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F1 2021 Round 12: Belgian Grand Prix

  • 26-08-2021 9:42am
    Registered Users Posts: 2,869 ✭✭✭

    Back after the Summer Break .............I even stayed away from the Forum ...there was GAA to be had .

    The Potentially unreliable weather forecast

    Lets hope its a good one either way .


    FP1 Fri, 27 Aug 10:30

    FP2 Fri, 27 Aug 14:00

    FP3 Sat, 28 Aug 11:00

    QU Sat, 28 Aug 14:00

    Race Sun, 29 Aug 14:00



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,621 ✭✭✭✭Jordan 199


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,524 ✭✭✭✭AMKC

    It's someones 130th GP this weekend. Carlos Seinz I am nearly sure.

    Live long and Prosper

    Peace and long life.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,446 ✭✭✭✭klose

    Buzzing for this, hopefully the forecast stays true and we get a wet race. Given how Bottas has struggled in his last couple of wet races and with a 5 place grid penalty it could be a weekend to forget for him.

  • Registered Users Posts: 706 ✭✭✭barryribs

    It feels like it has been months since Hungary. The forecast is showing that much of today's running will be dry with the rain coming in from late afternoon for the whole weekend.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,446 ✭✭✭✭klose

    What would teams be thinking when a P1 today for example is to be done in the dry but qualifying/race will be likely be wet? Is all the data they gather today essentially useless?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,722 ✭✭✭SureYWouldntYa

    I wonder for a wet race is it the best time for Red Bull to take the engine penalty for Max or Sergio

    Max can work his way through the field up to 2nd with little trouble I'd imagine, only risk is the other drivers making mistakes in the wet really

    Consensus has been they should take it on a track like Sochi where Merc will win anyway, I think a wet race where Max can shine is as good as any, and Lewis isn't impervious to mistakes in the wet, see Imola 2021

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,180 ✭✭✭This is it

    Kimi smacks the wall on pit lane entry, looks to be a fair amount of damage to the left front and rear but he was able to continue to the garage

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 616 CMod ✭✭✭✭LIGHTNING

    Complete brain fart from Kimi

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,906 ✭✭✭✭El_Duderino 09

    The weather forecast can be misleading. They're giving a chance of rain but it's less than 50% and less than 1mm during the race, depending on which weather site you use. I wouldn't count on rain. It's giving it to rain properly on Sunday evening and night.

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 616 CMod ✭✭✭✭LIGHTNING

    Spa is a bit unique when I raced there on the testing day it was the worst rain I have ever driven in, should have been red flagged. Then in Quali the next day the sun was splitting the stones and I was melting in the car.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,906 ✭✭✭✭El_Duderino 09

    Great first practice for Gasley and the Ferraris. It's only first practice, but that must be encouraging for them

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,621 ✭✭✭✭Jordan 199

    The helmet Mick Schumacher will be using this weekend.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,869 ✭✭✭Joeface

    if Dry it does look like a Redbull weekend except for the last chicane , It seems to be the only place it loses time . seems to need more to do the second part of it as in doesnt appear to turn as smooth as everyone else.

    And Red Flag ...Charles has crashed out

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,612 ✭✭✭✭skipper_G

    That on board lap from Alonso on the helmet cam was great to watch.

    And then Verstappen off, red flag and session over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,869 ✭✭✭Joeface

    Second Red Flag ...Max , Broke a rearwheel backwards into a barrier , Hopefully no further up the car Damage

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,180 ✭✭✭This is it

    How bad was LeClerc's crash?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,869 ✭✭✭Joeface

    LeClerc's was Left front Wheel and Front wing Damage looked like less costly damage than Max's

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,570 ✭✭✭quokula

    Reminds me of Schumacher back in the day, always finding the extreme limit and occasionally crashing off in practice as he perfected it. You can tell Max is finding the absolute limits of adhesion in that Red Bull, matching the Mercedes while Perez is in amongst the McLarens and Ferraris.

    Of course it's much more costly now than it was in Schumacher's day, when there were no caps on budgets or replacement parts. And Red Bull are already in such a difficult position there since Mercedes took them out in the last two races and wrote off their engines.

    I'm enjoying the coverage Schumacher's 30th anniversary has been getting around the media in general. Seeing Mick drive that Jordan 191 tomorrow will be the highlight of the weekend (even if it wasn't actually filmed this weekend)

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,906 ✭✭✭✭El_Duderino 09

    Yeah it's nice to see and it would be very difficult to ignore, but Mickmis in real danger of turning into a Michael tribute act.

    It was really unlikely that he would be as good as Michael as he was one of the all-time greats. But I'd prefer to see Mick handle his own business and let other people do the Michael tributes. Handing his father's helmet to Lewis when Lewis equalled Michael's record a few races back was a worrying sign of a bloke who is just happy to have made it to f1.

    He's free to handle his own affairs as he pleases, but I'd suggest he focus on his own career and not on his father's legacy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,722 ✭✭✭SureYWouldntYa

    Mick handed Lewis his fathers helmet last season at the Nurburgring, he was still in F2 fighting for a position in F1 so i dont see it as soft or anything like that

    It’s hard to tell anything from a season like this for Mick, many greats have had forgettable starts like Alonso who didnt even have a seat after his first year

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,685 ✭✭✭kksaints

    It's a pity he wasn't in the Alfa Romeo this season instead of the Haas. We'd have a better grasp of where he'd stand then. He was impressive for most of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,937 ✭✭✭Cool_CM

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,180 ✭✭✭This is it

    New chassis for LeClerc

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,869 ✭✭✭Joeface

    And I thought he did less damage that Max . I was way off . Ha

  • Site Banned Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭Faugheen

    That Alonso helmet cam is a thing of beauty.

    There is no way they can see the track on the way to Radillion

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,425 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy

    Rain in spa ? That’s new.

  • Site Banned Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭Faugheen

    It’s absolutely pissing it down at the moment btw.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,257 ✭✭✭Thrashssacre

    Is it bad enough that they'll delay quali??

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,425 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy

    Martin brundle thinks so due to aqua planning and there is standing water in the pit lane.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,771 ✭✭✭Hijpo

    Doesn't look like it's letting up anytime soon.