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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:18 pm 
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This looks like Verstappen's race to lose. Hamilton has to fight back from 3rd.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:22 pm 
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Well, almost every driver has been getting better starts than verstappen recently, so maybe it will be a mercedes 1 - 2 if overtaking is a nightmare here :D


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Max is due to have a good start and I think he will manage to keep the lead. I just fear that Bottas is going to be holding up Hamilton and Verstappen might disappear in the distance. Lewis has under performed in qualifying this year imo and it may be starting to cost him. If Max wins this race, Lewis is one DNF away from being vulnerable to Max in the championship. Hopefully it's a good race.


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Max is due to have a good start and I think he will manage to keep the lead. I just fear that Bottas is going to be holding up Hamilton and Verstappen might disappear in the distance. Lewis has under performed in qualifying this year imo and it may be starting to cost him. If Max wins this race, Lewis is one DNF away from being vulnerable to Max in the championship. Hopefully it's a good race.


Yeah. There are 9 races after tomorrow's race. Verstappen has upped the ante seriously & he looks more likely to challenge Hamilton for wins than Bottas.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:59 pm 
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Max is due to have a good start and I think he will manage to keep the lead. I just fear that Bottas is going to be holding up Hamilton and Verstappen might disappear in the distance. Lewis has under performed in qualifying this year imo and it may be starting to cost him. If Max wins this race, Lewis is one DNF away from being vulnerable to Max in the championship. Hopefully it's a good race.


Agree with all of this post but we'll see.

It is possible that Hamilton being third on the grid will be good for him, clean side and a slip stream all the way to turn one.


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Its a very long run to T1, I think there is a high chance of contact between any of the top 3 and very unlikely they will remain in that order once it works out after the first few turns.


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kleefton wrote:
Max is due to have a good start and I think he will manage to keep the lead. I just fear that Bottas is going to be holding up Hamilton and Verstappen might disappear in the distance. Lewis has under performed in qualifying this year imo and it may be starting to cost him. If Max wins this race, Lewis is one DNF away from being vulnerable to Max in the championship. Hopefully it's a good race.


Agree with all of this post but we'll see.

It is possible that Hamilton being third on the grid will be good for him, clean side and a slip stream all the way to turn one.


Being third might give him a shot at Bottas, who will get a run at Max through the slipstream but we all know Max is likely going to defend the inside hard and push Bottas wide on exit if he is too agressive. Lewis then can pounce on that opportunity. One of the Ferraris taking a spot from Lewis is also very possible.


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kleefton wrote:
Max is due to have a good start and I think he will manage to keep the lead. I just fear that Bottas is going to be holding up Hamilton and Verstappen might disappear in the distance. Lewis has under performed in qualifying this year imo and it may be starting to cost him. If Max wins this race, Lewis is one DNF away from being vulnerable to Max in the championship. Hopefully it's a good race.


Agree with all of this post but we'll see.

It is possible that Hamilton being third on the grid will be good for him, clean side and a slip stream all the way to turn one.


Being third might give him a shot at Bottas, who will get a run at Max through the slipstream but we all know Max is likely going to defend the inside hard and push Bottas wide on exit if he is too agressive. Lewis then can pounce on that opportunity. One of the Ferraris taking a spot from Lewis is also very possible.


It will be interesting for sure, Verstappen might well be agressive when he had nothing to lose, but now I'm not so sure! Both Bottas and Hamilton are clean drivers and MV can't really complain anyway when he is an advocate of hard racing.

But you are right, Vettel with something to prove could be interesting, and I would be amazed if Leclerc finished the race after shunting the wall that hard so he might look for early glory.
Should be an interesting race!


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Don't forget about the Ferraris behind as well. They could make a lightning start as well. I wonder if Bottas is ahead of Hamilton after turn 1, would Mercedes overcut Bottas so he at the end finishes ahead of Bottas?

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Don't forget about the Ferraris behind as well. They could make a lightning start as well. I wonder if Bottas is ahead of Hamilton after turn 1, would Mercedes overcut Bottas so he at the end finishes ahead of Bottas?


I doubt it. If Bottas (or Hamilton for that matter) is slow and really holding the other up then they might issue an order to let the other past


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Don't forget about the Ferraris behind as well. They could make a lightning start as well. I wonder if Bottas is ahead of Hamilton after turn 1, would Mercedes overcut Bottas so he at the end finishes ahead of Bottas?


This will only happen if they deem Hamilton has a chance to win and Bottas doesn't. They would not do that otherwise. During the height of the 2017 title fight between Hamilton and Vettel, Hamilton let Bottas back through.


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Interesting problem for Verstappen.

If, as he claims he will, makes a fast start then no problem, however, if he is slow off the line then which does he do, try to cut off Bottas or block Hamilton ? Difficult.

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A better graphic explaining the potential pit strategies:

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I've got a strong feeling that a fast starting Ferrari is going to go bowling at T1.... just a feeling.

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unexpectedly hot weather = toasted Mercs?

One can only hope! ;)

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That was a mega start by Verstappen.

Looks like Bottas' Merc career is toast now.

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Not that you can overtake but you would prefer the Bottas train behind you rather than anyone else.

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bottas secretly working for Redbull with those moves


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Hamilton lucky not to get a rear puncture.

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Hamilton lucky not to get a rear puncture.


Agreed, bottas very wreckless


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Hamilton lucky not to get a rear puncture.

:thumbup: :nod:

Edit: Now they are saying Bottas came together with Leclerc and not Hamilton :?

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No contact with Lewis


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Bottas to hold up Verstappen for Hamilton??

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Hamilton lucky not to get a rear puncture.


Agreed, bottas very wreckless


He actually damaged the win after contact with Leclerc, very clumsy by Bottas, 2 lock ups and 2 contacts.

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Bottas to hold up Verstappen for Hamilton??


Too far behind?

Surprised that Leclerc moving across on Bottas isn't being looked at.


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Grrr Brundle pinching my lne with changing of the guard.

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JN23 wrote:
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Bottas to hold up Verstappen for Hamilton??


Too far behind?

Surprised that Leclerc moving across on Bottas isn't being looked at.


being looked at now



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Hamilton lucky not to get a rear puncture.


Agreed, bottas very wreckless


He actually damaged the win after contact with Leclerc, very clumsy by Bottas, 2 lock ups and 2 contacts.


The Leclerc one was absolutely not his fault. That looked very dodgy to me and I'm surprised the stewards are not even investigating it. Seems a bizarre decision.


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the championship might actually start to get interesting with a Hamilton retirement

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Nice move there Dan, well rehearsed in 2014

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Ferrari falling back from the front runners


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Good to see Macca running 5th & 6th.

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Grrr Brundle pinching my lne with changing of the guard.


Yea. He can't help himself. His boy is leading.


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Good to see Macca running 5th & 6th.


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Good to see Macca running 5th & 6th.


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Looks like Hamilton starting to turn up the heat on Verstappen

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Great racing from Albon and Kvyat, showing Haas how it's done.


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That is RACING!!! Well done STR!

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