatch pole ahead of Leclerc, but I don't think he will be far behind. Just a hunch though.

Oh, and I think Hulkenberg will surprise and outqualify Ricciardo.
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Mercs S3 pace if representative could help them at this circuit.

Really, it shouldn't be a surprise at all if either Merc or Ferrari take pole. The surprise would be if one team really jumps out ahead in a big way. It shouldn't be surprising to see RB do well here either.

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Can 1.19.xx happen for pole? I think cars are faster based on the testing.

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turbof1 wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:33 pm
Just_a_fan wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:04 pm
turbof1 wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:25 pm
Can we please get a much more amicable season this year? Without infighting and without competing for the "he's such a team X hater!" amount of comments cup? Nobody cares if you are a Ferrari, Mercedes, Sauber, McLaren,... fan. Show sportmanship.
Can't we have a point given out in each race thread for the best put down? At the end of the season, the winner of most points gets to be a mod for a month, just to see what it's like from the other side. :lol:
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One question I'm wondering about is tire graining and if any teams will struggle with it considering the big aero changes this year. I think it may catch a team or two out.

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While a week might still be too early for a weather prediction, but it seems like a warm sunny weather predicted for both qualifying and race with temperatures around 30 degrees, leading to higher track temperatures. Which would be double than what it was in testing. So cold graining that teams suffered during testing, shouldn't be a problem in Albert Park.

While there was no way to understand which team heated the tires more in testing and operated at the higher side of tires' working range, those cars would potentially cook the tires in these ambient temperatures.

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GPR -A wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:53 pm
Pole time prediction - between 1m20.5xx to 1m20.8xx. Other than top 2 teams, most cars are likely register slower times than last year!
I'll go a bit more conservatively and initially say pole lap around the same laptime as last year ~1:21. I think absolute pace the cars can do was more representative this year in testing than in previous years because of much better track conditions and from the fact teams had to push it a bit more to test out new FW/RW designs and so on.

If the conditions are good FP1 and FP2 will already give us a clearer picture.


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While there was no way to understand which team heated the tires more in testing and operated at the higher side of tires' working range, those cars would potentially cook the tires in these ambient temperatures.
If pirelli is to be believed they mitigated overheating risk by increasing operating ranges, so in theory there should be neither graining nor overheating/blistering.

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What about some/new simple rules for predictions of the pecking order in this forum? It is just a thought...

- Qualifying order predictions shouldn't start sooner than end of FP2, with one available correction after FP3
- GP finish order predictions shouldn't start sooner than end of Q3
- There should be some comments for first three positions why you expect that happen (like - "based on the S3 performance", ...)

This way we'll be at least be little bit forced to use analysis of some given data (FP, Q, tyres choices, weather) instead of gut feelings, wishes and dreams...

Of course it's up to the mods/admins... Maybe some pool about that would be handy?
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Weather forecast:
Friday: partly cloudly with a high chance of very light rain
Saturday: partly cloudy
Sunday: sunny and up to 28°C

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To make F1 more interesting and to have more overtaking bring back fuel refill again. Now a days, it is very easy to predict the race with few laps.

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Juzh wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:54 am
GPR -A wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:53 pm
Pole time prediction - between 1m20.5xx to 1m20.8xx. Other than top 2 teams, most cars are likely register slower times than last year!
I'll go a bit more conservatively and initially say pole lap around the same laptime as last year ~1:21. I think absolute pace the cars can do was more representative this year in testing than in previous years because of much better track conditions and from the fact teams had to push it a bit more to test out new FW/RW designs and so on.

If the conditions are good FP1 and FP2 will already give us a clearer picture.
The one factor which I think would provide a bit of impetus to the slower cars, is the improvements to PU in last 12 months. While the regulations would have slowed them down and teams might have claimed the down force levels back, the new large rear wing is going to be adding significant drag, which the improved PU across the manufacturers would be just enough to balance that offset. Hence I felt there could be slight improvement to last year's time. But I wouldn't be surprised if it is not.

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selvam_e2002 wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:31 pm
To make F1 more interesting and to have more overtaking bring back fuel refill again. Now a days, it is very easy to predict the race with few laps.
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Capharol wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:18 pm
selvam_e2002 wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:31 pm
To make F1 more interesting and to have more overtaking bring back fuel refill again. Now a days, it is very easy to predict the race with few laps.
NOOOOOO, Never Ever Again refueling
How this is Melbourne GP related?
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Mr.G wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:41 pm
Capharol wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:18 pm
selvam_e2002 wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:31 pm
To make F1 more interesting and to have more overtaking bring back fuel refill again. Now a days, it is very easy to predict the race with few laps.
NOOOOOO, Never Ever Again refueling
How this is Melbourne GP related?
how is your question Melbourne related ? :wink:
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Back on topic, please.
Thank you.
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