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Dr. Hfuhruhurr

F1 Game 2016 - Australia

It's that time again - make your tips for the season opener. You need to guess the top ten finishers, say who'll be on pole and who'll set the fastest race lap, and answer the bonus question: what will be the time difference between the first and second place finishers? One point for closest guess.

Deadline: Friday 18 March 2359 GMT
Humphrey The Pug

Pee'd off that Australia isn't on terrestrial TV, I always loved getting up early morning; just myself and usually one of the dogs for company, settling down to the start of a new season.
BeN

Dammit, time flies. Can't believe it's F1 time already.

And they still haven't sorted out qualifying!
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Pee'd off that Australia isn't on terrestrial TV, I always loved getting up early morning; just myself and usually one of the dogs for company, settling down to the start of a new season.

Me too. Then going back to bed after the race was over.
JohnC

Well, i'll be first to try a prediction!

Pole: Rosberg
Fastest: Hamilton
Bonus: 5.1 seconds

1) Hamilton
2) Rosberg
3) Vettel
4) Bottas
5) Raikkonen
6) Massa
7) Perez
8) Ricciardo
9) Verstappen
10) Button
gooner

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Pee'd off that Australia isn't on terrestrial TV, I always loved getting up early morning; just myself and usually one of the dogs for company, settling down to the start of a new season.


Have C4 not got rights to the live race then? I can never watch the highlights, they're not exciting enough when you haven't got the suprise of the end result to look forward to.
JohnC

gooner wrote:

Have C4 not got rights to the live race then? I can never watch the highlights, they're not exciting enough when you haven't got the suprise of the end result to look forward to.


Channel 4 have the same TV rights that the BBC had, so about half the races live and the other half highlights. I just make sure I isolate myself from anything that could give me the result before I watch the highlights.
BeN

Away this weekend, so here goes:

1) Hamilton
2) Rosberg
3) Vettel
4) Raikkonen
5) Button
6) Alonso
7) Bottas
8) Massa
9) Grosjean
10) Ricciardo

Pole: Hamilton
Fastest: Hamilton
Bonus: 10 seconds
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Pole/lap Hamilton
Bonus 3.76

1 Hamilton
2 Rosberg
3 Vettel
4 Raikkonen
5 Bottas
6 Grosjean
7 Massa
8 Alonso
9 Button
10 Ricciardo
Eff One

BeN wrote:
Dammit, time flies. Can't believe it's F1 time already.

And they still haven't sorted out qualifying!


+1

110 days, or a little over 2600 hours, between the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi and the green light for practice tomorrow morning.

Still trying to decide whether to get a NOW TV pass and get up early.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Alonso sixth in practice, Button seventh
Humphrey The Pug

Pole/Lap: Hamilton
Bonus: 10.1 seconds

1. Hamilton
2. Vettel
3. Kimi
4. Rosberg
5. Bottas
6. Ricciardo
7. Massa
8. Grosjean
9. Button
10. Alonso
PhilD

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Alonso sixth in practice, Button seventh


I'm really hoping Honda have sorted the engine as I believe there is a good car there being held back. I predict a Mclaren win this year.
Scouse

Pole: Rosberg
Fastest: Rosberg
Bonus: 9.5 sec

1) Rosberg
2) Hamilton
3) Vettel
4) Massa
5) Bottas
6) Raikonen
7) Button
8) Alonso
9) Riccardo
10) Verstappen
Eff One

Pole: Rosberg
F/L: Vettel
Bonus: 4.21 sec

1. Hamilton
2. Rosberg
3. Vettel
4. Raikkonen
5. Bottas
6. Perez
7. Verstappen
8. Ricciardo
9. Button
10. Hulkenberg
Big Blue

Pole: Rosberg
F/L: Kimi
Bonus: 3.41 sec

1. Hamilton
2. Raikkonen
3. Vettel
4. Rosberg
5. Button
6. Sainz
7. Kvyat
8. Ricciardo
9. Verstappen
10. Bottas
the other ct

Pole: Vettel
F/L: Hamilton
Bonus: 5.6 sec

1. Hamilton
2. Vettel
3. Rosberg
4. Bottas
5. Raikkonen
6. Sainz
7. Hulkenberg
8. Kvyat
9. Verstappen
10. Alonso
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Pole : Hamilton
F/Lap : Hamilton
Bonus : 4.2 seconds

1. Hamilton
2. Rosberg
3. Vettel
4. Ricciardo
5. Raikkonen
6. Bottas
7. Hulkenberg
8. Sainz
9. Kvyat
10. Grosjean
PhilD

Pole - Hamilton
F/L - Hamilton
Bonus - 2 seconds

1) Hamilton
2) Rosberg
3) Vettel
4) Ricciardo
5) Raikkonen
6) Bottas
7) Kvyat
8) Massa
9) Alonso
10) Button
Sav

Pole: Hamilton
Fastest lap: Hamilton
Bonus: 7.8 seconds

1. Hamilton
2. Vettel
3. Rosberg
4. Raikkonen
5. Ricciardo
6. Verstappen
7. Kyvat
8. Bottas
9. Sainz
10. Massa
Sav

One had to give the new qualifying format a chance, but it was poor in the end. If were any advantages, it did result in all cars going out immediately in Q1, whereas in the past nobody wanted to be the track sweeper at the start of Q1. But that is where the advantages end. Yes, you had cars going out early in each segment, but the consequence was that after the initial few minutes barley anybody went out because either theyíve already been eliminated, or they simply donít need to go out again.

The 90 second countdown graphic wasnít displayed early during Q1, so merely seeing a driverís name going a slightly darker grey wasnít terribly clear. Most annoyingly of all, however, was that drivers were not allowed to complete the lap they were on once the 90 second cut-off had been reached.

One of the more positive changes in 2016 is the tyre allocation rules. No longer do Pirelli bring two set dry compounds, the teams and drivers now have to pick how many sets of tyres they want from a wider range in compounds. I like this; itís the same selection for everyone, it might make the racing more interesting just because of the potential added in grip between the compounds, and hopefully it allows some of the lesser teams to shine due to astute planning. This information is also publicly made available before race weekends, so hopefully it informs and engages viewers and spectators about the strategies that may play out.

There are those who crave for the cars of 2004 and complain that modern F1 is too slow. Yet Hamilton set a laptime in Q3 that elipsed the fastest time set during the Australian GP weekend of that year. I am cautious about the 2017 rules because they donít appear to fix any of F1ís fundamental problems. Indeed, the planned increases in aerodynamic downforce will make overtaking rarer, with higher cornering speeds therefore added turbulence, and shorter braking distances. Then people will declare the racing is too boring, exactly like the early 2000ís. Pirelli get so much negative coverage, I mean which tyre manufacture wants to advertise that their tyres heavily degrade to millions of motorists across the world? Pirelli have consistently produced the tyres that various stakeholders have requested (which doesn't always happen in racing),  and their tyres have produced some great racing with the variation in mechanical grip, great racing that wouldnít be there with ultra-durable tyres.
PhilD

Sav wrote:
One had to give the new qualifying format a chance, but it was poor in the end. .


another well crafted piece Sav, you got that writing job yet?!

I've not followed the new qualifying rules, what's changed and why should it have been given a chance?
JohnC

I don't know why we can't go back to qualifying being a free for all over, say 45 mins with a requirement that everyone must come out in the first 10 minutes, have a second appearance prior to 30 minutes and another showing in the last 15 mins. Positions based on fastest laps.

Tyres for qualifying should be the same tyres for everyone, say 3 sets and the cars should be allowed to start the race on any compound they want. Reasonably durable qualifying tyres might mean they do more than a lap at a time.
PhilD

Had a bit of a read and all I can say is WTF. Here's the poison dwarf:

"After Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg qualified at the front at Albert Park, Ecclestone said: "If we go back, Mercedes would be first and second.

"What I don't want to see is where you and I could predict how the grid is going to be for the start of a race"

So qualifying is not about deciding who starts first? why bother then, just make it a lottery!
Humphrey The Pug

I bought a Now TV pass, set my alarm for 4:30, when it went off I turned it off and went back to sleep, waking at 6:00; bollocks!
BeN

Blimey. Sounds like a corker of a weekend.

I saw footage of Alonso's crash. Bloody hell.
Sav

PhilD wrote:
Sav wrote:
One had to give the new qualifying format a chance, but it was poor in the end. .


another well crafted piece Sav, you got that writing job yet?!

I've not followed the new qualifying rules, what's changed and why should it have been given a chance?


Nope, but thank you.

In each segment essentially someone gets knocked out of qualifying every 90 seconds, regardless of whether the driver about to be knocked out has started a flying lap. It was unjust yesterday, but even more importantly with regards to the spectacle, towards the end of each segment there was simply a lack of eligible cars to ensure the spectacle of cars fighting for position continued until the end.

The format would only get worse on longer tracks where the laptimes are longer, so that would result in manufactured excitement I do not wish to see. Sure, some drivers would be out of place on the grid, and some may find that unpredictability more interesting, but this would be an unhealthy direction for F1. I love GP2 and touring cars, but F1 shouldnít have fudged grids and measures that penalise the successful. They may as well have a one-make championship in that case, GP1.
Sav

What an awful crash for Alonso. Thank goodness for the modern monocoque, the roll-hoop, wheel tethers and the HANS device. I donít totally blame him, as Gutierrez did faint ever so slightly, but suddenly to the left under braking. Itís one of those problems that canít be solved IMO, as you canít start penalising drivers for slight deviations. Moving around significantly when defending is already dealt within the regulations.

I really liked the race; there was some terrific racing throughout the field. The battle between Palmer, Sainz and Verstappen was entertaining. Verstappen is no doubt highly talented; my goodness was he a spolit brat today. He seemed to think it was a god given right that Sainz should pull over and let him past, after he was stuck behind Palmer and seemingly holding up Verstappen. Max then misjudged a move on his teammate and ended up spinning out himself. Shortly after Maxís outbursts Sainz actually end up overtaking Palmer anyway.

The variation in tyre compounds was fantastic, there was a variety of different strategies and some of those differing strategies met on the track, with some brilliant battles as a result. Overtaking for the most part wasnít too easy, but wasnít impossible either. It felt so brilliant to have F1 back!

Moment of the broadcast was Brundle on the grid walk saying "here is Jos†Verstappen's car" whilst walking past Max's Toro Rosso. Errr, winter rust eh. †
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Pole Hamilton
Lap Ricciardo
Bonus 8.06 (Sav was closest with 7.8)

1 Rosberg
2 Hamilton
3 Vettel
4 Ricciardo
5 Massa
6 Grosjean
7 Hulkenberg
8 Bottas
9 Sainz
10 Verstappen
11 Palmer

Scores (and standings)

13 - Scouse, Chris M
11 - Sav
9 - Dr H, PhilD
7 - JohnC, BeN
6 - the other ct
5 - Eff One, Big Blue
3 - Humphrey
Humphrey The Pug

That's me off to a good start!
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

I wouldn't worry too much, with 21 races this season

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