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OK with a couple of days to go, anyone like to guess about anything
in F1 for this year?
Will Merc remain the best PU?
How much power will the different PU’s have and for how long?
Will the RenaultPU -rumored- more then 950 HP be closer to Merc, will
it be more reliable?
Will Honda suddenly have hired a decent manager and have produced
the best PU ?
Will McLaren be close to Red Bull with the same engine?
Will Toro Rosso ( oh dear ) beat McLaren?
What will Ferrari do?
It remains to be seen what affect the new engine limits will have.
There wouldn't be much guessing left if we knew everything up front.
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Everybody is going to have to turn the wick down a bit to get through a
season on 3 power units.
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This doesn't have to close the gap, and Renault last year were both less
powerful and less reliable than the Merc, but I hope the gap is reduced.
Honda could have cut their losses and gone away. The haven't. I hope
their persistence gets a bit of a reward. F1 is better if the PUs get ?
closer to each other in performance.
The question about Red Bull and McLaren is for me one of the points of
interest. There's been plenty said, that last couple of years, and
especially last year, about McLaren having a very good chassis with a
pretty poor PU. The theory goes that the reason that Merc and Ferrari
declined to do PU deals is because they feared the McLaren could be a
contender. So let's hope those concerns were well founded. If Alonso
gets a decent car, he could shake things up at the front.
I think Merc have two big assets - Wolff and Hamilton. Wolff, for me,
has been the best team leader the last couple of years. Clearly
passionate, but also diplomatic and very good at keeping the team
focussed and united.
Hamilton was impressive early last year. As the pressure started
increasing mid season, at which point Vettel looked to be in with a very
real shot at the championship, Hamilton kept his head and his focus and
made a difference that Vettel in the end failed to and that Bottas (for
one) could not have. For me this was his most impressive title campaign,
and he may well be at his peak right about now. Both those men made a
difference last year.