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Old 03-05-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default Formula 1 2013 - Round 1: The Rolex Australian Grand Prix from Albert Park



March 15-17, 2013
58 Laps
5.303 km
307.574 km total distance
Last year's podium: Jenson Button (1), Sebastian Vettel (2), Lewis Hamilton (3)


The wait is over!

Winter testing is complete and we arrive at the first race of the season knowing very little about the pecking order, and we may not see the truth until P3 or qualifying. It’s safe to say last year’s frontrunners (RBR, Mclaren, Ferrari, and Lotus) should continue running at or near the front, but which of the mid-pack teams can surprise with their early form, and how much sandbagging have the frontrunners done?

Mercedes showed excellent pace over one lap, on the experimental soft tires, with Lewis Hamilton behind the wheel at the final test, albeit in much cooler conditions. Nico Rosberg also did well to top the overall testing timesheets with his fast laps on the final day. Will the W04 suffer the same tire-shredding degradation as its predecessor? Will those same tires that warm quickly in the cold overheat once the track temperatures rise?

Williams’ Pastor Maldonado and rookie Valtteri Bottas landed squarely in the top-5 on the penultimate day of testing, but logged only 65 laps between them. They also had to abandon their ultimately-illegal exhaust vain solution after discussions with the FIA, but they look comparatively strong thanks to some interesting developments, including a hollow front axle and a very short engine cover.

Sauber completed a quiet test period at the hands of Nico Hulkenberg and Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez. Will their car have the raw pace to harass the frontrunners or will they need to depend on shrewd strategy and tire management to snag some podiums again this year?

Force India welcomes back Adrian Sutil alongside Paul di Resta, the former finshing third on the time sheets on the penultimate test day, and the latter of which starts his fourth season with FIF1.

Caterham and Marussia look set for their own squabble as they field the least-experienced driver pairings overall and cars built more for durability rather than outright speed. Both are desperate to secure their first championship point on a race weekend.

The truth will soon be revealed through 58 laps of this temporary circuit…stay tuned! IBtoosoon



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Old 03-05-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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Whoohoo!!!!!!!

I wonder how the new coverage will be on NBC Sports?
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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I don't see it on the TV listings yet. This is supposed to be OTA on the network, no?
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:57 PM   #4
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FIOS has it listed as being on NBC Sports (not NBC), 1:30AM for the race on Sunday. No quali or practice listed yet.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:10 AM   #5
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JPM will podium!
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:29 AM   #6
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:33 AM   #7
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Excited for the first race !
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:13 PM   #8
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My picks...

1 Jenson Button
2 Sebastian Vettel
3 Lewis Hamilton
4 Mark Webber
5 Fernando Alonso
6 Kimi Raikkonen
7 Sergio Perez
8 Nico Rosberg
9 Felipe Massa
10 Adrian Sutil

Kind of throwing darts blindfolded but Jenson has a good record there...
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:15 AM   #9
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Whoohoo!!!!!!!

I wonder how the new coverage will be on NBC Sports?
It looks promising. They have had a bunch of commercials for the start of the season on Comcast.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:45 PM   #10
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:11 PM   #11
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Weather.com is predicting clear skies on Friday, 76 degrees. Saturday will have scattered showers, 71 degrees, and a 60% chance of rain. Sunday will be 68 degrees with a 40% chance of rain. Kinda throws a wrench in my picks if we have a wet qualifying!

http://www.weather.com/weather/weeke...+ASXX0075:1:AS

Weather Underground is forecasting a dry Friday and Saturday, showers moving in Saturday night, and a 50% chance of rain Sunday.

http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:00000.1.94868
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:47 PM   #12
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anyone catch the 'countdown to f1' that was on sunday night on nbc sports? looks like coverage might be decent, got the same announcers (minus varsha of course) with buxton still doing pit lane. happy to see live coverage and they will be airing both friday practice sessions!
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:51 PM   #13
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I am glad to see they kept some of the same announcers. Hopefully with Speed going off the air NBC Sports will pick up more motorsports with the same quality of coverage.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:45 AM   #14
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Sunday's forecast is now looking like overcast, but Saturday still looks like a wet mess.

And now, some pics (from Twitter):

This is the Williams front bulkhead. The yellow box a small laser transmitter (which I'm told is for measuring ride height).


Williams' fancy duct to feed air directly into the rear brake caliper. Thinking back, Lotus had a similar ducting at last year's British GP.

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Old 03-13-2013, 12:15 PM   #15
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Very cool pics!
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I bet those zip ties cost $50 a piece...... Lol
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I am usually always wrong at the first race. I had a dream that Hamilton and Vettel knocked each other off course and had to fight their way back through the field. Who knows?

1 Fernando Alonso
2 Jenson Button
3 Felipe Massa
4 Sebastian Vettel
5 Lewis Hamilton
6 Kimi Raikkonen
7 Mark Webber
8 Sergio Perez
9 Romain Grosjean
10 Paul diResta

Pole: Button
Fastest Lap: Hamilton
Most Positions Gained: diResta

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1 Jenson Button
2 Sebastian Vettel
3 Kimi Raikkonen
4 Fernando Alonso
5 Mark Webber
6 Lewis Hamilton
7 Felipe Massa
8 Sergio Perez
9 Nico Rosberg
10 Nico Hulkenberg
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:40 PM   #19
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I think this cranky b***h has it wrong.

http://blogs.espnf1.com/The_Inside_L...13/03/test.php

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Welcome to Australia. Everything here wants to kill you.

Whether it’s the giant spiders of doom, the hungry dingoes, or the bright glare of the cancer-causing sun, everything in Australia wants you to die. Lest you think you’re safe in the water, let me remind you of great white sharks, sting-rays, and rip tides.

Everything here wants to kill you.

Despite that (and the painful flight to get here), Australia has a booming tourist trade. Every day, people slink off their jumbo jets, stretch out their spines, and head for one of this massive island’s many attractions. One such attraction is the Australian Grand Prix, held in Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Well, we’d like to think it’s an attraction, but if you cast your eye over the local newspapers you’ll soon learn that the GP is something Australia endures. Sure, the tens of thousands of people who walk through the gates over the course of the race weekend appear to enjoy themselves, but if you believe the newspapers, F1 is a money-grabbing bogeyman designed to gouge Victoria’s public purse.

Guys, if you hate us so much, we’re perfectly happy to stop coming. After all, Australia needs Formula One more than F1 needs Australia.

It costs an absolute bomb to fly Down Under, no matter where in the world you’re coming from. Thanks to the exchange rate, Melbourne hotels are more expensive than Monaco. At least in Monaco you can stay in Nice, in Ventimiglia, in Menton. In Melbourne you’re pretty much restricted to staying in, ummm, Melbourne.

It’s not just hotels that bleed your wallet, either. Even Australian wine is more expensive to buy over here than it is overseas, which is something that has never made sense to me.

And it’s not like the teams benefit much from being in Australia. While we’re no longer a manufacturer-heavy sport, and the whole ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ shtick is little more than a tired adage, Australians buy Fords and Holdens. Neither brand has an F1 team. So what exactly are we selling?

No, the main beneficiary of the Aussie race is Australia, specifically the state of Victoria. TV coverage designed to sell an image of glamour is beamed into hundreds of thousands of homes around the world, prompting some of those watching to add Melbourne to their list of must-visit destinations. They buy into the glamour, they book their tickets, and they spend in Australia, whether or not F1 is in town.

Far from being the race everyone loves to attend, Melbourne is the race that – off the record – swathes of paddock people would love to skip if they could. But as the season-opener, that’s simply not an option. So lots of us time our flights to arrive on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, and depart in the early hours of Monday, saving on the over-inflated hotel costs and restaurant bills.

And when we do get here, we’re reminded of just how much we’re not wanted.

So Melbourne doesn’t want us. Fair enough. We’re too expensive, we add little of value, and we destroy the precious public resource that is Albert Park. But let’s flip that rhetoric on its head for a second.

Australia, you’re too expensive. You add little of value to the F1 calendar, and you don’t buy our cars. Everything here wants to kill us. So why should we keep on coming when Mexico and Thailand are keen to take your place?
I enjoyed my trip to Oz back in early 2011, despite an issue with customs (that drug dog is a LIAR!), and an inconsiderate Geoff Willis, I had a great time. It's not the best race for the fans to watch (or for photographers) because almost all the seats have you watching through a fence. I did get to meet Niki Lauda, though, and I got drunk on Itailan beer almost every night. Melbourne's a pretty city, too.

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:28 PM   #20
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The action starts in 24 hours! Until then, more pics...



Foam-filled crash structure











One of the reasons the STR will struggle to stay with the front runners is because they use aluminum uprights instead of carbon fiber. The extra unsprung weight makes a difference.







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here are my pics:

1 Kimi Raikkonen
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Sebastian Vettel
4 Fernando Alonso
5 Jenson Button
6 Mark Webber
7 Romain Grosjean
8 Felipe Massa
9 Sergio Perez
10 Nico Hulkenberg
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hahaha wow, i thought i was the only one who picked Jenson to win this race but it seams almost everyone did as well!!!!! My pics were:

1. Jenson
2. Vettel
3. Alonso
4. Lewis
5. Mark
6. Sergio
7. Kimi
8. Rosberg
9. Grosjean
10. Bottas

Pole: Kimi
Fastest lap: Sergio Perez
Positions gained: Grosjean

I predict kimi to kill it in quali but i do expect him to have an issue either with strategy or tire's falling off at the end of the race. I see Sergio getting a fast lap at the end of the race and Button doing either a 1 stop race to take the win. Believe Lewis will have a great race. Grosjean i see being top 5 till he goes 4 off and has to catch up to make it into the points. I also believe Bottas will have a point finish on his debut race as i know his aggressive smart driving will do well! I wanted to place Nico Hulkenberg and maybe one of the Force India cars in the top 10 as well as Massa but i dont know how well the sauber's are running this year and also, Its Massa, he never really starts strong.
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Is there a decent timing app this year? 2 years ago there was a good one, then all of a sudden it costs $33. Anyone using something free?
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Is there a decent timing app this year? 2 years ago there was a good one, then all of a sudden it costs $33. Anyone using something free?
Was wondering the same thing! 2 years ago it was soo sick! It worked well with no bugs and it did exactly what i wanted to do, follow the race, w/ sector times etc. Last year i was soo pissed when it was $33 for it. There was also a free one available last year but it sucked and crashed 95% of the time so was never able to really use it!
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is this for live timing? do any of these apps allow replay of the timing for syncing with a recorded race?
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