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FrankBeamer_

Really impressed by Zhou. His recovery from the start has been great.


batyoung1

Sainz’s post qualy photo looks like he’s 2 sec away from bursting into tears.


AdhesivenessSea1448

2022 cars are only 0.7s slower, wasn’t there statements that just the new tires would add several seconds in lap time?


patou50

Don't forget that the track has been slightly modified. Some curves have been widened, so that should have helped increase the speed


Attaman555

And they are still just starting development. At the end of the year they might already be faster on some tracks


willthethrill4700

Super Checo!! Checo is a really good guys and has worked his ass off for everything he’s gotten. I feel like the entire garage area likes how to pole turned out. Even Charles and Carlos can appreciate it for Checo. I hope he goes on and takes the win too. Checo time!


Ambitious_Reindeer_8

truly happy for him. even tho i was rooting for ferrari


pink_unicorn_bitch

I'm hoping to see him win too. He's had some bad luck, so it's time for a good turn


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Lilywhitey

Stopping sessions for safety = annoying Lmao dude


amsalau

if there was no red flag the Q1 would run out of time.


Tino_

After all of the stupid shit we have seen race control pull in the past few years under Masi, actually having concrete red flags is great. Who cares if it takes more time, its not worth someone getting killed over it.


Radar91

It's a quali session on a street circuit where a car was clearly disabled and needed removed. Anything other than a red flag would have wasted time off the clock.


Lurkinating

Bottas must be laughing his cock off…


Away-Wrongdoer-436

👀


6151rellim

Oh 100%… haha.. I’m laughing with him (and I’m a merc fan!!!)


MuramasaEdge

Boycott this race. Stop doing business with Saudi Arabia.


Wakanda_Asphalt

Why is that?


MuramasaEdge

- They're a nation at war, something people repeatedly say about why businesses pulled out of Russia. - Said war is actively inflicting Genocide on the Yemeni people in the form of the worst famine and man-made humanitarian crisis since WW2 thanks to being bombed into oblivion by Saudi, US & the UK - Mass Executions, including of political activists calling for human rights to be respected - State Murder of journalists as we saw with the Khashoggi murder. - Use of torture, including amputation as punishment for crimes, including thought crime. - Tendency to use seizure of passports and forced detainment as a punishment towards foreign visitors, famously seen when WWE had a dispute last year over pay that led to the planes carrying their talent being grounded and detained while the dispute was ongoing. From what we're not hearing about this from F1's official channels as well as the drivers themselves abstaining from public comment, it's very clear that they are going to wait until they are out of the country before revealing their thoughts on this weekend's happenings.


Wakanda_Asphalt

I see. Obviously I wasn't aware of what was happening over at Saudi Arabia


MuramasaEdge

All good, I thought it might have been a case of snark, but glad to be wrong. 👍


MulderD

“2nd best driver in 2nd best car takes poll” So… does this mean Red Bull is actually on par with Ferrari and made the right adjustments from week on to now? Or does this mean Checo just drove the most perfect lap of his life?


Independent_Ad_8588

My hypothesis is that they removed some wing from Max’s car which they thought he could handle, but he couldn’t


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I thought redbull gives you wings not take them away


MulderD

They should find a better driver!


Lilywhitey

I actually believe, that the red bull engine might be stronger than the Ferrari engine. But yeah it looks super close between those 2. Interesting to see who gets the breakthrough in development at some point.


LU3IFER_

actually mattia said in an interview that they havent turned their engine to the max at all and they have been slowly pushing it only . thats why the haas were one of the quickest in bahrain on the straights but the ferrari was one of the slowest .


bremkew

I read/heard somewhere that Ferrari has the better total package and that RB has the better engine so they are about equal in races right now. But for Red Bull it is easier to develop further and that they will overtake Ferrari and create a gap over the season.


Coffeecup224

Not saying that this is the sole indicator, but I believe the commentators mentioned that the Red Bull had faster straight line speed


MulderD

Haas!


daniec1610

I'd say both. I think they also got the set up wrong with Max. Horner said to sky F1 that this car is better for Checo than last year's car.


DegenGolfer

So your saying Checo could win the WDC if Red Bull make some improvements!? I’m down


Anorcrakna

Does anyone have a link to the ramsey interview


Friendly_Rub_2069

What ramsey interview ?


Anorcrakna

I dont know haha. Some people were talking about sounding very nice or somethin


dis6wood

My favourite part was the presenter saying Lewis going out in Q1 was entirely Mercedes’ fault while George was doing just fine


iameveryoneelse

There is absolutely zero chance the cars weren't set up differently. You're nuts if you think Russell is nearly a full second quicker than Hamilton, especially after last week.


Fantaboy15

I think he said in an interview with viaplay that he did some set-up changes that clearly didn’t work


Gyratetojackjarvis

He did out qualify him in a Williams... Once Russell is up to speed with the car we'll see.


Goblinbeast

They said they were, Lewis said in an interview they are trying different set ups in each others cars to find out what works. His words were somethig along the lines on "I don't know exactly what cause it's basically nowt to do with me, all I can do is work with my side of the garage and work with our set up. "


KritzKrig

Yeah but parc ferme


theindi

What difference? If he takes a grid penalty, he’s already at the back


ProtonPacks123

I think it's far more likely he will take the penalty than to try get something out of that shitbox. If there's a second difference between the cars they would be crazy not to.


HashSlinginSlashur

Totos first car he can fully call his own and he's completely bungled it


MakkeDev

First time no driver with Finnish passport developing the car and this happens. Same briefly with Ferrari when Kimi left!


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batyoung1

Mercedes started dominating after V6 regulation changes and their car was developed by Ross Brawn, Nikki Lauda and Paddy Lowe. Toto was promoted later, they brought in Lewis and the rest is history. This is a jab


GFlair

Basically until now his been getting other people to build the car, but this season he went to the factory, sacked everyone and built the whole thing with his bare hands.


program_alarm

That's pretty extreme of him, especially given that he was at the racetrack all last year. I bet he didn't have any time off at Christmas at all. TBH... good on him. Two cars by hand. Wow... that's quite an achievement. ​ /s


MulderD

It means people think Toto has just been along for the ride at Mercedes this whole time.


jammy-git

Which is like saying Horner is just along for Newey's ride.


Izzypupper

My prediction for tomorrow: That RB is running lower downforce. By about lap 9-10 it starts to chew its tires. LeClerc passes Perez lap 11. Sainz follows on lap 13.


DoctoR-Steinman

This comment finally. Perez was much faster than the Ferraris and even max on straights. He probably had a setup with very little drag and downforce. Prob gonna eat his tires in less than 10 laps


Important-Debt6690

Yea but he has the best tyre management on the grid so we can never underestimate him


jbramos

Lower downforce = less stress on the tyres, isn't it?


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Lower down force means the car has to rely more on mechanical grip when cornering (which is generated by tires). As a result, the car will slide more which wears tires down faster. It’s a bit counter intuitive, but overall lower downforce hurts tires more on tracks with lots of turns


Accomplished_Art2245

Against the man who is known for his tire preservation?


theworst1ever

It’s one thing to preserve your tires when you’re sitting in 4th and under no realistic threat from the car behind or bunched up in the midfield. It’s a different thing entirely to preserve your tires when you’re being pushed and have to drive close to the limit. Not to say he can’t, but this is a bit of a different situation than he’s usually found himself in, which is a bizarre thing to say about a guy with over 200 races.


swingbop

I think it’s easier to preserve your tyres when leading a race, no? In clean air Checo won’t be losing any downforce to dirty air from leading cars, so there’ll be minimum sliding. More likely if Checo can hang on at the start, Leclerc and Sainz will eat away their tyres going for an overtake on Checo, especially as Checo is the Mexican Minster of Defense, not even Hamilton can pass him easily.


theworst1ever

It’s only been one race, but the clean air advantage isn’t as great as it used to be. If the cars behind can continue to push, he has to use up his tires to stay ahead. It’s basically the point of the new regulations. It was always technically possible to follow closer, you just used up your tires exponentially faster doing so. So if it took longer than a couple laps to get a pass done, you were stuck. Like I said, he might still be able to, but there’s a lot of unknowns. Perez trying to lead a race with the new cars at a relatively new track is about as unknown as it gets. I just hope he gets a good start so we can find out.


Emergency_Buddy

And being called the Mexican minister of defense. Yea no one will pas checo tommorow, even when he is pitting


T-BoneSteak14

Charles’s lap looked stellar I thought there was no way in hell he wouldn’t start on pole. Fair play to checo


Antylomtf

Sainz is gonna win the championship by going P3 in quali all year


ChocolateBreadstick

Ferrari's clearly been prepping well for 2022, both wrt the drivers and the car/regs. Hope they can keep this up.


mauricio_es_yo

If their own engineers allow it...


Risk_k

Well that was fun. Good night guys


raddeon88

All my homies love Sergio, Lewis was never my friend


CooroSnowFox

I hope Ferrari keep this up through the season


Styx1886

Hey, atleast McLaren did better. We made Q2.


ChocolateBreadstick

Max and Lewis dropping the ball today. My fantasy teams are screaming.


lebup

Yes 0.2 of pole are the same as not getting q2


TeamAndrew

No but maybe both are as shocking within the context of how this season has started. Especially when Checo was able to stick it on pole.


SuckMyDirk_41

VAMOOOOOOOS CHECO


octaviolopez048

\#F1: Marko: "We made some jokes before that Sergio gets an extra bonus if he is on pole. We'll see how we handle it now." #SaudiArabianGP, #SkyF1Germany


ChocolateBreadstick

Did he actually say this?


threadcrapper

I hope so


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WolvesOfAllStreets

Adderall vibes


Blackdeath_663

way to go mentioning max horner. only second time perez out qualified btw just so you all know


marahute85

Christian Horner being so genuinely overjoyed for his drivers always makes me like him just a little. I saw a video of him today giving Ferrari Seb a pep talk and being so happy for him. He stays happy for his peoples success


Nyx_is

It is slightly redeeming. I saw him with Ricciardo recently, too, maybe on DTS, and he was really kind when Daniel wasn't doing well.


shapkaushanka

Feels like only yesterday there was a missile strike. The good old days.


GordonMcG13

Mi$$il£ $trik€ you say? Never heard of it.


Blackdeath_663

the fastest qualy lap on this track always look stunning ngl


SuckMyDirk_41

8ottas


HashSlinginSlashur

How does Lewis get out qualified by Mick and Lance Stroll lmao


youknowwtfisgoingon

Put your erection away lmao seems like a set up issue according to him


usrname_alreadytaken

Who did the setup?


youknowwtfisgoingon

His engineers, they were trying something different according to GR and just messed up. Apparently LH is tempted to change setup entirely and start from pitlane tomorrow


violentdeli8

Might be worth it. Nothing to lose at this point. If they get the setup to improve even a little bit LH will fight into at least top 10.


Cody667

Also this is a shitty dangerous track with a high probability of a red flag. If there's a race to make that decision, it's this one. Decent chance to make up virtually all that time with a restart


HashSlinginSlashur

Of course, Lewis never takes responsibility for anything


Agitated_Accountant6

He did take responsibilty. He claimed he made the wrong decision on setup


HashSlinginSlashur

The setup isn't why Mercedes is slow


Agitated_Accountant6

Ypu might be right about that, But it is most likely the reason Hamilton is so far behind Russel


HashSlinginSlashur

Or Russell is just a better driver than Lewis.


Agitated_Accountant6

Who knows, But hamilton has definitely done enough in his career that we’re not gonna write him off after one poor performance. Tot has also said that they tried a different setup on Hamilton’s car which backs up what Hamilton said in the interview post quali.


HashSlinginSlashur

You only try a different setup if you have fatal issues with the PU. They are reaching for straws. It is wild how bad Merc bungled this.


iankost

Man, I hope you're trolling. Most of what you are saying makes no sense. Teams try different setups all the time.


Agitated_Accountant6

Mercedes has not designed the car they had hoped. So they’re trying out different tactics to bring the car back to winning ways. This time it didn’t work out for Hamilton. I am pretty sure that there’s more reasons to try different set ups on the cars than PU related stuff. Lots of aero tweaks, ride height, suspension stiffness and tons of engineering shit I can’t even begin to fathom they can try out.


f1_spelt_as_bot

Russe**ll**


Agitated_Accountant6

Damn bot, chill


mauricio_es_yo

He hasn't been in Q1 since Brazil 2017...


iankost

And back to 2009 when he hasn't crashed out to cause it. Crazy long streak.


F1ibster

Didn't he say, 'We went the wrong way'. Then there was the 'I'm sorry' on the radio as well Sounds like taking some responsibility to me. As much as the regular mob would have you believe.


sanesociopath

damn the red flag sent this just a little too long for me... i dozed off missing my post f1 nap thats what the sky broadcast is for though crofty always makes sure im awake when things start popping off


batyoung1

Brooo exactly. It messed up my rhythm too


shapkaushanka

FIA really giving it to the F5gang tonight - tell us what the incident was!


saja43

Gordan Ramsay: Sell himself as the most angry person on TV. Act wholesome everwhere else.


Accomplished_Ad_1446

Why was he there anyway


WorkinSlave

Maybe he likes F1?


WolfColaCo2020

I unashamedly love Gordon Ramsay. Every time he gets angry it's pretty warranted, but he seems like a pretty chill dude away from all that


saja43

I recently watched Gordan Ramsay: Uncharted on Disney plus, that showed a whole different side of Ramsay.


CooroSnowFox

That's American Gordon these days...


Errosine

For anyone watching on sky, has that ad for stc nicked the Marko kart sound effect?


SPCEshipTwo

I thought that earlier


HashSlinginSlashur

Why Gordon Ramsey lmao


raddeon88

Sergio the absolute unit, he actually did it


program_alarm

Yep. Top props to that man.


FavaWire

Mexican Minister of Offense!:D


batyoung1

Never gets old


Rosieu

Love how Checo looks a little lost. Like: "What's the procedure? :D"


Accomplished_Ad_1446

Next thing you know, “team order” on the track tomorrow


Tyrone_Shoose

I'm so happy for checo right now!


MentalValueFund

In true British fashion, Ramsay is a big football and motor sports fan. Not really surprised tbh The least British thing about Gordon is that he can cook good food lmao.


batyoung1

Lol he was so excited you would think he’d won pole


BloodyMess111

True British fashion?


MentalValueFund

It means true to form for a Brit


BloodyMess111

I know what it means but it's hardly accurate.


jkj2006

Gordon Ramsey gonna cook his meat from all the fires that gonna happen this weekend


WolfColaCo2020

Potentially from a Red Bull engine too. There's still a non-zero chance their fuel pump shits the bed again, or Gasly's engine catches fire again Maybe that's why he's hanging around the RB garages...


ItzDp

Not even sure Gordon Ramsey understood how big this was for Checo until he asked him right there for the picture


Skyllama

Lmao first poll and Gordon Ramsey gives him the award, love it


Jdahms

gordon ramsey lmao


waresmarufy

RBR cannot afford any mistakes here


SunstormGT

Dont think anyone can afford mistakes here.


michelbarnich

We saw with Mick what happens if you do a tiny mistake, and Ocon almost kissed that wall too. Latifi made a minor mistake as well. That track is suicide, these guys have huge balls, no wonder they needed to increase the cars weight limit.


TheBlueTango

Haha, so that's where 'inchident' comes from. Thought it was something he said during his time in F1


Firefox72

Sainz does not look like the happiest man.


batyoung1

He finished above everyone who weren’t either RB or Merc driver last year. Now that his cars is the best, he expected to be on top.


MaximumCache

Doesn't want to be defined as a #2 driver. If Charles gets a big lead, Ferrari will put team orders.


TheBlueTango

Didn't look satisfied with P2 last weekend either. He's not happy until he gets that P1 spot.


Comprehensive_Gas977

He seems frustrated to be behind Charles. He was on used softs tho


pedrolimamendes

He said that used softs were better for him than new. His 2nd Q3 attempt was with a set of new softs.


shadybonesranch

He said he had trouble on the fresh softs so he decided to run used in q3


Comprehensive_Gas977

Uh ok thanks!


shutupdontreadmyname

He just lost all his pace on the last lap


999hearts

I'd honestly be in shambles if I was Sainz. Leclerc's been outqualifying him on the last flying lap of Q3. Smart on Leclerc's part, but it must be frustrating on Sainz's end.


Tyrone_Shoose

Yeah, with so much of driving being a mental game, i hope Carlos isn't too hard on himself. He's putting in really great quali laps, but Charles has a knack for locking in that final great lap at the last possible moment


Alusmitai

Finally, some good fucking food!


lamykins

Random Gordon Ramsey!


ISbinDaily

"you fucking legend"


WinterLord

Feliz Navidad Checo!


aanshikseth

Gordon Ramsay in the house to tell us that the chicken IS RAWWWWWWW


bowchikabowowe

look at checo making that white marker work like its nothing!!


cupcakemaiden

Checo looks five years younger. Adorable.


tnicholson

The OG GR: Gordon Ramsey


Kaarvaag

I was wondering if Perez was the right man when RB first signed him. So glad I was a fucking dunce thinking that.


BloodyMess111

Bro, it's one pole. The jury is still out on Checo


RADneurobiologist

Gordon Ramsey needs a bigger shirt, cover those things up man


outride2000

Gordon Ramsay brought the magic


Groentekroket

You absolute Dunkey! Fucking Pole!


shutupdontreadmyname

GR giving checo the award


stillaliveX

hahaha gordan ramsay, this weekend is something


AceMKV

Gordon Ramsay outta nowhere wtf