2018-07-27 07:56:21 UTC
As many here enter Mark's comp they must go through a race preview process, perhaps some would care to share their thoughts?
I wrote this the other day and thought I'd finish it and post yesterday but I'm too crook so ...
Here is my unfinished preview.
'18 HUNGRY (-8)
Tyres: US, S, M, note no SS.*
Pole '17: 1:16.276 SV
FLap '17: 1:20.182 FA
Lap Rec (race): 1:19.071 MS '04
Weather: Fine, sunny, hot, 33'ish.
*Note: some media outlets have mistakenly said SS instead of US.
One of my favourite races, always interesting and never boring. Great city, lovely people, fond memories.
Preamble top 3. Ferrari are a jump ahead in both engine and chassis development and/but on a low* after Germany. Merc are struggling and will be keen to fight back in the development stakes and they're coming in off a lucky* win. This track is a RedBull stomping ground and engine is less of a factor.
Preamble main event. Renault and ForceIndia (more). Haas and Sauber (more).
Car. Agile, needs good transition phase and balance so the driver can stay in harmony with the car throughout each long series of corners. Here you can never talk about one corner it's always a series of corners. The cars will run dirty. High downforce. Medium Braking. Tyre wear is low. Qually important. If used badly tyres may not last the full lap. Driver concentration.
Tyres. Note the two teams that have been the most aggressive with tyre selection ... hmmmm. Ferrari, Renault, clean air?, etc. As usual poor old Kimi and Valtteri have been saddled with doing the harder compound runs in free practice.
Conclusion. So basically a fight between the Scarlet and the Bovid with Merc annoying the subordinate. I would've gone as far as suggesting that RedBull may have taken pole but the current upgraded Ferrari chassis/engine will probably scupper that.
That Ferrari chassis is pretty damned good, i wonder if perhaps it is a match for the RedBull??? We'll find out (well, get a clearer notion).
Merc may well struggle with the US tyre, they'll be hoping for some cloud cover.
*Determination, inspiration and circumspection often spring from adversity.
**I believe 'you make your own luck'.
It would be nice if we get a decent discussion, usual suspects aside.