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silver rocket's Photo silver rocket 01 Feb 2012

I've been waiting for someone to kick off the new season thread as I didn't want to cut anyones grass but it's getting close 43 days till Albert Park & no takers so far so I thought what the hell! ;)

Should be an interesting year, lots to discuss, movable rear wings, reactive ride height, KERS, no blown diffusers, new saftey car rule where cars can unlap themselves, Daniel Ricciardo...

Rule change summary is here


All the tech biz is here


New Mclaren out today...


New Lotus


Mohawkk's Photo Mohawkk 02 Feb 2012

reactive ride hieght has been canned
And its 43days 4hrs and 7min untill practise 1 :D :P

silver rocket's Photo silver rocket 02 Feb 2012

View PostMohawkk, on 02 February 2012 - 07:25 AM, said:

reactive ride hieght has been canned
And its 43days 4hrs and 7min untill practise 1 :D :P

Cant wait for Albert Park should be very interesting

Red Bull & Ferraris are due out in the next few days..

Mohawkk's Photo Mohawkk 03 Feb 2012

The mclaren has been shown, although not in complete form, I think they keep the wings secret until testing.
The lotus Caterham has a broken nose....

Mohawkk's Photo Mohawkk 04 Feb 2012

Aghh. Ferrari & force india also have a broken nose. looks like a fugly bunch of cars this year

silver rocket's Photo silver rocket 04 Feb 2012

New Ferrari link, http://www.formula1....12/2/12972.html

Yes I heard someone say, I think it was Button, that the nose's weren't going to be very attractive on many cars this year, cept of course on the Mclaren :lol:

bov's Photo bov 04 Feb 2012

As I've said elsewhere, it's not a case of form following function, it's a case of form following rules....

Remeber the outcry a fews back when they mandated the narrow rear wings with the very wide front wings?

In a few races, you wont even notice....

There are very few classically beautiful sports and racing cars these days - in a racing situation, who wouldn't take fast over pretty?

neil's Photo neil 04 Feb 2012

how many aussie drivers in the feil this year?? was there not an Aussie young gun in HRT's site last year?

Mohawkk's Photo Mohawkk 04 Feb 2012

Dan Ricciardo in the toro rosso
Webber in the red bull
They havent found a seat for me yet but fingers crossed i can get a testing seat

Vinno's Photo Vinno 04 Feb 2012

Hey Kai here is your helmet design then. Like Vettel you could have a different design each month.

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silver rocket's Photo silver rocket 05 Feb 2012

Daniel is from my home town Perth Western Australia Bov, and also from Tiger Kart Club the same club I used to race at, pretty cool to have someone make it to F1 from the club & Perth!

Personally I'm still taking offers for 2013 but I think my phone might be broken B)

Mohawkk's Photo Mohawkk 05 Feb 2012

Ha Vinno. There is a bloke on a motorbike around here i see every now and then with a green one glued to his helmet

silver rocket's Photo silver rocket 06 Feb 2012

Three hours till the new Red Bull is out, only on their website! Yeah that won't crash any servers!

silver rocket's Photo silver rocket 07 Feb 2012

Webbers new ride...

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Daniels new ride...

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silver rocket's Photo silver rocket 11 Feb 2012

Testing has wrapped up, just pre season I know but a few interesting things, mainly Kimi was on it set the best time on day one in cold conditions and the track got better as the week went on, drivers did two days each& Daniel was very impressive as well about half a sec off Webber & Vettel...

Unofficial aggregate test times from Jerez:

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes*, 1:17.613, 174 Laps
2. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:18.419, 212 Laps
3. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes*, 1:18.561, 173 Laps
4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:18.877, 106 Laps
5. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:19.184, 150 Laps
6. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:19.297, 146 Laps
7. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:19.464, 166 Laps
8. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:19.587, 157 Laps
9. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:19.597, 159 Laps
10. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, 1:19.670, 190 Laps
11. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:19.770, 154 Laps
12. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:19.772, 170 Laps
13. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:19.834, 182 Laps
14. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:19.977, 90 Laps
15. Bruno Senna, Williams, 1:20.132, 250 Laps
16. Jules Bianchi, Force India, 1:20.221, 48 Laps
17. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.454, 164 Laps
18. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:20.688, 135 Laps
19. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:21.197, 122 Laps
20. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, 1:21.518, 157 Laps
21. Pedro de la Rosa, HRT*, 1:22.128, 108 Laps
22. Jarno Trulli, Caterham, 1:22.198, 117 Laps
23. Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, 1:23.324, 74 Laps
* 2011 car

Mohawkk's Photo Mohawkk 11 Feb 2012

thanks for that post.

Cant read too much into the times yet. The next 2 tests are at barcalona. they should tell us a bit more.

silver rocket's Photo silver rocket 23 Feb 2012

Barcelona test is underway, day two http://www.formula1....12/2/13041.html

Daniel is lookin very good, I know I know its only testing but he did beat Hamilton, Rosberg & Petrov... B)

Mohawkk's Photo Mohawkk 23 Feb 2012

biggest news from this test is that lotus had pack up and skip this test due to chassis issues.
Bad start to the year from them.

silver rocket's Photo silver rocket 25 Feb 2012

Barcelona test times, dunno how much u can read into a few teams lost track time with problems...

Aggregate test times from Barcelona

1. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:22.312, 244
2. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:22.391, 240
3. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:22.608, 191
4. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:22.648, 151 Laps
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:22.891, 183 Laps
6. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:23.119, 184 Laps
7. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:23.180, 162 Laps
8. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:23.200, 229 Laps
9. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 1:23.384, 178 Laps
10. Felipe Masssa, Ferrari, 1:23.563, 187 Laps
11. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:23.590, 234 Laps
12. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:23.618, 126 Laps
13. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:23.774, 182 Laps
14. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:23.792, 170 Laps
15. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:23.843, 221 Laps
16. Bruno Senna, Williams, 1:25.711, 97 Laps
17. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:25.738, 117 Laps
18. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, 1:26.035, 101 Laps
19. Timo Glock, Marussia*, 1:26.173, 108 Laps
20. Vitaly Petrov, Caterham, 1:26.448, 178 Laps
21. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1: 26.809s, 7 Laps
22. Charles Pic, Marussia*, 1:27.343, 228 Laps
* 2011 car

silver rocket's Photo silver rocket 17 Mar 2012

Very interesting qually today, a few ducks n drakes & no on really showed thier hand till the last 5 mins...

1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Jenson Button
3. Romain Grosjean
4. Michael Schumacher
5. Mark Webber
6. Sebastian Vettel
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Pastor Maldonado
9. Nico Hulkenberg
10. Daniel Ricciardo
11. Jean-Eric Vergne
12. Fernando Alonso
13. Kamui Kobayashi
14. Bruno Senna
15. Paul di Resta
16. Felipe Massa
17. Sergio Perez
18. Kimi Räikkönen
19. Heikki Kovalainen
20. Vitaly Petrov
21. Timo Glock
22. Charles Pic
23. Pedro de la Rosa
24. Narain Karthikeyan

What did yall think? Whos ya tip, Hamilton is hard to go past but its motor racing so u never know...

Local Perth boy got 10th! Yeeeooooowww