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#1 Buttoneer

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 12:45

Frankly, I'm amazed at his pace.

Fastest lap in his first race in his first F1 car which makes all these experienced drivers look ordinary.

There must be something in those Rosberg genes. I've not been this excited about a Rookie since 2000 and Jensons first season.

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#2 Tigershark

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 12:49

Yup, he's doing very well. :) :up:

Not sure about the "New Champion" thing though, I guess we'll have to see about that in a couple of years.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 12:53

Certainly not this year but that battle with DC proves he has just what it takes too.

He must be very keen to do well and yet many new drivers would have over-driven badly in the same position.

He's one very cool customer, and clearly has what it takes.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:06

Man IMO Nico was the man of this race along with Kimi. What a great ride and did you guys see how he didn't even flinch when he took care of Klien. Just went for it. He will eat Webber up this season mark this down.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:07

He looked bloody amazing. Are we looking at the next period of German domination?

#6 Buttoneer

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:08

There you go - Martin Brundles driver of the day too.

#7 Konsta

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:10

Nico was nothing short of sensational. Had Heidfeld not spun him (or was it the other way around), who knows where he´d been.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:10

And he even had his nose changed after the start. Webber should be worried.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:10

Well, he did mess up the first corner, but from there...amazing.

#10 Buttoneer

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:10

I have to say I like Webber, and I was one of those who thought he had it in him to be a champ because his racecraft was ruthless and his qualifying is amazing. But Nico, apart from his first lap error, made him look pretty ordinary. Image what he could have done without that?

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:11

Can I join the bandwagon too? Nico was fantastic!

#12 kNt

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:12

He messed up his frist lap and he messed his Q2 run. I think without that he could have done a LOT more. :clap:

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:15

Fastest lap in the first GP? Youngest fastest lap holder? Do we have new statistics here?

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:15

Nico was really fun to watch. Good ol racing! :up:

#15 Louis Mr. F1

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:16

I love Nico and Keke, what a great father and son combo!!!

:clap: :clap:

Frank, make sure you have an iron tight contract. If i am Ron and Kimi is leaving, i'd get Nico to partner Alonso

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:16

The lads at Cosworth deserve some credit too... :up:

#17 ensign14

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:18

There was a comment in Autosport from a "source close to Head" or something similar that the trouble with Nico is that he does not know how good he is. Glad to see he's got the techie side pretty much sussed.

Let's hope he can keep the pace and not do an Alesi.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:19

NR :up: :up: :up: :up: :up:
Man of the race without a doubt, Hail the rookie.

Williams could we please swap drivers(Massa for Nico) you get cash - and if immediately- engines too... Two "rookies" yet two worlds appart.

Originally posted by se7en_24
He looked bloody amazing. Are we looking at the next period of German domination?


Looking for trouble.. Run for the hills man. heh he

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#19 330R

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:21

He had a great drive today! :up: Nico

He brought his GP2 moves into F1.

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#20 Buttoneer

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:21

Originally posted by Deeq
Williams could we please swap drivers and cash - and if immediately- engines too...


No way. fastest lap means that engine is pretty good stuff. Where were Toyota again?

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:22

As an early prophet of the Nico quickness I must just say, what could have been? Very strong, as I slowly start to realize JPM may not have it, here comes Nico.......... :up:

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:24

Originally posted by ensign14

There was a comment in Autosport from a "source close to Head" or something similar that the trouble with Nico is that he does not know how good he is.

I think I mentioned a similar comment in the Piquet the-even-less-mature thread - as it was said in answer to the question "what's the difference between the two of them?"

#23 Louis Mr. F1

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:24

Punisher6 - you are quite slow indeed, it's obvious to many a long time ago

#24 Deeq

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:25

Originally posted by Buttoneer


No way. fastest lap means that engine is pretty good stuff. Where were Toyota again?


Nah we don't give out ..Lex-useless. Only prime scarlet; and in this case at a reduced price ;)

#25 Punisher6

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:32

Originally posted by Louis Mr. F1
Punisher6 - you are quite slow indeed, it's obvious to many a long time ago


What? I said I was an early Prophet....Not that I didn't think he was fast. I have several posts here saying that he was going to be great in the Williams. Look it up.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:33

Originally posted by HP
Can I join the bandwagon too? Nico was fantastic!


im joining as well :up:

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:33

Originally posted by Tombu
Fastest lap in the first GP? Youngest fastest lap holder? Do we have new statistics here?


Yep. Alonso was the previous holder.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:34

Very impressive debut, fast, good overtaking and great recovery after bad luck or mistake at the start. But I guess you are allowed to make a few mistakes in your rookie season.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:35

His father made me laugh with his chain smoking and doing fastest laps at silverstone, Nico seems fast, but lets see the consistency of speed through the season, but nice start.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:38

Fastest lap on a day when MS, KR & FA all had reason to push; brilliant effort :up:

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:39

Originally posted by JVattack
Man IMO Nico was the man of this race along with Kimi. What a great ride and did you guys see how he didn't even flinch when he took care of Klien. Just went for it. He will eat Webber up this season mark this down.

You're absolutely right he will eat Webber up especially in the races. Webber definitely hasn't got that sensitivity in racing situations and has Webber ever had fastest race lap ?

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:40

Yep, he's done exceptionally well! :up: :up:

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:47

He did do well.

He finished 30 sec behind Webber didnt he?
Also noticed becauce of the wing replacemnt he came in for a later stop and with new tyres and low fuel and got a fast lap.
Well done nico. :up:

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:48

Originally posted by Don Speekingleesh


Yep. Alonso was the previous holder.


Yeah, Alonso was the youngest ever to set a fastest lap. It was in Canada 2003, where he finished 4th (behind Schumi, Ralf and Montoya). Alonso was 22 years old then I think.

Certainly a promising start for Nico. I think he might be beaten by Webber in qualis, as he's one of the best, but if he keeps this trend he will beat Webber in the races. It could be similar to what happened between Alonso and Trulli in 2003, where Trulli could cope with Alonso in qualis but he was demolished in races.

But too soon yet, I'd like to know what was Webber's fastest lap and take a look at everybody's pace.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:53

Originally posted by Deeq

Williams could we please swap drivers and cash - and if immediately- engines too... Two "rookies" yet two worlds appart.


"we" ?

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:55

I was surprised. And his overtaking was not rookish at all. :)

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 13:59

From my point of view, Nico didn't mess up at the first corner at all. It was Heidfeld who practically steered over his front wing. Had Rosberg not spun and consequently pitted for a new wing, he might have been near or even on the podium! Very, very good race by the Finnish German/German Finn. :up:

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:01

Originally posted by Punisher6


What? I said I was an early Prophet....Not that I didn't think he was fast. I have several posts here saying that he was going to be great in the Williams. Look it up.


You really are slow. He meant Montoya doesn't have it.

Nico was fantastic today, he should beat Webber without that 1st pitstop. :up:

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:01

Originally posted by boost


He finished 30 sec behind Webber didnt he?


21 seconds.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:13

Does anybody have the time for his first pit stop (nose cone)?

#41 Deeq

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:17

Originally posted by scheivlak


"we" ?

:confused:

..too cranky ae we not?
OK meant "we" as a Ferrari fan :D

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:21

Ferrari dont need anyones engine

#43 jokuvaan

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:23

All best for Nico in the coming years.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:25

Nico is now the youngest driver to have driven the fastest lap: 20 years 259 days
Alonso had the record before this race, he was 21 years 321 when he got his first fastest lap.

He also became third youngest driver to have scored points, behind Jenson Button (20yr 67d) and Ricardo Rodrigues (20yr 113d).

#45 santori

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:30

Add me to the list of supporters. Lord. :eek:

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:32

Originally posted by SkorbiF1
Nico is now the youngest driver to have driven the fastest lap: 20 years 259 days
Alonso had the record before this race, he was 21 years 321 when he got his first fastest lap.

He also became third youngest driver to have scored points, behind Jenson Button (20yr 67d) and Ricardo Rodrigues (20yr 113d).


Is he the youngest to have scored points in his first race?

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:34

Originally posted by fumes


Is he the youngest to have scored points in his first race?

yes.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:36

Originally posted by SkorbiF1

yes.

That was fast! And while we're talking about first races, has anyone else ever set fastest lap in his first GP?

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:39

Yes..JV in 96. In addition JV won pole in his first ever race. I don't think anyone has ever done that.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 14:40

Originally posted by JVattack
Yes..JV in 96. In addition JV won pole in his first ever race. I don't think anyone has ever done that.

Mario Andretti did it at the US GP in 1968.