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The 2017 Azerbaijan GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:51 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 8th round of the 2017 season in Baku, Azerbaijan between the 23rd and 25th of June.

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

Picks close at the start of Saturday practice.

The event timetable for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 13:00 local time - 09:00 GMT
2nd Practice 17:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 14:00 local time - 10:00 GMT
Qualifying 17:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 17:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

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Re: The 2017 Azerbaijan GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:15 pm

JimWell wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:24 pm
Hamilton will win.
Well Jim, I have to agree with you.

This track has to suit the Mercedes with an extremely long straight (loosely speaking). This will give the Mercedes a chance to utilize their horsepower advantage. Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari will face a stern test in determining just how fast his red rocket really is.

I have gone for the Red Bulls to finish 4th and 6th and being split by Kimi.

7th has been given to Sergio Perez from Hulkenberg, Massa and Ocon.

With the 3 place grid penalty to Sainz and the (lack of) Renault horsepower, I feel this will keep him from the points.

It will be interesting to see just how much reliable horsepower McLaren and Honda will have at this event. My feeling is that it won't be enough however a finish would be something to look forward to.

Oh, and hats off to Patrick Stewart for his part in the presentation in Canada. His partaking in Daniel Ricciardo's 'shoey' made me laugh :clap:

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Re: The 2017 Azerbaijan GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:16 am

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	01:44.410	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
2	01:44.880	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
3	01:44.967	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
4	01:45.398	Sergio Perez	  Force India
5	01:45.497	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
6	01:45.737	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
7	01:45.752	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
8	01:45.968	Felipe Massa	  Williams
9	01:46.000	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
10	01:46.617	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
11	01:46.649	Lance Stroll	  Williams
12	01:46.721	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
13	01:46.837	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
14	01:47.217	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
15	01:47.446	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
16	01:47.501	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
17	01:47.551	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
18	01:48.525	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
19	01:49.048	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
20	01:49.937	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
It all looked fairly quiet with all teams going through their processes until, with just 10 minutes left in the session, Sergio Perez stuffed his Force India into the wall at turn 8.

Red Bull are impressive at the top of the practice times on Friday. But, it is still just that, Friday..

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Re: The 2017 Azerbaijan GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:32 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	01:43.362	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
2	01:43.462	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
3	01:43.473	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
4	01:43.489	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	01:43.615	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
6	01:44.113	Lance Stroll	  Williams
7	01:44.306	Sergio Perez	  Force India
8	01:44.321	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
9	01:44.484	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
10	01:44.525	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
11	01:44.609	Felipe Massa	  Williams
12	01:45.515	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
13	01:45.733	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
14	01:45.831	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
15	01:46.003	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
16	01:46.061	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
17	01:46.174	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
18	01:47.150	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
19	01:47.347	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
20	01:47.722	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
Well, if session 1 was quiet, session 2 was the opposite.
Red Bull again showed some real pace but Max looped the car into the turn 1 barrier within sight of the chequered flag.
Palmer replicated Perez's incident at turn 8 to again bring out the red flags mid session.

Most impressive is the comparative closeness of times with 0.3 seconds covering the top 5 cars. Grip is still being chased by the teams as the track comes to them.

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Re: The 2017 Azerbaijan GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:44 pm

FP3 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	01:42.742	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
2	01:42.837	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
3	01:43.158	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
4	01:43.287	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
5	01:43.344	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
6	01:43.614	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
7	01:43.738	Felipe Massa	  Williams
8	01:43.908	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
9	01:44.040	Lance Stroll	  Williams
10	01:44.138	Sergio Perez	  Force India
11	01:44.312	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
12	01:44.344	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
13	01:44.401	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
14	01:44.741	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
15	01:44.926	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
16	01:45.143	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
17	01:45.491	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
18	01:45.645	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
19	01:45.722	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
20	01:53.040	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault

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Re: The 2017 Azerbaijan GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:50 pm

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	01:40.593	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	01:41.027	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
3	01:41.693	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
4	01:41.841	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
5	01:41.879	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	01:42.111	Sergio Perez	  Force India
7	01:42.186	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
8	01:42.753	Lance Stroll	  Williams
9	01:42.798	Felipe Massa	  Williams
10	01:43.414	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
11	01:43.186	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
12	01:43.796	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
13	01:44.267	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
14	01:44.603	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
15	01:43.347	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
16	01:44.468	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
17	01:44.795	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
18	01:45.030	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
19	01:44.334	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
20	No Time		Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
Ricciardo spun in Q3 and damaged the left rear of his Red Bull
Sainz qualified 12th but carried over a 3 place penalty from Canada
Both McLarens have multiple penalties for engine related updates
Palmer did not make Q1after fire damaged his Renault in FP3 but was allowed to start rear of field

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Re: The 2017 Azerbaijan GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:54 pm

Results

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

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Re: The 2017 Azerbaijan GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:11 pm

First things.
For those who visited the site on Sunday, apologies from the administrator. The site host had some major problems.
It has taken a lot of Sunday to get most of the site back and until today (Monday) to get the Forums back online. For that, thanks to the administrator for their work to get us back. :clap:

Well, what a race and totally unexpected result. Who would have thought that Daniel Ricciardo would win and the Williams of Lance Stroll would finish on the podium. If only the race was one lap shorter.

The incident between Vettel and Hamilton will be discussed in the media for some time. My thoughts are that Vettel got off lightly with a 10 second stop and go penalty. This 'penalty' allowed him to get an advantage over Hamilton after Hamilton himself had to visit the pits to rectify the unsecured helmet padding in his cockpit.
And Valtteri Bottas. Being allowed to pass the safety car and return to the lead lap was a game changer as he was caught up as a lapped car having to obey the blue flags and let cars on the lead lap past. His last lap to catch Stroll in sight of the line when it seemed that Stroll had done sufficient to get the second step on the podium.
Ricciardo returned to the track after an early pit stop to clear debris from the brake duct next to last. Everything seemed to go his way and the pass on both Williams going into turn 1 following the restart proved the defining moment for him in this race.

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Re: The 2017 Azerbaijan GP Thread

Post by Thaddeus » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:46 pm

Great fightback drive from Bottas, but also very impressive from Stroll. Still his first podium in F1 and he handled the pressure very well.

Stupid collision by the Force Indias. They might've had a first win, even a 1-2.

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