FP1 is only a few days away... lets rock this!!
i really cannot wait for this one... i feel this is where the meat of the season begins.
i've spent all week running Catalunya on F1 2011 just to get ready for the weekend... it's an awful lot of fun watching when you know those tricky corners yourself (albeit gaming).
Hmmm, whoever makes pole has won the last 11 GPs there. Will that still hold true after next weekend???
Last i saw, it was 60% chance of rain raceday.
McLaren has a revised (higher) nose and pitcrew , Ferrari (hopefully) some effective updates .....
I'm rooting for Lotus and Kimi.
Who really knows what's gonna happen. Schumacher still says the Pirellis are like driving on soft eggs. "They're a yolk!"
Can Rosberg repeat???
I'm thinking red bull at the front.
Mclaren with new nose set higher. Practice they were hiding some upgrades and consistently sitting down the charts.
Renault to be up there but not sure on mercedes, although I hope Schumacher to finally get a podium
Let's hope its exciting at least, normal a boring race
Last edited by darren p.; 05-09-2012 at 08:04 PM.
Would love to see Kimi win! It would also be acceptable to see webbo out qualify and place high in this race than Vettel...you know something better than 4th Place. I am willing to bet Ferrari destroys their tires trying to put Fernanny on pole for the home crowd.
Nice pole, but Lewis not sure why he had to stop on track. (waiting to hear about engine change and penalty). That would leave Maldo a sitting duck for Alonso into turn 1. Wishful thinking.
Button and Webber are gonna have a crappy race and what happened to Vettel?? I thought they were back on form.
Either way, gonna be a great race. Watch out for the Lotus'......definitely a threat for the win.
I like Alonso's chances.
I am doubtful though as Barcelona is usually a parade-fest.
We will see tmw i guess...
p.s. Go Lotus
Yup! I mean, really, was Maldonado that much of a thread to send him out with such low fuel?? Not to mention that they already knew what would happen from their own incident in Canada... That was just a decision, really.
Goooooooooooooooooooooooooo Alonso! Sucks that he doesn't have many soft tires left but looks like harder tires are the way to go during the race. But if we're to see used softs - hards - hards from him tomorrow, that gives Kimi and Grosjen a much better chance of getting to him.
Oh man, race is going to be awesome tomorrow! Lotus has come alive this season... and Williams - where the hell did they come from?? Sauber is looking great also!!
EDIT: Gary Anderson said the following about McL:
" the fuel guy had the handle on hose set to drain fuel. And so he switched it over to pump fuel. This mistake meant that Hamilton left the pits with too little fuel. He then went on to say that McLaren need to think more on their feet, because they had time to correct the problem, it only would have cost them 3 seconds, when they had 20 seconds to spare."
Last edited by Binary Star; 05-12-2012 at 06:49 PM.
Wow, what a crappy deal for Hamilton. I can't believe that he was .5 seconds faster than Maldonado just because he had a low fuel load. Why is Schu ahead of Kob, if Kob had the faster Q2 time? And other than Hamilton, Alonso improved the most from Q2 to Q3. Is that because he used up a bunch of his Option tires?
Originally Posted by Bladecatcher
Alonso another good result. Great race for Maldonado/ Williams. Could Sir Frank have possibly asked for anything more on this weekend??
Kimi said this time that he just needed another lap. Back in Hockenheim '05 he pleaded for one less lap!!!
My DVR messed up and didnt record so I have been avoiding the regular F1 news sites until Yahoo decided to post what seems to have happened after the race.
I think one of the guys on Hamilton's left placed the old tire carelessly on the wrong spot and didn't pay attention. Fortunately Hamilton didn't get penalized. Kinda surprised the FIA didn't fine the team.
Anyways, a great victory for Williams and Sir Frank and Maldonado
It would just crazy if one of the Lotus wins in Monaco. Then it would be the 6th race, 6th constructor and 6th driver this season
Apparently after the race a fire broke out from the Williams pit.
Pastor Maldonado grabbed Williams F1 team's first victory in the series in eight years on Sunday at Barcelona, but shortly after Maldonado's win, an explosion happened in the team's garage.Seven people were hospitalized because of the explosion, which happened in the fuel area.
Williams said the fire had "originated from the fuel area" and three of their staff were in hospital.
"The team, the fire services and the police are working together to determine the root cause of the fire and an update statement will be released in due course," Williams added.
Caterham, who have an adjacent garage to Williams, said four of their staff had been taken to the medical centre for examination - one with a minor hand injury and three with respiratory issues.
Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley said one of his staff had suffered smoke inhalation
Maldonado was photographed carrying his 12-year-old cousin -- who was clutching the winner's trophy -- from the garage area just after the explosion.
As you can see from the photos above and below, it was quite the scary scene. Our thoughts are with those involved and hope that there are no serious injuries.
Last edited by atoson; 05-14-2012 at 12:42 AM.
Button's got no pace and the pit crew is playing amateur hour. The team is throwing away what should have been a great season.
It was a great race for Pastor. I hope that everyone involved in the fire has a full recovery.
And what is up with teammates.
Williams - 1. Pastor 19. Senna
Ferrari - 2. Alonso 15. Massa.
Did anyone overhear the SPEED crew talk about the wheelman for McLaren during the race?
Apparently the guy that caused the faux pas during one of the previous races has left the team and the current guy is a brand new one. Not sure if the previous one got fired, or whatever......but the fact that they now have a new one and that this is the worst that they could have done. Those pitcrews practice these stops over and over again.....
Also, one of the other teams has hired Michael Johnson's (Olympic medalist) consulting company to help with pitcrews and specific excercises for the movements that they go through at each stop to help them really nail it.....