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Formula One / Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Last post by Chrill on Today at 07:50:38 AM »
Sure, Rosenqvist I would have been thrilled with. Then again, clearly finances played a part. If Sirotkin is two tenths slower, but can bring funds that should allow improvements to cover those two tenths, well then Sirotkin's money is simply making the two cars faster despite being slower himself.

Picking a well funded average driver can be better than a poorly funded above average driver. Of course the dream is to bag someone like Alonso, technically a pay driver yet also a proven world champion driver. Santander surely contributed large sums of money to various teams.
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Formula One / Re: Cars of 2018
« Last post by Chrill on Today at 07:49:37 AM »
I fully expect the halo to do just that which you mention. And perhaps after 2-3 races there will be a mandatory identification on the halo itself. You know, the three letters or something.

I'd really like it if a team painted the halo in the colours of the driver helmet. That'd actually be rather neat. Surely FIA would stop that on the basis that "cars need to look alike!"
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Formula One / Re: Cars of 2018
« Last post by Penfold on Today at 02:08:32 AM »
The aesthetics I can likely ignore, what I'm waiting to see is whether helmets are obscured to the point of making identifying drivers difficult.  That will piss me right off.
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Formula One / Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Last post by Penfold on Today at 02:02:36 AM »
I know Sergey has several F1 practice sessions under his belt but to me that's of limited value compared to raw talent.  So, with that in mind: Sirotkin or Rosenqvist?

As for Wehrlein, he's actually one year older than Sirotkin - so why did they ignore poor Pascal?

All this said, I'm still kind of expecting Serge to be quicker than the Stroller.
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Formula One / Re: The 2018 Season
« Last post by Chrill on February 16, 2018, 07:34:40 AM »
Not exactly tracks known for their super sharp turns, except for that final part of Catalunya.

I'd like to force him onto the track in Singapore or something other hot and twisty. Those are the nasty ones.
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Formula One / Re: Cars of 2018
« Last post by Chrill on February 16, 2018, 07:33:46 AM »
I'm already beginning to accept the halo. Embrace it, no, but after FP1 in Australia I will not think about it much at all.

The blacker bottom part is possibly a way to cover some of their clever sidepod solutions. Perhaps this car will be whiter in Australia.
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Formula One / Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Last post by Chrill on February 16, 2018, 07:31:31 AM »
If we look at available drivers at that time, we find a rather short list of people with at least SOME F1 experience:

Daniil Kvyat
Jolyon Palmer
Felipe Nasr
Robert Kubica
Sergery Sirotkin
Pascal Wehrlein
Nico Rosberg (I mean, it's not realistic. Still)
Paul di Resta

Let's be honest, I don't think Sirotkin is the worst on this list. Others are affiliated with various teams or simply unwilling to join Williams. I'd say out of the drivers likely willing to race for Williams in 2018, Sirotkin is in my top 3 behind Kvyat and Wehrlein. Still, Wehrlein was supposedly too young and Kvyat does not come from a good season at Toro Rosso.

Palmer is simply not impressive enough, Nasr never was fast enough (even though he had ties to Williams), Kubica apparently wasn't the one they went for and we can only speculate why, and di Resta is too old and inexperienced and never did impress enough during his spell in F1.

I can't be too upset with Sirotkin, although keeping Stroll is arguably a stranger choice despite his P3 in Azerbaijan. No denying Stroll kept his cool when so many others (pretty much all of them) crashed.
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Formula One / Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Last post by Penfold on February 16, 2018, 04:53:04 AM »
Paddy Lowe insists (again) that Sirotkin was chosen purely on merit, that money played no part in the decision: https://www.racefans.net/2018/02/16/williams-chose-sirotkin-simply-on-merit-lowe/

So Sergey was the very best/most promising driver on the planet available to Williams and he just happened to bring an estimated $20 million of backing.  What a happy co-incidence.
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Formula One / Re: Cars of 2018
« Last post by Penfold on February 16, 2018, 04:31:03 AM »
If I hold a finger over the halo the car looks great; and if I ignore who'll be in the cockpit I can daydream about Williams having a strong season.
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Formula One / Re: The 2018 Season
« Last post by Penfold on February 16, 2018, 04:20:29 AM »
Three practice sessions for Kubica in 2018 - Spain, Austria, and some other place: https://www.racefans.net/2018/02/15/kubica-three-practice-outings-2018/
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