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#51 D.M.N.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 19:38

Very early thoughts from Ian Fergusson: https://twitter.com/...385472394788865

Ian Fergusson ‏@fergieweather
"@Mikey4291: hi Ian, know it stupid early but any early thoughts on Melbourne for the F1 next weekend!!" Currently looking dry & settled
7:30 p.m. - Mar 6, 2013

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#52 gerry nassar

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 19:54

Yeah Mon Tues Wed is going to be pretty uncomfortable especially at night, and it is supposed to be more humid than the usual dry Melbourne heat we are used to. Agree though that we should get a change before the weekend so shouldn't be quite as warm as the 08 race but you never know.

I should pop down and have a drive around the circuit before it gets closed off - any idea when they stop access?


Usually Sunday night. Sunday usedh to be the best day to stand at the pit straight fence and watch the cars be unloaded and see some team personal and occasional driver. But the last few years has seen them block half pit straight and make it one lane so you dont get as close. This year I heard there is some sort of fun run happening.

Probably best to go today or Fridat just in case.

#53 charly0418

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 22:19

Crazy stat:

Sergio Perez has a total of 2 pit stops in 2 Australian GPs, lol

With the new tires and team doubt he'll be able to do another 1 stopper

#54 eronrules

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 22:29

Crazy stat:

Sergio Perez has a total of 2 pit stops in 2 Australian GPs, lol

With the new tires and team doubt he'll be able to do another 1 stopper


that was in a sauber, sauber has always displayed the policy of safe approach, which may count for their conservative policy on tire, their race setup has always took precedence over quali. with mclaren, it's different story, they'll need to push in Q3 and ruin their tires, thus no more 1 stop.

#55 V3TT3L

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 22:31

Grosjean has 0 pits.

#56 chumma

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 22:55

Got my general admission tickets two weeks ago! Will be my first time at a foreign gp. Could only get Friday off work so will miss Thursday but thats no big deal. Can anyone recommend a place to watch from? I was thinking maybe turn 5? Are there screens at all?
Looking forward to seeing how lewis does with his new team.

Turns 3 4 and 5 is a good place to watch from, its a big open area behind the fencers there, unfortunately the run down to turn 6 is pretty much blocked you can't see anything which sucks, watching the cars hammer through the trees would be great, I have always said they needed a stand at turn 6 looking back up to turn 5 and seeing the cars approach but sadly there is nothing there, just big run off and boarded off fences, disappointing.

#57 Afterburner

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 23:34

Looking forward to being able to follow FP1 at a foreign race live on TV for my first time, here in the States. That alone has got me psyched for this race. :)

#58 PorcupineTroy

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 00:01

Grosjean has 0 pits.


If memory serves, Hulkenberg has done 0 stops and 0 laps in 2 Aussie GP's :cat:

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 00:10

If memory serves, Hulkenberg has done 0 stops and 0 laps in 2 Aussie GP's :cat:


Yep, two starts, two crashes.

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#60 V3TT3L

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 00:31

Shame... such a long trip to Aussieland. :well:

Adjust the time lag and boom.

Grosjean has been around since 2009, but only did one Aussie Gp start.

#61 Lotusseven

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 19:09

They are on the way right now ! Weeeee ! Twitterpic: 1 of 5 going in next 24 hours...

#62 jrg19

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 19:24

http://www.accuweath...ast/26216?day=8

A little rain now predicted for Saturday.

#63 InvertedLift

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:56

I drove down Aughtie drive twice on Friday (roughly turns 13 through the start/finish straight to 5). In the morning the markings were as normal, but in the afternoon the grid slots had been painted in.

Also as of Friday, Sutil's name wasn't above his garage and Razia's was still there.

It certainly is starting to look quite like a GP circuit.

To those going for the first time I recommend turn 13 as a decent spot to watch. You really get the chance to fully appreciate the braking and cornering ability of these things.

#64 redbarron

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:04

I know it's not GP related but saw Mark Weber do laps around Eastern Creek today in RB07 at Top gear festival. Was awesome to see him lap Stoner and Wincup and easily break track records. He was a good sport!

#65 gezmond

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:15

went for a walk around the circuit this afternoon, everything seems mostly in place now - watched some people painting the UBS logos on the walls and saw some officials checking the kerbs. was bloody hot and took me nearly two hours to complete! from the looks of things turns 9/10 and 11 seem the best places to watch the race as general admission due to the hills and big screens there. didnt get to see any equipment being moved into the garages or outside the garages, tomorrow is the last day to get a peek...

can you get a good view of turn 13 as general admission? i would have thought turn 5 would be a good place to watch from but couldnt see anywhere that would give a good view...

#66 Dolph

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:27

Grosjean has 0 pits.



So do you.

#67 FPV GTHO

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 11:37

I know it's not GP related but saw Mark Weber do laps around Eastern Creek today in RB07 at Top gear festival. Was awesome to see him lap Stoner and Wincup and easily break track records. He was a good sport!

I actuay saw Stoner and his family at Rooty Hill AMF yesterday.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 13:16

Free Practice will be unusually important here because of the difference in temperatures between Melbourne and the last test.

I'm afraid Kimi and his side of the garage will mess up Free Practice somehow, probably in an entirely new way. But I hope not.

#69 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 18:33

Free Practice will be unusually important here because of the difference in temperatures between Melbourne and the last test.

I'm afraid Kimi and his side of the garage will mess up Free Practice somehow, probably in an entirely new way. But I hope not.


At least it shouldn't be about 35 degrees next weekend. Can you imagine the supersofts in heat like that? They'd probably be completely frazzled after 3 laps.

#70 gerry nassar

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 22:29

To those going for the first time I recommend turn 13 as a decent spot to watch. You really get the chance to fully appreciate the braking and cornering ability of these things.


I second this. Turn 13 is a great place to check the action out in general admission. They also usually have the mini step grandstands to stand on.

#71 eronrules

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:26

weather forecast says saturday possible shower ... :|


#72 W154

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:30

I actuay saw Stoner and his family at Rooty Hill AMF yesterday.

They were all safe.....the red witch had gone :)

#73 denthierry

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:42

weather forecast says saturday possible shower ... :|


Not so much on this site http://www.weather.com.au/vic/melbourne.
Big drop in temperature seems certain though.


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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:48

Not so much on this site <a href="http://www.weather.com.au/vic/melbourne" target="_blank">http://www.weather.com.au/vic/melbourne. </a>
Big drop in temperature seems certain though.


IMO the only weather site anyone should trust is www.bom.gov.au but yeah, looking like a weekend with temps in the low twenties and a few possible showers compared to the mid 30's we will be having up to mid-week...

#75 superdelphinus

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:50

I love the pictures of the Albert park track being build up, keep em coming! Always starts getting me excited for the new season

#76 wonk123

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 10:21

Went for a drive around Mt Panorama today, psyched to be taking 2 first timers to Melbourne. We are in the Prost stand but will wander around a bit on Thursday and Friday. 30s will seem fine after those mid 40s from a couple of months ago

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:04

Lucky the race wasn't run this past weekend. Temperatues here in Southern Australia have been unbearably hot and it would have been unpleasant for all involved. A cool change is on the way and next weekend should bring much more comfortable conditions. Part of wishes I was going but can't wait to watch the race on telly. Not long now :)

#78 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:10

Ian Fergusson @fergieweather 44m
#F1 #MELBOURNE Marked drop in temps this week from mid-30'sC to only 19-21C by weekend. Chance of showers for Sat now 60%, but low for race.

#79 icecream

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:06

decided to go for a quick scoot round the track before it goes under lockdown. some shots:

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#80 Wuzak

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:10

Turns 3 4 and 5 is a good place to watch from, its a big open area behind the fencers there, unfortunately the run down to turn 6 is pretty much blocked you can't see anything which sucks, watching the cars hammer through the trees would be great, I have always said they needed a stand at turn 6 looking back up to turn 5 and seeing the cars approach but sadly there is nothing there, just big run off and boarded off fences, disappointing.



There used to be some sort of corporate stand at turn 6, but not for many years now.

You can get a good view and sensation of the cars' speed on the run to turn 6. There isn't much room there due to the trees, but you are quite close.

Near the exit of T6 you can get a reasonable view of them approaching T6

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And a little further along you can see them exit T6 and go through T7
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On the other side of T6, under the trees, you do get to see them whip around T5 and head up to T6.
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And there is T7
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The general admission areas around T9/10 and the Clark stand are very popular, as is the area at the entry and exit of the fast T11/12 chicane. Last time I went (in 2011) I was in the Clark stand, but found it difficult from mid race because the stand pretty much looked towards the setting sun.

The inside of T14 is an interesting place to watch, but would be uncomfortable for the race. But good for a look in practice. I also used to enjoy watching some practice from inside of T15 (as in, on the lake side), as the cars would have very heavy braking and several downshifts. You could see the brake discs glowing, and could really feel the downshifts. Alas, no more - the brakes have those covers and the downshifts are (or seem to me) softer.

Another popular GA spot is the run from T2-T3, on the inside of the circuit.

As you can see from the pictures above, the bariers are a bitch for photography!

Unlike some other races (USGP last year for example) you can walk on the track after the race.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:45

From someone on reddit: http://imgur.com/a/5Iey9

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:57

decided to go for a quick scoot round the track before it goes under lockdown. some shots:


From someone on reddit: http://imgur.com/a/5Iey9


Thanks :up:

Edited by SteF1an, 11 March 2013 - 12:58.


#83 Deluxx

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 13:59

All you need to see to get pumped for the first race of a new season.

http://www.youtube.c...p;v=lM9veTjC48Q

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 14:19

All you need to see to get pumped for the first race of a new season.

http://www.youtube.c...p;v=lM9veTjC48Q

:love: :love: :love:
Wow, really nice video. Thank you for uploading!

#85 Longtimefan

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 14:20

All you need to see to get pumped for the first race of a new season.

http://www.youtube.c...p;v=lM9veTjC48Q


Yay, lots of Francois in that! :clap:

#86 SonnyViceR

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 14:21

Albert Park is the last remaining circuit on the F1 calendar with no asphalt runoff areas, which adds to it's good feel -vibe. Well okay technically there is one area, but that's a 'natural' carpark for street cars so I don't really count that. And even if you do, that's still the least amount of tarmac past the white line.

It's the only Grand Prix weekend of the year I look forward to

Edited by SonnyViceR, 11 March 2013 - 14:24.


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 14:35

Hmmm... Melbourne looking at 36-36-37C for Mon Tues Wed next week. Possibly it's going to be a hot one, although I would be surprised if there wasn't a cool change come through before race weekend - as it stands it will be a new record for Melbourne for consecutive days over 30 if the current 7 day forecast is accurate, let alone if temps manage to stay that high until the GP...


Looks like thats changing:
Ian Fergusson ‏@fergieweather
#F1 #MELBOURNE Marked drop in temps this week from mid-30'sC to only 19-21C by weekend. Chance of showers for Sat now 60%, but low for race.



#88 lixlax

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 14:39

This is going to be longest week of the year :stoned:
Nothing is like waking up early for Australian GP.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 14:45

This is going to be longest week of the year :stoned:
Nothing is like waking up early for Australian GP.


Waking up early?

I'm usually so hyped for the first one, I stay up all night waiting and collapse on my bed when its over. :D


#90 Mc_Silver

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 14:52

Waking up early?

I'm usually so hyped for the first one, I stay up all night waiting and collapse on my bed when its over. :D


You explained me there! lol

#91 jjcale

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 15:10

All you need to see to get pumped for the first race of a new season.

http://www.youtube.c...p;v=lM9veTjC48Q

How is it that Antti has not been hired by FOM or someone similar yet??

The guy's a genius.

But I'm a low brow kind of guy and this usually does the trick of getting me up for a new season :D

Edited by jjcale, 11 March 2013 - 17:28.


#92 Richard T

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 15:15

Aw yeah it's finally GP-week again! Will stay up Friday night watching FP1 and then get some sleep before P2. Same goes for Saturday practice and qualify :)

Love getting up in the middle of the night, grab a sandwich and a cup of tea and bury myself in the sofa! :D

#93 Kvothe

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 15:39

Aw yeah it's finally GP-week again! Will stay up Friday night watching FP1 and then get some sleep before P2. Same goes for Saturday practice and qualify :)

Love getting up in the middle of the night, grab a sandwich and a cup of tea and bury myself in the sofa! :D


In the UK it'll actually be thursday night/friday morning :D

#94 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 15:43

I just wish quali and the race were at 2/3am like they used to be.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 15:52

I just wish quali and the race were at 2/3am like they used to be.


Yeah! 6am is way too late, it loses a tiny part of its allure.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 15:54

All you need to see to get pumped for the first race of a new season.

http://www.youtube.c...p;v=lM9veTjC48Q


Another beautifully-arranged video from Antti. Brought a tear to my eye, that did! :up:

#97 Deluxx

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 15:57

Its on at 2am here :p



#98 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 16:06

Yeah! 6am is way too late, it loses a tiny part of its allure.


It's almost worse in that 6am (albeit 4.30am coverage start) means sleeping for a few hours and then by the time the race and the post race etc is done, for me it's too late to go back to bed, so I'm up for 18/19 hours non stop, whereas at say 3am (2am coverage start) you can either have a kip for a couple of hours then get up or stay up all night, and then everything done by say 5am, at the latest 5.30am and you can still go back to bed for a few hours and so you're not up for such a long period non stop.

#99 OoxLox

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 16:09

Aye, it's a hard life being an F1 fan :p

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 16:14

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