F1 2020 Season Spoiler Filled Race Talk

Yeah, dark irony aside, I’ll definitely be rooting for him to finally take one home.

Well!

That was an interesting ending.

No kidding!

Next week we do it all again in what's predicted to be warmer temps... and with softer tyres. They used the 1-2-3 compounds this week. Next week it's 2-3-4.

It's possible Pirelli just change the available compounds or call for a higher minimum PSI, but I'd be happy to see a race where two stopping is potentially the fastest option.

I vote for a race with all flat tires.

That was the best race I've ever seen.

Granted, it was the fourth race I've watched but still. Wow.

Bring on the softer compounds and force two-stop strategies. We don't have nearly enough races that force two stops these days, and it's an easy way to add a joker to the mix for excitement.

Great race. Shame in hindsight that they pitted Max.

Well, I guess you can copy a little bit too well.

It's not even the copying, it's the when. If they had put the rear brake ducts on the car even for just one practice session in 2019 they would have been legal now. It's a bizarre ruling really and I expect this one to run and run. We may not know how many points RP got in the 2020 season for a long time after it finishes.

I was joking elsewhere that Hulk will run tomorrow and celebrate his first ever career podium and then six months after the season ends the CAS will disqualify Racing Point and he'll lose it again.

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And Chain Bear chips in.

Well that was an interesting race.

Seb....
Valtteri must be [rightfully] livid. Very mysterious why the strategy decisions never work out in his favor.
Max is a badass.
Charles apparently sacrificed his humanity and empathy to get that Ferrari working for him this year.
Nico

Mercedes already blasting their social about how today just wasn't their day and how it was a rough day at the office really just speaks volumes about why people are sick to death of them.

The good news is Barcelona is also going to be hot next week, so the Merc social media team might need to keep those tweets in their clipboard.

Eyy! Sergio's back!

I like Checo, but I want Nico to get a podium.

Well that was incredibly boring.

r013nt0 wrote:

Well that was incredibly boring.

Yeah it's such a poor track for overtaking. I was watching Lando's onboard and times; and it seemed he'd get DRS, close within 2 tenths of Gasly, and then by the end of turn 4 he'd be 1.5s back and have to spend the next two laps struggling to get within DRS range again only to repeat the cycle.

I'm ready to move on from Catalonia.

What if Formula 1, but all the drivers are Nicholas Cage?

You'll hate yourself for it, but make sure your sound is on.

And then the Arnold version.

However strong think you you are, you're not ready for Arnold Ricciardo.

What a difference a year makes. Ferrari looking like absolute trash out there today.

They're so bad. Like, I just got into F1 and I'm sitting here like "They're so. Bad."

r013nt0 wrote:

What a difference a year makes. Ferrari looking like absolute trash out there today.

The BBC saying without saying...

"The long straights of Spa, which has flat-out sections in the first and final thirds of the lap, were exposing the lack of straight-line speed of the Ferrari, a problem this season following engine rule clarifications over the winter."

Yep. Sucks to get caught cheating, I guess.

I am very much enjoying the fact that it sure seems like Lewis is set to tie Schumacher's race win record at Monza, and then surpass it at Mugello for Ferrari's 1000th race -on their own circuit- where they will likely be battling at the very back of the pack.

It really couldn't possibly be going any worse for them at this point. What an embarrassment.

I am very much enjoying the fact that it sure seems like Lewis is set to tie Schumacher's race win record at Monza, and then surpass it at Mugello for Ferrari's 1000th race -on their own circuit- where they will likely be battling at the very back of the pack.

This weekend was only win number 89, so at best he'll tie the Shumacher record at Mugello. It will still be a tremendous twist of the knife, but sadly Verstappen's excellent work capitalizing on Mercedes' tire troubles at the second Silverstone race robbed us of the most spectacular of schadenfreude moments two weekends from now.

Now the earliest he'll take the record will be at Sochi, which would be a bit of a wet fart.

It is just astonishing how sh*t Ferrari are.

Like, they're not just sh*t. They're sh*t.

Getting passed on track by customer cars is just brutal.

Didn't Ferrari say they were basically going to blow off this year to focus on prepping for the changes coming next season? Or am I remembering wrong?

LeapingGnome wrote:

Didn't Ferrari say they were basically going to blow off this year to focus on prepping for the changes coming next season? Or am I remembering wrong?

2022. The 2021 season is effectively going to be using the same cars as this year with VERY restricted development to help manage the financial impact of the COVID crisis.

I think it was actually a statement from a higher up Ford executive in the context of explaining that they weren't planning a big leadership overhaul on the team in the immediate future, since they've effectively written off any expectations of success for the remaining season and a half until the new rules come in.

That said, that was a few weeks ago, and in the intervening time it's become more clear how fully rotten a great many aspects of that team are up and down the line.

I'm also still curious if they'll manage to make an engine that's not garbage without cheating before the new car designs come in 2022 though, since I think the engine spec is locked off with very limited development allowed until something like 2025?

EDIT:

My early 2022 predictions:

The rule changes will be at least somewhat successful at bringing the field together.

McLaren will make a step up and genuinely challenge at the top of the sport again alongside Mercedes and Red Bull. Renault and Aston Martin will also be stronger challengers (ie, occasional race winners), but still solidly the top of midfield, which will be where Ferrari ends of slotting in as well. Ferrari customer teams will still be in the pits, and will look especially bad as Williams climbs to the middle of the midfield.

Sainz will forever regret his move to Ferrari, unless he stays around for a few years and they get on top of the next engine spec. Riccardo will had made the best of this years swaps, and will be a legit challenger fighting with Hamilton and Verstappen, getting his best shot at a championship since the turbo hybrid era started. If Russel moves up to Mercedes, Albon finds his stride, or Red Bull make a big move with their second seat we might even see a five or six way fight for the drivers championship, at least for a ways into the season.

RIP Williams.
Hello Predatory Venture Capitalist Totally-Gonna-Be-In-It-For-The-Long-Haul Formula One Investment Team!

Oh damn. She seems really gutted.

Also gutted; Ferrari.
What a dreadful showing today. Again. The only team slower than they were last year. Again.