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A good first race, IMO.
Good on Tsunoda to score points on debut.

Interesting factoid at the start, 50% of the grid are race winners in F1.




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Vettel just needs to stay out of trouble and beat Stroll tomorrow. Anything better is a bonus. The car can't be that bad if Stroll was top 10 and you'd expect Vettel to have a few more tenths in hand or it will be a long (and last) season. Without the yellows he'd probably have been in Q3 at least as the track was getting quicker.
Red Bull still lacks a second car to help split up the Merc's. Now there are others that have enough speed to make the timing of the first stop more complex. That may work for or against Max tomorrow.
Hope the Ferrari's and McLaren's have good race pace too keep the heat on.
Red Bull Jr. team performing well. If they can improve any they will be a real threat at some point.
The Haas cars were expected to be at the back but the mad Russian needs to not cause so many yellow flags or he'll get old real quick. This isn't racing kindergarten and there are other rich fathers who's kids act a lot more responsibly in all ways.


Well, that didn’t happen for Vettel.

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Looks like Boob Dude is only good for 2 1/2 turns. Confused


To be fair, Mick went off later in the race too, but didn’t go into the wall and managed to keep going.
 
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Welp, looks like this season is going to be a replay of the last several seasons.

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**spoiler**



Kinda disgusted, I wasn't glued to the screen but I did watch. Did I see this right? Max passes, gives the position back because he exceeded track limits. The announcers wondered if Hammy had forced him off. More importantly, a few moments before, Max couldn't pull off the pass because Hammy looked to make two defensive moves. If that's what I saw, I'd assume Max would be extra cautious on a next pass attempt.
Something didn't seem fully kosher there at the end.

Merc apparently sandbagging in testing and practice yet again. Or maybe they're just geniuses who always find the fixes they need, huh? Eff F1.




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Mercedes fully understands how and where the money comes from. They can’t blow out the competition from Test Day #1. They have to give the appearance of weakness. They will work the first several races such that it looks like a competition, but they will steadily build a lead. Then mid-search it’ll be miraculous that Red Bull or Ferrari will close the gap, but never really that close. Sir Chinstrap will win the DC with at least four to six races to go.
 
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I’m enjoying the midfield racing. Norris has some serious skills and is still developing, Leclerc did great, Gasly and Tsunoda are going to be fun. Daniel Riciardo will get in the mix as will Carlos Sainz. Curious what happens with Perez, obviously he can drive but what in heck happened to his car on the warm up?





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. Curious what happens with Perez, obviously he can drive but what in heck happened to his car on the warm up?


I would guess he accidentally hit a switch, judging by the simple drive through to the end of pitlane.
If they had a concern like the electronics or steering wheel controls I think they would have stopped at the garage for a quick plug in or wheel change.
Maybe they will give an update at some point.


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I thought it was a good race overall. Max had the bit between his teeth, and had Louie sweating. Chinstrap does NOT want Max in a Merc!! Compared to last season, the Ferraris actually came to race, and did fairly well for the first race. The rookies all had their hands full, and didn't do all that bad for their first "Big Boy" race. I didn't get up and leave during the race. All of the teams have a lot of work to do before the next race.
 
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Now that we have that crappy track in the desert out of the way and a few weeks have passed, who adjusts best?
Mercedes must know now where they need to improve.
Red Bull needs to continue refine their car to keep an advantage but also get Perez much closer to the front to start with.
The mid-pack? Now that we are back to more traditional tracks and conditions, things will change somewhat. Will McLaren move closer to the front, Ferrari, Red Bull2? Will Renault get their car in the mix on pace?
Vettel needs to start to show something like the old days although the tire strategy and starting at the back didn't help his cause.
Can the mad Russian make a lap of qualifying without spinning or hitting something or someone?


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