Formula 1 Discussion - And favourite driver?

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Well going off qualifying if AM did copy they didn't do a very good job.

Barcelona is the ultimate test of a car chassis and suspension. If a car does not have good performance in those areas you will not drag it higher up the grid no matter how well you drive it. It seems the Williams, AM and AT are the poorest there (with Alpine not showing well eiter).
 
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I'm surprised how much this upgrade has helped Mercedes.

Damn shame to see that McLaren have lost their way in 2022. Getting outqualified by both Haas drivers is embarrassing for a once great giant in F1.

Besides the battle at the front between Max and Charles, I am really enjoying George Russell against Hamilton this year.

It will be a major blow to Hamilton's reputation if he loses this year to his team mate.
 

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To be fair this is Barcelona a track that is rather forgiving. Let's see how those upgrades work with the coming tracks (Monacco and Baku) I assume Merc will drop down a bit on those tracks. Plus we don't know how their revamped car is treating the tyres.
 

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To be fair this is Barcelona a track that is rather forgiving. Let's see how those upgrades work with the coming tracks (Monacco and Baku) I assume Merc will drop down a bit on those tracks. Plus we don't know how their revamped car is treating the tyres.
That and if the rumors are true, this is pretty much it in terms of upgrades. Merc has thrown in everything they can, while most other teams still have some room for improvements.
It's not entirely unreasonable to assume that Merc will be pushed back a little based on future upgrades to other cars and when there's a track that doesn't suit the Merc at all (basically anything with fast corners), they are going to plummet even harder.

I wouldn't be surprised if there's one weekend where they perform well in qualifying cause the circumstances suits their setup and then the raceday is a bit colder and their car is instantly utter garbage.
 

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Well they seem to have patched the one weakness that is also the key to defeat Ferrari: straightline speed. Ferrari wasn't the fastest in the first sector which in essence is the long straight and some fast corners. So Hamilton might think that he can simply sail past the Ferraris on the straight. Think is though if Ferrari builds the gap in the other 2/3rds of the track straightline speed won't help
 

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Well they seem to have patched the one weakness that is also the key to defeat Ferrari: straightline speed. Ferrari wasn't the fastest in the first sector which in essence is the long straight and some fast corners. So Hamilton might think that he can simply sail past the Ferraris on the straight. Think is though if Ferrari builds the gap in the other 2/3rds of the track straightline speed won't help
With straightline speed, the question is: Is this simply due to Merc giving up on downforce and focusing on long straights? If so, any racetrack with fast corners will become even more of a problem. In Miami, they managed to keep up with the top teams somewhat thanks to the very, very long straight. Whether their upgrades improved the car will only show in sectors where you need a lot of downforce.
 

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With straightline speed, the question is: Is this simply due to Merc giving up on downforce and focusing on long straights? If so, any racetrack with fast corners will become even more of a problem. In Miami, they managed to keep up with the top teams somewhat thanks to the very, very long straight. Whether their upgrades improved the car will only show in sectors where you need a lot of downforce.
But remember the phase right after the Safety Car: the Mercs were behind both top teams and a few laps later the Ferraris and RedBulls were long gone especially Leclerc and Verstappen. I think Ferrari and RedBull have reserves they can activate as needed. Just look at the Qualifyxing 7 tenths on one lap in Quali mode is a lot. Of course this won't translate to race pace but again I think the Top 2 hoild back in the race to prolong the life of their cars
 

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So apparently tire deg is expected to be massive due to the heat and 2 stops, possibly 3, will be necessary. If Merc have made a good improvement or track conditions will help them the race could be an entertaining Spanish GP for a change.
 

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Well they seem to have patched the one weakness that is also the key to defeat Ferrari: straightline speed. Ferrari wasn't the fastest in the first sector which in essence is the long straight and some fast corners. So Hamilton might think that he can simply sail past the Ferraris on the straight. Think is though if Ferrari builds the gap in the other 2/3rds of the track straightline speed won't help
Merc are quite weak on pace compared to Ferrari in sector 3 though so they might struggle to be within DRS by the time they get to the straight.
 

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Mercedes have had, what, 2 podium finishes this season, both arguably the result of Verstappen DNFs.

The pressure is on for the team to demonstrate that they do not need to rely on the mechanical failure of their rivals to get free champagne.

The recent budget-stretching updates, coupled with both Mercs arriving in Spain with new engines, gives the team the air of someone pushing all his chips across the felt, and laying to one side any concerns regarding what this might cost him down the road. They need a good result on merit.

Car trouble aside, Mercedes seem a bit directionless this season. They are tethered to Hamilton who is becoming a liability. If the weary attempts to pacify his moaning are any indication, he has worn a gaping hole in the German-engineered welcome mat outside the garage. Russell seems to be relishing his role within the team. It's been great to see him rise to the challenge of driving a relatively-competitive car, and to be in the position of successor to Hamilton, as opposed to number 2 driver, which has ruined many a promising career.

As the season progresses, it will interesting to see whether Mercedes decide to focus on the Constructor's championship, or get behind a driver and try to push them up the rankings.
 

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AWS pit stop strategy: "they all start on mediums"

Everyone but Hamilton starting on softs.

Where's your podium now dickface?