Mika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2926 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2276 times:
I doubt Ferrari's gearboxes are feeling as confident as the team itself!
If Kimi qualifies to a good starting position i believe the podium will look similar after this race to what looked like in Bahrain. Alonso, Trulli and Räikkönen. Schumi out of the game due to mechanical failure of the Ferrari.
Pipo777 From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2256 times:
Quoting Nosedive (Thread starter): Ferrari is feeling "confident." Minardi will take the new Cosworth engine to the back of the grid, Luizzi is in the driver's seat, Renault could start a runaway- if they haven't already, that is.
Also, Fisichella will be running a B-spec engine (lighter and more rev's than Alonso's) and Alex Wurz will be racing for McLaren.
I think the podium will be similar to Bahrain, Kimi and Alonso, not sure about Toyota for this race.
And the GP2 win will go Ernesto Viso...sorry my friend, no Star Spangled Banner in San Marino this weekend!!!
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5923 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2242 times:
Quoting Kay (Reply 6): I guess everything good thing comes to an end!!
For the benefit of the competition I'd say. Schumacher's talent and Ferrari's (former) technical superiority are impressive, but it's killing the Formula 1 as such.
I don't have any team preference, the only thing I care for is the race to be fun to watch, which wasn't the case for most of the 2004 season.
Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8508 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2230 times:
I think this season for Ferrari might be a case of when it rains, it pours. However they are such a strong outfit, you can never write them off. Toyota have traditonally struggled with the curbing at Imola and may not be as competitive as in other races. Kimi has a better chance of qualifying well due to the 3rd place at Bahrain which moves him up the order for qualifying. Williams will always loom in the background and if they have sorted out the nervousness in the FW27's rear end maybe more competitive then we think. Renault will be strong as ever and won't be surprised by a strong showing from them. And then there is BAR. The testing since Bahrain seems to indicate massive improvements so keep an eeye on them.
USAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1859 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2205 times:
Have you guys seen pictures of the new Red Bull Racing hospitality 'motorhome' yet? It's incredible! There's a story with pictures at the F1 website -- check it out!
Anyway, I'm kinda disappointed that Klien is relegated to Friday driver status after his good performance so far this season, but I guess it's fair to give Liuzzi a shot at the race drive. I just hope that Coulthard can go 4 for 4 on points this season, though the Friday practice times don't look so promising.
Airlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2188 times:
Awww finally another race. For once I am going to have to give up faith in Schumi for this race. I think he needs to get used to his new car. He has no real driving experience with the car. I think it will take Ferrari one more race to finally come back. My pick is that Alonso finishes in first with Schumi and the rest of the pack in a distant second.
Amy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2172 times:
My predictions go thusly and I hope are not too biased, given that I support the one and only almighty Renault (before you start, I've supported them since Benetton).
I fully expect Renault to take at least another podium. I hope that Fisi gets more points than Fernando so we can have a nice fight for the title, although Fernando does seem to have the better pace at the moment.
The Ferrari (and to be honest, I will tell the truth, I HOPE) will still not be up to speed. I don't have confidence that even Ferrari can sort out a Gearbox problem of this nature in 3 weeks, and all the other teething problems and instantly create a worldbeating car. Being a new component on a new car, the fault with the gearbox may well be design based and hence harder to fix. It's certainly possible I'll be wrong on this one. Remember however that Imola has a lot of braking from large speeds and hence the significant dose of engine braking the drivers use could put strain on the gearbox, clutch and combustion chamber. This will worsen if it's hot. What's the weather like in Italy?
I think Toyota will again be up high but not as high as before. I expect the McLarens to take a higher space in the next race or two.
Imola is a high speed track which is heavy on brakes. BAR Honda have been having problems with their new braking system, this could put them in a tougher place than the other teams. The no tyre changes rule will also be more of a problem here I think because suspension settings are usually set quite stiff for the abundance of fast corners and this could increase tyre wear.
As for other teams, I hope to see Red Bull doing a bit better, Mark Webber and Juan Pablo Montoya living up to their potential (altho Juan Pablo might not drive...) and Rubens Barrichello finishing in front of Michael Schumacher again.
edit: "Luizzi is in the driver's seat"
do you mean Antonio Liuzzi? [Edited 2005-04-23 06:17:12]
VH-KCT* From Australia, joined May 2001, 479 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
Bah humbug. As usual we're deprived of qualifying, Ch. 10 instead decide to thrill us with such rubbish as Poker World Tour and Cops while at the same time claiming there's no way they can fit quali into their "quality programming"
Yukimizake From Japan, joined Mar 2004, 529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2123 times:
Now that top end of F1 is quite competitive and no longer being dominated by one team the FIA should go back to the old format of qualifying (12 laps per session, no race fuel on board and a set of fresh tires). For the last few seasons qualifying has been a joke, having race fuel on board only takes away from great performances in qualifying as you're always left guessing if a good lap time was primarily due to a light fuel load.
'Opfer müssen gebracht werden (Sacrifices must be made)' - Otto Lilienthal
Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8508 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2120 times:
Quoting VH-KCT* (Reply 17): Bah humbug. As usual we're deprived of qualifying, Ch. 10 instead decide to thrill us with such rubbish as Poker World Tour and Cops while at the same time claiming there's no way they can fit quali into their "quality programming
I wish Fox Sports got the broadcast deal as well as Ten. Their deal was supposed to show live qualifying as well.