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Best circuit on the calendar to drive, sooooo fast. 

Who's winning this one then?

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Out of all the tracks, I feel this is Ferraris best chance of a win looking at the calendar.Turn 1 is ok, turn 2 is the slowest, rest is free-flowing with long straights. This should suit Ferrari on paper.

Oh Charles.

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Bottas out, Ocon or George in for 2020?

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Bottas has a good record here. I don't think it'll bring him back into the title picture in the long term but I'd back him to take the win here as much as I would anywhere aside from Russia.

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Yeah, but he got a bad start last year and his starts over the last 4/5 races not been great. Can't see him catching up now, is a shame as he is the only one with the motor to challenge. Wonder if he will keep his seat next season if he finishes miles behind? Or will Ocon or George be considered? 

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1 minute ago, nudge said:

Hopefully it's George.

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Put Verstappen in that Mercedes and Lewis would get his ass handed to him. 

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14 minutes ago, nudge said:

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So many wheels.

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Around 29 degrees for the Austrian GP. But Monday and Tuesday is raining bucket, am fuking pissed off with the lack of rainy weekends. Rain is the one thing left that can spice things up, but we don't get enough, when was the last race on a full set of wets?

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6 hours ago, MUFC said:

Around 29 degrees for the Austrian GP. But Monday and Tuesday is raining bucket, am fuking pissed off with the lack of rainy weekends. Rain is the one thing left that can spice things up, but we don't get enough, when was the last race on a full set of wets?

Nowadays they'd even bore down the rainy races. Start and drive behind the safety car... 

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I've heard rumors that RB might be dropping Gasly mid-season. Is this common? 

Would love to see Ricciardo finish in the top 6 in this race. Really the 'next of the best' has been Sainz this year, and so if Danny can finish ahead of him, that'll be a successful race, and jumping Kimi would also be a blissful weekend after the rough start this year. 

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Spielberg

When was the track built?

The fearsome, original Osterreichring was originated in 1969 as a replacement for the Zeltweg airfield circuit. The track known today as the Red Bull Ring was more or less created over the winter of 1995-6, when Hermann Tilke was engaged to turn the Osterreichring into a shorter, more modern race track.

When was its first Grand Prix?

The A1-Ring, as it was then called, was opened in 1996, with Formula 1 arriving at the circuit a year later. Jacques Villeneuve won the race, while Jean Alesi had a spectacular crash when his Benetton climbed up the Ferrari of Eddie Irvine. Alesi’s team mate Gerhard Berger, meanwhile, used his home Grand Prix to announce his F1 retirement.

What’s the circuit like?

It’s only wee, bless it, but the Red Bull Ring packs a lot into a short lap. The first half rewards power, as the cars blast along three straights separated by a pair of uphill right-handers. But then as the drivers work their way downhill, the circuit becomes a regular toboggan ride, as the cars canyon through a series of quick corners, including the exhilarating Rindt right-hander, named for Austria’s first F1 champion.

Why go?

Race tracks don’t come much more picturesque than the Red Bull Ring, set in an idyllic natural bowl in the Styrian mountains. That makes for a pleasant environment for a Grand Prix, while if you’re after tourist attractions to visit after the race, look no further than the museum in Graz dedicated to the city’s favourite son: Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Where is the best place to watch?

One of Formula 1’s best views is to be had at the Red Bull Ring’s ‘Nord’ grandstand, based around the outside of what used to be the Bosch Kurve at the Osterreichring. Here, you’ll have a great vantage point across much of the track as it drops away from you down the natural slope of the circuit.

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20 minutes ago, Eco said:

I've heard rumors that RB might be dropping Gasly mid-season. Is this common? 

Would love to see Ricciardo finish in the top 6 in this race. Really the 'next of the best' has been Sainz this year, and so if Danny can finish ahead of him, that'll be a successful race, and jumping Kimi would also be a blissful weekend after the rough start this year. 

Mid-season driver changes/swaps happens from time to time.

Most recent was Max replacing Kvyat in RB (while Kvyat was demoted to Toro Rosso). 

As for Gasly, Helmut Marko said after the last race that they intend to finish the season with him but he should start to deliver... they apparently are taking his car apart to make sure there are no underlying issues, so if he keeps disappointing they might replace him before the end of the season I think...

 

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Beautiful Spielberg poster from Ferrari! 

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Renault's Austria Poster

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Albon gets a new PU and will start from the end of the grid (his 4th PU this season).

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Bottas engine change due to oil leak. Misses most of FP1.

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Nevermind they just swapped his engine to the old spec.

Results:

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Session red-flagged as Hülkenberg tore half of his front wing off on one of the kerbs.

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Crashes in FP2 for Verstappen

And for Bottas

 

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Bottas impact was over 25G :o 

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28 minutes ago, nudge said:

Bottas impact was over 25G :o 

Didn't look that bad. He's okay though anyway.

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