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The 2018 British GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:31 am

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 10th round of the 2018 season taking place in Silverstone between the 6th and 8th of July.

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

Picks for Britain close at the start of Saturday practice

The event timetable for the British Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 10:00 local time - 09:00 GMT
2nd Practice 14:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 11:00 local time - 10:00 GMT
Qualifying 14:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 14:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

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Re: The 2018 British GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:28 pm

This weekend sees the final leg of the triple header. With most teams based in the UK, it will be a welcome return home for most.

Following a disastrous round in Austria for the Mercedes team, they return to Silverstone and Lewis will have something to prove now that he is again behind in the chase to the World Driver's Championship. Whether Ferrari, Red Bull or, to a lesser extent, Haas have something to say about it, we will have to wait and see.
McLaren turned the corner with a decent points finish in Austria. This was more good luck than good management with the demise of 3 cars from the more highly rated teams. That said, you still have to finish and Fernando hung in the and fended off the last lap assault by Marcus Ericcson to take the best finish for the team this season. Speaking of Ericcson, the Sauber team are really on a high. With both cars finishing in the points and Leclerc up to 4 consecutive points finishes, the question is 'Just how good is this kid?' He has really delivered in turning the fortunes of this team around.
Renault had a horrible last weekend and will be looking for a substantial improvement as are Toro Rosso. With their Honda power unit, they seem to have speed but the race pace is still somewhat off. Sure Pierre Gasley has had some points finishes but the car just isn't as consistent as it needs to be.
Force India are still sort of there but with so many teams now contending for those few mid field points, it is down to the balance of the cars on race day.
Williams are still really struggling. There were moments in the last event where there were subtle signs of improvement but they are still so far off the pace. The drivers are giving it all their worth as could be seen by Stroll making it through to Q2 on Saturday but there is so much that needs to be done.

So, these are my meanderings. Is there anything you want to say?

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Re: The 2018 British GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:06 am

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:27.487	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:27.854	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
3	1:27.998	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
4	1:28.144	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
5	1:28.218	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
6	1:28.325	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
7	1:29.352	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
8	1:29.812	Sergio Perez	  Force India
9	1:29.815	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
10	1:29.878	Lance Stroll	  Williams
11	1:29.942	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
12	1:30.004	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
13	1:30.027	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
14	1:30.065	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
15	1:30.322	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
16	1:30.358	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
17	1:30.416	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
18	1:30.701	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
19	1:30.749	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
20	1:31.017	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
The session started off quietly with all teams doing their Friday programs. A few small offs and then, around the 60 minute mark, Grosjean and his Haas failed to make it through turn 1. Damage was substantial and the chassis was severely damaged. This damage will require a replacement chassis and he was ruled out of practice 2.
Near the end of the session, Max Verstappen appeared to have a gearbox failure which brought a premature end to his runs.

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Re: The 2018 British GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:17 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:27.552	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
2	1:27.739	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
3	1:27.909	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	1:28.045	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	1:28.408	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	1:29.306	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
7	1:29.354	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
8	1:29.467	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
9	1:29.522	Sergio Perez	  Force India
10	1:29.557	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
11	1:29.563	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
12	1:29.617	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
13	1:29.831	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
14	1:30.046	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
15	1:30.069	Lance Stroll	  Williams
16	1:30.103	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
17	1:30.121	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
18	1:30.404	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
19	No Time		Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
Romain Grosjean was unable to take part in FP2 due to the damage incurred to his chassis in his crash in FP1.
Max Verstappen managed to lose his Red Bull and ended up in the barriers. The car suffered damage to the right rear corner.
Pierre Gasley pulled off the track with mechanical gremlins.
Again small offs occurred in the session with minimal damage to the cars undertray.

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Re: The 2018 British GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:20 am

FP3 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:26.722	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:26.815	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
3	1:27.364	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	1:27.851	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
5	1:28.012	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	1:28.018	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
7	1:28.146	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
8	1:28.418	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
9	1:28.554	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
10	1:28.814	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
11	1:28.917	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
12	1:29.066	Sergio Perez	  Force India
13	1:29.070	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
14	1:29.094	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
15	1:29.133	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
16	1:29.829	Lance Stroll	  Williams 
17	1:29.984	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams 
18	1:30.004	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
19	1:30.050	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
20	No Time		Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
Talking point of this session has to be Hartley's crash. Coming into the braking area at the end of Brooklands, the left front suspension just seemed to disintegrate. The gravel trap really did little as the front wheel held the car above the gravel and Hartley went into the barrier. Hartley walked away without injury but this component failure then impacted on Gasly's session as the team went about investigating just why the failure occurred.

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Re: The 2018 British GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:35 am

Qualifying Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		  Team
1	1:25.892	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
2	1:25.936	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
3	1:25.990	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
4	1:26.217	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
5	1:26.602	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
6	1:27.099	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
7	1:27.244	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
8	1:27.455	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
9	1:27.879	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
10	1:28.194	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
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11	1:27.901	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
12	1:27.928	Sergio Perez	  Force India
13	1:28.139	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
14	1:28.343	Pierre Gasly	  Toro Rosso
15	1:28.391	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
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16	1:28.456	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
17	1:29.096	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
18	1:29.252	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
19	No Time		Lance Stroll	  Williams
Following his crash in FP3, Hartley and his Toro Rosso took no part in qualifying.
The Williams terrible season continued at their home grand prix with Stroll's car becoming unstable under brakes at the end on Brooklands and ending up in the gravel trap. There was no damage but, due to causing a red flag stoppage, took no further part in the session.
Sirotkin's Williams also had a similar incident however he did manage to drive through the trap and return to the pits.
Renault also suffered with Sainz failing to make it out of Q1 and Hunkenberg stuck in Q2.
Q1 and the battle for pole was sensational with Hamilton just beating Vettel by .04 seconds after Vettel held the upper had after their first runs in the session. Kimi Raikkonen was a further .06 seconds further back.

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Re: The 2018 British GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:24 pm

Race Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team
1	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
2	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
3	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
4	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
5	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
7	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
8	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
9	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas
10	Sergio Perez	  Force India
11	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
12	Lance Stroll	  Williams
13	Pierre Gasly 	  Toro Rosso
14	Sergey Sirotkin	  Williams
15	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing
DNF	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
DNF	Carlos Sainz	  Renault
DNF	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
DNF	Charles Leclerc	  Sauber
DNF	Brendon Hartley	  Toro Rosso
Raikkonen received a 10 second penalty for causing a collision which was served mid race.
Gasly received a 5 second penalty for causing a collision which was added to his race time.

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