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F1 Season Opener - Australian Grand Prix  
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8439 posts, RR: 8
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3642 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"

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/65566

Your thoughts on the opening race?

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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3639 times:

Not sure about the opening race, but being British I'm obviously putting my hopes on Hamilton clinching it for good this season.

I hope you're at the airport ready to catch some of those F1 cars rolling out of Singapore Airlines Cargo aircraft  Wink



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3312 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

 Wow! 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'?
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8439 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3615 times:



Quoting Singapore_Air (Reply 1):


I hope you're at the airport ready to catch some of those F1 cars rolling out of Singapore Airlines Cargo aircraft

It's usually handled by someone cheap like Alitalia Cargo.


User currently offlineScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

can't believe the season is here already.

forza ferrari. kimi and massa will definitely be strong contenders this year.


User currently offlineSudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3579 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.

Aim for the sky!
Sudden



When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3563 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.

1. Kimi
2. Hamilton
3. Massa
4. Kovalainen
5. Heidfeld
6. Alonso
7. Rosberg
8 Kubica
9. Trulli
10. Fisichella


User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3561 times:



Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 6):
1. Kimi
2. Hamilton
3. Massa
4. Kovalainen
5. Heidfeld
6. Alonso

Funny - exactly how I thought it would be! Will be a nice start for Ferrari if it does happen that way.

Well is it me or has this come around very quickly this year? Felt like it was just last week with the spy scandal, Hamilton impressing everyone and Kimi's "comeback"

Lets hope this year is as exciting on the track as it was last year!

Rgds --James--



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineSudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3557 times:



Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 7):
Well is it me or has this come around very quickly this year? Felt like it was just last week with the spy scandal, Hamilton impressing everyone and Kimi's "comeback"

I think our threads are helping us through the off season period, and to keep us floating.

BlueElephant!
Have we not forgot something buddy?
a hint, and here is a lap around........ Big grin

Aim for the sky!
Sudden



When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3556 times:



Quoting Sudden (Reply 8):
a hint, and here is a lap around........

Ill do the honors m'lord




Onboard Schumachers Ferrari - Australia 2004. Big grin

Rgds --James --



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3553 times:

Paint the season Red - Ferrari Red!


"Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy..."
User currently offlineAirbuske From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3552 times:

I predict (and hope for) Hamilton to not finish the race.

Go Kimmi! Go Massa! Forza Ferrari!!!


User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

Wow...It really has been a while hasn't it....

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 9):

Thanks you Jamesbuk...


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.


User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3540 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! Wow!

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.

[Edited 2008-03-09 10:14:07]

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3526 times:

Best luck for Renault and Kovalainen! He's got a nickname Mr Niceman... v. Kimi The Iceman  Wink Very different kind of Finns!


User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3523 times:



Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 7):
Well is it me or has this come around very quickly this year? Felt like it was just last week with the spy scandal, Hamilton impressing everyone and Kimi's "comeback"

The spygate story, the Alonso/McLaren scuttlebutt, and the racist Spanish fans stories all kept F1 in the news this offseason. Sometimes the adage "all publicity is good publicity" holds true...

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 13):
But the race won't be live, and will be shown at 1:30 in the afternoon on Sunday!....More than 12 hours later! Wow!

According to my schedule on DirecTV, it's going to be on at midnight (EDT), about 1-1/2 hours after the 12 hours of Sebring. (I love it... the ALMS and F1 openers in one day Big grin )

I think the schedule on Speed's website is screwed up. They've been advertising live coverage of the race all week.



I'll rassle ya for a bowl of bacon!
User currently offlineAirbuske From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3517 times:



Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 13):

I don't think I could wait that long!...Anyone have any suggestions..as to what to do?

You can watch it online. (for free)

 Wink


User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3510 times:



Quoting Airbuske (Reply 16):

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  silly 

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 15):

True - i just remember when I was younger waiting almost years for F1 to start again but again this time it feels as if as soon as its finished its almost started again.

Rgds --James--



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineAirbuske From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3503 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  Smile


User currently offlineJasondn From South Africa, joined Nov 2007, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3494 times:

I think that Kimi is going to win, with Hamilton in contention for second. I have the feeling though that Kovalinen is going to give both of them a run for their money!

I think that Kovalinen will be on the podium, but the order will look something like this:

1. Kimi
2. Hamilton
3. Kovalinen

If this does work out this way, not a great start for Ferrari in the constructor's championship, but it is going to be another nail biting season!

Lets hope for some good competitive racing and that the last GP of the season is a nail biter with all up for grabs!!!


User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3485 times:



Quoting Bill142 (Thread starter):
The name "Formula One World Championship" may want to be reconsidered to "Formula One European Championship"

Heh, I was gonna make fun of you for being whiny...then I remembered we don't have a race at all  Sad

Oh, instead of adding hype, I'm hijacking the thread:
Champ Car is dead. Long Live Champ Car!

Tony George is still a fucktard, though.


User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3457 times:



Quoting Duff44 (Reply 15):
I think the schedule on Speed's website is screwed up. They've been advertising live coverage of the race all week.

Confirmed, just saw it on Speed... midnight EDT.



I'll rassle ya for a bowl of bacon!
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3434 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  Wink


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
User currently offlineSudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3428 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.


Aim for the sky!
Sudden



When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3419 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 Post contains links 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 Post contains links 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 Post contains images 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 Post contains images 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.
47 Boeing74741R : God help us all!
48 B747forever : Seems that it will either be a really warm race weekend, or a mild. He, he.
49 CupraIbiza : Thats what us long suffering F1 fans have to endure for almost all races. Even Malaysia which is only a few timezones away is put on late night. disg
50 Legoguy : Those are pretty high temperatures. I thought the Australian Grandprix had usually been warmish around 20oC... not 35oC!!! Comparable to Bahrain. A ho
51 Jamesbuk : From what I remember on one of the "ITV F1 specials" last year - Theres like an optimum temperature for each tyre, so yeah hot ground is good, but to
52 Post contains images Baroque : May anyone who wishes ill on ANY of them have their own favourite DNF! Yes, but you have to award as many points to Channel 10 as to the time zones.
53 Post contains images Legoguy : I guess lack of traction control will play a large roll in tyre degradation this season. I have been thinking about this. The more experienced older
54 CupraIbiza : It has varied - just like Melbourne weather. But yes generally the temp is in the 20s around GP time, with the odd low 30s thrown in. This will test
55 B747forever : That is true. You guys have a it really bad. Okay, I see. Will be a interesting race anyway. So you wont wake up!!!
56 Sudden : Man, why did they open your cage! (That was not meant as a joke) Shame on me! Indeed I meant Nelson. Aim for the sky! Sudden
57 Post contains links Bill142 : For you lovers of those metal flying thingies. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/65657
58 B747forever : " target=_blank>http://www.autosport.com/news/report...65657 Wonder how much they paid??
59 Post contains links Bill142 : Who cares? BMW are shooting for number 3. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/65666 Reminds me of that episode of The Simpsons where Lisa is
60 Post contains images B747forever : I do " target=_blank>http://www.autosport.com/news/report...65666 Will be interesting to see if they can maintain the third place.
61 Post contains links B747forever : Here is the press conference: http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/080313121859.shtml
62 Nosedive : THOU SHALL NOT SPEAK OF AVIATION! PRAISE THE GRAND COUNCIL! Practice 1: Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps 1 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:26.46
63 Post contains images HKGKaiTak : Haven't posted anything in non-av for a while ... I'm back! Watching Practice 2 at the moment. The 2008 cars look and sound so good ... no traction co
64 ScrubbsYWG : i am watching practice 2 right now, and they just showed part of a lap on board with kimi. I was thinking it sure is great to not have that grinding
65 Nosedive : Anyone else think Honda loses the Fashion award....again. Amazing how twitchy these cars are w/o traction control. If anything, there's going to be a
66 B747forever : Here is the second practice: Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps 1 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.559 33 2 10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renau
67 Post contains links BlueElephant : http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/65705 I found this article very interesting. Apparently Kimi wasn't very happy with his car yesterday. The
68 B747forever : That is a interesting point. Maybe you have right??
69 Sudden : Not really interesting, but more a fact. There were very different kind of fuel loads today, as each team is checking there stuff. But still, it is a
70 Nosedive : Ummm, the praise is "The flag drops and the bullshit stops." Get it right or I'm invading Sweden.
71 Post contains images Bill142 : BMW's first cars to go below 1:26. Ferrari and McLaren both out of the top ten after practice 3. Force India and STR in the top ten. Qualifying should
72 B747forever : Here are the results from practice: Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps 1 4 Robert Kubica BMW 1:25.613 18 2 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:25.950 0.337 16
73 Post contains images Legoguy : Kimi looking as if he has a mechanical issue in the first qualifying session stopping on the pit lane entrance. mmmm   May have run out of fuel howev
74 B747forever : Q1 is now over. Out are Davidson, Piquet, Sato, Sutil, Bourdais and Fisi. Wonder what happened Kimi??
75 Post contains images B747forever : Damn, saw just that Kimi got out of his car. Buhhhuuu
76 B747forever : Webber is out, and the qualifying have been read flagged!! Just got the news about the new qualifying. I really dont like the new rules.
77 B747forever : Q2 is over. Out are Kimi, Webber, Nakajima, Button, ALONSO, Rubens. It so sad that Kimi had problems with the car, and so sad that Webber "crashed". O
78 B747forever : The start grid looks like this for tomorrow: Hamilton Kubica Kovalainen Massa Heidfeld Trulli Rosberg Coulthard Glock Vettel Barrichello Alonso Button
79 Bill142 : Kubica should be on pole. He was massively faster then Hamilton but messed it up and lost some time. Great effort for P2 tho. Surprised that Alonso di
80 B747forever : Maybe Vettel knew he couldnt get a better position than 10th, so he instead saved fuel. Agree with you, Kubica was much faster. What do you guys thin
81 Legoguy : That was the first time I have seen an F1 car lapping this season and I must admit, everytime I saw an on board camera view of a car going through a c
82 Bill142 : Tho it's of little current relevance, I've just discovered that Ten HD will broadcast all F1 races live or near live. Hopefully this will mean that al
83 Post contains images Flyboysp : Unfortunately for me, i dont have that yet, so it appears that i will have to persevere with the normal offerings from 10
84 Post contains links B747forever : Seems that Kimi had problem with the electronic fuel pump; http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/080315071255.shtml And Vettel impressed o
85 Post contains images Emrecan : It was awful to wake up at 5 am but very enjoyable to watch the qualifying session. This year we will see all the drivers off the track Too bad for Ki
86 B747forever : That is true, I woke up 3:40!!!! I am taking back everything I said about night races!!! It will for sure be a exciting GP tomorrow.
87 Bill142 : Me either. I'm not even sure that 10HD is even broadcast here in CBR. The article merely points out that Ferrari have the option of using an STR driv
88 Post contains images Scbriml : I'm really struggling to understand how on Earth they could have come up with that crap that is Q3. Qualifying should be about cars going faster and
89 B747forever : And that points out that he one day can get a F1 seat with Ferrari. Remember he is just 20years old. Cant agree more with you. The new rules are so b
90 Post contains images Emrecan : I am waiting
91 Boeing74741R : Ye of little patience!
92 Nosedive : I'll be the dissenter here. I like how shuffled the deck is now, and w/o TC it takes even more skill to make it up front and stay up there. Plus, the
93 Scbriml : The new qualifying format didn't really contribute to the grid order. I certainly don't disagree that removing TC will make a big difference, but the
94 Nosedive : It's going to depend on a lot of variables: Who's in the top 10, how much the teams can think they can improve their position relative to the other t
95 Bill142 : Current temp in Melbourne is 38 Deg C. According to local coverage a few of the practice starts have been 'ordinary'. Could mean that getting the star
96 Post contains images CPH-R : Way to start the race - A flying racer and Safety Car on the very first lap
97 Legoguy : Crazy first corner as expected. Massa into the barrier at the first corner, Kimi up to 8th, Alonso 9th. Rosberg up to 4th also.
98 Bill142 : Hamilton is pulling away. Just under a second a lap faster then Kubica.
99 Legoguy : Finn vs Finn now. How long can Kimi make those soft tyres last!! Impressive stuff although I guess being stuck behind Barrichello may have preserved h
100 B747forever : Seems that Kimi goes for a one stopper!!!
101 B747forever : SC is out now. SC is out. This is great for Kimi and bad for Hamilton!!!!
102 BlueElephant : I don't think that Kimi would be going for a one stopper and if he is then its probably a bad Idea...I bet its because of qualifying... P.S. nasty cra
103 Bill142 : Massa seems to be ok. We'll see if he's got a problem when the suspension fails. DC's not impressed! He's, to quote DC, "Going to kick a few colours o
104 Andz : he's pretty upset, he told Louise Goodman "I'm going to kick the shit out of the little bastard" LOL
105 Bill142 : Raikkonen not pitting! Questionable strategy? Alonso was close to running dry the SC came at the right time. Raikkonen off! What a mess!
106 Nosedive : OK, I'm writing this as I'm seeing both Ferraris fuck up their races, but how exactly would the ability not to pit help help Kimi? Even if Kimi didn'
107 Post contains images Legoguy : Little Finn tricks big Finn, kind of. Isn't there a rule stating that cars should remain within 5 car lengths of each other during the safety car peri
108 B747forever : Damn. But he have now made the stop. Wonder were he will end now.
109 ScrubbsYWG : oh kimi. it was going so brilliantly for you. that would have been absolutely amazing if he didnt go off. oh well.
110 Nosedive : BTW, Bourdais is in 6th. I gave him shit when he was CART Champ against assfucks like Paul Tracy, and I never thought he would be in an F1 seat, and I
111 Bill142 : His race is over. No chance of the win now. Did Alonso start on the soft tyre?? He's running the hard one now. Apparently may need to stop for fuel a
112 Nosedive : I do not believe he did. If that is the case, he must stop again. Good call.
113 Legoguy : I can't remember actually. Just as I type this, James Allen just says he started on hards, so he does indeed have to stop again. How about Kubica? If
114 B747forever : Yeah, I know. But will he take any points??
115 Nosedive : Depends on whether or not he has to stop. Seabass doesn't, according to SpeedTV. EDIT: No, no he will not get a point. He will get a 5.7 from the Rus
116 Bill142 : He did start on the hard tyre. He does have to stop again.
117 B747forever : Nah, he wont make anymore stops. I really doubt that.
118 Bill142 : Raikkonen spins at turn 3!
119 Post contains images ScrubbsYWG : kimi loses it again! what is happening at ferrari today?!@?!@
120 Legoguy : Another incident for Raikkonen at turn 3. Just not his day. Barrichello's doing shockingly well in 5th.
121 B747forever : Think it is over for Kimi. He wont get any points. What a bad race for Ferrari.
122 Nosedive : GLOCK!!!! SC OUT AGAIN Btw, I'm thinking an MSN chat may be better than a thread. I'm tired of hitting the reset button. COblonde@passport.com is my n
123 B747forever : Glock is out SC is out. Maybe Kimi can still get points.
124 Post contains images Legoguy : Damn, the race director is doing his job well today. Picked up two incidents as they were happening and both times, the tyres screeching during both i
125 Bill142 : Big crash!! Barrichello pulls the fuel rig out! It's all happening.
126 Nosedive : HONDA! THAT'S WHY YOU DONT RAISE THE LOLLIPOP UNTIL YOU'RE READY! Did Ruebens leave under the red? EDIT: Yes, yes he did. He should be DQed (for yet a
127 ScrubbsYWG : rubens will be DQd this is an action packed race. And lewis is going for a sunday drive.
128 B747forever : Yepp. He will be disqualified.
129 ScrubbsYWG : spoke too soon. apparently 10 second penalty.
130 B747forever : Kova and Alonso in again. Really bad for Kova, who will be last now.
131 B747forever : What a race!!! Kubica is also out. So sad.
132 Bill142 : If Alonso can dispense of Bourdais soon, he could push Rosberg.
133 Post contains images MIAspotter : What a crazy race!! not the best of days for Kimi tho. Loads of overtaking as well which is what we all wanted. And the winner is... Hamilton.... well
134 ScrubbsYWG : kimi's engine will grenade itself soon.
135 Bill142 : Raikkonens car is sick. I retract my comment about Alonso pushing Rosberg, Not enough laps.
136 B747forever : That is right. Again, what a bad race for ferrari. KIMI IS OUT!!! FERRARI IS OUT!!!
137 Post contains images MIAspotter : And yes he is out.. MIAspotter
138 Andz : Luckily we don't have one break from start to finish.
139 Nosedive : SEABASS!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!
140 Bill142 : Bourdais is out! Should still get 1 point as he should be classified as retiring in 8th.
141 MIAspotter : Bourdais also out.... man! there will be no cars left!! Great move by Kovi! MIAspotter P.S. ALONSO OVERTAKES HIM!!!
142 ScrubbsYWG : wow. the amount of alcohol that is going to be drunk by some of these drivers is going to be insane. there is A LOT of heartbreak in this race today.
143 Post contains images B747forever : Have to say congrats to Hamilton. Wow, Nico takes 3rd place, and Heidfeld drove excellent Hopefully Kimi will win next week
144 Bill142 : It's all over! Lewis wins! Great work McLaren and Lewis!
145 MIAspotter : And hamilton wins... Good for Alonso to get 4th. Better luck next week for Ferrari in Malaysia... and another early sunday for me it seems... MIAspott
146 Post contains images MIAspotter : COUGH Kimi COUGH! MIAspotter
147 B747forever : He, he. Rosberg is so happy. I am so glad for him.
148 B747forever : So who do you think will win next week?? Will McLaren continue in Sepang as they did here, or will Ferrari come back stronger??? And will BMW be up th
149 Andz : 6 Ferrari engines and not one finished, that must be worrying.
150 MIAspotter : Hmm, well I hope Ferrari's glitches today were only a "one off" and they come back stronger next week, but I must say McLaren are unstoppable and the
151 Post contains images Baroque : Yep, although once you have got over that struggle, pls start on working out better safety car rules. They seem crazy. Why not have simple qualifying
152 B747forever : That is what I also hopes. Otherwise it will be a misery.
153 Baroque : That reminds me of another insanity. If your engines are so bad you break down, you get a new engine for the next race. Whereas if you last the dista
154 Post contains images MIAspotter : Ohh I declare myself guilty as charged... MIAspotter
155 Bill142 : Renault seems to have more potential then we though.
156 Post contains images Baroque : Confession is supposed to be step one to redemption. Bloody hot down in Melbourne today. Putting the race back one hour, probably caught the top of t
157 MIAspotter : Probably yes, on the run up to the race the spanish telly interviewed Alonso, and he said "well we will see what can we do but I am not expecting muc
158 Post contains links B747forever : Seems that Bernie wants a new points system: http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/080316050452.shtml
159 QANTAS077 : I was over in Melbourne for the race but decided to leave this morning, no way in hell was I staying in the sun for 3hrs on a 40C day, ended up flying
160 BlueElephant : Amazing Race fellas.... did anyone have a double take when Kova took Alonso...and then Alonso too back the position from Kova? It almost seemed that K
161 Bill142 : apparently he hit the speedlimiter whilst trying to remove a tear away from his visor
162 Post contains links B747forever : I think the yellow flag was out when Kova over took Alonso, so he was forced to let Alonso over take him. Nakijama will have a 10P grid penalty at Se
163 Post contains links B747forever : Yay, Kimi will get one point because Rubens got disqualified: http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/080316100046.shtml
164 StealthZ : Funny that, we arrived in Melbourne Friday AM(about 9:30 track side) and the day got very hot.. long periods spent under shade trees and drinking wat
165 QANTAS077 : its a rip off in terms of value for money, I read in the HS on Friday that one man paid $600 for his seat then got slugged $18 for a damn souvlaki. T
166 Post contains images Astuteman : Indeed it was. Impeccable drive. I never saw him put a wheel wrong.... In fact, I never saw him... "the loneliness of leadership"...... Regards
167 StealthZ : Perhaps! We were just talking about that, didn't have the souvlaki but we suspect he bought 3 x $175(or similar) tickets and the souvlaki was nearer
168 QANTAS077 : night race won't happen imho...the Victorian government is already bleeding $40 million from this gig and it hasn't been profitable in years, I seriou
169 Scbriml : Very nice race by LH, never looked in any trouble. HK was very unlucky with the timing of the last safety car. Implosion at Ferrari! Both drivers maki
170 Baroque : Glad to find that was the reason, missed it on Ch 10. Had to be something like that or he had run into an invisible wall blocking his half of the tra
171 Post contains images SandroZRH : Great race, I just saw the replay here (Can't be assed to get up at 5am ) Good effort by Hamilton and glad that Heidfeld showed that BMW is a force to
172 B747forever : Nakijama have already got a 10position grid penalty for next weeks GP. I think it wasnt any mistake. Kova did first over take Alonso in yellow flags,
173 Post contains images Astuteman : In a post-race interview, Kova said he passed Alonso (fair and square), but then hit the pit lane rev limiter accidentally on the main straight, whil
174 B747forever : Mmmm. But the commentators said that it was because of yellow flags. Seems that they had wrong then.
175 Post contains images SandroZRH : So he'll keep the points he "won" today, thats ridiculous
176 Legoguy : No yellow flags waving at the time Kovalainen passed Alonso. Unfortunate for Kovalainen hitting the speed limiter. He can pull the positives out of t
177 Post contains images Boeing74741R : I always thought that Renault had potential when everyone else was writing them off, and it wouldn't surprise me if they keep it up as the season pro
178 Jamesbuk : Well for Ferrari that was a complete disaster of a weekend. I think that Kimi could fall down the same hole that Alonso did when he won the championsh
179 B747forever : Yepp. But on the other hand it will be much harder for him to get any points next week. Me too actually. It is more "racing" now, Agree with you!!!
180 Andz : so having a good reliable car and driving it well isn't fair?
181 Sudden : Best race of the season. It was really action packed from lap one until the flag dropped. We knew the frontrunners would be fast, so no surprise there
182 Boeing74741R : I said "for the sake of fairness and entertainment", with entertainment being the key word. Of course anyone who has a reliable car and drives it wel
183 Sudden : Fairness has nothing do with it! Hamilton is a damn good driver, and on top of it he has a damn good car, so what is not fair about it? I thought we
184 Post contains images B747forever : Of course it have to be the best, because so far it have just been this GP
185 Boeing74741R : Perhaps fairness was the wrong word (and I didn't read all of the F1 posts last season so I honestly have no idea what you mean when you said "agreed
186 Sudden : Your IQ level is really mindblowing! Aim for the sky! Sudden
187 Jamesbuk : I think what he means is - I doubt many of us want another Schumacher dominance era do we? So I'm hoping during the season the pack, or at least the
188 Post contains images Emrecan : Great result for Hamilton.. It was a disaster weekend for Ferrari Lets see what will happen next week...
189 Boeing74741R : Yes that is what I meant, and thanks for clearing it up for me. Even though I was a fan of Schumacher, I admit to the fact that it did make F1 boring
190 Egmcman : What an excellent start to the season. Good to have three different teams on the podium. Was Bourdais's result STR's best? Wasn't a good day for Ferra
191 Post contains images Pyrex : That's what they said about Schumacher. Anyway, I only saw the last 10 laps or so but it was really exciting. I am glad to see Sebastian Bourdais doi
192 Post contains images BA757 : I don't have much to add to this thread that hasn't been posted by others due to my late entry to this discussion. Absolutely great race, with a sligh
193 AerorobNZ : and it grates me to this day. They handicapped the world's best driver so the others could have a chance, how uncompetitive and unsporting is that? t
194 Post contains images Baroque : Don't worry Sudden, we have already seen what happens to those who wish ill on others. I am almost beginning to revise my convictions about there bei
195 Bill142 : Yeah I'm pretty sure I went off at a few immature twats about it and I'm prepared to do it again. Shape up or ship out kiddies. These threads aren't
196 Sudden : LOL! Now THAT'S funny because it's so true! While we are at it, B747forever, don't bother to start any F1 threads as this will not make you any more
197 Post contains images Cornish : Quite agree. Sadly it won't stop them happening. The threads will get as childish as ever in no time at all until more people learn to have an adult
198 Bill142 : He always thought that since he was French he had a god given right to have a seat at Renault. Renault however disagreed and preferred a Spanish-Ital
199 Cornish : Oh I agree. Or a wet race. Or somewhere like Monaco. One where Alonso's skill can negate the car's lack of performance. He's been bloody impressive s
200 Sudden : It does make sense though as he knows Ross from his days at Ferrari, and also what Ross is able to create. That said, Rubens must have high thoughts
201 BlueElephant : I think the Honda looked pretty good this weekend actually...I think its just a lot of bad luck for Button really. He needs to get out of that back o
202 Post contains images Sudden : 'Very true, and I don't put to much weight on the first race anyway. Although it was good fun to watch. Albert Park have shown before that a car bein
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