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# 230281 16-Feb-2018 16:35
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So its that time again. Who's going to be the next World Champ?

 

So far 2 of the teams have released their new Chassis. Thoughts on the new Halo?

 

Confirmed car launches/roll-outs
TEAM CHASSIS (POWER UNIT) DATE VENUE
Haas VF-18 (Ferrari) February 14 Online
Williams FW41 (Mercedes) February 15 London,
UK Red Bull RB14 (TAG Heuer) February 19 TBC
Sauber C37 (Ferrari) February 20 Online
Renault R.S.18 (Renault) February 20 Online
Ferrari TBC (Ferrari) February 22 Online
Mercedes W09 (Mercedes) February 22 Silverstone,
UK McLaren MCL33 (Renault) February 23 TBC
Toro Rosso STR13 (Honda) February 26 Barcelona, Spain


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  # 1959244 16-Feb-2018 17:14
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I'm really hoping Williams do better this year despite now being a Mercedes fan. For much of the late '90s and early 2000s I used to switch my allegiances between McLaren and Williams. Williams have just quite simply sucked in recent years with their car, so hopefully the new Mercedes engine gives them a performance boost. Likewise McLaren dumping Honda will hopefully see gains for them.

 

 


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  # 1959259 16-Feb-2018 17:25
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Thoughts on the new Halo?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Points to look out for:

 

McLaren being free of Honda
Toro Rosso picking up Honda
Toro Rosso picking up Brendon Hartley
Formula E being pretty darn cool, and F1 trying work out how they're going to stay relevant long term
Liberty Media owning F1 now and maybe making something more of it, especially the Fan and streaming options

 

 

 

Is there an option view without Sky in NZ yet?


 
 
 
 


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  # 1959283 16-Feb-2018 17:59
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Really hoping for a contest this year. I'm a big McLaren fan (got to support the team with kiwi links!) but have lost interest the last few years with one team (Red Bull then Mercedes) being so far out in front of the pack. Obviously be good if McLaren were part of that picture! My favourite seasons were the late 90s and the epic McLaren Ferrari / Hakkinen Schumacher battles.

Halos look awful but I can understand the safety concerns. I'd really prefer it if they changed the rules to have much bigger tyres for mechanical grip or maybe even bring back ground effect, but lose all the stupid winglets and protuberances. If I can't have a nice sounding car I'd like a nice looking car!

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  # 1959285 16-Feb-2018 18:03
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Jaxson:

 


Formula E being pretty darn cool, and F1 trying work out how they're going to stay relevant long term

 

 

 

Is there an option view without Sky in NZ yet?

 

 

 

 

yea i dont think they are worried about Formula E at all.

 

 

 

are you asking about a 100% legal way to view it outside Sky NZ? not so much, but there is a bunch of other ways.. you can PM me if you want to know some.

 

 

 

i cant wait to see how ridiculous the halo looks when aero fairing are added to it (not that it doesn't look silly just by itself)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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  # 1962119 22-Feb-2018 10:34
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First look at the Kiwi's seat for the year

 

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley gave the STR13 its track debut at a wet Misano circuit overnight
Click to see full size

 

 


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  # 1962126 22-Feb-2018 10:54
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Martin Brundle on Twitter this morning (Martin + Murray Walker = the sound of Formula 1... I'm too young for the James Hunt glory years but he sounded awesome). Tongue in cheek, offered to get back behind the wheel, but only if "it come[s] with a hacksaw to cut off the Halo". 

 

https://twitter.com/MBrundleF1/status/966271656095338496

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1966158 28-Feb-2018 21:51
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Hamilton is going to win. I don't see anyone building cars that can challenge Merc. I really hope I'm wrong, but the Merc procession has gone a bit OTT.





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  # 1966165 28-Feb-2018 22:11
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Anyone know where the test videos are online. SkySportF1 has lost rights ti some races, so I assume they haven't covered testing?


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  # 1966170 28-Feb-2018 22:32
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Batman:

 

Hamilton is going to win. I don't see anyone building cars that can challenge Merc. I really hope I'm wrong, but the Merc procession has gone a bit OTT.

 

 

I hope Bottas sets his goals high. I can see him going hard, even if Toto W and Niki L dont want that. 

 

 


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  # 1966172 28-Feb-2018 22:36
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tdgeek:

 

Anyone know where the test videos are online. SkySportF1 has lost rights ti some races, so I assume they haven't covered testing?

 

 

Didn't take long to find them, and yes covered by SSF1





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  # 1966181 28-Feb-2018 23:08
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Big story: Honda didn’t go bang and stop.

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  # 1966188 28-Feb-2018 23:22
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Yet.





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Batman:

 

tdgeek:

 

Anyone know where the test videos are online. SkySportF1 has lost rights ti some races, so I assume they haven't covered testing?

 

 

Didn't take long to find them, and yes covered by SSF1

 

 

How? Subscribe and VPN?


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Just watched the test sessions, just a week to go now.

 

The general media pick is Mercedes, RBR and Ferrari. 

 

The mid pack is unknown, Haas going very well, McLaren having issues, Williams on the back foot, Force India still broke but big upgrades coming as can't afford them at testing. Toro Rosso and our own Brendan Hartley piling on the laps.

 

Mercedes are seen to be well in control still, but they still have tyre issues.

 

While Im not that bothered if they dominate (as I enjoy the other cars racing), if RBR or Ferrari can close the gap enough, that narrow gap may give rise to pressure. Pressure as in using the engine modes more, etc. Its nice to have a buffer, that may change. 

 

 


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