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Old 18th Mar 2012, 18:13
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And rumour has it that that may have been the last Melbourne race, so no need for Europe to set their alarms so early to watch a race. Poor things, Bernie really does care bout you lot!
Yeah....


Like Japan will be a night race.
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 03:17
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While the show of poor temper by Lewis is perhaps not quite the behaviour expected of a world champion he was unlucky. If Maclaren had brought Button is a lap earlier instead of waiting for his tires to die then Lewis might not have lost a place to Vettel on that lap and the tire change.

Can't really complain the race was a boring procession. This just might be a very good year for fans of F1.

The Aus race was live here at 11pm. Pity the others are mostly at 5am. Stay up, yes, Get up No.
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 05:18
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Or if that pesky Lotus had been a bit more considerate and lunched it's steering AFTER Vettel pitted, then Lewis MIGHT Have kept second.

Let's face it, Jenson could walk off into the distance yet Lewis couldn't do the same in the same car. That comes down to one person.
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 09:29
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Didn't take long for the predictable "Lewis bashers" to come out this season..

Personally I am in the JB camp if any, however, so Lewis wasn't happy with 3rd.. fair enough, he wants to win every time, there's nothing wrong with that, it's what world champions are made of.. I didn't see Vettel leaping around in joy, or Alonso buying the drinks. The fact is Vettel and Alonso know they lucked into 2nd and 5th respectively and so were fairly relieved.. Lewis missed out through bad pit calls for the umpteenth time from McLaren, and a bit of rotten luck with the safety car.

If you are looking for poor sportsmanship, look no further than Christian Horner and his comments trying to detract from the McLaren win by saying RBR under-performed and that McLaren aren't that fast. Sorry Christian, but JB clearly controlled the gap, and ably demonstrated that the McLaren was 7 tenths faster than the RB8.. deal with it and move on mate.
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 09:43
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Good to see Massa has picked up where he left off. Alonso getting a decent result while he is well back, as there was no Hamilton about to collide with so he picked on someone else. Massa "Sorry I didn't pick up any points but I was hit by *****(fill in the blank)"
Ferrari will ditch him before the seasons out.
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 10:13
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Nice one Jenson! As good as DC now!

Lewis missed out through bad pit calls for the umpteenth time from McLaren
When he calle that the last set of tyres were going off and he was told to stay out I think it was a good call by the team. Instead of trying to get past Vettel he'd probably have been down fighting with Kimi and the rest. He might only have finished 5th or 6th.

Large raspberry to the BBC. I'm glad I don't have to pay a tv licence.

Next race should be interesting as everybody crunches all the data and tries to work out what's right and what's wrong with all the cars.

Massa and Senna's coming together classed as a "racing incident" . I think Massa is lucky to get away with it. He seemed to drift over much more onto the astroturf than normal forcing Senna even closer to the wall. I'll bet the stewards will be watching him a bit more in future,
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 10:33
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Nobody picked up on the comment about the unsportsmanlike conduct by RB during the Mclaren pitstop - they seem to have brought out their mechanics with the sole purpose of preventing JB from a quick drive off, as he had to drive round them, with no sign of a RB coming in the pits, got to have cost JB a tenth or so...
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 10:45
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I noticed that too Grounded. I know they play brinkmanship in these events, but they did seem to trot in immediately after he'd gone.
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 11:02
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As it happens JB had a handle on the situation and could pull out a gap when needed. All is fair in love, war and motor racing.
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 11:47
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And McLaren returned the compliment when Vettel came in.
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 12:58
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Ferrari will ditch Massa before the season's out.
I thought that they would have done at the end of last year, but it seems he has a 'contract'.

Who would be an obvious replacement (assuming Ferrari can break Massa's contract)?

Rubins Barrichello?

Lewis Hamilton?
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 13:16
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Who would be an obvious replacement (assuming Ferrari can break Massa's contract)?
KIMI!

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Old 19th Mar 2012, 15:35
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Kobayashi or Perez?
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 16:56
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Grosjean has serious potential
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 18:10
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Ok, how much of this is bluster and psychological warfare, and how much is truth?

Jenson Button was 'more than marginal' on fuel during the Australian Grand Prix - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has revealed that his drivers could have been even quicker in the Australian Grand Prix if his team had not made a mistake with its fuel calculations.

Jenson Button dominated the first race of the season in Melbourne, with Lewis Hamilton coming third after losing a place to Sebastian Vettel under the safety car, but the pair had to limit their pace from early on because they were using more fuel than the team had calculated they would.

"We were more than marginal," revealed Whitmarsh. "Had we raced unfettered we would not have got to the finish line with either car, so from lap eight we were in severe fuel saving mode.

"I think unquestionably we could have gone a little bit quicker. We had a quick car here, and we should have got a 1-2, but we are not too displeased with where we are."
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Old 19th Mar 2012, 19:39
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Can the BBC take Eddie Jordan and put him on the starting line just before the race starts so we don't have to listen to him. (I thought Jake and DC were good).
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The Circus Comes To Town

I hadn't realised just how many Filipinas are interested in f1. The local bars are full of them
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 12:23
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So Lewis goes fastest in practice.. Schuey second, Vettel nowhere (Comparatively speaking) and no comment?

Seems that this thread goes quiet unless there's an opportunity to slag off LH??
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 12:47
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I'm quiet because I haven't yet followed the practice sessions, so I'm unable to comment on the results.
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 14:28
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Where has our resident Ferrari fan gone??? I was looking forward to some excuses of the highest calibre!!
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