Formula 1 Predictions Thread

My prediction came true in the weirdest way possible…

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xD

Crazy

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Shockingly, I wasn’t too far off. Other than my usual Leclerc fan hopium. Aston 5th, McL 4th, Alfa going backwards…

Speaking of Leclerc, give this man a good car, Ferrari. He deserves it. Ever since they got the new floor in Japan, he’s been not only obliterating Sainz, but also consistently on the front row in quali. His race pace has been consistently great too.

Since Singapore, he’s qualified

P4 (Japan)
P5 (Qatar)
P1 (USA)
P1 (Mexico)
P2 (Brazil)
P1 (Vegas)
P2 (Abu Dhabi)

That’s an insane level of consistency, and even more absurd that he got 3 poles in those 7 races (and 2 other front-row starts) against Max. His ability to pull an insane Q3 lap out of the bag is unmatched in my opinion. Put him in a championship car, with a championship strategy team, and he will win the title if he cleans up those occasional errors (Miami Q3, France '22).

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So the Spanish GP is moving from Barcelona-Catalunya to a street circuit in Madrid for 2026. Rumored layout below.


Who thought this was a good idea? WHO THE HELL THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA?

Replacing an important, historic track for what appears to be one of the worst circuits I have ever seen? What the hell?

They even removed the chicane so the racing would be good again! And 2023 produced a solid race too…

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I heard somewhere that the event would bring in 500 million dollars I’m assuming over the 10 years span. There’s another layout that they’re considering that looks equally as bad. There’s a round about in there for heaven’s sake. Hopefully by then Charles will have matured, and be giving Max a proper fight at the front. If it’s anything like Vegas was I won’t be mad. If it’s anything like Jeddah or Baku or Miami then well… lol

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It’s not even about Charles being mature. He’s mature enough to fight Max in a title fight, given the machinery and team. We saw that in Bahrain and Jeddah last year.

What we really should hope for is for Ferrari to stop being Ferrari for 5 minutes so we get an actual title fight. Since Charles apparently has a severe case of stockholm syndrome and is rumored to be signing with Ferrari until 2029.

But yeah, I saw the other layout too. Looks absolutely terrible. Both do. Hopefully it gets scrapped and left to rot like that dreadful looking Hanoi circuit.

#WeRaceAsOne(Billion Dollars)

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I can’t see a reason why they would move away from Catalunya either. And even if they did, there’s a lot of cool tracks in Spain , why does it have to be a street circuit? I’d prefer if they put Algrave (eventhough it’s in Portugal) back on the calender instead.
In my opinion street circuits are limiting to the powers of the modern F1 cars with their amazing levels of downforce, the sharp 90deg corners are no fun compared to a more flowing layout (see T3 - T9 at COTA). And this is coming from a fan of Perez who clearly is great at street circuits.
Looking at the concept you posted, I’m in the middle ground about it, not great but not awful either. The sector by the Madcool festival site looks like a good challenge, but a roundabout in F1 cars? Idk…

Yeah, Algarve when it was first added seemed like a nice replacement to Catalunya when that final chicane was still screwing things up. But since the chicane was removed, the track makes much better racing. This year’s race was a lot of fun, good racing and overtakes up and down the field.

I’m getting sick of the street tracks too. They are limiting the ability of the cars, and honestly, the classic, traditional tracks are far more exciting to watch races on than street tracks. I’ll take a race at COTA or Monza over some new street track any day of the week. And yeah, I’m a Leclerc fan and he tends to be very good at extracting the maximum from the car on street tracks (many of his poles have come on street circuits).

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Absolutely, the race was a blast and one of the best of the season. After Zandvoort of course.
I’d like Catalunya to stay too, but there must be a reason for it to get replaced, if they do there’s enough existing tracks to chose from.

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:money_mouth_face: :money_mouth_face: :money_mouth_face:

I’m just being realistic here.

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Hard to fight that. Who cares for viewers valuing the racing when there’s the value of money?

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I was literally just reading about it. Doesn’t exactly trip of the tongue does it, lol.

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Wait is that the real Sauber team name for next year? Who approved that?

EDIT: Omg it is!

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Yeah, I wish it was fake.

Even if they had to use both of the sponsors in the name, there are multiple better combinations. What about “Stake Sauber F1 Team Kick”? It feels more cohesive and it actually has “Sauber F1 Team” in the name, so there’s still a connection to the original identity of the team.

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Someone at Alpha has been listening to the gasps from the internet.

Not exactly sure how palatable the ‘feast’ will be given those ingredients though

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That’s code for “the new Ferrari power unit is insanely unreliable and will catch fire frequently, cooking the car.”

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Maybe restarting an old conversation, but:

They could also bring back a previously used Spanish street circuit! I think the Valencia street circuit was actually good for a street circuit and 100x better than that proposed ‘thing’.

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As cool as that would be, the Valencia Circuit was abandoned and has fallen into disrepair. It would be nice to see it return though, Valencia 2012 was an absolute classic.

Some recent pictures of Valencia.


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I made this tier list at the start of the season after Miami. I think it aged pretty well.

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