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Who's Gonna be quick at Silverstone

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Lets start with the obvious, Mclaren's should be very quick, Not only is there 4 very long straights on the new arena circuit which they will be able to use the F-duct on but they have the biggest update of the season for their cars. I think we could see the Mclarens pull ahead of the redbulls in performance for the first time this season.

The Redbulls are only adding small changes to their cars for this weekend. Ferrari had major upgrades for last race and we can expect only minor changes for this weekend. I can't find any information that Mercedes are planning an update and with the tyres problems they continue to have we can proberly expect them in the midfield again this weekend with Renault pulling ahead of the Germans.

Sauber are also note worthy. After a confidence boosting performance in Valencia Sauber are also getting a big upgrade for silverstone. Will we see them pull ahead of the other new teams and start chasing the midfield ?

My podium prediction..

Lewis
Jenson
Vettel

Bring it on..

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posted Jul 5, 2010

Galahad (U1645165)

Almost forgot the Renaults too; do they have any upgrades this weekend? If the Mercs are good, as you think they might be, along with the improving Williams, we could be in for an interesting weekend.

What about Force India? Can they step up, or are they starting to slide backwards a bit?

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posted Jul 5, 2010

Renault had a new front wing and blown diffuser at Valencia, I don't know what's coming for Silverstone. The latter should be very beneficial round the fast corners, if it works properly. They've been very aggressive this season, which is good to see.

Not sure whether Williams were good in Valencia because of the updates or because the point-and-shoot nature of the track suited their car better anyway. A bit doubtful to be honest. They did well at Silverstone last season, and a similar showing to last weekend would be a big boost, really show that they're moving in the right direction.

But it's all very close in the midfield isn't it? If one of the teams can get a decent balance on one of the tyre options that could be the difference between 9th and 17th.

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posted Jul 5, 2010

Galahad (U1645165)

Yes, close is the word. Toro Rosso and Sauber both have the potential to do well too if they can hook everything up. And I wonder how close Lotus can get to the back of the 'established' teams.

Good to see you posting again on here btw, you have been sorely missed, and the standard of discussion always improves when you're about.

And I loved seeing that beautiful Brabham (BT44?) you have as your Clip the Apex avatar. One of my favourite cars, and I remember making a Tamiya model of it as a teenager (long, long time ago now).

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posted Jul 5, 2010

It certainly was good to see a Sauber keeping a McLaren behind in Valencia; and subsequently passing a Ferrari. We're lucky things are so close at the moment.

I'm kept increasingly busy, to my pleasure, at Clip The Apex. I must admit I find less and less to interest me on 606 as well. And you are right, it is a BT44 - a beauty.

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posted Jul 5, 2010

If McLarens version of the blown diffuser is a success I think Red Bull and McLaren will be very closely matched indeed. I think McLaren have taken the extra time with the blown diffuser to try to ensure they get it right, and could potentially move them right to the front of the grid at Silverstone. Given this I think Lewis could very well win here, but of course take nothing for granted as we will see a better representation of where Ferrari are, and I expect them to be very close to Red Bull this weekend.

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posted Jul 5, 2010

Galahad (U1645165)

I have been keeping an eye on 'Clip the Apex' for a little while, but haven't registered on it yet. I can see that it is about time I did.

Oh, and I see Tamiya still make that BT44B kit in 1:12 scale... might have to start saving up.

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posted Jul 5, 2010

Is McLaren fastest obvious? They said that last race?
You fail to mention anything about tyre deg, think that will be a key factor this weekend

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posted Jul 5, 2010

This race all depends on how well the McLaren upgrades work. Its going to be nip & tuck between Red Bull & McLaren....Ferrari do not have the pace, their Valencia upgrade did not give then the 6-10ths the press were speculating on ...

However it looks like there may be rain on Saturday so there could be some real surprises such as Kubica & Sutil ...?

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posted Jul 5, 2010

Hopefully McLaren's updates will be good enough to close the gap with RedBulls. Good luck Lewis and Jenson.

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posted Jul 5, 2010

Please please a Jenson and Lewis 1-2.
Either way round suits me.
I can't help thinking Seb and Mark are favourites.

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