Skip to comments.2011 Australian Grand Prix - Live Thread
Posted on 03/24/2011 4:06:12 PM PDT by Chode
AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Venue: Albert Park, Melbourne
Date: Sunday 27 March
Lap length: 3.295 miles
Race laps: 58
2010 winner: Jenson Button (McLaren)
First grand prix: 1996
Fri Cloudy 17c
Sat Cloudy 18c
Sun Cloudy 20c
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The Australian Grand Prix may be moved from its traditional home in Melbourne as fears grow over the future of the race. The Albert Park street circuit - which plays host to Sunday's season-opener - has staged the event since 1996 but mounting financial losses have raised doubts about its viability.
Full story: the Times (subscription required)
Formula 1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone has launched a stinging attack on Jean Todt, boss of motor racing's governing body the FIA. Todt took over as president of the FIA in 2009 after Ecclestone's former lawyer and friend Max Mosley resigned. Ecclestone called Todt "a poor man's Max" and described the Frenchman's efforts to make the sport more environmentally friendly as a "complete joke".
i might have a heart attack... i actually agree with the little prick!!!
Red Bull driver Mark Webber has warned F1's rule makers they risk destroying the "purity" of the sport after introducing a host of measures designed to liven up races. In the 2011 campaign drivers will have to cope with new moveable rear wings and the reintroduction of the Kers power boost system, as well as a new tyre supplier in Pirelli.
Full story: Daily Mail
But new F1 tyre supplier Pirelli believes the introduction of faster-wearing tyres to the sport should make strategy and tactics a major factor in deciding Sunday's Australian Grand Prix. Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said: "It would be fantastic for the sport if maybe some of the teams not normally in the top four could come up with a strategy that allows them to get on the podium, and maybe cause a mini upset." (AP)
The FIA has extended the moveable rear wing overtaking zone to before the final corner of the Albert Park circuit for Sunday's grand prix. The zone, which is the only place on the track where drivers will be able to use their moveable wing in the race, will now start from just before the final turn on to the start-finish straight.
Full story: autosport.com
Webber has taken a swipe at Lewis Hamilton after the McLaren driver described Red Bull Racing as "just a drinks company." Hamilton was referring to the fact Red Bull upset the natural order last year by winning both the drivers' and constructors' championships in only their sixth season. Unsure as to their longevity in F1 in comparison to Ferrari and his McLaren team, Hamilton said: "I am certain both teams will do everything in their power to make sure they can remain at the top. But I have no clue what Red Bull are planning to do because they are not a manufacturer, they are a drinks company." Asked for some thoughts ahead of his fifth season with Red Bull, Webber's initial reply was: "Well, we're just a drinks company in the end!"
Full story: sportinglife.com
Mercedes' seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher, who struggled on his return to the sport last season after a three-year absence, has warned his rivals to expect the real deal this season. Schumacher says he will have "no-one to blame" but himself if he does not perform.
Full story: Daily Telegraph
Britain's Paul di Resta knows he has a fight on his hands to help drag Force India towards respectability this season. The Scottish rookie says the team's goal at the start of the year was for a fifth or sixth-placed finish in the constructors' championship but now concedes that is "going to be difficult".
Full story: Press Association via planet-f1.com
Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne reports that there has been rain at the venue for the opening race of the seaon, Albert Park. However, he says "the rest of the weekend is forecast to be dry, with Sunday forecast to be sunny and warm".
Full story: Mike Gascoyne on Twitter
Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi wants Formula One to use its global appeal to help support people suffering from this month's destructive earthquake and tsunami. Kobayashi, who will drive for Sauber in Sunday's Melbourne Grand Prix, said: "The situation in Japan is really bad and if the GPDA [Grand Prix Drivers' Association] and FIA [Federation Internationale de l'Automobile] can help us, we need the help." (AFP)
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Nico Rosberg for DWC and Ferrari or RB for CWC.
Schumi gets trounced this year just like last year.
Webbo declines, Massa lackluster, Jens & Hami limited by car.
Heidfeld surprises, Petrov dissapoints. Alonso is really good and can not be counted out but, in the end, it will be Seb vs Nico for the WC.
I’m hoping to find the first session on ustream or justin.tv
Moveable wings? Like Grantelli’s break flap on the 1967 Turbine car? Or variable angle depending on whether the car is cornering or on a straight? Better hope it doesn’t flatten out in a fast sweeper!
i think this is a better link:
Sauber’s car may be a suprise. Not a Red Bull or Ferrari but pretty good.
Nick Heidfeld is a very good driver and the Renault last year had some good races. Ross Brawn in preseason may have been sand bagging.
It is a crappy new Herman Tilke track. Dump all these new tracks as they suck. Monza, Spa, Silverstone (prefer Brands Hatch), Suzuka are about the only decent ones. Montreal is okay as is Interlagos and San Marino. Monza is kind of a processional bore.
I’m really looking forward to the SpeedTV HD coverage of the second session!!
Thanks for the ping.
Wow, not even 2 minutes into the very first session of the 2011 season and Chandhok stuffs the Lotus into the wall near turn 4. That’s got to be some kind of record.
Where is the updates for practice times?
Vettel Vettel Vettel....and Alonso.
It is a shame that Kimi will probably never come back to F1. He was probably the fastest F1 driver in teh past 15 years.
Schumacher is back in F1 - why would Kimi not be back as well in a year or two? He’s young enough for that. I too would like to him slice and dice again.
|6||7||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP||1:26.590||0.736||31|
|10||8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP||1:27.448||1.594||23|
|16||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:28.376||2.522||33|
|17||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:28.583||2.729||31|
|23||23||Vitantonio Liuzzi||HRT-Cosworth||No time||1|
|24||22||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||No time||0|
Watching qualifying on DVR and they mentioned that Kubica is making ‘phenomenal’ strides in his recovery and might even be able to come back *this season*. Wow, I thought his career was done, great news!
|Pos||Country||Driver||Car||Team||Grid||Fastest lap||Race time||Points|
|1||germany||Sebastian Vettel||1||Red Bull-Renault||1||1:29.844||1:29:30.259||25|
|2||great britain||Lewis Hamilton||3||McLaren-Mercedes||2||1:30.314||+00:22.297||18|
|3||russian federation||Vitaly Petrov||10||Renault||6||1:30.064||+00:30.560||15|
|5||australia||Mark Webber||2||Red Bull-Renault||3||1:29.600||+00:38.171||10|
|6||great britain||Jenson Button||4||McLaren-Mercedes||4||1:29.883||+00:54.304||8|
|8||switzerland||Sebastien Buemi||18||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||10||1:30.836||lapped||4|
|9||germany||Adrian Sutil||14||Force India-Mercedes||16||1:31.526||lapped||2|
|10||great britain||Paul Di Resta||15||Force India-Mercedes||14||1:31.941||lapped||1|
|11||spain||Jaime Alguersuari||19||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||12||1:30.467||lapped|
|15||germany||Timo Glock||24||Virgin-Cosworth||21||1:35.789||retired, 49 laps|
|16||brazil||Rubens Barrichello||11||Williams-Cosworth||17||1:31.404||retired, 48 laps|
|17||germany||Nico Rosberg||8||Mercedes GP||7||1:33.503||retired, 22 laps|
|18||germany||Michael Schumacher||7||Mercedes GP||11||1:35.319||retired, 19 laps|
|19||finland||Heikki Kovalainen||20||Lotus-Renault||19||1:34.918||retired, 19 laps|
|20||venezuela||Pastor Maldonado||12||Williams-Cosworth||15||1:34.102||retired, 9 laps|
Shame about the Saubers getting DSQ’d. Read the news blurb on formula1.com, something about a rear wing surface, but it wasn’t particularly detailed.
Ferrari has hired a former commander of the Italian national aircraft aerobatic team to help improve their teamwork and communication in 2011.
Full story: autosport.com
Extending the Australian theme to naming his new car following the belated start to the 2011 season, Sebastian Vettel has apparently decided to call his new Red Bull 'Kinky Kylie'.
Full story: crash.net
Force India reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg has become the first driver to fall victim of the FIA stewards in 2011, when the German driver was caught driving 2.5 km/h above the pit lane speed limit.
Full story: pitpass.com
As a result of the Singapore race-fixing scandal, the FIA has adopted a new registration system to 'preserve the safety and the image of the FIA Formula One World Championship'. All Formula One teams will be required to nominate a number of senior team members to register with the FIA at the start of each season. Registered team members will be granted a formal certificate and be required to comply with the new FIA Code of Good Standing, starting at the beginning of the 2011 season.
Full story: The FIA
Yep, that’s pretty much exactly the text of the post on formula1.com. No wait, that’s *exactly* the text of that post. The BBC must’ve been too lazy to write their own copy.
Now, I’d say I’m a technically inclined guy, but that does not really help me understand what’s the issue with Sauber’s wing. I guess it will be explained in greater detail in the coming days.
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