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2016 F1 predictions

spalind

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#2
Haas F1 will struggle and at the end of the year will be looking to replace its driver(s).

Lewis Hamilton will still be a douchewagon

I will still want Kimi to win every race...but he won't and will retire from F1 at year end.
 

trophygoat

Well-Known Member
#3
Haas and Renault will definitely struggle... Renault straight up said that it would take three years for them to be competitive. I think Lewis, Nico, Vettel, Bottas, Ricciardo and Verstappen will be the main competitors and I think all of them will take a 1st place finish in at least one 2016 race.
I am rooting for both Red Bull teams and Ferrari (for championship), and for Haas to just score some points
 

standfast

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#4
I am predicting this year will be all about Hamilton vs Vettel.

Ferrari's first year with an actual James Allison based chassis design. Last year's success was largely attributed to power unit related improvements. For 2016 they have abandoned the pull rod suspension idea in favor of the more traditional push rod. Allison chassis' have been known to be very easy on tire wear which will be incredibly important with the revised tire rules for 2016. They have also brought more engine upgrades. I am hoping for a change of the guard and would love to see Vettel pull it off.

I think this additional performance from Ferrari will put pressure on Merc to choose #1 status on their drivers. This will not be pretty between Nico and Lewis and that makes me happy.

While I think the new tire rules could promote more diversity on the grid through differing strategies, we will again see Ferrari/Merc on the podium for most of the season, hopefully in that order. :)

To prepare yourself for the 2016 season, I suggest wrapping your head around those new tire rules.

Haas is looking to score points right out of the gate. They have taken a very reasonable approach to outsourcing many already proven components and have had the luxury of using the Ferrari wind tunnel to hone in their Dallara (yikes) designed and built chassis. Dallara was the chassis builder for HRT but that was all based on computer sim. This time they are backing it up with tunnel testing. Lets hope that pays off for Haas this time around. I think it is quite possible that they will score points this year which would be an amazing feat for a first year team.

McHonda, is a wildcard. Their success is entirely predicated on what Honda delivers on the engine side. The have excellent aero designers at the helm including Prodromou. Lets hope they can keep that thing on track and improve this season. A talent like Alonso shouldn't be getting paid all those millions to be sunbathing in lawn chairs. If they have a season like 2015, they may be competing with Haas.

I find it hard to believe that Renault haven't made some kind of improvements on the engine. Therefor, I see Red Bull, Williams, Torro Rosso(now on a 2015 spec Ferrari engine program), and Force India battling it out for that 3rd slot. This is where most of the action will be in the races.
 

harleys dad

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#5
Rosberg is hungry and I predict he will take the championship by storm. The last 3 races he was on fire and in complete control of Hamilton to the point Hamilton was shook up and making all kinds of excuses. Well see, I hope Ferrari are right in the mix and hope Kimi does so well Ferrari keep him again. Look forward to it
 

Bricoop

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#6
Haas and Renault will definitely struggle... Renault straight up said that it would take three years for them to be competitive. I think Lewis, Nico, Vettel, Bottas, Ricciardo and Verstappen will be the main competitors and I think all of them will take a 1st place finish in at least one 2016 race.
I am rooting for both Red Bull teams and Ferrari (for championship), and for Haas to just score some points
Wow, Verstappen with a win! That would be incredible. Nothing against Max, but I'm pulling for Carlos to be the top Toro Rosso driver.
 

trophygoat

Well-Known Member
#7
I think Verstappen has mad skills and is willing to take risks, he just has to fine tune his natural ability. Plus Red Bull has Ferrari power this year.
It'll be interesting to see if Niko Hulkenberg is able to race 24hr LM and the new Baku GP with the schedule changes. He's gonna get good with all that endurance racing. But I still see Force India as a middle-of-the-pack team this year.
 

trophygoat

Well-Known Member
#9
Tough to say, both have their advantages and disadvantages: Renault has been in the game for a while but they openly admitted that it would take 3 years to be competitive. They also just signed Magnussen and booted Maldonado so that can be interpreted as good or bad. Haas obviously has experience in top level racing but not F1 which is a whole different game, but they also have a competent lead driver in Grosjean and Ferrari power.
I say Renault has the better year, although I am rooting for Haas. obviously :)
 

Bricoop

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#13
F1 is back! So, what's everyone's predictions for whats going to happen down under this weekend? Will Haas finish? What has Ferrari come up with in the off-season, can they take the fight to the Mercs this year?

We'll know a lot more after qualifying, rain is expected for practice, qualifying and the race *should* be dry. First practice is tonight at 6:30pm PST.
 

Bricoop

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#14
I still think Carlos Sainz is the real deal, especially in the wet. Really nice FP2 for him.

Bummer for Nico: "Hamilton’s team mate Nico Rosberg was the most high-profile victim of the slippery conditions, the German swiping the front wing off his Silver Arrow against the wall following a spin at Turn 7. To add insult to injury, it was a new-spec nose that the team had deliberately not run in FP1 for fear of potential damage."
 

Bricoop

Well-Known Member
#15
Toro Rosso looking very good this season:
FP3 POS. NO. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 44 LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES 1:25.624 24
2 6 NICO ROSBERG MERCEDES 1:25.800 +0.176s 25
3 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL FERRARI 1:25.852 +0.228s 25
4 55 CARLOS SAINZ TORO ROSSO 1:26.257 +0.633s 28
5 7 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FERRARI 1:26.435 +0.811s 23
6 33 MAX VERSTAPPEN TORO ROSSO 1:26.701 +1.077s 26
7 77 VALTTERI BOTTAS WILLIAMS 1:26.730 +1.106s 28
8 3 DANIEL RICCIARDO RED BULL RACING 1:26.768 +1.144s 22
9 19 FELIPE MASSA WILLIAMS 1:27.151 +1.527s 28
10 11 SERGIO PEREZ FORCE INDIA 1:27.242 +1.618s 22
11 14 FERNANDO ALONSO MCLAREN 1:27.263 +1.639s 20
12 22 JENSON BUTTON MCLAREN 1:27.341 +1.717s 20
13 26 DANIIL KVYAT RED BULL RACING 1:27.430 +1.806s 22
14 9 MARCUS ERICSSON SAUBER 1:27.659 +2.035s 26
15 20 KEVIN MAGNUSSEN RENAULT 1:27.871 +2.247s 24
16 27 NICO HULKENBERG FORCE INDIA 1:27.988 +2.364s 22
17 30 JOLYON PALMER RENAULT 1:28.117 +2.493s 24
18 21 ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ HAAS 1:28.284 +2.660s 21
19 8 ROMAIN GROSJEAN HAAS 1:28.292 +2.668s 11

20 12 FELIPE NASR SAUBER 1:28.293 +2.669s 26
21 94 PASCAL WEHRLEIN MANOR 1:29.046 +3.422s 18
22 88 RIO HARYANTO MANOR 1:29.272 +3.648s 23


F1 already looking to change the new qualifying format:
Qualifying results
1 44 LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES 1:23.837 14
2 6 NICO ROSBERG MERCEDES 1:24.197 13
3 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL FERRARI 1:24.675 14
4 7 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FERRARI 1:25.033 13
5 33 MAX VERSTAPPEN TORO ROSSO 1:25.434 12
6 19 FELIPE MASSA WILLIAMS 1:25.458 12
7 55 CARLOS SAINZ TORO ROSSO 1:25.582 14
8 3 DANIEL RICCIARDO RED BULL RACING 1:25.589 15
9 11 SERGIO PEREZ FORCE INDIA 1:25.753 12
10 27 NICO HULKENBERG FORCE INDIA 1:25.865 14
11 77 VALTTERI BOTTAS WILLIAMS 1:25.961 9
12 14 FERNANDO ALONSO MCLAREN 1:26.125 9
13 22 JENSON BUTTON MCLAREN 1:26.304 9
14 30 JOLYON PALMER RENAULT 1:27.601 12
15 20 KEVIN MAGNUSSEN RENAULT 1:27.742 11
16 9 MARCUS ERICSSON SAUBER 1:27.435 9
17 12 FELIPE NASR SAUBER 1:27.958 7
18 26 DANIIL KVYAT RED BULL RACING 1:28.006 5
19 8 ROMAIN GROSJEAN HAAS 1:28.322 6
20 21 ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ HAAS 1:29.606 6

21 88 RIO HARYANTO MANOR 1:29.627 3
22 94 PASCAL WEHRLEIN MANOR 1:29.642 3
 

Chris_Wilson

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#16
New qual rules stink. They screwed up the one thing that was great.



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jiggyjay09

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#17
New qual rules stink. They screwed up the one thing that was great.



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Agreed. Will probably make changes very soon because I'm sure they weren't expecting 2.5 mins left in Q3 and not one car on track. And flying laps should count for eliminations. Haas cars looked good before eliminated.
 

Chris_Wilson

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#18
Sounds like they will go back to old qual format for the next race.
 

Bricoop

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#20
I thought this season was better than last. @trophygoat was right about Max's win, though moving to the RB didn't hurt that prediction. You were also correct about his aggression, which wound up being part of a big controversy this year. Carlos Sainz had high and low moments. He's special, but needs the right car to show it. TR is expecting big improvements next year, but who isn't? Expect RB to make the most of the aero changes, they've found so much downforce underneath the car.

At first Hamilton's actions during the last race pissed me off, but in hindsight I kinda like it. It was his only chance to beat him and if Rosberg felt he needed to pass him, he would have. Hamilton's poor starts cost him this championship. Cool to see the championship take until the last race. I think the Mercedes have more in the tank. Look at how much longer Merc's can stay out on tires and still outpace the field. I expect RB to be much better than Ferrari, while still trailing Mercedes. Next year's passing should be improved. Less reliance on aerogrip will allow cars to closeup before DRS zones more easily.

HAAS, well done. First season, multiple races with points scored. I'd like to have seen Rossi get the second seat. Ferrari needs something big. I'm still in love with Kimi, rough season for his teammate. New Chairman of the Board, to be seen what that will bring. Great '16, looking forward to '17.
 
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