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#1 FerrariAlonso

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:09

The final part of the championship gets underway with the two sessions on Asian soil.

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#2 Ravenak

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:09

Rain, no rain? :)

#3 dau

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:12

Rain, no rain? :)

Yes.

(Like in 2010, i guess.)

#4 korzeniow

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:13

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#5 JRizzle86

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:32

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Still not subscribing...

#6 BullHead

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:34

The final part of the championship gets underway with the two sessions on Asian soil.


I consider the final part to be the last 4 races

#7 Starlight

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:01

Rain, no rain? :)


Some thunder at the moment, although its still sunny.

Edited by Starlight, 21 September 2012 - 08:15.


#8 dau

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:02

Still not subscribing...

Then you're missing out on the whole experience.

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#9 Starlight

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:16

Some thunder at the moment, although its still sunny.



Its going to pour in Singapore. Lots of angry dark clouds in the sky. Hope it stops before the start of the practice sessions.

#10 FerrariAlonso

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:26

I got news from one of collegues who has just arrived at the paddock. He said as they arrived it started raining cats and dogs. Hope it will be better come the first parctice session, we still have one and half an hour.

#11 SDLRob

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:31

Looking at some of the twitter images being posted, we may need the Red Bull boats from Japan in Practice today

#12 Raziel

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:34

So another test day (friday) screwed because of rain just like at Spa :rolleyes: :mad:

#13 joshb

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:39

So another test day (friday) screwed because of rain just like at Spa :rolleyes: :mad:


but surely with rain possible at some stage later in the season, it would be useful for most of the teams to go out and find away to get the car well setup in the wet, because Ferrari/Alonso looked very comfortable in the wet so far, all he needs is 1 or 2 wet qualys/races and the title will be much closer for him.

#14 whoisjohngalt

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:40

Raining now.

#15 Tsarwash

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:42

Then you're missing out on the whole experience.

If you don't go personally to every race to the Paddock club then you are missing out on the whole experience.

Edited by Tsarwash, 21 September 2012 - 08:43.


#16 joshb

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:43

LOTS of standing water from T7-8 where Schumi hit Perez last year

#17 Juggles

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:45

but surely with rain possible at some stage later in the season, it would be useful for most of the teams to go out and find away to get the car well setup in the wet, because Ferrari/Alonso looked very comfortable in the wet so far, all he needs is 1 or 2 wet qualys/races and the title will be much closer for him.


Even a wet Friday could do Alonso the world of good. His main rival at the moment seems to be Hamilton in the McLaren, but when Friday was a washout in Spa it gave McLaren no time to get dialled in. They had to gamble, and it worked for Button but not for Hamilton. If that happens again then Alonso is in a stronger position, because optimal setup will become much harder to find.

That logic is based on the premise that (a) Ferrari has a wider setup window than McLaren and (b) that McLaren will be quicker in the dry at Singapore if both cars are dialled in.

#18 bauss

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:50

Even a wet Friday could do Alonso the world of good. His main rival at the moment seems to be Hamilton in the McLaren, but when Friday was a washout in Spa it gave McLaren no time to get dialled in. They had to gamble, and it worked for Button but not for Hamilton. If that happens again then Alonso is in a stronger position, because optimal setup will become much harder to find.

That logic is based on the premise that (a) Ferrari has a wider setup window than McLaren and (b) that McLaren will be quicker in the dry at Singapore if both cars are dialled in.


the counter argument to that premise is that Spa was a special case where they had to tune setup with a new rear wing and new downforce config. It shouldnt be so difficult now going back to the hungary style config which worked so well.

Also, Ferrari reportedly brought a raft of upgrades they will need to run first.

#19 joshb

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:52

Also notice that what used to be kerbs on the outside of some corners (T3, T14) before they came loose last year have been ditched and they now go to the walls, not some random rumble strip in the middle of the road

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#20 Juggles

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:57

the counter argument to that premise is that Spa was a special case where they had to tune setup with a new rear wing and new downforce config. It shouldnt be so difficult now going back to the hungary style config which worked so well.

Also, Ferrari reportedly brought a raft of upgrades they will need to run first.


Good point but (1) I'm still paranoid about McLaren's setup window and (2) aren't McLaren bringing updates as well? Presumably not on the same level as Ferrari?

#21 Don_Humpador

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:00

Watching the conditions in GP2, in a qualifying or race session the F1 cars would be absolutely fine, but because it's practice, they may not bother.

#22 slmk

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:00

McLaren stinks in the wet, too.

#23 Torsion

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:02

Watching the conditions in GP2, in a qualifying or race session the F1 cars would be absolutely fine, but because it's practice, they may not bother.


It isn't raining anymore?

Conditions should just improve throughout the evening as there doesn't seem to be any further rain predicted.

#24 Don_Humpador

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:04

It isn't raining anymore?

Conditions should just improve throughout the evening as there doesn't seem to be any further rain predicted.

Nope.

Almost looks dry in one or two corners. Should dry out fine for FP2 imo

#25 Prost

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:08

fp1 will be a 40 minutes session for the big boys waiting for the cleaners to rubber the track, still better than what we have seen this year in other FPs.


#26 Peat

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:12

Not raining at the mo but track is wet.

Not being funny, but does Singapore 'have' to be a night race? Looks pretty good in the daylight. I fear that a wet evening race is a no-go'er because of visibility.

#27 Baddoer

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:14

I would love to see Singapore race in the daylight.

#28 korzeniow

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:21

Not raining at the mo but track is wet.

Not being funny, but does Singapore 'have' to be a night race? Looks pretty good in the daylight. I fear that a wet evening race is a no-go'er because of visibility.


Because other than "night atmosphere" this GP doesn't add anything to the F1. Especially with this dull track

#29 FerrariAlonso

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:22

Okay, the Gp2 session is over now. The rain stopped and the track started drying up. I see some chance that we will see some dry running later in the first session. The layout is very narrow, that helps the drying, but humidity is extremely high, that hurts it, so let's see!

#30 MinT

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:22

Then you're missing out on the whole experience.

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That is just total rubbish - they do not have adverts every 10 mins or on fact anything like it.

Anyway just watch it live in HD on the BBC....oh wait.

Edited by MinT, 21 September 2012 - 09:24.


#31 JRizzle86

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:23

That is just total rubbish - they do not have adverts every 10 mins or on fact anything like it.


Every 9 minutes?

#32 Prost

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:26

Every 9 minutes?


its 4 ad breaks on 1:30 hours

#33 JRizzle86

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:28

its 4 ad breaks on 1:30 hours


Reduces the effectiveness of the joke to be honest, you had to ruin it.

#34 Don_Humpador

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:33

That is just total rubbish - they do not have adverts every 10 mins or on fact anything like it.

Anyway just watch it live in HD on the BBC....oh wait.

It's just a joke.

#35 SDLRob

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:36

So another test day (friday) screwed because of rain just like at Spa :rolleyes: :mad:


I'm just glad that i'm sat indoors for this one, rather than being soaked and in pain by Eau Rouge

#36 Slowinfastout

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:49

That intro on Sky was nice, love that Van Morisson song. :)

#37 karlth

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 09:57

Then you're missing out on the whole experience.

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:lol:


#38 Disgrace

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:04

That's a great angle on Alonso's car. I do like unusual camera angles on the car, rather than buy into the hoo-ha over helmet cameras.

Edited by Disgrace, 21 September 2012 - 10:05.


#39 JRizzle86

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:07

Mercedes seem keen to test their upgrades.

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#40 Slowinfastout

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:08

Mercs nearly wreck themselves together.. wee

#41 SealTheDiffuser

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:08

Schumacher keen to destroy them.

no yellow Helmet for Lewis?

Edited by SealTheDiffuser, 21 September 2012 - 10:09.


#42 Clatter

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:09

Not raining at the mo but track is wet.

Not being funny, but does Singapore 'have' to be a night race? Looks pretty good in the daylight. I fear that a wet evening race is a no-go'er because of visibility.


I've always thought it looks better in daylight. Night races just do nothing for me.

#43 JRizzle86

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:11

Schumacher keen to destroy them.

no yellow Helmet for Lewis?


He has a new helmet for Singapore.

#44 Disgrace

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:12

Didn't realise Hamilton had a new helmet, thought that was Kovalainen back in a McLaren for a millisecond. :drunk:

#45 JRizzle86

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:14

Didn't realise Hamilton had a new helmet, thought that was Kovalainen back in a McLaren for a millisecond. :drunk:


http://distilleryima...00a1d039f_7.jpg

#46 MikeTekRacing

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:20

Schumacher keen to destroy them.

what happened? :|

#47 David1976

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:22

http://distilleryima...00a1d039f_7.jpg



Big Mercedes sign dominating the front of that isn't there?...

#48 OoxLox

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:22

He came close to running into Rosberg on their installation lap.

#49 Vesuvius

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:23

More rain predicted soon and before the FP1 is over there can be thunderstorm with heavy rain.

#50 dau

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:23

That is just total rubbish - they do not have adverts every 10 mins or on fact anything like it.

Anyway just watch it live in HD on the BBC....oh wait.

I confess to the exaggeration you identified. This technique is sometimes used in humor.

(@pourmecoffee)