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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Barrichello tests in IndyCar breaking a promise he made to his wife not to do so

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/01/rubens-barrichello-and-the-promise-he-once-made-to-his-wife/

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    Good luck to Rubens ... nice to see he's found something to do that he will enjoy. It's time for him to move on with his life.


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    jaffamonkey:
    Carlos from Spain:

    I can't believe anyone is even contemplating Hamilton for Ferrari

    You should tell that to Hamilton's management. They seem to know little about F1 and see Ferrari as the biggest team with the most $$$$$. Hence their aim is to get Hamilton in there ASAP, regardless of whether it's best for him or not.

    I'd love to see Jenson Button in Ferrari  Smiley

    On another note, this illustration in the formula1.com site kinda gives a hit to what the Ferrari car will look like.

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    Looks very sleek and promising. Might be a Ferrari come back year after all. 


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    Possible consequences of the new Pirelli tyres for 2012

    http://www.planetf1.com/editorial/7469349/Pirelli-Change-The-Game-In-2012

    Ferrari announces which days Massa and Alonso will drive during the 3 winter tests

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7471526/Massa-to-debut-new-Ferrari

    Management reshuffle at Lotus

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7471780/Reshuffle-at-Lotus

    Williams launches new car on Feb 7

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7471336/Williams-to-unveil-car-on-Feb-7

    Toro Rosso to launch on Feb 6

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7467695/STR-confirm-launch-date

    McLaren unveil 2012 car

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/7471743/-A-Good-Looking-And-Good-MP4-27-

    Some childish comments from Hamilton that a good looking car is generally a good car. At this stage, these comments are just hot air.

    Plenty of sour grapes from Sutil. He has accused Hamilton of being a coward.

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/7471622/Sutil-Brands-Hamilton-A-Coward

    Sutil is being unreasonable IMO, expecting Hamilton to turn up to give evidence at his criminal trial on 30 Jan when McLaren was due to launch its new car on 1 Feb. Hamilton can't ignore his work commitments. He needed to be at the factory in Woking in the run up to the launch.

    Hamilton apparently provided written testimony (a deposition) which is normal for witnesses who cannot appear in person. Hamilton said that he did not recall the events of the night of Sunday 8 May 2011 precisely. He was celebrating his Chinese GP win at a Shanghai nightclub. I can remember back then reading comments from Hamilton that it all happened so fast that he didn't see what actually happened ... sometime along the lines of one moment everything was fine and the next moment, Lux had been injured and was bleeding. So, if Hamilton didn't see what happened, it is hardly surprising that he cannot testify with precision as to what happened, who did what to whom etc.

    Anyway, Sutil is probably feeling angry not just at the criminal conviction and fine but also at the fact that he has been dropped by Force India and now doesn't have a F1 drive. So he is probably letting off some steam.

    Sutil also grumbled that Hamilton's father texted him a good luck SMS but that Hamilton did not. Big deal. The fact that Hamilton had agreed to testify in person until McLaren told Hamilton that he had to be there in the run up to the car launch should have been enough of a sign of friendship.

    In a way, it suits Hamilton that Sutil doesn't consider him a friend anymore. Hamilton has his own interests to consider and IMvHO should not be associating with Sutil who now has a criminal conviction for assault on a guy from Genii Capital (that owns the Lotus F1 team). Hamilton has not just got his reputation to protect but also his brand.

    I'm not a Hamilton fan (he still hasn't grown up IMO). Just offering my 2 cents.

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    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7467695/STR-confirm-launch-date

    McLaren unveil 2012 car

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/7471743/-A-Good-Looking-And-Good-MP4-27-

    Some childish comments from Hamilton that a good looking car is generally a good car. At this stage, these comments are just hot air.

    So much for all the cars being ugly this year. This is a stunning looking car, hope it's as fast as it looks.

    Hamilton's comments refer to a long held myth in F1. They say a good looking car makes the whole team feel proud of it, which in turn makes them work that little bit harder. 

    Don't know if there's any truth to it, there have been some bloody ugly cars win the WC. Benetton's B194 comes to mind. But I have to say if I worked at Caterham i'd be embarrassed to be seen out with the CT-01, never mind appear on TV with it.


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    Once the results start to come in, cosmetics won't really matter much. Winning and money are what really count in F1 IMO :)


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    easy_rider911:

    Once the results start to come in, cosmetics won't really matter much. Winning and money are what really count in F1 IMO :)

    Maybe you're right easy, but it's an interesting paradox. Just look at the criticism Caterham's car has come in for, it's a laughing stock. Even more so now McLaren have launched the MP4-27 with its swooping nose.

    Now think if Ferrari launch a car that looks like the Caterham. Ferrari will become a laughing stock and that reflects badly on the brand. Not to mention the fragile egos of the Tifosi. All would be forgiven if it won the WC, but what if it didn't? A pig ugly car that's also slow is doubly damaging.

    It's like my old boss used to say "always hire a pretty girl, then even if she's crap at her job she's nice to look at". Smiley

     

     


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    LOL


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    I was so much relieved today to see that it's possible to build a beautiful car with latest regulations!

    Good job Macca!


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    Some pre-season optimism from Hamilton.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/16841566


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    jaffamonkey:

    It's like my old boss used to say "always hire a pretty girl, then even if she's crap at her job she's nice to look at". Smiley

    An excellent policy!  I must remember to apply this rule in future.  Smiley


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    More links re McLaren's launch yesterday. Looks very tightly packaged at the rear. Is the design deliberately conservative so as to avoid a repeat of last year's disastrous winter testing when the bold exhaust design proved a flop? Hamilton was training in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado while Button was on vacation in Hawaii. Lucky them! The $64 million question is: how much better than last year's car will this year's RBR car be? In other words, have McLaren done enough to bridge the gap?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/02/at_mclaren_technology_centre_w.html

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/02/mclaren-launch-evolutionary-new-challenger/

    Gorgeous looking car ... photo gallery:

    http://www.planetf1.com/photo-gallery/7471620/McLaren-MP4-27#photo=19

    More on Sutil's rant. He was also unhappy that Hamilton had changed his phone number and that he could no longer contact him! Sutil has become a 13 year old girl. He sounds ridiculous.

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/02/hamilton-wants-to-focus-on-racing-but-gets-a-pelter-from-sutil/

    More importantly, Hamilton will be mulling over his options in preparation for his contract negotiations with McLaren. There's no way he will get paid as much as he has been. Salaries are lower now and he has had some poor seasons. Does he want to keep his options open for a drive at RBR in place of Webber? If I were him, I would wait till after the first few races to see if RBR still has a performance advantage over McLaren.

    Hamilton was prevented by a McLaren team spokesman from commenting on Sutil's remarks since Sutil's conviction may be subject to an appeal but, even though the case could still be sub judice, AFAIK witnesses aren't cross-examined during an appeal. That only happens in the trial itself. So McLaren's excuse is a little lame IMO. It's clear McLaren are protecting Hamilton since they want him (and the media) to focus on their 2012 season rather than Sutil who at best is yesterday's man and at worst is permanently damaged goods.

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7472372/-Lewis-can-t-comment-on-Sutil-rant-

    Ferrari's launch event cancelled due to heavy snow

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7473508/Ferrari-cancel-launch-event

    Massa is already complaining about pay drivers. Is he fearing the worst already? Will he survive the 2012 season if he continues to perform poorly this year? By mid-season, IMO if he scores less than half the points that Alonso scores, Ferrari will drop him and bring in someone else. Personally, I don't think he will deliver in 2012 and this could well be his last year at Ferrari.

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    Ferrari unveils dramatic new car for 2012. Has ugly nose like Caterham. Alonso extends Ferrari contract till end of 2016 ...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/16869320

    LCdM expects 'something great' from Massa for him to keep his seat. So no pressure then :)

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7479268/Massa-must-do-something-great-

    Sahara Force India reveal a similar shaped car with a stepped nose, just like Ferrari

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/7478358/Di-Resta-Fine-Piece-Of-Art

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/16870313

    Di Resta thinks it's a piece of art. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I don't mind how a car looks provided that it is fast. No point having a beautiful car that sits on the back row of the grid. Better to have an ugly car that laps the field. Better still of course to have a car that is both super quick AND beautiful but that's only in an ideal world.

    Looks like other teams could opt for a similar nose too

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7479227/-Most-will-opt-for-the-boxer-nose-

    And Karthikeyan gets the last race seat in F1 at HRT in 2012. And Liuzzi's racing career in F1 is over.

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7478165/Karthikeyan-signs-for-HRT

    Hamilton wants to finalise his contract negotiations soon. So he obviously wants to stay at McLaren which means they don't need to pay him any more than they have to.

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/7474233/Lewis-Eager-To-Resolve-Future

    Q&A with McLaren's technical guys

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7475567/Q-A-with-McLaren-technical-chiefs

    Button looking forward to the US GP in Austin. So am I. That track looks like it will be really great when it's finished.

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7475184/Button-excited-by-return-to-USA

    Sam Michael on working at McLaren. Seems like he's impressed with McLaren's professionalism compared with Williams.

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7474683/Michael-McLaren-s-strength-is-its-depth

    Don't know why F1 websites are still reporting about Barrichello's career path. His time as a racing driver in F1 is over. Since he's not prepared to be a reserve driver, only IndyCar awaits.

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7474552/Barrichello-promises-quick-decision

    Some interesting comments from John Watson on Schumi and Raikkonen

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7474475/Watson-backs-Schumacher-to-win

    I suspect this will be Schumi's last season. He came back to F1 for the pleasure of racing. But F1 is massively competitive. There is just too much at stake for a driver to be left alone (away from media pressure) to just enjoy himself if the results aren't good.

    Rosberg has outperformed Schumi in 2010 and more often than not in 2011. Unless the 2012 Mercedes car is a quantum leap forward, I just can't see Schumi even getting a podium finish. He would have to outperform both RBRs, both McLarens, Alonso and, toughest of all, Rosberg (since they have the same machinery). That will be very hard to do. 7th has become quite a usual position for the 7 time champion. Seen in that light, the podium is a long way away and the fairytale ending of a GP win before he retires is really a fantasy IMO.

    Schumi is the consummate professional. He looks super fit. He is focussed. He works as hard as ever. But even he will know that it is time to leave the stage and let new talent come to the fore. He has had too good a career just to make up the numbers.

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    Haha ... the BBC F1 website has now started to post links to drivers' own websites and the FIA regs.

    I wonder where they got that idea from? :)

    Over 36000 views of the F1 links thread ....


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    More on Ferrari's launch

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/02/ferrari-take-new-direction-in-bid-to-recapture-the-magic/

    And on Force India's launch. They're setting some ambitious targets for 2012. I wonder whether they can really come 5th this year.

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/02/force-india-targetting-fifth-which-means-drivers-must-deliver/

    I expect the top 3 will be RBR, McLaren, Ferrari ... as usual ...

    I expect the next 2 will be Mercedes and Lotus

    I expect the next 2 will be Force India and Toro Rosso (provided the rookies can make good use of the car)

    I expect the next 3 will be Sauber, Williams and Caterham

    I expect the last 2 will be Marussia and HRT

    In order words, no real change ... let's see ... hopefully I will be proved wrong ... which should make for a more interesting season.


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    completely disappointed by the look of the Ferrari car. I hope it works at least. 


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    It looks like a different car from the cockpit back. strange. And apparently this is going to be the norm for the other teams, but I just don't see how this could be good for aerodynamics. 

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    Force India say Sutil's trial played no part in their decision to drop him. Yeah right. Their sponsors love paying for convicted criminals to drive their car.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/16876183


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    Agreed, the Ferrari is butt ugly ... but let's see how quick it is :)


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the F2012.


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    That Ferrari is ugly as a sin! The uggliest car unveiled so far! Hopefully it will be quick though...


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    I must be weird cause I find to my surprise that like the Ferrari's nose, its kind of brutish and mechanical, I may change my mind when I actually see it in action on TV come race day, but to me it looks like it means business! like a 60's muscle car's big menacing un-aerodinamic fronts.


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    Makes the Williams BMW look like a beauty.. and that car made me puke...


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    I very much agree that the Williams BMW is not attractive. However, I like that Ferrari better than any other F1 car I have seen in the last several years. Perhaps it is time that I re-visit the optometrist?


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    Gladstone:

    I very much agree that the Williams BMW is not attractive. However, I like that Ferrari better than any other F1 car I have seen in the last several years. Perhaps it is time that I re-visit the optometrist?

    Honestly speaking, YES! Smiley


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Sauber's Technical Director quits suddenly. Just days before winter testing and just weeks before the new season. Could the timing have been worse?

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/02/saubers-preparations-for-new-season-rocked-as-technical-director-quits/


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Lotus launches its new car

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/02/lotus-launch-new-era-with-2012-target-of-fourth-with-e20/

    Sauber too

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/7491505/Sauber-C31-Is-Revolution-And-Evolution-


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    The most important launch of a new car starts in less than one hour.

    It should show the maximum aerodynamically achievable within the current rules.


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    dxpetrov:

    The most important launch of a new car starts in less than one hour.

    It should show the maximum aerodynamically achievable within the current rules.

    As I said, this only shows what the power of pure talent and neverending imagination could do. Combine that two and you can never get something ugly. Good job, AN! Smiley

    http://www1.skysports.com/formula-1/news/12433/7491908/Champions-Red-Bull-follow-nose-trend-with-RB8


     
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