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2017 Spanish GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Mon May 01, 2017 7:59 pm

F1 returns to one of the regular races of the season in Spain. 2016 saw a drama filled race with a surprise winner, will 2017 produce another surprise winner? Before I get to the race headlines, there is 1 news item I want to get to.

Sauber Switching to Honda

The struggling Sauber team has been given a slight boost to their 2018 campaign. With talks of McLaren switching to Mercedes engines, Honda was going to go teamless. This changed for Honda when Sauber decided to switch to use their engines for 2018. Sauber has had a rough past couple of years since they lost support from BMW so having support come from Honda will definitely help Sauber in the future.

Now, let's get to some headlines.

Valterri Joins the Winners Circle

The 2017 Russian GP will be a race that Valterri Bottas will never forget. Valterri claimed his first career win holding off a hard charging Sebastian Vettel and with a little help from the lapped car of Felipe Massa. Valterri won in his 81st start and let Mercedes know that choosing him to replace Nico Rosberg was a great choice.

The Marathon Man Nico Hulkenburg

The 1 stop strategy was well used in Russia, it was just a matter of when everyone would pit. For Renault's Nico Hulkenburg, he decided to stretch out his run on the ultrasoft tires going an unprecedented 41 laps. Most drivers came in 10 laps before Nico did but Nico showed the amazing ability of the longevity of the 2017 tires. While Nico finished in P8, his run on the ultrasofts can not go unnoticed.

Toro! Toro...Where is the Bull?

Red Bull has had an interesting start to the season. While they are the clear number 3 team, this is somewhat of a letdown from where they were last year. The rumor is is that they have massive upgrades coming soon but they are in danger of falling out of the battle for the win.

"Where is my Mind?"

Poor Fernando Alonso, can 2017 be any worse for him? He has not finished all 4 races and has continuously voiced his displeasure of the car multiple times. Fernando has to survive this race and he can go to the Indianapolis 500 to get away from the death trap known as the McLaren Honda.

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Re: 2017 Spanish GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Wed May 10, 2017 3:34 pm

Time for the Spanish GP questionnaire. There are 5 questions for this one.

1. 2012 saw Pastor Maldonado score the pole after who was disqualified from the pole?

2. 2001 saw Michael Schumacher win, however, he was not happy with the win after picking up the pieces from whose mechanical failure on the last lap?

3. Before Catalunya, where did F1 race the Spanish GP from 1986-1990?

4. 1994 saw Michael Schumacher make a miraculous drive. He finished 2nd with only 1 gear. What gear was he stuck in?

5. True or false, there have been no repeat winners of the Spanish GP in 10 years.

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Re: 2017 Spanish GP

Post by Rovenami on Wed May 10, 2017 4:04 pm

The_Wall_91 wrote:Time for the Spanish GP questionnaire. There are 5 questions for this one.

1. 2012 saw Pastor Maldonado score the pole after who was disqualified from the pole?

2. 2001 saw Michael Schumacher win, however, he was not happy with the win after picking up the pieces from whose mechanical failure on the last lap?

3. Before Catalunya, where did F1 race the Spanish GP from 1986-1990?

4. 1994 saw Michael Schumacher make a miraculous drive. He finished 2nd with only 1 gear. What gear was he stuck in?

5. True or false, there have been no repeat winners of the Spanish GP in 10 years.
1. Lewis Hamilton 

2. Mika Haakinen 

3. Jerez?

4. 5th gear?

5. True
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Re: 2017 Spanish GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Wed May 10, 2017 4:11 pm

Rovenami wrote:
The_Wall_91 wrote:Time for the Spanish GP questionnaire. There are 5 questions for this one.

1. 2012 saw Pastor Maldonado score the pole after who was disqualified from the pole?

2. 2001 saw Michael Schumacher win, however, he was not happy with the win after picking up the pieces from whose mechanical failure on the last lap?

3. Before Catalunya, where did F1 race the Spanish GP from 1986-1990?

4. 1994 saw Michael Schumacher make a miraculous drive. He finished 2nd with only 1 gear. What gear was he stuck in?

5. True or false, there have been no repeat winners of the Spanish GP in 10 years.
1. Lewis Hamilton 

2. Mika Haakinen 

3. Jerez?

4. 5th gear?

5. True

Those are all correct

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Re: 2017 Spanish GP

Post by AntmanB on Sat May 13, 2017 1:57 pm

Damn, Alonso qualified 7th
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Re: 2017 Spanish GP

Post by The_Wall_91 on Sun May 14, 2017 9:56 am

Winners of the Spanish GP:

Lewis Hamilton: Race winner, hard fought as well
Sahara Force India: Perez and Ocon are kicking some major midfield ass
Daniil Kvyat: From the back of the grid to the points, well done Daniil
Pascal Wehrlein: Last year with Manor, this year with Sauber, we should give him a standing ovation
Sauber: P8 and P11 is a significant confidence booster for them
Fernando Alonso: Wait, he finished?

Losers of the Spanish GP:

Kevin Magnusson's Left Rear: Great time to blow
Valterri Bottas: Took out Raikkonnen and Verstappen, with an engine failure to top it all off
Williams: Great way to celebrate a 40 year anniversary
Felipe Massa: Thank you for making Stoffel Vandoorne's season worse

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Re: 2017 Spanish GP

Post by zfitzwater599 on Sun May 14, 2017 6:55 pm

Ricciardo on the podium for the 1st time this season thank the lord
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Re: 2017 Spanish GP

Post by Alta on Sun May 14, 2017 9:57 pm

Solid race. The title fight has all the potential to be fun this year.
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Re: 2017 Spanish GP

Post by Alpineopossum on Sun May 14, 2017 10:28 pm

This season is turning out to be a great one. Sebastian Vettel vs. Lewis Hamilton will be a title fight for the ages. Two of the best, now finally in equally matched cars.
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Re: 2017 Spanish GP

Post by AntmanB on Mon May 15, 2017 6:29 pm

IM actually Surprised how fun this season has been. the last few years fave been mostly shit.
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Re: 2017 Spanish GP

Post by SpeedDemon37 on Tue May 16, 2017 1:29 am

That was so awesome of Kimi to meet up after his retirement with that young race fan of his who was in the grandstands. That boy will have quite the story to tell for the rest of his life.
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