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Who do you think will win the 2013 Australian Grand Prix and please say why ?


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#1 BDuncan

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 15:19

Who do you think will win the 2013 Australian Grand Prix and please say why you think so ?


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#2 Anderis

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 15:45

I think it will be Razia or Chilton, because this year for Marussia couldn't be any worse than the previous one!

#3 tjkoyen

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 17:10

I agree, probably Razia. I'm guessing since he's Brazilian he's quite rapid, probably so much that they aren't allowing him to drive the car during testing because he'd blitz the timesheets and give away his speed.

Plus Graeme probably wouldn't like it if his lad was 15 seconds off Razia's testing pace.

#4 CrashPad

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 17:10

It's going to be a race full of action and drama, with Maldonado winning it in the end :stoned:

#5 eronrules

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 17:15

P1 Vettel (RB9 and talent of vettel will see him on the top spot)

P2 Raikkonen (kimi seems confident of the pace of E21, and if he can qualify in top 5, he'll be on the podium)

P3 Alonso (i don't expect F138 to be dazzlingly fast, but solid car, and he'll be on the podium, somehow)

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Edited by eronrules, 25 February 2013 - 17:19.


#6 Watkins74

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 17:18

P1 Vettel - The more things change the more they stay the same.

P2 Alonso - The guy is a podium machine.

P3 Button - The McLaren looks good, Button runs either hot or cold. I'm betting on hot for this race.


edit: Just noticed the OP has 4 posts since May of 2008. That just strikes me as funny but I don't know why? :drunk:

Edited by Watkins74, 25 February 2013 - 17:21.


#7 Atreiu

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 17:19

Testing was inconclusive, I have no idea.

#8 Bloggsworth

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 17:39

Jenson Button - For some reason he tends to do things like that.

#9 Dino2000

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 17:44

Looking at the long stint times of the RedBull, I would say that would be Webber or Vettel. I would like Webber, to start a WDC campaign with style. Ferrari will be close, IMO.

I'm stating to be nervous!!!!!


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#10 Velocifer

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 20:47

Seems Melbourne can throw up a surprise once in a while so I'll take the high odds and say Grosjean. Lotus was good with the tyres last year and seems to have continued that for this year and it seems tyre wear is an even bigger factor than before, especially the first race. Grosjean also qualified well here last year so track seems to suit his style too.


#11 One

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 20:50

Alonso will win, as he is the best in pulling max out of unknown. Later, more into season, Red Bull will consolidate the performance advantage. Just look a the performance of Alonso in a inferior car. He will most certainly maintain his will and put all into his race, race until he will be dried out in his car.

#12 mattferg

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 21:50

It'll either be Button or Vettel, one or the other is likely to be in the fastest car and both are extremely good at Melbourne. Definitely not Alonso or Raikkonen unless both of the former two are out of it.

#13 Zoetrope

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 22:24

Jenson Button.

Explanation: McLaren has carried their speed from Brazil over the winter, the car will suit Jenson even more this season, testing made me think they are the fastest, but were just sandbagging not to reveal it. On top of that, Jenson is quality driver and has quite amazing record in Oz: 2009,2010 and 2012 win. Also don't expect his team-mate to challenge him any soon.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:19

I just hope Webber finally gets on the podium at home!

#15 karne

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:22

Mark.

Because bad luck can't last forever, right?

#16 chumma

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:50

Button for the win.

Vettel will DNF

Webber P2

Lewis P3

First corner crash involving Vettel Alonso Hulkenberg

Kimi to have car troubles.

Perez a lonely 5th with Massa 4th.

#17 Kingshark

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:50

1.) Button
The guy is a beast around Melbourne, and with such little regulation changes between 2012 and 2013, the MP4-28 can't be anything less than equal fastest. Furthermore, history has generally shown Albert Park as a favorite Mclaren track.

2.) Alonso
This man is a podium machine, even if the car is not up to it. Had it not been for the crashes in Spa and Suzuka, Alonso most likely would've scored a podium in every single one of the races post-summer break 2012. Yes, all this despite almost never qualifying better than the third row.

3.) Vettel
Defending WDC. I predict he will take pole position, as he is the man to beat on Saturday. However, for one reason or another I expect him to drop back on Sunday. Nevertheless, he'll be up there, even if perhaps the RBR car is not as fast as some may suspect.

#18 bourbon

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:41

Vettel
Perez
Raikkonen

unless the macca is not as good as I think...and assuming their strategy and crew stays on top of it this season.

#19 pinkypants

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:42

Button or Vettel.

Secretly hoping for Kimi to win it though to spice the season up at bit :) It would be nice for Lewis to be on the podium, but I suspect he will DNF.

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#20 KnucklesAgain

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:24

Alonso, because I'm on a roll.

#21 bauss

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:26

Vettel because the car is a pure carry over of last years car which guarantees it will be very competitive in Aus....especially as McLaren their only competitor haven't done the same

#22 SealTheDiffuser

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:28

Maldonado!
He is a gifted street circuit racer, the Williams will be gentle to the tyres and the car hopefully is fast!

#23 Szoelloe

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:30

Alonso, because I'm on a roll.


heh, I like that. Everybody is so convinced about SV and RB. It is by far not that clear-cut.

#24 Jovanotti

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:06

1) Button if he has the car and because he likes the place (which won't mean he will win another race all season)
2) Vettel if RB is there
3) Räikkönen and Alonso are the unknowns atm regarding the cars at their disposal, but they could well take it
4) Webber finally winning it would be nice, too

Edited by Jovanotti, 26 February 2013 - 09:07.


#25 Vesuvius

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:18

Latest rumour reports say Red Bull and Lotus are strongest so three candidates for win for me and they are Vettel,Kimi and Button, weather will decide who will win...if hot and dry than Kimi, if dry but not so hot than vettel and if it will be wet or mixed than Button.

Edited by Vesuvius, 26 February 2013 - 10:19.


#26 eronrules

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:29

Seems Melbourne can throw up a surprise once in a while so I'll take the high odds and say Grosjean. Lotus was good with the tyres last year and seems to have continued that for this year and it seems tyre wear is an even bigger factor than before, especially the first race. Grosjean also qualified well here last year so track seems to suit his style too.


qualy ... maybe, race ... no

#27 eronrules

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:30

Maldonado!
He is a gifted street circuit racer, the Williams will be gentle to the tyres and the car hopefully is fast!



TBH, both williams have a chance to surprise, if they can qualify at the top end, and run incident free race

#28 F.M.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:32

Raikkonen. Simply because I want him to :)

#29 Markn93

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:46

Lewis Hamilton. Because lord knows I need something to go right in my life at the moment.


(And because I think they're hiding their pace)

#30 krapmeister

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:57

I would love a Webber win at the Australian GP but it ain't never gonna happen... :well:

#31 Coops3

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 13:03

Button - I have no idea whether the McLaren will be fast enough, but Button has a higher chance of beating his team mate in the early stages of the season.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 13:05

It's looking likely to be a toss-up between Vettel, Button, and Raikkonen--three of my favourites, so I've got no problem with that. I still think it's mostly too early to say, though; you can never trust testing times.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 13:06

edit: Just noticed the OP has 4 posts since May of 2008. That just strikes me as funny but I don't know why? :drunk:


Over the past 4 years they could have asked the same question so to get hints who to bet on the first race..

1st Button, Because I'm a fan, he is really good here and I really think this 28 could be a rocket this year..

2nd Raikkonen, I just like his style of driving.

3rd Alonso, Because he is a Steady Eddie

4th and 5th Webber/Vettel, great car as ever but not using DRS in corners could hurt them in Q3

Edited by mclarennut, 26 February 2013 - 13:18.


#34 pusko

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 13:10

Alonso -> Because I want him to win it!

#35 David1976

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 13:25

P1 Button (always good in Oz)
P2 Vettel (decent driver in the best car)
P3 Hamilton (just to be brave!)

#36 MarileneRiddle

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:50

1st Jenson Button (McLaren's speed)
2nd Sebastian Vettel
3rd Kimi Raikkonen

Can't wait till the season starts! :clap:

#37 HoldenRT

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:47

I hope Webber wins it because it's probably his last chance.

Hopefully he can at least be in the running for a podium and if he screws it up, so be it.

Anyone could win. Alonso.. Vettel.. Kimi.. etc.

I will say Vettel.. just because it seems the safest bet.

#38 Ferrari2183

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:56

Alonso.

Seems he has a half decent car this year and that is a scary prospect.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:10

1. Rosberg
2. Massa
3. Webber

Because that would be the most fun on this board.

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#40 eronrules

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:15

1. Rosberg Grosjean
2. Massa
3. Webber Perez

Because that would be the most fun on this board.


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#41 Lazy

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:37

:kiss:

That would work, but not quite the same levels of carnage :)

#42 Alx09

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:42

Just to be risky:

1. Grosjean
2. Vettel
3. Webber

#43 ZooL

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:45

Button - because he said the car is developed around him now and he is leading the development direction or similar.

#44 boldhakka

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:49

We're probably looking at the most competetive and close field in a very long time, so it's almost impossible to say. If someone held a gun to my head and forced me to pick, I'd say Button. Because he won it last year, and I like me prediction heuristics fast and frugal.

Edited by boldhakka, 27 February 2013 - 09:50.


#45 NotSoSilentBob

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:39

well.... it wont be Webber

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:51

I think it will be Jensen Button. The car seemed quick out of the box at testing and Mclaren always seem to start the season well. Given his recent history at Melbourne and his current position as team leader think we will see another classic drive from him, especially if it rains.

#47 One

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:54

Just put the result of 2012 championship and you will get quit good guess. (not)