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FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:57 pm
by Justin
FIA Formula One World Championship®
Welcome to a brand new topic, created for you, to discuss the latest Formula One World Championship® action!

ImageImage: Red Bull Racing

2018 FIA Formula One World Championship® Race Calendar

  • 25 March - Melbourne - Australia
  • 8 April - Sakhir -Bahrain
  • 15 April - Shanghai -China
  • 29 April - Baku -Azerbaijan
  • 13 May - Barcelona - Spain
  • 27 May - Monaco - Monaco
  • 10 June - Montreal - Canada
  • 24 June - Le Castellet - France
  • 1 July - Spielberg - Austria
  • 8 July - Silverstone - Great Britain
  • 22 July - Hockenheim - Germany
  • 29 July - Budapest - Hungary
  • 26 August - Spa Francorchamps - Belgium
  • 2 September - Monza - Italy
  • 16 September - Singapore - Singapore
  • 30 September - Sochi - Russia
  • 7 October - Suzuka - Japan
  • 21 October - Austin - USA
  • 28 October - Mexico City - Mexico
  • 11 November - Sao Paulo - Brazil
  • 25 November - Yas Marina - Abu Dhabi

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:36 pm
by DeadJack5
Ohhh. This is a topic I can get behind!

Giving we are only 2 races in, who has caught your eye and what's impressed you so far?

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:27 pm
by Dan
Those of you who know me will know I’m a massive fan of Red Bull Racing, so I was gutted to see them Double-DNF in Bahrain. Hopefully China will bring them improved fortunes, as when the car is working, it’s not far behind Mercedes or Ferrari.

Pierre Gasly is also one to watch. Yes, his result in Bahrain was made possible by Ricciardo, Verstappen and Raikkonen retiring, but it was still a great drive in a Honda (?!) powered car.

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:13 pm
by DeadJack5
I was impressed with Gasly's performance in Bahrain, like you said it was helped by other driver retirements. I do think the top 3 teams are a lot closer now in comparison to the last few years.

I do hope it is a close season no matter who the drivers are, it's great to see a real battle between drivers like back in 2012 which was a phoneomal season. I would like to think it isn't such a white wash with the Mercedes team taking every win.

Also I hope the Ferrari pit team mechanic who was injured during the Bahrain race has got the treatment needed as it looked extremely unpleasant!

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:27 pm
by Jack
I'm honestly very hopeful for Alonso this year, he's been stuck in a bad car for so long and it seems he's finally getting back to where he wants to be. I don't expect amazing results for him (however one or two podiums isn't out of the question), but it's nice seeing the normal mid-low tier teams like Toro Rosso challenging the usual suspects. Of course it's early days and things may change but I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of this season

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:13 pm
by Justin
I really can't believe what happened to the Ferrari mechanic in the pits. Ouch!!

The last couple of years, I've been behind Hamilton, but I have you to blame for this Dan, I must admit that I've been following the fortunes of Red Bull more! It was certainly a disappointing weekend for the team though!

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:55 pm
by DeadJack5
I have followed Hamilton since he won his first championship in 2008 and he is a talented driver, but recently he has got arrogant and its not good to see. I would really like to see Mclaren hit the heights they use to see back in the day. Its sad to see a team with a great history suffer in the last few seasons and Alonso is helping turn this around, give him a decent car and he can work wonders with it.

Safe to say this season will be interesting in every part of the field to see who comes out the better.

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:58 pm
by Justin
I must agree about Hamilton. He has changed in recent years, although I could see him heading off to Moto GP within the next few years!

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:29 am
by Phild94
I think the biggest issue in the sport right now is drivers stagnating...

Valterri Bottas - Dull to watch and has no fire to pass on track.
Kimi Raikkonen - Well past his prime and being flattered by the car.

Ferrari and Mercedes both have big enough budgets to get real racers in their teams an dI hope they get a Red Bull driver each next season!

Can’t wait to see Verstappan being a real drivers championship contender!

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:18 pm
by Justin
I won't say too much, but what a result!!

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:27 pm
by DeadJack5
Was only able to catch the last 8 laps but it sounded like a great race.

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:55 pm
by Dan


What a race!

Considering Ricciardo was a couple of minutes away from not even making Qualifying due to his Turbo failure in FP3, I’m over the moon for him. Red Bull haven’t been on top form in terms of reliability so far this season, so to see the performance of both cars after the Safety Car period bodes well for the rest of the season.

It’s a shame Verstappen made the error with Vettel, as without that I really think we could have seen a ‘Battle of the Bulls’ for the win.

Drivers standings Top 10 after Round 3:
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Constructors standings after Round 3:
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Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:59 pm
by Ryan.B
Justin wrote:
I must agree about Hamilton. He has changed in recent years, although I could see him heading off to Moto GP within the next few years!


No thanks :lol doubt he'd compete in the support classes, and he wouldn't risk it I don't think. Motorbike racers will be able to compete in 4 wheel racing, but I doubt anyone in F1 would be able to be competitive in MotoGP, and vice versa, for the majority. If there was anyone today that could do both, it would be Rossi. I'm not aware how fast any of the F1 guys are on two wheels, but I'm aware Rossi is fast on 4 wheels. It's an interesting topic as I can't think of many people making the switch between the two sports.

Re: FIA Formula One World Championship - General Discussion

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:53 pm
by Phild94
What a race! After Bahrain I thought this was going to be a little dull by comparison... boy was I wrong!

Was screaming at the TV for Hamilton to put as the SC came out and showed that he should’ve been in after a fantastic choice of strategy by Red Bull

Brilliant racing by Ricciardo and maybe a touch over-eager from Verstappan... but let’s face it... that’s what make F1 brilliant