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#1 halifaxf1fan

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 00:52

Less than a day away from FP1!

Weather - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sunny and 31C. 40% chance of thunder showers on Saturday night.


Which driver will emerge from the pack to take pole in Abu Dhabi?


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#2 ViMaMo

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:19

Hard to say it wont be Vettel, but taking a chance with Mclaren. I'd say Lewis for pole at Abu Dhabi 2012 !!

#3 STIGG

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:24

This Grand Prix taunts me and many others with memories of '10. I just hope come Sunday evening we'll have fonder memories to take away.

#4 halifaxf1fan

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:33

"There are some new parts coming that we well have to check tomorrow," Alonso said.

Ferrari are bringing new parts. How close to Red Bull will they be able to get?

#5 Nitropower

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:57

nowhere

#6 ch103

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:18


You heard it here first, Mark Webber.

#7 krapmeister

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:42

You heard it here first, Mark Webber.


:lol:

It's Abu Dhabi - not in a million years...

#8 Creepy

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:42

nowhere


Unfortunately I think the same. It's not that at this time of the championship there is going to be a huge "shift" of competitiveness among teams, although maybe McLaren if they had a normal race with no problems they could shine in comparison to previous races...

But again Ferrari will be fighting for a podium at much, not for a win.

I really hope we both are incredibly wrong.

Edited by Creepy, 02 November 2012 - 03:42.


#9 Sakae

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:20

Less than a day away from FP1!

Weather - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sunny and 31C. 40% chance of thunder showers on Saturday night.


Which driver will emerge from the pack to take pole in Abu Dhabi?


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Thunder showers will be of wet or sand kind?

#10 Kelateboy

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:25

Vettel, Webber or Hamilton for the pole.

Alonso to start on the 2nd row. :)

#11 Vickyy

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:12

Less than a day away from FP1!

Weather - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sunny and 31C. 40% chance of thunder showers on Saturday night.


Which driver will emerge from the pack to take pole in Abu Dhabi?


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Where is Vettel? :smoking:

#12 Sakae

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:17

Where is Vettel? :smoking:

He went that way a few seconds ago... :rotfl:

#13 ICEBALL

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:35

Vettel, Webber or Hamilton for the pole.

Alonso to start on the 2nd row. :)


Alongside Kimi.... :cool:

#14 Doughnut King

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:00

Vettel for pole and the win.

#15 Roonaldo

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:23

Thunder showers will be of wet or sand kind?


Neither, it's rained once, maybe twice this year. Sand storm unlikely.

#16 F.M.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:35

Alongside Kimi.... :cool:

Don't expect too much from Lotus this race. Acceleration out of all those slow corners has been a weak point of the car this season

#17 skakavac111

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:44

Where is Vettel? :smoking:


and Hamilton??? :smoking: :smoking:

#18 Juggles

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:48

Vettel for pole and the win.


The last time a driver won five races in a row was Schumacher in 2004. Amazingly he did it on two separate occasions that season winning five in a row from Australia to Spain and then seven in a row from Europe to Hungary.

If Vettel doesn't have any problems the only one who can stop him here is Hamilton, purely because he is the only driver apart from the Red Bulls who is capable of qualifying on pole. I imagine Webber will be asked to move over so for the sake of the sanity of most F1 fans this race needs Hamilton to pull something out of the bag on Saturday. They were only a couple of tenths off in India and the consensus seems to be that McLaren will be more suited to Abu Dhabi.

A Canada round II (Vettel vs Hamilton vs Alonso in comparable cars) would be lovely but is probably unrealistic.

#19 Sakae

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:00

The last time a driver won five races in a row was Schumacher in 2004. Amazingly he did it on two separate occasions that season winning five in a row from Australia to Spain and then seven in a row from Europe to Hungary.

If Vettel doesn't have any problems the only one who can stop him here is Hamilton, purely because he is the only driver apart from the Red Bulls who is capable of qualifying on pole. I imagine Webber will be asked to move over so for the sake of the sanity of most F1 fans this race needs Hamilton to pull something out of the bag on Saturday. They were only a couple of tenths off in India and the consensus seems to be that McLaren will be more suited to Abu Dhabi.

A Canada round II (Vettel vs Hamilton vs Alonso in comparable cars) would be lovely but is probably unrealistic.

Vettel's objective must be to keep Alonso Diaz behind him, if he can, and then win, if he can, without risking DNF. Unfortunately it comes to numbers now. Vettel is not racing Hamilton, regardless what anyone says at the end.

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#20 korzeniow

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:09

Track with slow corners are not Ferrari speciality. I think they will suffer a drop in performance here

#21 jrg19

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:10

Vettel and Hamilton 1,2 but not sure which order.

#22 muramasa

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:36


awesome facility

i mean, really awesome

#23 Jamiednm

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:43


Red Bull front row lockout, both will drop the rest of the field within 3 laps, Vettel will go on to complete a boring victory.

#24 SamH123

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:47

c'mon Mclaren, get out there

#25 KingB

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:48

Red Bull front row lockout, both will drop the rest of the field within 3 laps, Vettel will go on to complete a boring victory.

This. Unfortunately.

#26 Zava

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:57

:( seems Vettel will have to fight Paddy Lowe this weekend. :|

#27 SamH123

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:58

Still a huge 3.2s down on FP1 winning time last year???

#28 Mc_Silver

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:58

Where have u been McLaren before Abu Dhabi? :drunk:

#29 bauss

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:59

I think Ham will take the fight to the Bulls this weekend... he is very good here, the EBD may have blunted that a bit in the last 2 years

#30 sock22

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:00

Interesting, Button is matching Hamilton in S1 and S2, but Hamilton's advantage is in S3

EDIT - also, Red Bull are traditionally slower in FP1, India was an exception. They will be matching and probably beating McLaren by qualifying

Edited by sock22, 02 November 2012 - 10:01.


#31 bauss

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:01

Still a huge 3.2s down on FP1 winning time last year???


all those slow corners mean its a big EBD track

#32 jrg19

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:05

:( seems Vettel will have to fight Paddy Lowe this weekend. :|


:lol: I'd love a quote like that.

#33 joshb

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:08

all those slow corners mean its a big EBD track


there are also higher kerbs this year to stop the kerb hopping.

#34 Massa_f1

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:12

Hamilton will walk it this weekend. It is his Circuit.

#35 Kelateboy

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:14

Still early days, but you can see that McLaren is strong is sector 1, while sector 3 is Red Bull's forte.

#36 McRules

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:15

Hamilton will walk it this weekend. It is his Circuit.

I know you cant read from practice time, ..but so far he definitely seems to be blitzing.

#37 BernieEc

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:16

Guys trust me......Red Bulls are the cars to beat. come FP3 and Quali...they will unleash their God mode. Hamilton is thereabouts....but make no mistake that the bulls are there to play catchup.......thats for sure....



#38 Kelateboy

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:16

Caterham's Renault engine went kaput on Van Der Garde.

What is the issue? Anybody?

#39 wj_gibson

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:17

Hamilton has always been brilliant at this track - yet I can't work out why that is, since (on the surface anyway) it's not all that different from somewhere like Bahrain, where Hamilton hasn't been quite so stellar in the past.

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#40 Sinceref189

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:20

:( seems Vettel will have to fight Paddy Lowe this weekend. :|

:rotfl:

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:20

I know you cant read from practice time, ..but so far he definitely seems to be blitzing.

Nah just typical Lewis going at it from FP1 only for the others to steadily work on their set-up and to catch up or be faster when it really matters in qualy and the race.

#42 SamH123

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:21

Remember track temp will be a lot different for the rest of the week
And Hamilton will probably be fighting setup problems in FP2 :p

#43 Watkins74

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:22

Hamilton will walk it this weekend. It is his Circuit.

Doesn't Vettel have more poles and wins here?

#44 Massa_f1

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:24

Brilliant looks like another 1 stop. zzzzz

#45 Baddoer

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:26

Lotus is really slow. Absolutely nowhere.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:30

Lotus is really slow. Absolutely nowhere.

It seems Räikkönen did his best time with a puncture, if that's true, I would say his time is not that bad, he's in front of a Ferrari even like that. :drunk:

Edited by artista, 02 November 2012 - 10:30.


#47 MonacoMaster

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:34

:( seems Vettel will have to fight Paddy Lowe this weekend. :|

:up:
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#48 choyothe

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:36

It's Vettel's circuit if anything, 2 poles and 3 wins without the mech DNF out of 3 races. We'll see if Mclaren is the faster qualifying car though, like a year ago.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:37

It's Vettel's circuit if anything, 2 poles and 3 wins without the mech DNF out of 3 races. We'll see if Mclaren is the faster qualifying car though, like a year ago.

that's not a fair thing to say as Hamilton also had his bad luck from the front in abu dhabi, 2011 just levelled that. ;)

@MonacoMaster: :up: :lol:

#50 Nonesuch

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:41

Doesn't Vettel have more poles and wins here?

Yup - but it's quite close between the two. Hamilton and Vettel both had a DNF from a good position to complicate things. Hamilton has more points here than Vettel (43 to 35) because Vettel's first win here was when it awarded 10 points instead of 25.

Wins: Vettel (2), Hamilton (1)
Podiums: Button (3), Vettel (2), Hamilton (2), Alonso (1), Webber (1)
Poles: Vettel (2), Hamilton (1)
Fastest Laps: Vettel (1), Hamilton (1), Webber (1)
Points: Hamilton (43), Button (36), Vettel (35), Alonso (24), Webber (24), etc.
KMs led: Vettel (439), Hamilton (372), Button (83), Alonso (17), Webber (6)