The Official 2019 Australian Grand Prix Thread **SPOILERS**

The Official 2019 Australian Grand Prix Thread **SPOILERS**

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Piginapoke

Original Poster:

953 posts

135 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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It's time!

Date(s): Friday 15 March 2019 - Sunday 17 March 2019

UK Broadcast Timings (and local time)

All sessions are live on Sky F1; only highlights are shown on Channel 4:





Live timing for all sessions available here:

https://www.formula1.com/en/f1-live.html

Lap times, PU component use, technical reports and Stewards' decisions for the weekend will appear here:

https://www.fia.com/events/fia-formula-one-world-c...

Weather forecast:

https://weather.com/weather/today/l/ASXX0075:1:AS

Tyre Choices:



2018 Qualifying Result:



2018 Race Result:



2018 race highlights:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SONGEiVMygg

Last year, Sebastian Vettel won a dramatic Australian Grand Prix after leapfrogging Lewis Hamilton during a safety car period.

The Mercedes driver was in control of the race until Romain Grosjean's Haas stopped on track and officials imposed a virtual safety-car, which restricts the pace of the cars on track.

The world champion had already made his pit stop but Vettel had yet to make his - and Ferrari pounced on the opportunity.

A pit stop made under the virtual safety car takes 10 seconds less than one made when the cars are at full speed and the time gain of stopping while Hamilton was restricted on track allowed Vettel to rejoin the race just ahead of the Mercedes.

It was a bitter blow for Hamilton in the first race of a year in which he hopes to beat Vettel to be the first driver of the current era to win a fifth world title.

TheDeuce

4,378 posts

16 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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Hmm my predictions...

Ferrari or Mercedes to win. Williams to come home last (not allowing for retirements).

Pretty bold predictions but I just get that feeling winkbiggrin

StevieBee

8,385 posts

205 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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I'll go for Ferrari dominance but a Hamilton win. Mercedes seem to have the upper hand on race management and with the cars supposedly easier to overtake, you need a good overtaker to take advantage. Lewis trumps Seb on that.

For the same reason, I think Danny Ric will do well - better than the car deserves. Home GP as well.

On the Monday after, there will be thread here talking about the welcome resurgence of McLaren

Russel will prove a revelation, despite the car.




Kizmiaz

230 posts

38 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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I really hope Williams surprise everyone. Don't want to see them humiliated. LeClerk maiden win.

Stuart70

1,674 posts

133 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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Looking forward to the season getting underway. Lewis for no. 6 and LeClerc showing Seb the way round. I would like to see Danny Ric building capability through the season, too.

Always hoping for a classic season. Hope the point for fastest lap does not take root...

Smollet

5,067 posts

140 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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Red Bull Honda to finish on the podium. Russell finishes 10th.

Piginapoke

Original Poster:

953 posts

135 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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I think Leclerc will win from Verstappen and Vettel, putting Seb under pressure immediately. Merc slightly off the pace. Both Williams lapped, sadly.



Edited by Piginapoke on Saturday 9th March 18:31

Teddy Lop

2,366 posts

17 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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I claim lap 1 for "when will max crash"

Dinoboy

1,839 posts

167 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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Thanks to the OP for all the info. My prediction, boring race sadly the same as most years in Melbourne.

cheddar

4,351 posts

124 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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1. Vettel
2. Leclerc
3. Hamilton
4. Bottas

More what I fear than what I want

The Vambo

3,895 posts

91 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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I expect Leclerc to perform well but significantly less like the second coming of Fangio the hyperbole would have us believe.

Hamilton
Vettel
Leclerc

And the fastest Renault ahead of the slowest RB.

threespires

3,369 posts

161 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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I'd love to see Lando win.

Nickp82

2,143 posts

43 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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I’m just happy that we are now close enough to season start that this thread is live smile

EDLT

15,233 posts

156 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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Teddy Lop said:
I claim lap 1 for "when will max crash"
The real question is will he crash into Kvyat or will Kvyat crash into him?

Turbotechnic

598 posts

26 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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I would love to see Renault finish ahead of RB.

RZ1

3,881 posts

156 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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I’m really hoping Kimi finishes ahead of both Ferrari’s, they sack Vettel and put Kimi back in the Ferrari, who then goes on to win the WDC.

TheDeuce

4,378 posts

16 months

Saturday 9th March 2019
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Kizmiaz said:
I really hope Williams surprise everyone. Don't want to see them humiliated. LeClerk maiden win.
I think it's possible leclerc could have a maiden win.

But I have say, I don't think it's likely that Williams will do anything other than faceplant.

poo at Paul's

8,581 posts

125 months

Sunday 10th March 2019
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Williams' speed is deceptive. They're slower than they look!

LaurasOtherHalf

16,270 posts

146 months

Sunday 10th March 2019
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Vettel for pole and win, then a real mix up between the other Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.

I get the feeling the Mercedes could be the third quickest car here by a couple of tenths.

janesmith1950

4,916 posts

45 months

Sunday 10th March 2019
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Hamilton for pole by 2 tenths. Vettel crash with Verstappen at the first corner.