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    Quote Originally Posted by zike View Post
    I read on different sites different conclusions on race sim some said we are faster and others than merc is
    doesn't really matter because we all know that mercs are having problems with the softer tires thus making it favorable for us during the race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nani_s23 View Post
    looking good for another ferrari win.
    Quote Originally Posted by fmatiasii View Post
    looks like we're headed in the right way so far, hope we can snatch pole position but if not, still we have the possibility to win.

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    You know things are good when Kimi is performing good on both sessions

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    Bottas put together a really good long run on US. 19 laps I believe and his lap times at the end were excellent.

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    Very good session, now let's wait how much pace Mercedes exploits tomorrow. Wolff said Ferrari has very good car overall and it's the Mercedes that's sensitive to condition changes like Scuderia last year. The only bad thing from today is that Ferrari is already on their 3rd turbo. I know they can still use their previous components but it is going really quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjaybel3 View Post
    Bottas put together a really good long run on US. 19 laps I believe and his lap times at the end were excellent.
    Don't think so. Share the source if you find it anywhere.
    But as per vet run on US, Bottas & ham were no where near.

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    It seems like we're using the Bahrain spec FW so i guess it worked pretty well

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    Quote Originally Posted by nani_s23 View Post
    Don't think so. Share the source if you find it anywhere.
    But as per vet run on US, Bottas & ham were no where near.
    Bottas finished his day with a 19 lap stint on US's. Image below are the lap times from P2 for SF & Merc
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    others were able to warm up their tyres sufficiently in qualifying simulations whereas Mercedes "can't get them to work on lap one, two, three, four or five".
    Hamilton on warmup issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjaybel3 View Post
    Bottas finished his day with a 19 lap stint on US's. Image below are the lap times from P2 for SF & Merc
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    Bottas ended on SS tyres, seen on TV screens. How come it's US 19 lap stint???

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    wow botas very consistent and longer than ham & ferrari on the tyres too, maybe they improved the tyre degredation

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    not showing to much of our long run pace so we can throw them off for pit strategy

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    A POSITIVE FRIDAY AT SOCHI

    Seb: “Reasonably happy”. Kimi: “Things ran smoothly”

    Sochi, March 28th – It was another day at the office for Seb and Kimi who eventually came in first and second in the time sheet at the end of Friday free practice. Yet, Friday being Friday, Sebastian feels that there’s still work to be done: “I think we improved so I can be reasonably happy but not entirely. We had a tough start this morning and it took a while to increase speed. I am sure we can still do more. I think this is a circuit where you need to feel confident. There’s a lot of corners that look all the same on paper, they feel similar in the car, but then it’s quite tricky to get everything right. I wish they planted more trees next to the track so that you could have more references! But it’s tricky and that’s why you need to get into the rhythm. I struggled a bit in the morning but I think we understood what we need. We always fight for the pole position, that’s, for sure but on paper this track looks like a Mercedes one. They didn’t show everything today and didn’t get their lap together. So we’ll see”.

    As for Kimi, he was quite satisfied with the way things went today: “It’s been a nice Friday, things ran smoothly and we had no issues. I’m happy with the car, I had a nice feeling straight away and it’s always more fun when it goes like that. So far so good; but it’s only Friday and we have no idea what the others are doing, but we started well and I’m quite happy. We’ll try to make a good day tomorrow and then we’ll go from there”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nani_s23 View Post
    Bottas ended on SS tyres, seen on TV screens. How come it's US 19 lap stint???
    I didn't get to watch, but the F1 app showed him on US for that stint.

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    Ferrari really looked good today!! Hoping for more of the same tomorrow and sunday!
    Go Seb, Kimi.. Forza Ferrari!
    Common doesn't mean "Come on"; "Should have" not "Should of" ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FerrariSteve View Post
    Ferrari really looked good today!! Hoping for more of the same tomorrow and sunday!
    Go Seb, Kimi.. Forza Ferrari!
    Heres my take on what happened today with mercedes...actually they have a stronger race pace and less tyre deg...or none at all... their issue is with warming up the tyrea for quali run...it looked like merc cars need ti run over 4to 5 laps to get the tyres to the temperature that they wanted..once in that window they have a superb race pace

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    Do you guys agree with giving points to all the way to 20th place?
    I think its crazy, Crofty from SkyF1 says we should give points all the way down the order!
    So, he wants to award points for mediocrity! For drivers finishing below 10ths place, they should be happy they are in F1, character building!
    We need to value finishing higher up, and going for the win.
    F1 is not about how many times a driver scores points, its about who scores most of the points, the fastest, about who is the best.
    Also, we need to carry some traditions, if we keep increasing points, then, previous point records and other records are meaningless, and it already has become little bit meaningless with the new point system, but if they change it then it become ridiculous.

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    Really hope we can finally snatch the first pole tomorrow. Nevertheless, even if we are a bit off the pace in qualy tomorrow, i know there won't be any gloomers like last time haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by mardyrt View Post
    Do you guys agree with giving points to all the way to 20th place?
    I think its crazy, Crofty from SkyF1 says we should give points all the way down the order!
    So, he wants to award points for mediocrity! For drivers finishing below 10ths place, they should be happy they are in F1, character building!
    We need to value finishing higher up, and going for the win.
    F1 is not about how many times a driver scores points, its about who scores most of the points, the fastest, about who is the best.
    Also, we need to carry some traditions, if we keep increasing points, then, previous point records and other records are meaningless, and it already has become little bit meaningless with the new point system, but if they change it then it become ridiculous.
    Maybe this is just Crofty's wishful thinking. I think they have a points system like this in IndyCar. However, i don't like it. Points in F1 should be earned, not just bring the car home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy View Post
    Really hope we can finally snatch the first pole tomorrow. Nevertheless, even if we are a bit off the pace in qualy tomorrow, i know there won't be any gloomers like last time haha.
    I have a feeling we might just have our first pole but that's just my opinion, but yeah, who knows.
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    Do not agree with Crofty - F1 is not charity. Points should be earned, not for driving around the circuit like McHonda and bringing it home 5 laps down.

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    The fresh trouble hiding Mercedes' true pace
    Ferrari set the Friday practice pace at Sochi but claimed Mercedes was sandbagging. But the evidence suggests Mercedes' problems in Russia are real

    By Ben Anderson
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    Published on Friday April 28th 2017
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    If the first three grands prix of 2017 have taught us anything, it's that Ferrari and Mercedes are very closely matched, and the smallest details in driving, set-up and strategy can make all the difference to which of these Formula 1 powerhouses comes out on top at any given event.

    Ferrari has arguably had the best car in race trim across each of the first three races, on differing track layouts. It was fast on the bumpy streets of Albert Park, on the more conventional sweeps of front-limited Shanghai, and on the rough, hot asphalt of Sakhir's desert setting.

    Mercedes has been clearly faster in qualifying, but hasn't easily carried that pace through a grand prix distance. Even Lewis Hamilton's relatively comfortable victory in China was achieved with the help of the Ferraris being buried in the pack early on.

    Theoretically speaking, Sochi should be a Mercedes stronghold. The Russian Grand Prix's relatively short history tells us Mercedes is normally imperious around a circuit where having the most powerful and efficient engine really counts on those long, flat-out sections, and on an ultra-smooth track surface that allows F1 cars to be driven faster for longer than is common in the Pirelli tyre era.

    Even when Nico Rosberg and Hamilton suffered unexpected setbacks, such as the huge lock-up that forced Rosberg into the pits at the end of lap one of the 2014 race, or the MGU-H failure that prevented Hamilton taking part in Q3 last season, both recovered easily to second place behind their victorious team-mate.

    Mercedes has won every F1 race at Sochi held so far comfortably. Although the early races of 2017 increasingly suggest prior form counts for very little, Mercedes should still ordinarily have reason to feel confident coming here.

    The chief weakness in the W08 that has allowed Ferrari to win two races despite starting ahead is a propensity for chewing up rear Pirelli super-soft and ultra-soft tyres a little too greedily.

    Theoretically, the smooth Sochi asphalt should help negate that weakness and leave the Mercedes drivers free to push the tyres hard without fear of destroying them.

    That, coupled with lessons learned from the post-race Bahrain test, where even Hamilton was motivated to do a job he usually hates, should put Mercedes in a much stronger position here.

    "We have lots of different elements that affect the rear tyre, like engine braking, different brake biases, different mechanical balances that we run, along with the aero balance," said Hamilton before Friday practice in Russia.

    "It's kind of impossible to say it's one thing, but it's a combination of things and it's not necessarily that the combination is wrong - it could be one thing that's not perfectly set that affected it all.

    "We will get on top of it very soon, hopefully this weekend. It is an easier circuit for the tyres, more space for the tyres to cool down and it's not really that hot. The track's in its high-30s, and the breeze is quite cool. I don't think overheating's going to be an issue this weekend."

    But it looks as though Mercedes is encountering new difficulties getting the Pirelli tyres to work properly at Sochi.

    Both Hamilton and new team-mate Valtteri Bottas, a driver with a strong personal record at this track from his Williams days, had difficulty extracting decent grip from the ultra-soft compound. They ended up more than six tenths of a second off the pace set by Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari in Friday practice.

    PURE PACE RANKING
    1. Ferrari (Vettel) 1m34.120s
    2. Mercedes (Bottas) 1m34.790s
    3. Red Bull (Verstappen) 1m35.540s
    4. Williams (Massa) 1m36.261s
    5. Renault (Hulkenberg) 1m36.329s
    6. Haas (Magnussen) 1m36.506s
    7. Force India (Perez) 1m36.600s
    8. McLaren (Alonso) 1m36.765s
    9. Toro Rosso (Sainz) 1m37.083s
    10. Sauber (Wehrlein) 1m37.441s

    "These tyres are very tricky, quite peaky, sometimes they are working and sometimes they are not, which is very strange, so it's hard to keep them operating," explained Hamilton, who endured a messy second session that included almost rear-ending a Sauber.

    "Sometimes they are dropping outside the window and Ferrari are keeping them in the window. That's our challenge at the moment."

    Both Hamilton and Bottas could potentially have gone a tenth quicker had they each put their best sectors together, but both of them also did more laps during the qualifying simulations than the Ferrari drivers. Bottas, in particular, was urged by Mercedes to try varying his technique to extract more from the rubber.

    "If we want to be on the front row, we definitely need to do a better job than we did today with the ultra-soft," said Bottas. "We struggled a little bit with the temperatures [being too low], which normally has been a little bit opposite for us.

    "We definitely didn't get the ultra-soft in the correct window for one lap. Ferrari managed to do it today and the difference is big. It only needs a few hundredths at every corner and the difference is that big.

    "Our longer runs were definitely better, which is good because Sunday is what matters. But still we want to be in a good place to start the race. It will be a busy evening to look at everything. Getting more out of the tyres will be the main topic tonight."

    Bottas's pace over a long run justifies his confidence, as he tops the long-run rankings ahead of Vettel.

    LONG RUN RANKINGS (ultra-soft)
    1. Mercedes (Bottas) 1m38.709s (15 laps)
    2. Ferrari (Vettel) 1m38.885s (10 laps)
    3. Williams (Massa) 1m39.799s (12 laps)
    4. Force India (Perez) 1m40.381s (9 laps)
    5. Toro Rosso (Sainz) 1m40.740s (19 laps)
    6. Red Bull (Ricciardo) 1m40.855s (6 laps)
    7. Renault (Hulkenberg) 1m40.900s (14 laps)
    8. Haas (Magnussen) 1m41.058s (11 laps)
    9. McLaren (Alonso) 1m41.203s (8 laps)
    10. Sauber (Ericsson) 1m41.447s (11 laps)

    LONG RUN RANKINGS (super-soft)
    1. Ferrari (Vettel) 1m37.662s (3 laps)
    2. Mercedes (Hamilton) 1m38.703s (7 laps)
    3. Williams (Massa) 1m38.751s (5 laps)
    4. Renault (Hulkenberg) 1m39.553s (3 laps)
    5. Force India (Perez) 1m39.664s (10 laps)
    6. Red Bull (Ricciardo) 1m39.972s (3 laps)
    7. Toro Rosso (Kvyat) 1m41.146s (14 laps)
    8. Haas (Grosjean) 1m41.249s (5 laps)
    9. Sauber (Wehrlein) 1m41.515s (7 laps)

    *McLaren completed no meaningful long runs on the super-soft

    Kimi Raikkonen, who was two tenths behind Vettel on pure pace, ran out of sync with the other top cars, so his four-lap long run on ultra-softs at the end of the session is discounted. He was actually fastest of all on that tyre, but when the fuel load was much lighter than it was for his rivals.

    Raikkonen also spoiled his earlier super-soft long run with a heavy lock-up that flatspotted the fronts, so his representative race pace on that tyre is also unknown.

    As is Hamilton's. He pitted after a handful of laps on the ultra-soft, complaining the car just didn't feel right and saying he couldn't explain why, and his struggles seemed to continue on the super-soft.

    Renault's Nico Hulkenberg suggested this year's car are trickier to drive at this track than the previous generation's, saying they are "a lot more on the edge and it's easier to overdo it and go off a little bit". Renault was comparatively weak on the ultra-soft, but much stronger on the super-soft.

    Red Bull was deeply underwhelming on both tyre compounds on the longer runs, Daniel Ricciardo (the only Red Bull driver to do anything after Max Verstappen's car ground to a halt with a fuel pressure problem) saying the car lacked consistency from one run to the next. Pascal Wehrlein complained about a similar problem for Sauber.

    That suggests Mercedes is not the only team struggling to get the Pirelli tyres to work properly at the moment.

    Bottas's long run improved as he went along, but if you scale it back to a like-for-like 10-lap comparison with Vettel's, which should represent a better approximation for similar fuel loads, there is absolutely nothing to separate the two quickest cars.

    This lends some credence to Vettel's suggestion that his overall advantage over Mercedes is "artificial".

    "I think they will be fine," said Vettel, who "found the car again" in second practice after a "rough start" in the morning session. "This looks like a Mercedes track. Last year people expected Williams to be fastest after Friday, if I remember right, and it turned out Mercedes was the fastest.

    "That's how sometimes you can be misled and there's a lot of things we can play within the car: fuel loads, engine modes... On this track there's a lot of things that you can show or not show.

    "They didn't show everything today and they didn't get a lap together, so the gap you see, it's artificial."

    But that's only true if Mercedes can get the ultra-soft Pirelli tyres working correctly. The Mercedes doesn't look quite as driveable off the slower corners as the Ferrari, and sounds as though it is harsher on the rear tyres under acceleration.

    But Sochi's low-abrasion surface will mitigate against the usual penalty for that. Mercedes' problem here seems similar to the one it suffered in Singapore in 2015, when it couldn't get the super-soft Pirellis up into the correct working temperature range. The car was balanced reasonably well, but just lacked grip.

    The Pirelli tyres are different now of course; much bigger, and designed to degrade far less than they used to. But these changes have created other knock-on effects, and new materials in the compounds - used to achieve the target of less thermal degradation set by the teams and the FIA - has meant a reset in terms of understanding how to extract the best from them.

    "The [temperature] values are not the same, but we [still] have the hard and the soft which are high working range, and the medium, super-soft and ultra-soft that are low working range," Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola tells Autosport.

    "It is a bit different to last year, because this family of compounds is different. Last year we had a warm-up phase, grip increasing, peak of grip, then going down and degrading.

    "This year, this curve is much flatter, so you have a warm-up phase, [and] in some cases they don't feel the real peak of grip because then the compound is quite consistent and degrading in a much higher number of laps.

    "The feedback from the drivers is they cannot feel the peak of grip. In reality, it is because of the stabilisation [of degradation]. Because the materials we are using in these compounds are completely new, the behaviour of the compounds is different.

    "We were designing the compounds with a wider working range, but I had this feedback [that the working range is narrower]. Of course everything is new also for us. All the information we collect each race is important to better understand the behaviour of the compound.

    "We see some cars that are very quick in qualifying but struggle a bit in the races; some cars are very strong with the race pace but maybe they don't have the qualifying lap strong enough.

    "They are learning. It is a big technical change to the past. I think it is not easy to set up the car in a proper way. If you are able to work in the peak of grip you can take out the highest level of grip."

    It seems the point at which it is possible to extract the best from the tyres has become vaguer. Previously, the peak of grip was easy to find, and it was more about managing the extreme drop-off. Now, it's about finding a peak that is more difficult for the driver to feel (because the tyres are more durable) and trying to stay there. It is likely this will require more precision in terms of tyre preparation and set-up.

    Ferrari has historically been a bit weak at tyre warm-up and fuel economy - two big limitations at this circuit - but seems to have turned a corner in both regards this year.

    Certainly Vettel and Raikkonen were having a much easier time extracting immediate performance from the ultra-soft tyre compared to the Mercedes drivers, while Haas team boss Gunther Steiner says the Ferrari engine has improved in "every area" over the winter, which seems to have put it in position to at least race on equal terms with Mercedes, even if it is still lacking a tenth or two in ultimate qualifying mode.

    Mercedes (with Bottas's car at least) seems to be able to get the tyres working eventually over a long run on high fuel, but that will be of little use if Ferrari locks out the front row of the grid and disappears into the distance in the early part of the race while the Mercedes drivers are still warming up.

    Mercedes plans to try some set-up tweaks in final practice on Saturday morning in a bid to cure the problems it suffered on Friday, and team boss Toto Wolff certainly feels his team is not facing another potential Singapore 2015-style disaster.

    "It was a difficult day, a lot to analyse and a lot to learn," said Wolff. "Cars and teams being offset in pace, some quicker than expected, some slower than expected. It's about just looking at all the data, and putting the car in the right window.

    "You could see you needed a couple of laps to put the tyre in the window, and you needed to have clean laps, then it's easier. And if you haven't got the clean laps, you won't be putting it in the right spot.

    "The Ferrari seems to be a car that is pretty robust in a wider window of temperature than ours, and it doesn't matter whether it's Bahrain, where it's very hot, or Sochi where it's cold. It's just a very good car.

    "There's a pretty good indication what's happening. In Singapore 2015 we were the only team out of position, and we just couldn't make the tyre work. What you can see is there is one team that is extremely fast today, for whatever reasons. There are pretty good clues [for us]."

    If Mercedes can follow those clues effectively there is every reason to think it will be back on form for the business end of the weekend, and a contender for victory in a race it usually dominates.

    If not, then Ferrari will have a wonderful opportunity to strike another big blow to Mercedes' world championship ambitions.

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    I still think points for top 10 is maybe too much. Liked it more when top 6 got points

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    Ferrari broke curfew last night according to gianlu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
    Ferrari broke curfew last night according to gianlu
    What for

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    fp3 about to begin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zike View Post
    What for
    According to motorsport.com sensor issue for kimi

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    ok here we go.
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    Hamilton says mercedes never sandbag

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    Quote Originally Posted by zike View Post
    What for
    According to Motorsport, Ferrari broke curfew to work on a sensor of Kimi's car. They had to disassemble the PU to fix the issue
    #PrayforMH370 #KeepFightingSchumi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
    Hamilton says mercedes never sandbag
    that maybe true but i expect them to improve today and for quali.
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