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2017 F1 Predictions

bajaxp

Baja Bobsled Team
I went to the USGP at COTA in 2014. You will have a blast! It is a great track and a great facility. Try and find out if the NBCSN commentators are going to do a Q&A party in downtown Austin like they did in 2014.

We rented a car, but when I go back I think I might just Uber or see if there is a bus or something. Parking was fine and relatively close to the track in the fields around the circuit, but it is just one more thing to worry about and deal with.

Austin is a cool little city and the downtown scene with the music and bars is pretty special. They did have some F1 displays and activities downtown as well.

We had great seats in the turn 15 grandstand where you could see them come down the long straight toward you then go through turns 12-16 all with a big jumbo-tron in front of you. But....they were expensive. The unique thing about COTA is when we went, you could get a three day general admission pass for less than $100. No clue what it would cost now, but there is great general admission places to watch such as turn 17 and turn three as they go through the S's.

BTW...yes Palmer is totally lost and I can't see him back either. I think Sauber is actually smart going with Honda. They should get engines at a better price and will have 100% of their attention. I would think after four years of trying that Honda should be able to produce a better engine than a year old Ferrari...but then again maybe they will screw the dog yet again. Anyway, my 2 pesos for what it is worth at today's exchange rate.
 

bajaxp

Baja Bobsled Team
Soooooo......will Robert Kubica be taking Palmers seat before the season ends? Silly...season!
 

freddy

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I would love to see it, but my money is against it. It sounds like he still has serious physical limitations. I believe he tested a 2012 car.
Yeah, I agree with you. It would be a good publicity stunt if he got some practice 1 driving this year though. Don't know about his license status, he needs a superlicense to race anyway.


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Bricoop

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Yeah, I agree with you. It would be a good publicity stunt if he got some practice 1 driving this year though. Don't know about his license status, he needs a superlicense to race anyway.


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I hope he gets back into something. I never watched him race, but those who did say he's one of, if not the best of this generation.
 

bajaxp

Baja Bobsled Team
Kubica was crazy fast. I make most of my silly season predictions, with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek. I highly doubt Kubica will race in F1 again, but Renault will be making some bold moved. They just plucked the number 2 aerodynamacist from Red Bull and with the 2018 engine upgrade they could move into a solid number four in the constructors championship next year. Viva silly season!
 

Bricoop

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Kubica was crazy fast. I make most of my silly season predictions, with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek. I highly doubt Kubica will race in F1 again, but Renault will be making some bold moved. They just plucked the number 2 aerodynamacist from Red Bull and with the 2018 engine upgrade they could move into a solid number four in the constructors championship next year. Viva silly season!
The silliest rumor is that seat will be filled with Alonso.
 

bajaxp

Baja Bobsled Team
I have heard that as well. Alonso really is the key player in the silly season. He could head over here and race Indy Car, he could go back to Ferrari to replace Kimi, and he could stay at Mclaren if they get a Mercedes engine. The weirdest rumor that I heard is that Mclaren might get an Alfa Romeo engine, which would obviously be a rebadged Ferrari engine. I don't buy the rumor, but it is great fodder!

Re: Baku...Perez qualified second last year after wadding his car in practice and having to get a new trans installed causing a five grid spot penalty. Started seventh and finished on the podium. Keep your eyes open!
 

Jimmy8

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I have heard that as well. Alonso really is the key player in the silly season. He could head over here and race Indy Car, he could go back to Ferrari to replace Kimi, and he could stay at Mclaren if they get a Mercedes engine. The weirdest rumor that I heard is that Mclaren might get an Alfa Romeo engine, which would obviously be a rebadged Ferrari engine. I don't buy the rumor, but it is great fodder!

Re: Baku...Perez qualified second last year after wadding his car in practice and having to get a new trans installed causing a five grid spot penalty. Started seventh and finished on the podium. Keep your eyes open!
I was at Indy this year doing radio interviews and have listened to a lot of interviews Alonso has done since Indy. He very much fell in love with IndyCar and really wants to win the 500. He actually was quoted as saying IndyCar full-time is definitely on the shortlist for his 2018 plans. I could see him taking a year off from F1 while things get sorted, doing IndyCar full-time in 2018, and then heading back to F1 in 2019.
 

Bricoop

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Alonso to Indycar would be fantastic for the sport. I am only a casual observer of the series, but I've been entertained by every race I've watched this year. A couple weeks ago when only about a dozen cars finished was so fun to watch.

I do believe Alonso's Indycar ride is dependent on the F1 situation next year. I could see him staying with in F1 if McLaren Gets a Merc engine in '18 or if he gets an offer to drive for Merc.
 

freddy

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I've heard Alonso say that a complete Indy car season would be to much for him competing against the oval "specialists". For one race (the 500), yes he could prepare and be fighting for victory, but not for the whole season. I think it's more probable to see him at Le Mans next year, maybe in a mclaren gte pro.


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bajaxp

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Qualifying should be extra interesting tomorrow. Look for Williams, Force India, Red Bull....with a fast Max who ate chit late in FP2 to be a factor. Lewis might be just laying low but I am thinking Seb and Lewis are struggling with their tires. But WTFDIK? Can't wait for the shoot out.
 

bajaherbie

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Magnusson out qualified his teammate Romaine Lettuce.... again.

Tough 2017 for Team Haas.

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freddy

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Hamilton is impressive when the car is to his liking. Ferrari doesn't seem to connect all the dots setup wise, or are they trying too hard chasing a superior car in Mercedes? Was not expecting Red Bull to be this competitive before this weekend but it's good to have three teams up there fighting. Had not expected Stroll to out qualify Massa either, that's what a good result can do to a racers self confidence I guess. Looking forward for a good race tomorrow, a lot can happen on the streets of Baku.


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bajaxp

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Dang...Baku is a gnarly track! How many safety cars and/or red flags might there be tomorrow? Agree that Stroll looked really good in qualifying today. Maybe the kid is figuring it out. Force India should be strong if they can stay out of trouble. Sadly, I don't expect much from Haas, Renault or Toro Rosso because of the nature of the track. I don't dislike Hamilton, but I really hope someone can take the fight to him and make a race of it. I am a HUGE F1 fan, but processional races are boring IMO. Can't wait for tomorrow!
 

freddy

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What a race today! Where should one even start to summarize this...? Ricciardo winning was as big of a surprise for him as it was for the rest of us. Bottas coming back from one lap down was also something special, and going by Stroll with 1/10th in the end on the final lap. Good for Stroll to keep 3rd and also good for Williams, they needed that. The Vettel vs. Hamilton battle was also intense. I don't know what Vettel was thinking driving in to Hamilton during the safety car, even if Ham was brake testing him or not...


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bajaherbie

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Do we have a new number one driver at Haas? KMag has scored points in the last 4 races and now has 11 points to Romaines 10 points. No complaints about his brakes today either! The team has also passed Renault(sp?) in constructors points and are in 7th.

Alonso racks up 2 points for McLaren and puts them on the board!

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