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Old 06-22-2012, 07:24 AM   #841
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:45 AM   #842
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This one of the reasons I love F1 the Aerodynamist, really push the rules and make the cars do so much better, with the air and make the cars faster
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:00 AM   #843
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:53 AM   #844
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Williams low line gearbox....



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Old 06-23-2012, 10:56 AM   #845
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I really thought Ferrari might have something this weekend. I'm shocked. I'm also shocked that Schumi failed while his teammate did so well in Q2.

Since there's no passing at miserable Valencia, they're all cooked.

I suppose I could root for Lotus-Renault, even if they do have a prick for a boss and chaotic governance. But truly, I'd like to see a Williams win the race.
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:05 PM   #846
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The way that 'track' was rubbering-in, I think Lotus screwed up with their timing for Grosjean. He might have been front-row had he timed it right, maybe not pole (what a lap by Vettel). Nice to see Williams and Lotus in the top 4 though.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:15 PM   #847
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I hate that mickey mouse track. It's ugly and stupid.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:21 PM   #848
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I hate that mickey mouse track. It's ugly and stupid.
I agree. And yet the commentators love it, year after year. I can understand a Hobbs liking it from a driver's perspective, but why on earth would anyone else?
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:09 PM   #849
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Vettel sure likes it.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:38 PM   #850
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Valencia is a lovely place (unlike Alicante just along the coast which is a shit-hole) and the idea is good but the circuit itself is an oddity. Quite how such a lovely location can appear so bland and edge-of-town-industrial-estate is amazing. There are only two places that I can recognise in each lap, the start-finish and the swing-bridge. The rest just blends into one long stretch of tar bounded by walls and catch-fencing.

I'm quite pleased not to be watching F1 on TV anymore. Radio commentary has the best scenery.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:45 AM   #851
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I like Hamilton's chances of winning this weekend. The McLaren had tons of straight line speed with the DRS open in Canada which might give him a chance to get by Vettel if he can keep up early on. In Canada it seemed like even with the DRS open neither the Ferrari or Red Bull was able to get by Hamilton on the straight.
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In Canada it seemed like even with the DRS open neither the Ferrari or Red Bull was able to get by Hamilton on the straight.
The Red Bull has never been renowned for top speed but in Canada when Hamilton was in a fight with Alonso and Vettel towards the closing stages, he was on new rubber, they were on tired shagged-out tyres. That meant that even if Alonso or Vettel had better top speed, they couldn't get close enough after the twisty stuff (where their rubber put them at a disadvantage), to pass Hamilton.

The comparison between the performance of Vettel before and after his late, unscheduled stop for more tyres, is proof that McLaren's strategy was more important for Hamilton's win in Montreal than outright speed (it still required a first-class drive from Hamilton to be in that position).
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:18 AM   #853
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I like Hamilton's chances of winning this weekend. The McLaren had tons of straight line speed with the DRS open in Canada which might give him a chance to get by Vettel if he can keep up early on. In Canada it seemed like even with the DRS open neither the Ferrari or Red Bull was able to get by Hamilton on the straight.


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Old 06-24-2012, 08:11 AM   #854
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Podium loaded with ex-Ferrari F1 champions.....who'da thunk it?
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:07 AM   #855
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I like Hamilton's chances of winning this weekend. The McLaren had tons of straight line speed with the DRS open in Canada which might give him a chance to get by Vettel if he can keep up early on. In Canada it seemed like even with the DRS open neither the Ferrari or Red Bull was able to get by Hamilton on the straight.
I agree. Louis seems to have got his head on straight these days.
Should be a great race.
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