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The worst thing is that if Russell does go up, Dan Ticktum, could get his spot at Williams.

If you don't know who he is, here's a video. Enjoy the part about him deliberately crashing into another driver during safety car conditions and wonder why he's still allowed to race anything.

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First day at school.

No one should be given a knighthood tbh.

It's an interesting conundrum, and one that hasn't shown up in F1 in literal decades. Because despite Lance being a damn decent driver, he's just that... decent, a guy that you'd sooner see in a Haas

Haas have very much become Williams now, one obvious pay driver and one driver loaned from another team's academy. Whatever it takes to survive I guess.

I really, really want Russell to at least out-qualify Bottas to keep his streak going. If he wins the race I might explode.

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The streak.... is over.

But 0.026 seconds is ridiculously close for someone who hadn't driven the car until yesterday.

You'd think for the sake of an extra 10 minutes they could have had 100 laps instead of 87, just for the sake of making it 100.

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12 minutes ago, Chris2K said:

Two bad things for Alex Albon today.

1) Not making it to Q3.

2) This (taken after qualifying)

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Marko to Racing Point?!

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Mercedes has pledged to give Romain Grosjean a final run in a Formula 1 car if he cannot race in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and no one else is willing to offer him a private test.

Grosjean is hoping he will have sufficiently recovered from the burns he sustained in his horrendous Bahrain GP crash last week to race in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi season finale.

It is set to be his final F1 start as he has lost his Haas seat for 2021.

Grosjean has declared that if he cannot do the Yas Marina race, he will try to secure a final F1 fling in another way.

“The story would be beautiful to go to Abu Dhabi,” said Grosjean.

“If I don’t, I’ll call every single Formula 1 team and see if anyone would offer me a private test in January or so, to jump back in the car and have 10-15 laps for myself.”

Asked if Mercedes would be willing to give Grosjean a car for such a test, team boss Toto Wolff said the champion squad would be happy to.

“If we are allowed to do this, and nobody within his universe of teams that he raced would provide him with such an opportunity, we would do it,” he said.

Grosjean has effectively only raced for two teams in his decade of F1.

He had an unsuccessful part-season with Renault in 2009, before working his way back onto the grid with the same team – by then in its Lotus period – in 2012 as GP2 champion.

Grosjean left the team just before it was reacquired by Renault, joining Haas for its first F1 campaign in 2016 and staying there ever since.

He has driven Mercedes power in F1, as it was Lotus’s engine supplier in 2015.

Haas has intimated that it might not have the resources to give Grosjean a separate test if he cannot race in Abu Dhabi.

Renault might be in a better position, as it has carried out a programme of 2018 car running with 2021 signing Fernando Alonso and its junior drivers this year.

Grosjean is optimistic that he will be able to race for Haas one last time in Abu Dhabi.

“The right hand 100% will be ready,” he said on Friday. “The strength and the mobility in the left hand gets better day after day.

“The strength is there, the mobility is still [limited by] a lot of swelling from the inflammation. So, this needs to start reducing.”

 

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Go on George! Great start, shame his hefty lead has been wiped out by the SC.

Madness from Charles, poor Max and Sergio did nothing wrong.

EDIT: OK, Max didn't, Sergio maybe. Either way Charles' lock-up caused it.

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Russell's lead is dropping fairly significantly every lap with his engine issue :(

 

Meanwhile Perez is driving incredibly. Love that he asked permission to pass Stroll, didn't hear anything, so just did it.

 

Oh fuck. The guy cannot catch a break. He didn't even need to pit.

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I really want Sergio to win, but I really want George to win.

 

Jesus Christ. He's not going to score any points AGAIN.

 

At least Checo's going to win, I just feel so sad for George.

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      Pre-Season Testing 1 (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona)
      7th-10th March 2017
       Pre-Season Testing 2 (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona)
      26th March 2017
       Round 1 - Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne)
      9th April 2017
       Round 2 - Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai)
      16th April 2017
       Round 3 - Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir)
      30th April 2017
       Round 4 - Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom, Sochi)
      14th May 2017
       Round 5 - Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona)
      28th May 2017
       Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo)
      11th June 2017
      Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal)
      25th June 2017
       Round 8 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku City Circuit, Baku)
      9th July 2017
       Round 9 - Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg)
      16th July 2017
       Round 10 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone)
      30th July 2017
       Round 11 - Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest)
      27th August 2017
       Round 12 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot)
      3rd September 2017
       Round 13 - Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza)
      17th September 2017
       Round 14 - Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur)
      1st October 2017
       Round 15 - Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore)
      8th October 2017
       Round 16 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka International Race Course, Suzuka)
      22nd October 2017
       Round 17 - United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas)
      29th October 2017
       Round 18 - Mexican Grand Prix (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City)
      12th November 2017
       Round 19 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo)
      26th November 2017
       Round 20 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi)

      GENERAL CHANGES:
      In September 2016, Liberty Media purchased a minority stake in the sport from CVC Capital Partners ahead of a hoped-for full buyout in time for the 2017 season. As part of the deal, the sport adopted a model similar to that used by the US National Football League and Major League Baseball, with teams entitled to purchase a stake in the sport As a response to widespread changes in the technical regulations expected to increase cornering speeds by up to 40 km/h (24.9 mph), the FIA requested that every circuit on the calendar undergo revisions to update safety features.
      TECHNICAL REGULATION CHANGES:
      The technical regulations governing bodywork design were revised for 2017, with the objective of improving lap times by four to five seconds over the 2016 generation of cars. These changes include: An increase of the width of the front wing to 1,800 mm (70.9 in). Lowering the rear wing by 150 mm (5.9 in) and moving its position back by 200 mm (7.9 in). The leading edge of the barge boards being brought forward to allow teams more freedom in controlling airflow. An increase of the width of the front and rear tyres to allow cars to generate more mechanical grip. The minimum weight of the car including the driver being raised by 20 kg to 722 kg, with teams allowed to use 105 kg of fuel to account for the increase in minimum weight. The token system used to regulate power unit development — where the power unit was divided into individual areas, and each area assigned a points value with development of these areas deducting points from a manufacturer's overall points quota — will be abandoned. Restrictions are to be placed on the dimensions, weight and the materials used to build each individual component of the power unit. Teams are restricted to four power units per season regardless of the number of Grands Prix in the season. Previous seasons had included a provision for a fifth power unit if the number of Grands Prix in a season exceeded 20; from 2017, this provision is to be abandoned. The cost of a power unit supply is reduced by €1 million in 2017 ahead of a further reduction in 2018. Cameras will no longer be permitted to be mounted on stalks, located on the nose of the car.
      SPORTING REGULATION CHANGES:
      Under rules introduced in 2015, grid penalties for exceeding a driver's quota of power unit components carried over from one race to the next if the penalty could not be fully served when issued. When this carry-over system was abandoned, teams could build up a reserve of spare components by introducing several at once while only serving a single grid penalty. From 2017, teams will only be able to use one new component over their quota per race, with any additional components incurring further penalties. This change prevents teams from "stockpiling" spare power unit components. Power unit suppliers will have an "obligation to supply", mandating that they supply power units to any team, should a team end up without an agreement. The rule was introduced following the breakdown in the relationship between Renault and their customer teams Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso at the end of the 2015 season that left both teams in limbo until deals could be arranged. In the event that a race is declared wet and must start behind the safety car, the grid will follow normal starting procedures once conditions are declared satisfactory for racing. Drivers will line up on the grid for a standing start once the safety car pulls into pit lane, although any laps completed behind the safety car will count towards the total race distance.
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