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Who has the fastest car or how wrong do we get it?


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Poll: Who has the fastest car or how wrong do we get it? (335 member(s) have cast votes)

Who has so far the fastest car?

  1. Red Bull (120 votes [36.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.04%

  2. Ferrari (32 votes [9.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.61%

  3. McLaren (108 votes [32.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.43%

  4. Lotus (34 votes [10.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.21%

  5. Mercedes (12 votes [3.60%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.60%

  6. Sauber (3 votes [0.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.90%

  7. Force India (1 votes [0.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.30%

  8. Williams (4 votes [1.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.20%

  9. Toro Rosso (1 votes [0.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.30%

  10. Caterham (1 votes [0.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.30%

  11. Marussia (17 votes [5.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.11%

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#1 H2H

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:09

Nobody can know for sure who turns up with the fastest car in Melbourne. Still let us see if the collective wisdom of the forum gets it more right then wrong.

So let us have fun.

Note: The teams are ranked after the results achieved in the WCC of 2012.


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#2 Sakae

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:12

McLaren continues where they had left last year. (Mind you, I still do not know with any degree of precision how anyone defines, or what makes car "fastest" among all).

Edited by Sakae, 08 February 2013 - 17:14.


#3 MarileneRiddle

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:18

I'm going with Red Bull, with the next group of Lotus, Ferrari and McLaren all close.

Edited by MarileneRiddle, 08 February 2013 - 17:18.


#4 SUPRAF1

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:24

How are you defining fastest car for Melbourne? Will it be the team with the highest average starting grid position, the team on pole, the race winner, or the team that posts the ultimate fastest lap during the entire weekend?

#5 cooper

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:32

Marussia! Definitely marussia

#6 Mauseri

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:35

How are you defining fastest car for Melbourne? Will it be the team with the highest average starting grid position, the team on pole, the race winner, or the team that posts the ultimate fastest lap during the entire weekend?

The car which shows stronges performance needed to win races. It's not only race pace or qualifying or both. You take into acount driver performance and mistakes and team mistakes as well, and unlucky situations beyond competitors control.

#7 Crossmax

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:38

Cannot decide between RBR and McLaren, but those would be my bet. That said, Lotus could well be up there, and so could Ferrari. The poll should have a "clueless" option.

#8 Sakae

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:38

The car which shows stronges performance needed to win races. It's not only race pace or qualifying or both. You take into acount driver performance and mistakes and team mistakes as well, and unlucky situations beyond competitors control.

...if so, than wait till June before we can discuss it based on track performace of three months.

#9 Shiroo

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:39

probably RBR then Lotus in my opinion. at least "reporters" were saying that RBR never lose rear similar to Lotus and that they are so well balanced. on the other hand, McLaren looked fast but few times had a problem with rear or front.

#10 Afterburner

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:44

Based on my own arbitrary analysis, I'd say that if things stay as they are, RBR have it in their pocket, easily--but I'm by no means an expert on judging these things.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:45

I voted, but the poll doesn't show who voted for what, so come Melbourne I shall claim to have been right anyway.

#12 BigCHrome

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:46

Ferrari have the race pace. McLaren best qualifying pace (though not the drivers to show it), Red Bull have the best combination of short and long run pace.

#13 Tauhid

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:47

I am sticking with yet another championship run for Red Bull. They look mighty fast even on hard tyres, just think what they can do on the softs then? Of course this is way too early to judge on who has the quickest package. McLaren looks really strong too but when it comes to tactics and sublime pit services, everyone else comes second to Red Bull. So if Vettel continues his good form from last season, he'll win this year yet again.

#14 Ellios

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:50

Red Bull and come Brazil 24th young Vettel will be 4 x WDC if not sooner!


so now that's over lets get on with talking about Merc n Hambo !


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#15 showtime

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:50

Based on my own arbitrary analysis, I'd say that if things stay as they are, RBR have it in their pocket, easily--but I'm by no means an expert on judging these things.

This, unfortunately :cry:

#16 antifozy

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 17:56

I have a feeling it will be Red Bull and Ferrari, with McLaren, Merc and Lotus filling the next level.

I would be pleasantly surprised if the Enstone team turns out to be the fastest, given the fact that they have the least resources.


#17 sopa

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:06

Could depend on track. In 2008 Ferrari was average in Australia, yet dominant in Malaysia.

If I'd wager a guess, Australia would suit McLaren, but Malaysia RBR and Lotus. Ferrari I am not sure about, they are a constant.

#18 katmen

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:08

RBR has balance, most complete team, very good ingredients = number one

mclaren has some unfinished business in pits, lost hamilton and button cannot drive well in not best machinery

lotus seems very good prepared, but god knows how they are competitive in development race thats achilles heel for Lotus

ferrari although massa has that best fastest lap, i am not convinced, that car is okay, i think this year is crucial for domenicalli career sometimes big pressure is not good, if vettel lands 4th WDC alonso will be pissed

mercedes is one big unknown, they could do brawnGP with strongest driver pairing, the probs are too much captains no privates


i would be happy if kimi wins this season



#19 H2H

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:12

There are some who have rightly asked what will be regarded as the fastest car. As we have seen last year the arguably fastest car driven by two fine drivers could not even get second place in the WCC ranking. I will just launch a poll after the first GP and we will get another wrong outcome to compare with this one ;).

Another one should follow after the first third of the season, which should give a better view on the car performance. Obviously the cars will be different then.

Edited by H2H, 08 February 2013 - 18:13.


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#20 Vesuvius

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:17

People should wait a bit more....we haven't even seen new Williams yet, it might surprise and be a new Brawn 2009 ! :)

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:17

Marussia! Definitely marussia



:clap: :clap: :clap:

#22 lambylamby

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:21

Marussia! Definitely marussia


I thought this too. Sandbagging, serious sandbagging going on there...

#23 katmen

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:22

:clap: :clap: :clap:


deffo they won miss F1 :up:

#24 Zoetrope

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:27

Ferrari have the race pace. McLaren best qualifying pace (though not the drivers to show it), Red Bull have the best combination of short and long run pace.


It's not 2012 anymore :lol: I think it might have changed, for instance equal qualifying and race pace for all 3 cars (and I mean really equal)

I voted McLaren, but it is just a gut feeling, I haven't even tried to analyse the data we got from the testing.

#25 Kingshark

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:28

Could depend on track. In 2008 Ferrari was average in Australia, yet dominant in Malaysia.

Actually, they were quite fast in Australia, but had two drivers who drove like amateurs.

That being said, it's probably Red Bull, closely followed by Lotus, McLaren and Ferrari.

#26 Brandz07

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:29

I voted, but the poll doesn't show who voted for what, so come Melbourne I shall claim to have been right anyway.


I haven't even voted but I'll say that ;)

#27 BigCHrome

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:31

I have a feeling it will be Red Bull and Ferrari, with McLaren, Merc and Lotus filling the next level.

I would be pleasantly surprised if the Enstone team turns out to be the fastest, given the fact that they have the least resources.


They've spent more than Merc the last few years actually.

#28 Topsu

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:38

Clearly Ferrari.

#29 JRizzle86

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:43

Honestly don't have a clue, but i think RB, Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus look very tightly matched with Merc slightly behind the pack.

I voted Red Bull

Edited by JRizzle86, 08 February 2013 - 18:44.


#30 ApexMouse

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:43

Clearly Ferrari.


Topsu, how so?

#31 Gilles4Ever

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:50

Topsu, how so?

They set the fastest time of the week?

#32 Rosaudio

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:53

They set the fastest time of the week?

Means nothing

#33 olliek88

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:59

Pure conjecture but JB's 18.8 on hards on a green track with no set up looks pretty swift.

#34 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 18:59

Ferrari has the fastest car, they've driven the fastest laptime so far, nothing more to say. Don't understand how Red Bull can get so many votes, based on what exactly? Last season perhaps?

#35 Kingshark

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:02

Even if either Lotus or McLaren have the fastest car, it wont matter, since neither teams have a driver who can fulfill its whole potential

Therefore, I'd say that the real battle is RBR vs Ferrari, with perhaps RBR currently being fractionally ahead.

#36 ASFA2011

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:03

After this test that just ended :
Qualyfiying : Mclaren
Race pace : RB

#37 olliek88

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:03

Even if either Lotus or McLaren have the fastest car, it wont matter, since neither teams have a driver who can fulfill its whole potential


Yer, because neither team has a WDC who knows how to get the job done with a fast car...

#38 BullHead

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:04

I'm not voting till after all the testing :p . But after Jerez my money would be on Red Bull or surprisingly Lotus.

#39 ASFA2011

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:04

Of course that all can change next testing session and even more in Melbourne

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#40 Lotusseven

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:04

Hold on !...we havenĀ“t seen Alonso yet...

#41 Sin

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:11

judging by the Jerez test I went with Lotus cause the car seemed to be generally quick, both in Grosjeans and Kimis hands

#42 Szoelloe

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:13

I voted McLaren. They have the best of both worlds. They were pretty convincing in the last third of the championship last season. They have integrated - it seems successfully(I know its its only Jerez) - the positive concepts of 2012 in their 2013 design, while keeping the strengths of their 2012 design. They are the only team who made major design changes on their 2013 contender.

#43 Shiroo

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:16

I hope for Lotus being fastest, but I'm confident that RBR is ahead of everyone else by SMALL margin but still they are.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:20

:lol: Marussia FTW!!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:22

Ferrari has the fastest car, they've driven the fastest laptime so far, nothing more to say. Don't understand how Red Bull can get so many votes, based on what exactly? Last season perhaps?

Your definition of fastest car is very different to others.

#46 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:23

Your definition of fastest car is very different to others.

There's a difference between fastest car and best car.

#47 olliek88

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:29

There's a difference between fastest car and best car.


And there's a difference between doing the fastest lap and having the fastest car.  ;)

#48 Szoelloe

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:34

There's a difference between fastest car and best car.


There is. But the only difference is reliability. You simply cannot predict that per-season.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:52

And there's a difference between doing the fastest lap and having the fastest car. ;)

Exactly.

#50 Sakae

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 19:52

There is. But the only difference is reliability. You simply cannot predict that per-season.

That answer might not be entirely a correct one, sorry.