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2012 Australian Grand Prix - Live Thread
Chode ^ | 3/15/12 | Chode

Posted on 03/15/2012 4:36:47 PM PDT by Chode

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Venue: Albert Park, Melbourne
Date: Sunday 18 March
Lap length: 3.295 miles
Race laps: 58
First grand prix: 1996
Lap Record: 1:24.125 - M Schumacher (2004)

Fri Cloudy 22c

Sat Pt/Sunny 21c

Sun Pt/Sunny 22c


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: f1; formulaone; grandprix

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1 posted on 03/15/2012 4:36:53 PM PDT by Chode
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To: Chode; atc23; Bad~Rodeo; Betis70; bobby.223; bobt7818; BreezyDog; brf1; briankk; cld51860; ...
UP...!!!

if i missed anybody pls let me know

2 posted on 03/15/2012 4:38:53 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
Stuff...

Sebastian Vettel has warned his rivals he is hungry for more success in Formula 1 as he bids to secure a third consecutive World Championship title. "I have never had to ask myself the question, do I want this again or why am I here? Nothing has changed," Vettel says. "I am still hungry, and I am still getting upset when there is someone else beating me - which is a good thing for sure."

Full story: Autosport 

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso believes first few rounds of the 2012 season could be a struggle for his team, but he is confident they can resolve their development struggles before it is too late. "Sure, we will have to grit our teeth for the first few races, but first of all, we have to see exactly where we are in terms of being competitive and then give our all to bring home as many points as possible in this early stage of the championship," Alonso says.

Full story : Formula1.com 

Kimi Raikkonen will not bow to convention as he prepares to make F1 race return with Lotus in Melbourne. "I do what I want," Raikkonen tells the paper. "If I want to go out and have fun with my friends I can. There's no one who tells me I'm not allowed to do it. As long as you do your work at 100 per cent then I don't see the problem."

Full story: the Telegraph 

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has said Ferrari should appoint someone like Red Bull design legend Adrian Newey as an answer to their current woes. He believes Ferrari's problems are not from a lack of leadership, but are more technical and that someone like Newey could change their fortunes.

Full story: Corriere dello Sport (in Italian) 

There are going to be some big surprises during the early part of the season, according to Lotus boss Eric Boullier. "Yes, it is going to be a freaky one! Qualifying in Melbourne and the first races are going to be unpredictable. The tyres are going to make things very interesting. If you push too hard in qualifying then you are going to be screwed for the first part of the race - and if you pit too early it may mean you need to make an extra stop."

Full story : Autosport 

Damon Hill has said he understood why something "cracked" for Lewis Hamilton last year, but believes he will be back to his best in 2012: "Lewis was a child prodigy - this is the problem. When you have been brought up from an early age to be a product, at some point something will crack. It is an artificial, overprotective development. It is almost a form of brain-washing and not healthy for anyone. I really hope Lewis has found what he has been looking for. It certainly looks as though he is settled."

Full story: the Sun 

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that last season he did not get the balance right between socialising and focusing on his job. "It's all about sacrifices," he says. "It's about the travelling that you do, the decisions you make in your life, keeping your focus when you're training, not wasting energy. If I get a call from a friend saying, 'Why don't you come out tonight?' I stay at home ready to get up and train. Last year there were quite a few times when I went out and enjoyed myself."

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Another from Lewis. This time he believes his recent move to Monaco has helped increase his feel-good factor ahead of the new Formula 1 season.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says he is "realistic" about the team "not reaching our targets" in terms of the performance of the new F2012 car. He says the team are still working on the "extreme" exhaust design that they had to abandon after it overheated the rear tyres at the first pre-season test. A revised version will be tried at the Mugello test after the fourth race of the season.

Full story: Ferrari website 

Robert Kubica has returned to the cockpit for the first time since his rallying accident more than a year ago. The Polish driver took to the wheel of a Skoda Fabia for a test on Thursday in Genoa.

Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog 

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he would "welcome" a budget cap restricting the spending of the top teams compared to the level of the smaller teams as a way of allieviating the financial problems being encountered by a number of outfits. He also adds that it would be a "surprise" if Sebastian Vettel did not win a third consecutive world title this year.

Full story: Formula1.com 

F1 race director Charlie Whiting says it is "quite likely" the regulations restricting exhausts will have to be tightened again at the end of this season, despite major restrictions being introduced this year to stop the teams using exhausts for aerodynamic effect.

Full story: FIA 

Michael Schumacher has insisted he remains one of the best drivers in the world. "I was out [of F1] for three years, I'm now 43 and I don't know if I can compare myself to when I was 30," he said. "But I know I'm still one of the best in the world, that I'm motivated, that I enjoy myself and that most people are happy to have me still in F1."

Full story: Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian, requires subscription) 

3 posted on 03/15/2012 4:40:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Yes! I’ve been waiting months for this. Albert Park is one of my favorite cicuits so Bernie can go screw himself.


4 posted on 03/15/2012 6:43:48 PM PDT by henkster (Andrew Breitbart would not have apologized.)
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To: henkster
yup... when Bernie goes down for the dirt nap, the grass will never stand a chance
5 posted on 03/15/2012 6:48:14 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
LOL very true

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6 posted on 03/16/2012 12:16:04 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Chode
The Wizards of OZ

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7 posted on 03/16/2012 2:02:31 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee

I want to move there.


8 posted on 03/16/2012 2:06:21 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: Elle Bee


9 posted on 03/16/2012 4:39:28 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
2nd Practice

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:29.183 16
2 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:29.292 0.109 19
3 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.199 1.016 23
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:30.341 1.158 13
5 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.709 1.526 14
6 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:31.466 2.283 13
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:31.505 2.322 14
8 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:31.932 2.749 16
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.184 3.001 17
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.194 3.011 19
11 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.296 3.113 20
12 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:32.632 3.449 17
13 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:32.767 3.584 15
14 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:32.822 3.639 11
15 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.039 3.856 18
16 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.252 4.069 11
17 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:34.108 4.925 21
18 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:34.275 5.092 7
19 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:34.312 5.129 17
20 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:34.485 5.302 29
21 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:34.604 5.421 31
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:34.770 5.587 13
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:42.627 13.444 16
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth No time 1

10 posted on 03/16/2012 3:15:56 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Vermont Lt

One of my college roomates worked there for three years. He loves Australia.


11 posted on 03/16/2012 8:41:44 PM PDT by henkster (Andrew Breitbart would not have apologized.)
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To: Chode

Schumi looks strong and consistent in all 3 practice sessions. Not sure he has the stamina for the whole race.


12 posted on 03/16/2012 8:45:13 PM PDT by henkster (Andrew Breitbart would not have apologized.)
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To: henkster
i'm just curious what the fuel loads are/who is running in race trim?
13 posted on 03/16/2012 8:57:48 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: henkster

Back in the late eighties we had an operation in Sydney. Every year four or five of our higher mid level managers would go down under for a two year assignment. On average, one would come back.


14 posted on 03/16/2012 9:24:31 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: Chode
Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.800 1:25.626 1:24.922 14
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.832 1:25.663 1:25.074 15
3 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.498 1:25.845 1:25.302 21
4 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:26.586 1:25.571 1:25.336 18
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.117 1:26.297 1:25.651 17
6 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.773 1:25.982 1:25.668 18
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.763 1:25.469 1:25.686 16
8 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:26.803 1:26.206 1:25.908 20
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:27.464 1:26.314 1:26.451 18
10 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:27.024 1:26.319 No time 16
11 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:26.493 1:26.429 12
12 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.688 1:26.494 12
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.182 1:26.590 12
14 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:27.004 1:26.663 16
15 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:27.469 1:27.086 16
16 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.633 1:27.497 16
17 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.596 11
18 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:27.758 9
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:28.679 7
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:29.018 8
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.923 10
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.670 9
DNQ 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:33.495 6
DNQ 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:33.643 6
Q1 107% Time 1:32.214

15 posted on 03/17/2012 6:20:21 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Schumacher was the best starter last year, always made up a number of places. Hamilton, not so much. Could get interesting tomorrow.


16 posted on 03/17/2012 8:35:01 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Moltke
yup... and six champions on the track at the same time has got to be a record!
17 posted on 03/17/2012 8:54:19 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Moltke

One of the things I look forward to at the start of the season is resuming the pre-race race pool with my sons:

We guess how many spots Webber will have lost by the time he exits turn 1.

Considering he’s back a bit I say only two this race.


18 posted on 03/17/2012 9:58:26 AM PDT by henkster (Andrew Breitbart would not have apologized.)
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To: henkster

I think he’s been doing that on purpose - to roll up the field from behind later. That race in Montreal last year was one of the best in years. OK, the wheather played a big role, but still.

Anyone else relieved the cars don’t sound like a flock of vuvuzelas anymore?


19 posted on 03/17/2012 10:32:16 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Chode
Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 Winner 2 25
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 58 +2.1 secs 6 18
3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 +4.0 secs 1 15
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 58 +4.5 secs 5 12
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 +21.5 secs 12 10
6 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 58 +36.7 secs 13 8
7 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 58 +38.0 secs 17 6
8 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 58 +39.4 secs 22 4
9 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 58 +39.5 secs 10 2
10 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 58 +39.7 secs 15 1
11 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 58 +39.8 secs 11
12 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 58 +57.6 secs 7
13 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 57 Accident 8
14 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 20
15 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 53 +5 Laps 21
16 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 52 +6 Laps 14
Ret 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 46 +12 Laps 16
Ret 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 38 +20 Laps 18
Ret 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 34 +24 Laps 19
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 10 +48 Laps 4
Ret 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1 Accident 3
Ret 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 0 +58 Laps 9
DNS 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth
DNS 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth

20 posted on 03/18/2012 5:56:25 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode


21 posted on 03/18/2012 5:58:13 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: henkster

Oh, my bad. I was thinking of Button, not Webber (doing the catching up after first falling back in Montreal). But Webber certainly stayed true yesterday and lost a few places at the start.


22 posted on 03/19/2012 3:04:01 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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