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post #31 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-02-09, 10:42 AM
 
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It's down to Senna, Liuzzi or Heidfeld to replace Kubica at Renault. Interesting choices, since I would've like to see Hulkenberg getting the seat.

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post #32 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-02-16, 06:02 PM
 
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Nick Heidfeld has been confirmed for Lotus Renault.

Meanwhile, with some protesters being killed in Bahrain - site of the first race - there are concerns about the GP.

Bahrain GP cancellation threat remains:

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post #33 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-02-16, 06:31 PM
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post #34 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-02-17, 06:12 PM
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As much as I am looking forward to the start of the season, I think they would be wise to cancel immediately. The powers that be in that country view the F1 race as very important to their image and I would hate for the F1 race to be somehow responsible for any deaths as they crack down even more to quell the protests before the race weekend.

PS: I think McLaren may have a mighty quick car this year. Hamilton may be a threat for the championship.
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post #35 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-02-17, 09:06 PM
 
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PS: I think McLaren may have a mighty quick car this year. Hamilton may be a threat for the championship.
I certainly hope so, but to be honest they haven't shown much during testing, I guess we'll see where they stand during this weekend tests at Barcelona.

The big enigma this year will be the tires, with Pirelli now supplying the tyres. the word on the paddock is that the tires are not as durable as the Bridgestones, so the drivers and cars that can take care a better care of the tires will have a better chance.

Some people say that we may see at least 3 pit stops per race for tires.
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post #36 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-02-18, 05:58 PM
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I certainly hope so, but to be honest they haven't shown much during testing,
I have a sneaking suspicion that they are sandbagging. They have been very reluctant to show the sides of the cars with this new U-shaped air intake.
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post #37 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-02-19, 08:43 PM
 
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I have a sneaking suspicion that they are sandbagging
They better be bagging it very heavy b/c the Red Bull looks mighty fast and Mclaren times are nowhere close to them.

Mclaren sidepods look great but will they work? When it comes to car design/aerodynamics, Adrian Newey doesn't get fooled very often and Red Bulls look great.
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post #38 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-02-21, 12:35 PM
 
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The Bahrain GP and testing has been postponed until further notice.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/moto...ne/9402871.stm

Bad news - the season won't begin until March 27.
Good news - McLaren get 2 additional weeks to fix their car
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Bad news for McLaren - everyone else gets same two weeks to do same or to improve already working car.
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post #40 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-02-21, 07:04 PM
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I was looking forward to seeing some racing the second weekend of March. Oh well, at least we will get an open wheel racing season opening doubleheader with the first F1 race and the first IndyCar race of the season both on March 27.
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post #41 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-03-01, 11:44 PM
 
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I'm quite disappointed in the delay of the start of this season !
Last season was great to watch,and this year looks very promising.

Glad to see Nick gets another chance.I hope he does well.

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Hmm i like Nick, but i have more respect for Kubica. I hope we will see him in his car next year.
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post #43 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-03-11, 12:35 PM
 
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Mclaren MP4-26 is a mess

2011 could be a very long season for Mclaren, their car is a mess

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BBC F1's triumvirate of Martin Brundle, David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan have painted a bleak picture indeed for the prospects of McLaren-Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button heading into the forthcoming 2011 campaign...


Jenson Button has already conceded that he would be 'surprised' if McLaren-Mercedes can take the fight to early 2011 pace-setters and arch-rivals Red Bull Racing and Ferrari come the Melbourne curtain-raiser at the end of the month, but BBC's triumvirate of F1 pundits have gone rather further than that, variously and scathingly describing the troubled new MP4-26 as 'a mess', carrying 'a fundamental issue' and even warranting the construction of 'a whole new car'.

Despite Button's optimism after lapping second-quickest to Red Bull's Mark Webber on the opening day of the final pre-season test around Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya this week, expectations at Woking heading into the forthcoming campaign are clearly not as high as had been hoped for, with poor initial reliability having hampered set-up and development work. Never mind not being able to take on the likes of RBR and Ferrari, right now the MP4-26 scarcely looks capable of worrying Lotus Renault GP.

“I would be surprised if we can match the Red Bull and the Ferrari when we get to Melbourne,” mused the 2009 F1 World Champion, undefeated Down Under since his title-winning year. “It's a big ask. To be on their pace is going to be tricky, [but] never say never. I am quite impressed with the step that we have made with the car from last week. However, it is still not enough.”

Indeed, on the basis of Tuesday's running, the reliability problems still frustratingly persist, and just three days of testing now remain before the flag drops on the new season with the Australian Grand Prix on 27 March. McLaren has not claimed the drivers' title since Lewis Hamilton triumphed in 2008, and for one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport, there have been no constructors' laurels for more than a decade. Martin Brundle, David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan fear the MP4-26 is emphatically not the car to turn that tide.

“I watched the [McLaren] out on-track a week ago and it's a mess,” contended Brundle, a former McLaren driver himself. “It didn't slow down; it didn't turn in; it couldn't get the power down. Lewis looked absolutely at sea in the thing. Clearly, they have a fundamental issue.”

The Englishman's new BBC F1 commentary box partner Coulthard concurs that although, as 2009 ably proved, the multiple world champions have the experience, resources and expertise to play catch-up and get on terms with the front-runners, in such a fast-paced sport, by the time they do so – as 2009 similarly proved – it will likely be too late to save Messrs. Button and Hamilton's title chances.

“If your car doesn't run quick straight out-of-the-blocks then it is a problem,” reflected the Scot, according to The Daily Telegraph. “By the time you sort it out, everyone will have brought their second and third upgrades along.”

Ex-team owner Jordan, meanwhile, has pointed the finger of blame firmly at McLaren's recent practice of alternating its designers from one year to the next, stymying continuity in a testing-deprived era in which just such continuity is key. The ever-outspoken Irishman fears the team's bid for glory in F1 2011 may be over before it has even begun.

“I have a real problem with McLaren over this whole concept,” the 63-year-old admitted. “Where is the thought process? Where is the evolution? [Red Bull chief technical officer] Adrian Newey doesn't do things like that. No major, winning team currently uses that system. I don't get it. Both of the drivers are very unhappy. It probably needs a whole new car at this early stage.

“McLaren have done this now too often. This was all very fine in David's era when there was a test team, test-drivers, a whole support act behind you – that is why McLaren and Ferrari were always strong – but I'm sorry, that is no longer possible and they are suffering as a result.”
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Broadcasts of Australian GP are coming up. Plan to be up late or set your PVR with some extra time at the end.

Practice - Friday 1:30-3:00am on SPDHD (512)

Qualifying - Saturday 1:55-3:00am on HDTSN (506)
Qualifying rebroadcast - Sunday 12:00-1:30am on SPDHD (512)

Race - Sunday 1:55-4:00am on HDTSN (506)
Race rebroadcast- Sunday 11:00-1:00pm on HDTSN2 (507), and Monday 12:00-2:00am on SPDHD (512)

ZAP2it shows live broadcasts scheduled for SPDHD, but blackout is likely in effect.
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post #45 of 238 (permalink) Old 2011-03-21, 05:44 PM
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Not everybody lives in Ontario. Here on the West Coast these practice and race times are just a tad past prime time. This is one of the very few races of the year that I watch live (and listen to BBC's Radio 5 Live great commentary simultaneously). Looking forward to it!!
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