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Old 15 Sep 2018, 21:34 (Ref:3850442)   #16
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An amazing lap, following on from the mega-overtake at Monza. How long can he keep this up? It must end in tears sometime. Starting the race alongside Max Verstoppem seems as likely a place as any. Many drivers would give Max lots of room and settle for a safe second, but I don't think that's Lulu's way.
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Old 15 Sep 2018, 23:19 (Ref:3850455)   #17
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He’s driving really well. Even he was taken aback by the performance
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Old 16 Sep 2018, 03:51 (Ref:3850491)   #18
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Going to be interesting to see how Mercedes manage their tyres, as they have selected the wrong tyre strategy. The Hypersoft tyre is the tyre to be on is seems and Mercedes is one set less than the others. Ferrari on the other hand have 3 sets of Hypers more than Mercedes.




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Old 16 Sep 2018, 07:33 (Ref:3850519)   #19
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Going to be interesting to see how Mercedes manage their tyres, as they have selected the wrong tyre strategy. The Hypersoft tyre is the tyre to be on is seems and Mercedes is one set less than the others. Ferrari on the other hand have 3 sets of Hypers more than Mercedes.




Interestingly if you check Pirelli’s twitter feed they suggest the best strategy is start on ultras for 24 laps then 1 stop onto softs. Problem is the top 10 can’t do ihis, but I suspect that’s what Ferrari were trying to do by running ultras in Q2.

Next best strategy is start on hypers for 13 laps and then softs for the rest of the race, and third best is hypers for 11 laps and 2 stints on the ultras

Be very interesting to see how long people can make their tyres last for

I wonder if ferrari have been forced to do 2 stops since they couldn’t make the ultras work in Q2 where as Mercedes can stop once and have more softs to use?
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Old 16 Sep 2018, 07:57 (Ref:3850525)   #20
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Not really what I was getting at. So... I'll let Lewis Hamilton Explain.


Lewis Hamilton after Q3: "Yesterday looked very good, and then we made some more changes today. Then in Q1 everyone else ran on hypersofts but we started on ultrasofts. We were aware that we came here with the wrong tyre strategy in the sense that others had opted for more hypersofts than we had. That meant we had to get rid of a set of soft tyres in FP3 and then run ultrasofts in Q1 to leave us enough sets of hypersofts for Q2 and Q3.

"The pace in Q1 was definitely greater than we had expected, and as I told my crew, I couldn’t drive any faster than what I did. I was definitely a little bit concerned. And when we did run hypersofts in Q2, everyone else had the advantage that they’d already done more running on them.

"But on my first lap in Q3 I was definitely feeling something special as it unravelled. We were able to pull together everything we had learned in practice, all the bits of the puzzle. 99 percent of the time it doesn’t come together, but I had a great car beneath me and there wasn’t a corner where I thought we could do more. There were no moments when I ran wide, no wheelspin, I was pushing perfectly to the limit… It was one of the best qualifying laps I remember.

“This track is so difficult. It’s the most challenging of the year, Monaco on steroids, longer and with more corners!"




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Old 16 Sep 2018, 08:03 (Ref:3850529)   #21
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I think what Lewis was eluding to is they didn’t bring enough hypers for qually....really they needed 3sets, but I think they have a better choice of tyres for the race. Ferrari have done a monza and only bought 1 set of softs, meaning they can risk it again and run with no prior knowledge or be forced into 2 stopping which may be more likely. Mercedes have run the soft in practice so have a bit more flexibility to 1or 2stop
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A bit more on tyre strategy, Vettel wanted to go through to Q3 on the ultra's. But Ferrari refused as they believed it would be short. Below is some of the team radio between Vettel and Ferrari during Q2, before Vettel's final run in Q2. As a guide, "quali" are the Hypersoft, and "option" is the Ultrasoft.


Adami: OK box, Sebastian, box.

Vettel: What is your thinking?

Adami: We move to quali.

Vettel: I have lap time left.

Adami: How much?

Vettel: With a decent out-lap I would say at least half a second.

Adami: OK, copy.

Vettel: How much do you need? Then I can tell you.

Adami: 38.1. I think it’s not possible. And both Mercs on quali, and Red Bull on quali as well.

Vettel: I can do it, a 38.1.

Adami: Understood. And box. So we believe is too tight so we go for quali.

Vettel: I am happy to go option. That was not a good lap. The out-lap was too slow. Tyres were too cold.

Adami: I’ll come back to you.

Vettel: If you believe there is strong merit to start on the option I can do it.

Adami: No we go on quali. The decision is to go on quali. The decision is too risky.

Vettel: OK I follow you. I tell you I have more than half a second.

Adami: Understood.


As it turned out, a 1:38.4 would have got Vettel into Q3. But Ferrari didn't want to risk it. Would have been very interesting if Vettel was to start the race on Ultra's, with the Merc's and the Bull's on Hyper's.


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Completely agree. This is one of the reasons I think ferrari are a bit compromised going into the race. I don’t think they can 1 stop on the hypers and move onto softs, and I think Vettel knew it. With a short run down to turn 1, the hyper isn’t so much an advantage over the ultras, so if they’d have chanced it and Vettel got pole, he’d be in the box seat....

This could be set up for an intriguing tyre battle in the race with different strategies
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Old 16 Sep 2018, 12:16 (Ref:3850614)   #24
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That was initially a clean start but the SC is out as Ocon goes into the wall at Turn 3. Looked like contact with Perez. Vettee got ahead of Verstappen.
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I guess a SC at Singapore is pretty much a given. Seb needs to make sure he doesn't run into the back of Lewis under it.
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Typical Perez/Maldinado type shove...
Lap 14..anyone asleep yet?
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I don't know why Ferrari/Vettel pitted first?
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Presumably they thought they might as well throw away the championship now to remove any doubt.
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