Mclaren x1, Sauber x2, Toro Rosso x2, Williams x1 4 Races left, who is inline to the throne?
I was looking forward to that. Weather reports insinuating rain, my engine mode was set to "full anticipation" My mind's eye was anticipating that Seb would come out od corner one in first place, pressured by Verstappen, Alonso would make up 3 or 4 places...
The track that Hamilton once described at "twice as hard to negotiate" than the more famous Monaco street circuit has a polymer modified binder, which was laid on the track surface to offer vehicles 20% more grip. Taking this year's wider bodies and higher grip levels, it is not surprising that most teams have gone for the maximum adhesion options.
Whilst on one hand defending Jolyons progress (or lack of) and offering a number of reasons that we should take into account before making judgement, Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul stated clearly at today's press conference that 8th in the championship was absolutely not where the team expected or wanted to be an " urgent action" must be taken to effect a big change. He said recent management changes have stalled decisions and hinted that we might know more in the next few races.
Oop's it would seem (Motorsport.com) that Torro Rosso has tried cutting some dangerous corners ahead of Thursdays scrutineering at Silverstone by presenting Carlos Sainz's car in an 'unsafe condition'.
Porsche is well experienced in long running, high output, energy recovery, turbos and hybrid engines. It actually makes a lot of sense. After many years out of the sport, Formula 1 may have just come back into Porsche's sweet spot, much of the cost of development has been done.
Fuel blends are very heavily guarded and regulated. The rules also change as teams with clever boffins in dark rooms find ways of “entering into the spirit” of the FIA law. Regulations have also changed on fuel for 2018 (most notably diolefins that likely reduce combustion temperature and so be more predictable) These additives ARE however in the Oil the cars use.
Despite a promising performance from the Spec 3 Honda PU in FP2, Alonso's frustrations have continued this afternoon after having to return to the Spec 2 unit due to a "concern" over his Spec 3 unit after an inspection last night. It was decided that "it was not worth the risk".
Fernando Alonso remains level headed following today's practice sessions in Austria. He was 9th fastest in FP1 and 8th fastest in FP2 with a respectable 1m07.510s lap time which is quicker than Schumacher's 2003 1m08.337 record set in 2003 but +1.535s slower than today's fastest from Lewis Hamilton who will (announced this evening - Friday) incur a 5 grid penalty for needing a new gearbox under article 23.5a of the FIA 2017 regulations.
BREAKING: A document issued by the FIA on tonight (Friday evening) confirmed the change. The standard penalty would be five grid positions. We are not sure when the gearbox change happened at this stage, but we do know the FIA have stated Hamilton came to Austria fully aware of the penalty after Mercedes notified the FIA on Tuesday morning