Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8320 posts, RR: 9 Posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2839 times:
We're one week away from the start of the 2008 Formula 1 season. The testings done and the cars are on their way to Australia with the #1 adorning the front of a red car again. 2008 should be an interesting season for several reasons. Sure it won't have the same fireworks as 2007, with the spy saga over and Fernando moving back to Renault, but several duels are bound to occur during the season. Raikkonen v Hamilton v Alonso will no doubt ignite at some point during the season.
For me, I'm hesitant to pick a winner. Being a long time McLaren supporter, naturally I went them to win. But I don't like Lewis Hamilton and I don't think Kovalinen will be the bread winner at McLaren. Also being an Alonso fan, I'd like to see him win again, but I don't quite think the Renault is up to the job just yet.
Again in the lead up to the season, Bernie is questioning the future of the race in Australia due to the reluctance of the organisers to convert to a night race. In my opinion, it would be a great loss to Formula 1 should Australia leave the calendar. The name "Formula One World Championship" may want to be reconsidered to "Formula One European Championship"
Legoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3301 posts, RR: 44 Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2823 times:
Start of the season and B747forever isn't around. He must be going mental!
I hope that the F1 world can put the 2007 season behind them. It obviously wasn't the greatest season for the sport despite all the nail biting moments it bought to spectators. Personally I think we are going to see a 3 way battle between Raikkonen, Massa and Hamilton. I'm not sure Kovalainen is quite up to scratch yet but I'm hoping he proves me wrong. I also think Renault will be struggling for the first few races thus ruling out Alonso for the moment. I think Torro Rosso could be dark horses this year. I can see them getting some well earned points this year. Williams also look in good shape to spoil some parties this season.
Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
Sudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4127 posts, RR: 6 Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2776 times:
Quoting Legoguy (Reply 2): Start of the season and B747forever isn't around. He must be going mental!
He is banned, again, and may it be for good this time!
I am not sure at all to what the opening race will offer, or the rest of the season for that matter.
This season will probably give us enough suprises with Hamilton challenging for the crown, Kimi defending it, Massa to prove himself as otherwise (in my opinion) his days are counted with Ferrari, Kovi will cause headlines as I think he will be able to challenge his team mate, Alonso is still in the game as he is one hell of a good driver/tech.
I love the Australian race as it has fast track layout and beautiful location. Hope it stays.
BlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1809 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2760 times:
I really like the Australian Grand Prix and I hope it stays on the Calendar. A night race at Albert Park would take away a lot of the beauty of the area, and it just wouldn't be the same.
As for my choice of who will win this first race, as much as I want Hamilton to win, I've gotta go with Kimi on this one. I hope i'm wrong but, I think Kimi will be the fastest for most of the season.
As far as the other drivers go, I think Massa and Kovalainen will be at each others throats for a good bit of the season. I also think that Toyota and Williams will definately turn some threads, and I hope that Rosberg clinches some Podiums for the team. I also hope that Force India doesn't come in Dead last, or DNFs all the races...I want to see them succeed and get some points.
All in All it's going to be an exciting season I hope.
Anybody have a top 10 for the race?...For me it goes like this.
Cheers to a good race...Looking forward to first testing session...I hope Speed TV shows it..will be great to see and hear some F1 Cars running around Albert Park again...But I really wish I had ITV they've got the best coverage.
BlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1809 posts, RR: 6 Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2737 times:
Just doing a bit of research, seems that here in the US, Speed TV will be showing the Practice session, and Qualifying Live....But the race won't be live, and will be shown at 1:30 in the afternoon on Sunday!....More than 12 hours later!
I don't think I could wait that long!...Anyone have any suggestions..as to what to do?
P.S. I Believe there are new rules for Qualifying and the process...Does anyone know where we can find those? I've been looking but the F1 website's not very helpful.
Airbuske From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 463 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2700 times:
Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 17):
How? Where? You got a link? If thats the case Ill just lie in bed with the laptop and headphones rather than going downstairs and disturbing everyone with the surround sound
Download a program called SopCast and I will post a link for you to watch the Friday practice. In this way, we can test to make sure everything is flowing smooth for Sunday.
The program has no spyware so don't worry. I use it all the time to watch my my team play in the premier league
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 56 Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2631 times:
Well I'm back on a.net after the fun of Abu Dhabi and trying to work out the route of next years GP
Personally I'm hoping for some Ferrari reliability issues that knock Kimi out of the first race. Not because I have anything against him, its just he's such an overwhelming favourite for the race, given that a.) Ferrari seems to have the best car going into the new season and b.) Melbourne has always been a Ferrari circuit.
I'd love to see a real wild card winner but I can't see that happening.
McLaren, Hamilton and Massa need to hit the ground running at this race. The pressure is particularly on Massa. If the Ferrari is as good as everyone is saying, then he really needs to be close to, or preferably for him, in front of Kimi if he doesn't want to slip quickly into the No.2 role at Ferrari this year. He has to show some real consistency from the first race.
Good news is that Super Aguri will be competing after securing last minute British sponsorship to keep them in F1. Bad news for them is they have last year's Honda.......
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
Sudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4127 posts, RR: 6 Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2625 times:
Quoting Cornish (Reply 22): if he doesn't want to slip quickly into the No.2 role at Ferrari this year.
I would say that he already has that role after last race at Interlagos.
Kimi will also for sure get all the new stuff first as the season progress.
And as we have seen before, when Massa is under pressure he makes a lot of mistakes. And under pressure he is, so I do not see him as contender for the crown, but more to hold up Hamilton, Kovi, Alonso, Nick and Kubica.
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 56 Reply 24, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2616 times:
Quoting Sudden (Reply 23): I do not see him as contender for the crown, but more to hold up Hamilton, Kovi, Alonso, Nick and Kubica
To be honest I don't see any of them being contenders for the title unless McLaren pull a rabbit out of a hat. By being in the same car, Massa is Kimi's only realistic title rival this season. You mention Interlagos but it was fair enough that Massa supported Kimi in that race, as he was out of the championship title by then - but he would have walked the race otherwise. He was far quicker than Kimi that weekend.
Massa is certainly as quick as Kimi when he is really at his best. But he lacks the consistency and seems to vary from circuit to circuit. In Brazil and Turkey over the last two seasons he's been head and shoulders above everybody else. If he can be quick every race weekend over the entire weekend, not just qualifying then Kimi has a battle on his hands - but i don't see it myself.
As for the others, Alonso has said that the Renault is about a second a lap off the two leading teams which testing has pretty much confirmed. He'll win races in the second half of the season, but I don't think he'll be a championship contender unless the Ferraris prove to be very unreliable.
BMW have not impressed in testing. Apparently the car is very nervous and twitchy to drive - something that Heidfeld is struggling with in particular given his smooth style. I expect BMW won't have the clear third team role this season but the likes of Renault and Williams will push them hard.
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
25 Andaman: The Guardian's article about the Finnish F1 drivers: http://sport.guardian.co.uk/formulaone2008/story/0,,2262004,00.html It seems the long empty count
26 StealthZ: From FIA 2008 Formula One sporting regulations.... More at www.fia.com Cheers
27 Flyboysp: Just an update with regards to the start of the race, race start will be at 1530 local. There was also talk that next years Australian GP would be a t
28 Nosedive: 10 minutes now? Still with race fuel declared?
29 CupraIbiza: Hmm great thinking! - Start at 330pm. 4pm is the hottest time of the day. Here is the weather forecast (apparently summer is finished according to th
30 Emrecan: It has been so long and we have all missed the competition a lot. I am sure this year will be much more competetive than the previous years. Of course
31 StealthZ: Yes only 10minutes now and this clause from the 2007 regs- has been changed to this for 2008 So it appears no refuelling! cheers Chris
32 Melpax: Much quicker than driving round the lake at 60km/h with a speed camera or radar gun at every corner
33 Gman94: Go Lewis, Go McLaren, Go Williams and lots of engine blowouts for the evil ones at Ferrari.
34 Scbriml: This doesn't make sense to me because the spectators are going to lose out here - the cars will be much heavier (and slower) at the end of Q3. I appr
35 StealthZ: Ah! Steve, you are confusing the Max & Bernie World Farce championship with something like common sense! Max, Bernie... common sense and genuine fair
36 Scbriml: I'm sorry, I just can't suppress my innate optimism. I'll try not to let it happen again.
37 Cornish: Yes we'll have none of that. Any bets on when the first protest is going to be issued? (by Ferrari if the McLaren proves to be quick.....)
38 StealthZ: With Stepney on "gardening leave" and Brawn uploading Scuderia2006.dat to servers at Honda... might be interesting as well!
39 Jamesbuk: Its normally plus 10-15'c so they are going to be hitting about 50'c inside the cockpit... Rgds --James--
40 Tango29: Here we go again, you can't beat a Anet F1 Thread for entertainment judging by last seasons threads!! All joking aside this looks like a promising se
41 CupraIbiza: Thanks James. Much appreciated. Who do you think is the least fittest driver? i.e who would be expected to struggle the most? Fisi at 35? or one of t
42 Bill142: And WRC drivers. With those temps, I think I'm glad I'm not going this year. I go sooo sunburnt during Qualifying last year despite the fact I was sm
43 Sudden: All the drivers on the grid are very fit, but Fisi would be one of the more fittest, really. If any, I would say Emerson junior, but again, he is mos
44 B747forever: Finally back from my ban!!! However, will all you guys (european) see the race?? I need to get up around 03:45 to see the qualifying on Saturday, and
45 Andaman: Why banned?? I will be working that night, and most probably able to watch the whole package.
46 B747forever: I dont actually now, they didnt tell me the reason!!! Cant wait til the race start, I am so excited.