The Official 2012 F1 Thread. Spoilers possible!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by shrineclown, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Perhaps. And, of course, he has yet to leave.

    But 20 million pounds is a heck of a lot more than 10 million pounds. It's a mountain of money, if the numbers are true.
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    Very true. And a clear driver error. But as you add up his DNF's, don't forget that many of them are for mechanical failure.
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    Just a week ago Domenicali was calling for shorter races. One of his underlying assumptions was that the cars are so reliable these days that distance runs prove nothing.

    Yeah, about that, Stefano. :lol3 Cars are dying every week. Today it was Hamilton's turn.

    I keep looking at the big picture and wondering if this isn't another huge break for Alonso. He gets 3rd and valuable points. The man who was closest to him in the points DNF's.

    And the man who won the race has a car whose competitiveness is suspect on anything that's not a high downforce track.

    I look at the calendar and I wonder which tracks are Red Bull friendly. I'm honestly not sure anymore. It seems to me the Ferrari will trundle through the last 6 races, earning a reliable C grade every time. While the Red Bull will oscillate between an A and a D, depending upon the track.

    Should be interesting.
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    Certainly a plausible scenario, but if watching F1 has taught me anything, it is that things are wildly unpredictable over the short term. Alonso may find extra speed in the car and run away from the field. Or DNF the next three races and be out of the championship.

    Right now, I'm betting Vettel gives him a hard hard run. He's got a much better car under him and if Alonso is a better driver, its not by much. He needs one good result with Alonso DNF'ing and he's right there. There are darn good reasons Vettel has won the championship the last two years. I think this race was probably the end of Hamilton's being in the running.

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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    Kimi shits in your direction...

    :rofl

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    Of course, it's being generous to say Kimi finished 6th.

    He actually finished 7th. They had to ask his teammate to step aside for him. He was both out-qualified and outraced by his teammate.

    Couldn't even crack Q3. Maybe he should wipe the shit off his wheels? :rofl
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    :thumb You're right. I've been swigging some of the Red bull*, all that Horner talk about how they've been hurt by the rules on mapping and flexy front wings.
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    today the clock ticks for Massa...

    AMuS story
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    Lotus sure next upgrade will revitalise Kimi Raikkonen's Formula 1 title bid



  10. wxwax

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    I'm going to speculate that if Massa survives, it's because Maranello values a happy Alonso more than it does a constructor's title. He has openly lobbied to Massa, because the guy is no threat to him.
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    There is very little to quibble about in that argument.

    Another issue is, who do you replace Massa with? There's no need to shell out big money to grab a big name from another team, if you're going to go with a journeyman driver why not just stay with the known quantity you've got.

    The only real dark horse for the second Ferrari seat is Perez, but there may be some real business/sponsorship descisions keeping him out of it (Telmex sponsored Ferrari?).
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    Very encouraging.

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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    as the world turns...

    the Hamilton saga

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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    stepped noses may be history....

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    Formula 1 teams will have the option of fitting a special panel to their cars next year to help hide stepped noses, the FIA has confirmed. Following discussions between teams to come up with a solution to the ugly designs that would not entail a big redesign for next year, motor racing's governing body has rubber stamped new rules that will allow a special 'modesty panel' to be fitted.
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    Those contract numbers for Mercedes are wildly different to The Guardian's. Interesting. I can't see Hamilton jumping just for his commercial rights, if that's what it boils down to.

    Modesty panel? I like fig leaf better.


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    That's a sponsors dream. Big market, largely untapped by McLaren "partners" in the Spanish speaking world.
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