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Old 12th February 2020, 18:07   #16
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Chinese GP has been called off and inaugural Vietnam GP is in doubts due to coronavirus outbreak ! The Chinese GP may not be rescheduled due to a very busy calender this year.

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The Vietnam GP has received a go ahead. Also, reportedly Imola has offered to replace China for the season.
The almost cancelled Chinese grand prix will be a big financial loss to Formula 1.

Almost everyone has revealed their livery (Alfa Romeo again has a testing livery) or car (Renault is teasing theirs).

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Racing point just looks like a splitting image of last year Mercedes.

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Anybody seen the Mercedes steering? If it works, and all indications say it does, it's epic. Change the toe mechanically, brilliant!
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Anybody seen the Mercedes steering? If it works, and all indications say it does, it's epic. Change the toe mechanically, brilliant!
It is the talk of the pit lane! Despite the fact that Kimi posted the fastest time yesterday.

Here is a video by Gary Andersen explaining the system and it's benefits


However remember the Senna crash? It was suspected that some weakness in the column caused the crash...would such a system introduce a similar weakness?

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Conclusions from the tests so far:

1. Mercedes has a new toy DAS to play around with.
2. Ferrari's straightline speed not yet confirmed but seems that they have made real improvements in the corners.
3. Williams seem to have overcome their problems of last year and have a reliable car that seems to be capable of competing in the middle of the pack.
4. Kubica in the Alfa Romeo has been settting some impressive times.
5. Red Bull seems to have put on an impressive turn of speed.
6. The top three to beat still seems to be Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari.

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Racing Point might be on point this season... They have been very impressive. Mid pack is very tightly packed. I predict Haas and Williams to be fighting each other out at the tail. McLaren, renault, and alpha tauri in the middle. Racing point might be the new number 4.
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Racing Point might be on point this season... They have been very impressive. Mid pack is very tightly packed. I predict Haas and Williams to be fighting each other out at the tail. McLaren, renault, and alpha tauri in the middle. Racing point might be the new number 4.
Racing Point is looking good, but Mclaren will have something to say about it come Melbourne. Their amazing pair of Sainz & Norris get along quite well and both are quick. Haas will probably again have issues with friction between RoGro and KMag. Hope the all new Alfa C39 and Kimi give everyone a run for their money!
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The last day of testing is over and its clear that Mercedes remain on top! And RedBull seem like a close 2nd, with Ferrari in the same place as the latter half of last year. However, no one is sure as to where Renault and Racing point are, they seemed to have been in the mix of top testing times, but we have to wait till the first couple of races to understand if these two teams have made such massive gains to really close the gap to the top 3.

What was very surprising was the news about FIA and Ferrari arriving at some kind of a settlement over the last years engine fuel flow issue. The official statement is very vague with no clarity. On the face of it, Ferrari seemed to have exploited a loop hole and then FIA seems to have issued a directive that prohibits it. And it looks like Ferrari made a deal with the FIA that the team cannot be called out for doing anything illegal since it was a loop hole they exploited.
Im not sure how other teams would react to this though, could stir up many controversies later, especially in 2021 when we have all new regulations.

So the 2020 year looks like another championship winning year for Mercedes, but with surely some close fights with RBR and even Ferrari. And may be some podiums for Renault and Racing point in a rare event some of the top drivers fail due to unforeseen circumstances.
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The last day of testing is over and its clear that Mercedes remain on top! And RedBull seem like a close 2nd, with Ferrari in the same place as the latter half of last year. However, no one is sure as to where Renault and Racing point are, they seemed to have been in the mix of top testing times, but we have to wait till the first couple of races to understand if these two teams have made such massive gains to really close the gap to the top 3.

What was very surprising was the news about FIA and Ferrari arriving at some kind of a settlement over the last years engine fuel flow issue. The official statement is very vague with no clarity. On the face of it, Ferrari seemed to have exploited a loop hole and then FIA seems to have issued a directive that prohibits it. And it looks like Ferrari made a deal with the FIA that the team cannot be called out for doing anything illegal since it was a loop hole they exploited.
Im not sure how other teams would react to this though, could stir up many controversies later, especially in 2021 when we have all new regulations.
Renault among the top was a surprise. It seems like they have made some substantial gains. unlike Racing Point which seems to have cloned last year's Mercedes, Renault's success if replicated in the races would be due to the improvements they have achieved over winter.

With respect to the deal between FIA and Ferrai, I think this may be down to the fact that there was not enough instrumentation to conclusively prove that Ferrari had gained an unfair advantage. Even when the issue blew up last year FIA reacted by putting additional sensors for monitoring. I am sure that if there was any issue with the settlement the other teams would have been pursuing that deal. The investment of resources and time to investigate this further may have proved to be counter productive.

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Renault among the top was a surprise. It seems like they have made some substantial gains. unlike Racing Point which seems to have cloned last year's Mercedes, Renault's success if replicated in the races would be due to the improvements they have achieved over winter.
The timesheets are always deceptive, Ferrari was world champion if we go by last years testing.
Although, Renault's power unit looks good as McLaren has had a faultless testing session.
Is Ferrari sandbagging, or this is due to the shut down of loophole, but they don't look quick on straights. But they have bettered their low speed cornering speed. Only time will tell.
Mercedes has faced some tough times with powertrain, more so by Williams.

Due to outbreak in Italy, there is a chance that the personel of Ferrari may have face checks and quarantine. This puts them in a tricky situation.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, Mattia Binotto said, “What we will need is simply to have assurance before leaving. If there are any medical screenings, we need to know about them. You need to know exactly what’s about. We need to understand what are the consequences in case of any problem.”

Again, Bahrain is imposing bans on large gatherings, but as of now there is no change in schedule from the Formula 1 management.
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Amidst all the talk about Mercedes' dominant form and Ferrari's suspected sandbagging, Red Bull have really gone under the radar. From what I've seen, the car is absolutely hooked in medium and fast corners and is pretty rapid on the straights. The only concern is the several spins both drivers had throughout the test. Given Max's form last season I wouldn't put it past him to have a good shot at the WDC.

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The timesheets are always deceptive, Ferrari was world champion if we go by last years testing.
Although, Renault's power unit looks good as McLaren has had a faultless testing session.
Is Ferrari sandbagging, or this is due to the shut down of loophole, but they don't look quick on straights. But they have bettered their low speed cornering speed. Only time will tell.
Mercedes has faced some tough times with powertrain, more so by Williams.
Both Binotto and Vettel have been all over town playing down the chances of the SF1000 and stressing that a improvement is needed in a lot more areas. To me another aspect is how comfortable Vettel is going to be with the car. He has never looked as comfortable with any iteration of the Ferrari F1 as he was with the Red Bulls.

It is also said that post the investigation, Ferrari had to redesign their engine all over during winter which has also put them on the back foot.

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But Ferrari may pay the colliery on the racetrack this year. A completely new engine had to be built in Maranello over the winter. Even the turbocharger and the energy recovery system were affected. According to measurements, this new engine has significantly less power than the old one and is one of the reasons for the disappointing top speed on the straights
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Due to outbreak in Italy, there is a chance that the personel of Ferrari may have face checks and quarantine. This puts them in a tricky situation.
Interesting point. It remains to be seen how F1 gets affected by this. I think by the time the circus goes around almost every country they go to would have a potential out break. It's quite a risk the personnel are being exposed to.

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With just a week and half left for beginning of 2020 season.....

Formula 1 teams said on Wednesday they could go as far as taking legal action against the FIA to ensure that the truth about its investigation in to Ferrari's 2019 engine is released.

In a joint statement issued by the non-Ferrari powered teams, they all said they were "shocked" and "surprised" by the governing body's decision to reach a secret agreement with the Maranello based team over the matter.

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"We, the undersigned teams, were surprised and shocked by the FIA’s statement of Friday 28 February regarding the conclusion of its investigation into the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Power Unit.

An international sporting regulator has the responsibility to act with the highest standards of governance, integrity and transparency.

After months of investigations that were undertaken by the FIA only following queries raised by other teams, we strongly object to the FIA reaching a confidential settlement agreement with Ferrari to conclude this matter.

Therefore, we hereby state publicly our shared commitment to pursue full and proper disclosure in this matter, to ensure that our sport treats all competitors fairly and equally. We do so on behalf of the fans, the participants and the stakeholders of Formula One.

In addition, we reserve our rights to seek legal redress, within the FIA’s due process and before the competent courts.

McLaren Racing Limited
Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited
Racing Point UK Limited
Red Bull Racing Limited
Renault Sport Racing Limited
Scuderia Alpha Tauri S.p.A.
Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited"


With millions of dollars of prize money to be won / lost, as with points, the gap in prize money decreases the further down the order you look, but were Ferrari to be disqualified altogether, all teams, save for Mercedes, would benefit from the fallout.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/s...ction/4716003/
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