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#1 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:12

8 hours or so until lights out.

Row 1 1. Sebastian Vettel 1’30.839
Red Bull
2. Mark Webber 1’31.09
Red Bull

Row 2 3. Kamui Kobayashi 1’31.7
Sauber
4. Romain Grosjean 1’31.898
Lotus

Row 3 5. Sergio Perez 1’32.022
Sauber
6. Fernando Alonso 1’32.114
Ferrari

Row 4 7. Kimi Raikkonen 1’32.208
Lotus
8. Jenson Button* 1’31.29
McLaren

Row 5 9. Lewis Hamilton 1’32.327
McLaren
10. Felipe Massa 1’32.293
Ferrari

Row 6 11. Paul di Resta 1’32.327
Force India
12. Pastor Maldonado 1’32.512
Williams

Row 7 13. Nico Rosberg 1’32.625
Mercedes
14. Daniel Ricciardo 1’32.954
Toro Rosso

Row 8 15. Nico Hulkenberg* No time
Force India
16. Bruno Senna 1’33.405
Williams

Row 9 17. Heikki Kovalainen 1’34.657
Caterham
18. Timo Glock 1’35.213
Marussia

Row 10 19. Jean-Eric Vergne** 1’33.368
Toro Rosso
20. Pedro de la Rosa 1’35.385
HRT

Row 11 21. Charles Pic 1’35.429
Marussia
22. Vitaly Petrov 1’35.432
Caterham

Row 12 23. Michael Schumacher*** 1’32.469
Mercedes
24. Narain Karthikeyan 1’36.734
HRT

Time for a nap and see you guys later on.


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#2 showtime

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:17

Row 2 seems... hmmmm... interesting :p

#3 WatchingF1since4yearsold

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:19

Red Bull 1-2, Kobayashi and Grosjean collide, McLaren's 3-4, Alonso 5

#4 King Six

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:23

I reckon Kobayashi is going to make the podium this race. The Sauber is an odd car, either it's right at the front or its in the middle of nowhere, barely making the points. The same can be said somewhat for Force India, Williams too. The midfield cars have been strange this season.

Sauber seem to have the third fastest car here and McLaren due to penalties and other errors aren't near the front, they should be able to comfortably make the podium. I think for Alonso his main focus should be on beating Grosjean and maybe Perez.

I reckon Sauber are going to take Mercedes for 5th in the WCC after this race. Or at least be very close.

I'm not really looking forward to this race though, Suzuka has never really made for interesting races. Unless it rains, and apart from the odd year like 2010 where Kamui went crazy. I'll probably sleep through it, read what happened when I wake up and then maybe catch the highlights on BBC...

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#5 Kvothe

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:23

Lewis to win, you read it here first.

Goodnight folks, see you at the red lights.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:26

i'd be gobsmacked if vettel isn't at least 3 seconds ahead by the end of the first lap

#7 hulmerist

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:26

Lewis to win, you read it here first.

Goodnight folks, see you at the red lights.


you're not meant to dream when you're awake

#8 F1FAN013

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:28

Lewis to win, you read it here first.

Goodnight folks, see you at the red lights.


I would love to see that prediction come true. A storming drive from Hamilton beating Vettel on the last lap. I can only dream for that. It is unlikely to happen.

Red Bull 1st-2nd with Alonso taking 3rd.

#9 WatchingF1since4yearsold

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:29

Lewis to win, you read it here first.

Goodnight folks, see you at the red lights.


would love for this to happen but sadly I think the Red Bull's/Vettel will walk home with it, I expect a pretty dull race tbh

#10 showtime

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:59

would love for this to happen but sadly I think the Red Bull's/Vettel will walk home with it, I expect a pretty dull race tbh


I agree Vettel is going to win easily but if Ferrari's race pace is good enough we could see an entertaining battle for positions 3 to 8.


#11 BetaVersion

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 23:03

My first hope for this race: Grosjean doesn't screw other people's race on start and Kamui at least keep 3rd

Then, I hope Kimi, Alonso, Button and Lewis provides us with great battles (yeah, I know. Not gonna happen)

#12 Ian G

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 23:04

I'm not so sure it will be dull,a lot of non- winners with a Podium chance,Kobayashi in particular will be over performing,i just hope he doesn't take anyone out in the early laps,esp. Mark.

#13 P123

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 23:07

I don't hold out much hope for this being an interesting race. It hinges on Kobi getting a great start and Button being able to fight through the field.

#14 Jimisgod

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 23:27

Tyres gonna get very funky is my prediction, the RBR will destroy its tyres and we will get a surprise result from either a new or a winner far back on the grid.

#15 fisssssi

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 23:37

A.B.V.

(Anyone But Vettel)

#16 krapmeister

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 23:44

Seb is going to run and hide I fear, unless someone jumps him at the start - and even then it could just be interesting until Vettel jumps at the stops. Koba/Grosjean will be a hold your breath moment at the start though and likely one at least will be ahead of Webber by the end of the first lap. Even if the Bulls have a bit of tyre trouble Seb should be far enough ahead to nurse them while Webber will be the one that suffers...

#17 goldenboy

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:23

vettels long run pace was a lot better than webber.

There's not going to be a battle for the lead I'm afraid to say! Kobayashi will be the interesting one to watch for me/

#18 Doughnut King

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:57

Barring a mechanical failure, a first lap crash or something down right bizarre happening this race surely will be won by Vettel.

#19 SPBHM

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:19

yes, Vettel is probably going to dominate this race...

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#20 dave34m

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:52

A DNF by Alonso would make the WDC much more interesting

#21 crbassassin

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:25

Hamilton's championship hope is going to get its final nail.

#22 Wheels23

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:26

First driver to pit for a new nose is Di Resta

Mark my words. :p



#23 kosmos

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:27

A DNF by Alonso would make the WDC much more interesting


If the current trend continues, a DNF for Alonso will put the title on a plate for Vettel, it's far from interesting.

#24 MONTOYASPEED

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:31

Perez to win.

#25 krapmeister

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:31

If the current trend continues, a DNF for Alonso will put the title on a plate for Vettel, it's far from interesting.


Yeah I agree - a DNF for Alonso would be a disaster...

#26 muramasa

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:32


It's rained quite long and quite alot at Suzuka since last evening throughout night, I wonder how that will affect the race. At least the track must be dustier.

#27 Raifosa

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:32

Fred, Seb & JB podium in that order.

The oracle has spoken. :cool:

#28 jjcale

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:43

It's rained quite long and quite alot at Suzuka since last evening throughout night, I wonder how that will affect the race. At least the track must be dustier.


There was a dude in another thread who implied that they were seeding the clouds in that area ... is this something that you can comment on?

#29 SamH123

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:44

Brundle was just saying on Sky that turns out RB may have been running a DDRS that they have kept very quiet!

#30 dave34m

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:46

If the current trend continues, a DNF for Alonso will put the title on a plate for Vettel, it's far from interesting.

The gap from 2nd-3rd is 16pts then 7pts to 4th and 10 pts to 5th so it wouldnt be handing the title on a plate to Vettel unless the speed Red Bull have shown this weekend continues of course, and if Red Bull do dominate the last 6 races then they will really deserve the title anyway.
I would like a DNF for Alonso because I dont really care for him or Ferrari so I would opt for a A.B.A. (Anyone but Alonso)

#31 krapmeister

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:54

Brundle was just saying on Sky that turns out RB may have been running a DDRS that they have kept very quiet!


Well if true that is an awesome effort to keep it on the quiet without anyone getting wind until now...

#32 KirilVarbanov

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:56

I was thinking about it, my friends at AMuS with story in German: Red Bull are using double DRS!

#33 vlado

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:25

Nothing from Scrabs on this ? He usually catches stuff like that..

#34 MP422

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:28

Can someone please pm me a place to watch online ? Thanks !

#35 goldenboy

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:30

damn it's enjoyable watching vettels pole lap

#36 krapmeister

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:33

damn it's enjoyable watching vettels pole lap


Hang on - what are you doing? You should be watching Bathurst man! :lol:

#37 SpaMaster

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:35

I can't understand how the Star Sports presenter Paula can be anchoring the show for so long, more than 10 years or so. She is just very average to say the least. Surely there would be better anchors?

#38 kosmos

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:36

Problems for Webber, lost a piece.

#39 krapmeister

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:40

Problems for Webber, lost a piece.


What piece?

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#40 kosmos

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:42

What piece?



Something falling from the back of the car when he was driving to the start line. I don't know more.

#41 nada12

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:42

Does John Button own any clothes that aren't pink shirts and white pants...?

#42 OSX

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:52

Something falling from the back of the car when he was driving to the start line. I don't know more.

Webber said to Brundle that it was something on the track he drove over and not a piece from the car.


#43 krapmeister

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:54

Webber said to Brundle that it was something on the track he drove over and not a piece from the car.


Phew! I hope it's just that...

#44 goldenboy

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:54

Hang on - what are you doing? You should be watching Bathurst man! :lol:

multi tasking. So far the laptop hasn't needed a hammerfist :lol:

#45 F.M.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:55

Something falling from the back of the car when he was driving to the start line. I don't know more.

Was already on the track he said. He just picked it up

#46 FizzyJerk

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:58

Vettel to dominate me thinks.

Edited by FizzyJerk, 07 October 2012 - 05:58.


#47 Raziel

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:58

lol at Japanese Sauber fans with their rear wing hats, DRS flap opening :rotfl: :lol: :clap:

#48 Kelateboy

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:59

Everybody goes through safely into turn 1.... :D

#49 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:59

Food? Check

High heart rate? Check

1st corner? Umm..

#50 Koen

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:04

Lol. There goes Alonso'a championship.

Edited by Koen, 07 October 2012 - 06:05.