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#1 BetaVersion

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:35

2 and half hours to the begining of first practice session

According to this, we'll thankfully have a clear day:
http://www.myweather...za-Circuit.aspx
:D

Lotus will have it's so much desired time to "switch" their new DDRS, now it's just follow it up and wait to see what performance boost will it really bring to them.

Given the obligatory low drag configuration that teams run on Monza, free practices there often provides the viewers with some nice car's control demonstrations from the supposed "best drivers of the world".

Here it's is a simple and short sums up of Monza's track charactectics, by Kobayashi:

But Monza is different to Spa. Spa has medium- to high-speed corners and this is where we are competitive. Monza is labelled as high speed - and that is true on the straights, but never in the corners, or probably only in the last corner. So what you need in Monza is to be fast on the straights. But with less wing we have less downforce, so we have to find out how to balance our car to best fit this track’s demands.

source: http://www.formula1....12/9/13755.html


Edited by BetaVersion, 07 September 2012 - 05:39.


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#2 MadYarpen

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:53

2 and half hours to the begining of first practice session

According to this, we'll thankfully have a clear day:
http://www.myweather...za-Circuit.aspx
:D

Lotus will have it's so much desired time to "switch" their new DDRS, now it's just follow it up and wait to see what performance boost will it really bring to them.

well they won't use it here anyway

Edited by MadYarpen, 07 September 2012 - 05:53.


#3 apoka

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:13

FP1 is running and install laps have been completed. Finally, a dry FP which will help all the teams to test their improvements / Monza packages.

#4 kosmos

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:15

It feels so good to have a dry FP.

#5 dau

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:18

Dry FP and everyone sitting in the pits.

#6 Mc_Silver

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:21

They are sitting in the pits when it is wet and they are still sitting in the pits when it is bone dry. WTF?

#7 Baddoer

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:22

All hail first Chinese in on the track in the official F1 session

#8 ali.unal

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:23

They always sit and wait for backmarkers to rubberize the track. What do you expect, running like rabbits?

#9 BernieEc

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:24

Just for those interested . Pole last year was 1:22.275 (Seb Vettel)....just to get a perspective of the times we see in free practice

#10 dau

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:24

All hail first Chinese in on the track in the official F1 session

And he already takes the Kimi line into the first chicane.

#11 Topsu

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:25

HRT use the same rear wing as everywhere?

#12 Slowinfastout

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:26

HRT use the same rear wing as everywhere?


Yep.. no Monza package for them...

It's been like that since day one.

#13 Red17

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:26

AS Live figuring out that you also use single chinese surnames.

#14 dau

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:31

Too bad D'Ambrosio has chosen to use a special Monza helmet. His usual one would have been perfect for the Lotus.



#15 Red17

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:32

So... are we looking for the fastest time being in the 1:25?

#16 Slowinfastout

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:33

So... are we looking for the fastest time being in the 1:25?


hell no :)

http://en.wikipedia....lian_Grand_Prix

#17 Baddoer

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:36

Mercs rear wing is almost invisible.

#18 Red17

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:36

hell no :)

http://en.wikipedia....lian_Grand_Prix

Then clearly they are using heavy tanks.

#19 apoka

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:38

So... are we looking for the fastest time being in the 1:25?

1:23/1:24 as best times for FP1/FP2 are realistic.

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#20 Slowinfastout

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:39

They said the track was very recently resurfaced from the exit of Ascari all the way to the exit of Parabolica, maybe that could play a role in the laptimes.

Right now it's impossible to say, beginning of FP1..

#21 superdelphinus

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:42

Merc seems fast at this early stage

#22 ali.unal

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:43

Speed Trap:

DLR 339
MSC 338
ROS 338
PER 338
RAI 338
KOB 337

#23 Red17

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:45

1 full second off on the 2nd sector for Heiki. Caterham needs to work on that setup.

#24 ali.unal

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:47

Button lost 0,6 seconds alone at Sector 3 to Schumacher. It seems they are lacking top speed, McLaren, at this stage. Or Parabolica?

#25 Topsu

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:48

Really, is HRT fastest?

#26 BernieEc

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:48

1 full second off on the 2nd sector for Heiki. Caterham needs to work on that setup.


Considering they are usually 3-4 seconds to pole that sounds about right (losing a sec per sector)

#27 BernieEc

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:49

Button lost 0,6 seconds alone at Sector 3 to Schumacher. It seems they are lacking top speed, McLaren, at this stage. Or Parabolica?


We won't know till LH Tweets the telemetry...... :)

#28 Red17

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:50

Considering they are usually 3-4 seconds to pole that sounds about right (losing a sec per sector)

It was too high. Heiki seems to have reversed it now. He is now loosing more in S1 and S3.

#29 Baddoer

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:51

Really, is HRT fastest?

No surprise. They topped speed trap in Canada, Catherham is going to be in serous trouble in the race by the looks of their rear wing.

#30 Bloggsworth

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:54

McLaren are running into the limiter before the Parabolica and about halfway down the main straight - 7th gear change or more wing?

#31 as65p

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:55

Hm. Button cheating Lewis again with a better setup?

#32 Zava

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:58

Button lost 0,6 seconds alone at Sector 3 to Schumacher. It seems they are lacking top speed, McLaren, at this stage. Or Parabolica?

definitely not top speed, because they don't reach that until the line. more like parabolica, or acceleration out of it.

#33 karlth

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:01

Button half a second quicker than Lewis in the first sector alone. Must be testing something different, Button can't brake for sh*t.

#34 ali.unal

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:02

definitely not top speed, because they don't reach that until the line. more like parabolica, or acceleration out of it.

If it's Parabolica, then Mercedes should have a very good downforce through there, which contradicts its top speed. Back straight might be a contributing factor for Button's awful final sector time perhaps.

#35 fabr68

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:03

Hm. Button cheating Lewis again with a better setup?


Nah. I am pretty sure that after last weekend, Button will be sharing all his setup data with Hamilton :p

#36 Watkins74

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:03

Hm. Button cheating Lewis again with a better setup?

The "Silent Assassin" brought donuts for the team this morning and got the preferred setup. C'mon man it's all over twitter.

#37 zack1994

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:04

Button half a second quicker than Lewis in the first sector alone. Must be testing something different, Button can't brake for sh*t.

Who knows, but dont forget you have to exit the corner too not all about braking
Only FP1

#38 Watkins74

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:09

If Santander ever goes belly up half the races in F1 would lose their main sponsor.

#39 Gareth

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:12

The "Silent Assassin" brought donuts for the team this morning and got the preferred setup. C'mon man it's all over twitter.

:lol:

To be fair, even I'd sabotage Hamilton's car for a dozen Krispy Kremes.

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#40 Zava

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:12

anyone counts how many times they tell 'di Resta had no KERS'? :rolleyes:

#41 Red17

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:14

Time for some empty tank madness?

#42 Slowinfastout

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:15

Imagine if DiResta gets the McLaren drive, they'll struggle to mention any other driver.

Just for that reason I hope this nonsense doesn't happen.

#43 Andrew Hope

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:17

Too slow on the draw at 5 in the morning to get a screen grab but there is a MILF and a half prowling around the McLaren garage. Keep your eyes peeled, lads.

#44 Red17

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:18

Hamilton studies data in the McLaren garage and is keeping the telemetry plots confidential so far this weekend.

British humour at it's best.

#45 Red17

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:20

So far it's been a clean session. The 17th spot cut off is the last car under 2 seconds. 10th spot is the first car over 1 second.

#46 Yoshi

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:22

DAM 342

#47 sheSgoTthElooK

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:24

DAM 342


best top speed?

Mercedes looks quite good, and now Alonso stopped...

#48 Yoshi

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:24

best top speed?


So far yes.

#49 jrg19

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:25

Whats up with Alonso?

#50 Andrew Hope

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:26

R.I.P. bug.