FIRST GRAND PRIX
1:46.577 BY SEBASTIAN VETTEL (2017)
Ricciardo has signed with RenaultFor
the lazythose who haven't kept up, who's moved where?
Spa is usually a good race. No training this Sunday so I'll be able to watch it for a change.
If he gets a penalty it will be a grid penalty. As he already starts from the back of the pack it will be a non-impact penalty.I will be disappointed if Bottas doesn't get a meaningful penalty for the incident with the McLaren. The FIA seems to be so easy in terms of giving the Mercs penalties this year.
Great Q3! Personally I think being on P1 is more difficult than being on P2 at Spa (not that I've ever done it), the lead car is a sitting duck down on the long run after Eau Rouge. A good session for Point India Force Racing v2, not sure where AMRBR's pace goes in the wet now.
They had a low downforce package, so there is no pace when the rain comes because they lack the down force that usually makes them strong in the rain/wet.
That surprises me given that they're at Belgium in August (same as England, expect rain every day) and only 300 miles from the factory. Added to that... nobody else seemed to have difficulty dialling wing on. I think it has more to do with their high rake and the effect of heavy spray beneath it, as the car moves up and down you can see a cushion of squashy wet air blobbling around under the rear at low/medium speeds. At higher speeds the car is in a more 'natural' position so the effect seems less.
They brought what they brought, skinny rear and front wings to have some speed for the longer parts to compete with the two ahead of them. I'm sure they checked the forecasts and what not and their predictor may have had them alright, with rain to come after quali.
Maybe so, but if you're from round here (ie this part of Europe at this time of year) then you expect rain at pretty much any time in any afternoon. Yesterday's weather said it would rain today (as expected) and it's a couple of hours (max) in a chopper from their factory to the track. With that said maybe it would make little difference, Hungary was a big shock to them when they expected a good wet-weather performance.
It seems other teams still aren't considered "high-rake" (although several have increased the amount this year) and even Red Bull seem to think different teams are running different levels. Not sure why you think they're all the same, you can clearly see on a shot of the start grid that they aren't.
not sure where AMRBR's pace goes in the wet now.