New season, new cars, new champion……. Hmm, I’m not really sure about the last one since FIA has practically recognized that Masi’s decision in Abu Dhabi GP was wrong by firing him and therefore robbed Lewis his 8th world championship. Nevertheless, the new F1 era with heavily revised cars will bring more opportunities for cars to race closer but also provides teams with a chance to start car design from a blank sheet of paper. That’s why we’ve seen many different approaches during the pre-season testing. I’m not reading too much into the test data and I’ll be waiting for this Saturday to see the pecking order.
The model has not seen any data from the recent testing so I expect all predictions to be off for the first few races. Bottas is predicted to start 2nd, which is highly unlikely after his move to Alfa Romeo. If I ignore the model, I think Max and Sergio will start in the front row while the second one will be occupied by a Mercedes and a Ferrari.
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