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Who will will the Drivers' Championship?
Sebastian Vettel
54%
 54%  [ 6 ]
Fernando Alonso
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Lewis Hamilton
18%
 18%  [ 2 ]
Jenson Button
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Mark Webber
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Michael Schumacher
9%
 9%  [ 1 ]
Nico Rosberg
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Felipe Massa
9%
 9%  [ 1 ]
Kimi Raikkonen
9%
 9%  [ 1 ]
Nico Hulkenberg
0%
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone see the quali for Valencia? Poor Montezemolo turned up during quali, had a good walk around the pit garages, was there for a while, talking to the team and the drivers, and the ferrari drivers were 11th and 13th respectively, being Alonso's second worst qualifying performance after Australia at the beginning of the season. Poor Montezemolo looked crest fallen at the end of the second session of quali.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's 2am, so I need to get to bed, but I have to say, that was an awesome race. It's like the stars just aligned for Alonso.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great race (again). For once Valencia is entertaining. Alonso the first to win twice this year.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank god it wasn't Vettel.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

British Grand Prix: 30,000 fans asked to avoid Silverstone
British GP: Silverstone were helpless - Ecclestone

Anyone see quali? Q2 was interuptted due to rain, and EJ (who provides some commentary on the BBC feed) said it was done to benefit Ferrari, who has initially set times on intermediates, and were running out of time to run on wets.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, no, lots of drivers reported non-driveable conditions at that point, even Hamilton (I think) who was placed 2nd at that time and would've just needed to wait and see, some actually complained that the red light came much too late.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last news: we were told to stay home, because there is not enough parking space :?

//edit: no rain so far :D first time since ~weeks... (ok, a little in the morning today)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh, the brits aren't doing well. Oh well, at least they have a man in the final at Wimbledon
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

charly wrote:
Heh, the brits aren't doing well. Oh well, at least they have a man in the final at Wimbledon


if it rains, it'll be upto for grabs.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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charly wrote:
Heh, the brits aren't doing well. Oh well, at least they have a man in the final at Wimbledon


if it rains, it'll be upto for grabs.


define rain! :lol:

//edit: last month, we had twice the amount of rain than last year:
http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~rhg/rain.html#2012
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rain could make an interesting race with Schumacher starting from 3rd position.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rain could make an interesting race with Schumacher starting from 3rd position.


Go Schumi. $5 on his win.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, I think Webber is actually a serious contender for the championship.

It will be Webber and Alonso to the bitter end.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, Hamilton unlapped himself, passing Alonso and Vettel in the process. Vettel complained post race that it was dangerous, but both Horner and Whitmarsh said that it was ok, no problems.

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Sporting director Sam Michael explained that there was no problem with what Hamilton did and that the team told him to go past Vettel.
"It was completely legal," said Michael when asked by AUTOSPORT about the incident. "He came out and he was fast. We said to him that you've got blue flags for Jenson.
"When you get a blue flag, you have two choices. You let the car past, or you speed up significantly


this actually isn't quite the case

FIA regulations wrote:
During the race :

- The flag should normally be shown to a car about to be lapped and, when shown, the driver concerned must allow the following car to pass at the earliest opportunity.


So, the devil is in the interpretation.

I'm pretty sure I've never seen a car unlap themselves before.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FIA regulations wrote:

- The flag should normally be shown to a car about to be lapped and, when shown, the driver concerned must allow the following car to pass at the earliest opportunity.

I think it's ok. If the car is faster, why not. Blue flags are only shown to slower cars (i.e. "about to be lapped"). Hamilton was not "about to be lapped", he was faster than Vettel! His bad position was because of a puncture, not because he was slow.

Also, Alonso is kicking ass lately. Best driver in the grid without a doubt.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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FIA regulations wrote:

- The flag should normally be shown to a car about to be lapped and, when shown, the driver concerned must allow the following car to pass at the earliest opportunity.

I think it's ok. If the car is faster, why not. Blue flags are only shown to slower cars (i.e. "about to be lapped"). Hamilton was not "about to be lapped", he was faster than Vettel! His bad position was because of a puncture, not because he was slow.

Also, Alonso is kicking ass lately. Best driver in the grid without a doubt.


those blue flags aren't spaced that far apart, and I'm sure hamilton was shown 3 blue flags in a row as he tried to pull a gap from him and Vettel.

and I don't really have a problem with it. It probably just needs to be clarified in the rules a bit. I'm sure there are many drivers that did not attempt to unlap themselves because the rules are not specific for that situation.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the Hungaroring, especially the run up the hill to the hairpin.

Hamilton won pole. Grosjean in the Lotus got an awesome second.

Also, the race is in about 4 hours time, and the GP2 races being run are being run in the wet. Rain is also forecast for later on in the day.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm pretty sure I've never seen a car unlap themselves before.

I've seen it before. It often happens in chaotic situations (e.g. rain starting in the midst of the race).
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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sugar wrote:
I'm pretty sure I've never seen a car unlap themselves before.

I've seen it before. It often happens in chaotic situations (e.g. rain starting in the midst of the race).


oh yes, that is true.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strange things going on in McLaren brains... they either totally destroyed Button's race or have something else in mind completely.

Räikkonen launching a surprise attack at Hamilton - looks like an exciting race until the end. :D
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Strange things going on in McLaren brains... they either totally destroyed Button's race or have something else in mind completely.

Räikkonen launching a surprise attack at Hamilton - looks like an exciting race until the end. :D
The pit stop pretty much destroyed everyones races apart from Hamilton and Raikkonen
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently Ferrari got finally tired of the interminable string of failures of Massa after his botched start at the latest GP, very likely his contract ending this season will not be renewed.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ferrari in quandary over Fernando Alonso’s team-mate
The team have not decided whether he will be dropped, but it is likely.

Ferrari have had talks with Jenson Button, but he is likely to stay at McLaren, while sources close to Ferrari dismiss reports that Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen could return.

The favourites to partner Fernando Alonso are Force India's Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg or Sauber's Sergio Perez.

Ferrari are interested in Button, but any attempt to do a deal is complicated by the fact that the 2009 world champion is under contract to McLaren.

Button is in the first year of a 'two-plus-one' contract, with the two fixed years taking him to the end of 2013, after which McLaren have the option to retain him.

A further complication to Button joining Ferrari is that the Englishman wanted to sign a two-year contract.

The Italian team only want to sign a one-year deal with their second driver for 2013 with an eye on the possible arrival of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in 2014.

Ferrari have an arrangement with Vettel for the season after next, but it is not clear whether it is a firm contract or the equivalent of a letter of intent for him to join them.

Sources close to McLaren and Button dismiss talk of him moving to Ferrari as "complete rubbish".


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/19097514

I wonder if they want a #2, or if they want two equally talented drivers to be able to push each other.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

button did well in qualifying! I hope it translate to form on track!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

F1 still exists? amazing.
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