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The 2017 Russian GP thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:52 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 4th round of the 2017 season taking place in Sochi from the 28th to 30th of April.

To submit your 10 'n' Pole Picks for Russia click here, to register in the competition click here.

Picks for Russia close at the start of Saturday practice.

The event timetable for the Russian Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 11:00 local time - 08:00 GMT
2nd Practice 15:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 12:00 local time - 09:00 GMT
Qualifying 15:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 15:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

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Re: The 2017 Russian GP thread

Post by cmlean » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:01 am

We are back in Europe. This is where Lewis will hit his straps. Bottas seems to like this place and, now in a front line car, will finish in second.

The battle for third will again be between the Ferrari team mates with Sebastian ahead of Kimi.

Now, the battles for fifth and sixth. Young Max may again win the start against Daniel Ricciardo and will hold the upper position at the end.

Now, 7th through 10th. It has to be a Massa in the Williams, a Force India, a Renault and a Toro Rosso but I haven't decided on which drivers it will be.

So, these are my ramblings, what are yours?

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Re: The 2017 Russian GP thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:11 pm

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	01:36.074	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
2	01:36.119	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
3	01:36.681	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
4	01:37.174	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
5	01:37.230	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
6	01:37.290	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing 
7	01:37.457	Sergio Perez	  Force India
8	01:37.900	Felipe Massa	  Williams
9	01:37.944	Lance Stroll	  Williams
10	01:38.065	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
11	01:38.496	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
12	01:38.747	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
13	01:38.813	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
14	01:38.976	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
15	01:39.158	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
16	01:39.533	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
17	01:39.541	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
18	01:39.731	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
19	01:40.079	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
20			Sergey Sirotkin	  Renault
Bad news stories
Sergey Sirotkin: Paid for the Friday drive and the Renault failed him after 2 timed laps
Stoffel Vandoorne: Looks like the grid penalties have begun for McLaren

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Re: The 2017 Russian GP thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:25 pm

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver 		  Team
1	01:34.120	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
2	01:34.383	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
3	01:34.790	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	01:34.829	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
5	01:35.540	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	01:35.910	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
7	01:36.261	Felipe Massa	  Williams
8	01:36.329	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
9	01:36.506	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
10	01:36.600	Sergio Perez	  Force India
11	01:36.654	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
12	01:36.765	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
13	01:36.771	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
14	01:37.039	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
15	01:37.083	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
16	01:37.125	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
17	01:37.300	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
18	01:37.441	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
19	01:37.747	Lance Stroll	  Williams
20	01:37.819	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
The Ferrari's are flying. Both Sebastian and Kimi seem at home with their cars at this circuit.
Valtteri Bottas likes this place and is next best. That said, he and Lewis are both regularly running off track.
Maybe it just wasn't such a good day for Lewis. He really doesn't seem comfortable in his car.
Red Bulls are Red Bulls. They just seem to get about with their business. If only more power could be extracted from their power units.

One thing that stood out in these sessions is the lack of slip angle the rear tyres have. You get 20 degrees out of line and you go around.
The circuit has another day to develop so hopefully this will rectify itself.

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Re: The 2017 Russian GP thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:27 am

FP3 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	01:34.001	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
2	01:34.338	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
3	01:34.364	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	01:34.542	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
5	01:35.452	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	01:35.471	Felipe Massa	  Williams
7	01:35.662	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
8	01:35.830	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
9	01:36.164	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
10	01:36.556	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas Ferrari
11	01:36.649	Lance Stroll	  Williams
12	01:36.676	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
13	01:36.846	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
14	01:36.869	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
15	01:36.962	Sergio Perez	  Force India
16	01:37.164	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
17	01:37.182	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
18	01:37.503	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
19	01:37.657	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
20	No Time		Jolyon Palmer	  Renault


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Re: The 2017 Russian GP thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:44 am

Qualifying

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Pos	Q3		Driver		  Team
1	01:33.194	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
2	01:33.253	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
3	01:33.289	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	01:33.767	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
5	01:34.905	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	01:35.110	Felipe Massa	  Williams
7	01:35.161	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
8	01:35.285	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
9	01:35.337	Sergio Perez	  Force India
10	01:35.430	Esteban Ocon	  Force India

	Q2		
11	01:35.948	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
12	01:35.964	Lance Stroll	  Williams
13	01:35.968	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
14	01:36.017	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
15	01:36.660	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
16	No Time		Jolyon Palmer	  Renault

	Q3		
17	01:37.070	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
18	01:37.332	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
19	01:37.507	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
20	01:37.620	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
The Ferrari's have broken the Mercedes dominance by locking out the front row.
The Mercedes still don't look at home on this low grip circuit.
Massa splits the Red Bulls.
Hulkenberg continues to shine by qualifying the Renault 8th.
Palmer crashes his Renault out at the end of Q1.

Now. Penalties.
Carlos Sainz Jr:- 3 place penalty to be applied for driving infringement at Bahrain.
Stoffel Vandoorne:- 15 place penalty for 5th turbo and 5th MGU-H replacements.

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Re: The 2017 Russian GP thread

Post by cmlean » Mon May 01, 2017 9:28 am

Race Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team
1	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
2	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
3	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
4	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
5	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	Sergio Perez	  Force India
7	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
8	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
9	Felipe Massa	  Williams
10	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
11	Lance Stroll	  Williams
12	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
13	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas Ferrari
14	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda
15	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
16	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
DNF	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
DNF	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
DNF	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
DNS	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren


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Re: The 2017 Russian GP thread

Post by cmlean » Mon May 01, 2017 9:36 am

Well, did I enjoy the race?

Bottas' great start from position 3 passing and then covering Vettel into the first 90 degree turn was exceptional.
The closing laps grabbed my attention and the delay in Vettel taking his stop had me intrigued.
Other than that, the race was fairly spread out and I don't recall seeing an on track pass.

Not one of my favourites.

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Re: The 2017 Russian GP thread

Post by Thaddeus » Fri May 12, 2017 5:02 pm

I pretty much agree. The start was exciting, the last few laps ultra-tense, the middle 45 a bit lacklustre.

However, it's the first race this season that's left me feeling a little less than thrilled, so that's not so bad.

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