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#1 D.M.N.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 15:35

Thought I'd make this. AccuWeather is currently predicting dry for al three days, but temperatures are bitterly, bitterly cold (in Formula One terms that is!), only 16 or 17 degrees.

I wonder which team will benefit from the colder conditions due to the change in the calendar compared to the normal October date. Thoughts?

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#2 wewantourdarbyback

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 15:36

Originally posted by D.M.N.
but temperatures are bitterly, bitterly cold, only 16 or 17 degrees.


Yes positively freezing, we're sending out the dogs in Northamptonshire atm given that it's reached 13 degrees :

#3 Yellowmc

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 15:37

What tyres will Bridgestone make available?

#4 tahadar

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 15:42

Originally posted by D.M.N.
temperatures are bitterly, bitterly cold, only 16 or 17 degrees.


sweet jesus, where are you from man?

#5 SchumiBoy

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 15:42

Originally posted by Yellowmc
What tyres will Bridgestone make available?


Same as in Melbourne I think. Medium/SuperSoft

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 15:44

16-17 is pretty cold in F1 terms, though I wouldn't say it's bitterly cold, considering where I'm from :p.

I wonder if the cooler temps will marginalize Brawns advantage just a little bit... hmmm.

#7 D.M.N.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 15:47

revised opening statement.;)

#8 Gilles4Ever

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 15:50

Originally posted by The Big Guns
16-17 is pretty cold in F1 terms, though I wouldn't say it's bitterly cold, considering where I'm from :p.

I wonder if the cooler temps will marginalize Brawns advantage just a little bit... hmmm.


Surely more downforce = shorter time getting tyres to operating temperature?

#9 Atreiu

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 15:56

Originally posted by tahadar


sweet jesus, where are you from man?


Venus!

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#10 mclarensmps

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 16:10

Originally posted by Gilles4Ever


Surely more downforce = shorter time getting tyres to operating temperature?


I was thinking along the lines of higher air pressure giving the teams with weaker aero a proportionally higher return on investment than the brawns... wishful thinking, i know :p

#11 Atreiu

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 16:23

Originally posted by The Big Guns


I was thinking along the lines of higher air pressure giving the teams with weaker aero a proportionally higher return on investment than the brawns... wishful thinking, i know :p


Weather too cool is more or less favourable for tyre graining and blistering?

#12 tkulla

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 14:36

Originally posted by Yellowmc
What tyres will Bridgestone make available?


Same as in Australia...

http://www.f1technic...60bd6ad74cff389

It looks like we might get a dry race, as the rain shower that had shifted to Sunday has now moved on to Monday. Still too early for an accurate forecast though.

It will be interesting to see if the teams are able to deal with the graining issues they had with the super softs in Melbourne.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 17:13

Colder temperatures make the engine more efficient I think, thus the relative gain of KERS is lower. (cold:750hp + x KERS PS vs. hot:720PS + x KERS PS

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 17:45

I hope it doesn't rain because with these news regulations the grip is just too low and even with a reletavely low amount of rain it becomes a tippy-toe exercise.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 17:40

Originally posted by tahadar


sweet jesus, where are you from man?

He is talking in F1 terms. Not what it's like in Antarctica. :drunk:

F1 races on tracks and countries in their summer. Average air temps between 20-35C. Usually it's only under 20C if it's a wet race.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 20:43

Looks like another wet race, msn weather are reporting a 95% chance of precip next sunday, with cloud cover and showers all day long.

#17 D.M.N.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:32

MSN.com is possibly one of the most inaccurate weather forecasts you can get. I tend to use the below three:

Weather.com:
Friday - Partially Cloudy (10%)
Saturday - Scattered Showers (30%)
Sunday - Scattered Showers (30%)

AccuWeather:
Friday - Periods of rain
Saturday - Mostly cloudy, a little rain
Sunday - Considerable cloudiness

Weather Underground:
Friday - Chance of Rain (water equivalent of 0.85 mm)
Saturday - Rain (water equivalent of 13.29 mm)
Sunday - Chance of Rain (water equivalent of 0.31 mm)

...which all point towards some kind of rain.

#18 Frixos

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 14:25

Supersofts in China..... they will be gone within 2 laps.

#19 Atreiu

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 14:33

Originally posted by Frixos
Supersofts in China..... they will be gone within 2 laps.


They might pull a Schumacher-Silverstone 1998 and pit for supersofts on the beginning of the last lap.
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