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#1 juicy sushi

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 16:13

At the risk of getting lynched for excessive optimism, I'm really excited for this year. Thanks to the vanity panels the majority of the cars are no longer hideous. Ferrari might have produced a real contender again, giving Alonso a real chance. It will be fascinating to see if Jenson can lead McLaren, if Checo can become a contender. And Lewis starting afresh at Mercedes. We could 4-5 teams fighting for wins. This could be great.

And then in 2014 we get cool engines and technology again. There's a lot to be happy about.



Or this could all be delusions brought on by getting Senna for my birthday...

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#2 ApexMouse

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 16:20

Enjoy watching the 'prost pantomime villain' show and the overdubbed sounds that are right up with 'Drive' in terms of WTF.

On-topic, I think this year could be excellent. Depends as ever on relative car performance though. I will be watching Romain, Bottas, Hulkenberg and Steve keenly, they are the future. Completely bored with the uber-strict regs, which have sadly constricted even further for 14. But thats the FIA all over. I think this could be the closest ever F1 grid in history, bar the pointless newbies of course.
What a completely random set of thoughts you just spewed there mouse.

Edited by ApexMouse, 10 February 2013 - 16:21.


#3 TheUltimateWorrier

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 16:46

Lol who is Steve? :confused:

#4 ApexMouse

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 16:53

Esteban ==> Esteve===> Steve!!! :D

Not my work, saw it around these parts (or JA's twitter feed) A couple days ago. Whilst I'm at it, Ferrari's team principal I think is Steve Sunday.

Edited by ApexMouse, 10 February 2013 - 17:16.


#5 TheUltimateWorrier

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 17:15

I like it, Steve Gutierrez :lol:.

You're right about those young drivers, I think. I'm curious to see how Grosjean turns out this year, as I've been very critical of him last year for his silly mistakes but I can see him becoming a quality race winner like Webber. All of these rookies, I'm hoping we see at least one or two future stars from this year. Webber and Massa, will anybody replace them for 2014? And are we going to see a multitude of winners like 2012 again? Or will one team dominate?

#6 SpartanChas

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 17:15

Think ted Kravitz called him it too? Esteban is the Spanish equivalent of Steven if I'm not mistaken.

I'm excited for the rookies too. Also hopefully calado will win gp2.

#7 RosannaG

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 18:03

Think ted Kravitz called him it too? Esteban is the Spanish equivalent of Steven if I'm not mistaken.

I'm excited for the rookies too. Also hopefully calado will win gp2.



You are not mistaken, nevertheless I don't like names to be traslated.

#8 TheUltimateWorrier

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 18:18

You are not mistaken, nevertheless I don't like names to be traslated.

Waat? Translating names, albeit poorly sometimes, is just a bit of fun. I googled his surname Gutierrez which means son of Walter, apparently. Steve Walterson.

Best one is Antonio Banderas, which becomes Tony Flags in English.

#9 RosannaG

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 18:27

Waat? Translating names, albeit poorly sometimes, is just a bit of fun. I googled his surname Gutierrez which means son of Walter, apparently. Steve Walterson.

Best one is Antonio Banderas, which becomes Tony Flags in English.


Oh well, OK, let's have fun then...

Michael Schumacher... Miguel Zapatero in Spanish.

And a little correction... Antonio Banderas would be Anthony Flags.... Really weird :rotfl:

#10 svalgis

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 18:29

hahaha, it's so FUNNY.

#11 RosannaG

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 18:35

Another one could be:

Peter Martinson DeRose

#12 ApexMouse

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 18:43

Frederick Battle-Ready! :clap: (Avanti Fred!)

Thus we are well and truly derailed. :p

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#13 bourbon

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 18:45

I'm excited to watch Sebastian Vettel go for #4 and Kimi Raikkonen go for #2 and Perez take his virgin ride in a top car (I have huge expectations). Also interested in seeing how Hamilton and Nico do. Nico H, Charles P and E Gutierrez are also interesting to me.

I'm not much interested in the other rookies, but with so many rookies, one has to wonder how it might go. How many do we have exactly? I mean real rookies, not counting sophomores, etc...?

#14 rijole1

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 18:45

I like it, Steve Gutierrez :lol:.

You're right about those young drivers, I think. I'm curious to see how Grosjean turns out this year, as I've been very critical of him last year for his silly mistakes but I can see him becoming a quality race winner like Webber. All of these rookies, I'm hoping we see at least one or two future stars from this year. Webber and Massa, will anybody replace them for 2014? And are we going to see a multitude of winners like 2012 again? Or will one team dominate?

Yes, it's going to be interesting with all the young talents and of course with Grosjean - can he keep it on the road this year? :)
We are soon there, 34 days left!

#15 V3TT3L

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 19:03

I will call Gutierrez "Gutty" or "Guts".

#16 TheUltimateWorrier

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 19:41

Liking these translations :lol: . How about Phil Lump?

Also can any Scandinavians tell me what Bottas means please? As so far I can't find anything, so I'll just make up a translation as Walter Bottomly.

And a little correction... Antonio Banderas would be Anthony Flags.... Really weird :rotfl:

That sounds better too, I imagine Anthony Flags as a Las Vegas magician or Eurovision act :p .

#17 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 19:56

Don't know what to think really. I'm pretty sure it won't be the start like 2012 with 7 different winners in the first 7 races. Remember, this season is just an evolution of 2012, so I expect the season to start where it pretty much ended in Brazil. McLaren and Red Bull at the front, followed by Ferrari and Lotus. Perhaps Mercedes can spring a surprise by being closer to those four.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 20:13

Liking these translations :lol: . How about Phil Lump?

Also can any Scandinavians tell me what Bottas means please? As so far I can't find anything, so I'll just make up a translation as Walter Bottomly.


That sounds better too, I imagine Anthony Flags as a Las Vegas magician or Eurovision act :p .

Im a finn, and it doesn't really mean anything. It's unusual surname for a finn anyways. :confused:

Anyways, I'm excited too, but I think it's mostly because I can't wait to see how many crashes there rookie paydrivers cause. :lol:

#19 michaelmyers

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 20:16

Liking these translations :lol: . How about Phil Lump?

Also can any Scandinavians tell me what Bottas means please? As so far I can't find anything, so I'll just make up a translation as Walter Bottomly.


That sounds better too, I imagine Anthony Flags as a Las Vegas magician or Eurovision act :p .

This is starting to get wildly off course but Bottas doesn't really mean anything. After a short googling I found out that the name originated from a name given to a house. To get back on topic, I really look forward to the season. Nice to see how the rookies will cope, how Lewis will cope with Nico, can Crashjean keep it on the road etc etc. Can't wait!

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#20 Sakae

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 20:37

Liking these translations :lol: . How about Phil Lump?

Also can any Scandinavians tell me what Bottas means please? As so far I can't find anything, so I'll just make up a translation as Walter Bottomly.


That sounds better too, I imagine Anthony Flags as a Las Vegas magician or Eurovision act :p .

I for one think that Sebastian Vettel in F1 language translates as Fourtimes Champion.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 20:47

I'm excited to watch Sebastian Vettel go for #4 and Kimi Raikkonen go for #2 and Perez take his virgin ride in a top car (I have huge expectations). Also interested in seeing how Hamilton and Nico do. Nico H, Charles P and E Gutierrez are also interesting to me.

I'm not much interested in the other rookies, but with so many rookies, one has to wonder how it might go. How many do we have exactly? I mean real rookies, not counting sophomores, etc...?


I'm mainly excited to see Lewis in Mercedes and Perez in McLaren and I also have high expectations for Perez. I'm not sure if he will be very high on the WDC table.. I think he may be inconsistant and make errors. But I expect to see some weekends where he will get it all together and be one of the quickest cars on track.. or the quickest. And have some very impressive race weekends. I will be dissappointed if this doesn't happen.

Hamilton/Rosberg will be interesting because Rosberg knows the team better, but it's hard to imagine Lewis being slow.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 21:01

a Vettel is also a german word for an old lady with a foul character... (basically a witch in traditional sense) x.x so translating names is not a great idea...

especially since Esteban sounds much better than Steve or Steven

Edited by Sin, 10 February 2013 - 21:02.


#23 EvanRainer

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 21:04

I don't know about its origin but Bottas sure sounds more Latvian or so rather than Finnish.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 21:17

I don't know about its origin but Bottas sure sounds more Latvian or so rather than Finnish.


Well, in Latvian "botas" is a slang term for running shoes :> Not all surnames that end with "s" are Latvian and not all Finnish surnames end with "nen".

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 23:18

I hope Bottas does well, and can be the new great finn. Also looking forward to Hamilton at Mercedes and seeing how Hulk gets on at Sauber, after filling Sergio's shoes.
It looks like a good season, but lets wait until Barcelona until we can say for certain that this season will be closer than a hair.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:10

Im a finn, and it doesn't really mean anything. It's unusual surname for a finn anyways. :confused:

Anyways, I'm excited too, but I think it's mostly because I can't wait to see how many crashes there rookie paydrivers cause. :lol:

It always means something you might just not know about it. My own surname, for example (Sá) is a deterioration of a word (Sala, which is also another surname) that used, a long time ago, to mean castle. So, in a very weird way, my surname translates into Castle, in English. James Castle 8)

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:01

Also can any Scandinavians tell me what Bottas means please?


It means he has a bot in his ... well that he could be quite a robotic driver maybe? never mind.

Valtteri is a name of German origin and comes from words "wald" and "hari" ... so a ruler, a warrior...

Edited by Mendel, 11 February 2013 - 05:07.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:21

It means he has a bot in his ... well that he could be quite a robotic driver maybe? never mind.

Valtteri is a name of German origin and comes from words "wald" and "hari" ... so a ruler, a warrior...


Botta means maker or seller of shoes apparently - Schumacher's third coming? :rotfl:

#29 noikeee

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:19

Bottas is boots in Portuguese, like Puss in Boots which is such a wrong movie name incidentally.

By the way I'm not very excited because it looks like the pecking order stays as it was last year, no major changes really other than Perez getting his chance and Lewis having to fight a midfield car. I'll certainly be more up for it for 2014 when the unknowns willl be much greater.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 15:37

I think this is becoming a lesson in languages... :lol:

Extremely excited for the 2013 season to start. Come on 4th WDC title I say! ;)

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 15:37

Also can any Scandinavians tell me what Bottas means please? As so far I can't find anything, so I'll just make up a translation as Walter Bottomly.


Bottas is swedish house name "House of Bo". Bo is men's name but also means "to live". Valtteri Bottas = Walter Mclive.

Kimi Räikkönen = Kim Ratchet. Easy and straight forward translation. Hello forum. :wave: I'm also excited about new season!

Edited by Krozyc, 11 February 2013 - 15:40.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 17:51

Bottas is swedish house name "House of Bo". Bo is men's name but also means "to live". Valtteri Bottas = Walter Mclive.

Kimi Räikkönen = Kim Ratchet. Easy and straight forward translation. Hello forum. :wave: I'm also excited about new season!


Haha, that's actually a pretty good one. Well, both of them.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 18:03

I'm mainly excited to see Lewis in Mercedes and Perez in McLaren and I also have high expectations for Perez. I'm not sure if he will be very high on the WDC table.. I think he may be inconsistant and make errors. But I expect to see some weekends where he will get it all together and be one of the quickest cars on track.. or the quickest. And have some very impressive race weekends. I will be dissappointed if this doesn't happen.

Hamilton/Rosberg will be interesting because Rosberg knows the team better, but it's hard to imagine Lewis being slow.


Good post. There are lots of exciting things to find out how "Perez, Hamilton, Gutierrez, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Bottas" will perform. There will be some really big pressure on Perez's shoulders to deliver, hopefully he will be able to get over that with successful races :up: I also can't wait to see HAmilton/Rosberg battle. Rosberg is really fast driver and improved himself a lot. It won't be easy for Lewis to beat him.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 18:04

I'm quite excited too :D.

My only worry is Seb running away with it again. He's very young and a TRIPLE world champion. He'll be oozing confidence and think that he can do nothing wrong. A mindset like that is very difficult to beat.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 18:12

I'm quite excited too :D.

My only worry is Seb running away with it again. He's very young and a TRIPLE world champion. He'll be oozing confidence and think that he can do nothing wrong. A mindset like that is very difficult to beat.


For sure he is the man to beat but, I am not that sure that he thinks he can do nothing wrong. He makes mistakes like everbody else, the scary thing is that he has a big margin to improve yet, he's only 25.

He looks to me like a very down to earth guy and very mature for his age.

#36 TheUltimateWorrier

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 18:13

Bottas is swedish house name "House of Bo". Bo is men's name but also means "to live". Valtteri Bottas = Walter Mclive.

Kimi Räikkönen = Kim Ratchet. Easy and straight forward translation. Hello forum. :wave: I'm also excited about new season!

Thank you those are brilliant :lol: . Walter McLive, honorary Scotsman, has a bit of a ring to it.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 18:14

I'm quite excited too :D.

My only worry is Seb running away with it again. He's very young and a TRIPLE world champion. He'll be oozing confidence and think that he can do nothing wrong. A mindset like that is very difficult to beat.



I doubt it, Sebastian seems to be quite mature and he knows that things don't always work his way... I wish him a 4th tho.... at the same I would be happy for a few other drivers....

as long as Alonso does not take the title..... :evil: I would have been happy for him last year, before he started to act like a stupid person on twitter

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 18:15

Good post. There are lots of exciting things to find out how "Perez, Hamilton, Gutierrez, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Bottas" will perform. There will be some really big pressure on Perez's shoulders to deliver, hopefully he will be able to get over that with successful races :up: I also can't wait to see HAmilton/Rosberg battle. Rosberg is really fast driver and improved himself a lot. It won't be easy for Lewis to beat him.


I like your post.

Of course Perez will have a lot of pressure on his shouders, I guess he knows that driving for McLaren Mercedes is not a joke.

McLaren Mercedes and Mercedes will be two teams to follow...

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 00:25

Can't wait to see what Lewis can do in the Merc...

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 00:39

I have a feeling about Bottas, he sems to be a tough customer who will be no-one's fool, and it's great to have another Finn in F1. (Sorry about Heikki..)

Childish I know, but remember Giovanni Lavaggi, aka Johnny Carwash?

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 00:46

I really haven't followed much what happens at the winter tests. Last season took much of my interest away, IMO it was the worst season I've seen. Hopefully 2013 will be a better season and I get my interest back. But if it turns out to be another 2012, I'm afraid my interest will fade away completely.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:10

2012 the worst season you have seen? either you are trolling or.... I dont understand you

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:31

Cant wait for the season to get here! lots of rookies this year, Lewis at Merc, can Vettel be a 4 time WDC?, and Being a Williams Fan really excited to see Bottas vs Pastor and hopeing Williams could fight with the Top teams. :)

#44 Jimisgod

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:05

No. I have no emotional investment in half the drivers on the grid. Most of the midfield and rear are pay drivers.

Even if it is interesting at the front the field will feel empty, like only 2/3 drivers deserve to be there.

I'm hoping Hulkenberg and Kimi run well and end the careers of their teammates. And Ricciardo carves up the depleted field to get an RBR drive in 2014.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:37

I like both Gutierrez and Grosjean... even tho I want Hülk to do well I dont wish anyone that his career should end I wish all of them good luck

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:07

Also can any Scandinavians tell me what Bottas means please?

Nothing as far as I know. However Rosberg is a Swedish name and directly translates to Rose Mountain. Nico on the other hand is short for Nicholas and the most famous Nicholas must be the saint who was the origin of santa. So it's Santa Claus Rose Mountain who Hamilton is driving the Mercedes with.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:05

Nothing as far as I know. However Rosberg is a Swedish name and directly translates to Rose Mountain. Nico on the other hand is short for Nicholas and the most famous Nicholas must be the saint who was the origin of santa. So it's Santa Claus Rose Mountain who Hamilton is driving the Mercedes with.


Don't be confused tho in germany the 'Weihnachtsmann' (which oddly enough translates to Santa Claus tho) is something else than the Nikolaus at least in germany there are 2 seperate days... 6th december is Nikolaus day and 24th of December is when the Weihnachtsmann or the Christkind comes



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:52

Don't be confused tho in germany the 'Weihnachtsmann' (which oddly enough translates to Santa Claus tho) is something else than the Nikolaus at least in germany there are 2 seperate days... 6th december is Nikolaus day and 24th of December is when the Weihnachtsmann or the Christkind comes

Is it like the belsnickel?

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 20:28

2012 the worst season you have seen? either you are trolling or.... I dont understand you


I'm serious. Montreal and Valencia were the two most terrible races I've ever seen, decided by crap tyres.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 21:05

And Ricciardo carves up the depleted field to get an RBR drive in 2014.

I doubt that. Vergne will probably beat him now that he's got a full season under his belt and snatch that Red Bull seat.