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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:11 pm 
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I think that Red bull will be in the top half but no more...Rosberg for pole


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:20 pm 
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Top half of the grid as in top 12?? I honestly think they will have both cars in top 5, although what positions i do not know. I'd love Schumacher to go for pole. With slight fan bias, ill go for a Schumacher pole, and Button 2nd.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:23 pm 
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My top 3

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:24 pm 
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I think Macca are clearly ahead at the moment. RB and Merc just behind, possibly with Alonso getting into the mix with a top 5 spot. The Ferrari seems like it'll be a good qualifier, though, so row 2 may be attainable by either car. Race pace is still a question mark.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:41 pm 
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I think that Merc is seriously quick, don't forget Schuey's FP1 time was set long before the 2 macca's on a drying track, meaning its relatively quicker than it looks.

It was telling that Christian Horner said they've never done a light run in the Red Bull yet, sounds somewhat ominous but we can't tell a) is he telling porkies & b) which of the other teams have done similar?

I'd say that Force India time is probably indicative that they've likely made a big step forward, and maybe I'd give them an outside chance of beating Ferrari and Renault possibly, although that Ferrari looks fairly quick on the rare lap when it doesn't step out of line so who knows what Fernando can do with it.

Can't say I'd back Massa to do well in a car he can't have any confidence in though.

Its going to be very interesting to see where they all are come tomorrow, we'll be 20% of the way through the season before these teams can get any meaningful updates on the cars back in europe, so if any of the bigger teams have lost out to some of the smaller teams it could have a huge impact on their season as a whole.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:55 pm 
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I hope I'm wrong, but I'm convinced Red Bull will still be top of the pile. They haven't done any low fuel charges like several of the other teams have, and are really keeping their cards to their chests. Their car looks extremely advanced aerodynamically.

I don't think Merc will bother the top two gridslots, even though I'd like to see them mixing it with the big guns.

I believe this year's changes will be taking place behind Red Bull and McLaren.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:10 pm 
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It's interesting to read the predictions that Red Bull will not be at the front. After two years of dominance, I'll have to see it to believe it. I'm not saying it won't happen. In fact, at some point, it definitely will happen. I'm just not so sure that this is that point.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:12 pm 
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Centauri wrote:
I hope I'm wrong, but I'm convinced Red Bull will still be top of the pile. They haven't done any low fuel charges like several of the other teams have, and are really keeping their cards to their chests. Their car looks extremely advanced aerodynamically.

I don't think Merc will bother the top two gridslots, even though I'd like to see them mixing it with the big guns.

I believe this year's changes will be taking place behind Red Bull and McLaren.


I agree. It will be business as usual tomorrow morning. I also hope that I'm wrong, but unfortunately...I never am :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:50 pm 
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I do share the view that Macca seem to be over promising a bit and Merc a bit underprominsing. Redbull to be in top 6..but maybe not front row


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:56 pm 
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it'll be either a McLaren or a Merc IMHO... Maybe a Vettel Banzai lap could succeed in causing a surprise.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:56 pm 
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Still got pratice three to worry about first.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:57 pm 
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sandman1347 wrote:
It's interesting to read the predictions that Red Bull will not be at the front. After two years of dominance, I'll have to see it to believe it. I'm not saying it won't happen. In fact, at some point, it definitely will happen. I'm just not so sure that this is that point.


In recent history has any team built a dominate car 3 years in a row? I can't think of one. Of course this doesn't mean Red Bull won't buck the trend but history is against them.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:02 pm 
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With no bias whatsoever, Schumacher on pole 3 seconds faster than anyone.

Nahh, I reckon Vettel will take pole, with Hamilton and Webber behind.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:04 pm 
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If Mercedes have really improved then I see Rosberg in top 3, Schumi maybe 4


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:12 pm 
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It's all guessing right now. Only about 12 more hours of waiting.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:24 pm 
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OOOOMMMGG!!!

F1 season is starting !!!!!!!

Anyway i bet on Rosberg....he's good at QF's...

Or Vettel...


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:31 pm 
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fresh wrote:
I do share the view that Macca seem to be over promising a bit and Merc a bit underprominsing. Redbull to be in top 6..but maybe not front row


Agree, guess we will see tomorrow if it turns out to be true.
If Merc turns out to be seriously fast and Macca falls to row 2 I will be seriously lol-ing.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:35 pm 
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Red Bull packing away their practice spec.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:37 pm 
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Id say its between Button, Raikonen (renault sandbagging so far), rosberg and Vettel (they always have something in the bag).

In that order


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:39 pm 
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mikeyg123 wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
It's interesting to read the predictions that Red Bull will not be at the front. After two years of dominance, I'll have to see it to believe it. I'm not saying it won't happen. In fact, at some point, it definitely will happen. I'm just not so sure that this is that point.


In recent history has any team built a dominate car 3 years in a row? I can't think of one. Of course this doesn't mean Red Bull won't buck the trend but history is against them.


Ferrari is the Schumi era? That was pretty dominant :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:40 pm 
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"I was attacking for sure. I was not sleeping but the conditions were difficult," explained the double World Champion.

Alonso already starting to throw the toys out of the bag???!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:41 pm 
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Gintynm wrote:
mikeyg123 wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
It's interesting to read the predictions that Red Bull will not be at the front. After two years of dominance, I'll have to see it to believe it. I'm not saying it won't happen. In fact, at some point, it definitely will happen. I'm just not so sure that this is that point.


In recent history has any team built a dominate car 3 years in a row? I can't think of one. Of course this doesn't mean Red Bull won't buck the trend but history is against them.


Ferrari is the Schumi era? That was pretty dominant :lol:


Until Di Montezemolo took the team in his own hands :lol:

And gave control to Domenicali :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:51 pm 
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1: Hamilton
2: Vettel
3: Button
4 : Rosberg

I think mclaren look incredibly strong.

I do beleive we have alot more to see yet and teams are not showing there hands. I dont take much from the 2 fp1 or fp2.

any how roll on qually !

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:51 pm 
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Gintynm wrote:
mikeyg123 wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
It's interesting to read the predictions that Red Bull will not be at the front. After two years of dominance, I'll have to see it to believe it. I'm not saying it won't happen. In fact, at some point, it definitely will happen. I'm just not so sure that this is that point.


In recent history has any team built a dominate car 3 years in a row? I can't think of one. Of course this doesn't mean Red Bull won't buck the trend but history is against them.


Ferrari is the Schumi era? That was pretty dominant :lol:


01-02 dominant car and 2004 as well but that's not three years in a row which is what i said.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:12 pm 
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For those of us who haven't historically followed practice much, can we expect FP3 to have the teams showing their hand a lot more than today? Or will they still be fannying about until Quali?

I will say though, the likes of Force India and Merc look promising, you don't get that high up the timesheets without having some pace, even if Red Bull and Macca were sandbagging, I wouldn't be surprised if those two teams are #3 and #4 at worst in the pecking order once Seb pulls his trousers down and shows us what he's got.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:24 pm 
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Pritchard wrote:
For those of us who haven't historically followed practice much, can we expect FP3 to have the teams showing their hand a lot more than today? Or will they still be fannying about until Quali?




The top teams will still have their engines turned down, they won't be on full whack until Q3. But FP3 gives a bit of an indicator as driver's will want to find the limits albeit in the top teams with their engines turned down. That's if it's dry anyway, if it's wet it's a different story.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:27 pm 
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Pritchard wrote:
For those of us who haven't historically followed practice much, can we expect FP3 to have the teams showing their hand a lot more than today? Or will they still be fannying about until Quali?

I will say though, the likes of Force India and Merc look promising, you don't get that high up the timesheets without having some pace, even if Red Bull and Macca were sandbagging, I wouldn't be surprised if those two teams are #3 and #4 at worst in the pecking order once Seb pulls his trousers down and shows us what he's got.


If the conditions are "good", they most probably will do a few semi-quali runs with reasonably low fuel and s-tires. Also Mercedes does look reasonably strong indeed but Force India in my opinion is still in the higher midfield, just behind Lotus and about the same as Sauber. So if it will be sunny tomorrow, I think we can have a better view on the pecking order after P3.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:39 pm 
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would be happy tomorrow if there is no redbull on pole. specially not Vettel


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:53 pm 
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After 2 years of dominating, I'd have to see Red Bull, being toppled to believe it

So
1.Vettel
2.Hamilton
3.Button
4.Rosberg.
5.Webber
6. Alonso

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:08 pm 
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Wishful thinking from me, but one can dreams, and sometimes dreams turn into reality! :twisted:

1 Schumi
2 Kimi
3 Rosberg
4 Vettel

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1. Button
2. Hamilton
3. Webber

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:22 pm 
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We just don't know yet! That's the truth. Gunning for a Hamilton pole, but don't think you can just rule out seb! Any of macca, red bull, merc, alonso have a shot at the minute as I see it!

How about someone in top 10 to qualify on the harder tyre, and throw a spanner in the works come race day! CAN NOT WAIT. I love f1.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:30 pm 
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For all those who still blindly think Ferrari is buffing :lol: :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmTp7pu6 ... re=related


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fresh wrote:
I think that Red bull will be in the top half but no more...Rosberg for pole


I really do hope Schumis speeds are a true show that the car is competitive. Id love to see Merc GP pull of a Brawn GP with Schumi leading the way.

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My top 5

1. Vettel
2. Hamilton
3. Alonso
4. Button
5. Webber


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My top 5 for Qualifying (not in any kind of order, just naming top 5)

Sebastian Vettel
Kimi Räikkönen
Jenson Button
Michael Schumacher
Mark Webber

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:23 am 
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too early to predict for me, too many teams playing games still.

Dream qualy result*:

1 Kimi
2 Button
3 Alonso
4 Rosberg
5 De Resta


24/Pit lane start Hamlton






*i know its wont happen, but i have a good chance of 3 out of 5 being up there.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:13 am 
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If Vettel gets pole all of a sudden by more than half a second, I'll calmly turn off my TV and write off the season.


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jimbo-macca wrote:
1: Hamilton
2: Vettel
3: Button
4 : Rosberg

I think mclaren look incredibly strong.

I do beleive we have alot more to see yet and teams are not showing there hands. I dont take much from the 2 fp1 or fp2.

any how roll on qually !

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I agree with you....


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Sadly I think it will be Vettel...

All though I do think Mercedes will be in the top 6 and the top four will include both McLaren's.


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