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Formula 1 2017 Pre-Season |OT| The Ferrari is good this year

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chadskin

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It's that time of year of hopes and dreams again before they all get shattered in three weeks.
He knows what I'm talkin' 'bout.
 

Betta Lines

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Tail fins make me sad. :( They've ruined what should have been a massive improvement in looks this season (after 8 years of awkward-looking cars).

So unfortunately, only Mercedes has a good looking car this year, imo. It would be particularly amusing (and frustrating) if they end up the class of the field again, making all of the tail fin designs look even more embarrassing. And they all know it too, trying to disguise the fin with the paint job. Only Williams are proud of the fin, with massive Martini lines flaring through it (making it easily the ugliest car).
 

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1 Vettel Ferrari 1m24.939s
2 Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.409s
3 Ricciardo Red Bull 1m26.044s
4 Bottas Williams 1m26.091s
5 Celis Force India 1m26.298s
6 Button McLaren 1m26.735s
7 Sainz Toro Rosso 1m27.180s
8 Ericsson Sauber 1m27.555s
9 Wehrlein Manor 1m28.292s
10 Grosjean Haas 1m28.399s
11 Palmer Renault 1m29.356s

First day at Barcelona last year for reference.
 

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There is a question how hard will Mercedes push. I doubt that they will go with full power until FP3 in Melbourne.
 

Elros

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This year is for Ferrari !

(but seriously : at least one win for German Jesus pls so we can get that german + italian anthems back to back)
 

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What's the predictions for 2017? A good season or just one team winning everything again?
 

Lach

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Well. At least I won't confuse the TR with the RB anymore on track. Last year they were already different enough but before that I had trouble separating them at quick glances...
 

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Driving today:

Mercedes: Valtteri Bottas (morning), Lewis Hamilton (afternoon)
Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo
Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel
Force India: Sergio Pérez
Williams: Felipe Massa
McLaren: Fernando Alonso
Toro Rosso: Carlos Sainz
Haas: Kevin Magnussen
Renault: Nico Hülkenberg
Sauber: Marcus Ericsson
 

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So er... Hamilton has a nose piercing now.

I don't know what it is, but I cringe the fuck out whenever I see anyone wearing a nose-stud. The Mercedes looks amazing on-track though.

Ahh another thing on the list to upset people lol

What's the predictions for 2017? A good season or just one team winning everything again?

The hope is that there is a fight. The new rules could certainly shake things up.

The possible reality is that because Merc have dominated they could start on the 2017 car early and will just steamroll everyone again and go "we told you these rules would do this".
 

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Torro Rosso sad and happy that they built a Mercedes

"On the one hand we were sort of pleased to see someone else has done a similar thing, but on the other we were disappointed that we weren't the only team to think of something," Key said of the similarities to the Mercedes W08.

"There are many different concepts out there actually. The diversity is very obvious."

He underlined that the similarities between Mercedes and Toro Rosso were coincidental.

"I looked at the Mercedes and went 'Ah, they've got our front suspension,'" Key said. "Most people would say we've got Mercedes' front suspension.

"The nose is similar, the front of the sidepods is similar, even the bodywork on the sidepods is similar.

"It's complete coincidence."
 

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1:21.6 is the current Barcelona track record (by Kimi in 2008), there's a pretty good chance it will be broken today.

Last year Kimi also did the fastest lap during Barcelona testing: 1:22.765
 

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Not even the simplest live timing is available, lol. Liberty Media are delivering on better fan engagement front straight away.

Meanwhile in MotoGP:

 

Aiii

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You mean Moto GP is giving us exactly what F1 gives us through numerous live reporting? Scandalous! For shame, Liberty! For shame!

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Ted Kravitz reckon the Red Bull vacuum is to reduce drag.

One of the most interesting additions on that RB13 is the nose, dubbed 'the nostril vent' by Sky F1's Ted Kravitz.

"It looks like it's something to reduce their drag on the car," he explains. "Red Bull know their deficit to Mercedes is in the power department, so they need to make their car as low drag as possible.

"They can slip through the air easier than Mercedes. We'll see if they've managed to achieve that."

Lets hope it works.


That is one tight rear.
 

DBT85

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And they both immediately go faster - and significantly - faster again!

Bottas puts down a 1:24.654 before Vettel produces a near-identical 1:24.748

We're just 32 minutes into Day One of 2017 pre-season testing and we've already seen two laps faster than were set in the whole of the first day here at Barcelona a year ago.

Yep. They fast.
 

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For reference 2016 Day 1 Fastest Time:

1 Vettel Ferrari 1m24.939s

I do rather wish we had some place to see timed laps per car over the entire day especially long runs. That's usually where one can really tell who's got an advantage
 

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jey_16

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no tail on the Red Bull compared to the Torro Rosso....maybe the fin is temporary
 
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