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Old 09-17-2012, 10:41 PM   #1276
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McLaren haven't figured out why Button's fuel system failed at Monza. That's really unusual. Usually these wizards are on top of everything.

They've replaced the entire system for Singapore, just to be safe.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:52 PM   #1277
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Money versus success. A classic dilemma.

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Reports of Hamilton's future have ramped up amid suggestions McLaren has proposed a pay-cut for the 2008 world champion, while Mercedes is offering him a slightly increased retainer.

Another consideration is Mercedes' apparent willingness to allow Hamilton and his management, Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment, to exploit his commercial rights.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:39 PM   #1278
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Forecast is for scattered t-storms both days. 50% chance of rain Sat, 60% Sun.

Not that hot. 88 (31) high, 78 (25) low. Humid as heck, tho, 73 degree dew point. Yuck.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:12 AM   #1279
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Humid as heck, tho, 73 degree dew point. Yuck.
They should race around 285 someday.
Wonder if they could keep up with the traffic?
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:16 PM   #1280
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They should race around 285 someday.
Wonder if they could keep up with the traffic?
Authorities here seem determined to ignore reality. They're going to spend money on a variable speed limit system for 285. They'll *gasp* permit the speed to go up to 65 when the road is clear.

Completely ignoring the fact that the de facto user-imposed speed limit on 285 is already 75 mph.

Great news out of Singapore. This is the last race of their contract and Bernie's trying to put the squeeze on them for more money. Boy, I sure hope they say no and the race comes off the calendar.

Then it could join Valencia in the dustbin of boring street courses.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:21 PM   #1281
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Maybe I've been too harsh on Hamilton's agents.

The Guardian claims Mercedes is offering him 20 million. But McLaren want to slash his 15 million salary by a third. In other words, they think Mercedes is offering Hamilton twice the money. That's hard to turn down.

Meanwhile, gossip has it that Vettel wants to move to Ferrari. Alonso and Vettel? I may have to find a new team to support. Yech.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:31 PM   #1282
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:51 AM   #1283
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Hamilton on pole. Anybody care?
Besides me?


Vettel is all business, no fluff.
More than usual.

We're in the home stretch and Alonso is not lookin all that good....
But much better than Massa.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:41 AM   #1284
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Hamilton on pole. Anybody care?
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Vettel is all business, no fluff.
More than usual.

We're in the home stretch and Alonso is not lookin all that good....
But much better than Massa.
What is that 3 in 4 for Hamilton and 4 in 4 for McLaren? They've really found something in the second half. If Waxy's story is true, it seems surprising they're asking for a pay cut for Hamilton. Unless Button already took one
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:00 PM   #1285
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Odd that Vettel's Q3 time was worse than his Q2 time. If Red Bull can't even challenge on a high downforce track, I hafta believe their car is toast for the year.

Kimi couldn't even make it to Q3, another puzzler.

McLaren definitely have their shit together. So far Alonso has been able to cobble together a lead through luck and over-achievement. But the red car is not special and it looks like Hamilton is destined to overtake him and win the title. Barring a mental meltdown, of course.

Kinda cool that Schumi out qualified Rosberg. He's in a strange place, watching his seat twisting in the wind, seemingly at the whim of Lewis Hamilton. A bit disrespectful to the champ, but that's the way it goes in sports. No room for sentiment.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:03 PM   #1286
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What is that 3 in 4 for Hamilton and 4 in 4 for McLaren? They've really found something in the second half. If Waxy's story is true, it seems surprising they're asking for a pay cut for Hamilton. Unless Button already took one
Every once in a while you read rumors about McLaren's financial situation changing next season. Vodaphone may be out as the principal sponsor. Mercedes will start charging them for engines. It may be that Hamilton is unaffordable.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:24 PM   #1287
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Kinda cool that Schumi out qualified Rosberg.
maybe Schumi can cut into the 40 point lead Rosberg has on him
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:06 PM   #1288
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I cannot for the life of me see why it would benefit Hamilton to move to Benz. Unless of course McLaren are considering an engine supplier change when the new 2014 regulations take effect (the Benz turbo unit is rumoured to be the most powerful of the bunch).

McLaren make their own engines for the MP4-12C. That's a 3.8 twin turbo V8. It's not impossible that they think that they can develop a 1.6 V6 turbo from that to save money now that they pay Benz for their Ilmor-MB engines. McLaren may be thinking of using such a V6 turbo as the basis for another road car (Ron Dennis is driven by his need to challenge Ferrari in areas other than on the F1 circuits).

If that's the case, perhaps Hamilton is less optimistic about championship possibilities with McLaren than Benz.

From their point of view, no-one is more bankable than Schumacher for Benz but if the rumours of his second retirement are true, they need another big name winner. Vettel would be best for them but he won't be free in the timescale. Alonso will see out his career with Ferrari. So Hamilton is the next best option and he's free at the end of this season. That would give him a year to learn the Benz way of doing things and have his feet firmly under the table when the new regulations chuck everything up in the air for everyone again.
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:48 PM   #1289
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The surprise of the day for me is Maldonado in P2, great job there. Vettel looked very unhappy in the post race interview.
I think pastor could give Hamilton fits tomorrow, he really has nothing at all to loose...time will tell. Oh, and yeah...great qualifying for Hamilton, he is on a hot streak (qualifying anyway).
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:45 PM   #1290
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I was wondering if the track was getting worse as the clock on Q3 was counting down. Even Hamilton was 2 tenths slower on his last lap at the end of the session. Maybe everyone just missed the optimum window that the tires work in with the conditions?

Should be a fun race to watch tomorrow! Hamilton better watch his back side going into turn 1.
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