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Apr 30 2017

Formula One 2017: Sochi

Well, what do we know about Formula One so far? The rule changes seem to have resulted in faster cars due mostly to the increased aerodynamic downforce and 25% wider tires which augment mechanical grip. Does it improve the prospects for passing? Not at the front according to the drivers who indicate the turbulence from the larger wings make it more difficult to trigger the Drag Reduction System, i.e. get within 1 second of the lead car.

Scuderia Marlboro is experiencing a resurgence. Mercedes still outpowers them by a mile, but their chassis seems to be more developed at this stage in the season, developed in this sense meaning that it’s easier to get the tires to proper temperature and keep them there. In positive news the new owners, Liberty Media, have persuaded them to give up the multi-million dollar bonus Ecclestone gave them for just being Ferrari.

Today’s tires will be Ultra Softs, Super Softs, and Softs. Sochi is a non-abrasive track and you could probably do it on just 2 sets of the Ultra Softs if the rules allowed it (which they don’t). In any event it will be a 1 stopper and likely the finish (barring accidents and breakdowns) in Pole order.

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  1. ek hornbeck

    Vent Hole

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    Pre Race Show

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    Recon Lap

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    Hmm…. Sauber moving to Honda Engines

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    Formation Lap

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    Alonso out. Electric side of the engine fails.

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    Extra Formation lap

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    We race

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    Good start for Bottas

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    Grosjean, Palmer, and Stroll tangle. Safety Car.

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    All 3 out. Van Doorne pits.

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    Werhline pits

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    Back racing

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    Hulkenberg also involved. Stroll back on track.

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    Ricciardo Right Rear Brake on fire.

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    Lpap 5 of 52

    Bottas
    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Hamilton
    Verstappen
    Massa
    Perez
    Ocon
    Hulkenberg
    Magnussen

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    Ricciardo pits

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    Magnussen picked up a 5 second penalty at the start.

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    Lap 10 of 52

    Bottas
    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Hamilton
    Verstappen
    Massa
    Perez
    Ocon
    Hulkenberg
    Magnussen

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    Sainz pits

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    Vandoorne pits

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    Lap 25 of 52

    Bottas
    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Hamilton
    Verstappen
    Perez
    Ocon
    Hulkenberg
    Massa
    Stroll

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    Getting ready for pits

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    Ocon pits

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    Stroll pits

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    Bottas pits

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    Perez pits

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    Raikkonen and Verstappen pit

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    Lap 30 of 52

    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Bottas
    Raikkone
    Verstappen
    Hulkenberg
    Massa
    Perez
    Ocon
    Sainz

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    Hamilton pits

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    Vettel finally pits at lap 34

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    Lap 35 of 52

    Bottas
    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Hamilton
    Verstappen
    Hulkenberg
    Massa
    Perez
    Ocon
    Sainz

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    Lap 40 of 52

    Bottas
    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Hamilton
    Verstappen
    Hulkenberg
    Massa
    Perez
    Ocon
    Sainz

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    Hulkenber finally pits

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    Massa pits

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    Lap 45 of 52

    Bottas
    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Hamilton
    Verstappen
    Perez
    Ocon
    Hulkenberg
    Massa
    Sainz

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    Lap 50 of 52

    Bottas
    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Hamilton
    Verstappen
    Perez
    Ocon
    Hulkenberg
    Massa
    Sainz

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    Final

    Bottas
    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Hamilton
    Verstappen
    Perez
    Ocon
    Hulkenberg
    Massa
    Sainz

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