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Old 27 Apr 2019, 10:28 (Ref:3899942)   #31
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Seems the performance between Ferrari and Merc are changing race by race, which means it's not going to be a straightforward run to the title by any stretch
Maybe Mercedes are sandbagging?
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 13:47 (Ref:3899998)   #32
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The one thing I quoted on months ago, was that Kubica would not be able to react fast enough on a street track to avoid crashing. His right hand was shown to have not fast enough grip reaction...At least he wasn't injured today.
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 13:59 (Ref:3900001)   #33
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Some of the onboards and slow-mos are really showing just how incredible these drivers and cars are. The precision required at huge speeds with narrow turns, blind apexes, flitting in and out of the sun, is truly awe-inspiring.
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 13:59 (Ref:3900003)   #34
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Oh dear, first cracks in Leclerc's armor there.
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 14:55 (Ref:3900010)   #35
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Go Bottas go! Phew! Great last bit of quali..
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 14:57 (Ref:3900011)   #36
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That was a great finish to Q3, although the session itself was a bit of an endurance to watch with the long red flags.

Mercedes didn't look that happy did they? It looked like Vettel was about to take pole and Mercedes still managed to pull a 1-2, despite messing up when the cars were sent out and Wollf barely smiled. Wrong man on pole?
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 14:59 (Ref:3900012)   #37
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Brilliantly executed by Bottas. Also I am getting sick and tired of some media hyping up Ferrari every single weekend and then being disappointed when it turns out Mercedes are still dominant.
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 15:01 (Ref:3900015)   #38
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I'm fed up with Toto tactics of underplaying their chances. They just turn up the speed for qualifying.
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 15:22 (Ref:3900022)   #39
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This Mercedes F1 team is an awesome outfit. I consider it a privilege to watch them in action. Their car is not faster than the Ferrari, they are just better at every aspect of putting performance on track when it counts.
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 15:29 (Ref:3900023)   #40
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Their car is not faster than the Ferrari
It very clearly is, I'm not sure how anyone can say otherwise
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 15:48 (Ref:3900026)   #41
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It very clearly is, I'm not sure how anyone can say otherwise
Pretty much everyone seems to say otherwise, at least on the media I follow (ie Sky, Autosport). Mercedes wouldn't let Ferrari have such a large advantage in practice if they could avoid it (they never have before and you have to assume everyone is going as fast as they can). Merc are simply better at extracting the maximum from their car when it matters.

But even if the car is better, that doesn't invalidate my point. If so, they've made the best car six years in a row, covering three rule sets. That's awesome.
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 16:34 (Ref:3900038)   #42
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Mercedes play a blinder. Every winter Toto tells everyone they're slow and Ferrari are ahead. Then they win some races and everyone says "But how can this be!? Toto said Ferrari are faster! How do Mercedes take poles and wins under these impossible circumstances!?"

Spoiler alert: The Mercedes is fast. Toto saying it isn't doesn't make it not fast lol.
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 16:43 (Ref:3900039)   #43
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Spoiler alert: The Mercedes is fast. Toto saying it isn't doesn't make it not fast lol.
Absolutely. It's one of the many ways Mercedes run rings around Ferrari.

Wolff's PR skills aside though, the timing screens for testing and practice suggest that this year, Ferrari have a car which could win if only they were able to put the performance on track at crunch time. The fact that they can't and Mercedes can is a reason to admire Mercedes.

An analogy from another sport I follow, athletics. Usain Bolt in his later years won mostly by being Usain Bolt, his times weren't actually that impressive. But he intimidated opponents with faster times into under-performing. You could see it on the start line. Athletes who had been tearing up tracks all year looked over and thought "damn, it's Usain Bolt" and they'd fall apart. I get the impression Ferrari and Vettel do the same thing. They know they are fast but Mercedes have got into their psyches and they under-perform. That's credit to Merc.
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Old 27 Apr 2019, 16:51 (Ref:3900041)   #44
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I see zero evidence of that. Mercedes just has something extra they save for Q3. That is proven time and time again.
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Practice and testing mean nothing. Why would Mercedes show their full hand in those sessions? They know they have that bit in reserve and just turn up the dial when needs-be.

That car is not only massively fast, but it's also easier to extract the speed out of than the Ferrari. It's visibly more stable and can take a bit more abuse than it used to, hence Bottas upturn in form.
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