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Old 11-27-2012, 06:59 AM   #1
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The Official 2013 F1 Thread. Spoilers possible!

the countdown has begun!



and from the kick-off last season:

Will Bernie be a spoiler?
didn't seem to

Will the Texan's beat him at his game?
Texas GP was a big success!

Will the IceMan returneth?
he did 3rd in the WDC.. and a win. not too shabby!

Will Hamilton rock or roll?
who saw the switch to Mercedes coming???

Will Vettel win every pole and every race?
happily no.. but still WDC

Will the Pole have feeling and drive?
doing really well at rally!

Will Michael stay or should he go?
gone.. finally

If he goes, can we have our favorite Canadian back?
hahaha.. no chance

Will we get a political education with our racing?
been quiet on that front

Will we care?
never did before....

Will Ferrari be back in the hunt?
with a vengeance!

Now that India has a race, will Jaguar return to the grid?


Can Sir Frank have just one more stellar season?
maybe 2013....

Should we be making plans for an Austin pilgrimage?
we should have.. .maybe this season?

Is the economy really having an impact on F1?
didn't seem to

Will there be more overtaking, by gimmick or talent?
bit of both & loads of good racing

These and many more issues will be discussed, debated and rehashed.


and now..

will the changes to DRS in quali change the way the race unfolds?

will Ferrari build on the success of this year?

will Lotus continue to be nipping at the heels of the big three?

will Hamilton win a race in the Merc?

what about Hardly Racing Team..... will they be back?

did Hulkenberg make the right move?

will McLaren regret Perez?
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:14 AM   #2
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:27 AM   #3
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interesting enough that sentiment is more common than it was last year at this time I think....
it's gonna be a long winter
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:16 PM   #4
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:41 PM   #5
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Personally, if HRT stayed away, I'd be quite fine with it.

The were a non-factor in 2012, other than occasionally getting in the way of a race leader.

No points.

Q'd last on the grid in many of the races.

Were in risk of the 107% rule in multiple instances.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:50 AM   #6
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some interesting stats compiled by F1 fan Jordan Irvine on McLaren:

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  • So in 3 years as teammates at McLaren Button scored 672 World Championship points whilst Hamilton only scored 657
  • Over the three years, Hamilton won a total of 10 races whilst Button only won 8
  • Button placed on the podium 25 times; Hamilton 22 times. HAM also had 13 DNF's (Button just 8)
  • Hamilton totaled 9 Pole Positions in 3 years though - teammate Button could only manage 1
  • Highest championship placing: Hamilton 4th (2010, 2012) / Button 2nd (2011)
  • So with those stats in mind, I'll let you guys decide for yourselves who the better McLaren driver was over the past 3 years..!
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:58 AM   #7
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Bluhduh Very excited but bummed out 2

I know many criticize the Speed ch commentators but after so many yrs of listening to their coverage I'm gonna miss them. I'm a bit worried too about the quality of NBCs broadcast. Speed finally arrived to a descent level.
Anyone out there has an alternative way of watching that can be recommended?
Is Sky a good option via web?
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:04 AM   #8
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I know many criticize the Speed ch commentators but after so many yrs of listening to their coverage I'm gonna miss them. I'm a bit worried too about the quality of NBCs broadcast. Speed finally arrived to a descent level.
Anyone out there has an alternative way of watching that can be recommended?
Is Sky a good option via web?

well right now the only one you'll miss is Bob Varsha...
Hobbs, Matchett and Will Buxton are all going to NBC to cover the races.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:41 PM   #9
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well right now the only one you'll miss is Bob Varsha...
Hobbs, Matchett and Will Buxton are all going to NBC to cover the races.
That is good to hear, I'll catch Varsha on Barett Jackson, but I would rather have them all back. They have good chemistry, maybe bring back Peter Winsor too.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:25 AM   #10
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This should probably be in the old thread, but what the hell.

Ferrari looked at the yellow light video from Brazil and are apparently contemplating a challenge. The Guardian says a successful challenge would cost Vettel 20 seconds and also the drivers title.

I'm a Ferrari supporter and I dislike both Vettel and Red Bull. But I must say, I wouldn't like to see the title change hands in this manner. The stewards had their say at the track, and that's that. I could make a snide remark about a cheating team with a cheating car cheating its way to the title, but I promised markjenn I wouldn't.
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I thought the stickers covering up the button functions on the new Lotus steering wheel were pretty great. Especially the "Jenson" Button

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:52 AM   #12
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some interesting stats compiled by F1 fan Jordan Irvine on McLaren:
With Hamilton gone and Button staying, it's clear who is the better driver....for McLaren. To McLaren, the driver is but a compromise in an otherwise symbiotic electro-mechanical system. The driver's title is a nice to have, but it's the constructor's championship that is by far, paramount to the team. Based on points and point making opportunities, Button is more valuable as a component to McLaren than Hamilton turned out to be.
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You really think the constructor's matters more to them? It's worth a lot of money. But the driver's title is what brings in the big sponsors, no?

At Force India, I'd like to see Sutil get a second chance.

Also, Ferrari drops the idea of a challenge. Here's why:

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But the FIA has made it clear that Vettel did not begin his move until passing a green flag, indicating the end of the no-overtaking zone, which is not clearly visible on the video.

Vettel pulls off the pass on lap four of the race before he reaches a green flashing light indicating that the yellow caution zone has ended. And his dashboard display shows the yellow-flag warning sign throughout.

However, on-board videos of the incident seem to show a marshal waving a green flag on the inside of the track.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:34 PM   #14
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You really think the constructor's matters more to them? It's worth a lot of money. But the driver's title is what brings in the big sponsors, no?
Well, not quite to the extent that Williams values the constructors title over any driver title, but various McLaren statements through the years have indicated their preference and that the see more "prestige" in the constructors championship than the drivers even though the drivers championship undoubtedly garners more attention and therefore sponsor attraction.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:09 PM   #15
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HRT is dead. I can't remember a single distinctive thing about that team. Just regret that a bunch of people have lost their jobs.
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