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Creating a new thread to share updates and discuss about Formula 1 this year.

Race calendar: https://www.formula1.com/en/championship/races/2018.html

Driver standings to date: https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/drivers.html

Car rule changes for 2018:

The 2018 season kicked off yesterday at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia and in spectacular style. Hamilton managed to secure pole position, breaking an all time lap record in the process. This guy... damn!

 

 

Lewis Hamilton pulled off from the line in first, followed by Raikkonen and then Vettel, He managed to hold on to his place, but the virtual safety car was deployed following an incident and Vettel was in the pit during this time (while Hamilton was still on the track - driving slow due to the virtual safety car). Hamilton had already pit the car by this time, so in essence, Vettel entered and exited the pit faster than Hamilton was on the track. This put him in front of Hamilton who was stumped, thinking what just happened. With Hamilton's tyres 7 laps older than Vettel's, all the Ferrari had to do was hold on to that position and continue the race. And that was what he did.

Aussie boy Daniel Ricciardo finished qualifying 4th, but received a fuel irregularity penalty and suffered a 3 position loss on the grid, but he finished 4th, overtaking Max Verstappen who spun his car during the race and ended up finishing 6th.  

Race highlights below:

 

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Vettel took his second win of the season in the Bahrain GP yesterday, followed by the Mercedes team. Hamilton was placed 5th on the grid, but he started 9th, and in a stunning tripled overtake and a bit of an incident with Verstappen, managed to get a podium! Great driving by Hamilton. The R*D B*LL team was completely out of the race - Verstappen punctured his rear tyre after running over Hamilton's front wing, while Ricciardo's car simply "died" mid race. 

Here's Hamilton's triple overtake:

 

Race highlights:

 

Edited by Davy

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Daniel Ricciardo took the win at China yesterday after barely making it to the grid during qualifying. The R*D B*LL team was overwhelmed with having to replace a failed engine on Ricciardo's car, but the team did it in under 2 hours! Ricciardo started 5th on the grid and made his way to being 1st following a crash between Vettel and Verstappen and and great driving (see last video). Vettel started the race at pole position, but his pitting strategy put him behind Bottas who was gunning for him from the start. He ultimately finished 8th. The videos will tell everything.

Qualifying Highlights:

 

Race Highlights:

 

Daniel Ricciardo's overtakes. This guy!!!

 

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Drama continued at Azerbaijan yesterday as the two Redbulls started a go at each other which ended up in a collision that cost them the race. Ricciardo and Verstappen were both gunning for each other for some reason (they'll have some explaining to do after the race), and my opinion is that the younger Verstappen has a lot of growing up to do as he seems to be causing a lot of trouble on the track for everyone.

Vettel, who was in the lead from the start of the race, lost his position due to the pitting strategy of the Mercedes team which put Bottas in the lead. All due to the safety car being deployed. Vettel was obviously frustrated due to this and made a misjudged move to overtake Bottas and locked his wheels up, which cost him a podium. Luck was not on Bottas's side yesterday as the leader suffered a puncture and had to retire, putting Hamilton in the lead, followed by Kimi Raikkonen.

What a race... what a race!

 

Clash between Ricciardo and Verstappen:

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Dammit, F1 keep blocking the content.

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2 hours ago, Pericles said:

Dammit, F1 keep blocking the content.

Yeah :(. You can click on the "Watch on YouTube" link on the video and still watch it on YouTube though. Unless you mean that it's blocked in Sri Lanka? :o 

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On 5/1/2018 at 12:17 PM, Davy said:

Yeah :(. You can click on the "Watch on YouTube" link on the video and still watch it on YouTube though. Unless you mean that it's blocked in Sri Lanka? :o 

Ah, ur right, its just in the site.

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Alonso retires from F1 ?
Having started watching F1 in 2004 and continuing to watch mostly for him, I find it inconsolable, even though it's been a struggle for the last 10!

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On 8/15/2018 at 2:13 AM, vishkid said:

Alonso retires from F1 ?
Having started watching F1 in 2004 and continuing to watch mostly for him, I find it inconsolable, even though it's been a struggle for the last 10!

Agreed. Ricciardo has also decided to discontinue his contract with RedBull and switch to Renault.

Just realised this thread hasn't been updated in a while. So many good races after Azerbaijan. 

Edited by Davy
corrected misleading info

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