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#1 RC127

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 07:45

FP3 in a couple of hours - anyone up and whetting their appetite by watching the GP2 race.

Quite a bit of passing (well barging in some cases) in the race so far, track conditions are - gasp - dry and sunny! :lol:

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#2 RC127

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 07:55

Oops, Monaco Part 2!

Pastor Maldonado passed the car ahead under a rogue green lightboard (during a safety car period), then realised it was an incorrect "flag" - the next two boards were yellow. He let the car he passed back in front, yet he still gets a drive through penalty from race control.

So that might be the first time that we saw a lightboard "malfunctioning" (or rather it would appear to prove that someone has to individually press a button to change each board from green to yellow to blue, etc. etc.?

#3 Zakiruz

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 08:08

I hope Hamilton comes pole today, with Button & Massa having something to show. I think RB are hiding their true qualifying pace again until Q3.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 08:16

McLaren say they’ve finally got their Suzuka rear wing working, which was key to Lewis Hamilton’s pace in second practice yesterday.

Hamilton : "We’ve been hoping for some time to improve our revised rear wing. It hasn’t really been working fully since we first tested it at Suzuka, so we’ve not been able to use it to its fullest extent. We knew that it had potential though – and to have it finally working properly is a huge plus for us".

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RBR & Ferrari watch out, Lewis is back to business, and has the eye of the tiger...

Edited by nomeg1, 13 November 2010 - 08:17.


#5 phil1993

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 08:21

Yeah, well done McLaren, it only took 18 races to sort out...

#6 nomeg1

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 08:32

Yeah, well done McLaren, it only took 18 races to sort out...

You never know ! Everything is still possible mathematically, Phil !
I would be happily blasted though, cutting through all the politics we've heard the late week !

#7 nomeg1

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 08:34

For those who can't get FP3, let me know by PM, I will try to give a link ! (but only before FP3 starts please)

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 08:46

NobleF1
Abu Dhabi airport has told Yas Marina chiefs that there is a chance of rain at some point this afternoon - perhaps just before qualifying
1 minute ago

#9 phil1993

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 08:48

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Abu Dhabi airport has told Yas Marina chiefs that there is a chance of rain at some point this afternoon - perhaps just before qualifying
1 minute ago


Amazing

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:10

Could suit the mclaren slightly more if it is a damp track. Ferrair looked t be low on fuel yesterday.

SO i'm going with

Webber
Vettel
Hamilton
Alonso


RBR to be too fast. Webber is due for a pole, it tends to go in streaks for each, vettel has had 3 or 4 lately, before than webber took a couple, and before that vettel then before that webber and before that vettel at the very beginning.

hamilton to get in there as fastest of teh rest. Alonso slightly off it after the advantage of teh wetter track helped mclaren. Then the rest. Button if he doesn't use his lock up brakes system. Otherwise massa. or maybe massa anyway.

Then at the start, Webber to lead, vettel 2nd, hamilton and alonso bickering for 3rd. And that's were my magic ball finishes.

#11 alfa1

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:33

Could suit the mclaren slightly more if it is a damp track.



Nico Hulkenberg seems to be rather good on a damp track.  ;)



#12 Dalin80

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:56

Is the BBC red button dead again for anyone else?

#13 kosmos

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:58

Montezemolo is here, better win the tittle, Fernando :kiss: :wave:

#14 sosidge

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:04

McLaren say they’ve finally got their Suzuka rear wing working, which was key to Lewis Hamilton’s pace in second practice yesterday.

Hamilton : "We’ve been hoping for some time to improve our revised rear wing. It hasn’t really been working fully since we first tested it at Suzuka, so we’ve not been able to use it to its fullest extent. We knew that it had potential though – and to have it finally working properly is a huge plus for us".

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RBR & Ferrari watch out, Lewis is back to business, and has the eye of the tiger...


Fantastic image of the McLaren. Shows the colour scheme and the curvature of the bodywork in a unique way.

#15 Flamini

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:06

Hamilton reported vibrations...

#16 Kimiraikkonen

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:10

NobleF1
Abu Dhabi airport has told Yas Marina chiefs that there is a chance of rain at some point this afternoon - perhaps just before qualifying
1 minute ago


30% chance of rain... would be amazing!!! :eek:

#17 Grenada

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:10

Hamilton reported vibrations...



Oh no, deja vu. :mad:

#18 george1981

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:10

Can someone who's watching the BBC feed run through Crofty's Ferrari-Massa low fuel theory? I was out of the room and only caught the end of it.

Edit for punctuation.

Edited by george1981, 13 November 2010 - 10:11.


#19 Kimiraikkonen

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:10

McLaren say they’ve finally got their Suzuka rear wing working, which was key to Lewis Hamilton’s pace in second practice yesterday.

Hamilton : "We’ve been hoping for some time to improve our revised rear wing. It hasn’t really been working fully since we first tested it at Suzuka, so we’ve not been able to use it to its fullest extent. We knew that it had potential though – and to have it finally working properly is a huge plus for us".

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It´s so sexy!!! :kiss:

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#20 Henrytheeigth

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:12

Live timing aint working for me. Key server error bs says.

#21 Button fanatic

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:19

Any streams??

#22 korzeniow

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:19

Live timing aint working for me. Key server error bs says.


For me it has couple of tenths edge over BBC transmission :)

#23 RC127

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:19

LOL at the incredible conspiracy theory the British press pack have concocted. Do they wear tin foil hats in case the aliens come and abduct them to conduct brain probes?! :rotfl:

I would love to recap it for you, george, but I fear I wouldn't be as elequent as someone else. Something about Massa being fuelled to run only 25 laps - taking first place from the Red Bulls - allowing Alonso to stay within a few seconds of the RBRs, leap them at the stops... See what I mean? I can't explain for sh1t!

#24 korzeniow

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:21

LOL at the incredible conspiracy theory the British press pack have concocted. Do they wear tin foil hats in case the aliens come and abduct them to conduct brain probes?! :rotfl:

I would love to recap it for you, george, but I fear I wouldn't be as elequent as someone else. Something about Massa being fuelled to run only 25 laps - taking first place from the Red Bulls - allowing Alonso to stay within a few seconds of the RBRs, leap them at the stops... See what I mean? I can't explain for sh1t!


Wasn't there anything about GMO too?

#25 Henrytheeigth

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:21

For me it has couple of tenths edge over BBC transmission :)


Lucky you lol :wave:

#26 Grenada

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:24

Concerned discussions going on in McLaren garage re. Hamilton's vibration. So annoying.

#27 Button fanatic

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:25

How bad it is?

#28 Henrytheeigth

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:26

Concerned discussions going on in McLaren garage re. Hamilton's vibration. So annoying.


Well we wouldn't want him to get in Webber's or Alonso's way for the title win now would we? :D

#29 Grenada

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:28

How bad it is?



Dunno, but Autosport think that it is something to worry about.



#30 korzeniow

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:29

How bad it is?


Bye bye suspension...

#31 Grenada

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:35

Hamilton's going out now.

#32 Button fanatic

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:36

Button still struggling....

#33 Ferrari2183

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:39

Luca saying hi to big Schumi.

#34 JackTorrance

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:40

Alonso 1 second behind Vettel on same tyres.

Houston, we have a problem!

#35 Kimiraikkonen

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:43

Mclaren are quick since first lap!!!!

#36 Button fanatic

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:44

Come on, Hamilton....Nail your last sector like you did yesterday....

#37 ManiaMuse

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:45

Kobayashi drifting lol.

#38 RC127

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:47

How come Petrov hasn't crashed yet? :wave:

#39 Nigol

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:49

How come Petrov hasn't crashed yet? :wave:


F-duct working.

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#40 RC127

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:49

Wow! Alonso VERY close to the armco there! :eek:

#41 robefc

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:50

This made me chuckle...


# Lee McKenzie LeeMcKenzieF1

Can't wait for qualy today. I know I'll get 1 happy interview and 3 disappointed ones but who will wear the smile? 3 minutes ago via web


# f1fanatic_co_uk

@LeeMcKenzieF1 If Hamilton's on pole there'll be two smiles - him and Alonso. #F1 less than a minute ago via TweetDeck in reply to LeeMcKenzieF1




#42 Sith

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:51

How are Lewis and Alonso doing in the 2nd sector??? yesterday they were 2 tenths infront of RB....

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:53

Looks like Monty's self-important presence is having its usual effect on Ferrari's performance :up: .

FA heading for 4th?

and Schumi for 5th? :eek:

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:54

How are Lewis and Alonso doing in the 2nd sector??? yesterday they were 2 tenths infront of RB....



42.9 for vettel, alo, web. massa purple 42.8

#45 robefc

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:58

Hmmmmmm, so what's happened to hamilton's advantage in the 3rd sector?

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:00

Hammy 6 tenths of the red bulls.

As jigsaw said: GAME OVER for Ferrari I fear :(


Vettel 1.40.6
web 1.40.8
hammy 1.41.2
lonso 1.41.4

Edited by JackTorrance, 13 November 2010 - 11:01.


#47 bauss

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:03

Hamilton slower than yesterday...weird

#48 Bonaventura

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:03

Hmmmmmm, so what's happened to hamilton's advantage in the 3rd sector?

He is 4 ths slower than yesterday over a lap :confused:

#49 korzeniow

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:03

Did Alonso do a run on softer tyre?

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:04

Hammy 6 tenths of the red bulls.

As jigsaw said: GAME OVER for Ferrari I fear :(


Vettel 1.40.6
web 1.40.8
hammy 1.41.2
lonso 1.41.4


hamilton's time yesterday was only a tenth and a half off vettel's today I think...

Alonso also set his time early, I don't think any of the top 3 have fully shown their hand.

Nice to see button might be able to get involved.