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    Mercedes Shovlin: "You don't have to study the timing sheets at all to figure out that Ferrari is seriously fast here and a contender to win this weekend."

    @LandoNorris predicts: "I texted Carlos earlier in the week: You're going to win this race."

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    "Charles Leclerc set his best lap time 1:11.684s on his seventh lap with the soft tyres. His ideal lap would have been even faster than that: 1:11.566s.Leclerc drives up the hill to the casino 10 to 15 km/h faster than Verstappen and Hamilton. In the tunnel, his speed advantage goes down to 2 km/h. Leclerc loses time against his rivals at Sainte Dévote, Hamilton in the second swimming pool chicane.Comparing the two Ferrari teammates: Leclerc is faster in the upper Portier corner, the Port chicane, the Tabac corner and Rascasse, Sainz in Sainte Dévote and in the Swimming Pool passage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisepie View Post
    If the track characteristics give Ferrari the chance of a podium or, dare I even think it, a victory, I'm sure we'd all be over the moon. But it is what it is, and seeing us P1/2 in FP2 is a real credit to the team and the two Charlies. Sadly it is only practice!
    Yea but the best practice of the year to do this. Normally reality bites the next day but at Monaco we get a whole extra day to dream.

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    I really enjoy seeing the SF21 on the streets of Monaco. The turn in of this car is effortless and its awesome. Reminds me of short based SF70H. Hopefully the result is going to be the same ;)

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    Binotto on the topic of Red Bull hiring engineers from other teams: "In the last three years more than 30 engineers have been hired from other teams. Red Bull is announcing it, while we are doing it without making it known."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nani_s23 View Post
    Mercedes Shovlin: "You don't have to study the timing sheets at all to figure out that Ferrari is seriously fast here and a contender to win this weekend."

    @LandoNorris predicts: "I texted Carlos earlier in the week: You're going to win this race."
    interesting prediction by Lando, let's hope he's right!

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    I'll be happy with a podium and I think we have a good chance! Obviously ecstatic with a win and there's a small chance of that if things fall our way also

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    https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/84670...in-monaco.html

    Let's wait till Q3 ...so many times our dreams have been quashed.

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    Meh. Will stick to the Giro d'Italia this weekend I think.

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    Can anyone tell me leclerk gear change or will he get a penalty or not ???

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    A driver that can come out and get into a groove quickly can have an advantage throughout the rest of the weekend.

    However, in the end Ferrari will not have the pace to compete with Mercedes or Red Bull in Qualifying, or the race. Ferrari were something like 10-15 kph faster than Mercedes going up the hill. Mercedes are sand bagging big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS454 View Post
    A driver that can come out and get into a groove quickly can have an advantage throughout the rest of the weekend.

    However, in the end Ferrari will not have the pace to compete with Mercedes or Red Bull in Qualifying, or the race. Ferrari were something like 10-15 kph faster than Mercedes going up the hill. Mercedes are sand bagging big time.
    what do they gain by sandbagging?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrarichamp View Post
    what do they gain by sandbagging?
    Engine turned down typically helps reliability. Also Monaco can be quite hard on transmissions, so turning the engine and ERS modes down it can be easier on the trans and diff.

    Also given the track conditions it's logical Mercedes was doing runs with heavier fuel loads which would translate to the race

    Ferrari is almost certainly putting all their focus on qualifying as grid position is critical, and a slower car can finish ahead of faster cars if they qualify ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gump1480 View Post
    https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/84670...in-monaco.html

    Let's wait till Q3 ...so many times our dreams have been quashed.
    Yeah and also, this is Monaco. Someone's going to put it in the wall and ruin it for everyone else, not to mention traffic. Qualifying might not be straightforward regardless of who's faster than who. Anything can happen. Let's hope for the best. However, it goes without saying that it's absolutely fantastic to see our cars at the top end of FP2. Without a doubt.
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    If Perez messes up his lap then P4 is possible otherwise one shouldn't expect anything more than third row.

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    I don't think Max or Merc drivers are thinking just 3rd or 4th row. Charles and Saintz on podium is all I'm thinking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntukza View Post
    Yeah and also, this is Monaco. Someone's going to put it in the wall and ruin it for everyone else, not to mention traffic. Qualifying might not be straightforward regardless of who's faster than who. Anything can happen. Let's hope for the best. However, it goes without saying that it's absolutely fantastic to see our cars at the top end of FP2. Without a doubt.
    Well, crashing is a given.
    Either one of the Hass machines for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brembo View Post
    I don't think Max or Merc drivers are thinking just 3rd or 4th row. Charles and Saintz on podium is all I'm thinking about.
    Max and Merc drivers are thinking about pole. Perez is thinking about getting P4. Podium looks out of reach for either Leclerc or Sainz.

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    Charles P2 Sainz P4
    Quote Originally Posted by chinmay View Post
    Max and Merc drivers are thinking about pole. Perez is thinking about getting P4. Podium looks out of reach for either Leclerc or Sainz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinmay View Post
    Max and Merc drivers are thinking about pole. Perez is thinking about getting P4. Podium looks out of reach for either Leclerc or Sainz.
    so what is your prediction for the race win? RB or Merc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrarichamp View Post
    so what is your prediction for the race win? RB or Merc?
    Hamilton 1st, Verstappen 2nd, Bottas 3rd, Perez/Leclerc/Sainz 4th.

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    Ideal lap times (Top 3, so far)

    Sainz: 1m14.452

    Verstappen: 1m14.485

    Leclerc: 1m14.443

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    Pole lap 2019 1.10.1, so maybe Mercs is 2 sec slower than 2019 or maybe not.

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    Mercedes have troubles with rear end

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    Looks like a decent pole chance and a strong chance of two cars inside the front three.

    All depends on nailing the Q3 final lap and might have some luck with traffic.

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    Yes, Hamilton fighting with Kimi, lol Ham P7 Kimi P8
    I am sure that is true picture of reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimiBot View Post
    Pole lap 2019 1.10.1, so maybe Mercs is 2 sec slower than 2019 or maybe not.
    It’s always struggle for them at this track given it’s longer wheel base.

    I think pole is between Sainz Vs Max vs leclerc.

    Going into quali Max have some edge given quali modes & Honda engine power.

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    Ouch Mick. I doubt that gets fixed for qualifying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinmay View Post
    Max and Merc drivers are thinking about pole. Perez is thinking about getting P4. Podium looks out of reach for either Leclerc or Sainz.
    Nope. There’s a good opportunity for Ferrari their 2cars on the podium unless anything dramatic.

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