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F1 2015: Australian GP

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:04 pm

Here we go! The first Grand Prix of the year. Defending champions Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Nico Rosberg should be once more the main protagonists, as their car are still looking much faster than the rest of the field.

Ferrari seem to have improved and they are looking to be the first non-Mercedes powered rivals to compete on top.

As for Red Bull and Renault, it looks like they will be a bit behind, unless they deceived everyone during the winter tests by running full tanks all the time (which it seems they did)? It might be another year of not much for the Austro-British team.

Honda will make its return, its first appearance since 2008. They will equip McLaren for the first time since 1992.

Last, Manor succeeded in being present for the start of the championship. I'm sure it was a hard-fought battle to be there, so congrats to them. It proves that determination always pays.

Some facts and trivia can be found here: https://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/features/2015/the-australian-grand-prix---did-you-know-.html. Among others, it's the 20th time that Melbourne Park is hosting the Australian GP.


Albert Park Circuit

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/01_Australia_E_300DPI-886x498.jpg
Sorry for the "old" track diagram, but it still the best I can find on the net.


Lap data

Lap length: 5.303 km
Race laps: 58
Race distance: 307.574 km
Pole position: Left-hand side of the track
Lap record*: 1’24.125 (226.934 kph) by Michael Schumacher, 2004
Fastest lap: 1’23.529 (228.553 kph) by Sebastian Vettel, 2011
Maximum speed: 312kph (193.868 mph)
DRS zone/s (race): First and second straight
Distance from grid to turn one: 380 m


Car performance

Full throttle: 61%
Longest flat-out section: 843 m
Downforce level: High
Fuel use per lap: 1.66 kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel: 0.051 s

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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:14 pm

And the less said about the McLaren-Hondas, the better   

Quoting GrahamHill (Thread starter):
Among others, it's the 20th time that Melbourne Park is hosting the Australian GP.

ABC has uploaded news coverage of protests from back when the move to Melbourne was first announced: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-1...y-to-protest/6310784?section=sport

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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:21 pm

The new faces:


Max Verstappen



Full name: Max Emilian Verstappen
Birth date: 30 September 1997
Birthplace: Hasselt, Belgium
Current age: 17 years 164 days
Relation Father : Jos Verstappen
Current team: Toro Rosso

Max Verstappen will become the youngest F1 driver in history when he drives for Toro Rosso in 2015, an announcement that was made in August 2014. The highly-rated Verstappen has enjoyed a meteoric rise which saw him sought after by Mercedes and Red Bull in 2014, before he opted to join the latter's Young Driver Programme.

The son of former F1 driver Jos, Verstappen was a karting sensation who was elevated to European Formula 3 in 2014. He proved his karting success was no flash in the pan, winning ten races to finish third behind Esteban Ocon and Tom Blomqvist. Despite it being his first season in open-wheel racing Red Bull racing advisor Helmut Marko had seen enough to promote the exciting Verstappen to Toro Rosso for the 2015 season, which means the Dutch wonderkid will shatter youngest driver records at the opener in Australia - he will be 17 years old.


Carlos Sainz Jr



Full name: Carlos Sainz Jr
Birth date: 1 September 1994
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Current age: 20 years 193 days
Current team: Toro Rosso

The son of the two-time World Rally champion of the same name, Sainz Jr is a member of the Red Bull junior programme which has promoted the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo to Formula One.

A winner of Formula Renault 2.0 in 2011, he became the first Red Bull junior to claim the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in 2014. Though he had been overlooked for a Toro Rosso seat the year before his World Series triumph saw him elevated to F1 for 2015 where he will partner Max Verstappen in an all-rookie line-up which will start the season with a combined age of 37.


Felipe Nasr



Full name: Luiz Felipe de Oliveira Nasr
Birth date: 21 August 1992
Birthplace: Brasilia, Brazil
Current age: 22 years 204 days
Current team: Sauber

Felipe Nasr began karting in Brazil aged seven years old. An impressive start to his career saw him move to Europe in 2009, claiming the Formula BMW championship by a massive 104 points over team-mate Daniel Juncadella.
A switch to Formula 3 followed and an impressive rookie campaign saw him finish fifth. He switched to Carlin Motorsport in 2011 and immediately enjoyed success, beating team-mate Kevin Magnussen to the championship.
He moved to GP2 in 2012, signing with DAMS. The championship success he had enjoyed earlier in his career failed to materialise in the F1 feeder series and he did not claim a win in his first two seasons, though six podiums saw him finish fourth in 2013.

The following year was crucial in Nasr's journey to Formula One. At the start of the year he was confirmed as Williams' reserve driver - which would lead to his first taste of F1 in several Friday sessions. He finally broke his GP2 duck in Spain and went on to claim three more victories, though he was not consistent enough to challenge Jolyon Palmer for the title. At the final race of the season he was beaten to second in the championship by Stoffel Vandoorne.
Nasr is well backed by Brazilian sponsors and that helped him secure a full-time drive at Sauber for 2015, where he will partner Marcus Ericsson.


Will Stevens



Full name: William Stevens
Birth date: 28 June 1991
Birthplace: Roachford, Great Britain
Current age: 23 years 258 days
Current team: Manor Marussia
Previous teams: Caterham

Will Stevens was the benefactor of the crowd-funding which enabled Caterham to return to the grid for the 2014 finale after missing two races in administration.

His elevation to Formula One followed three seasons of Formula Renault 3.5, with 2014 his most successful season thanks to two victories for Strakka Racing. In 2014 he was signed as Marussia's reserve driver and looked set for a debut Friday practice appearance in Japan, only for his hopes to be scuppered due to a paperwork issue. Marussia subsequently fell into administration but Caterham's return gave him an F1 debut in Abu Dhabi, though he finished last.

He was named as a Manor race driver for 2015 as part of the team's plans to return to the grid.


Roberto Merhi



Full name: Roberto Merhi Muntan
Birth date: 22 March 1991
Birthplace: Castellon, Spain,
Current age: 23 years 356 days
Current team: Manor Marussia

The Spaniard raced in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series last year with Zeta Corse, also gained some F1 experience in 2014 with three free practice outings for Caterham.

Merhi will compete in the "opening rounds" of the season, according to the former Marussia team, who have secured investment from Stephen Fitzpatrick, boss of energy firm Ovo, and have former Sainsbury's boss Justin King as interim chairman.


(All text, data and pictures are from the ESPN F1 website)

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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:28 pm

The new rules:

Technical

- The number of power units that a driver may use in a season will be reduced from five in 2014 to four in 2015.

- The minimum weight of the cars at all times during an event was increased to 702 kilograms.

- The ban on Front-and-Rear Interconnected suspension systems (FRIC) implemented in the middle of the 2014 season was formalised, with the regulations stating that the front and rear suspension must be designed in such a way that any change in performance must be a direct result of a change in load applied solely to them.

- The anti-intrusion panels on both sides of the survival cell have been extended upwards to the rim of the cockpit and alongside the driver's head.


Sporting

- The replacement of a complete power unit will no longer result in a penalty. Penalties will continue to be applied cumulatively for individual components of the power unit, and if such a grid place penalty is imposed and the driver's grid position is such that it cannot be applied in full, the remainder of the penalty will no longer be carried over to the next race, but will instead be applied in the form of a time penalty during the race corresponding to the number of grid spaces remaining in the penalty.

- In addition to the existing five-second penalty that may be served during a driver's scheduled pit stop, a new ten-second penalty that will have to be served in the same manner, will be introduced.

- If a car is deemed to have been released from its pit stop in an unsafe manner, the driver will receive a ten second stop-and-go penalty. Further penalties will be applied if the stewards believe that the driver is aware of this and attempts to drive the car regardless

- The qualifying procedure has been further clarified to cater to different sizes of starting grids: if twenty-four cars are entered for the race, seven will be eliminated after the each of the first two qualifying segments; if twenty-two are entered, six will be eliminated after each qualifying segment and so on if fewer cars are eligible.

- Double points will no longer be awarded at the final event of the championship.

- In light of a regulation introduced in 2014 dictating that a race can not run for more than four hours and following recommendations from the report into Jules Bianchi's accident the previous season, the start times of five Grands Prix have been moved one hour earlier, so that races do not start with less than four hours until dusk. Thus, the Australian, Malaysia, Chinese, Japanese and Russian Grands Prix will start an hour earlier than in 2014

- In the aftermath of Bianchi's accident, a new procedure called virtual safety car (VSC) will be introduced, obliging drivers to reduce their speed to match the one indicated on their displays on their steering wheels. The procedure may be initiated when double waved yellow flags are needed on any section of a circuit where competitors and officials may be in danger, but the circumstances are not as such to warrant deployment of the actual safety car.

- The safety car procedure was amended. Once the last lapped car has passed the leader, the safety car will return to the pits at the end of the following lap. This is a change of the previous practice which required the unlapped cars to have caught up with the back of the pack before the safety car could return to the pits.

- If a race is suspended, the cars will no longer line up on the grid but will slowly proceed to the pit lane instead. Pit exit will be closed and the first car to arrive in the pit lane will proceed to the exit with the other lining up behind the first one.

- If any team personnel or team equipment remain on the grid after the fifteen-second signal has been shown before the start of the formation lap, the driver of the car concerned must start the race from the pit lane. If the driver concerned fails to obey this, they will receive a ten second stop-and-go penalty.

- Drivers are no longer permitted to change the design of their helmet in-season.


All text taken from Wikipedia

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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:40 pm

Usually the free practices don't mean much, but for the first GP of the season they always mean more than the winter tests, so here you go:

Free Practice 1

1 - N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1'29.557
2 - LC Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1'29.586
3 - V Bottas (FIN) Williams 1'30.748
4 - C Sainz Jr (ESP) Toro Rosso 1'31.014
5 - S Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1'31.029
6 - M Verstappen (NED) Toro Rosso 1'31.067
7 - F Massa (BRA) Williams 1'31.188
8 - KM Räikkönen (FIN) Ferrari 1'31.310
9 - P Maldonado (VEN) Lotus 1'31.451
10 - D Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1'31.570
11 - D Kvyat (RUS) Red Bull 1'32.073
12 - S Perez (MEX) Force India 1'32.247
13 - N Hülkenberg (GER) Force India 1'32.261
14 - J Button (GBR) McLaren 1'34.542
15 - K Magnussen (DEN) McLaren 1'34.785
16 - R Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 2'17.782
17 - M Ericsson (SWE) Sauber -
18 - F Nasr (BRA) Sauber -
19 - W Stevens (GBR) -
20 - R Merhi (ESP) -


Free practice 2

1- N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1'27.697
2 - LC Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1'27.797
3 - S Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1'28.412
4 - KM Räikkönen (FIN) Ferrari 1'28.842
5 - V Bottas (FIN) Williams 1'29.265
6 - D Kvyat (RUS) Red Bull 1'30.016
7 - C Sainz Jr (ESP) Toro Rosso 1'30.071
8 - P Maldonado (VEN) Lotus 1'30.104
9 - R Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1'30.205
10 - N Hülkenberg (GER) Force India 1'30.473
11 - F Nasr (BRA) Sauber 1'30.755
12 - S Perez (MEX) Force India 1'30.980
13 - J Button (GBR) McLaren 1'31.387
14 - M Verstappen (NED) Toro Rosso 1'31.395
15 - M Ericsson (SWE) Sauber 1'32.303
16 - K Magnussen (DEN) McLaren 1'33.289
17 - D Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull -
18 - F Massa (BRA) Williams -
19 - W Stevens (GBR) -
20 - R Merhi (ESP) -

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And the less said about the McLaren-Hondas, the better

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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:50 pm

Here we go!

The Mercs are so much faster so far. Looks like a two car race.
My money is on HAM to win it.
 
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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:51 am

Hamilton monsters qualifying - 0.6 ahead of Rosberg and 1.4 ahead of Bottas in 3rd place.  Wow!

Mercedes in a class of one.



Seeing McLaren at the back (over five seconds off the pace) and Ferrari closer to the front must be making Alonso feel a lot better. Oh wait...   
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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:32 pm

Nice to see Kimi beating Valtteri!   Looks like Merc's will be in their usual level and the rest will just need to follow them...
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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:50 pm

Thanks Graham.....a lot of info to chew on!

A big difference between HAM & ROS but I expect them to be closer in race trim.

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:58 pm

Quoting scbriml (Reply 6):
Seeing McLaren at the back (over five seconds off the pace) and Ferrari closer to the front must be making Alonso feel a lot better. Oh wait...

Honda and Button does not seem to be the best partners. They got Button his first Victory but other than that it hasn't produced anything good.

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:42 pm

There is another race going on this weekend.

The Miami E-Prix is about to start. The pre-race program is already on.
http://www.fiaformulae.com/

Jean-Eric Vergne is in Pole.

01 27 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti 1:05.953 7
02 99 Nelson Piquet China Racing 1:06.003 7
03 8 Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 1:06.167 6

This is Motor Racing for the future!

        

Live feed on ITV4
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It's available on a few TV channels.
You can see the list of channels on the fiaformulae web page (linked above).

Enjoy the race!

  
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:00 pm

Prost wins with Speed in second place after some fantastic overtaking.

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:48 pm

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 11):

Yes I was pleased. Speed did an amazing race. I hope he will stay.
It's a lot of fun seeing all these former F1 drivers in the team. Jarno Trulli bwahahahahaa!

Electric racing is great!!!

Not sure I'll be catching Melbourne. Starts at 6.00 AM my time.
Something tells me Hammy will win.

        
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:36 am

Apparantly McLaren have received a phone call this morning from Unigate Dairies asking for their milk floats back...
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:31 am

Shame that Valtteri can't race today. Hope that he gets his backbone to perfect health.

Go Kimi!!!!
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:35 am

Bottas has been declared unfit to race.   Does that mean he will be replaced by Susie Wolff?

http://www.williamsf1.com/racing/new...red-unfit-to-race-in-australian-gp

Sauber seems to have come to a temporary settlement with GVDG.

If I had to guess the podium, it would be 1st: Rosberg, 2nd Hamilton and 3rd Massa.

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Apparantly McLaren have received a phone call this morning from Unigate Dairies asking for their milk floats back...

   What a disaster for them. Imagine Alonso's frustration now that Ferrari have upped their game. I wonder if Manor would have been faster than them?
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:39 am

How many cars are going to start today?
Bottas out, Magnussen stopping at the outlap, Kvyat going off AND stopping on the outlap. 15 cars left.

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Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:28 am

Quoting zkojq (Reply 15):
Does that mean he will be replaced by Susie Wolff?

No the rules don't allow that. Bottas did the qualifying so Susie can't substitute him.
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:53 am

Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Massa, Nasr, Ricciardo. Button in 11th last to finish.
 
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:53 am

Congratulations to Hamilton. It seems that the Honda can complete a race distance on 3/4 power setting. At least half of them can  Ferrari really seems to have found some extra power in that engine.
I do hope that Manor can get the car running so McLaren will have some cars to fight with the rest of the season 
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:49 am

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 19):
And what was Arnold doing on the podium

Must have been a last minute thing, Arnie's in town at the moment for a body building competition, and was attending the race, along with Charlize Theron, who's being paid to help sell an upscale apartment development.

http://www.arnoldclassic.com.au/

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/ch...an-grand-prix-20150315-144kw4.html

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ABC has uploaded news coverage of protests from back when the move to Melbourne was first announced: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-1...sport

Most of the 'Save Albert Park' protestors were local NIMBYs. Prior to the GP coming along, the facilities at Albert Park were very run down, with dilapidated WW2 era army huts being used for sports such as Basketball. Most people outside of the immediate Albert Park area viewed them as a noisy bunch of NIMBYs who didn't want anyone else using their 'private park'. Now the facilities are much better, the pit complex outside of the GP, is used as a community sports complex, and you also have the MSAC swimming complex as well (the swimming venue for the 2006 Commonwealth Games).
Albert Park is a different place from 1996 - most of the original inhabitants have moved on - Albert Park is now one of Melbourne's most expensive suburbs, a home there runs into 7 figures, so a lot of the original residents from the early 90's have been priced out.
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:14 am

Totally controlled race from Hamilton. I was slightly surprised to see how much the gap to Rosberg yo-yoed, but nothing to suggest that Hamilton was anything other than in complete command of the situation. I don't think Rosberg ever got within DRS range.

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 19):
Ferrari really seems to have found some extra power in that engine.

It was pointed out after qualifying that they were, at best, 0.2 seconds closer to the Mercedes. 30-odd seconds behind when it's very doubtful the Mercedes were giving it 100% is not great.

I thought Williams made a bit of a tactical error pitting Massa before Vettel as the Ferrari never looked like being able to overtake the Williams on the track.
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:06 am

First race of the year, and the first Australian GP I've missed since before I became an F1 fan in 1994, due to being away at present. So I had to resort to reading the live commentary on the Sky website.

Quoting scbriml (Reply 21):
I thought Williams made a bit of a tactical error pitting Massa before Vettel as the Ferrari never looked like being able to overtake the Williams on the track.

Yeah, I thought so too at the time, but then again Massa had an issue with his front wing too, didn't he? He had no other option but to pit at that time.
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:12 am

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 22):
First race of the year, and the first Australian GP I've missed since before I became an F1 fan in 1994, due to being away at present.

In truth, it wasn't a very exciting race. I'm hoping Malaysia will see some real battles.
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:02 pm

Gawd.... B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!

Bernie has succeeded in making F1 somewhat a boring affair now and with only 15 cars making the start it has become sad to see. I was even wondering for a while if we were going to have less cars finish than points paying positions. Imagine that.... World Championship points not claimed at a race.

We can only hope it gets better real soon or I'm going to tune out this season.
 
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:57 pm

Quoting photopilot (Reply 24):
Bernie has succeeded in making F1 somewhat a boring affair now and with only 15 cars making the start it has become sad to see.

A driver failing the medical and two cars blowing up is hardly BE's fault. Don't get me wrong, I detest the man, but you can't blame him for most of what went wrong in Australia.

Quoting photopilot (Reply 24):
We can only hope it gets better real soon or I'm going to tune out this season.

There have been dull seasons through the history of F1. If you can't tolerate the odd dull season amongst the ones where it comes down to the last corner of the last race and a championship won by a single point, then I'm afraid that's your loss.
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:52 pm

Quoting scbriml (Reply 25):
A driver failing the medical and two cars blowing up is hardly BE's fault. Don't get me wrong, I detest the man, but you can't blame him for most of what went wrong in Australia

There is zero reason that they couldn't let a replacement driver in the car, start them at the back of the grid, or in pitlane. But don't penalize the team simply because the driver got hurt.

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Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:15 pm

Quoting photopilot (Reply 24):
We can only hope it gets better real soon or I'm going to tune out this season.

If you didn't tune out in 2013 or 2014 then you're not going to tune out this year, either. There will be as many boring races as there will be insanely exciting ones. It's just the sport, if you expect every race to have 400 overtakes and be won by tenths of a second, this is the wrong sport for you.

Quoting DiamondFlyer (Reply 26):
There is zero reason that they couldn't let a replacement driver in the car, start them at the back of the grid, or in pitlane. But don't penalize the team simply because the driver got hurt.

It's a safety concern. Nobody wants a driver out there who hasn't put in any qualifying or racing laps yet (regardless of how well he or she knows the circuit) because of how much a circuit can change year-to-year or even between the walk-around on Thursday and the start of the race on Sunday. Especially on the first race of the year when the cars are still all new and different from what that driver may be used to.

Weird race with all the retirements and non-starts, nice to see McLaren at least finish a race, and Vettel looks like he's comfortable in the car, if not blisteringly quick. Tough breaks for Raikkonen and Verstappen, both of whom looked to be on-pace for great starts to 2015!

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Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:14 pm

The engine rules are really ridiculous. They're supposed to reduce expenses, but you can be sure manufacturers are spending ungodly amounts of money anyway, so what's the point ?
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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:20 pm

Quoting DiamondFlyer (Reply 26):
There is zero reason that they couldn't let a replacement driver in the car, start them at the back of the grid, or in pitlane.

No reason or not, it's against the rules. As I said, I detest BE, but he doesn't actually write the rulebook.
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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:48 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 27):
It's a safety concern. Nobody wants a driver out there who hasn't put in any qualifying or racing laps yet (regardless of how well he or she knows the circuit) because of how much a circuit can change year-to-year or even between the walk-around on Thursday and the start of the race on Sunday. Especially on the first race of the year when the cars are still all new and different from what that driver may be used to.

Please, as if a replacement in the car would have been any slower than Button was. It's a bogus rule and it needs changed. If you're licensed to drive the car, you should be good to go.

Quoting scbriml (Reply 29):
No reason or not, it's against the rules. As I said, I detest BE, but he doesn't actually write the rulebook.

Understood, but the rule needs changed. Name one other racing series in the world where you can't substitute a driver in for an injury. Heck, some series even allow you to change mid-race.

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Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:51 pm

Susie Wolff doesn't qualify for a superlicense so she can't race in an F1 world championship race, plus she hasn't had any real competition experience in open wheeled cars in the past decade.

In other news, Redbull have dropped in the suggestion that they may quit F1, along with the Toro Rosso sister team, if the FIA do not allow an engine equalisation to happen in the near future, as they are unhappy with Mercedes domination.
 
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:34 pm

Quoting moo (Reply 31):
In other news, Redbull have dropped in the suggestion that they may quit F1, along with the Toro Rosso sister team, if the FIA do not allow an engine equalisation to happen in the near future, as they are unhappy with Mercedes domination.

This the threat that will continue to hang over F1 While it is dominated by marketing programs not racing teams, there are few racing teams involved in F1 and Red Bull is certainly not one of them.
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Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:50 am

Quoting stealthz (Reply 32):

This the threat that will continue to hang over F1 While it is dominated by marketing programs not racing teams, there are few racing teams involved in F1 and Red Bull is certainly not one of them.


I agree, what is stopping Red Bull from pulling out? They showed up and with 5 years they had won both the WCC and the WDC. They have won both the WCC and the WDC 4 times, there is nothing left for them to prove. If Dietrich becomes unhappy they will leave the sport.
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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:29 am

What the heck happened to Raikkonen's car?

Verstappen was a shame, hey?
Pretty unfortunate.

Otherwise...good race.
Australia has never been the most spectacular race of the season....so I say: so far, so good! (1996 was interesting between Hill & Villeneuve though).

Mercedes their dominance is a tad worrying.....but both of the guys faultless!

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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:22 am

Quoting moo (Reply 31):
In other news, Redbull have dropped in the suggestion that they may quit F1, along with the Toro Rosso sister team, if the FIA do not allow an engine equalisation to happen in the near future, as they are unhappy with Mercedes domination.

I had (past tense) a lot of respect for Christian Horner, but this is just pathetic. I guess everything was OK when they were winning year after year?    Now they're having their ass handed to them on a plate they want to run away and take their toys with them? Pathetic.   

Quoting notaxonrotax (Reply 34):
What the heck happened to Raikkonen's car?

The left-rear was not attached properly before he drove off, so the team told him to stop. He'll almost certainly get a penalty in Malaysia for an unsafe pit release.

Quoting notaxonrotax (Reply 34):
Mercedes their dominance is a tad worrying

Why? There have often been dominant teams in the history of F1. They reign for a few years, then fade back into the pack. Ask Ferrari and Red Bull.   
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Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:38 am

Sauber are third in the constructor's championship. Who'd have ever thought that would happen?

As mentioned by some of the Sky commentators, I wonder about what point Mercedes AMG's sponsors get a bit annoyed at the lack of camera coverage their cars get. For most of the race the TV feeds were focused on P4, P5, P6 and further back with Rosberg and Hamilton only really getting coverage at the start, during pitstops and during the final lap. The rest of the time the Mercedes were so far ahead that giving them coverage would have been too boring.

Maldonado was living up to expectations on the first corner of lap one, though for once I'm not sure it was actually his fault. 

All three of the new drivers did rather well. Particularly well in Felipe Nasr's case... a very good start to his F1 career. I feel very sorry for Verstappen. It was going so well until the engine gave in. Quite a good result for Sainz.

The spectators booing Vettel was very disappointing.

What do other people here think of Arrivabene? I'm starting to warm to him, despite how he has Raikkonen levels of charisma during press conferences.

Quoting teme82 (Reply 17):
No the rules don't allow that. Bottas did the qualifying so Susie can't substitute him.

Starting with only 16 cars is a huge disappointment. FIA/FOM should have made an exception for Williams given how thin the number of cars on the grid was. They owe it to the fans and should be working with the teams to get cars on the grid, rather than against them.


Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 18):
Button in 11th last to finish.

And yet possibly the best that McLaren will do for the season. Ron Dennis mentioned that they were being ultraconservative with performance so as to not blow up an engine....which didn't work out so well for KMag. Despite that, most of us in the previous thread didn't expect a McLaren to finish any races for quite a while, so credit where credit is due I guess. Kudos to Button also for always being so positive during interviews despite the team's current issues.

Quoting notaxonrotax (Reply 34):
What the heck happened to Raikkonen's car?

The team retired him as a precaution so that he wouldn't get a grid penalty for the unsafe release.
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Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:12 am

Quoting stealthz (Reply 32):
This the threat that will continue to hang over F1 While it is dominated by marketing programs not racing teams, there are few racing teams involved in F1 and Red Bull is certainly not one of them.

This has always been a possibility as long as corporations run racing teams rather than enthusiasts. It's not just drinks manufacturers; car manufacturers - perhaps with the sole exception of Ferrari - are also in it as a marketing exercise rather than any passion that they feign to have for the sport. If the sums do not add up, they will leave.

Red Bull's threat to pull out does not surprise me one bit.
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Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:08 am

Quoting zkojq (Reply 36):
The rest of the time the Mercedes were so far ahead that giving them coverage would have been too boring.

During the final 10 laps or so you could see Nico trying to get closer to ham but once he almost got into drs ham would just open the gap. Ham looked to be in total control.

Maybe we'll see some racing for p3 in the future.

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Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:08 am

Quoting zkojq (Reply 36):
Starting with only 16 cars is a huge disappointment. FIA/FOM should have made an exception for Williams given how thin the number of cars on the grid was. They owe it to the fans and should be working with the teams to get cars on the grid, rather than against them.

Rules are rules and they have to go by them. If you bend one rule then the next day you have more people asking them to bend some more rules...

Quoting scbriml (Reply 35):
The left-rear was not attached properly before he drove off, so the team told him to stop. He'll almost certainly get a penalty in Malaysia for an unsafe pit release.

He didn't get any penalty for it. Since FIA's computers didn't show that the car was unsafe or something. I suspect that the hub got damaged at the incident in turn one at the start. Since the mechanic had issues with it when Räikkönen had his first pit stop.
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Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:25 am

Quoting moo (Reply 31):
In other news, Redbull have dropped in the suggestion that they may quit F1, along with the Toro Rosso sister team, if the FIA do not allow an engine equalisation to happen in the near future, as they are unhappy with Mercedes domination.

RBR is bitching like spoiled brats as always when they are not able to keep up with the competition.
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Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:38 pm

Quoting teme82 (Reply 39):
He didn't get any penalty for it.

Yes, I saw that after I wrote the comment. On Sky the commentators were pretty sure he'd get a penalty. I have to admit I'm slightly confused - either the wheel was on properly or it wasn't. If it was, why did they tell Raikkonen to stop?
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Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:15 pm

Whatever the rules say, he didn't hurt any opponent, and had a DNF, no need for a penalty on top.
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Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:48 pm

Quoting scbriml (Reply 42):
Yes, I saw that after I wrote the comment. On Sky the commentators were pretty sure he'd get a penalty. I have to admit I'm slightly confused - either the wheel was on properly or it wasn't. If it was, why did they tell Raikkonen to stop?

His team asked him to stop of their own accord - he was not forced to stop by the wheel. It's a very important distinction. If the wheel had become a problem and he stopped (or worse, if the wheel had come off), they may have penalized him. However, since the team ordered him to stop when they realized there was a problem, the FIA is taking no punitive action for an unsafe release since they dealt with it immediately.

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RE: F1 2015: Australian GP

Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:16 pm

Looks like Hockenheim will go bye bye...

 


Formula 1: Hockenheim boss rules out 2015 German Grand Prix

There will be no German Grand Prix this year, the boss of the Hockenheim circuit has told a German newspaper.

The track hosted the 2014 race but is supposed to alternate each year with the Nurburgring.

However, the Nurburgring has new owners and no contract for 2015.

read more:
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 Wow!

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Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:49 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 45):
Looks like Hockenheim will go bye bye...

You mean the German GP in 2015, because thats all thats happening - Hockenheim can't do it in the short time span available, and it wasn't their turn this year anyway.

We will see it there next year.

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The farce continues in 2015

What farce is that, exactly? People see trouble in F1 because they want to, rather than there actually being any.
 
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Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:08 pm

And Giedo van der Garde has settled with Sauber, he will be paid €15 million. Is that enough to get a Manor seat this year?   

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Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:17 am

Quoting Larshjort (Reply 47):
And Giedo van der Garde has settled with Sauber, he will be paid €15 million

no way do i believe that!!

Sauber has two paying drivers this year and they were going to pay this guy 15m?
 
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Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:42 am

Quoting mad99 (Reply 48):
no way do i believe that!!

Sauber has two paying drivers this year and they were going to pay this guy 15m?

It is either that or give him a seat. If he gets a seat either Nasr or Ericsson is without a seat and theywould have to be paid compensation. IMO Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn screwed up by signing for drivers for two seats before making sure they could get out of the contracts with van der Garde and Sutil.

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