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#2001 SunnyENTP

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:58

He also lost a day in his first ever test for Mercedes, looks like he's brought over the bad luck he had at Mclaren!



And what about Nico who suffered mechanical issues on 2 separates days. And oh I guess the heavy rain scheduled for tomorrow affecting Nico does not count too? :rolleyes:

Edited by SunnyENTP, 28 February 2013 - 10:58.


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#2002 F1Gui

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:02

I know but Nico lost it too but he had no problems since then while Lewis really seems to continue with the bad luck from last year. :|

All this wet running could prove to be useful to him though as usually we get one or two wet races in the fly away races. If we arrive at Albert Park or Sepang and its wet I can see Hamilton sticking it on the front row

#2003 Xeriks

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:06

And what about Nico who suffered mechanical issues on 2 separates days. And oh I guess the heavy rain scheduled for tomorrow affecting Nico does not count too? :rolleyes:

I was replying to someone that was talking about Hamilton, of course Rosberg has encountered bad luck too in pre season testing, nowhere did I suggest that it was only effecting Hamilton and not Rosberg.

#2004 jrg19

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:14

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#2005 OO7

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:19

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#2006 baddog

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:19

Are you just making this up as you go along? Nobody ever considered RBR to be 'nowhere', yes they had lost performance but were considered by most people watching and reading to be the second fastest car behind Macca. I can't find the articles atm because I'm not that great at find older articles.

http://forums.autosp...howtopic=168433

early qualy pace last year. merc were VERY quick.

#2007 F1ultimate

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:20

Trophies are at the end of that rainbow. Gorgeous photo.

#2008 mlsnoopy

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:21

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#2009 alframsey

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:23

http://forums.autosp...howtopic=168433

early qualy pace last year. merc were VERY quick.

Oh sorry I didn't realise you were talking about qualy pace, in that case I agree that Merc looked reasonably strong (not front runner strong though) in qualy trim. I can't recall race pace ever looking strong though, or maybe I'm just forgetting.

#2010 dans79

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 15:39

Where did you get this piece of information because it's nonsense.


Because I pay attention to what people who know what they are talking about say.

1. They had issues with down force last year, because they where limited on what they could do with the FW, and a a side effect the RW to keep the car balanced. They had to use aerodynamic profiles that would stall how and when they wanted them to. (DDRS related)
2. They also had issues with the flow reattaching when the DDRS was deactivated, some estimated where up to 2 tenths. Thus every time the DDRS was deactivated the car was momentarily extremely unbalanced. It was rumored Merc tried to minimize this issue by braking earlier.


#2011 Markn93

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:07

Good reliability, most laps, decent pace - as in not Caterham/Marussia slow, a further tightened/refined rear end = a good day :up:

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:10

Good reliability, most laps, decent pace - as in not Caterham/Marussia slow, a further tightened/refined rear end = a good day :up:

Still no bloody soft tyre low-ish fuel runs! Cards still close to their chest

#2013 slmk

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:24

Oh sorry I didn't realise you were talking about qualy pace, in that case I agree that Merc looked reasonably strong (not front runner strong though) in qualy trim. I can't recall race pace ever looking strong though, or maybe I'm just forgetting.


And... they ended up strong. They were second to McLaren in AUS, MAL and fastest in CHN!

Edited by slmk, 28 February 2013 - 16:24.


#2014 TomNokoe

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:26

The contrast between Hamilton last week and today is astounding! He is beaming.

#2015 Markn93

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:27

Lewis looks really happy :up:

#2016 jrg19

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:28

Really happy a lot better than last week, guess hes seen the number the upgrades could achieve :D

#2017 Masenco

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:28

Woooop wooop Lewis looked gleaming in that interview!


#2018 slmk

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:29

At work, can't see. Hopefully this pops up on Youtube.

#2019 Markn93

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:30

He also alluded to perhaps seeing new things on the car tomorrow.

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#2020 Masenco

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:35

I let out a little excited shout when the reporter asked whether the team have brought more downforce to the car, and Lewis, in an excited teasing way said, "I'm sure they have ;)" :cool:

#2021 Timstr11

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:37

Lewis Hamilton tells @rachelbrookesTV: "I'm really happy, we are making progress and moving forward"



#2022 keiichi

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:39

Lewis seemed pretty happy today. I really hope the top 5 teams are very close to each other so that we can have a very disputed championship between all these great drivers :up:

#2023 Szoelloe

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:39

He also alluded to perhaps seeing new things on the car tomorrow.


As they said, they will be running the AUS spec from Saturday. And the car was developed from last week to now, the rear looks better again. Sidepods too.No Bullxxxxing this year, I like that.


#2024 jrg19

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:39

He also alluded to perhaps seeing new things on the car tomorrow.


Tomorrow looks like a wash out :mad:, Lewis actually might have lucked into the better day to be running.


#2025 maverick69

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:40

Lol. A bit of tautology by Lewis there! :p

#2026 Markn93

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:49

Who knows what this positivity will actually translate to on the track come Aus, but they are undeniably good signs :)

#2027 Boxerevo

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:56

Damn,i will not lie,i am missing scream :"LEWIS !!!" :lol:

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:59

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#2029 Xeriks

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:00

I'm excited, I hope the Melbourne spec upgrades, provide the step forward Hamilton is hoping it does for the next test session, if it stay's dry that is!

#2030 bauss

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:01

if LH's last stint was a continuation of his race sim but on fresher tires, it looks good...

matter of fact if you dig deeper in the seemingly meaningless times of his whole race sim today, the times are quite encouraging....and LH's demeanor kinda confirms that to me.

If this car turns out to be competitive and they maximize race weekends, they just might end up saving my sports fan year/season from disaster.

Edited by bauss, 28 February 2013 - 17:01.


#2031 alframsey

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:17

Lewis looked chuffed to bits in the interview, happiest I can recall seeing him for a long time! I think he is truly surprised at how the car handles, not that it will be a true front runner though (maybe I'm being too pessimistic?). I am a tad worried about the lack of soft tyre running though and that Herbert said he still believed the tyre issues were there, either they are concerned the tyres will not hold up or they don't want to reveal their true pace just yet. The former is more likely imo.

#2032 Grundle

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:23

I have visions of team members hoisting Lewis in the air, we are the champions playing in the background.
Just not sure if it's 2014 or this year as well.

#2033 micktosin

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:24

Lewis looked chuffed to bits in the interview, happiest I can recall seeing him for a long time! I think he is truly surprised at how the car handles, not that it will be a true front runner though (maybe I'm being too pessimistic?). I am a tad worried about the lack of soft tyre running though and that Herbert said he still believed the tyre issues were there, either they are concerned the tyres will not hold up or they don't want to reveal their true pace just yet. The former is more likely imo.

Personally, i think the later makes more logical sense from the team point of view. I would have thought if there were problem with the soft, there'll be more simulation test with them, which suggest the team is deliberately holding back their true pace.

I am getting cautiously optimistic about this team now. :)

#2034 SR388

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:27

Lewis looked chuffed to bits in the interview, happiest I can recall seeing him for a long time! I think he is truly surprised at how the car handles, not that it will be a true front runner though (maybe I'm being too pessimistic?). I am a tad worried about the lack of soft tyre running though and that Herbert said he still believed the tyre issues were there, either they are concerned the tyres will not hold up or they don't want to reveal their true pace just yet. The former is more likely imo.


I will take Nico's opinion over Herbert's.


I had an article where Nico said the tire issues were better, but I can't find it.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:28

Personally, i think the later makes more logical sense from the team point of view. I would have thought if there were problem with the soft, there'll be more simulation test with them, which suggest the team is deliberately holding back their true pace.


Exactly. If the team felt the need to improve their tyre wear, why would they avoid sending their drivers out on the soft tyre? I think Merc are confident about their pure speed this year, and are just focusing on refining their aero concepts and improving race pace so we don't have a situation where they go backwards in almost every race.


#2036 Markn93

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:29

The interview :clap:



#2037 jjcale

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:30

Nice to see you fellas finally get a bit of confidence in the car... am feeling like digging up those threads over the winter when I told y'all to wait till testing before writing off the season as "word on the street" was that Merc have a good car this year. :smoking:

#2038 alframsey

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:35

Personally, i think the later makes more logical sense from the team point of view. I would have thought if there were problem with the soft, there'll be more simulation test with them, which suggest the team is deliberately holding back their true pace.

I am getting cautiously optimistic about this team now. :)

Yep that is very true, this hadn't even entered my head for some reason. Maybe I really am just not letting my hopes get ahead of me :p

#2039 F1ultimate

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:39

Many said that Lewis joining Merc would be a death sentence but in that video above its clear that the car cant be much worse than what he drove at the start of 2009.

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#2040 Masenco

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:41

I will take Nico's opinion over Herbert's.


I had an article where Nico said the tire issues were better, but I can't find it.


Not just better, I'm sure an I've read interview where he's said they're basically gone!



#2041 OO7

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:57

Not just better, I'm sure an I've read interview where he's said they're basically gone!

I read the same. I'm keeping an open mind however because it was very early in 2012 (China?) where they exclusively began to talk of getting on top of the tyres and we know what happen after that.

#2042 bauss

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:00

The interview :clap:


he is talking about 150 to 70 kilos, like we suspected, they've probably not run really light yet. I'm encouraged...

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:02

I'll be staggered if they've actually made a decent car.

Lets be honest here, its been a total dog for the last 3 seasons, I really can't understand how after 3 years of trash they can turn it around so much? I guess time will tell


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:02

He looks really happy, I like this! :up:

#2045 SR388

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:04

I'll be staggered if they've actually made a decent car.

Lets be honest here, its been a total dog for the last 3 seasons, I really can't understand how after 3 years of trash they can turn it around so much? I guess time will tell


Oh it is possible. Ask Toyota.


But we have great drivers and great engineers.


Edit- I misread. You gotta remember that the car had moments last year.

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#2046 P123

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:11

I'll be staggered if they've actually made a decent car.

Lets be honest here, its been a total dog for the last 3 seasons, I really can't understand how after 3 years of trash they can turn it around so much? I guess time will tell


They made a decent car last season.... or at least it was decent until they got lost in the developement race. They may start the season well (nobody knows who is where, and won't until Melbourne) but the real test of progress over previous years will be whether or not they can improve over the season compared to the other teams.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:28

There is only one thing that could happen, to put my mind at rest before the first race.
Button, "Hamilton is not the threat".


#2048 femi

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:29

The interview :clap:


I was listening to the interview but paying close attention to his body language. I must admit he came across as genuinely pleased...

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:32

They made a decent car last season.... or at least it was decent until they got lost in the developement race. They may start the season well (nobody knows who is where, and won't until Melbourne) but the real test of progress over previous years will be whether or not they can improve over the season compared to the other teams.


This.

I'm just hoping that we have solved the tyre issues and that we can start being a threat to the top teams in terms of clever strategy decisions. The car seems to have a good base with good correlation also, this will hopefully open doors in terms of development during the season.

Does anyone know if Lewis is still using a mod steering wheel? If I remember correctly it was Lewis that made the request for McLaren to cut out the bottom of their wheel under the hand, I wonder if he will eventually do the same with the W04. Thoughts?


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:37

Hamilton: The mercedes is even better than mclaren in some areas

"Some things on the new car are even better than on my last car. I obviously wont tell you what exactly"

interesting