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F1 2016


This year has started sadly with death of two figures from F1 history.

Tyler Alexander was co-founder of McLaren and held various positions in the team for over four decades.

Maria Teresa de Filippis was first woman to compete in F1 and one of only two to have participated GPs. Her best result was 10th place in Spa 1958 (best in F1 championship race; she was 5th in non-championship Syracuse GP same year).
Fun fact: she defeated Bernie Ecclestone in the only F1 qualifying he ever drove (Monaco 1958), which was also her first race.

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Re: F1 2016


New tire rules are a fun mess this year:

- there will be a fifth type of dry tire, ultrasoft which is for street circuits
- three types of dry tires (instead previous two) are available to each GP weekend
- each driver has 13 sets of tires for a GP
- of those 13, 3 are decided by Pirelli and teams can choose 10 freely
- one of the Pirelli-dictated is of softest type used in that GP; that set may only be used in 3rd part of qualifying (I'm not sure if drivers not participating Q3 may use it in race)
- the other two sets by Pirelli are of different type and at least one set of either of those type must be used by driver during GP, unless rains (which is actually a stupidly complicated way to say drivers must use two kinds of tires like previously)

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Maldonado may be about to lose his job. Rumor is he is about to be replaced by Magnussen in Lotus/Renault.

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Rumored Manor driver is Pascal Wehrlein, last year DTM champion - youngest ever - who's also been test driver for Mercedes and Force India.

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The other Manor driver is Rio Haryanto, first even Indonesian F1 driver.

The final driver has been named for the season opening, so it's time for me to take the annual look on the competitors of year:

(the numbers are team/driver standing last season)
(M/F/R/H = engines Mercedes/Ferrari/Renault/Honda)


2 Scuderia Ferrari (F)

3 Sebastian Vettel
4 Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari is still the main challenger to Mercedes, with two world champions driving they are always a potential champion.


5 Sahara Force India Formula One Team (M)

9 Sergio Pérez
10 Nico Hülkenberg

Steady team, but has little chance of improving; on the other hand will have hard time not falling a place or two down.


- Haas F1 Team (F)

11 Romain Grosjean
- Esteban Gutiérrez

First completely new team since 2010, Haas has said they're here to compete and not just to drive around last. But it's hard to believe they'd do better than second last at most.


9 McLaren Honda (H)

17 Fernando Alonso
16 Jenson Button

Last year was worst disaster for decades to McL and returning engine maker Honda and they're certain to improve. But how much, to 7th, 5th, 3rd?


1 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (M)

2 Nico Rosberg
1 Lewis Hamilton

Dominating last two years, Mercedes is the clear favorite again.


10 Manor Racing (M)

- Rio Haryanto
- Pascal Wehrlein

Virgin/Marussia/Manor has struggled to just have two running cars since they started 2010. At best they can hope to beat Haas. Two rookie drivers - no matter how talented - won't help.


4 Red Bull Racing (R - officially TAG Heuer, but rose by any other name)

8 Daniel Ricciardo
7 Daniil Kvyat

Had relatively bad car (and worse engine) last year, so could improve. However, Renault's return as team is bad news for them and I won't expect them to be in top 3.


6 Renault Sport Formula One Team (R)

- Kevin Magnussen
- Jolyon Palmer

Lotus is Renault once again. They are likely to improve to 5th or 4th this season, but above that would be miracle. Two drivers who didn't race last year may hold them back a little.


8 Sauber F1 Team (F)

18 Marcus Ericsson
13 Felipe Nasr

No reason for optimism, Sauber is likely remain where it is.


7 Scuderia Toro Rosso (F - 2015 version)

12 Max Verstappen
15 Carlos Sainz, Jr.

TR will have hard time not falling back, starting season with old engine. I'm guessing TR is 8th or 9th this year.


3 Williams Martini Racing (M)

6 Felipe Massa
5 Valtteri Bottas

Williams is the real wild card. Other than McL, teams are not likely to dramatically fall or rise, so Williams might continue as 3rd (especially with last year 4th and 5th RB and FI not looking good), but there are number of teams challenging them. Not much chance they could compete with Mercedes and Ferrari even as much as last season.

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First testing gave no great surprises, save for the fact that all 11 teams got cars on track.
Mercedes got most laps, Ferrari the fastest time.
Relatively badly did Force India and Renault, as well as the bottom teams Manor and Haas.
To be seen how next three days go, and then next week tests.


Edit:
The remarkable thing about first two days of tests has been the general reliability of cars and readiness of teams. Of course it always depends on amount of rule changes, but nevertheless looks like all teams will be ready to compete with their full potential from the start.
Though Renault is having some trouble for the moment.


Edit2:
Renault seems to get over worst problems. On the other hand, Ferrari...
Same old luck. Vettel drives two days, all OK. It would be Kimi's turn and fuel injection is busted, takes 3 hours to fix. Of all 22 drivers (23 in fact), Räikkönen has so far had least track time.


Edit3:
Really hard to tell how everyone is doing based on first test week. Number of teams had occasional troubles, but in total everyone is in better shape than in most years this time.
But it is clear Mercedes is still on top, just remains to be seen how far from others.


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I'm really not happy with the planned new qualifying system. The current/previous system has been good and I'm annoyed by the reason given for the change: to increase chances that top teams make mistakes and have to start further so there'll be more overtaking/competition.

No. Just no. I mean, I'm sure it will do that, but that shouldn't be a goal in rules design, to make things more random to get good cars behind slower ones.
If the new system will be used, I believe there'll be lots of situations of drivers getting on each other's way and doing well in qualifying depending on finding an empty place on track.

Also I suspect there'll be problem with limited amount of tire sets - I would imagine the new system requires more.


Edit:
It's also very unclear - two weeks into season opening! - which system is used. Bernie says they won't have soft/hardware ready for the new system in first races and switch to it later. Charlie Whiting is having emergency meeting with drivers. And a compromise suggestion is using new system fro Q1 and Q2 and old in Q3 (which wouldn't be that bad, but unnecessarily complicated).

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...and the new qualifying is total disaster. Though for entirely different reasons than I expected.
Will probably be changed to next race.

No surprises in qualifying, except the strong result by Toro Rosso. But they are as strong as they get, it'll be downhill - all the way to bottom, I expect - rest of the season, so they'll need to make most of this and so far they are.

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Now that was a good race. 4 out of 5.

The 3 tires system looks to be a real improvement for the sport. Renault engines aren't that far behind Mercedes and Ferrari. And newcomer Haas is the most competitive new team to enter F1 since Toyota 2002 (Grosjean did exactly same as Salo back then, 6th in Australia season opening).
Plus, despite 1-2, Mercedes certainly didn't dominate.

All they need to do is fix qualifying back (or at minimum Q3).


Not that good for Finns though. At least Bottas got few points.

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Good show in Bahrain, even though there wasn't much competition for podium places.
Haas looking very strong, challenging RB and Williams and with TR in there 3rd-6th teams are very even.
Wehrlein/Manor are also putting some fight on the end teams and no longer just hanging in the back.

Only (biased) complaint is that Bottas shouldn't have been punished for the start crash, he was tire-length behind to turn and jury says you're supposed to fall behind at that point?

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