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Round 1: Australian GP: FP,QWF,RACE thread


By De Jokke
March 6 2014

With an intense winter testing concluded, teams are now heading to Melbourne for the first GP of the F1 2014 season. Mercedes seems to have the best engine package, Renault the worst with Ferrari filling in the inbetweenies spot.

With just over a week to go, teams are making their final tweaks to their Melbourne spec cars in order to be more performant and/or reliable. Williams seem to have the best average speed/reliability combination, while favorites Mercedes  are indeed blindingly fast but maybe not so reliable.Merc start 2014Can Lewis or Nico give Mercedes the top spot in Oz?

The pecking order is hard to establish but according to several sources: Mercedes and Williams are clearly in front. Ferrari might mix it with the other two powered merc teams: Force India and Mclaren. While reigning world champions RBR and other Renault powered teams will have to be satisfied with seeing the chequered flag in Melbourne. This sound like a great opportunity for Marussia which has the Ferrari V6 in its car and is aiming for at least one point in the season opener. The renault teams are warned...

 

Many questions to be answered: Can Mercedes get straight down to business or will reliability have something to say about that. Will Williams return to the front? Can any Renault powered team finish the race? Will Marussia take already advantage of the stuggling Renault teams? And how many teams will finish the australian GP?

 

ALL to be answered on Sunday the 16th of March!

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Round 1: Australian GP: FP,QWF,RACE thread
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06/03/2014 12:31
I'm curious what the now merc front wing will look like, hopefully it doesn't create a crash like the original one did in testing.

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Hall_Green_Wolf
06/03/2014 17:40
How long before vettel throws his toys away in the 5th fastest car?

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07/03/2014 17:40
Lewis and Rosberg about Oz expectations:

[www.autosport.com]

Wolff: [www.gptoday.com]

merc: [www.f1today.net]

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10/03/2014 15:20
Q&A Paddy Lowe: [www.mercedesamgf1.com]

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Hall_Green_Wolf
10/03/2014 21:47
Lewis looks ready.

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De_JOKKE
10/03/2014 21:49
first melbourne pics:

[imageshack.com]

[imageshack.com]



+

2 different sites:


[www.weatherzone.com.au]


[www.bom.gov.au]


Rain on the cards!!! This could be one awesome opening gp!


Dry is already tough enough for now on the drivers/engineers, imagine a full wet race with turbo engines + more powerful kers.

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11/03/2014 10:23
Quote:
Hall_Green_Wolf
How long before vettel throws his toys away in the 5th fastest car?

Lap 14.

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11/03/2014 11:54
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Hall_Green_Wolf
Lewis looks ready.

[www.planetf1.com]-

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12/03/2014 09:15
Looks like the tight bodywork version:

[images.adrivo.com]

[img3.auto-motor-und-sport.de]

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12/03/2014 20:48
Merc chief on Oz (in German):

[www.motorsport-total.com]

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12/03/2014 20:59
video: [url][/url]

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13/03/2014 07:52
Wet race could change into wet QWF, unless they postpone it untill sunday morning...


Who's ready for OZ guys? Who's going to watch FP1+2? smiling smiley

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13/03/2014 08:42
some merc articles about the upcoming season:

[www.bbc.com]

[en.espnf1.com]

[en.espnf1.com]

[www1.skysports.com]

[www.motorsport-total.com]

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Adam Cooper @adamcooperF1


Lots of concerns about engine problems in FP3 leading drivers to miss qualifying. C Whiting says some teams may skip FP3 to be safe...
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Meanwhile, Räikkönen noted that fuel consumption could be a real headache for all the teams this Sunday.

"This event is an excellent test bench for the new Formula 1 format because Albert Park is a very demanding circuit when it comes to fuel consumption," he said. "Due to the characteristics of the circuit, we have always used a lot of fuel here so to manage to be sparing with it will be a very demanding challenge."
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press conf: [grandprix247.com]

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13/03/2014 09:54
According to AMuS, the new Mercedes nose still hasn't passed the crash test and will be delayed. Supposedly, it is a very difficult engineering task, because the nose is so short (75 cm for the entire crash structure) and there are doubts whether it will be possible at all.

But they are bringing a new front wing to Australia.

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see: [pbs.twimg.com]


Also according to AMuS, Aldo Costa describes this FW as very aggressive and together with a tighter, optimized engine cover it should bring about a 2 tenths per lap upgrade.

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13/03/2014 10:38
Also new airbox: [pbs.twimg.com]

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13/03/2014 11:22
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13/03/2014 11:58
video: [url][/video]

[video][/url]

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13/03/2014 12:19
lewis oz' helmet:

[twitter.com]

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13/03/2014 16:55
[www.f1today.net]

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13/03/2014 19:41
VID:

[www1.skysports.com]

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De_JOKKE
14/03/2014 08:33
FP1: oil sensor: not enough oil so no running for LH, as they couldn't get the car back until FP1 was over, WTF is this, F****** shitrules

FP2: on target, P1+2

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14/03/2014 08:37
[en.espnf1.com]

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14/03/2014 08:39
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14/03/2014 08:56
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[video][/url]

Rosberg seems unhappy...

I'm a bit surprised by a faster Ferrari and RBR than expected.

And a slower Williams.

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14/03/2014 10:40
[www.formula1.com]

[www.autosport.com]

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14/03/2014 14:55
FP1: [sports.yahoo.com]

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De_JOKKE
15/03/2014 07:40
POOOOOOOOOOOLEEEEEEEEE(Sm100)

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Parminio_USA
15/03/2014 14:18
I wonder how many tissues Vettle has gone through at this point.

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16/03/2014 15:33
So, I had a feeling this would happen... sad smiley

Anyhow, we got 1 car to finish.

Merc built a monster, now get it reliable please...

[www.autosport.com]

[www.autosport.com]

[www.bbc.com]

[www.gptoday.com]

[www.gptoday.com]

[www.gptoday.com]

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Parminio_USA
16/03/2014 15:44
Mercedes don't have a reliability problem. They have a Lewis Hamilton problem.

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16/03/2014 18:56
What utter@#$%&is that.


The first engine had just been installed in his car, never run before - so the "Lewis" factor doesn't work there.


For the race engine - this is an issue that did not materialise until the race so... and not an issue they have faced with over 20,000km of running; so not sure Lewis is to blame here either.



But... nice try.

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Parminio_USA
16/03/2014 19:53
Well, Lewis has a rather long, extensive and complete record of never listening to what his engineers tell him. He is one hell of a driver, but ever since his first year at McLaren when he had some good success, he thinks his @#$%& don't stink and that he knows more than anybody else.

He even directly disobeyed a direct order and refused to pull in to retire the car. Of course his engineer tried to cover for him but it was too late for that.

At least he had the guts to admit he did stay out on his own accord.

There's a lot of things that Lewis does ESPECIALLY when it comes to doing what his engineers tell him to do that he simply ignores. And when his gear box blows up, his engine lets go, or he runs out of gas he blames the team for a mistake.

He's got a long track record of it. I'll bet a million bucks I don't have that he screwed around with a setting at the start to get an advantage over Rosberg that he shouldn't have and screwed his car up.

It certainly wouldn't be the first time for that..and everybody knows it.

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De_JOKKE
16/03/2014 20:45
Have you been drinking man?

1) Merc corrected its order: retire=> stay out because they thought it might correct itself, unfortunately it didn't

2) Lewis got away fine the first few meters but than the issue played its part during the second phase of the start when the power is needed.(lewis even confirmed it that he felt he missed power). That's why Rosberg could get past him. Nonetheless it was a great start by NR, nothing taking away from him but Lewis DID have an ill car.

3) Instead of bashing Lewis, I think you have work enough in your own camp (Mclaren): f.e.: why ratboy got beaten by turtleface.

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Parminio_USA
17/03/2014 10:17
1) Merc didn't correct the order. His engineer tried to save face for Lewis. Lewis admitted it in an interview that he stayed out against orders on his own.

2) Lewis was a sitting duck from immediately after the start. I'm betting he had his engine mapped too high and wiped out a cylinder.

3) I'm stating fact. You're a fanboy that's getting WAY too bent out of shape.

It's a plain fact that Lewis hasn't been on the ball for quite a while. His social life and entourage have him beleiving that his @#$%& doesn't stink no matter what he does. He's wrong.

Again, he's a brilliant driver. He always has been. But he'll never win much again unless he starts doing what he did his very first year with McLaren: LISTEN TO YOUR ENGINEERS.

You may drive better than they do, Lewis...but you can bet your ass they're FAR, FAR smarter than you.

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17/03/2014 10:53
AGAIN:

1) Merc corrected its order: retire => stay out because they thought it might correct itself. Didn't you listen to the onboards??


2) Yeah surely, every merc issues on Lewis car is lewis fault. He's so dumb and stubborn and that's why he retired. OMG...(Sm16)

3) You're a Lewis basher who's looking for every possible opportunity to strike him down. Please, stop using the "mr party + scherzinger issues distract him" card. It's getting boring.

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Parminio_USA
17/03/2014 11:44
You're completely delusional. I'll leave it there.

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De_JOKKE
17/03/2014 12:09
Look who's talking...

(still bitter lewis left your team, it seems...)

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Parminio_USA
17/03/2014 12:22
Nope. Glad he's gone.

Pal, I watched it live on a 60 inch HD screen with 7.1 surround. It went down like this:

Engineer: Lewis, you need to retire the car this lap. We need to save the engine.

Lewis: No reply.

Lewis then passes the pit in. AFTER LEWIS HAD ALREADY GONE BY THE PIT IN AND STARTED DOWN THE FRONT STRAIGHT:

Engineer: OK Lewis, then stay out there and see if it corrects itself.

That was two things:

1. A stab at Lewis for being stupid and disobeying a team order.

2. A lame attempt to save a little face and not reveal that they had a spoiled brat Sebastian Vettle on their hands.

Not only that, 15 minutes later, Will Buxton caught up with Lewis and asked him what happened.

Lewis then said, and I quote: "...and they told me to retire the car but I just decided to go on. I was hoping it would fix itself but clearly it was a lost cause and I had to retire the next lap."

So, I knew it.
The commentators knew it.
The engineers at Mercedes knew it.
Lewis admitted to it.

But you say he didn't.

Delusional.

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17/03/2014 12:52
Engineer: Lewis, you need to retire the car this lap. We need to save the engine.

Lewis: No reply.

Lewis then passes the pit in. AFTER LEWIS HAD ALREADY GONE BY THE PIT IN AND STARTED DOWN THE FRONT STRAIGHT:


Correct



Engineer: OK Lewis, then stay out there and see if it corrects itself.

Not correct, he said, stay out, stay out.


Not only that, 15 minutes later, Will Buxton caught up with Lewis and asked him what happened.

Lewis then said, and I quote: "...and they told me to retire the car but I just decided to go on. I was hoping it would fix itself but clearly it was a lost cause and I had to retire the next lap."


Correct BUT mr knowsitall, Paddy Lowe/Toto confirmed that they wanted him to continue in order to see if it would correct itself.That's why they said: stay out, stay out


So stop bashing Lewis and euh please have the guts to admit that you're hurt & stuck with ratboy .

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Hall_Green_Wolf
17/03/2014 16:40
I cant see lewis messing with a car that put him on pole.

But he did drive on after the call for sure.

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17/03/2014 21:34
Lewis & Rosberg Q&A:

[www.mercedesamgf1.com]

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