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#1 Kimiraikkonen

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 01:59

Come on boys!!!!! Here we go!

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#2 Seanspeed

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:04

Yes indeed. WAAAAKE UP all you Brits and Europeans.

#3 swerved

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:04

Come on Lotus/kimi, lets have a good one!.

#4 Kimiraikkonen

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:05

I thnik RB vs McLaren very tight fight!!

#5 swerved

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:06

I thnik RB vs McLaren very tight fight!!


Yep, I think RB may just nick it, in the race at least.


#6 jrg19

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:14

Only the Mercs running atm.

#7 swerved

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:14

Kimi out and then pits, something felt strange on the rear of the car.

#8 SDLRob

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:20

So Petrov's wing fell off as the bolt sheared off??

#9 swerved

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:22

So Petrov's wing fell off as the bolt sheared off??



Apparently, luckily he felt something and backed off, could have been a nasty one.

#10 ali.unal

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:30

Is live timing working for you? Mine keeps freezing for 20 seconds and then works, and freezes and then works... Annoying!

#11 swerved

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:32

Is live timing working for you? Mine keeps freezing for 20 seconds and then works, and freezes and then works... Annoying!



Yeah my timing seems okay, and finally, Kimi is back out, halle bloody lujah. :blush:

#12 Juggles

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:32

I'll be surprised if Vettel isn't on pole, the Red Bull is consistently faster than the McLaren in the first two sectors. Worrying given Suzuka was supposed to suit McLaren more than Singapore.

#13 jrg19

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:33

Yeah 4 drivers in contention for pole.

McLaren/Red Bull

#14 swerved

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:34

Kimi back in the pits again !?

#15 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:34

Morning everyone, McLaren and Red Bull look to have it nailed the question is who'll get pole position?

#16 Kimiraikkonen

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:35

So bad both Ferraris on hards!!

#17 Slowinfastout

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:38

Raikkonen is in big trouble..

#18 swerved

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:40

Hulk off with frontal damage.


#19 swerved

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:41

Front anti roll bar change for Kimi.

And back out again.

Edited by swerved, 06 October 2012 - 02:43.


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#20 SDLRob

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:41

and now the other Force India gets intimate with a tire barrier

#21 goldenboy

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:43

this is why I like suzuka. Punishment!

#22 SDLRob

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:46

this is why I like suzuka. Punishment!


I get a feeling that the Force India pit wall and garage were all sporting that Abed face when Hulk crashed :lol:

#23 Watkins74

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:49

What tires was Vettel just using? Thanks

#24 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:49

Vettel looks on it now.

#25 Seanspeed

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:49

That was on hard tires folks.

#26 Watkins74

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:51

That was on hard tires folks.

Thought so. Wow.

#27 swerved

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:52

Kimi "The front feels very heavy and the rear is poor"



#28 Watkins74

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:52

Kimi says the problem isn't fixed.

#29 Slowinfastout

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:54

It's amazing how Lotus has dropped the ball, weirdos were saying it's the best car a few days ago..

#30 swerved

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:57

It's amazing how Lotus has dropped the ball, weirdos were saying it's the best car a few days ago..


Can't argue with that, Its beginning to get really frustrating, it would be slightly less annoying if Kimi weren't so high in the standings.


#31 Watkins74

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:57

It's amazing how Lotus has dropped the ball, weirdos were saying it's the best car a few days ago..

It was one of the best cars before the August break.

...and quit calling me weird you bully.

#32 fabr68

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:58

It's amazing how Lotus has dropped the ball, weirdos were saying it's the best car a few days ago..


I think its more like Red Bull has raised the bar. Both drivers are on top of it.

#33 jrg19

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:58

Red Bull 1-2.

#34 sock22

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:00

Red Bull 1-2.

Looks like it will be like that in qualifying as well. Red Bull much faster in the first two sectors.

#35 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:01

That last corner is going to be dangerous in qualifying..

#36 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:01

Vettel with a 1:32.136

#37 Zava

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:02

damn that was fine from Lewis.

#38 Spillage

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:04

Just got back from the nightclub, now its time for F1 :smoking:

#39 Kelateboy

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:04

Red Bulls vs McLaren for P1.

Now that is a bold prediction.... :D

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#40 Slowinfastout

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:06

Alonso will need to pull another rabbit out of the hat.. like Raikkonen my brain has a hard time to compute how the hell he collected so much points..

but at this rate he's not gonna make it without a healthy dose of chaos.

#41 BigCHrome

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:07

Looks like RB have at least .4s on Mclaren.

#42 tarmac

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:07

Total domination..

#43 Juggles

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:10

This is why you need to take every opportunity for big points. Hamilton lost 25 points in Singapore and now Red Bull have overtaken McLaren.

If the sector times are indicative, Red Bull 1-2 in qualifying.

#44 JBLeon

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:11

If Vettel gets pole and runs on clean air all day long he will take it.

Edited by JBLeon, 06 October 2012 - 03:11.


#45 fatd

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:12

Looks like RB have at least .4s on Mclaren.


Do they really? I didn't watch the session but did follow the live timing and it said both McLaren drivers had traffic in their final laps. Otherwise it's really hard to believe RB can turn things around by just a fortnight and by such margin.

#46 peroa

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:14

This is why you need to take every opportunity for big points. Hamilton lost 25 points in Singapore and now Red Bull have overtaken McLaren.

If the sector times are indicative, Red Bull 1-2 in qualifying.

Well, they have two hours to figure something out.

#47 Zava

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:14

Do they really? I didn't watch the session but did follow the live timing and it said both McLaren drivers had traffic in their final laps. Otherwise it's really hard to believe RB can turn things around by just a fortnight and by such margin.

I think they only had trouble in the last sector, but up until then they were slower in s1 (~3 tenths) and in s2 (~2 tenths)

#48 ali.unal

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:15

We still haven't seen the best of McLaren. Both drivers were held up during their hot laps, so there is room for improvement for both McLarens. Said that, I believe Red Bull seemed to have made a huge leap forward this weekend. Vettel could just easily take it. With Alonso and Ferrari so far back, it's looking good for Red Bull as things stand.

#49 BigCHrome

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:20

Hamilton was barely green through 2 sectors compared to Schumi and Button was even slower before he got traffic. Webber had like 4-5 tenths on Schumi in comparison.

#50 Juggles

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:21

We still haven't seen the best of McLaren. Both drivers were held up during their hot laps, so there is room for improvement for both McLarens. Said that, I believe Red Bull seemed to have made a huge leap forward this weekend. Vettel could just easily take it. With Alonso and Ferrari so far back, it's looking good for Red Bull as things stand.


They weren't held up in the first two sectors and they had already dropped chunks of time to Red Bull. McLaren have a chance to change their setup before qualifying (apparently neither driver was happy - hardly a shock when it's Button, more unusual for Hamilton), maybe they can find something there. At this stage though, I'm already seeing Christian Horner's cheshire cat grin.

Edited by Juggles, 06 October 2012 - 03:22.