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I just think using Matte paint makes all the difference, love the Red Bull even though I'm not a fan of the team (although Ricciardo won the championship I'd be really happy, not going to happen though)

For me the Ferrari looks as good as it did in the photo shoot in terms of the colour scheme, but man that nose is ugly. It looks like someone who's done too much coke which has eaten it away and left a little stub :joy: 
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I hope either Mclaren or Renault update their livery or it might get confusing telling which one is which. Then there's STR deciding to make it even more difficult to tell by turning up with the same livery. Perhaps the black paint is on offer somewhere at the moment. Paint one car, get the second done for free.
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I hope either Mclaren or Renault update their livery or it might get confusing telling which one is which. Then there's STR deciding to make it even more difficult to tell by turning up with the same livery. Perhaps the black paint is on offer somewhere at the moment. Paint one car, get the second done for free.
Toro Rosso are getting their livery at the next test. Renault are rumoured to be adding more yellow at Melbourne too.
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Success ballast is o.k for amateur racing series as a low cost way to balance performance rather than costly & time consuming scrutineering but not for top level motorsport. I think Donald Trump should take over F1 if the presidency doesn't work out. He couldn't be any crazier than the people in charge now. Changing qualifying is so far away from what needs addressing in F1. :o
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Success ballast is o.k for amateur racing series as a low cost way to balance performance rather than costly & time consuming scrutineering but not for top level motorsport. I think Donald Trump should take over F1 if the presidency doesn't work out. He couldn't be any crazier than the people in charge now. Changing qualifying is so far away from what needs addressing in F1. :o
He would probably kick Perez and Gutierrez out of F1 immediately though.
And Kyvat of course, for being a commie red bastard.
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Now that we've finished the first test, I think it's a good time to play the good old "Predict the pecking order based on little to no evidence" game. 

1) Mercedes
2) Ferrari
3) Williams
4) Force India
5) Toro Rosso
6) Red Bull
7) McLaren
8) Haas
9) Renault
10) Sauber
11) Manor

It's difficult to judge Mercedes given they've really chased reliability all week and not speed, but I predict they still have an advantage. Same to an extent with Ferrari, they've put the ultrasofts and supersofts on a few times but a lot of that car is still in 2015 spec so I expect their true performance next week.

Force India vs Williams should be a great battle this season. Toro Rosso chassis looks amazing again, and as I sort of predicted last season it looks as though the 2015 Ferrari PU is ahead of the 2016 Renault PU, so I think they have a real chance of beating Red Bull.

Meanwhile McLaren still clearly have reliability issues and are still well down in the speed traps. Looks as though they might've closed in on Renault though, who seem to be pretty much stationary in the development "race". 

And credit where it is due, Haas have had a very solid opening test, both with reliability and pace. An entirely different proposition from the new teams of 2010. 
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I'd agree with most of that order. Mercedes is clearly ahead still. The fact that they can run those kind of distances means it's a bullet proof car and they know speed will be there. Ferrari I think have made a huge step forward and I think there should be some good battles. 

Willians, FI, RB, and TR should be a good battle. 

I think Haas is right behind them with McLaren and Renault. I'd probably give an edge to Haas but it'll be a good battle. And if Haas does beat them it will be really embarrassing. 
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Rachelm said:
Hughesy said:
Laziness x1000000 :joy: :flushed: 

https://twitter.com/rachelbrookestv/status/702420490648993792
Saw this the other day!

Definitely one way to walk your dog.... although the poor thing looks like he's about to collapse :neutral: 
Those dogs always look like that :p 
I thought he was on about Hamilton :joy: 
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Mexicola said:
VetteIfan said:
1) Hamilton






2) Ferrari
3) Williams
4) Force India
5) Toro Rosso
6) Red Bull
7) McLaren
8) Haas
9) Sauber
10) Manor














11) Renault
FIFY
FIFY.
FIFY
Surprised that you guys are so quick to write off this year's championship. Ferrari were only 0.35 a lap off in race trim at Abu Dhabi towards the end of last season (in the hands of their slower driver), and only 0.2 off in Brazil. And now with a new car with what they call themselves a radical concept, you think that gap is going to have increased by so much?

Mercedes have shown they're (very) reliable so far, which isn't exactly a shocker considering it's an evolutionary update of an already very reliable car. Pace wise we have no idea of anything, yet. Especially considering that both teams are nowhere near their Melbourne spec cars.
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fIsince08 said:
The new qualifying system might work with the harder tyres in 2017. On a track like Mexico though where everyone will run ultrasofts, it isn't going to do anything as the tyre will be dead after one lap.
I have a feeling the hard tyres are going to become almost obsolete this season, other than at really high degradation tracks like Sepang. With two other compounds to choose from now they're just gonna be too slow to justify using, and if they're one of the compounds put aside by Pirelli for the race I'm pretty sure most teams will go for the other obligated compound. 

As as a side note, now that there's 3 different tyre compounds at each weekend, does anyone have any idea what they are going to call the tyres at each race? Option, Prime and... SuperPrime? 
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VetteIfan said:
fIsince08 said:
The new qualifying system might work with the harder tyres in 2017. On a track like Mexico though where everyone will run ultrasofts, it isn't going to do anything as the tyre will be dead after one lap.
I have a feeling the hard tyres are going to become almost obsolete this season, other than at really high degradation tracks like Sepang. With two other compounds to choose from now they're just gonna be too slow to justify using, and if they're one of the compounds put aside by Pirelli for the race I'm pretty sure most teams will go for the other obligated compound. 

As as a side note, now that there's 3 different tyre compounds at each weekend, does anyone have any idea what they are going to call the tyres at each race? Option, Prime and... SuperPrime? 
Thought their calling it Ultrasoft?
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VetteIfan said:
fIsince08 said:
The new qualifying system might work with the harder tyres in 2017. On a track like Mexico though where everyone will run ultrasofts, it isn't going to do anything as the tyre will be dead after one lap.
I have a feeling the hard tyres are going to become almost obsolete this season, other than at really high degradation tracks like Sepang. With two other compounds to choose from now they're just gonna be too slow to justify using, and if they're one of the compounds put aside by Pirelli for the race I'm pretty sure most teams will go for the other obligated compound. 

As as a side note, now that there's 3 different tyre compounds at each weekend, does anyone have any idea what they are going to call the tyres at each race? Option, Prime and... SuperPrime? 
Thought their calling it Ultrasoft?
No you misunderstood. What I mean is under the new tyre rules they're going to be taking 3 types of tyre compound to each race, instead of 2. In the past the softer of the two tyres was referred to as "option" and the harder of the two tyres was referred to as "prime" at a race weekend. Now there's 3 tyre compounds at each weekend I don't know what they're going to call the third type of tyre.

It's not really an important question, just something that came to my head when thinking about it. 
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VetteIfan said:
SynGamer said:
Jiggy said:
Yeah, fine by me. Got to keep the fun in F1 somehow this season.
Just made the league: http://badgergp.com/fantasygp/friends/
Passcode is 1276176
Count me in. Hopefully some more people sign up, looks pretty fun. 
We still have some time to spread the word. Kind of hoping other people in the prediction game join.
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