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#1 Dunc

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 16:21

6th place in Aus
4th fastest in Malysian practice
Might they actually do ok this season?

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#2 race addicted

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 16:26

Originally posted by race addicted on the 20th of January
I expect to see exactly what they've said they will produce; a car with logical responses to their problems last year.
A more straightforward car, no fuzz or adventurous ideas.
I doubt Honda can get back to their '06 level of performance just like that though, but clearly they'll improve. Absolutely. They'll have a better balanced car, with more speed, enabling BOTH drivers to score points, and definately more than six in total.
And if Brawn is to sit on the pit-straight, he'll make sure they leap up to net one point if they're running ninth.


:cool:

Really, they're more competitive than I thought they'd be, even if I was one of a very small group that wasn't so negative about them.
They're definately in the big midfield-group.

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6th in the opening race is a bit flattering though, as it wasn't on merit completely. Having said that, Barrichello's pace was very good, not very far off Heidfeld and Trulli.

4th fastest in free pratctice doesn't mean shit though.

#3 Owen

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 16:32

The naysayers may well be wrong clearly. And there have been a huge number of them on this very BB. I'm not into finger pointing so I'm not going to quote them. hehe.

#4 andy walker

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 16:42

I put a small bet on Jenson to win the championship at MIGHTY big odds.

So please get better Honda and beat Hamilton. Then I can buy big Macs every day for a year.

I think the odds were something daft like 501 to 1.

#5 GiancarloF1

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 16:44

Won't happen, but Button will be on the podium this year at least once.

#6 Jones Foyer

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 16:46

Yes.

They wrote the car off in testing.

Still, this is a development season and the team is being very conservative about their performance which is nice to see since in previous years they have been a little too arrogant in their pre-season statements.

Jenson is saying 'practice is just practice, we won't be fourth tomorrow' and he's probably right.

Once again, testing and practice aren't the race.

#7 andy walker

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 16:47

I hope so. I will be happy to lose my £3 bet.

Ross Braun will crack some heads together.

With him, Honda no longer have any excuses.

#8 wingwalker

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 16:53

They look pretty surprised but how good they are, exactly other way around than a year ago. Thing did look dramatically bad for a while, so it wasn't illogical to think they are already in 2009 mode.

#9 Jones Foyer

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 16:55

From the 2008 team performance prediction thread 19-Nov-07. I might be getting in over my head with this lineup- it's obvious BMW are much stronger than I guessed, but the season is still young...

Ferrari
McLaren
Honda
Renault
BMW
Williams


Just want to shake things up and put Honda up there since no one else is brave enough to.

Honda, I just want them to do well, and I think they wrote off this season early enough to get a larger head start on 2008 than anyone else. Sack Rubens though, he has no ambition anymore.


I was also wrong about Barrichello, he's racing like he wants to once again: thanks Ross!

#10 andy walker

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 16:59

Yep, Rubens looks hungry again.

I hope losing his points isn't gonna screw with his bonce.

#11 Mauseri

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 17:36

Originally posted by andy walker
I put a small bet on Jenson to win the championship at MIGHTY big odds.

You can hope everyone but Honda will get disqualified...

#12 Cindy

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 17:46

Considering how bad they were in pre-season, you can understand why everyone was already writing them off.

It has been a pleasant surprise to see they are thick in the mid-field for now.

#13 BMW_F1

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 17:50

I think they'll be pretty equal to Toyota (remember Q in Aus) and have their asses kicked by BMW and Alonso.