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Poll: The biggest upset in Melbourne will be? (191 member(s) have cast votes)

  1. Honda (22 votes [11.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.52%

  2. Renault (32 votes [16.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.75%

  3. Piquet Jr. (25 votes [13.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.09%

  4. Kovalainen (54 votes [28.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.27%

  5. Nakajima (20 votes [10.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.47%

  6. Other (38 votes [19.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.90%

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#1 karlth

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 19:40

What driver or team will surprise the most in Melbourne?

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#2 fnz

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 19:50

J. Trulli

#3 SlateGray

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 19:57

HK will have a Ham lunch.

#4 Budvar

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 19:58

BMW not scoring a point.

#5 fnz

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:03

Originally posted by SlateGray
HK will have a Ham lunch.


Or he 'll eat gravel, as he did multiple times in Aussie GP last yr :p

#6 inca_roads

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:10

Bourdais.

#7 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:13

The fans will be the most upset.

#8 Alfisti

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:17

It would not bet on it but we could see Ferarri just SPANK them all, as in 1/2 t 3/4 sec quicker.

#9 jokuvaan

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:17

Maybe lack of overtaking.

#10 BMW_F1

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:19

Nakajima.

#11 VoidNT

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:20

Ross Brawn. I think he has already delivered:

http://www.autosport...YGQ9340M6DXC0-2

:D

#12 Scudetto

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:21

:lol: Green is NOT Ross' color.

#13 kar

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:24

Honda...and just how much they blow.

#14 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:30

Yeah I'm seriously concerned about Honda's uniforms. They show a basic ineptitude in process, and a lack of priorities.

#15 BMW_F1

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:33

green is goooooood.... :smoking:
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#16 UPRC

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:34

My money is on Nakajima. He did amazing in Brazil last year, and he's looked good in winter testing.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:36

Are we supposed to vote on who will do good or who will suck ass?

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#18 Claudius

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:36

Originally posted by Ross Stonefeld
The fans will be the most upset.

:lol:

Anyway, I'll stick my neck out and say that Nakajima will be a surprise. In a good way.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:37

BMW_F1 :up: :smoking:

i voted other - glock will impress

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#20 Sébastien

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:45

Renault, I think they might have a trick or two up their sleeves, close call with Kovalainen though, he might upset the Hamiltonians with a solid performance.

#21 F1 Tor.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 20:58

I'd love to see Heikki and Bourdais have excellent races at their new teams. Nico making the podium would be good too. :wave:

#22 karlth

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 21:00

Originally posted by Crazy Canuck
Are we supposed to vote on who will do good or who will suck ass?

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Do good. :) Hence not surprise but upset.

#23 scottb32

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 21:03

New Qualifying Rules will have a huge impact on the race.

The new rules will allow teams to run much different fuel levels (no 10-minute fuel burn-off). I think we could see Trulli grab a high position with low fuel (or something similar). I suspect the teams will be very secretive regarding fuel-levels (even during testing) so as to not allow for any indication of how much fuel they have on board during the start. The race will proceed and everyone will be wondering when each car will have to come in - hence on-the-fly race strategy may play a large part.

#24 lukywill

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 21:31

upset?! no room for tea.

and i certainly hope that australian gp isn´t going to be a late night show to suite 'poor old' european audiences'.

#25 lukywill

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 21:33

i hope it´s nakajima. but we have to wait till tomorrow´s qualifying.

#26 512 TR

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 21:38

Biggest upset? Glory pole by Fernando, Nico or Nick/Robert.

#27 wingwalker

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 22:04

That the removal of TC and electronic aids won't make racing any better cause the cars will be even more aero sensitive than ever and won't be able to get close enough to each other to benefit from slight mistakes like pushing the throttle pedal a bit too soon in a corner etc.

I sure hope it won't be the case.

#28 noikeee

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 22:08

I have no idea. I guess it'll be what surprises me the most.

#29 Mauseri

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 22:10

Originally posted by fnz
Or he 'll eat gravel, as he did multiple times in Aussie GP last yr :p

Hamilton could be trying to win the race in first corner again so he is the one going to eat gravel, again. Just where he left in china brazil.

#30 Suntrek

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 22:11

I hope Renault will be a pleasant surprise

...or I will be upset. :

#31 Ghostrider

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 22:13

Originally posted by VoidNT
Ross Brawn. I think he has already delivered:

http://www.autosport...YGQ9340M6DXC0-2

:D


:up: :D

#32 wrighty

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 22:20

Originally posted by Budvar
BMW not scoring a point.


that was my first thought too....

#33 JonC

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 22:23

Fisichella and Force India. :)

#34 fnz

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 22:25

Originally posted by micra_k10

Hamilton could be trying to win the race in first corner again so he is the one going to eat gravel, again. Just where he left in china brazil.


that's a nasty.... but funny comment :smoking: (To bad la source has major run off area, otherwise Hamster would have eaten gravel there as well)

#35 Melbourne Park

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 05:30

RBR.

#36 Durant

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 06:03

Originally posted by scottb32
New Qualifying Rules will have a huge impact on the race.

The new rules will allow teams to run much different fuel levels (no 10-minute fuel burn-off). I think we could see Trulli grab a high position with low fuel (or something similar). I suspect the teams will be very secretive regarding fuel-levels (even during testing) so as to not allow for any indication of how much fuel they have on board during the start. The race will proceed and everyone will be wondering when each car will have to come in - hence on-the-fly race strategy may play a large part.


I cant see how the new rules make it any different than last year in terms of relative strategy.

#37 Tombu

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 06:20

I'll throw my guesses in the air:

Big positive surprises: :)

Red Bull ( Webber and Coulthard seem to have an awful lot of pace, at least in the practice sessions )
Toyota ( big step forward, after years of struggling )
Honda ( well, they won't be completely crap )


These will do better than one might have expected, but not with a super-duper surprise: :

Nakajima ( he will not beat Rosberg, but if he's able to hang even close, it's a major feat )
Force India ( at least Fisichellas )
Kovalainen ( I would still predict that Ham takes the lead, but Kova will be right there behind him )


Negative surprising performances: :confused:

Renault ( will be nowhere, especially Piquet jr )
BMW ( hopelessly lost )

#38 Oho

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 06:32

Originally posted by VoidNT
Ross Brawn. I think he has already delivered:


:D


Indeed he is not only the Michael Schumacher of the pit wall he also is the Michael Schumacher of the cat walk..

#39 HSJ

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 07:06

Originally posted by Ross Stonefeld
The fans will be the most upset.


I predict mutual annihilation between fans and anti-fans. It will be brilliant! And upsetting.

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#40 kamix

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 08:06

Originally posted by Ross Stonefeld
Yeah I'm seriously concerned about Honda's uniforms. They show a basic ineptitude in process, and a lack of priorities.


It looks like they visited a seconds shop, bought all pants/shorts available and threw them all into a giant pot of green dye.

#41 Bloggsworth

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 08:25

Fisichella

#42 vaavu

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 08:39

Positive surprises: Red Bull, Fisichella.

Negative surprises: Ferrari. I have a creeping feeling they will be lacking in pace compared to McL.

#43 Owen

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 08:45

Toyota.

#44 p432rpp

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:29

RBR
Honda
Toyota
Fisi

#45 Frank Booth

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 12:26

HK beating LW

BMW not living up to last years promise.

#46 F1_conman

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 12:50

Originally posted by Budvar
BMW not scoring a point.


from bmw fan: why oh why I have a feeling you're correct ):

#47 Brian O Flaherty

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 13:00

By 'deliver' I interpret that to mean deliver beyond what is expected of them. So in that sense I've gone for Honda because they wont be the complete donkey people expect. I really can't see how Heikki is expected to 'deliver' unless it's to win the actual race. Something I think he wont be doing this weekend. Being in a McLaren should guarantee him top 4 which would be more than the others in the poll. I don't expect surprised from Alonso. I think he'll be low points scorer or thereabouts.

I expect Red Bull and Toyota to be better than expected too. But in the sense that Honda were expected to be battling out with Aguri and FIFI I think Honda will be the surprise (and possibly FIFI too !!).

Toro Rosso will be the team most expected to deliver but wont ...

#48 Frank Booth

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 13:11

Originally posted by F1_conman


from bmw fan: why oh why I have a feeling you're correct ):


I'm hoping for some good things from BMW this year but the practice sessions didn't look promising. I like the methodical quiet team approach they have taken thus far.

#49 V8 Fireworks

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 13:18

Originally posted by HSJ


I predict mutual annihilation between fans and anti-fans. It will be brilliant! And upsetting.


An exciting phenomenon that! Who knew using a cyclotron to accelerate Massa and anti-Massas to near the speed of light before an almighty collision could result in such excitement. :eek: :D

#50 Bloggsworth

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 13:19

Vettel was one of last year's "Men of the Moment" - Pop Fisi in the Force India and it's a contender.........