Any Formula One fans on here?

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DUESIE
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Just wondered, not Classic I suppose, but they fit the Sports bit. The 2012 season starts soon, a few new drivers in, Barrichello, Sutil, Trulli and a few others gone. We can expect it to be mostly Red Bull and McLaren at the front again, but the interesting news from testing so far looks like Ferrari are not going to be close enough. Maybe this year Mercedes will have improved to become number three team? And if so, will we see another year of Rosberg in front of Schumacher again?

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Yes hoping McLaren able to challenge from the off and stay more consistent throughout the season. They should have a slight edge, chassis-wise and have arguably the best driver pairing.

And yes, I think it will be Rosberg again ahead of Schumacher.

It won't be long now!

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Yes hoping McLaren able to challenge from the off and stay more consistent throughout the season. They should have a slight edge, chassis-wise and have arguably the best driver pairing.

And yes, I think it will be Rosberg again ahead of Schumacher.

It won't be long now!

Spot on, and suffering from a lacklustre season Hamilton, probably due to his breakup with a Pussycat Doll, or maybe he has made up again with the former guest X factor and American Idol judge, whose second name I wont even attempt, to spell, seemed to be having a feud problem with Alonso number 2, team mate Massa.

Button was the real revelation 'again', in 2011, and what might it have been had it not been for a youngster who may even go on to overtake his elder countryman in the records stakes?

Anyway  I'll stick my neck out, or my head above the parapets and say Buttton again WC circa 2009&12, maybe just wishful thinking.

 

DUESIE
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Yeah well Hamilton reminds me a bit of Mansell, either win spectacularly or fall off the road and blame someone else. I agree Button could do it this year if the team don't stuff up. No more leaving the pits on three wheels and he could be the man. I suppose Newey has done his homework and the Red Bull must start favourite, but can Webber get close to Vettel again? Closer than Massa is to Alonso anyway, he is not even in the same postcode when the lights go out. And the interesting battle continues, will Rosberg continue to show Schumacher the way?

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Massive F1 fan! I'm thinking Button all the way!! Def think he could pull it out the bag! still think Redbull for construtors tho

DUESIE
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Agreed the Senna movie was great. I remember the days well but it sheds a new light on some of his bad behaviour, particularly the allegations of favouritism toward Prost from Balestre. As for Mansell, yes a good driver on his day, but I doubt he knew why, it always looked like all balls and no brains, and then the whingeing started. As for heroes, I am often told I am stuck in the sixties and although I admired Clark and Stewart as the best, my personal heroes were Graham Hill and for some strange reason, Dan Gurney.

Chris Martin
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Well here's another take on the 'good old days'. Yes I too knew all those 'heroes' fronm the sixties, but as luck would have it I went on to work for Jackie Oliver at Arrows and Jackie Stewart at SGP, later to become Jaguar which had Bobby Rahal and Niki Lauda in quick succession.

But spookily, as GBt relates, not only did I also have a go at the Brands Hatch Racing School, but I too fell off at Graham Hill Bend.

Here's my story. I think it was July '86 and the deal was a morning in the XR3i then an afternoon in a Formula First, surely the ugliest racing car ever made. Me and a couple of mates, wannabe racers all, needed to get this out of our system, if only so I could go home reassured that I was NOT the next Senna. No I wasn't. By a long way. So fast forwad to mid afternoon, and I am getting a false sense of confidence when WHAM, an instant 360, also, like GBt says, at Graham Hill Bend and backward into the barrier. Removing the left rear wheel did not seem that big a deal, so I proceeded to try to drive back to the pits. Got a big bollocking for that from the late Tony Lanfranchi, I still have my ticket too somehwhere complete with highly critical remarks from Tony L and all; "tried to drive back to the pits on three wheels!"

I had no defence then, still don't. It had rained in the morning but was drying, and that little stream of water that flows down from the grass bank on the left, at the apex of the bend, had been flowing all day, so it was hardly a surprise ambush.

No, to be honest, not only was I making mistakes, but I didn't know what I had done wrong. And all the while, I was a couple of seconds off the target pace. If I was quick enough ok, stop falling off. Or if I was a bit slow but not crashing, ok, learn to go a bit faster, but as I was, I knew very quickly I didn't have what it takes.

One of my instructors was a well known local Formula Ford racer David Germain, who, coincidentally I later replaced as mechanic with a team in the French Formaul Ford championship as had been offered the works Mygale drive. Another instructor was Tomas Mezera, who later went on to win the famous Bathurst race here in Australia, early nineties I think in a turbo SIerra. Small world eh?

So I was not the next Senna then.

No.

Chris M.

 

DUESIE
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Goodo! It all kicks off this weekend. So far from practise and previous testing it seems Ferrari may have taken a step back and Mercedes could be third best team, but it will probably be Red Bull and McLaren at the front. A shower interrupted FP2 and according to the Autosport website news that discouraged most teams from risking a spin and damage as they are short of spares at this end of the season. So if we get changeable weather over the weekend that could shake things up too. Get up early Sunday!

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Shame we (those of us who dont, or wont subscribe to Sky) only get edited highlights of the qualifying and only a re run of the race itself. Well as I'm a carer for a 93 year old,  who also loves GP maybe I'll compromise my principles(having vowed I like many would boycot it)and get the full BT TV package to go with the Broadband  phone package . However they say some Skysports channels-so Hockey and Basketball?? A bit like the con job Hospital pay as you go relieve you of money and never return owed package money, or loose your recordsif one complains, stuff-which I did stick to my principles over and not resubscribe, even though the British GP was on. However It will go on hold till I get bypassed but I doubt they have it in care homes-does anyone know what package of Sport BT provide with Sky-I cannot change my contract right now incidentally.

Chris Martin
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GBt wrote:

Shame we (those of us who dont, or wont subscribe to Sky) only get edited highlights of the qualifying and only a re run of the race itself. Well as I'm a carer for a 93 year old,  who also loves GP maybe I'll compromise my principles(having vowed I like many would boycot it)and get the full BT TV package to go with the Broadband  phone package . However they say some Skysports channels-so Hockey and Basketball?? A bit like the con job Hospital pay as you go relieve you of money and never return owed package money, or loose your recordsif one complains, stuff-which I did stick to my principles over and not resubscribe, even though the British GP was on. However It will go on hold till I get bypassed but I doubt they have it in care homes-does anyone know what package of Sport BT provide with Sky-I cannot change my contract right now incidentally.

 And now for our English readers................

............eh?

Chris M.

 

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mlegrice2 wrote:

Massive F1 fan! I'm thinking Button all the way!! Def think he could pull it out the bag! still think Redbull for construtors tho

He could, and he did!

Top man, and looking good for the season. I reckon most of the points scorers would be happy with today except Hamilton. Button was always going to win that, but Vettel and Webber did ok, they should be happy. Maldonado looked like Wally of the year for throwing desperately needed good Williams points at the wall with a no hoper pass on the last lap, but hero of the day must be Alonso for bringing a very ordinary looking Ferrari home in fifth, and underacheiver of the day was definitely Mercedes.

Question though, what possible reason is there for Ferrari to keep Massa on? My only guess is they had hoped to sign a recovered Kubica on last year and then waited for him to get fit. For too long as it turned out, by which time all other driver contracts had been settled. Sure if and when Kubica does recover, he will probably get a Ferrari drive, but that may yet be a while off, so why are they wasting a car? One of the new generation of juniors would fit right in there, Perez, Ricciardo etc, (and there is NO contract that can't be bought) but meanwhile the Italian press is asking why are there no Italian drivers on the grid this year. If Ferrari took the long term view that Red Bull and McLaren do to promote young hopefuls, there would not only be Italian drivers, but the likes of Massa and Petrov would not be in F1.

Ok, rant over, Malaysia next week, and I predict a similar result, except Mercedes should be back in the mix.

Go the Jenson!

Chris M.