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    Thread: Official 2012 Formula 1 Barcelona GP Thread

    1. Senior Member Binary Star's Avatar
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      05-09-2012 09:41 AM #1
      FP1 is only a few days away... lets rock this!!

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      05-09-2012 12:00 PM #2
      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).
      function/form

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      05-09-2012 12:01 PM #3
      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???
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    4. 05-09-2012 12:02 PM #4
      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

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      05-09-2012 08:01 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by 10Ten View Post
      it's an awful lot of fun watching when you know those tricky corners yourself (albeit gaming).
      This...definitely adds to a race weekend when you have intimate knowledge of the track, gaming or otherwise.

      RedBull is back on form, count it. McLaren -> Lotus -> Mercedes. I'm hoping Webber wins it to dice up the points battle and a 5th different winner in 5 races.
      Last edited by darren p.; 05-09-2012 at 08:04 PM.

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      05-09-2012 10:28 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by darren p. View Post
      This...definitely adds to a race weekend when you have intimate knowledge of the track, gaming or otherwise.

      RedBull is back on form, count it. McLaren -> Lotus -> Mercedes. I'm hoping Webber wins it to dice up the points battle and a 5th different winner in 5 races.
      Hamilton's never won it.

      BTW, how do you deduce that RB's back on form??
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      05-10-2012 01:01 AM #7
      Hoping that Lotus is in even better shape. Not holding my breath though.

      Have to kill my evenings by watching Giro D'Italia until then.
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      05-10-2012 03:32 PM #8
      No Ross Brawn in Barcelona this weekend. Not attending due to "health reasons". Hope he's doing o.k.
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      05-10-2012 10:30 PM #9
      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.

    10. 05-11-2012 08:58 AM #10
      McLaren has fallen victim to the high profile platypus nose....

      They just made a Carmen Electra look like Rosanne Barr!

    11. 05-11-2012 11:06 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Kidstar View Post
      McLaren has fallen victim to the high profile platypus nose....

      They just made a Carmen Electra look like Rosanne Barr!
      And yet Button posted the fastest time in the 2nd Practice Session. Vettel and Rosberg are close behind though.

    12. 05-11-2012 02:20 PM #12
      from the pics i seen looks like Button ran the new nose and Hamilton ran the old one

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      05-11-2012 03:52 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by dubsix View Post
      from the pics i seen looks like Button ran the new nose and Hamilton ran the old one
      Correct, Hamilton was running the old version and Super Smooth had the update:



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      05-12-2012 09:31 AM #14
      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.
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      05-12-2012 10:35 AM #15
      Can someone please explain to me the BS strategy of Michael and Vettel by not posting a fast lap in Q3???? For god sake Mercedes and Redbull must be faster than a Williams and a Ferrari...

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      05-12-2012 02:28 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by GTIVRSEX2 View Post
      Can someone please explain to me the BS strategy of Michael and Vettel by not posting a fast lap in Q3???? For god sake Mercedes and Redbull must be faster than a Williams and a Ferrari...
      In the BBC post race Horner said they are saving tires for the race, after seeing how much the availibility of extra tires benefits a car during the race e.g Kimi during the last race
      I am doubtful though as Barcelona is usually a parade-fest.

      We will see tmw i guess...

      p.s. Go Lotus

    17. 05-12-2012 02:57 PM #17
      Ouch for LH!!! How much of this BS has to happen to one person again and again?

    18. 05-12-2012 03:42 PM #18
      '07 lewis lost the championship for mclaren, seems in '12 mclaren is returning the favor

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      05-12-2012 05:43 PM #19
      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."
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      05-12-2012 08:21 PM #20
      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?
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      05-12-2012 08:48 PM #21
      IIRC, his best run in Q3 was on used set of options because he had already used up his other pairs. I have to double check this though.

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      05-12-2012 09:14 PM #22
      That's a pretty harsh penalty for not having enough fuel... Martin Brundle tweeted that his last lap should have been invalidated instead bumping him to the back of the grid.

      What a disappointment...

    23. 05-12-2012 10:26 PM #23
      I feel bad for Hamilton, but I'm excited to see Alonso on the front row now. 7 different cars in the top 8! Thats crazy. I would love to see Alonso and Kimi on the podium.
      What Would Jeremy Do?

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      05-12-2012 11:18 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by JuanManuelFangio View Post
      I would love to see Alonso and Kimi on the podium.
      Looks like a good chance!!
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      05-13-2012 08:27 AM #25
      WTF was Schumacher doing?

      And McLaren needs to get their s*** together in the pits. That little error definitely costed Hamilton a place.

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