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#2301 Ellios

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:12

I'm not buying the 'its very close' talk. I think RBR will run and hide, gut feeling.



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#2302 Smitla321

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:13

I wonder why Merc haven't done a race sim today? Ideal conditions for it and I'm sure it would of helped the team and Lewis gain a decent understanding of the deg.

#2303 Pingu Pi

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:13

Have to agree, RBR have never looked massively fast in pre season testing, they always seem to focus on heavy fuel running and don't run light, the one time they looked competitive-ish was 2011 and we all know how that season went. I don't think they'll have as big an advantage but i think it will be noticeable.


I don't like to think about 2011, it's still haunting. Outrageous how fast they were compared to others.

#2304 windtravels

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:13

di resta says merc looks v strong, especially in the last sector.

what are the characteristics the last sector demands?

#2305 aray

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:14

Merc may well be second fastest now(RB has to be considered top until Oz qualifying)....

Edited by aray, 02 March 2013 - 15:14.


#2306 Smitla321

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:14

di resta says merc looks v strong, especially in the last sector.

what are the characteristics the last sector demands?


Mech grip.....

#2307 bonjon1979a

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:15

di resta says merc looks v strong, especially in the last sector.

what are the characteristics the last sector demands?

Tight corners, traction important, one medium speed corner back on to straight.

#2308 Seanspeed

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:16

what are the characteristics the last sector demands?

Lewis Hamilton.

#2309 oligc94

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:19

Lewis Hamilton.


:lol: :up:

#2310 kedia990

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:21

Lewis Hamilton.


:up: On the money. Hamilton is exceptionally good in S3 Barcelona, Abu Dhabi etc - very similar characteristics, sharp direction changes, getting the power down quickly and using the mech grip to the fullest. And no one can pull out a better time than Hamilton.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:23

Lewis Hamilton.



Oh you have your witty cap on Sean. :lol: Reminds me of the US Pebble beach 2000 when Tiger Woods was leading by 10 shots going into the final round and reporter asked a a player what do they have to shot to win. And he replied 'Tiger Woods'

#2312 kedia990

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:23

http://img1.auto-mot...6c78-665188.jpg

:eek: Mercedes is running THAT rear wing in Barcelona and pulling times out of it??? Looks almost Spa-spec to me... If any of the fast times came off of that wing, its very encouraging, coz it means they can run with a lower drag configuration and still obtain the required rear downforce.

Edited by kedia990, 02 March 2013 - 15:23.


#2313 SCUDmissile

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:26

:up: On the money. Hamilton is exceptionally good in S3 Barcelona, Abu Dhabi etc - very similar characteristics, sharp direction changes, getting the power down quickly and using the mech grip to the fullest. And no one can pull out a better time than Hamilton.

He was amazing at S1 at the Nurburgring as well.

#2314 rhukkas

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:28

http://img1.auto-mot...6c78-665188.jpg

:eek: Mercedes is running THAT rear wing in Barcelona and pulling times out of it??? Looks almost Spa-spec to me... If any of the fast times came off of that wing, its very encouraging, coz it means they can run with a lower drag configuration and still obtain the required rear downforce.


Or the time isn't that good, and they are compensating for a lack of front end downforce :)

#2315 slmk

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:32

I'm not buying the 'its very close' talk. I think RBR will run and hide, gut feeling.


Not to turn this into a RBR-thread, but in pure pace, the lack of DRS in Q will hurt them big time.

Good showing by Mercedes.

I think the only way this car is not in the top 10 is if other teams have been sandbagging like crazy. All signs point to Mercedes, at the very least, being at the top of the "mid-field" (ie. top of the group following RBR, MCL, FER and LOT).

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:32

http://img1.auto-mot...6c78-665188.jpg

:eek: Mercedes is running THAT rear wing in Barcelona and pulling times out of it??? Looks almost Spa-spec to me... If any of the fast times came off of that wing, its very encouraging, coz it means they can run with a lower drag configuration and still obtain the required rear downforce.

RBR do similar.

#2317 kedia990

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:37

RBR do similar.


Yes, and they're the reigning 3-time WCC. Not too shabby to be able to do similar, eh? :)

#2318 slmk

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:38

Don't want to blow up the thread (and it's Gary Anderson...) but...

BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson in Barcelona:
"When Eddie Jordan broke the news last September that Lewis Hamilton was moving to Mercedes this year, everyone thought it was a joke, but I tell you, the joke might be on them now. Lewis joined McLaren as a boy and he never really grew out of that. But he has joined Mercedes as a man and I have to say his body language is fantastic. He really is up for it.

"Can Mercedes make a car that is worthy of his talents? I think they've done it this year. Some of the lap times we've seen have already been pretty good, but today he has done a 1:20.5 on soft tyres on a low fuel run. That is a pretty impressive lap time. I think they have the talents to win races and win the championship this year."



#2319 Owen

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:38

Don't want to blow up the thread (and it's Gary Anderson...) but...

Yep. Boom!
@andrewbensonf1: BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson says @LewisHamilton can win the title this year http://t.co/Z0FmbzMyck (UK only)

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#2320 slmk

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:39

Yep. Boom!
@andrewbensonf1: BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson says @LewisHamilton can win the title this year http://t.co/Z0FmbzMyck (UK only)


I was going to post that as well... thanks.

Pretty strong words for Gary Anderson.

Edited by slmk, 02 March 2013 - 15:40.


#2321 AMG FAN

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:40

Don't want to blow up the thread (and it's Gary Anderson...) but...

well they do have the talents that has not been in question,do they have the car? that is the main thing.

#2322 slmk

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:41

What did Mercedes bring today in terms of new components?

#2323 SunnyENTP

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:43

Yep. Boom!
@andrewbensonf1: BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson says @LewisHamilton can win the title this year http://t.co/Z0FmbzMyck (UK only)



Not that I dont wish or hope Merc could win. But does anyone remember what this idiot wrote at the beginning of testing when he completely wrote off Mercedes by just looking at the car. I dont take much stock on what he says.

#2324 rhukkas

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:44

It's be miraculous if Mercedes could challenge for the title... and it's not going to happen

#2325 Szoelloe

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:44

What did Mercedes bring today in terms of new components?


I think the floor is new, the RW is new, and the FW seemed to have some mods too.

#2326 slmk

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:46

I think the floor is new, the RW is new, and the FW seemed to have some mods too.


Interesting. Based on the lack of "image" analysis, it seems the mods were either fairly minor or under the skin. With teams like Ferrari not showing anything until Melbourne, that could be cause for concern...

#2327 molpid

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:47

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#2328 Obi Offiah

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:48

Yes, and they're the reigning 3-time WCC. Not too shabby to be able to do similar, eh? :)

I won't disagree with you there kedia :)

#2329 slmk

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:49

It's be miraculous if Mercedes could challenge for the title... and it's not going to happen


McLaren went from a dog in early 2009, to a good, top-5 car at the end of the 2009 season to a car that could challenge for the WDC/WCC in 2010.
McLaren did another big jump from 2006 to 2007

It's definitely doable. We know that the W03 had pace at the start but ended up underdeveloped and went into some development dead ends.

If anything, Mercedes' challenge this year will be to properly and competitively develop the W04.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:50

Yep. Boom!
@andrewbensonf1: BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson says @LewisHamilton can win the title this year http://t.co/Z0FmbzMyck (UK only)

Oh deary deary me.

#2331 slmk

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:51

Did Lewis set his 1:20.8 on mediums or softs because Autosport reported mediums while I think other journos reported softs?!

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:55

Did Lewis set his 1:20.8 on mediums or softs because Autosport reported mediums while I think other journos reported softs?!

Softs I'm sure, I don't see how everyone else could get it wrong, except Autosport.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:57

I want Lewis and the team to do good,but I like the way Lewis is doing it low expectation,Gary Anderson should just calm down and let the first few races pan out.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:58

Did Lewis set his 1:20.8 on mediums or softs because Autosport reported mediums while I think other journos reported softs?!


Lewis set one 1:20.8 lap on mediums (ESPN F1 confirmed). The 1:20.5 was on softs fosho.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:59

Softs I'm sure, I don't see how everyone else could get it wrong, except Autosport.


Crofty said they were mediums on Sky aswell. Said they are mediums made in a different factory to verify they have the same perforance as mediums from main factory.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:00

Crofty said they were mediums on Sky aswell. Said they are mediums made in a different factory to verify they have the same perforance as mediums from main factory.

Oh wow, well that's a good surprise, I'm impressed.

#2337 peroa

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:01

All three runs were done on softs, confirmed by Paul Hembery on twitter. :rolleyes:
Jebus...

#2338 SCUDmissile

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:02

Feb 4

"Unlike the McLaren, which looked a step forward in every area, I wouldn't necessarily say I'm seeing anything too exciting about the Mercedes."


Mar 3

I think they've done it this year. Some of the lap times we've seen have already been pretty good, but today he has done a 1:20.5 on soft tyres on a low fuel run. That is a pretty impressive lap time. I think they have the talents to win races and win the championship this year.


:rotfl: that time was very good, but look how it changed GA's mind.

#2339 Owen

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:03

Feb 4


Mar 3


:rotfl: that time was very good, but look how it changed GA's mind.

He's consistently inconsistent :lol:

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#2340 slmk

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:03

Feb 4


Mar 3


:rotfl: that time was very good, but look how it changed GA's mind.


I know... which is why I put my little disclaimer re: Gary Anderson...

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:04

All three runs were done on softs, confirmed by Paul Hembery on twitter. :rolleyes:
Jebus...


+1

the confusion is originated from the fact that yesterday's unmarked Romanian Pirellis were mediums, whereas today's were softs.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:05

I want Lewis and the team to do good,but I like the way Lewis is doing it low expectation,Gary Anderson should just calm down and let the first few races pan out.

I just saw the video commentary and it was done at the Mercedes garage during a pit-stop. The high energy and excitement may have got to him a little. :)

#2343 peroa

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:05

+1

the confusion is originated from the fact that yesterday's unmarked Romanian Pirellis were mediums, whereas today's were softs.

Actually they were apparently not, Paulie's mistake yesterday.
Paul Hembery ‏@PaulHembery
The proto tyres were not marked,as that would have made it even more difficult to follow ! Normally would have been used by now but for rain
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5 hrs Paul Hembery ‏@PaulHembery
“@MEmaaduddin: There are Hard and Soft, here, my original list had Med and was told that yesterday. oooppsss

#2344 Szoelloe

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:08

Actually they were apparently not, Paulie's mistake yesterday.
Paul Hembery ‏@PaulHembery
The proto tyres were not marked,as that would have made it even more difficult to follow ! Normally would have been used by now but for rain
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5 hrs Paul Hembery ‏@PaulHembery
“@MEmaaduddin: There are Hard and Soft, here, my original list had Med and was told that yesterday. oooppsss


Thx for the info. I didn't know that. :up:


#2345 BernieEc

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:08

Not that I dont wish or hope Merc could win. But does anyone remember what this idiot wrote at the beginning of testing when he completely wrote off Mercedes by just looking at the car. I dont take much stock on what he says.


I remember and you are right. He's an idiot. i remember what he said about McLaren last year as well and how he raved about the Red Bull, then we get to Aus and its KABOOM!!!

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:12

+1

the confusion is originated from the fact that yesterday's unmarked Romanian Pirellis were mediums, whereas today's were softs.


No, the confusion is originating from people like Paul, Crofty and a lot of other insiders getting their facts wrong. lol

We can only go on what we are told. Autosport have stuck to the fact that at least one of Lewis' low fuel run was on the medium tyre.

It seems silly to even bring unmarked tyres to a test session IMHO.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:12

He's consistently inconsistent :lol:

That is the best description of him I have ever heard.

#2348 Alx09

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:14

Gary Anderson predicted Lewis WDC? He jinxed it now :(

Seriously though, RBR / Lotus will be faster come Melbourne I think. But, I am enthusiastic about Merc maybe being before McLaren/Ferrari. Even if equal, they have done a good job.

Edited by Alx09, 02 March 2013 - 16:15.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:17

No, the confusion is originating from people like Paul, Crofty and a lot of other insiders getting their facts wrong. lol

We can only go on what we are told. Autosport have stuck to the fact that at least one of Lewis' low fuel run was on the medium tyre.

It seems silly to even bring unmarked tyres to a test session IMHO.


Why - they arnt testing for your benefit - they are testing for theirs. They are well aware of what tyre it is.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:20

But does anyone remember what this idiot wrote at the beginning of testing when he completely wrote off Mercedes by just looking at the car. I dont take much stock on what he says.


It's just an opinion. His point was that the Mercedes didn't look to have a lot of tricky aerodynamic features at the Jerez test and he felt this was their down fall last season. And Lewis himself said the car needed more downforce. He didn't write them off, he said they'd need to work hard to give Lewis a car to win races. I don't know if they've added more features since that test to change GA's mind but he's allowed to change his opinion.

Edited by pRy, 02 March 2013 - 16:21.