F1 2020 Season Spoiler Filled Race Talk

Prederick wrote:

Alright motorsports fans, answer me a noob question. What the hell does it mean to "rubber in" a track? And why does track temperature matter so much?

Rubbering in means that bits of tire are being scrubbed off of passing cars on the racing line. Generally, this means that bit of track is nice and sticky so you can take the corners faster. The exception to this rule is in the rain. The rubber repels the water and makes the normal racing line extremely slippery.

Track temperature matters because the warmer the track, the softer your tires, the more grip you have. Downside to this is faster tire degradation, but that's where tire compounds come into play. Choose a harder compound that, combined with a warm track temperature will equal decent pace with long wear.

I mean, come now, a casual American can't be the first person to post here about Vettel leaving Ferrari.

I don’t know what to think. Ferrari have clearly bet the house on LeClerc being the future but he is so young, does he give you enough feedback to build a championship car. So who is your number two, Ricardo is the obvious free agent but he will never sign without equal status. My left field suggestion is Hulkenburg signed explicitly to do car development and a lower step on the podium.

Sainz to Ferrari, Ricciardo to Maclaren.

That was quick, just a Renault seat going now. How burned is Hulkenburg?

I totally would have posted about, but I had a silly day full of work yesterday.

Same goes today, so I can't go wild with speculation now, but I think the common wisdom out there is probably right:

Sainz to Ferrari
Ricciardo to McLaren

EDIT: Hah, and just as I was posting it final confirmation occurred.

And then you get to wild speculation territory -- some are saying Vettel goes to Renault or Racing Point when they become Aston. I feel like his statement sounded like he intends to retire unless this year changes his mind, so we won't know more than the above anytime soon.

Maybe I'll go ahead and drop my marker on him retiring (at least for a year or two), and one of the sillier options floating out there coming true: Renault will pull Alonso out of retirement.

I'm actually kinda scratching my head at the whole thing, honestly.

With Merc power units next year I wouldn't be terribly surprised if McLaren have a faster car than Ferrari. Ferrari had absolutely no pace after they got busted for cheating last year. Not only that, they were so slow in testing in 2020 that people were assuming they were sandbagging. I get wanting to drive for Ferrari, I really do. But I'm still somewhat surprised at the move.

Not to mention the Sainz/Norris rapport. That will absolutely not happen with Leclerc. So will Ferrari have no number one driver? If Charles wasn't willing to back off from Vettel, he sure as sh*t won't give Sainz an inch. So will it just be constant battling between the Ferraris yet again? That didn't work out so well in 2019.

I hope Hulk gets his seat back.

Not to mention the Sainz/Norris rapport. That will absolutely not happen with Leclerc. So will Ferrari have no number one driver? If Charles wasn't willing to back off from Vettel, he sure as sh*t won't give Sainz an inch. So will it just be constant battling between the Ferraris yet again? That didn't work out so well in 2019.

Heh, when the other serious option was Ricciardo, I think Sainz was the right choice at least from Ferrari's perspective.

I definitely agree that there's a distinct possibility that Sainz might regret leaving McClaren just as they appear to be resurgent -- but, I imagine that unless where you are is currently on top of the world (ie, you are Hamilton or Bottas), you just don't turn down a Ferrari seat when it's offered.

Hanoi!