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#51 grunge

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:44

Still confused about why teams would want to miss FP3..saving engines,sure but then with such limited testing specially for the renault teams,surely ud think theyd want every lap they can get before quali and race.

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#52 Jon83

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 13:00

I think mechanics will get faster changing stuff though once they get a hang of the thousand components in the car.

 

Engine life is still a worry, teams will probably still run a lot in Aus, there is alot still to be tested... but GPs in the 2nd half of the season?...pftt

 

There should be a new law designating 2 or 3 engines just for FPs... same way they have tires just for FPs.

 

My thinking also.
 



#53 RealRacing

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 13:53

Finally the 2014 F1 World Championship of Mechanics has arrived!



#54 froggy22

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 14:02

 

Will there be an abundance of red flags though ? 

 

Unless there is a serious accident, they wont red flag  practise sessions. It's not like testing. Anyone stopping on track can be easily covered by yellow flags.



#55 apoka

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 14:36

Still confused about why teams would want to miss FP3..saving engines,sure but then with such limited testing specially for the renault teams,surely ud think theyd want every lap they can get before quali and race.

 

I think for Renault teams it is probably a no-brainer to go out in FP3. Sorting out problems is more important than qualy positions for them.


Edited by apoka, 13 March 2014 - 14:36.


#56 Surely

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 14:53

I think mechanics will get faster changing stuff though once they get a hang of the thousand components in the car.

 

Engine life is still a worry, teams will probably still run a lot in Aus, there is alot still to be tested... but GPs in the 2nd half of the season?...pftt

 

There should be a new law designating 2 or 3 engines just for FPs... same way they have tires just for FPs.

 

I think it's time to re-introduce the spare car if it's repair time that the teams are so concerned about.

 

To properly implement such a change, the spare car's individual PU components would count towards the allotted 5 per year.



#57 bonjon1979a

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 15:56

They'll get quicker at building up a car/ changing bits. Tbh if you needed an engine change of new chassis post fp3 they rarely got it done in time

#58 Cyanide

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 16:11

I'll laugh the roof off if Vettel grabs pole and leads every lap until the finish line on Sunday. The entire winter testing dilemma would become the laughing stock of the year. As will the entire championship.  :smoking:



#59 Donkey

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 16:16

I'll laugh the roof off if Vettel grabs pole and leads every lap until the finish line on Sunday. The entire winter testing dilemma would become the laughing stock of the year. As will the entire championship.  :smoking:

Ultimate sandbagging. The sand was to put out the fires.



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#60 Heidenreich27

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 16:16

Never rule out redbull, according to merc enginers. Torro Rosso with full power engine is faster than ferrari.

#61 undersquare

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 16:24

I'll laugh the roof off if Dan blows Sebi into the weeds but that's not likely either.  Though it's a question for me if all the cars are going to be unpredictable on braking/turn-in and how well Vettel is going to get on with that.



#62 Longtimefan

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 16:30

I'll laugh the roof off if Dan blows Sebi into the weeds but that's not likely either.


That simply won't be allowed, you know that ;)

#63 Pothead4Philosopher

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 16:30

Never rule out redbull, according to merc enginers. Torro Rosso with full power engine is faster than ferrari.

 

Link to source -- or anything that would make the statement hold up to any reasonable scrutiny?

 

Are the Merc engineers involved in an unknown spy-gate; for them -- and by extention you -- to be privvy about such information?



#64 jrg19

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 16:38

Wasn't there a rule change for 2 hour FP1 sessions? 



#65 Exb

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 16:47

jrg19 Posted Today, 16:38
Wasn't there a rule change for 2 hour FP1 sessions?

No - they decided to keep it to 1.5 hours but there are extra tyres for the first 30mins only which have to be handed back to encourage running and they are also allowed to swop drivers during FP1 and 2 if they wish.

link to regulations:
http://www.formula1....gulations/8686/ (length of session)
http://www.formula1....gulations/8680/ (tyres)
http://www.formula1....gulations/8694/ (driver changes)

#66 Richard T

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 18:07

Hope to se y'all in the live chat this night  :clap:



#67 swerved

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 18:51

Hope to se y'all in the live chat this night  :clap:

 

Very much doubt i'll be there, depends on how many/few cars are circulating i suppose, more than one and i'll be glued to the screen, might have a play with the new timing app but we'll see.

 

Anyone have any rituals for the start of the season proper ? We've got the bacon & eggs in, the Guinness and Sambuca chilling,(not for simultaneous consumption) plenty of snacky stuff to scoff, love this part, the anticipation, the sense of occasion, the fact that its almost guaranteed that the doorbell wont be ringing, the phone wont either, no neighbours dropping in, no distractions whatsoever, probably a little selfish but its a few hours of self indulgence, there's only season opener, and this year Kimi back in Ferrari, whats not to look forward to ?.



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:17

Any offical statements about the FIA not being lenient on the 100kg fuel ruel, but will be leniet to the 107% Q rule?



#69 Rybo

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:28

There is always a dispensation to allow cars that haven't met the 107% time.

#70 scheivlak

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:31

Any offical statements about the FIA not being lenient on the 100kg fuel ruel, but will be leniet to the 107% Q rule?

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/112881



#71 chumma

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:33

Ill be sitting at the last corner weatching them get the power down and see how the cars handle through there, ill be giving running updates through each session :) Its gonna be hot



#72 Exb

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:39

Ill be sitting at the last corner weatching them get the power down and see how the cars handle through there, ill be giving running updates through each session :) Its gonna be hot


Good to hear, always nice to have a trackside view. Have a great time!!! :)

5 hours to go!

#73 Number62

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:43

This is going to be awesome.
 
The corporation that can best fathom how to spend 15 stone of compressed pleistocene insects to move over 300kms in the most thriftful way will be availed of the lions share of some media bounty.
 
it's fakin visceral i tell ya.
 
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#74 mangeliiito

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:47

I was thinking of sleeping before, but that doesn't seem possible now. I'm to excited, thanks guys!

#75 Richard T

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:59

The raceweekend has now officially started in Oz... 



#76 bonjon1979a

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:59

Any offical statements about the FIA not being lenient on the 100kg fuel ruel, but will be leniet to the 107% Q rule?

I was pretty disturbed to see Whiting using the word 'calculation' with regard to working out how much fuel people have used. They should know for sure or not. There can't be any interpretation on this other wise I can see big trouble ahead...



#77 Cyanide

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 21:00

I was thinking of sleeping before, but that doesn't seem possible now. I'm to excited, thanks guys!

 

Martin Brundle just said Renault and Red Bull mechanics will not be getting full nights of sleep until Sunday evening. So you have no excuse.  :p



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 21:05

Ill be sitting at the last corner weatching them get the power down and see how the cars handle through there, ill be giving running updates through each session :) Its gonna be hot

Nice one chumma  :up:  :up: enjoy 



#79 swerved

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 21:22

I was thinking of sleeping before, but that doesn't seem possible now. I'm to excited, thanks guys!

 

Good to read that the excitements building in others, it feels like the last few hours, and the four still to go have been and will be painfully slow in passing but we're almost there, the start proper of what may prove to be one the most contentious seasons in recent history, mechanical breakdowns, mental breakdowns, tears tantrums and triumphs,(No, i dont mean in this thread :lol: )  the potential for upsets is all but guaranteed, there'll be those who miss by a mile, and those who'll miss by a metre, will those who start strong finish in the same vein ? will the tortoise catch and pass the hare ? Ron thinks it might, whatever it brings it could be edge of the seat stuff, can't wait!.

 

 

The raceweekend has now officially started in Oz... 

 

Other than where i am the only other place i'd love to be is perhaps keeping chumma company somewhere around the last corner, sadly i have to settle for second best but its doesn't dampen the anticipation, there's just so much to look forward to and to relearn, hopefully on Sat/Sun chumma can really tell us for instance just what 22 V6T's sound like just before the lights go out.



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#80 jjcale

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 21:30

I'll laugh the roof off if Dan blows Sebi into the weeds but that's not likely either.  Though it's a question for me if all the cars are going to be unpredictable on braking/turn-in and how well Vettel is going to get on with that.

 

He'll be fine...



#81 Raziel

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 21:47

When the F1 program on SKY F1 will start? CET time please ;)

 

thanks...



#82 Spillage

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:04

Right, so, who do we reckon will be the first driver to officially have a crash during the 2014 F1 season?



#83 Nigol

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:07

Karun Chandhok? ;)



#84 Cyanide

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:07

Right, so, who do we reckon will be the first driver to officially have a crash during the 2014 F1 season?

 

Ericsson. Though I bet a stoppage due to engine or electronics will happen far earlier than a crash.



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:12

When the F1 program on SKY F1 will start? CET time please ;)

 

thanks...

 

The FP1 transmission starts at 1.00 AM GMT, or in 2 hours 49 mins, but there is a "Gear up for Australia" show which starts 15 minutes beforehand.



#86 Longtimefan

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:15

Hope to se y'all in the live chat this night  :clap:

 

Where is this live chat and how do I access it?



#87 Richard T

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:20

Where is this live chat and how do I access it?

Autosport live commentary starts at 01:00 GMT here: http://live.autosport.com/

 

"Live chat" at the bottom red thingy. You will love it!



#88 Nonesuch

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:23

Autosport live commentary starts at 01:00 GMT here: http://live.autosport.com/

 

"Live chat" at the bottom red thingy. You will love it!

 

It's only a matter of time before someone makes the traditional pronouncement: "That's it. Season over!".

 

I won't be bothering with any late night shenanigans this time around. It seems just a few weeks ago that we had the Brazilian GP. Qualifying will be a good enough start to the season for me.



#89 swerved

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:30

Autosport live commentary starts at 01:00 GMT here: http://live.autosport.com/

 

"Live chat" at the bottom red thingy. You will love it!

 

:lol:  Ray Winstone sprang to mind reading that.



#90 Richard T

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:33

:lol:  Ray Winstone sprang to mind reading that.

 

No idea mate.. 

 

40493_pro.jpg

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#91 Andrew Hope

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:38

>2014

>not using the 4chan F1 threads for smacktalk and gif posting goodness



#92 Massa_f1

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:39

Sky sports news have just been live from the circuit. Lotus and Red Bull already having issues apparently race against time to fix in time for FP1



#93 pizzalover

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:39

Martin Brundle just said Renault and Red Bull mechanics will not be getting full nights of sleep until Sunday evening. So you have no excuse.  :p

 

Martin Brundle just said Renault and Red Bull mechanics will not be getting full nights of sleep until Sunday evening. So you have no excuse.  :p

I wonder if the the mechanics get drug tested?  If I were TP, it would be Modafinil and energy drinks several times a day. :smoking: .



#94 sneaker91

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:50

Kimi vs Alonso

 

Alright lets get it on!!!!!!



#95 ZionLH

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:52

Just realised there's no driver pairing threads 



#96 swerved

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 22:53

No idea mate.. 

 

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:confused:  :confused:

 

He did an advertising campaign for a betting chain, "You'll love it" was one of his catchphrases, said in his almost inimitable fashion.



#97 Cyanide

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 23:13

And there it is...
 

LIVE UPDATE: Lotus and Red Bull have technical issues. They are racing against the clock to get the cars ready for FP1. #F1 #Formula1



#98 DanardiF1

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 23:19

No surprise...



#99 Nicktendo86

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 23:21

Wooops

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#100 Otaku

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 23:31

What time do you guys think the new cars will clock lapping around Albert Park at the end of FP1? I will guess around 1:29