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The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby cmlean » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:37 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the first round of the 2017 season taking place in Australia between the 24th and 26th of March.

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

Picks for Australia close at the start of Saturday practice.

The event timetable for the Australian Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 12:00 local time - 01:00 GMT
2nd Practice 16:00 local time - 05:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 14:00 local time - 03:00 GMT
Qualifying 17:00 local time - 06:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 16:00 local time - 05:00 GMT


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Re: The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby Joe » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:36 am

BEWARE. If you join 10 n' Pole and you are lucky or skillful enough to win the overall competition, don't expect to receive the prize you are promised. I won the overall competition in November of 2016 and as of March 20, 2017 I have not received my $300.00 voucher to claim my prize. This despite 6 email to the 10 n' Pole administrator requesting my voucher. Also, despite the fact that they said they would contact all the winners to claim their prize. They did not even have the courtesy to reply to my email. And this is not an isolated incident. In 2015 I finished 3rd overall and had to badger them for several months for my prize. It took until March of 2016 before they finally sent me a voucher. So, judge for yourself if this is worth your time and effort.

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Re: The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby Tim » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:12 pm

Thank you Joe for your post

I do acknowledge the delay in replying or sending out the prizes. This site is setup on a part time basis so please bear with us but it is ultimately my responsibility.

As was the case in 2016, we eventually sent you the voucher. Yes I can understand your frustration and we do apologise for that.

Please keep in mind that this is a fun and free competition. We try but sometimes we get it wrong.

This site has been running for 17 years, I am trying my best to keep it up so I just ask for your patience. Rest assured that we will be in touch regarding the voucher.

Thanks

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Re: The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby cmlean » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:07 am

FP1 Results

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Pos	Driver		 Team		 Time
1	Lewis Hamilton	 Mercedes	 01:24.220
2	Valtteri Bottas	 Mercedes	 01:24.803
3	Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 01:24.886
4	Max Verstappen	 Red Bull Racing 01:25.246
5	Kimi Räikkönen   Ferrari	 01:25.372
6	Sebastian Vettel Ferrari	 01:25.464
7	Felipe Massa	 Williams 	 01:26.142
8	Romain Grosjean	 Haas		 01:26.168
9	Nico Hulkenberg	 Renault	 01:26.183
10	Sergio Perez	 Force India	 01:26.276
11	Carlos Sainz	 Toro Rosso	 01:26.450
12	Daniil Kvyat	 Toro Rosso	 01:26.514
13	Lance Stroll	 Williams	 01:26.734
14	Fernando Alonso	 McLaren	 01:27.116
15	Marcus Ericsson	 Sauber		 01:27.348
16	Esteban Ocon	 Force India	 01:27.656
17	Kevin Magnussen	 Haas		 01:27.667
18	Pascal Wehrlein	 Sauber		 01:28.539
19	Jolyon Palmer	 Renault	 01:28.585
20	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren	 01:28.695

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Re: The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby cmlean » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:17 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team		  Time
1	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes	  01:23.620
2	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari	  01:24.167
3	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes	  01:24.176
4	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari	  01:24.525
5	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing 01:24.650
6	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing 01:25.013
7	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso	  01:25.084
8	Romain Grosjean	  Haas		  01:25.436
9	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault	  01:25.478
10	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso	  01:25.493
11	Sergio Perez	  Force India	  01:25.591
12	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren	  01:26.000
13	Esteban Ocon	  Force India	  01:26.145
14	Felipe Massa	  Williams	  01:26.331
15	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber	  01:26.498
16	Lance Stroll	  Williams	  01:26.525
17	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren	  01:26.608
18	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber	  01:26.919
19	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas		  01:27.279
20	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault	  01:27.549


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Re: The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby cmlean » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:22 am

So, what have we learned after day 1 of practice?

Haas still haven't resolved their brake problems.
The Renault is unpredictable.
Sauber and McLaren are the slowest.
Force India haven't shown their test day speed.

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Re: The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby cmlean » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:09 pm

FP3 Results

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Pos	Driver		 Team	  	Time
1	Sebastian Vettel Ferrari	01:23.380
2	Valtteri Bottas	 Mercedes	01:23.859
3	Lewis Hamilton	 Mercedes	01:23.870
4	Kimi Räikkönen	 Ferrari	01:23.988
5	Nico Hulkenberg	 Renault	01:25.063
6	Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 01:25.092
7	Romain Grosjean	 Haas		01:25.581
8	Carlos Sainz	 Toro Rosso	01:25.948
9	Daniil Kvyat	 Toro Rosso	01:26.049
10	Kevin Magnussen	 Haas		01:26.138
11	Felipe Massa	 Williams	01:26.237
12	Max Verstappen	 Red Bull Racing 01:26.269
13	Sergio Perez	 Force India	01:26.457
14	Fernando Alonso	 McLaren	01:26.556
15	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren	01:26.699
16	Esteban Ocon	 Force India	01:27.103
17	Lance Stroll	 Williams	01:27.327
18	Marcus Ericsson	 Sauber		01:27.402
19	Jolyon Palmer	 Renault	01:28.320
20	Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber	01:28.583
So, in a last minute driver change, Pascal Wehrlein has decided to stand down for this race. His place has been taken by Ferrari test driver Antonio Giovinazzi.

Lance Stroll parked the Williams in the barrier damaging both rear corners. The team has also decided to change the gearbox as a precaution.

Those Ferrari's are quick. We could have a red car winner this weekend but we will see after qualifying just who takes pole.

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Re: The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby cmlean » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:24 pm

Grid

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Pos	Driver		  Team		  Time
1	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes	  01:22.188
2	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari	  01:22.456
3	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes	  01:22.481
4	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari	  01:23.033
5	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing 01:23.485
6	Romain Grosjean	  Haas		  01:24.074
7	Felipe Massa	  Williams	  01:24.443
8	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso	  01:24.487
9	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso	  01:24.512
10	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing No Time
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11	Sergio Perez	  Force India	  01:25.081
12	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault	  01:25.091
13	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren	  01:25.425
14	Esteban Ocon	  Force India	  01:25.568
15	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber	  01:26.465
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16	Antonio GiovinazziSauber	  01:26.419
17	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas		  01:26.847
18	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren	  01:26.858
19	Lance Stroll	  Williams	  01:27.143
20	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault	  01:28.244

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Re: The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby cmlean » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:40 pm

Due his crash in qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo required a gearbox change resulting in a 5 place grid penalty.
11 thru 15 all move up 1 grid place.
Stroll also drops to grid position 20 due to his gearbox change.

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Re: The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby cmlean » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:48 pm

Race Results

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

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Re: The 2017 Australian GP Thread

Postby Tim » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:47 am

Congratulations to Vettel and Ferrari on winning the first race of the 2017 season. Gives reason to be optimistic that this year will be closer than the past few years. Lets also hope that Red Bull can close that gap!

Strange that Hamilton struggled to badly with his tyres whereas Bottas stayed out for many more laps. And even if he was struggling on his tyres he should have stayed out until Vettel was right behind him as it is very hard to overtake! Last year Ferrari messed up their strategy in Melbourne, this year it is Mercedes' turn!

On the show and how much the new rules have improved it, well, it was boring to be honest. Hardly any overtaking! Let see how the race in China goes


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