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F1 2010: Australian Grand Prix!  
User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4539 times:

Another week, another Race!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu0jzNglzY0
A lap of Melbourne with Jenson Button.


My top ten:

1. Massa
2. Vettel
3. Hamilton
4. Schumacher
5. Alonso
6. Button
7. Webber
8. Rosberg
9. Barichello
10. Sutil

To be fair, I think Lewis could very well pick up P1 after the race, Hamilton's always been good at Melbourne and the cirucit suits his driving style.

Other News:

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/82234
McLaren, Mercedes, and two other teams, must modify diffuser (although I think the impact on performance will be nil)

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/82277
Hamilton believes that Red Bull have a huge advantage.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/82299
While Button thinks that McLaren will be stronger in Oz.

Hopefully our Aussie fans on the thread here will be attending and will share some pics!

I wish I was there....

GO Hamilton as always!

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User currently offlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4963 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4522 times:

I see Massa doing well in Australia for some reason ... I can't wait!
And what used to be an inconvenience, now that I have a baby it's actually great ... the race is around 3am Argentina time (if someone could help me confirm that   ), so everyobdy is asleep and I don't need to keep the tv busy with cartoons .. I have f1 all for myself 



Carp aunque ganes o pierdas ...
User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4522 times:

Interesting to see how you rank Schumi. Any particular reason why you put him in front of Alonso and Button? Personally I can't see it happen myself, or at least not yet.
Or does your list rather reflect the result you would like to see?  

I'm going to be very boring and not make any prediction. I simply think it's too difficult as of yet. Also because Raikkonen is not in the game anymore. Yep, I can admit I miss him on the grid. I think it would be have been nice to see him fight it out with the other title holders.

Aim for the sky!
Sudden



When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4512 times:

Quoting sudden (Reply 2):
Interesting to see how you rank Schumi. Any particular reason why you put him in front of Alonso and Button? Personally I can't see it happen myself, or at least not yet.
Or does your list rather reflect the result you would like to see?

No reason I put Schumi in from of Alonso....I just think he'll have a better race. Schumi is known for his confidence...he realized that he'll have to push much harder. And we also know that he's ridiculously hard to pass...Alonso gets stuck behind him...botched Pit stop :-P

Button...well I still don't have much hope for him...he HAS to drive agressively to even catch up to his teammate. His current ( and past) driving style won't let him be as good as Hamilton.

does my list reflect the results I want to see?...no way...I'd want a McLaren 1-2  ...but realistically...it won't happen I hope I'm wrong.


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2751 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4499 times:

Let's hope we'll have more enjoyment than last time...


"A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one" - Moliere
User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6686 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4495 times:

The first round was terrible, if you wanted to see some exciting open wheel racing then the IRL opener in Brazil was a much better and more entertaining race, they probably had more overtaking in that race than half of last seasons F1 races put together. Makes you wonder what F1 would be like if they had a control chassis with free choice of engines and (maybe) the ability for teams to customise some areo like front and rear wings. Being able to pick the majority of winners based on qualifying position doesn't make racing fun to watch, it's been this way since the early 90's.

I wouldn't count out Schumacher he's won Melbourne 4 times, if he qualifies well he'll and the car is running well he'll be hard to beat.


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2751 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4461 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):
Makes you wonder what F1 would be like if they had a control chassis with free choice of engines and (maybe) the ability for teams to customise some areo like front and rear wings.

Well, it would go against F1's nature to have standardize chassis or whatever else. IIRC, Mosley wanted to impose one type of engine to all manufacturers and there's been strong protests against this idea.

I think that downforce, electronics and the new circuits "made in FIA" are the three evils of F1.



"A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one" - Moliere
User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2652 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4442 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 4):
Let's hope we'll have more enjoyment than last time...

And another Ferrari 1-2, but this time Massa-Alonso!

The race will be broadcasted at 8:00am Spanish time, so I won't have to get up so early, they do however have a "previa" which is a 2 hour programme where they talk about F1, show you some technical stuff and basically talk about Alonso, De La Rosa, and Alguersuari oh and Hispania Racing. that starts at 6am but I think I will skip that.

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4434 times:

Quoting EZEIZA (Reply 1):
the race is around 3am Argentina time (if someone could help me confirm that ),

I am in EST, which is 1 hour behind you so yes 3am, as it is to be broadcast here at 2am.


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4424 times:

I'm kind of happy I was in the stadium last week instead of watching F1. At least in the stadium, USP kept us all busy with the choreos.

Let's see if Round 2 becomes any better, though it's likely I'll miss that as well because of the time difference.


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2751 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4418 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 7):
And another Ferrari 1-2, but this time Massa-Alonso!

No ! No no no no no no ! Not Massa. Sorry, but I just can't.



"A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one" - Moliere
User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4405 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 6):
IIRC, Mosley wanted to impose one type of engine to all manufacturers and there's been strong protests against this idea.

Isn't it funny how things change - there was a time on the dim distant past where Ferrari was the only team not using a Cosworth engine, through the free choice of the teams.

Then the car manufacturers got involved again......

I'm of the "anyone but ferrari" persuasion (but remember when they were the underdog) and hope the RB's speed and fuel consumption are balanced as, of course, MW should win!  

Interesting article in one of our papers this AM on Button considering V8SC once retired - he did some time in a V8SC yesterday, whilst Whincup (current V8SC champion) had Hamilton's car from last year....


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2652 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4400 times:

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 11):
Button considering V8SC once retired

Button should go drive milkfloats (Electric cars to deliver milk for our non-UK friends) which are better suited to his "smooth" driving style (or lack of)

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 10):
No ! No no no no no no ! Not Massa. Sorry, but I just can't.

Why not? that way his confidence will get a boost and both Ferrari drivers will start pushing each other! Fun!

MIAspotter



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User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5611 posts, RR: 45
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4367 times:
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Quoting BlueElephant (Thread starter):
Hopefully our Aussie fans on the thread here will be attending and will share some pics!

Will be attending but pics are a stretch, Albert Park has become the most photographer unfriendly track I have ever been to. This is at both a physical level, barriers, fences and advertising make it almost impossible to get a shot and at an official level with a putative ban on camera lenses over 200mm, turns out this was how security folks interpreted a directive from AGP Corp, real ban is on commercial use of images( Note to self, find email from AGP Corp telling me it was OK to take Bigma!)

An interesting snippet from the fan survey conducted a few weeks back by FOTA & FOM, nearly 67% of respondents(approx 90,000) said that F1 should remain the "pinnacle of automotive technology". Sadly that has not been the case for some time, inexpensive and mundane road cars now have technology and systems that the F1 teams can only dream about.
I think F1 may be considered the pinnacle of allowed automotive technology.
One thing I wish they would consider is making the engines free again... well almost free. Perhaps something like a 2.4 or 3 Litre, freedom of cylinder numbers and configuration, freedom of fuel but a limitation, say 13-14,000 on RPM.

Just a thought.

C



If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10744 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4351 times:

Quoting BlueElephant (Thread starter):
GO Hamilton as always!

Greetings from bkk suvarnabhumi airport          thai airways business lounge on my way to singapore - Thai computers are crap

My take on Melbourne

!. Lewis Hamilton   
2. Kamui Kobayashi
3. Pedro de la Rosa
...
!9, :Michael Schumacher



Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 8):
I am in EST, which is 1 hour behind you so yes 3am, as it is to be broadcast here at 2am.

Will be watching the race from somewhere in Singapore before i First to Fly the Singapore Airlines A380 again this time it will be to Zurich at midnight on GP day

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
Button should go drive milkfloats (Electric cars to deliver milk for our non-UK friends) which are better suited to his "smooth" driving style (or lack of)

Oh what a good idea - Lets find him a contract with one of the milk delivery companies

Quoting stealthz (Reply 13):
Will be attending

Enjoy yourself and have a great time  



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2652 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4343 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 14):

!. Lewis Hamilton
2. Kamui Kobayashi
3. Pedro de la Rosa
...
!9, :Michael Schumacher

Oh come on... I mean Lewis finishing 1st is a possibility no doubts about it but Kamui and Pedro? that could only happen if the rest of the field crash out at the first turn and they are the only cars left running, together with the Lotus and Hispania Racing (who will drop out after 4 laps anyways)

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 14):
Oh what a good idea - Lets find him a contract with one of the milk delivery companies

Yep, they can even paint it silver and put some stickers on it so he can pretend to still be driving for Macca.

My prediction.

1.Alonso
2.Hamilton
3.Vettel
4.Massa
5.Webber
6.Rosberg
7.Schumacher

MIAspotter.



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6686 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4343 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 14):
2. Kamui Kobayashi

2nd come on he's nothing more than a moving chicane.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 14):
Oh what a good idea - Lets find him a contract with one of the milk delivery companies

Better get a second float ready for Kobayashi, I doubt he will ever step foot on the podium in his entire career let alone win a race or a championship.


User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4332 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 16):
2nd come on he's nothing more than a moving chicane.

  

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 16):
Better get a second float ready for Kobayashi, I doubt he will ever step foot on the podium in his entire career let alone win a race or a championship.

He will most likely go down the same road as most other Asian drivers who came/left F1.

Aim for the sky!
Sudden



When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2751 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 4311 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 12):
Why not?

Because I don't like him? And I very very much prefer Alonso!



"A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one" - Moliere
User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 15):

Oh come on... I mean Lewis finishing 1st is a possibility no doubts about it but Kamui and Pedro? that could only happen if the rest of the field crash out at the first turn and they are the only cars left running, together with the Lotus and Hispania Racing (who will drop out after 4 laps anyways)

I hope you both know that these 3 drivers are Madame C's favorites.... I hope you all know she's not serious...she knows this is not likely to happen, but it is her dream result  


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17008 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4272 times:

If Redbull gets it right this time, I think Vettel will do very well and finish on the podium. Bet Ferrari will continue to perform good, hope so at least.


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10744 posts, RR: 38
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4228 times:

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 19):
these 3 drivers are Madame C's favorites....

Hammy can win Melbourne - i certainly hope he will

as to Kamui and Pedro i will keep encouraging them
I look forward to seeing them in Monaco

While everybody will be after Schumi Alonso and Massa
I will see my own two at the paddocks and around and Hammy too
I know quite a few of the McLaren people

Wont be Aguri fun - BMW Sauber are tight spirited - though it will be nice to see the boys   

Go Hammy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   



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User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4192 times:

One good thing that I know many of us will support, is the fact that we will not have to see Anthony Hamilton anymore in the garage. He will focus on his own business going forward. Or who knows, maybe Lewis kicked dad to the curb.

Aim for the sky!
Sudden



When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlinebill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8435 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

Quoting sudden (Reply 22):
Or who knows, maybe Lewis kicked dad to the curb.

I doubt that. I'm sure Anthonys got his hand in there in some way, shape or form.


User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4187 times:

Quoting bill142 (Reply 23):
I doubt that. I'm sure Anthonys got his hand in there in some way, shape or form.

Probably as he wants a bit of the $ that his son earns. But at least I don't need to see his face in the garage during the weekend anymore.

Aim for the sky!
Sudden



When in doubt, flat out!
25 Post contains links GrahamHill : Another nice statement from Schumi (and this is why I don't like him) http://www.lequipe.fr/Formule1/breve..._schumacher-en-pere-fouettard.html (in Fr
26 Post contains links BlueElephant : I'm not defending Schumi because like you, I don't really like him. But for clarification due to a possible error in translation. The english article
27 EZEIZA : thanks both, but I'm a bit lost ... If the race is 8am Spanish time, then it would be 4am Argentina time, since it's 4 hour difference with (most of)
28 Post contains images B747forever : Maybe Alonso?
29 Delboy : My take on Melbourne !. Lewis Hamilton 2. Kamui Kobayashi 3. Pedro de la Rosa Whatever it is you are smoking Madam, I suggest you stop. This is never
30 Post contains links BlueElephant : thanks both, but I'm a bit lost ... If the race is 8am Spanish time, then it would be 4am Argentina time, since it's 4 hour difference with (most of)
31 B747forever : Yepp, we will change the time during Sunday night.
32 Post contains images GrahamHill : Interesting. Then it is indeed a mistranslation. However, it won't change my mind about him No, I'm sorry.
33 sudden : Care to expand on that!? Your such a woman from time to time. Aim for the sky! Sudden
34 Post contains images EZEIZA : that was the first that came to my mind, but not the only one ... I have Montoya on the list too no need to apologize possibly due to the Spanish pre
35 sudden : The Mclaren team, and Hamilton admitted later on that they should have payed more attention to what Alonso said. But during the season he came over a
36 BlueElephant : I would actually add a few more drivers to this list. Hamilton, Vettel, Kubica and maybe Rosberg, would be among them. Massa, Button, Webber?....not
37 EZEIZA : I agree, but he began being a showoff when he was just starting (and there's where I partly blame the Spanish press) Agree on that too.
38 NA : One thing is for sure, Webber will do everything to beat his teammate Vettel. Imho we´ll see another Ferrari win, and that its Alonso isnt so sure. A
39 Post contains images GrahamHill : We already talked about that, so I'm not going to go over this again and again...
40 Springbok747 : Why not? It will be great to see him win after that horrible accident last year. I hope its another Ferrari 1-2. But I see Vettel winning this one..w
41 B747forever : But I doubt he will be able to beat Vettel. Vettel is the better driver in Redbull.
42 Post contains images MIAspotter : We go forward 1 hour on at 3am sunday, I will make the effort to get up early on sunday, just because it's F1 and because the next weekend is Easter
43 Post contains images BlueElephant : I agree with this, but I don't think we're going to have another 1-2. Massa is more determined then ever to win it this time. I think McLaren will be
44 MIAspotter : They did, specially Button Almost, because he almost cocked up that year too and if it wasn't for that still dubious pass on Glock on the last corner
45 Post contains images B747forever : I still have nightmares about that! Massa was WDC only for a few seconds
46 MIAspotter : Me too, and I still think there is more to that than just pure coincidence. MIAspotter.
47 BlueElephant : of course it wasn't a coincidence, it was raining and the Toyotas were on dry tyres. Get over it. Your logic for Hamilton not being a deserving champ
48 Post contains images BlueElephant : I just saw Bruno Senna go P1!....granted not even everyone has done installation laps yet
49 MadameConcorde : Not a good day for Kamui and Pedro. Kamui was doing really well on timing until he had the spin then it was Pedro not too long after... Awful morning
50 bill142 : Could be because they're not in a good car. How can you be WDC when all your competitors haven't finished?
51 Post contains images GrahamHill : Because:
52 sudden : You are the WDC holder after the official result has been announced after the race when all drivers have passed the flag. So Massa never had the titl
53 Post contains images scbriml : Wow, some people really just can't let go can they? If their favoured driver "dominates", then it seems it's down to his brilliance (while the rest of
54 Baroque : No idea if this in on topic or off topic, but Hammie has just lost his Mercedes car for hooning. Will be up before the beak next week too. On the ABC
55 sudden : In that case you buried that debate right there.
56 Post contains links and images Boeing74741R : Virgin have been forced to redesign their car due to the fuel tank being too small to last an entire race... http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorspor
57 Bongodog1964 : Any bets on how long before SRB loses interest ?
58 EZEIZA : that's why I favour the current point structure. I'm sure that if this had been in place last season, we would have seen a different Button. Coincide
59 BlueElephant : Actually I think the results would have been the same...Button would have won the WDC quicker too.
60 B747forever : And last race did the exact opposite!
61 EZEIZA : I'm not so sure ... I would need to get the calculator out but I think it would not have been the same lol!
62 Post contains links Springbok747 : The stupid Vic Police will do anything to get attention. They say his wheels "spun" after he exited Albert Park. Big deal. Plenty of people spin thei
63 B747forever : Well, if I have done my math right this late in the night, Button would have finished as 1st with 237points, Vettel 2nd with 221points, Rubens with 1
64 Post contains images GrahamHill : Hey! It just sounds like the French cops
65 Post contains links Baroque : Once the link came up I posted it but it was deleted because I did not comment, well here is the link back again with comment. http://www.abc.net.au/
66 BlueElephant : Here's a question for everyone. Do you think the race will make it through its entirety? Keep in mind it'll be late in the afternoon, its supposed to
67 Post contains images Baroque : The offfending low is forecast to fair gallop across the continent, so timing might be a bit off, could clear early or develop late, or shock horror,
68 Post contains images flood : I'm hoping for a wet qualifying first
69 Post contains links and images cpd : Hoon drivers... Can't stand them. The car should be crushed, with him (Hamilton) watching it being crushed. And then he spends the Sunday locked up f
70 bill142 : He could have got shot for this. Victorian police policy is to shoot first, ask questions later.
71 BlueElephant : Hamilton out in Q2, P11....I've got a feeling that something wasn't right with his car. It's going to be interesting to see how the race plays out...I
72 bill142 : RBR Front row! P1. Vettel P2. Webber.
73 MIAspotter : And Alonso 3rd, a Ferrari on the top 3 is good enough for me! MIAspotter.
74 Post contains images flood : Schumi on 7th again and seeing Hammi way back on 11th works for me Great drive by Vettel, was fun watching him fight and push the limits in those last
75 B747forever : Congrats to Vettel once again. What a huge blow for them if they have to cut the race because it became dark.
76 Post contains images cpd : Looks like the Mercedes cars couldn't heat their tyres enough for the cool conditions on track. Perhaps they needed some assistance from Lewis Hamilt
77 B747forever : Isnt Vettel also good when it rains?
78 Post contains images stealthz : From Trackside at Albert Park... After Q2 Lewis claimed his car lacked grip... it is unclear to this writer which car he was referring to! With the c
79 flyboysp : It's true that Vettel is good in the wet, but he aint Regenmeister unlike another compatriot.
80 bill142 : That would just be a joke. The proposal to put it at Homebush is stupid. An upgraded Eastern Creek with a revised layout is a better option. It will
81 stealthz : Absolutely agree. A concept we came up with today.... due to the long periods of idle time because of the aforementioned downgrading of activities, e
82 sudden : Have we all of a sudden forgot what Vettel for example was able to do with the STR in the very wet conditions? Vettel is by far one of the best on th
83 B747forever : But it will be interesting to see how Vettel copes with Schumacher, if Schumi is able to fight for the top positions.
84 Bongodog1964 : Can't lay claim to the credit for this gem,as I've lifted it from Des kelly's column in todays Daily Mail "Can they still call themsleves Virgin if t
85 CXB77L : I agree. I think if it rains, Vettel will be more than able to hold his own against Schumacher. He is absolutely brilliant in the wet. Qualifying on
86 Baroque : Well for a while there the ABC reports were leaving it open as to exactly where LH might be on Sunday and whether in those circs police might cancel
87 Post contains links melpax : Have to agree there. The cops in these parts come down very heavily on boy racers, dropping a burnout in front of a cop car is just plain stuipd, no
88 Post contains images BlueElephant : Keep in mind that there hasn't been Traction control since Hamilton's first season. He has also proved to be very good in the wet. Anyone remember th
89 B747forever : I really hope that they race wont start under safety car, it would ruin it
90 Post contains links bill142 : For those who are concerned about rain. Check this out. http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR024.loop.shtml#skip The track roughly sits somewhere between
91 photopilot : The ONLY difference to an F1 race starting normally, or starting under a safety car is that one of the parades has flashing lights in front of it. Ei
92 Post contains images flood : Yeah, after a whole two qualifyings and a single race thus far Seriously? There's a LOT more to be gained or lost during regular starts, not to menti
93 Post contains images flood : 15 min to go and it's starting to rain
94 B747forever : Yeah, love it! But I hope it wont pour down.
95 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : ...and like every Asian driver anywhere on this planet I just realized I have the Speed channel and I can watch live. Great Success. Schumi in 20th..
96 Post contains images BlueElephant : Some absolutely brilliant stuff in the first handful of laps....some of the best action i've seen in quite a while. Unfortunately the dry line came ou
97 bill142 : You are. The action so far has been interesting. Another interesting thing is McLaren.com. There is a data feed from both the cars on the main page.
98 Post contains images B747forever : Vettel just lost control of his car! He is out from 1st. Really pity
99 bill142 : Vettel has beached it. He's done.
100 LOT767-300ER : Come on Polak! Let that French POS hold together!
101 BlueElephant : That is REALLY Cool actually....I'm loving this race.
102 B747forever : Wow, that is really interesting! So far this race has been great, what a major change from Bahrain.
103 BlueElephant : with 15 laps to go...I wonder if the two Ferraris, Kubica (surprised to see him up there....) and Button will stop.
104 bill142 : Button won't need to, he's still pulling away from Kubica. I doubt the Ferraris will as they won't be able to recover the ground. The fact they can't
105 B747forever : I doubt that Button will stop, he will try everything to keep it all together till the end. Looks like McLaren may get a 1-2 win. EDIT: Team radio to
106 B747forever : Wow, Webber and Hamilton just crashed with only one lap to go.
107 BlueElephant : Wow....Terrible move by Webber there... Congrats to Button though brilliantly boring race by him as always. on another note...Congrats to Lotus and HR
108 aerobalance : Webber is such a f%ckt@rd.... Seriously, really? What were you thinking?
109 Post contains images FX772LRF : Good drive by Button. I think that if they had made the decision with the tires with Hamilton like they did with Button, the Vodafone team could have
110 B747forever : Congrats to Button's first win this season. Also very impressed by Alonso, from last to 4th! I concur, you just dont blame the team, especially live w
111 bill142 : Good drive by Jenson and strategy gamble to take the win with a bit of help from Vettel. Nice to see Renault have a good race. If I were on the other
112 BlueElephant : Which is probably what they did. I hope he issues some sort of apology for it. He really did have a great race...until the Webber screwed him over...
113 sudden : Amen! So right you are, and shall we add todays result as well + the rest of the season which I was actually pointing at. Great strategy and drive by
114 bill142 : At least Webbers done the right thing and admitted that it was his fault. Apparently his car lost downforce and couldn't pull up before hitting Hamil
115 Post contains images flood : Absolutely, what a shitty thing to say over the radio. Otherwise an awesome race Pity Vettel's Red Bull let him down again and Schumi needed a new no
116 Post contains images BlueElephant : We don't get to hear that in the US....I'll believe it when I read it on the Autosport. I hope Hamilton really grows up and realizes he did his best.
117 Springbok747 : Good job Button! Hamilton needs to chill out a little. Great to see a Ferrari 3-4..I really thought they'd lose it with the tyres and the way Alonso w
118 Post contains images codeshare : What a race, finally something happening Nice drive from JB, super start for Kubica and good defense agains Lewis and the Ferraris. (Seriously though
119 legoguy : What a truely fantastic race, lots of overtaking and heartbreak. Vettel and Red Bull always seem to have issues which will continue to damage his cham
120 NA : A great race I must say. Thank god for the rain shower before the start! Excellent, championlike performance of Button and a very intelligent drive of
121 MIAspotter : My God! What a race!! Congrats to Button, and shame about Vettel, twice in a row he has a race on the bag and his car let him down... But what a race
122 B747forever : Well they made it through the race at least which is a good achievement.
123 bill142 : I'm not so sure of that. Hamilton was driving pretty hard and was giving his tyres a real work out. Much more than probably anyone else. Vettel shoul
124 Post contains links CXB77L : Terrific drive by Jenson Button, a well deserved win. I think it's a pity that for the second race in a row, Vettel's charge towards a race victory ha
125 stealthz : Hi all, Just returned from Albert Park, enjoyed a great day and a wonderful race(Bernie will have to take action to stop that happening during any fut
126 NA : Reminds me of the late 90s when Schumacher/Ferrari was the fastest combination but reliability was the problem. Yeah, Webber has had the more reliabl
127 MIAspotter : Yup agreed, but at least when Alonso tried to make a move on Massa they were done properly without putting any of the two in danger, and he backed of
128 Baroque : 95%+ of the time that would be right too. Funny how when a smooth driver wins it is "boring" apparently. Might just be something to with his not need
129 bill142 : They could do a street circuit but I don't think there are any suitable locations. I attended the V8 supercars at homebush lat year and didn't think
130 melpax : The only problem with both Homebush & Eastern Creek is that they wouldn't present well to an international TV audience. There was talk during the
131 Baroque : One has it but no longer seems enamoured, and the other wants to be enamoured but might not have a suitable location. Someone commented that the cost
132 CXB77L : John Brumby got booed as he was presenting the trophy to Button. In my time watching F1, it's unprecedented that the person presenting the trophy get
133 LTU932 : Indeed. Vettel has shown that he has what it takes, however the reliability issues of the car leave much to be desired. First the engine problems, no
134 photopilot : Amazing what a wet track at the start can do to improve the "show" and competition. Perhaps F1 should flood every track prior to each race to add some
135 LTU932 : Indeed. Flood it, but skip the Safety Car. There was a time, when an ordinary start could be done even during a downpour without any casualties along
136 Post contains images scbriml : Good to see Button "scavenge" 25 points. Trouble is, he was spot on. If the team (and it was their decision,not his) hadn't called him in, he would al
137 Post contains images Baroque : Tonight he is being reported as being in firm favour, has he changed his mind or has he been misreported. Dunno, amazing is more the word, I mean he
138 Post contains images EZEIZA : compeletely, and for several laps I wanted to go get him and beat him up! But at the end of the day, Massa only did whathe is supposed to do; race. D
139 B747forever : He simply blamed the team for ending up behind Massa and Alonso which didnt make a 2nd pit stop.
140 BlueElephant : There is no way he left his concentration elsewhere...that was a phenominal race all around by him. If he had lost his concentration...he'd have binn
141 B747forever : Isnt this the second time the wing just falls off during the race weekend for him?
142 Post contains images BlueElephant : No No...according to some of our fans...Massa only 'Scavanged' 15 points....and Alonso 12 behind him He said: Yes and the FIA should look into this k
143 Post contains images GrahamHill : I just watched the replay. Great race! So we just need a bit of rain to spice up races! It's amazing to see that the show can be good when cars don't
144 Post contains images B747forever : If you were annoyed, wonder what Alonso is? Just a question, what kind of agreement does Vettel has with Redbull? For how many seasons is the current
145 GrahamHill : He did not seemed too annoyed. He was smiling during his interview with the BBC. I guess he was happy to finish 4th after his spin on the first turn
146 B747forever : Yeah, probably. He is still 1st in the championship with 37pts.
147 BlueElephant : Question of the day. Do any of you think Hamilton would have been able to make the race distance on a one stop? Part B: do you think with no refueling
148 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I missed out on the race as I was on the first A380 flight to Zurich with all the subsequent post-flight events. I did not see a minute of it and did
149 waterpolodan : I know you're a big lewis fan and you want to downplay the fact that Button has earned the first victory for Mclaren this year, but if Lewis hadn't b
150 scrubbsywg : banning the double decker diffusers likely won't make a huge swing in the amount of aero grip. Cars have had diffusers for like forever, they are jus
151 B747forever : He might have pulled it off, but I doubt it. He is rather hard on the tires
152 KiwiRob : Good grief another strinker of a race, apart for a little action at the start then the wee tangle near the end it was nothing but a procession from st
153 waterpolodan : You watched the wrong race, my friend. From where I sat, there was pretty much constant overtaking going on throughout the event, and even when there
154 Post contains images scbriml : Indeed, his driving style could pay dividends for him with this season's regulations. Even if he's not the flat-out quickest, "slower" and steadier m
155 scbriml : No, no, you've got me completely wrong. My "scavenge" comment was aimed at those that used the expression earlier in the thread. I'm delighted for Bu
156 GrahamHill : Is that so? I thought they would remove it altogether. Ah well...
157 sudden : A question for all of you, Am I the only one here who thinks the Schumi-is-back-and-gonna-show-everybody-on-the-track-how it-should-be-done-hype needs
158 Springbok747 : Um..are you sure you saw the 2010 Australian GP? It was pretty exciting..hardly a procession. Yes. Thank you. He should have never come back. Whats t
159 scrubbsywg : i think some sort of diffuser is almost required. getting rid of it together would make for a very difficult to drive car. A lot of high end road car
160 EZEIZA : you are kidding right? This has been one of the best races I can remember in several years. There was action all over and for the entire race. Maybe
161 sudden : True there my friend, but I see posts on here that "Schumi is back so the rest needs to watch out...." kind of thing. He has indeed 7 titles, but wha
162 Post contains images GrahamHill : Yes and no. Yes, because we expect a 7-WDC holder to be at least on par or a bit faster than his teammate. No, because he hasn't done any competition
163 waterpolodan : My bad, I mistook your use of scavenge as a disparaging remark, I agree completely about Button being an underrated driver despite his WDC. Someone o
164 Post contains images flood : Just a wee bit. You obviously hate MS, which in itself is perfectly ok as we all have our favorites and, well, not-so-favorites The problem, however,
165 BlueElephant : I don't think Sudden hates Schumi. I think Sudden (like many) have the opinion that Schumi was no doubt excellent, but he's certainly passed his prim
166 bill142 : It's not going to. There are a lot of people out there expecting him to be as dominant as before. But if you look more closely, I don't think its goi
167 sudden : BlueElephant kind of wrote it already but let me expand a bit further. How can I hate someone I don't know!? If I were to hate him because he's a gre
168 Post contains images GrahamHill : As far as I'm concerned, I would consider his comeback a success if he finishes the season with equal points as Nico. Thanks, it's not always easy
169 Post contains images sudden : Boy, are we surprised or what!
170 Post contains images MadameConcorde : How did Buemi, Hulkenberg and Kobayashi crash so early in the race? How did it happen? How did Vettel end the race in 17th place? Cosworth engines equ
171 Post contains links and images GrahamHill : I think that Kobayashi lost his front wing, he therefore lost the control of his car and smashed the poor Buemi and Hulkenberg. http://www.youtube.co
172 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : oooohhhhhhhhhh........ Can't BmW Sauber give him a car with parts that can hold together? Here is an interesting page with teams and drivers reaction
173 cornish : Saubers didn't have a habit of breaking when Heidfeld and Kubica drove them - they were generally the most reliable cars in the field. Perhaps Mr Kob
174 EZEIZA : But it's very hard not to think that, and I'm sure most of the grid thinks that too. As the season goes by, we'll see if he can deliver podiums or no
175 sudden : If you had been around here more often, you would actually have understood how open I am about all scenarios. But ok, that's your opinion as a mental
176 B747forever : Well with his and Nico's car they wont be able to do so much compared to Ferrari, McLaren and Redbull. They probably have the 4th best car as of now.
177 Post contains links BlueElephant : Hamilton accepts McLaren decision over second pit stop http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8593687.stm Malaysia Thread will start t
178 Boeing74741R : Sorry, but you're jumping to conclusions far too soon. It has only been two races yet from what I can gather, you're pushing for him to get the sack.
179 sudden : My point has not specifically to do with these 2 races, but the hype around him in general. He's up against multiple good drivers at the same time, a
180 GrahamHill : No objections at all! It's true that the GP is this week-end already. The FIA does not let us breathe!
181 BlueElephant : Ok lets get real, Michael Schumacher is called the Rainmaster for a reason. Don't blame his position due to unusual weather, but I agree to giving hi
182 cpd : A Victorian Government MP has now defamed Louis Hamilton on radio, calling him something I won't repeat on here because I'd be in big trouble if I did
183 stealthz : It would be safe to say that would be expected after such a dumb stunt. It seems that there may be some chinks appearing in Lewis' armour, his lack o
184 Post contains images flood : To dislike him as a driver? It's quite simple, really: I'm not going to start arguing in support of some of his past driving habits, mind you I agree
185 Post contains links flood : oh, here we go, lol... "Mr Pallas criticised the 25-year-old British racing driver on the day that Victoria launched a Don't Be a Dickhead road safety
186 Post contains images MadameConcorde : My take on this is that Lewis acted immaturely. He should not have done what he did. When you are a VVIP like he is he knows very well that every sing
187 Post contains images GrahamHill : I understand your point. Yet, never Michael Schumacher has been outclassed by his teammate, even during his first GPs with Jordan and Benetton. So, o
188 Post contains images flood : Seems fair and balanced to me. Let's see what Malaysia brings, aside from a very good chance of rain Hopefully just enough to bring out the action, n
189 sudden : No worries. I'm not holding your opinion against you. And I can see why you want Schumi to do well. There are many many more out there who wants the
190 Post contains images GrahamHill : I meant "expect" and not "except" (and no, I'm not dyslexic ). The edit function is not available
191 sudden : He's just born that way!
192 bill142 : Quarantine is strict here for a reason. Agriculture is an important part of our economy and we're fortunate not to have a lot of bugs and viruses tha
193 Post contains links and images BlueElephant : You know Madam C. I hear that Coulthard told Hamilton to get a Manager...sounds like you'd be perfect for the job http://www.autosport.com/news/repor
194 GrahamHill : Hey, I'm tno brno leki taht, ok? Spot it, now!
195 MadameConcorde : I can certainly handle the job. I am the right age for it. I would always be fair - I would not mother him. I'd be his manager with all due respect.
196 Post contains links BlueElephant : F1 2010: Malaysian Grand Prix (by BlueElephant Mar 30 2010 in Non Aviation) Malaysia thread....
197 Post contains images scbriml : You're dreaming. IF Red Bull can give Vettel a car that can last race distance IF Webber can drive sensibly for once IF McLaren don't make a daft str
198 flood : Apparently, you're the only who's sleeping as you completely missed the point.
199 bill142 : Well he didn't like being beaten by Alonso when he was still on top.
200 Post contains images MadameConcorde : How true... I wish he would never have made this come-back. I think it is a big mistake. Does he want to be remembered as a 7th or as the great drive
201 Post contains images GrahamHill : I think he is still fully loaded He came back because he was missing racing and he had an opportunity to race again. These people are competitors. Th
202 sudden : He will always be remembered for what he did cause those 7 titles are his and it will take a long time before someone breakes that record, if ever.
203 Baroque : He would certainly have been better off with you in the back nagging him last week - unless of course you too are prone to doing burn outs. Interesti
204 Post contains links stealthz : On the subject of famous last words... The F1 teams have signed up to carry "Make Roads Safe" branding in support of an international campaign by the
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