June 18, 2018

F1 on The ESPNs: France 2018

Zut allors, mes amies!  Break out the cheese and mimes, because we're headed back to France for the first time since 2008... merde!  But vive la difference, we're not going back to that awful, awful circuit at Mangy-Curs!  Instead we're headed to Circuit Paul Ricard, hon hon hon!  Here's le track map:

This should be a fast track, but I'm not sure where the passing is going to be.  If you watch this lap by Lewis Hamilton, the place seems awfully narrow, and despite appearances there's actually a penalty for getting off-track.  Those stripes are legendarily abrasive, like they're made out of a mix of 4-grit sandpaper and thumbtacks.  I exaggerate, of course, but you do not want to go out there if you like your tires.

Back in the old days, that Turn 8-9 chicane didn't exist.  These days, cars would be hittin' 210mph going into Turn 10 like as not, and with the downforce and sticky tires we've got, there might not be a whole lot of deceleration going on.  As is, it's gonna be fast as hell anyway.

Broadcast schedule is... well, it's limited.
Practice 3: 6a - 730a  live on ESPNews
Quals: 9a - 1030a  live on ESPNews
2018 Grand Prix of France: 9a - 12n live on ESPN2

I'm not hopeful for a good race, but we shall see!

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1 The 3-4-5 complex looks like the best chance to pass unless it is super narrow (I didn't watch the video yet). (Unless, of course, you have a massive power advantage and can take the opponent on the straights. Or if you're Hamilton and the person you're trying to pass is Ocon, in which case no effort will be required.)

RBR-Honda is now official - two-year deal. Now to find out where Danny Ric is headed next season... 

Posted by: Mrs. Will (Kathryn) at June 19, 2018 04:19 AM (JPRju)

2 Mrs Will, raw urls are not allowed.  Use the link button please.

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 20, 2018 10:01 PM (POEh5)

3 Oh sorry. Wo ist mein party mode? (Yeah I don't speak French)

Posted by: Mrs. Will (Kathryn) at June 21, 2018 04:16 AM (JPRju)

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