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Old 03-12-2013, 02:17 PM   #286
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Anyone interested in a F1 Pool?

Pick the top 6 qualifiers for 1-6 points and the top 6 finishers for the same points the drivers get. Any fines or penalties, unless they occured in the race, wouldn't count to keep it simple. Just how they really finished.

Maybe a bonus 10 points for fastest lap pick?

We have 19 races.

Any interest?
we did the Pirelli GP challenge last year. I won some Pirelli swag & Michelle won a set of tires! Not too shabby.
Didn't have to pick quali though, just 1-2-3, fast lap & shortest cumulative pit time.

sadly they aren't doing it this year.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:45 PM   #287
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Whatever Bernie is paying. Just like motogp, I believe travel is all subsidized by the organizing body
Thanks, I didn't know that.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:50 AM   #288
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in somewhat F1 / motorcycle related news:

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Michael Schumacher back in the saddle

The F1 great can't stay away for long...





Posted: 13 March 2013
by Visordown News


Schumacher in 2008


DESPITE vowing never to hit race speeds on a motorcycle ever again after a serious accident in 2009, Michael Schumacher has been testing this week at Valencia with the Holzhauser Racing team.
German news sources report that he had hoped to keep the test this week a secret, but was spotted on a Honda CBR1000RR.
According to Speed Week, Schumacher's best time at Valencia was about 4 seconds off the pace of the other, professional riders testing on the day.
Schumacher was knocked unconscious in an accident whilst testing in Spain in 2009, which frustrated an anticipated comeback to Formula One - he was expected to fill in for Felipe Massa in Formula One after the Brazilian crashed in qualifying at Hungaroring. He vowed never to compete on motorcycles again.
Whether or not this week's testing may be only the beginning is anyone's guess...



Read more: http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-...#ixzz2NQZ2fRSA
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:57 AM   #289
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they are starting to put 'em together!



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we did the Pirelli GP challenge last year. I won some Pirelli swag & Michelle won a set of tires! Not too shabby.
Didn't have to pick quali though, just 1-2-3, fast lap & shortest cumulative pit time.

sadly they aren't doing it this year.

Cool. I tried to join, but goddamn if they don't tie it to Facebook.
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good article

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Hamilton has nothing to lose in 2013

If he wins, he's a hero. If not, nobody expected him to anyway.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013


By Chris Cameron-Dow

Lewis Hamilton could surprise everyone with strong results in 2013






Lewis Hamilton is in a particularly enviable position in 2013: he has moved to a team in which he is not expected to win the World Championship, at least not this year. Therefore, there is almost zero external pressure to perform. If he wins the title, he’ll be hailed as a hero. If he doesn’t, then nobody will criticise him – he’s not expected to have the car to deliver a title this year anyway.


In many respects, Hamilton is in a similar position to that of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari in 1996. Schumacher had left a top team and gone to Italy to rescue the struggling Ferrari team. It was clear that Schumacher would not challenge for the title that year, and he didn’t, but he also put in some inspired and brilliant performances, particularly in Spain where he dominated a sodden Grand Prix and made the other drivers look like amateurs. Schumacher may not have won the title, but his stock certainly went up as he was recognised for his supreme skill in a difficult car.

Hamilton has similarly moved from a top team (McLaren) to one that was not a title challenger last season (Mercedes). In the last three seasons, the works Mercedes team has won just a single race and never looked like producing a title-winning car. Hamilton has arrived at the team as part of a shake-up intended to deliver championship glory to Mercedes. At the earliest, he and the team are expected to challenge at the front in 2014, when new engine regulations are likely to benefit teams like Mercedes that manufacture their own engines. So this season is dedicated to development, to making sure the pieces are in place for a title challenge next year.


But Hamilton, much like Schumacher back in 1996, is a racer. He is acknowledged as perhaps the quickest driver in Formula One today, and can always be counted on to give his all on the track in pursuit of results. Hamilton does not like coming second. So we can expect him to push with everything he has for victory in 2013.


If Hamilton and Mercedes to triumph against the odds in 2013, it will be a great story for Formula One: the return of one of the great names of motoring to the top of the racing ladder, along with the second title that seems inevitable in Hamilton’s career. On the other hand, if as expected Hamilton and Mercedes have a strong but ultimately unsuccessful season, it will all be accepted as part of the development plan.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:29 PM   #292
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Thanks, I didn't know that.
Don't know if this correct, it has been a few years.
I seem to remember Eddie Jordan complaining about the team points system and the reimbursement of travel expenses. The more manufacturer points a team earned, the higher their travel reibersement was.

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good article
That's a good way to look at Hamilton. I guess my question is, is that how he himself looks at it? Or will his head explode if they have a long run of not being competitive? He's pretty high strung, unlike the analytical and always-scheming Schumacher.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:40 PM   #294
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That's a good way to look at Hamilton. I guess my question is, is that how he himself looks at it? Or will his head explode if they have a long run of not being competitive? He's pretty high strung, unlike the analytical and always-scheming Schumacher.
I sort of think the same thing....
I mean they all WANT to win. beating your team mate: job 1, being WDC job 2! finishing somewhere in the pack? not an option....
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:37 AM   #296
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That's a good way to look at Hamilton. I guess my question is, is that how he himself looks at it? Or will his head explode if they have a long run of not being competitive? He's pretty high strung, unlike the analytical and always-scheming Schumacher.
Hello chaps!
thanks for keeping the F1 fires on tickover over the layoff.

About the above...
Oh I dont know, I reckon at heart all great racers have that edge to them, are a bit "Hamilton-esque".
The difference with Michael was, I think, that he was very skilled in the public facade thing. It only ever slipped a couple of times that I can remember. ( Coulthard chasing anyone?) But I bet the toys came out of the pram as and when needed behind the scenes.
Lewis is just not any good at all at the facade, at covering up his emotions. He is honest, if you like. I bet he sees it as honesty...

Anyway, I like that he is open like that... and much prefer it to the controlled PR type persona of a Michael.
But I am a big Lewis fan! Hope he has a great season.
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the Sutton Images technical gallery is up for Australia

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Don't know if this correct, it has been a few years.
I seem to remember Eddie Jordan complaining about the team points system and the reimbursement of travel expenses. The more manufacturer points a team earned, the higher their travel reibersement was.

Greg
That's correct. It's bit of an incentive and is one reason why they still race each other further down the field even when a win isn't remotely possible.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...w-8534236.html

I'd suggest Tom Cruise for the part of Stirling. That would be one RALF playing another RALF.
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Track: Albert Park, Melbourne (5.3km)
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Lap Record: Michael Schumacher 1:24.125 (2004)
Tire Compounds: Super-Soft (Option); Medium (Prime)
2012 Winner: Jenson Button (McLaren)
2012 Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2012 Fastest Lap: Jenson Button – 1:29.187
DRS Zones: Main straight (T16 to T1); T2 to T3
Free Practice 1: 12:30pm local/21:30pm ET
Free Practice 2: 16:30pm local/1:30am ET
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Qualifying: 17:00pm local/2:00am ET
Race: 17:00pm local time, 2am ET




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