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Old 04-06-2011, 07:05 AM   #1
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After a result which combined normality with a selection of surprises in Melbourne, the 2011 Formula 1 rollercoaster tumbles into Kuala Lumpur for what promises to be a wet weekend of action. And even if showers don’t affect proceedings, Sepang could still be the setting for more unforeseen dramas…more







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GPUpdate.net Fast Facts: Sepang International Circuit
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Laps: 56
Direction: Clockwise
Corners: 15
Lap record:
1:34.223 / J. Montoya / Williams-BMW / 2004
Local start time: 4pm (BST +7)
Slick Pirelli tyre compounds:
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2010 pole position winner:
Mark Webber – Red Bull-Renault
2010 Grand Prix winner:
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:37 AM   #2
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whats the malaise that is malasia?
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:44 AM   #3
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Malice! Can't wait to watch Practice 1 tomorrow night.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:12 PM   #4
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Those temps don't seem too bad until you look at the details for each day and see that the humidity is going to be about the same and the UV Index so close to the equator is ridiculous. I would be red like lobster in short order!

I'm curious to see how everyone stacks up here. Obviously Malaysia (or Malasia) isn't the nearly-continuously-turning track that Melbourne is. Last year we saw quite a different balance of power at the top depending on the type of track. Has RBR upped their game on these more open type tracks, or will the other teams close the gap (or even be quicker) as they were on some tracks last year?
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I think RBR worked on the top speed they didn't have last year. It doesn't matter if you're a second a lap faster when you're in front, if you can't pass because youre 10 MPH slower on the front straight, you're screwed. I believe they were one of the fastest cars on the straight in Australia. I think once it became clear they weren't going to get a rethink of the engine HP because of the top speed of the Renault, they moved towards this.
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Red Bull will walk qualifying, but they need to be leading the first lap if either wants to be comfortable.
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these long straights should bring the KERS and rear wing into play more on this track! my guess is they'll draft up to a drag race on these straights, and the corner will go to whomever is better under braking. that said, i think lewis and fernando should fare well this weekend.
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Does the rule on the DRS allow the FIA to permit the wing to be used in more than one location on a single track? That could be interesting since it makes defending with KERS a tricky situation.
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Does the rule on the DRS allow the FIA to permit the wing to be used in more than one location on a single track? That could be interesting since it makes defending with KERS a tricky situation.
It all depends on which foot they wake up that morning.
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Its supposed to only be on one straight, but based on the lack of usefulness in Australia, they might open it up to two straights...but I don't believe they will.
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By Jonathan Noble Thursday, April 7th 2011, 07:02 GMT

Formula 1's moveable rear wing will become a more effective tool in Malaysia than it proved to be at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

That is the view of Mark Webber, who believes the characteristics of the Sepang circuit are perfectly suited for making the 'Drag Reduction System' (DRS) more effective.

The FIA confirmed on Thursday that the DRS detection zone, where drivers must be within one second of the rival ahead of them to get the wing activated, will be situated 207 metres before the final corner at Sepang.

The DRS activation zone, where drivers can use the rear wing for a straight-line speed boost, will start just five metres after the final corner and run for the entire length of the start-finish straight.

Webber said that he had expected more from the wing in Australia, but is in no doubt how much better it will be in Malaysia.

"I got pretty close to Fernando [Alonso] a few times [in Australia] and only once with Lewis on lap three," he said. "Fernando was someone I expected to put more pressure on.

"But it was a characteristic of the corner onto the start-finish - it was too quick. And the entry to Turn 1, even if you got close, it was easy for the guy to manipulate the line for you, and give you a different trajectory into the corner.

"Here will be a completely different story – if you are within the zone on the Apex of Turn 15.

"If it doesn't work here I don't know where it will work. You have a slow corner to open the lap, a slow corner at the braking point, and Heathrow airport in between as well in terms of options, so it should work."
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/90478

They should allow them to use it any time, more chances of them ****ing up with the buttons and crashing into the tire wall
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well folks, here are my picks for this week:

1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Mark Webber
3 Fernando Alonso
4 Sebastian Vettel
5 Nick Heidfeld
6 Vitaly Petrov
7 Jenson Button
8 Michael Schumacher
9 Kamui Kobayashi
10 Paul diResta
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Jesus, HRT. Seriously?
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:10 AM   #14
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Seems like half points could be quite possible again considering that forecast...thanks again to bernies superior scheduling, what would we do without him
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Friday Practice 2

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Pos  Driver               Team                     Time               Laps
 1.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault         1m36.876s            24
 2.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes         1m36.881s  + 0.005   30
 3.  Lewis Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes         1m37.010s  + 0.134   23
 4.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault         1m37.090s  + 0.214   30
 5.  Michael Schumacher   Mercedes                 1m38.088s  + 1.212   26
 6.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                  1m38.089s  + 1.213   31
 7.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes                 1m38.565s  + 1.689   25
 8.  Nick Heidfeld        Renault                  1m38.570s  + 1.694   16
 9.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                  1m38.583s  + 1.707   27
10.  Jaime Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1m38.846s  + 1.970   31
11.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Cosworth        1m38.968s  + 2.092   25
12.  Rubens Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth        1m39.187s  + 2.311   30
13.  Vitaly Petrov        Renault                  1m39.267s  + 2.391   17
14.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari           1m39.398s  + 2.522   29
15.  Sergio Perez         Sauber-Ferrari           1m39.603s  + 2.727   34
16.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes     1m39.625s  + 2.749   31
17.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes     1m39.809s  + 2.933   28
18.  Sebastien Buemi      Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1m40.115s  + 3.239   31
19.  Timo Glock           Virgin-Cosworth          1m40.866s  + 3.990   24
20.  Jarno Trulli         Lotus-Renault            1m41.890s  + 5.014   19
21.  Narain Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth             1m43.197s  + 6.321   15
22.  Tonio Liuzzi         HRT-Cosworth             1m43.991s  + 7.115   14
23.  Heikki Kovalainen    Lotus-Renault            1m44.886s  + 8.010    4

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Matchett doesn't seem to understand that the tracks get swept every day, and that the tracks gain grip. Is this going to be like last year when they'd constantly state "OMG, the softs aren't going to last more than 3 laps!!!" and then race day it'd be fine? Having Leigh Diffy in was much nicer, and hearing them comment on how nice Schumi's lap was, then have Webber immediately run a second faster was funny.

I'm still not sure we've seen much real pace from anyone, although good to see that HRT ran relatively trouble free, minus Liuzzi messing up the gearbox on the rumble strips.
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What? I didn't watch practice, what did I miss?
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They had overflow issues with oil, so it looked like the car was blowing up.
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Matchett doesn't seem to understand that the tracks get swept every day, and that the tracks gain grip. Is this going to be like last year when they'd constantly state "OMG, the softs aren't going to last more than 3 laps!!!" and then race day it'd be fine? Having Leigh Diffy in was much nicer, and hearing them comment on how nice Schumi's lap was, then have Webber immediately run a second faster was funny.

I'm still not sure we've seen much real pace from anyone, although good to see that HRT ran relatively trouble free, minus Liuzzi messing up the gearbox on the rumble strips.

Well according to the BBC, they said there has not been any promotional races, thus the track not being clean.

This F1 lately has become a pussyfication of drivers.
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I understand that, but they were talking about all the rubber build up, like they couldn't just sweep it off track between sessions to get rid of it. I saw rubber build up, but it wasn't horrendous.
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Pirelli said last race that they were concerned that the rubber wasn't setting into the track, more of just laying on top of it.
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With the amount and intensity of the rain each day the track may not rubber in over the course of the weekend, which would lead to the rapid tire wear in theory but it always seems to work out come race time
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From http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/

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Pirelli tested out a more durable experimental compound during practice, something more approaching the old Bridgestones and possible conservative option for certain potential situations in future.

But most drivers were keen to spend time evaluating the soft tyre over long runs, to see how far it might go in the race. The Pirelli tyres shred, throwing off chunks of rubber and at the end of the session there was a substantial amount of “marbles” off line, which will discourage overtaking on race day.

The degradation on the tyres was very large; the difference between the first lap and later laps of a run was as much as eight seconds, even for the front runners, indicating that predictions of three of four pit stops for Sunday may prove accurate. With the Pirellis it is the rear tyres which go first. The soft tyre has a performance edge of around a second over the hard tyre, which makes it the tyre of choice for the race as well as qualifying, but the degradation is steep and getting them to last more than ten laps will be a challenge for many. This complicates the picture and getting the right strategy for the race will be tricky. Once again the cars which are gentlest on their tyres will be in the best shape.
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They should allow them to use it any time, more chances of them ****ing up with the buttons and crashing into the tire wall
Yeah, what a bunch of *beep*.
Champ Car's x seconds of push-to-pass or Indy Car's x times of use are much more interesting.
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Yeah, what a bunch of *beep*.
Champ Car's x seconds of push-to-pass or Indy Car's x times of use are much more interesting.
Thats exactly what KERS is.
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