BA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 13 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2574 times:
So its the Australian GP this weekend - three races in already!
Whos your pic of the top 3 this weekend?
I think its going to be hard to predict the result - with all engines been unreliable its hard to guess, but, I would say if Mclaren can capitalise on their potential and luckless Kimi doesn't need an engine change he is a strong contender for a win.
I'd say the top 3 will probably include: Raikkonen, Alonso and Button/Schumacher/Montoya. Nico is one to watch out for again - I am most impressed with him this year.
I also noticed Stoddy has made a request for Minardi in 2008...if there are other teams competing for the last grid slot, I sure hope it doesn't go to Minardi - really, what have they done for F1? With the likes of Richards and Prodrive rumoured coming to F1 I would much rather see a team with a lot of potential than Minardi.
Prodrive F1 - could be very competitive. I am a great fan of Richards, its a shame BAR/Honda got rid of him.
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2564 times:
Quoting BA757 (Thread starter): I also noticed Stoddy has made a request for Minardi in 2008...if there are other teams competing for the last grid slot, I sure hope it doesn't go to Minardi - really, what have they done for F1? With the likes of Richards and Prodrive rumoured coming to F1 I would much rather see a team with a lot of potential than Minardi.
As he is bidding for what is supposedly the last remaining team slot on the grid and no extra entrants will be allowed, I suspect he sees this as an asset that could be somewhat lucrative to sell in the future rather than a desire to reform a team which he has little chance of pushing up the grid.....
As for the race, Alonso (with a fresh engine) is of course looking good. Fisichella will be feeling confident on the back of his Malaysia win and having won in Australia last year, but I still feel that had Renault not had a problem that made Alonso's car very heavy with fuel he probably would have beaten Fisi in a straight fight. I think McLaren will come good and sort out their reliabilty issues - but not until they get back to Europe. Australia has often seen a lot of cars drop out and it could be a race of attrition. With that in mind you have to put your money on Renault at the moment....
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
Stoddy should stay out of F1. He created havoc last year! Shameless publicity stunts at every opportunity that he got.
It should be a very strong weekend for Renault (will they ever struggle?), and the Michelin boys in general. I believe Bridgestone were betting on much warmer temperatures, and the cool weather is not working in their favor. B has the hard compound, and with temperatures as low as 20C, getting heat into the tires will be tough.
Hard luck for a Ferrari fan like me If they overcome this problem, then MS and FM will be at the top of their game
Quoted From The News In Brief, section in this month Airliner World Mag.
Former Formula 1 team owner Paul Stoddart will establish a third carrier after agreeing terms to acquire five McDonnell Douglas MD-82s from China Southern Airlines. The aircraft will be offered for lease by charter European SkyBus, which will operate as a separate entity to Mr Stoddart's existing Ozjet and European Air Charter businesses.
Why does he bother, with more new airlines.
Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
Waterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1667 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
If ferrari can avoid engine changes between first practice and the race, I'd expect schumacher to be a contender, though Alonso and Fisichella must be the 2 favorites... renault has been the fastest and most reliable car thus far. Mclaren really hasn't impressed me, I know they will win races this year, but they have been unreliable AND not terribly fast thus far, while Williams has shown suprising speed, and I'd predict Webber will put on a stunning quali drive and hopefully end up in the top 3 or 4 at the end of the race.
I have often wondered this myself, he seems to like pissing money away.
Quoting Cornish (Reply 1): As he is bidding for what is supposedly the last remaining team slot on the grid and no extra entrants will be allowed, I suspect he sees this as an asset that could be somewhat lucrative to sell in the future rather than a desire to reform a team which he has little chance of pushing up the grid.....
Quite possibly, and this is just another reason why he shouldn't get the remaining grid slot - he has had his time in F1, and he has done nothing for it, apart from perhaps, bring a couple of good drivers into F1. Its time for another new team to have ago, a team that will do something for F1.
Anyone believe Super Aguri will be around in 2008? Maybe there will be two grid slots free?
YOWza From South Africa, joined Jul 2005, 5042 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2467 times:
For all you F1 fans, jump on frontwing.net and jin the fantasy league. You can still play despite missing two races already and you will even get the unspent funds from those races to put towards upcoming races. Do it quickly though, your picks need to be in before qualifying starts.
Waterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1667 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2406 times:
Quoting Tifoso (Reply 13): It sucks that there will be no race at Spa this year, one of my favorite tracks. Eau Rouge flat out would be awesome.
It is an amazing track, but I'd imagine with the reduced HP of the new V8s and even higher levels of aero efficiency (more downforce, less drag) than when F1 last raced at spa, Eau Rouge would sadly be just another flat out corner like 130R has become at Suzuka I wish they would change the aero rules to get rid of all those little wings and lips all over the cars and go back to the beautiful and simple look of the cars in the early 90's, with just a front and rear wing and big slick tires.
Just wanted to add: friday practice has been completed, and after the 2nd session the top 3 drivers are the Honda, Williams, and BMW test drivers, while the "real" racers are lined up right behind in this order- Button, Alonso, Schumacher, Raikkonen, all within a couple of tenths of each other. Should be another epic battle between 4 evenly matched teams and 4 fantastic drivers.
Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8499 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2385 times:
22 teams have submitted applications for 2008. Those include the current 11 teams, although the GPMA 5 could still potentially split, Minardi and Prodrive. The other 10 remain unknown although the McLaren Dubai project wouldn't be unlikley. It appears now that The GPMA won't split and will remain and apparently if McLaren split from the current series they will loose Vodafone and Fernando Alonso.
I imagine that out of the list off those who have made it know that they have entered an application Minardi will probably loose out due to the relationship between Paul Stoddart and Max Mosley.
That's alot of teams! Bizzare that as recently as a couple years ago people were worried that the grid would drop below the 18 car minimum as teams complained about cost, and now there's a huge bundle of teams willing to step up to the top level... reminds me of the '88-'91 seasons when they had so many cars they were forced to run pre-qualifying sessions on the fridays of weekends to bring the grid down to 28 (IIRC).
Tiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2336 times:
Quoting TSV (Reply 12): Probably due to the Commonwealth Games.
Quoting Tifoso (Reply 13): Yup, Oz was delayed because of the Commonwealth games.
- So, will Australia be Round One in 2007?
- Are there still some teams this year that have a third car that practices during the week? And is that third car the back up the for team for the weekend? How does F1 decide what teams get a third car to practice and what teams do not?
Flying is the second greatest thrill known to mankind, landing is the first!
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8586 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2322 times:
Well they're racing after some drama in the warm up lap, Montoya spun in the last turn (embarrassing!) and Fisichella stalled on the grid forcing a second warm up lap. Trulli spun on lap 1 after touching Coulthard and Massa has damaged his Ferrari, safety car out. Phew!
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...