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#1 Dunder

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 05:57

Just over six hours to go. :wave:

Weather looks likely to remain dry but there is a possibility of rain around the time of FP2.

Will we learn much today? FP1 these days is essentially a truncated testing session for the top teams and there has been a lot of 'sandbagging' in FP2 recently.

I am hopeful rather than confident from a McLaren point of view and am surprised to see the return of the F-Duct with the blown flap. With that said Brazil is normally an eventful race and this championship has seen so many twists and turns that I would not be at all surprised to see there still being 3 drivers with realistic champions chances going to Abu Dhabi.

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#2 teejay

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 06:49

Apparently its raining hard in Brazil atm

#3 nomeg1

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 06:52

Weather looks likely to remain dry but there is a possibility of rain around the time of FP2.

With that said Brazil is normally an eventful race and this championship has seen so many twists and turns that I would not be at all surprised to see there still being 3 drivers with realistic champions chances going to Abu Dhabi.

Seems that we will be surprised about the grid, as forecasts I read are : rain Saturday, and sunshine Sunday, can someone confirm ?

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 07:17

Seems that we will be surprised about the grid, as forecasts I read are : rain Saturday, and sunshine Sunday, can someone confirm ?


Wet qualy, dry race. That'll throw a cat amongst the pidgeons. :smoking:

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 07:27

Will we learn much today?

yeah baby,
mp4-25 (potential) unlocked at last
Bulls sandbagging
Rubens glory day

Edited by pikamoku, 05 November 2010 - 07:51.


#6 RME

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 08:39

HERE COMES THE RAIN!!!! Brilliant.

#7 SPBHM

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 08:40

rain?
rain on free practices is normally bad news :(

#8 D.M.N.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 08:59

fergieweather Ian Fergusson
Emailed my BBC colleagues in Sao Paulo this morning with latest forecast. Saturday has potential to be v wet... Don't miss our coverage!
2 minutes ago

#9 SimMaker

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 09:00

Apparently its raining hard in Brazil atm


Brazil is a pretty big place. Does anyone have rainfall radar data for SauPaulo?

#10 D.M.N.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 09:04

It's not raining:

legardj Jonathan Legard
Dry bright morning in Sao Paulo. Practice on red button at midday and 4pm uk time. Brazil 2 hrs behind uk
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#11 Owen

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:39

still dry out there?

#12 T-Mobile

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:44

Definitely going to be watching SpeedTV's live streaming coverage of FP1 at work this morning. Good stuff. :)

Of course I always have my work open in case I need to switch real quick when someone approaches my desk.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:48

If Massa let Alonso pass voluntarily, naturally not due to his racing result, then he will find himself in Jail for the next six years. Says AFP.

The Brazilian law protect the interests of fans.




#14 kenny

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:52

If Massa let Alonso pass voluntarily, naturally not due to his racing result, then he will find himself in Jail for the next six years. Says AFP.

The Brazilian law protect the interests of fans.


didn't happen in 2007, and I would be surprised they can actually do this...



#15 lithium

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:56

If Massa let Alonso pass voluntarily, naturally not due to his racing result, then he will find himself in Jail for the next six years. Says AFP.

The Brazilian law protect the interests of fans.

Oh well, that's too bad, but Ferrari were going to replace Massa with Webber or Kubica anyway! Weren't they? And now they will have a good excuse. Ah well!


#16 One

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:58

didn't happen in 2007, and I would be surprised they can actually do this...


I guess it has got to do with gambling as well, i such case in order not to loose money... :lol:

#17 One

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:59

Oh well, that's too bad, but Ferrari were going to replace Massa with Webber or Kubica anyway! Weren't they? And now they will have a good excuse. Ah well!


So now this is a new conspiracy theory, have Luca contacted this new female Brazilian new president? :lol:

#18 bonjon1979a

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:03

didn't happen in 2007, and I would be surprised they can actually do this...


People mis-remember Massa letting Raikonnen through. though I have no doubt that Ferrari manipulated the stops slightly it didn't actually happen on track. Kimi pitted later than Massa on the final stop and then came out ahead of him on the track. The comment from the Brazilian chap threatening an arrest is nonsense - there's nothing fraudulent going on but I suspect this is something to discuss elsewhere. With an hour to go does anyone know what the weather is up to?

#19 T-Mobile

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:15

People mis-remember Massa letting Raikonnen through. though I have no doubt that Ferrari manipulated the stops slightly it didn't actually happen on track. Kimi pitted later than Massa on the final stop and then came out ahead of him on the track. The comment from the Brazilian chap threatening an arrest is nonsense - there's nothing fraudulent going on but I suspect this is something to discuss elsewhere. With an hour to go does anyone know what the weather is up to?


Yes, as I remember it Raikonnen was just passing by the pit exit as Massa was driving out. If it weren't for the nature of Brazil's pit lane, perhaps it wouldn't have worked that way.

At any rate, Kimi more than deserved that championship. It was a thrilling end to the season, and I was just happy that Hamilton didn't win.

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#20 blackonyx4

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:26

Yes, as I remember it Raikonnen was just passing by the pit exit as Massa was driving out. If it weren't for the nature of Brazil's pit lane, perhaps it wouldn't have worked that way.


There was another crucial moment in that Massa/Raikkonen swap. It seems to be forgotten...

A lap or two before his planed pit stop, Massa got convenient off at penultimate corner that lost him those crucial seconds...  ;)

#21 Dunder

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:51

It is dry and warm, no rain expected until tonight.

For reference the fastest time in FP1 last year was 1:12.463.



#22 King Six

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:55

It's nice watching Free Practice not waking up at hell-o'clock, all bleary eyed just about making out what team's car you're watching on the screen

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:56

People mis-remember Massa letting Raikonnen through. though I have no doubt that Ferrari manipulated the stops slightly it didn't actually happen on track. Kimi pitted later than Massa on the final stop and then came out ahead of him on the track. The comment from the Brazilian chap threatening an arrest is nonsense - there's nothing fraudulent going on but I suspect this is something to discuss elsewhere. With an hour to go does anyone know what the weather is up to?


I think they might be remembering the on-track 'pass' in 2008 when Raikkonen let Massa through at China (IIRC) and had to almost stop, get out and have a cigarette while waiting for Massa to catch up and pass him. The 2007 swap was handled much more cleverly/sneakily.

#24 rehto

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:58

Hello. No video ( audio is ok) on BBC online stream?? Is it just me having trouble or You too?

#25 midgrid

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:00

Hello. No video ( audio is ok) on BBC online stream?? Is it just me having trouble or You too?


It was like that for me for the first 30 seconds I was watching, but then the video came in as well.


#26 Longtimefan

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:03

No audio or video on bbc stream for me.. anyone else?


#27 rehto

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:04

It was like that for me for the first 30 seconds I was watching, but then the video came in as well.

Thank You. Waited 5min- still no luck. Deleted all junk + adobe cookies- no luck. Only audio is better then nothing...

#28 midgrid

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:05

My advice is to keep refreshing until it works. :)

#29 RC127

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:07

Wow, Ted Kravitz says Mercedes testing 2011 diffuser (i.e. not a double deck diffuser)!

#30 Dunder

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:07

Schumacher and Rosberg are running 2011 spec (single deck) diffusers.

#31 Watkins74

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:07

Thank You. Waited 5min- still no luck. Deleted all junk + adobe cookies- no luck. Only audio is better then nothing...

Check your PM

#32 RC127

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:09

Does Ann Neal (Webber's partner) usually attend races? FOM just picked her up in his garage - he clearly needs the support, since other than Ciaron Pillbeam and his partner (and the ex Jaguar guys at Milton Keynes / his side of the garage) no-one else is in his corner!

#33 bonjon1979a

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:09

Schumacher and Rosberg are running 2011 spec (single deck) diffusers.


I guess they have no data from single diffusers as they only ran double diffusers in 2009 while a lot of the other teams started with the single deck option.

#34 rehto

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:11

Check your PM

Thank You Sir :) Double feature...

btw video is on for me on BBC stream.

#35 Tenmantaylor

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:13

Interesting discussion on Alonso/Massa tactics on BBC FP1. Alonso announced he'd be happy if MAssa won the final two races and it it makes sense, it'd almost guarentee Alonso the title providing he finished both races without incident.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:15

Anyone else having a problem with the BBC Stream? I can't get it to load - can someone PM me an alternate stream or different place to watch the BBC stream please?

#37 RME

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:16

It's dry out there. No rain.

#38 RC127

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:19

What's that truck doing? Red flag coming up?

#39 RME

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:21

What's that truck doing? Red flag coming up?



No one (F1 cars) is out there. So I doubt there will be a red flag.

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#40 RC127

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:22

No one (F1 cars) is out there. So I doubt there will be a red flag.


True, but if there have been reports of stray dogs / other animals on circuit, there would be a red flag irrespective of whether anyone was on track or not...

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:23

Anyone else having a problem with the BBC Stream? I can't get it to load - can someone PM me an alternate stream or different place to watch the BBC stream please?


check your PM

I have good link with no commentary only track sound feed

#42 Beyond

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:23

guys he's back
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#43 bauss

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:27

lol I was like why is Massa not wearing overalls and who is talking to him... then I realized that isnt Massa

#44 ManiaMuse

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:28

Torro Rosso have got a funky looking F-Duct.


#45 Dunder

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:28

The McLaren looks characteristically stiff in the bumpy braking zones.

#46 expert

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:30

Great track

#47 RC127

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:30

guys he's back
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What a twit....tewoo! :rotfl:

#48 Grenada

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:34

guys he's back
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How cute.

#49 Scotracer

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:35

Thanks everyone who sent me a link. I have a working one now :cool:

#50 Dunder

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 12:35

Ferrari say there will be an engine change for Alonso between FP1 and FP2. Why would they do that?
Are they just being ultra cautious or is there a problem?

Edited by Dunder, 05 November 2010 - 12:36.