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I'm still not sure about Australia next year. There's a reason most of the F1 GP's have stayed in Europe this year, rather than going 'abroad'. I suspect next year may be much of the same especially if Europe continues down its current trajectory.
 

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Surprise, surprise... the 2020 Portuguese F1 GP comes and goes - Ferrari improvement, interesting first few laps, most of the field getting lapped, Hamilton career wins record - and not a peep from the AFF thread.
I only just watched the 'mini' tonight (not knowing the result). (Watched qualifying Sunday - these days that can often be more interesting that the race itself.)

It seems Renault were always up against it on this track.

Ricciardo would have been better off failing to qualify for Q3, so could have fresh tyres rather than the overdone, flatlined softs he started on.

Is it true he would have needed to start from pit lane if he had put fresh ones on?
 

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More chance of F1 than Aus Open but less than the cricket.

Quarantine is likely still going to be needed and the issue is the numbers involved.
F1 teams can probably fly in secure hotel, secure pit lane etc.
Tennis is far more difficult given the lengthier timeframe and need to practice etc.

Indian cricket squad is probably 30ppl.
F1 probably 50x 10 teams - 500ppl
Tennis ~400 players X 3 - 1200ppl
The MCG seems to have a COVID-safe plan. Move the tennis to the MCG and 25,000 people can use binoculars to watch matches on 16 courts at the same time.

And the F1 could be changed to an oval circuit that requires different tyres ;):eek::p:cool:o_O
 

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Ricciardo would have been better off failing to qualify for Q3, so could have fresh tyres rather than the overdone, flatlined softs he started on.

Didn't have flatlined softs.
Set his quickest time in Q2 on the first run. Then put on a new set, went slower, then had his off.

Agree those with tyre choice had a definite advantage the way the race turned out.
But had there been a SC/VSC could have been different - there is always some luck in the mid pack
 

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Didn't have flatlined softs.
Set his quickest time in Q2 on the first run. Then put on a new set, went slower, then had his off.
Thanks for that. I had originally thought that to be the case but in watching the 30 minute mini it wasn't clear why the tires he was using forced an early pitstop.
 

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Will hopefully be an interesting race this weekend at a circuit many have not seen and only one practice session before qualifying. Fingers crossed it upsets the order of things.
 

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Looking forward to it.
It's a great track but very narrow being a historical circuit - will be interesting to see how today's much larger cars handle it
 

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Nice but somewhat lucky result for RIC. Unsure if HAM actually drank RICs Boot-Brut but nice PR of him to offer. But otherwise the race a bit of a procession really.
 

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Fairly uneventful, HAM was lucky with the first VSC timing to jump into the lead. The last 10 laps brought a bit of action into the race, luck tipped RIC's way and ended up with a podium for him.

7 constructor's championships in a row too for Mercedes now, that's a record.

PER must be kicking himself.......
 

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Nice but somewhat lucky result for RIC. Unsure if HAM actually drank RICs Boot-Brut but nice PR of him to offer. But otherwise the race a bit of a procession really.
HAM asked for it, that's why RIC took a double take before taking off his other shoe.

RIC has had enough bad luck before, so about time it went his way.
 

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Fairly uneventful, HAM was lucky with the first VSC timing to jump into the lead. The last 10 laps brought a bit of action into the race, luck tipped RIC's way and ended up with a podium for him.

7 constructor's championships in a row too for Mercedes now, that's a record.

PER must be kicking himself.......

I think it was a Racing Point team instruction to pit, the call was an epic fail though, and effectively gave the 3rd place on the podium from Perez to Ricciardo (not that Ricciardo didn't drive a good race and deserved some reward).
 

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Lucky in the end, but if Dan hadn't been held up behind KMag for so long, who was slow and out of position due to his first lap shunt, then Perez probably wouldn't have gotten the overcut done.

Also a bit lucky that due to where he was on the track Ham was the only one who could take advantage of the VSC.
 

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Well I've booked my accom for Melb 2021, now we just need to see what happens. Also used a flight 'credit' on my ANZ travel adventures card so that means VA. The agent asked me "would you like me to send out your lounge passes for the VA lounge as well?" ...aaaaahhhhm yeah I guess so. Hopefully they'll open 'em up again, but who knows. I mean I'm Plat anyway, but those passes on the ANZ card have been great to hand out to other people over the years.

Actually on the bookings front, I made a cheeky reservation for the Pan Pacific in Singapore on GP weekend because well you never know. Obviously has a no prepayment & cancellation option.
 

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I hope that Qantas does something along the lines of past years for the Aus GP, where they had set up marquee/tent (which you had to pay for) for Frequent Flyers. I can crash at my daughter's place in the city, so I don't need the accom- I just want the race to happen - having never been to a F1 race.
 
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Well if he does end up at Mercedes next year driving with HAM, anything is possible......

Agree with that assessment - if any driver wants a 50/50 shot at at being a world champion next year * its getting Bottas's seat at Mercedes, otherwise its another car and driving well enough to be in the lottery for the 2022 season with all the rule and technical changes then.

* assuming Hamilton will be in F1 next year and will stick with Mercedes
 

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