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#1 Kelateboy

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:32

It is 30mins till FP1.

No new thread yet, so I am opening one....

Air temperature - 27C. Hazy.

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#2 Alfisti

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:45

Hazy?? You gotta be ******* me. Next you'll say korea is hazy, and India ...... and China.

#3 Pingu Pi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:47

Looks sunny on the live feed on sky.

#4 Deluxx

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:54

Wow, that's pretty hot. Probably insanely humid

#5 CrucialXtreme

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:57

Glad to see it's not raining... Yet!

#6 turssi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:08

I would love to see some DRD stuff on the cars out there!

#7 Kelateboy

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:08

Hazy?? You gotta be ******* me. Next you'll say korea is hazy, and India ...... and China.

Yes, it is a bit hazy. Not comparable to Shanghai by any means, but still quite hazy in my book.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:09

Ted losing his bundle after seeing Red Bull are monitoring the front wing flex :lol:

#9 jrg19

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:10

How long before the rain?

#10 RaikkonenZn

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:11

Bloody hot - wonder when the rain will start!

#11 SamH123

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:26

The delay before any proper running in FP1 seems much longer this year... or am I just remembering wrong?

#12 Grundle

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:29

The delay before any proper running in FP1 seems much longer this year... or am I just remembering wrong?

I believe you are right, and it's because setup is more important this year due to tyres. So teams wait for track evolution

Edited by Grundle, 22 March 2013 - 02:31.


#13 Kelateboy

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:35

I believe you are right, and it's because setup is more important this year due to tyres. So teams wait for track evolution

It is a dusty green track - nobody wants to be the track cleaners.

#14 SamH123

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:37

It is a dusty green track - nobody wants to be the track cleaners.


There looks to already be a decent amount of rubber around to be honest
I think the slightly higher tyre deg might be a factor as well

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:41

Looks like the backmarkers are heading out. Marussia and McLaren laying some rubber on the track!

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:43

Looks like the backmarkers are heading out. Marussia and McLaren laying some rubber on the track!

Harsh!

#17 turssi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:44

And now Grosjean! That confirms it :-)

#18 Pingu Pi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:49

An extra set of the harder compound in the first practise session would be a good idea, basically a set where the team can go out, test setup and lay down rubber with is whole delay.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:54

I agree that just one more set of tyres for each team would make a world of difference to the inactive first 30 minutes of practice. Obviously I do understand that over a whole season that amounts to a fair amount of extra costs, but I think it's obvious that they're a bit too much on the limit right now when teams don't dare to run the cars in the first quarter of practice.

Edited by Wander, 22 March 2013 - 02:54.


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#20 Kelateboy

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:54

An extra set of the harder compound in the first practise session would be a good idea, basically a set where the team can go out, test setup and lay down rubber with is whole delay.

An extra prime set usable for P1 and P2 would be nice - 7 primes and 5 options for the whole weekend. That would ensure more actions in FP1.

#21 BigCHrome

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:00

It's going to be tough when Red Bull fix their tire issues.

#22 yoyogetfunky

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:01

Looks like Red Bull vs the iceman again this weekend. Nice!

#23 turssi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:02

It's going to be tough when Red Bull fix their tire issues.


Tough for who?

#24 Otaku

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:02

Super slow Massa making Gutierrez go off the track...

#25 turssi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:05

Super slow Massa making Gutierrez go off the track...


Quite scare it was. Slowing down on a curve on the racing line.

#26 Pingu Pi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:05

I agree that just one more set of tyres for each team would make a world of difference to the inactive first 30 minutes of practice. Obviously I do understand that over a whole season that amounts to a fair amount of extra costs, but I think it's obvious that they're a bit too much on the limit right now when teams don't dare to run the cars in the first quarter of practice.


They need to remember this is a sport, a spectacle and entertainment. It's not entertaining to see an empty(ish) track because they simply don't want to waste tyres on pointless data. Perhaps...

Fp1 and fp2 get a harder compound tyre dedicated to the first 45 minutes, you have to use it then, then it's taken off you.

#27 Menace

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:06

Kimis second fast lap was as fast as Alonso's first flyer.


Lotus+Kimi looking very sharp. :clap:

Edited by Menace, 22 March 2013 - 03:06.


#28 Menace

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:07

purple S1 3 laps into the stint!

#29 Menace

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:09

25.4 again in S1, nice consistency. No real drop off yet

#30 Diderlo

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:09

purple S1 3 laps into the stint!


It was 4th timed lap, so even better

#31 Cyanide

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:09

Is Kimi on the prime tyre? If so, this looks very promising.

#32 Diderlo

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:10

Is Kimi on the prime tyre? If so, this looks very promising.


Yes, hards

#33 JamesHunt

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:11

Is Kimi on the prime tyre? If so, this looks very promising.

I think he's on options

#34 Diderlo

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:11

I think he's on options

No.

Lotus F1 Team ‏@Lotus_F1Team 10m

#Kimi returns to the track on his pre-used orange hards #SepangSundae pic.twitter.com/N52P6jOKHG

#35 Pingu Pi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:12

I think he's on options


Nobody runs the option compound in FP1

#36 Menace

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:12

No.

Lotus F1 Team ‏@Lotus_F1Team 10m

#Kimi returns to the track on his pre-used orange hards #SepangSundae pic.twitter.com/N52P6jOKHG


:up:

#37 Markn93

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:17

Think Ham and Web are brimmed. Vettel maybe less, lapping a fair bit quicker. Lewis' onboard looks so slow, barely pushing.

#38 jrg19

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:18

Anything on Kimis gearbox?

#39 Vesuvius

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:19

kimi's speed look good but there was a minor problem, that looked like a gearbox one and he had to pit because of it.

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#40 Pingu Pi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:19

They need to remember this is a sport, a spectacle and entertainment. It's not entertaining to see an empty(ish) track because they simply don't want to waste tyres on pointless data. Perhaps...

Fp1 and fp2 get a harder compound tyre dedicated to the first 45 minutes, you have to use it then, then it's taken off you.


Ross Brawn just sited this as a a possible solution, calling it a sacrificial tire :)

#41 saudoso

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:20

Liked the new orange color on the primes here


#42 kosmos

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:22

So this tyres last 15 laps.

#43 Pingu Pi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:24

Medium is going to be shredded so quickly on full fuel in the race.

#44 turssi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:25

So this tyres last 15 laps.


The times have dropped over 4secs. Did they do only 15 laps?

Edit: well now Kimi is bacl on track and only 2.2 secs slower.

Edited by turssi, 22 March 2013 - 03:29.


#45 SamH123

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:30

Liked the new orange color on the primes here


It goes well with the Lotus colours, looks even more like a wasp

#46 Menace

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:30

The times have dropped over 4secs. Did they do only 15 laps?

Edit: well now Kimi is bacl on track and only 2.2 secs slower.


The consistency so far looks much better then the rest. :p

#47 Pingu Pi

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:30

Wow, watching the visible degradation on the Lotus there was so bizarre, seeing the layer shred from Middle to the inner side through a couple of corners was a great sight,

#48 yoyogetfunky

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:31

so pirellis no like cold weather, pirellis no like hot weather. Gonna be interesting season.

#49 Cyanide

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:31

Kimi looks to be in much better shape than the rest in tyre management.

#50 tarmac

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:32

Looks like Kimi domination