2018-07-22 01:58:14 UTC
Sadly this track comes at an inopportune time because it suits the Scarlet and comes after they have edged ahead in the development race. C'est la vie.
However I'm looking forward to this GP as it may throw up some interesting contests. The track has two parts, a fast section and an annoying slow bit and in this case that particular combination along with the skip in tyre compounds has a good chance to throw in an upset if start line incidents, the weather, safety cars, poor tyre management, etc cooperate. Without an upset Ferrari have the race pace to get clear air and make the win rather boring but behind them a Merc, a Bull and possibly later Hamilton could battle, fingers crossed.
In the main event (sic) while Haas had a small advantage in qually the Reggie looks to have the race pace (and driver advantage). It could be a tight battle, should be even in the fast stuff? but watch the last sector v the Scarlet power on the straights. Note# It will take an upset but once the Hulk passes the Haas's there's only two cars between him and a podium, fingers crossed. Then there's that Monegasque interloper way ahead of where he should be and with extraordinary race skills, it'll be worth keeping an eye on him. While Ocon is well back, I'll be watching both ForceIndias. I can't see Nando doing much in the horrible Macca but hey he's Nando anythings possible. Maybe he'll make a mistake?, it has to happen sooner or later. Similar for Sergey he's ahead of where he should be but Ham, Dan, Ocon and Gas should pass however unless the third DRS helps passing will be difficult. Then there's the Ham and Dan passing show to watch. All up a bloody promising race :-)
*This is the track where "... is faster than you" started.
*TYRES, important to note the gap between the US and Soft (no SS).
*Watch the tyre choices before the race!!!
*Weather: >90% chance of precipitation. 50% chance of heavy rain. >90% chance of temp over 24C.
*High temps in combination with the track characteristics if not well managed could well give some teams like Merc tyre problems, and give RedBull a small advantage.
*While the Ferrari would fly through the field, the Merc will struggle in dirty air and the RedBull even more on the straights.