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San Marino GP (aka Italian GP #1)  
User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1509 times:

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.

And all this American cares about is hearing the Star Spangled Banner at the end of the GP2 festivities! GO SPEED!

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User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

I doubt Ferrari's gearboxes are feeling as confident as the team itself! Big grin


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.

That's my prediction.


User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

I'm predicting Ferrari finally is up to pace, but in the middle points.

Fisi, Alonso, Kimi, Schumie, Trulli, Ralf, Webber, Button


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

A lot shall (...) depend on track temperature this WE.

UTA  checkeredflag 



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User currently offlinePipo777 From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1482 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!!!


User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

Hope both the Ferraris finish, with at least one on the podium.

Wonder what happened to Webber. Hope he finally gets a podium this time around.



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User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

Odds are against Ferrari this year I'm afraid...

But when he was winning his 5th title, I remember thinking "ok this one last title and I will be satisfied, let him lose everything after that it doesn't matter".

And then I thought the same for his 6th. On his 7th, I was only a spectator. Now this year, well, if this is the end, I say so be it, I guess everything good thing comes to an end!!  Smile

Kay


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5732 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1468 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.


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8459 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1456 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.

It shall be an interesting weekend.


User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1431 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.


User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1414 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.

User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1398 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? wink
[Edited 2005-04-23 06:17:12]


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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8459 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1385 times:

Quoting USAIRWAYS321 (Reply 9):
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!

That is a good looking motorhome, just like the McLaren one.


User currently offlineBiggles From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 459 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

I gotta go with Alonso ,Pole and winner..again. I hope his engine lasts . Ferrari look good for some points finally. Should be a good race !

User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

Kimi, Kimi, Kimi! Big grin  checkeredflag 


Way to go, very impressive driving indeed from Kimi in the first qualifying session, hopefully he'll perform as good in Q2 and in the very race itself tomorrow too.



Hyvä Suomi! Hyvä Kimi!


User currently offlineVH-KCT* From Australia, joined May 2001, 479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1363 times:

Quali 1 just finished, what a provisional grid! 7 different teams in the top 7 times! Also the top 10 are all within 1 second!

Kimi 1:19.886
Alonso +.003
Schumy +.374
Webber +556
Button +.578
Trulli +.606
Massa +.707
Wurz +.746

I'm going for Kimi for pole and the victory, and MS will make a comeback to the pointy end for a second, with Alonso in third.

Edit: Ah Mika you beat me to it! Were you watching live timing?

[Edited 2005-04-23 14:03:25]


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User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1356 times:

VH,

I was watching the Live broadcast on Swedish television and rushed to the computer after Alonso finished  Smile


User currently offlineVH-KCT* From Australia, joined May 2001, 479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1353 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"  Sad


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User currently offlineYukimizake From Japan, joined Mar 2004, 529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1349 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.


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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8459 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1346 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.


User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

Quoting Pipo777 (Reply 4):
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!!!

Here we go... F1 master at work here!

My prediction... Webber by 15 laps!



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User currently offlinePipo777 From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 20):
My prediction... Webber by 15 laps!

You mean his race will finish after 15 laps???


User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Quoting Pipo777 (Reply 21):
You mean his race will finish after 15 laps???

No, I don't.



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User currently offlineYukimizake From Japan, joined Mar 2004, 529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 20):
My prediction... Webber by 15 laps!

More like out by 15 laps.

We're still waiting for outspoken (yet unaccomplished) Webber to improve on his 5th place in the Minardi at the 2002 Australian GP.



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User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1335 times:

Go Kimmi!!!! Go Mclaren


Go Albers!!!! go Minardi!!!


25 Monteycarlos : Is he the only driver in F1 that talks alot of crap? They all do, difference being that he actually finishes races unlike some of the others. It's al
26 Yukimizake : No, the difference being other outspoken drivers have accomplished something in F1. The amount of hot air coming out of Webber you would think he's w
27 Stretch 8 : Well, in a side note, the race is being televised via tape delay on CBS at 13:00 EDT Sunday. Until now, for years the F1 races were only on the "Speed
28 USAIRWAYS321 : CBS gets to cover 4 races this year, with the rest being on Speed Channel. In fact, Speed will rebroadcast the CBS 4 as well, with actual good comment
29 Monteycarlos : Wheres your logic when you have people like Albers, Monteiro, Liuzzi, Wurz and Massa all talking the same kind of s**t that Webber does. Have they ac
30 Amy : Looking for Fernando to pip Kimi for pole in second quali! 4th pole in a row for Renault is exceedingly possible! I do agree in some ways and not in o
31 Mika : Oh yes, Kimi in pole! That was one impressive Q2 session from Kimi, 0,110 after Alonso in first intermediate and over 0,500 ahead when he crossed the
32 VH-KCT* : It's sure heating up. Can't wait 'till the race (only 2.5 hours from now). There was talk on Live Timing of there being moisture on the track for the
33 Post contains images Scbriml : Yes, the track looked damp early on. An advantage for the top drivers from Q1 (if they were able to keep their car on the track!) Looks like Ferrari'
34 Post contains images Amy : YES HAHA! AWESOME defense from Fernando holding off Schumacher for 10 laps! F*cking Buuzin'!!!
35 BritPilot777 : How F&%*king stupid is ITV though, they took commercial breaks 3 laps before the end for 2 laps! Utter stupidity!!
36 Post contains images MIAspotter : AMAZING RACE! I was glued to the TV literally with my hearth on my mouth! Alonso did pretty good holding up Michael and not screwing up. But at the en
37 Mika : What a crazy mishap for Kimi, i couldnt believe it. A damn shame, i wonder what went wrong with the damn car? Oh well, Barcelona looks like a really e
38 Yukimizake : Indeed, as we saw today. From 4th to 10th, Webber is fast in qualifying but he makes a lot of mistakes in the races. As for today's race, that was am
39 Biggles : The best race in years.. ..and Bernie sell's the race to CBS who decide to delay the broadcast so Americans can get all their beauty sleep , and TSN's
40 USAIRWAYS321 : Wow, what a race! While I'm bitterly disappointed by the performance of Red Bull Racing, the race for the win was incredible, especially since Schumi
41 Post contains images Springbok747 : WOW...what an amazing race! HAHAHA....Michael and Ferrari are back!! WTF is wrong with Webber?!! I thought he was a really good driver, but he is just
42 Misbeehavin : ROTF Biggles! You're funny! I just happened to turn on the TV and saw that CBS was showing the race. That was a surprise! But the commentary was awfu
43 Nosedive : Yeah, Daly had some good insight at times, but the other guy..... Jesus, even Rick Debrul would have been better! If they had something like Paul Pag
44 Post contains images USAIRWAYS321 : Well, he was originally supposed to be back for Imola, so it'd figure he'll be a lock for Barcelona. I do agree with Daly though, it is rather foolis
45 Post contains images UTA_flyinghigh : I was under the impression that Alonso eased off the gas a little on the last laps in order NOT to overtake the back markers (and risk MS doing what h
46 Bill142 : According to McLaren it was a drive shaft. It will probably result in a redesign of the part.
47 Post contains images Andreas : With Schu in full size in his rearview mirrors????????? MWAHAHAHAAAAA, that must be the best joke I've heard in years If you like the Red Baron or no
48 Post contains images UTA_flyinghigh : LOL than the joke is on you as I just read the post-race interview and Fernando confirmed what I had suspected : Yes, the last ten laps I had the Red
49 Andreas : Er...yes...obviously...MUAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know it pays NOT to believe anything drivers say just after the race..or at an
50 Cornish : Also I think Alonso's engine was on its second race weekend and it had done limited running prior to the race. chumacher I guess would have had a fre
51 Post contains links Nosedive : Button May Lose Pts for an Underweight Car
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