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PostSubject: 2011 Qantas Australian GP - SEASON OPENER   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:19 am


2011 QANTAS AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

It's been 5 months since the end of last season and all the F1 drivers and teams have been itching to get back onto the racing circuit after a delayed start due to the postponement of the original season opener in Bahrain 2 weeks ago. Quite rightfully, Albert Part will open the 2011 season and with a raft amount of changes in rules, tyres, drivers and strategies, the 2011 season looks bound to be one of the best seasons ever.

World champion Sebestian Vettel will look to defend his crown this year and with team-mate Mark Webber racing in front of his home crowd, he will still be a challenge even at the age of 34 years old. The regulars are also here again, Alonso, Massa, Hamilton, Button, Rosberg, Schumacher and Barrichello all looking to steal the trophy from Vettel. There are also a number of new drivers this year mainly with the newer racing teams.

Pirelli takes over from Bridgestone as the tyre makers - will it change the way strategies and tactics are made? Also new to drivers are the adjustible rear wings, supposedly provided to make overtaking more frequent. KERS also returns and will make races down the straights interesting.

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Friday 25th March: 12:00PM - 7:30PM

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1230 - 1400 Formula One Practice Session 1 (90 mins)
1420 - 1430 The Ultimate Speed Comparison Demonstration #2 (10 mins)
1435 - 1450 Lexus Celebrity Challenge Circuit Familiarisation (15 mins)
1500 - 1540 V8 Supercars Albert Park 400 Top Ten Shootout Qualifying (40 mins)
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1820 - 1910 V8 Supercars Albert Park 400 Race 1 (50 mins)

Saturday 26th March: 12:00PM - 7:30PM

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1330 - 1340 Kiowa Helicopter Aerial Display
1400 - 1500 Formula One Practice Session 3 (60 mins)
1515 - 1535 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship Race 2 (8 laps)
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1605 - 1615 On Track Demonstration
1630 - 1640 Blackhawk Helicopter Aerial Display
1700 - 1800 Formula One Qualifying Session (60 mins)
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Sunday 27th March: 12:00PM - 7:00PM

1205 - 1215 Lexus Celebrity Challenge Drivers Parade
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1310 - 1400 V8 Supercars Albert Park 400 Race 3 (50 mins)
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1610 - 1620 Blackhawk Helicopter Aerial Display (10 mins)
1650 - 1652 National Anthem
1652 Qantas Jet Low Flyover
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PostSubject: Pat's 2011 F1 Season Preview   Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:34 am

As you guys know, the first race of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship season is just around the corner. With that in mind, I've decided to write a season preview. Here goes...

The 2010 season quickly became one of the most memorable in recent times. The action was as tense off the track as it was on it. It was gripping stuff. We saw teammates crashing into each other. We saw the controversial team orders. We saw the introduction of three new teams. We saw the return of Michael Schumacher. We saw the end of refuelling. We saw five drivers fighting for the title towards season's end. 2010 had almost everything. To cap it off, we saw a brand new World Champion crowned, in Sebastian Vettel. On paper, 2011 also looks to have the right ingredients to provide another exciting offering, for teams, drivers, and fans alike.

As ever, with every new F1 season, there's always a fresh batch of rule changes, and of course, some are well-received, and others not so much. Last season, we saw a couple of the most significant rule changes in recent years. Refuelling was banned for the first time since 1993. This was negatively-received by most. In this day and age, with overtaking as difficult as it is, drivers need as many opportunities to overtake as possible, whether it be on track or in the pits. With every driver starting the race at the same fuel load, and the extra weight of the bigger fuel tanks, made the cars cumbersome early in the race, restricted race strategies and hindered overtaking.

Along with the addition of three teams, Lotus, Virgin and Hispania, we saw a completely new points system. It would be the first time in the F1's 60-year history, that the top ten drivers would score points at the end of a race, and as the season progressed, this change became a real winner. At the pointy end of the season, we had five drivers from three different teams all fighting for the title. We haven't seen that for a long time. It also gave midfield teams an extra incentive to perform, with the points system finally rewarding their hard work.

Rule Changes for 2011
- This year sees the return of the 107% "cutoff" rule during qualifying sessions. That means those who don't complete a lap within 107% of the pole time will be ineligible to compete. Basically, if you're not fast enough, you don't get to race.
- 2010 was to be the last season that the cars would run on Bridgestone tyres. This year, Pirelli becomes F1's new sole tyre supplier. During preseason testing, drivers were experiencing much more tyre degradation on the new Pirelli compounds, than with the old Bridgestone rubber. Several drivers believe that three tyre stops will be needed during races. Tyre preservation could take on a whole new meaning.
- The controversial F-Duct, which was developed by McLaren, has been banned this year. For those who are unsure of what the F-Duct was, it was a small scoop on the top of the McLaren chassis, above the driver's legs. It generated extra air flow towards the rear of the car. On the straights, the driver would block the scoop with his knee, cutting excess drag, therefore generating a higher top speed.
- Off the back of this banning of the F-Duct, adjustable rear wings were reintroduced. This is a step in the right direction, as it is a cheaper substitute to developing more elaborate aerodynamic parts, and will also aid in overtaking.
- 2011 also sees the return of KERS, after being banned last season. Once again though, they're optional. In my opinion, for this idea to really take off, KERS has to be implemented in every race.

Okay, enough babbling on about rule changes and technical stuff!

Teams & Driver Lineups
The class of 2011 in many aspects can be seen as one of the most diverse for a while. 24 drivers of 15 nationalities will tackle this year's championship. The field includes five different world champions, with twelve titles split amongst them. There are also four rookie drivers, with two of them being pay drivers. It's a shame that due to the current global economic crisis, Formula 1 is slowly becoming a rich man's sport again, with teams opting to sign drivers, not for their driving talent, but for their deep pockets.

Unfortunately, the 2011 grid will be missing one of its real superstars, in Robert Kubica. Last month, whilst rallying in Italy, he suffered a horrific crash in which a guardrail completely pierced through the rear of his car. He suffered multiple fractures to his hand, arm and leg, with his future behind the wheel still unclear. This accident gave me instant flashbacks of what happened to Alessandro Nannini back in the early 90s. He was a potential world champion, just about to be signed by Ferrari, when he was involved in a helicopter crash which severed his arm, and ended his F1 career. Being a racing driver, Kubica intends to be back before season's end, but he should wait until at least next year in my opinion, for his career's sake. Wishing him a speedy recovery, he's one of the sport's true world-class drivers.
Red Bull Racing

Chassis: RB7 Engine: Renault
Drivers:
#1 – Sebastian Vettel
#2 – Mark Webber
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Vettel: Champion, Webber: 3rd.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: Champions.
Red Bull's meteoric transition from midfield mediocrity to genuine threat continued last year, having taken Sebastian Vettel to the title. Having the #1 on his car, Vettel now becomes the hunted, and has an even greater amount of pressure and expectation on his shoulders. He hasn't fully matured as a driver yet, so this year will prove to be much tougher for him. Mark Webber will have to ignore the fact he's the number-two driver and really dig in after, what many believe, wasting his title chance last year. During preseason testing, both drivers topped the times, but the team boasts that the full potential of the RB7 has yet to be reached, so rivals should be wary.
Pat’s Prediction: Self-explanatory really. Red Bull will be fighting for the title. Although there's even more reason for Vettel to be the favoured driver, Mark will also be there or thereabouts.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Chassis: MP4-26 Engine: Mercedes
Drivers:
#3 – Lewis Hamilton
#4 – Jenson Button
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Hamilton: 4th, Button: 5th.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 2nd.
McLaren had a solid 2011 season, winning five races and securing runner's-up spot in the constructor's standings. You'd be expecting them to be up the front again. However, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button may have their work cut out, especially early in the season. The MP4-26 is a radically different car from last year, changed in an attempt to start the season immediately on the same pace of its rivals, instead of playing catchup in the early races like in recent seasons. This approach seems to have backfired though. The cars were well off the pace, and plagued with unreliability throughout preseason tests. McLaren is behind the eightball at present.
Pat’s Prediction: Despite their early woes, you can't underestimate McLaren. They've been in this situation before, and resolved their issues swiftly. We all know how good Hamilton and Button are. They may be mid-top ten in the early races, but once the team gets it right, they'll be fighting for wins.

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

Chassis: 150 Italia Engine: Ferrari
Drivers:
#5 – Fernando Alonso
#6 – Felipe Massa
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Alonso: 2nd, Massa: 6th.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 3rd.
Despite not being the quickest in the field, Ferrari had another great season last year. Fernando Alonso became the fifth man to win on his debut for the Prancing Horse. He was able to take a further four victories, coming agonisingly short of the title after a frustrating final race in Abu Dhabi. Felipe Massa is well and truly stuck with the number-two tag. Last year's race at Hockenheim removed any doubt of it, and that's unfortunate to see, given that he almost became champion in 2008. Although the outright pace isn't always there, Ferrari's greatest strength is their reliability, something that McLaren and Red Bull have struggled with at certain times in the past.
Pat’s Prediction: I think we all know Alonso will be challenging for the title. Unfortunately for Massa, mid-top ten at most races, maybe with a podium here or there.

Mercedes GP Petronas

Chassis: MGP-W02 Engine: Mercedes
Drivers:
#7 – Michael Schumacher
#8 – Nico Rosberg
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Schumacher: 9th, Rosberg: 7th.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 4th.
Ross Brawn's team created one of the biggest buzzes last year. Firstly, they became the new works Mercedes team, and then they signed seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. Nico Rosberg took a back seat at the time, but regularly beat his legendary teammate, picking up three podium finishes. Meanwhile, Schuey came under constant scrutiny as to whether he's still got it. The Silver Arrows underachieved in comparison to the Brawn days of '09, and will be looking to rekindle that winning form this year. The question that needs to be answered though is, has the car improved enough to be a genuine threat?
Pat’s Prediction: It's hard to say. Both Schuey and Rosberg are capable of winning races, if they are given the right machinery. With 2010 under their belt, results should improve.

Lotus Renault GP

Chassis: R31 Engine: Renault
Drivers:
#9 – Nick Heidfeld
#10 – Vitaly Petrov
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Heidfeld: 18th, Petrov: 13th (Kubica: 8th).
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 5th.
With Group Lotus buying a stake in the team, 2011 sees Renault adopt a new guise, with colours reminiscent of the black and gold JPS cars of 1970s. Until Robert Kubica's accident, things were heading upwards for Renault, after three years of turmoil. However, it has opened the door for Kubica's old BMW teammate Nick Heidfeld, to return to a full-time drive after running in the final five races for Sauber last year. Can he break his race-winning hoodoo this year? Vitaly Petrov holds onto his seat after an up-and-down debut season. He put in some decent results, but is only in the team because of his sponsorship dollars.
Pat’s Prediction: Renault could be the big improvers this year. The team have made a step forward with their new car, Kubica showed great pace in it before his crash. Heidfeld could possibly be up there within the top five or six. I can't see Petrov's results improving too much though.

Williams F1

Chassis: FW33 Engine: Cosworth
Drivers:
#11 – Rubens Barrichello
#12 – Pastor Maldonado
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Barrichello: 10th, Maldonado: n/a.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 6th.
2010 saw Williams endure yet another testing season. It's difficult to watch one of the legendary names of Formula 1 languishing in the doldrums. Their Rothmans-esque livery this year reminds us of their glory years back in the mid 90s. This year's driver lineup is an all-South American affair. Formula 1's most experienced driver, Rubens Barrichello, is joined this year by rookie Pastor Maldonado. He becomes the first Venezuelan F1 driver since the great Johnny Cecotto back in the 80s. Although he's reigning GP2 champion, he got there because of his sponsorship cash. It's such a shame to see Williams have to go to those measures.
Pat’s Prediction: Williams' season will be very similar to the last. Barrichello will occasionally appear within the top ten, but nothing spectacular. I'm tipping Maldonado to struggle.

Force India

Chassis: VJM04 Engine: Mercedes
Drivers:
#14 – Adrian Sutil
#15 – Paul di Resta
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Sutil: 11th, di Resta: n/a.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 7th.
Force India enters its fourth season in 2011, coming off their best season yet. The minnow tag is long gone, and they're moving further up the grid. Their driver lineup has a good blend of youth and experience. Adrian Sutil has an added responsibility this year, being the lead driver. In the second seat, Tonio Liuzzi is replaced by last year's reserve driver, Scotsman Paul di Resta. This guy is the real deal. He's been a factory Mercedes driver for four years, and is reigning DTM touring car champion. Force India's main rivals will be Williams, Sauber and Toro Rosso, and they will be looking to beat them to the lower point-scoring positions.
Pat’s Prediction: I really feel that this is crunch time for Sutil. We know he has the ability, but he doesn't seem to have the consistency. He has several drivers breathing down his neck, and needs to score regular points. di Resta will need some time to adjust the race drive, but he is an outstanding talent, and one to look out for in the future.

Sauber F1 Team

Chassis: C30 Engine: Ferrari
Drivers:
#16 – Kamui Kobayashi
#17 – Sergio Perez
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Kobayashi: 12th, Perez: n/a.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 8th.
Before the 2010 season began, many believed that Peter Sauber's team would be challenging for podiums. Instead, they had a torrid time, riddled with mechanical failures. This year, the flashy Kamui Kobayashi is joined by Mexican youngster Sergio Perez. He was GP2 runner-up last year, and is the first Mexican F1 driver since 1981. He brings with him millions of sponsorship bucks via a Mexican telecommunications company. This gives Sauber the financial stability they so desperately needed, after the departure of BMW in 2009. Hopefully 2011 is a step in the right direction for one of the sport's great privateer teams.
Pat’s Prediction: I think we'll see Koba regularly in the points. Whenever he did finish races last year, he scored points on all but three occasions. Of course for Perez, it will be a learning year, towards the back of the pack.

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Chassis: STR6 Engine: Ferrari
Drivers:
#18 – Sebastien Buemi
#19 – Jaime Alguersuari
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Buemi: 16th, Alguersuari: 19th.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 9th.
Since Sebastian Vettel's breakthrough victory at Monza in 2008, things at Toro Rosso haven't really progressed too much. Both Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari improved on their debut seasons, with a handful of points finishes shared between them. However, at one stage, the future of the team was shrouded in uncertainty after rumours arose regarding the possible selling of the team. That seems like ancient history right now, with fellow drivers and onlookers surprised by the blistering pace of the cars during preseason testing. Could Toro Rosso be some sort of surprise packet?
Pat’s Prediction: Going by the comments made, Toro Rosso seems to be a bit of an unknown quantity at this stage. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that they'll be challenging for more points. The pressure is on both Buemi and Alguersuari to perform, with Aussie Daniel Ricciardo waiting in the shadows.

Team Lotus

Chassis: T128 Engine: Renault
Drivers:
#20 – Jarno Trulli
#21 – Heikki Kovalainen
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Trulli: 21st, Kovalainen: 20th.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 10th (0 pts).
2010 saw the return of one of F1's most iconic names, Lotus. Tony Fernandes' squad was without question the best performing "new team" last year. However behind the scenes, bitter arguments erupted between Fernandes and Lotus Cars over the use of the Lotus name, and then with Group Lotus buying into Renault also, legal action was taken, regarding who owned the rights to the "Lotus heritage". The matter is not yet resolved. The team holds onto the experienced pairing of Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, with many believing the latter was lucky to keep his seat.
Pat’s Prediction: One positive for Team Lotus is that they'll be running with Renault power instead of Cosworth this year, so that should improve performance somewhat. However, I really do believe this will be Trulli's final season, with younger drivers already knocking on the door for his seat.

Hispania Racing Team

Chassis: F111 Engine: Cosworth
Drivers:
#22 – Narain Karthikeyan
#23 – Vitantonio Liuzzi
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Karthikeyan: n/a, Liuzzi: 15th.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 11th (0 pts).
The new minnows of the F1 paddock. Many thought Hispania wouldn't even make it to the grid last year after the Campos debacle, but with little time to spare, Colin Kolles and Jose Ramon Carabante rescued the team and they made it to Bahrain. As far as preparations go this year, they've cut it fine once again. They've gone for a completely new driver lineup. Narain Karthikeyan returns to the championship, after becoming the first Indian to race in F1 back in Jordan's final season in 2005. Tonio Liuzzi joins him after being dropped by Force India. He'll add experience to the team, but all he's really doing is prolonging his F1 career. This is a big step down for him. Hispania also have a fresh look livery-wise, employing one of the guys behind the movie "Tron: Legacy" to design the paintjob.
Pat’s Prediction: I think you guys know what I'm gonna say here. They look the part, but don't think they'll go as fast as their name, F111, suggests.

Marussia Virgin Racing

Chassis: MVR-02 Engine: Cosworth
Drivers:
#24 – Timo Glock
#25 – Jerome D’Ambrosio
Last year’s Driver’s rankings: Glock: 25th, D’Ambrosio: n/a.
Last year’s Constructor’s ranking: 12th (0 pts).
Virgin Racing made one of the clumsiest starts of any new team in recent memory. They went on about how they were gonna design the entire car via computer, and without the use of windtunnel technology. They then arrive at the first race meeting, realising the car's fuel tank isn't big enough! Luckily, they put that embarrassment behind them, and survived a difficult debut season. This year, Russian sportscar manufacturer Marussia has bought a stake in the operation, and unusually, Virgin will run under the Russian flag, despite being a British team. They continue to mold the team around the experienced Timo Glock, with Belgium's Jerome D'Ambrosio replacing Lucas di Grassi. He's a former runner-up in the Asian GP2 series, and was one of Virgin's test drivers last year.
Pat’s Prediction: Not much needs to be said here. Virgin will most probably languish towards the back with Hispania.

The Rejects
Here's a quick word regarding those 2010 drivers without a seat this year.

I feel sorry for Nico Hulkenberg. He's been picked up by Force India to be their reserve driver, but he really deserves more. He was one of the best-equipped rookies to enter F1 in a long time, having won GP2, Formula 3 and A1GP titles. He had an up-and-down season, but it was great to see him claim that stunning pole position in Brazil. Being dropped by Williams and being replaced by a pay driver must be hard to swallow.

Pedro de la Rosa is another guy who I feel a little sorry for. The majority of his races were ruined by mechanical failures. Then in the blink of an eye, Sauber dropped him. He really never got a chance to prove his worth. This year he's back at McLaren as a test driver, and has been the official tester of Pirelli's new F1 tyre.

Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok did the right thing by leaving Hispania, and just need to bide their time. The popular Chandhok has been signed as a reserve driver for Team Lotus, while Senna, although beaten to the Lotus Renault seat by Nick Heidfeld, picks up the reserve driver spot. It's amazing how much of a roller coaster this sport can be. Two years ago, Bruno Senna was being considered for the second seat at Brawn GP alongside Jenson Button. Imagine if that happened.

2011 Race Calendar
Initially, the 2011 race schedule boasted a record 20 rounds. However, with the anti-government protests in the Middle East, the Bahrain GP, which was meant to open this year's proceedings, has been postponed. Unsurprisingly, the money-hungry dwarf Bernie Ecclestone hopes to reschedule the race, but we won't know whether it's back on again or not until May.

There are a few other changes to the calendar from last year. The Turkish GP now takes place after the Chinese GP, and before the European leg begins. Once again, it's the Nurburgring's turn to host the German GP, after the race was held in Hockenheim in 2010. Also, the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi rounds have swapped places, meaning Interlagos will host the season finale.

There's also one new circuit on the calendar, the Jaypee Circuit, in India. And yes, it's designed by Hermann Tilke...

The Schedule:
Rd 1 - Australian GP, Albert Park, March 27th
Rd 2 - Malaysian GP, Sepang, April 10th
Rd 3 - Chinese GP, Shanghai, April 17th
Rd 4 - Turkish GP, Istanbul Park, May 8th
Rd 5 - Spanish GP, Catalunya, May 22nd
Rd 6 - Monaco GP, Monte-Carlo, May 29th
Rd 7 - Canadian GP, Montreal, June 12th
Rd 8 - European GP, Valencia, June 26th
Rd 9 - British GP, Silverstone, July 10th
Rd 10 - German GP, Nurburgring, July 24th
Rd 11 - Hungarian GP, Hungaroring, July 31st
Rd 12 - Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps, August 28th
Rd 13 - Italian GP, Monza, September 11th
Rd 14 - Singapore GP, Marina Bay, September 25th
Rd 15 - Japanese GP, Suzuka, October 9th
Rd 16 - Korean GP, Yeongam, October 16th
Rd 17 - Indian GP, Jaypee, October 30th
Rd 18 - Emirates GP, Yas Marina, November 13th
Rd 19 - Brazilian GP, Interlagos, November 27th

Pat's Mini-Rant on Tilke Circuits
It seems as though most new circuit designs by Hermann Tilke are simply meant to look good on TV. Everybody knows that most of them have zero character and zero atmosphere, and combined with the ongoing development of aerodynamic packages, they don't encourage overtaking. It seems like he tries to cram too much into one circuit.

In an ideal world, when designing a circuit, not only should it look good on TV, it should challenge the field, and kick your arse when you make a mistake. These new circuits shouldn't be a kilometre wide, surrounded by hectares of runoff area. These are supposedly the best drivers in the world. They know how to keep the car on the black stuff.

End of rant. I had to get that off my chest!

Finally, there's also been a change in the BBC commentary team. The widely unpopular Jonathan Legard has been ousted, with Martin Brundle now assuming the role of lead commentator. Joining him in the box will be his good mate David Coulthard. Who knows how well this will go. No doubt they'll have good chemistry, but Brundle is so good when talking about the technical side of the story, now he's the one who'll need to keep the race exciting for the viewers.

I really hope I haven't bored you guys to death with another novel, but bring on the 2011 season!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:38 am

will the 107% role come into effect at all?
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:39 am

What an incredible write up. I hope and assume you post this on a few other forums or somewhere like the Big Tip as well given the amount of work this must have taken.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:44 am

Gonna say that Toro Rosso will be useless.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:46 am

SBW wrote:
What an incredible write up. I hope and assume you post this on a few other forums or somewhere like the Big Tip as well given the amount of work this must have taken.
Cheers mate. And nah, I haven't posted it anywhere else. I don't know what the Big Tip is either. Embarassed

Cats11 wrote:
will the 107% role come into effect at all?
Probably not, but I thought it was worth pointing out.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:54 am

I'm surprised by the lack of chat here.

Vettel blitzed everyone throughout qualifying, and posted an amazing pole time. Nobody looked like matching him. Hamilton just pipped Webber for second on the grid, but was almost 8 tenths slower than Vettel. Jenson Button ended up 4th, while Alonso could only manage 5th, over a second off the pole man.

Good signs for McLaren so far, they've made good progress since their woeful showing in preseason testing.

Elsewhere, Petrov surprised by taking 6th on the grid, while Nick Heidfeld failed to make it out of Q1. And the 107% rule has come into play, with both Hispanias unsurprisingly missing the cutoff.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:06 am

HRT fail so hard.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:25 am

Pat Macrack wrote:
Vettel blitzed everyone throughout qualifying, and posted an amazing pole time. Nobody looked like matching him. Hamilton just pipped Webber for second on the grid, but was almost 8 tenths slower than Vettel. Jenson Button ended up 4th, while Alonso could only manage 5th, over a second off the pole man.
Even scarier given he didn't touch KERS for the lap and didn't use DRS very much either.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:57 am

philly wrote:
Even scarier given he didn't touch KERS for the lap and didn't use DRS very much either.
Absolutely. I reckon he could have found another five tenths on that lap if he used them.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:55 am

1st row

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull-Renault)
Lewis Hamilton (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)

2nd row

Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull-Renault)
Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)

3rd row

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari)
Vitaly Petrov (RUS/Lotus-Renault)

4th row

Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes)
Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari)

5th row

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN/Sauber-Ferrari)
Sebastien Buemi (SUI/Toro Rosso-Ferrari)

6th row

Michael Schumacher (GER/Mercedes)
Jaime Alguersuari (ESP/Toro Rosso-Ferrari)

7th row

Sergio Perez (MEX/Sauber-Ferrari)
Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India-Mercedes)

8th row

Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Williams-Cosworth)
Adrian Sutil (GER/Force India-Mercedes)

9th row

Rubens Barrichello (BRA/Williams-Cosworth)
Nick Heidfeld (GER/Lotus-Renault)

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Heikki Kovalainen (FIN/Team Lotus)
Jarno Trulli (ITA/Team Lotus)

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Timo Glock (GER/Virgin-Cosworth)
Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL/Virgin-Cosworth)
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:13 am

Another shitty GP weekend ...
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:17 am

Vettel is just too good.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:44 am

Pretty much a Vettel weekend. Dominated Quali and led the race from start to finish. He truly is the favourite to defend his title. Also on the finishes of the minor cars, Petrov to finish 3rd is remarkable but I guess the mechanics and engineers took the risk with taking one less pit stop. And Sergio Perez's first ever GP and finishes 7th, great start for the young man from Mexico.

On the race itself, it kind of drawled on but there were some mighty battles mid-race which kept the race entertaining. A safety car would have made things more interesting but since it's the first race of the season the main thing is that the season is back.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:43 pm

Does anyone know what brand sunnies Lewis Hamilton was wearing? I want them.

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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:40 pm

where did webber finish
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:10 pm

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where did webber finish

5th.

Very average race.

My interest in F1 has diminished so much over the last two years that it's barely existent these days. Unfortunate.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:32 am

A rather dull race. Vettel was simply untouchable.

I must admit I was very wrong about Petrov. I wasn't expecting him to improve too much, but his drive to third place was outstanding. He certainly outpaced Nick Heidfeld all weekend.

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And Sergio Perez's first ever GP and finishes 7th, great start for the young man from Mexico.
It's unfortunate that's all been brought undone, because both Saubers were disqualified post-race. If you ask me, Perez put in the drive of the day. From 13th on the grid, to only make a single stop during the entire race was unbelievable. He's obviously great at looking after his tyres.

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My interest in F1 has diminished so much over the last two years that it's barely existent these days. Unfortunate.
That's a shame mate. We need more posters like yourself in the motorsport section.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:26 am

Pat Macrack wrote:
That's a shame mate. We need more posters like yourself in the motorsport section.

I know. They've just changed far too many rules and the racing is nowhere near as good as it was from 2005-2008. I'll obviously watching the upcoming races, but yeah, my interest won't be the same.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:26 am

Sauber are appealing the disqualification.

Apparently the affected part doesn't affect performance so they may get reinstated.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:14 am

The tracks tend to be shit, too.
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PostSubject: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:27 pm

Though I'd merge the 2011 stuff into the one thread...
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:39 am

Another win for Vettel... who's gonna stop him? Was the race any good Rogdog?

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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:50 am

I thought it was more interesting than Melbourne. Vettel does seem untouchable at the moment. He really is on song and even without KERS no one has really been able to reach him. Some interesting moments included Alonso/Hamilton incident and Petrov's flying acrobatics near the end. Looking forward to the next race in China this week, only a week break!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Thread   Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:52 am

i was impressed with webbers run in the last 10 laps or so. Shows a good sign of things to come imo
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