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post #481 of 907
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From the beeb:
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Lewis Hamilton's 2013 car, the Mercedes AMG W04, will resemble a Red Bull. It features an ultra-small gearbox and has passed its crash tests. The team need to improve by three seconds to race at the front and half that margin has already been closed, if the wind tunnel figures are correct.

BTW, I had the thread title changed so we don't have to swap threads every year and can just keep this one ongoing.
post #482 of 907
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This was an interesting read:


http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/01/27/nigel-mansell-nelson-piquet-brazilian-tv-interview/

and continues here

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/01/26/nigel-mansell-nelson-piquet-f1-rivalry/


Rather hate Nelson Piquet though.
post #483 of 907
INteresting, however things were safer in the 80s-90s than in the 60s-70s. Wahhh wahhh

BUt how can you not adore Piquet with gems like this:
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Showing the same appetite for controversy Piquet used his latest interview to bring up a recent remark of his about another driver he never got on with:

“Another day a journalist asked me, ‘being honest, who was the best, you and [Ayrton] Senna?’”

“I said: ‘I’m alive…’”

Another interesting story, this one on potential musical chairs among technical directors at some serious teams ahead of 2014: http://formula-one.speedtv.com/article/cooper-niki-lauda-and-the-brawn-lowe-saga-at-mercedes
Edited by Joffrey - 1/30/13 at 8:57pm
post #484 of 907
I haven't kept up with this thread nor F1 for a few weeks/months now - been focused on other things in life but it seems I'm back/on my way back to track with this...

Just read somewhere today that Paddy Lowe (tech.dir. for McLaren) is moving to Mercedes? Maybe following Hammy, more opportunities to make change, or Brawn sweet talked him. Paddy knows his sh1t very well... not suprised he's wanted.

I mentioned 'following Hammy' because everytime i've heard him speak to compare Hammy and Button, he seemed to favor the Hamster more the way he talked. Maybe just my own view on things.


In other news.... Force India still doesn't have a 2nd driver? Hopefully they'll announce it this weekend during practice.
post #485 of 907
He probably followed the money more than Hamilton. Not sure how I feel about Mercedes. They've had an odd off season. Re force india, theiy two owners Vijay Mallya and Sahara guy have both had major financial issues in India. No idea what will happen to them
post #486 of 907
I don't see how Mercedes can succeed with Lauda, Wolff, and Brawn "in charge" of the team. I suspect there will be bloodletting before things get better. Also, Lowe was technical director at McLaren, but Mercedes already have three technical directors. How does that work?
post #487 of 907
Yeah, I read a tidbit about Vijay's financial issues.... sucks, FI is beginning to be a good team - let's hope they keep it together. Sutil was testing this past weekend and an F1 article quoted him somewhere along the lines of "...my manager and I have made it very easy for FI to make a decision..." (not verbatim!) so... Sutil may be back. Interesting to see the animosity between him and Hammy

@SB - yeah... it seems Merc is loading up with alot of brain, promising alot of brawn - ha! no pun intended.

And why is Lauda clinging to F1 for dear life? is he bored or still trying to get fame on his way to out.....out.. ?
Everytime I see/hear him speak or interview somebody I want to punch myself for watching then I want to punch him.
Just my POV, he annoys me.
post #488 of 907
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McLaren to use Honda engines in 2015:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/21655985

Nice to see a manufacturer return. I've always wondered why VAG has never joined F1. Seems a good fit.


Also:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/21641411


LH is the fastest driver in F1, hands down.
post #489 of 907
Comparisons of short- and long-run deltas for each team suggest that Mercedes were running less fuel during their short runs than the other quick teams. He is quick, but it would be extraordinary for Mercedes to make up that much time on the leaders given the relative stability in the rules from 2012 to 2013. Not saying it's impossible, but it's unlikely, especially in light of their previous muddled seasons.
post #490 of 907
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

Comparisons of short- and long-run deltas for each team suggest that Mercedes were running less fuel during their short runs than the other quick teams. He is quick, but it would be extraordinary for Mercedes to make up that much time on the leaders given the relative stability in the rules from 2012 to 2013. Not saying it's impossible, but it's unlikely, especially in light of their previous muddled seasons.

+1

Hopeless against the Red Bulls. I think Ferrari will be #2 next season, but I think LH will smoke Rosberg.
post #491 of 907
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I think LH will smoke Rosberg.

I believe this, too. It will be interesting to watch.
post #492 of 907
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^ I actually like when drivers switch teams for this very reason. It's fascinating to find out how fast a guy really is compared to a teammate.
post #493 of 907
good reads, thanks for the links smile.gif

There was a few mentioning that Hammy and Rosberg were old teammates pre-F1.... curious about the dynamics now of their relationship when the #1 and #2 Drivers are realized.

Nico wasn't bothered much by Schumacher.... but not sure about Lewis.




Last year's races were so close, attributed by most to new tires... since it'll be Pirelli's 2nd season, I hope noone figures out tire configs until late, to keep the races close/interesting. Even the boring circuits last year had me on the edge of my seat.
post #494 of 907
Schumacher's hiatus coincided with a complete change in the cars and amount of testing. I doubt Nico could have lived with him had he not taken the time off. But, in the end, we'll never know.

Tires are supposed to be less edgy this year, but also less durable and with a much wider gap in performance between the two tires at each race. I think we're in for a good 'un.
post #495 of 907
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Hmmm. Australia practice 2. Rosberg quicker than Hamilton. 2 seconds separate the top 10, that's an eternity. McLaren NOT IN THE TOP 10.


Second Practice top ten

1. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull - 1:25.908

2. Mark Webber - Red Bull - 1:26.172

3. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes - 1:26.322

4. Kimi Raikkonen - Lotus - 1:26.361

5. Romain Grosjean - Lotus - 1:26.680

6. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari - 1:26.748

7. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - 1:26.772

8. Felipe Massa - Ferrari - 1:26.855

9. Adrian Sutil - Force India - 1:27.435

10. Nico Hulkenberg - Sauber - 1:28.187
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