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The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:08 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 9th round of the 2020 season taking place at Mugello between the 11th and 13th of September.

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Picks for Italy close at the start of Saturday practice

The event timetable for the Tuscan Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 11:00 local time - 09:00 GMT
2nd Practice 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 12:00 local time - 10:00 GMT
Qualifying 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 15:10 local time - 13:10 GMT

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Re: The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:47 pm

This weekend, we are off to a new, to Formula 1, circuit. From what I can find, there are only two of the current crop of drivers who have driven a Formula 1 car at this circuit, Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean. That said, these drivers are piloting vehicles that have been, to put it politely, disappointing in this abridged 2020 season.
So, what to look for?
Mercedes had a hiccup last weekend at Monza. They had been relatively slow through the speed traps and, with the limitation on race modes, were always in danger of not finishing at the top of the tree. Valtteri Bottas struggled to pass cars in traffic while Lewis Hamilton drove majestically to finish in the points after his penalty sent him to well past the rear of field.
McLaren were probably the find of the event in Monza with both cars in contention for the whole event and finishing in the top four.
The AlphaTauri's were on the pace for the whole weekend, mainly with Pierre Gasly but Daniil Kvyat was no slouch either.
The race kind of fell into Lance Stroll's hands and a spirited drive following the disastrous second race start where the field swamped him.
Red Bull had a weekend to forget as did Ferrari.
Renault were sort of there as was Sergio Perez. The cards just didn't fall their way.
Nicholas Latefi almost gave Williams their fairy tale send off and fell just one place short of the points.

Anyway, my meanderings are over and here is what I think will happen.
This circuit had a long straight but there are also some twisty bits. Cars will probably be setup with more drag but somewhat closer to Spa and nowhere near their Monza setup.There is just too much time to be lost in the turns. Getting into the DRS activation will be leave the lead car a sitting duck on the straight.
It will be interesting, that's about all I can say.

Bring it on!

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Re: The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:54 am

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:17.879	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
2	1:17.927	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
3	1:18.186	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
4	1:18.409	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
5	1:18.676	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri  
6	1:18.805	Esteban Ocon	   Renault
7	1:18.839	Daniil Kvyat	   AlphaTauri
8	1:18.981	Lando Norris	   McLaren
9	1:19.068	Alexander Albon	   Red Bull Racing
10	1:19.140	Daniel Ricciardo   Renault
11	1:19.219	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
12	1:19.224	Romain Grosjean	   Haas
13	1:19.267	Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari
14	1:19.322	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
15	1:19.457	Carlos Sainz	   McLaren
16	1:19.478	George Russell	   Williams
17	1:19.551	Kevin Magnussen	   Haas
18	1:19.836	Lance Stroll	   Racing Point
19	1:19.840	Sergio Perez	   Racing Point
20	1:20.034	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
Nicholas Latifi had a spin coming into turn 2.
The big talk is tyres. Track temperatures are high and the tyre performance needs to be managed.

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Re: The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:05 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:16.989	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
2	1:17.196	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
3	1:17.235	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
4	1:17.971	Alexander Albon	   Red Bull Racing
5	1:18.039	Daniel Ricciardo   Renault
6	1:18.115	Esteban Ocon	   Renault
7	1:18.198	Sergio Perez	   Racing Point
8	1:18.244	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
9	1:18.385	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
10	1:18.400	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
11	1:18.462	Lance Stroll	   Racing Point
12	1:18.498	Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari
13	1:18.651	Carlos Sainz	   McLaren
14	1:18.658	Lando Norris	   McLaren
15	1:18.736	Daniil Kvyat	   AlphaTauri
16	1:18.843	George Russell	   Williams
17	1:18.944	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
18	1:18.983	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
19	1:19.113	Kevin Magnussen	   Haas
20	1:19.257	Romain Grosjean	   Haas
Lando Norris touched the gravel coming out of turn 3 and ended up in the wall. Damage was relatively small however his session was over.
Sebastian Vettel had a spin at turn 15.
Perez exited the pits and tangled with Kimi Raikkonen in turn 1.
Vettel's Ferrari died moments after the end of the session and had to be recovered.
Romain Grosjean spent most of the session in the pits with an electrical problem.

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Re: The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:14 am

Following the conclusion of Friday practice, the big talk is tyres.
By the looks, the best compound to start the race on will be the medium. The reds are quick but the track temperatures will cut their life.
The most interesting outcome of the session is the improvement in pace of Ferrari. It is still mainly through Charles Leclerc though.
Also, their choice of the burgundy colour for this, the 1000th event, is interesting. It seems to have given them a new lease on life.

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Re: The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:21 pm

FP3 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:16.530	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
2	1:16.547	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
3	1:16.613	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
4	1:17.112	Lance Stroll	   Racing Point
5	1:17.226	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
6	1:17.341	Sergio Perez	   Racing Point
7	1:17.488	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
8	1:17.538	Alexander Albon	   Red Bull Racing
9	1:17.627	Daniil Kvyat	   AlphaTauri
10	1:17.635	Romain Grosjean	   Haas 
11	1:17.746	Esteban Ocon	   Renault
12	1:17.768	Carlos Sainz	   McLaren
13	1:17.812	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 
14	1:17.843	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
15	1:18.039	Kevin Magnussen	   Haas
16	1:18.072	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
17	1:18.142	Daniel Ricciardo   Renault
18	1:18.186	Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari
19	1:18.826	Lando Norris	   McLaren
20	No Time		George Russell	   Williams

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Re: The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:32 am

Qua;ifying

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:15.144	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
2	1:15.203	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
3	1:15.509	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
4	1:15.954	Alexander Albon	   Red Bull Racing
5	1:16.270	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
6	1:16.311	Sergio Perez	   Racing Point
7	1:16.356	Lance Stroll	   Racing Point
8	1:16.543	Daniel Ricciardo   Renault
9	1:17.870	Carlos Sainz	   McLaren
10	No Time		Esteban Ocon	   Renault
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11	1:16.640	Lando Norris	   McLaren
12	1:16.854	Daniil Kvyat	   AlphaTauri 
13	1:16.854	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
14	1:16.858	Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari
15	1:17.254	Romain Grosjean	   Haas
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16	1:17.125	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
17	1:17.220	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
18	1:17.232	George Russell	   Williams
19	1:17.320	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
20	1:17.348	Kevin Magnussen	   Haas
Esteban Ocon spun his Renault at turn 3 which then ruined the final runs of all following drivers. Valtteri Bottas probably the most affected.
Pierre Gasly just failed to make it out of Q1 after a great battle with Sebastian Vettel for the final spot into Q2.

Sergio Perez incurs a one place grid penalty for his collision with Kimi Raikkonen in FP2. He should start from grid position 7.

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Re: The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:34 pm

Results

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Pos	Driver		   Team
1	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
2	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
3	Alexander Albon	   Red Bull Racing
4	Daniel Ricciardo   Renault
5	Sergio Perez	   Racing Point
6	Lando Norris	   McLaren
7	Daniil Kvyat	   AlphaTauri
8	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
9	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
10	Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari
11	George Russell	   Williams
12	Romain Grosjean	   Haas
DNF	Lance Stroll	   Racing Point
DNF	Esteban Ocon	   Renault
DNF	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
DNF	Kevin Magnussen	   Haas
DNF	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
DNF	Carlos Sainz	   McLaren
DNF	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
DNF	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri

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