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And the calendar which adds France, Germany and deletes Malaysia
25 March -- Melbourne, Australia 8 April -- Shanghai, China 15 April -- Sakhir, Bahrain 29 April -- Baku, Azerbaijan 13 May -- Barcelona, Spain 27 May -- Monte Carlo, Monaco 10 June -- Montreal, Canada 24 June -- Le Castellet, France 1 July -- Spielberg, Austria 8 July -- Silverstone, Great Britain 22 July -- Hockenheim, Germany 29 July -- Budapest, Hungary 26 August -- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium 2 September -- Monza, Italy 16 September -- Marina Bay, Singapore 30 September -- Sochi, Russia 7 October -- Suzuka, Japan 21 October -- Austin, USA 28 October -- Mexico City, Mexico 11 November -- Sao Paulo, Brazil 25 November -- Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
Must say I liked Alan Jones comments. if a car is badly damaged they should be allowed a spare car, patrons go to see them all race not a depleted field, and driver penalties should not include a lower grid position what a stupid rule.
Landed in Vettel’s lap although Ferrari enabled that by splitting the strategy. Mercedes really should have covered Vettel not Kimi as Vettel would be the (presumed) championship threat, and finishing second to Kimi with Vettel in third is a better championship result for Hamilton than second to Vettel.
Haas will be spewing - huge points haul thrown away.
Ricciardo had 4th handed to him, although he probably would have got the Haas cars eventually anyway. Shame he couldn’t squeeze by Kimi but Albert Park is like that. Perhaps if the high speed chicane at the back was a bit tighter (more options/braking zone for overtakes there) and also if final corner was a bit tighter it’s be easier to follow and attempt overtake at end of main straight. It cant be that hard to tighten up those two corners? The drivers no doubt love the high speed corners though - when they’re ahead......
Alonso also had 5th handed to him but he and the car were good enough to keep Vestappen behind him. Interesting to see Ves make a mistake - feeling the pressure perhaps?
Other interesting tidbits for the weekend - Force India must be super tight on $$ to not run at all in P3 (although were correct in that race was dry) - they seem way behind last year’s performance and I think the money troubles are starting to bite. There was also news they were supposed to confirm new team name and colours pre-Melbourne so perhaps the deal is snagged or fallen over?
Also Renault looking way better than in previous seasons, first dual-points finish for them since 2011!
Williams are nowhere and it’ll be a long season for them. Still cant help but think they should have picked Kubica but no doubt money talks. Hopefully for Williams’ sake that sentiment is proved incorrect by Sirotkin.
I don’t think Bottas will be at Merc next year, but I’m not sure it’ll be RIC who replaces him. HAM will want a team driver who would doesn’t threaten his championship, and with negotiations on his retention unfinished, I wouldn’t be surprised he gets a veto.