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    Re: 2012 Pre-Season

    easy_rider911:

    The wrong kind of break sadly ...

    Nice pun!  I was so tired last night, I didn't even realise what I'd written.  Smiley


    Re: 2012 Pre-Season

    Haha ... :) This was a slightly obvious one though ....

    Just as an aside, I noticed while I was in South Africa how easily the South Africans I spoke with understood my sense of humour, especially when I was being wry, ironic or sarcastic ...

    The potential for misunderstanding is far greater with Americans ... I find British humour easily translates for South Africans and Australians ...


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    When I'm being sarcastic, I'm usually just expressing frustration but with no intention to complain ... Americans in my experience don't quite know how to handle this ... they think I'm complaining and they may even take offence.


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    easy_rider911:

    Just as an aside, I noticed while I was in South Africa how easily the South Africans I spoke with understood my sense of humour, especially when I was being wry, ironic or sarcastic ...

    The potential for misunderstanding is far greater with Americans ... I find British humour easily translates for South Africans and Australians ...

    I think the cultural connections between the British and (English-speaking) South Africans still run deeper than those between Brits and Americans.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that English-speaking South Africans have never really developed a strong sense of independent identity - or maybe it's just because the ties with the "old country" still run deep (most people here have relatives and/or close friends living in the UK, while many have either worked in England or travel there quite regularly).


    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Alonso says we won't really know till China whether the 2012 Ferrari is capable of winning the championship. He hopes to carry on driving for many years.

    http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/7425869/Alonso-We-Won-t-Know-Until-China-GP

    He makes a casual comment about Pat Fry trying to change certain things and being surprised at how Ferrari works. Very interesting remark. Clearly, senior people there still need to go right up to the boss to make changes instead of being able to change things by themselves.

    Ferrari not ruling out hiring Vettel and/or Adrian Newey in the future

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7426257/-Seb-to-Ferrari-Never-say-never-

    Stefano Domenicali thinks Alonso is a better driver than Vettel

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7425218/Domenicali-Alonso-is-better-than-Vettel

    Massa knows he needs to deliver in 2012 to keep his Ferrari race seat

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/01/massa-recognises-its-make-or-break/

    Former F1 champ, John Watson, thinks Kimi will struggle but is curious how Kimi will adjust by comparison with Schumi in his comeback

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7426479/Watson-Raikkonen-will-do-it-his-way

    Sutil to face a criminal trial ... could face up to 1 year's jail.

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/01/sutil-to-stand-trial-for-wounding-lotus-renault-boss-in-nightclub-brawl/

    Seems like silly high jinx to me ... someone poured a drink on Sutil so he tried to pour a drink on that guy ... ended up cutting the neck of Lotus-Renault's co-owner and then Sutil compounded his stupidity by not staying to help or enquire if the guy was OK. No wonder this issue refuses to go away. Sutil has been monumentally stupid.


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    easy_rider911:

    Stefano Domenicali thinks Alonso is a better driver than Vettel

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7425218/Domenicali-Alonso-is-better-than-Vettel

    what else is he going to say Smiley but this part he says shows how happy and at home Alonso feels in Ferrari, he has never been like this on any other team, not even at Renault in the winning years IMO. Even while not winning in Ferrari yet, he still seems happier these two last years than his earlier years. 

     

    "I was very impressed by the way he lived his life with the team: he is a person who can really motivate others and he can often be found in the factory, working with the engineers.

    "I can honestly say that, in over 20 years at Maranello, I have never seen anyone spend so much time here with the team as he has done.


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Carlos from Spain:
     

    what else is he going to say Smiley but this part he says shows how happy and at home Alonso feels in Ferrari, he has never been like this on any other team, not even at Renault in the winning years IMO. Even while not winning in Ferrari yet, he still seems happier these two last years than his earlier years.

    He gets a nicer company car at Ferrari than at Renault Smiley

    alonso011.jpg

    alonso_clio.jpg

    twingo-renault-sport22.jpg

     


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    you make a very good point Reginos smiley


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    Lol @ his Renault cars. You can even see the disappointment written on his face in the last picture.


    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Autoblog UK reports that Bruno Senna has apparently signed for Williams. Another pay-for-drive pilot. They have fallen from such heights to lowest possible position. I'm predicting they will have a scrap for the last place with HRT in 2012. 


    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Williams is a pale shadow of what it once was. I wouldn't go as far as saying that they are battling HRT.

    They were better than HRT and Virgin last year by some distance.

    I think they will be trying to distance themselves from HRT, Marussia, Caterham etc and re-establishing themselves as a midfield team this year.


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    As for Bruno Senna, money talks. The richest guy in Brazil wants him in the cockpit. There is no way Williams will say no if the price is right. And Williams needs the money now that AT&T ended its sponsorship deal with them.

    Does Barrichello really think he has a worthwhile career left? The only vacant race seat is at HRT ... does he really want to end his race career there? Even Alguersuari turned them down.

    Rubens made a big mistake IMO by not retiring gracefully and with dignity intact in Brazil at his home race. It would have been a very fitting way to bring a long career to an end. Instead, he is going away quietly with no chance for his home fans to salute him.


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    I actually have got no problem with BS. I sense there is a potential there. Even his famous uncle had once alluded of Bruno being a greater talent than himself.

    Problem more lies in Pastors inability to bring nothing but green stuff to F1. I haven't seen more lost person than him in F1 for years now.


    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    It's confirmed. Bruno Senna is driving for Williams.


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Liuzzi has a contract but it's uncertain if he will ever race alongside PDLR at HRT

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/01/tonio-liuzzi-in-limbo-despite-contract/

    Various articles on Senna's move to Williams

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/01/bruno-senna-to-race-for-williams-renault/

    http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2012/01/more-on-the-senna-move-to-williams/

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/16587505.stm


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Interesting viewpoint on Senna joining Williams

    http://www.planetf1.com/editorial/7439850/Senna-Ends-The-Game

    Trulli unworried by rumours of Petrov replacing him at Caterham

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7442150/Trulli-not-phased-by-Petrov-rumours

    Meanwhile Caterham moving location

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7440289/Caterham-on-the-move

    Construction at Austin is apparently on schedule

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7441943/Austin-circuit-on-track

    Giedo van der Garde may join HRT

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7441732/Van-der-Garde-eyes-six-million-seat

    Possible link up between HRT and Ermestel

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7441508/HRT-confirm-new-partner

    More on Nurburgring hosting a F1 race in 2013

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7440712/Nurburgring-hopeful-over-2013-deal

    Bernie wants Barcelona and Valencia to alternate if they want to save money ... they may both pull out completely

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7440458/Bernie-keen-on-rotation-in-Spain
     


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Hamilton to testify at Sutil's trial. This doesn't make much sense to me. The alleged incident took place in Shanghai. What criminal jurisdiction does a Munich District Court have to hold a prosecution? Which German criminal laws have been broken? The alleged criminal offence took place in Shanghai where local authorities did not take further action. Sutil's lawyers should be seeking to have this trial dismissed. This isn't a civil case where the victim is seeking damages or compensation.

    http://www.planetf1.com/driver/18227/7443920/Hamilton-to-testify-in-Sutil-trial


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Hamilton better than Vettel according to Alonso

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/lewishamilton/9023122/Lewis-Hamilton-is-a-better-driver-than-Formula-One-...

    This has brought some controversy

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/dodgy-journalism/?

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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Alonso and Massa enjoying the snow. Very conservative driving. I expected more!

     


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    The second link you posted reginos gives it away ... the quotation from Alonso is a very, very old one ... after SV's first 2010 title but before the 2011 was wrapped up.

    As such, the sheer domination and convincing manner of SV's victory in 2011 would no doubt affect FA's view if he were asked the same question again today ...

    Whichever journalists quoted these old remarks are just incompetent and/or mischief-making ...


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Confirmed, FIA bans Lotus-Renault's new suspension system which which was thought to be the inventionn of the similar importance in performance to the blown diffusers of last year that gave RBR the title... if the desition would of gone the other way (and I wonder if the team would have been RBR, McLaren or Ferrari if that would have been the case) we may have seen Kimi taking the 2012 title to everyone's surprise...

    http://totalf1.com/full_story/view/404773/FIA_bans_Lotus_style_reactive_suspension/

     


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Yeah, I read about this too ... but the article on the BBC website states that Ferrari also had developed a similar system ... so the FIA ban against a Ferrari innovation as well makes an alleged bias harder to prove IMHO.

    In terms of development, this is a late blow to Lotus and Ferrari ... testing starts on 6 Feb :)

    How will they bounce back from this?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/16664827.stm


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    I don't think that this system is so vital to the car's performance, nor would it influence the championship that much. 


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    easy_rider911:

    Yeah, I read about this too ... but the article on the BBC website states that Ferrari also had developed a similar system ... so the FIA ban against a Ferrari innovation as well makes an alleged bias harder to prove IMHO

    AFAIK Lotus the one that came up with it and actually have it ready and Ferrari showed interest in the system (as every other team most likley just not made any declarations in the press about it) but declared that they were awaiting the desition by the FIA for wether they would work on such a system or not :

    http://en.espnf1.com/ferrari/motorsport/story/67736.html

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/formula_one/16526895.stm

    I feel sorry for Lotus, it could have given them an edge to be there with the top teams.


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Yeah, I agree ... it was a very smart piece of tech ... also it was designed to adjust according to the increasing ride height as the fuel level decreases as the race progresses.

    AFAIK it improved stability while cornering giving a real boost to cornering speeds.


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    REALZEUS:

    I don't think that this system is so vital to the car's performance, nor would it influence the championship that much. 


    I'm inclined to disagree. I thought it could have made the difference between winning and coming say 3rd or 4th for the leading teams.


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    easy_rider911:
    REALZEUS:

    I don't think that this system is so vital to the car's performance, nor would it influence the championship that much. 


    I'm inclined to disagree. I thought it could have made the difference between winning and coming say 3rd or 4th for the leading teams.

    We 'll never find out mate. My reckoning is that it would just be a bonus but it wouldn't change the fundamentals of the car. Aero efficiency is so much greater than just an anti-dive system.


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    REALZEUS:
    easy_rider911:
    REALZEUS:

    I don't think that this system is so vital to the car's performance, nor would it influence the championship that much. 


    I'm inclined to disagree. I thought it could have made the difference between winning and coming say 3rd or 4th for the leading teams.

    We 'll never find out mate. My reckoning is that it would just be a bonus but it wouldn't change the fundamentals of the car. Aero efficiency is so much greater than just an anti-dive system.

    AFAIK its effect was precisely in the repercusion it had on that aero efficiency, by adjusting the front ride height under braking, fuel loads, etc it significantly altered the aerodinamics allowing from much more aggressive aerodinamics allowing for greater cornering speeds and grip. An end result that reminds me a lot of last years RBR advantage over the rest of the grid, apparently this suspension system was deemed the invention of the season (ala Brawn GP rear diffuser, RBR blown diffusers, etc).


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    Re: 2012 F1 Pre-Season

    Carlos I am aware of the system's function. All I am saying is that I believe it would have a small influence.


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