Today we had changing climatic conditions in the track of Melbourne. The Australian GP F1 2018 has left some good times with the wet track in that some teams have been fairly competitive in those conditions. But then in qualifying everything has returned to normal and the track dried out, so that all the teams give everything they saved to be positioned in the output of tomorrow. Really few surprises have occurred in the classification of today, and those that have arisen have not been too pleasant.
Hamilton set a new pole in the first race of the season 2018 and I think that will not be the only one. Mercedes continued their dominance for one more year and it is normal, a big advantage as they have had, allows them to relax and focus on the development. In contrast, his team-mate, the finn Valtteri Bottas could have been in the first line is not what has been achieved by a strong accident that you have suffered. Has exited the first turns, treading quite the piano and the car has gone back to finish impacting laterally with the wall and leaving the car pretty mangled. That’s what makes the others who were behind to earn a free position for tomorrow…
In regards to Haas, continues to be very strong to lead the rest of the pack after the strong teams. But I don’t think that is something that is enduring, and I think as you go passing racing and developments of others, some teams will pass. In terms of Renault quite well, have given a surprise leaving ahead of McLaren, something that seemed not as well in the preseason and in the sessions of yesterday. So Sainz was able to finish in 9th position. McLaren seems to have issues of immaturity, even with the change of engine, the car has a disturbing simplicity, aerodynamic, and need to develop that. Reminds Me a little of Red Bull in the past year. I hope you too end up like them. By the way, Alonso will be out 10th by the accident of Bottas, but has made the 11th-best time (by a mistake in the first sector, but without him it would not have been beyond the 10th or 9th position), just behind his team-mate Vandoorne.
pleasant surprises in the sense of Sauber, which has made 17 with Marcus Ericsson. Certainly I saw the car this year better than the past, but the sessions free of yesterday left me in doubt. Luckily I have been able to get out of that last and distant position. The other side of the coin is the leading Toro Rosso, with the Honda engine does not seem to be very good here. Have been in the queue for the grill for the classification of today and tomorrow in this circuit in which the consumption is quite high will have a big problem to be the engine consuming more. Therefore there will be a race easy for them. Williams and Force India, despite the Mercedes engine have been the other two teams that have done a poor job, there is more to see their positions.
Results of the free 3
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1’31″680|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1’34″043|
|11||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||1’34″990|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||1’35″438|
|19||Sergio Perez||Force India||Without time|
|20||Esteban Ocon||Force India||Without time|
Results of the classification
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1’21″879|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1’22″152|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India||1’24″005|
|15||Esteban Ocon||Force India||1’24″786|
|16||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||1’24″532|
|20||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||1’25″295|
Good, are clearing the doubts. We will see tomorrow, the weather and how to remain at the end when the checkered flag falls. But of course that what we saw today was not pleasant to me for several reasons. The first Mercedes continues with its domain and I would not like a new season boring or just with the alternative of Ferrari. The other is to see McLaren very competitive here. They say that they have changed the engine, and was promised a great evolution for Australia that has not appeared (only a few improvements), I hope it is because of the problems experienced by in the preseason it may have been delayed. Because if this is all you have don’t look right for the season…
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