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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Hamilton now has a full time fitness trainer and nutrition adviser

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6677047/New-trainer-for-Hamilton

    Great - maybe he also needs to get a full time mentor or psychiatrist so that his head is screwed on correctly as well

    Whitmarsh on Hamilton:

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/6672901/-Lewis-Refreshed-After-Woes-

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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Massa and Alonso are back at work before testing begins ...

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6677782/Ferrari-duo-back-at-work?bcsi_scan_358CAD309A812A5D=0


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Shanghai to face a FIA track inspection regarding drainage. Do we really think there is any doubt it won't pass?

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6678654/Shanghai-faces-FIA-track-inspection


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    easy_rider911:


    Great - maybe he also needs to get a full time mentor or psychiatrist so that his head is screwed on correctly as well
     

      Smiley

      Thanks again for the updates easy. Smiley


    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Renault says its 2011 F1 car has an "aggressive design" and that its design is "very brave" and at "the brave end of brave".

    Let's see how competitive they are ...

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/89005

    They claim to be aiming to be in the top 3 this season. With Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren in those places last year, this is quite an ambitious target IMHO. But, like they say, if you don't aim high, you won't succeed. Renault also wants to win races this year. They certainly had the engine to do it - since Red Bull was powered by a Renault engine last year - but can they catch up overall with the top 3?


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Speaking of anti-tobacco advertising legislation in F1, Marlboro (a Philip Morris owned brand) is likely to renew its sponsorship of Scuderia Ferrari.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88996


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    More info on which McLaren drivers will occupy the cockpit during pre-season testing in Valencia (Feb 1-3) and Jerez (Feb 10-13):

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88998


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Lucas Di Grassi is targeting a return to a race seat in F1 in 2012. Sadly for him, I think it may be the end of the road for him as far as F1 is concerned.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88986

    Timo Glock outperformed him comfortably - I think Lucas Di Grassi will end up in some other formula of motorsport.


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    And to blur the lines between Lotus Renault (Group Lotus) and Lotus Renault (Team Lotus/Lotus Racing) even more, Fairuz Fauzy has moved from the latter team to the former team as a third driver.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88972


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Enmanuel:

     

      Thanks again for the updates easy. Smiley


    You're welcome Enmanuel Smiley


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Whitmarsh: "Fans want uncertain outcomes". Exactly right

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/6683129/Whitmarsh-Fans-Want-Uncertain-Races

    Whether KERS or the adjustable rear wing will help deliver that is not clear.


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Hamilton to drive the new McLaren 2011 F1 car first in Jerez

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6681513/Hamilton-to-debut-new-McLaren-MP4-26


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Williams, Mercedes GP and Team Lotus will all unveil their new 2011 F1 cars at Valencia

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6681476/Red-Bull-confirm-Valencia-unveiling


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Force India still hasn't announced its driver line up for 2011 but Dy Vijay Mallya says he hopes to do so in the "next few days".

    If I were Sutil, I would be really fed up with waiting. But at least he is already well set in the team. However, not knowing that you have a confirmed race seat can't be good for one's pre-season mental preparation.

    As for Liuzzi, it's clear that the team has lost patience with him. He was too erratic and seldom delivered decent performances in 2010. He was regularly outperformed in qualification and the race by Sutil. IMHO he won't get to drive for Force India again so he should realise that his best outcome is to secure the best pay-off he can for going away or accepting a third/reserve driver seat instead.

    Di Resta must be tired of waiting for his race seat. He's already been a Friday Practice F1 driver for the team last year so at least he won't take long to settle into the race position. It just amazes me that the team has taken 2 months over this. Hardly ideal.

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6679207/Force-India-closing-in-on-driver-line-up
     


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Flavio Briatore thinks Webber should have either not told his team about his injured shoulder in the latter part of the 2010 season or that he should have told them straight away rather than telling them at the end of the season. I agree. Telling them late just showed the whole world how much Webber felt isolated in Red Bull.

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/6698563/Briatore-Webber-Should-Have-Shut-It


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Rosberg's reaction to Alonso's statement that Schumi is the biggest threat. I agree with Nico - he has a very sensible head on his young shoulders.

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/6692583/-Strange-Alonso-Named-Schumi-


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Liuzzi's manager concedes that Liuzzi may not race in F1 this season. Why not tell us something we don't know? Of the available drivers without a race seat, why don't Force India hire Heidfeld and Hulkenberg? They would be a good pairing - experience/consistency and young talent you can build on for the future.

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6691540/Manager-Liuzzi-may-not-race-in-2011


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    More detail on why Williams is considering a flotation on the stock market

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6692336/Parr-Williams-wants-long-term-security


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    HRT is brightening up its logo. Unfortunately, it won't make their cars go any faster

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6696121/Hispania-turn-to-Hollywood-for-image


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Some pre-season thoughts from McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6696372/Whitmarsh-aims-to-put-that-right-

    He says the car will be 'innovative' and that the team is 'fired up'. I would have thought that these two things need to be a given if you are to compete at the front of the grid in F1.


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Berger thinks BMW quit F1 too quickly. I agree - you need patience. Being good enough to win races and titles and then actually doing so takes time - more time than a company board of directors might plan for in its business plan.

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6697497/-BMW-were-too-quick-to-quit-F1-

    BMW was an engine supplier to F1 for a long time - they were very successful and IMO should have continued this.

    But they set too tight a timeframe to win titles once they became a race team. I remember Mario Thiessen saying year 1 was just to become competitive, year 2 was to win races and year 3 was to win titles. Even Red Bull didn't manage it that fast.


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Weber wants to manage Vettel. I'm surprised Vettel doesn't have a manager - he needs to maximise his earnings now that he is a World Champion.

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6696508/Weber-I-want-to-manage-Vettel


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Gerhard Berger thinks Red Bulls will be unstoppable because of Newey - not because of the Red Bull drivers

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6696208/-Newey-will-win-Bulls-the-2011-titles-

    Even with a comparatively lower powered Renault engine, the Red Bull car was the fastest around most circuits (especially in qualification). They owe that to Newey.


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

     I agree that Newey seems unstoppable, doesn't he. Hard to imagine just a couple of years ago they seemed a second rate team.

    It's also hard to imagine that after their start of the 2009 season, Brawn/Mercedes went so flat. On the other hand, one could see Ross Brawn coming back in a new season with a new look at the rules and a car to make the most of them. If he did that, if he had a car that was on par with the Red Bull, I think he has the drivers to take advantage of it.

    Ferrari had such momentum at the end of the season. How do you think the new rules will affect them? Will they come on strong or will they take half the season to come up to speed?


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Hi Carrageous, you'll find my predictions and musings over here 

    www.rennteam.com/forum/thread/20193825/Re_2011_F1_PreSeason/page1.html#p20193825

    www.rennteam.com/forum/thread/20193832/Re_2011_F1_PreSeason/page1.html#p20193832

    www.rennteam.com/forum/thread/20193821/Re_2011_F1_PreSeason/page1.html#p20193821


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

     Thanks. Think I caught them all and agree with most of your excellent musings.

    In the end, I hope for the kinds of unexpected seasons we've had the last two. What an entertaining season last year was, in particular.


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Wednesday, Di Resta will be confirmed driver for Force India:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/SPORT/motorsport/01/24/F1.ferrari.market.float/index.html?hpt=Sbin


    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    More on the Di Resta story

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9371985.stm


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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Group Lotus lost its fight for summary judgment so the case proceeds to a full trial - only difference is the timing has been brought forward

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2011/01/group-lotus-fails-in-one-sense-but-gains-in-another/

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6699746/Lotus-vs-Lotus-trial-date-set-for-March

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/89066

    And Karun Chandok wants to join Team Lotus/Lotus Racing

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6698976/Chandhok-not-giving-up-on-Lotus-future

    Mansell to become Lotus Ambassador

    http://www.autosport.com/news/grapevine.php/id/89065

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    Re: 2011 F1 Pre-Season

    Cape Town wants to have a F1 street circuit

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/18227/6699941/Cape-Town-to-bid-for-F1-race

    I think they'll get it provided they pay Bernie Ecclestone enough.
     


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