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Hem! Hem!  Errrr, nothin' doing?

 

FP 2 just a quiet warm-up session for the boys in Silver Arrows. The rest frantically scratching around for another half a second. 

 

Enjoy Quali tomorrow folks.

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Mata Hari    503

Those Mercs continued where they left off 2014...Ricciardo down to 3 engines for rest of the year.. don't know whats going on there....Williams and Ferrari chasing and Lotus looking to chase them. If you get bored between Lewis and Nico at least the pack looks interesting Albeit a bit shy on the McHona at the moment - Alo resting and Button struggling

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Well, at least Fonsie's accident did clear up one thing - he does actually have a brain!  A little bit addled still but definitely there. Hope he gets better soon. I've been waiting for him to upstage the show pony Buttocks ! Well Magnussen will have to do that in the meantime, provided of course, that McLaren can actually get a car to last a full race! 

Yeah, MH, I'm also intrigued about that Riciardo down to 3 engines thing. Btw Williams have looked pretty nifty. They could spring a surprise if they prove reliable. 

I wonder if any of the clever fellows can fill us in. How about it fellas?

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Hawk_Eye    1,453

Quali: 1 Hamilton; 2 Rosberg; 3 Massa; 4 Vettel; 5 Raikkonen; 6 Bottas; 7 Ricciardo; 8 Sainz; 9 Grosjean; 10 Maldonado.

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Mata Hari    503

Daar is ongeveer weer n sekonde verskil tussen Merc en die res.

1.5-2 is a better estimate

 

:)

 

dis hartverskeurend. When the commentator said "Rosberg might just end below Vettel" I immediately said to husband "there's no chance, the commentator is talking sh*t".  The only competitor Lewis has is Nico and vice versa, and Lewis will probably win the title by June

 

But the rest of the guys should at least. be exciting. Those young guns Sainz and Verstaffen and Nasir very exciting - lets see how they do on the big dogs' playing field....

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Poor ol' Button - 11th out of 11 finishers, and 2 laps behind!  What a disgrace for McLaren!  

 

Well, the TV producer must have felt that the front of the field was terribly boring as we hardly saw anything of the front-runners. Well I suppose there wasn't much to see, until they started lapping the field! Nice drive by the old fella, Massa! 

 

Being a non-technical bloke, I'm amazed that, with all the restrictions on innovative design etc, one team can still be so supremely dominant over the rest.

 

What can they be doing so differently to make such a big difference? And sad that a full half the field failed to finish - nearly all technical.

 

Anyway, nice start for the Merc Team, and specially Lewis! Way to go lad! 

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Mata Hari    503

Eerder Felipe Nasir, maar gelukkig Vettel het podium gekry.

Actually very boring race. Mercs miles ahead and Rosberg only one to keep up with Lewus and he failed to do that; Bottas withdrawn sore back, Williams therefore not really in the race, Kimi had to withdraw, Red Bull and Lotus not really in the comp today, maybe more at the next race.

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Bad sign that 50% of the potential field failed to finish. So only one driver, Buttocks, ended in the points. Well at least Buttocks beat the safety car, but that's about it!

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Owen Meany    559

Williams performance chief Rob Smedley said there was nothing strategically different the team could have done to beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa made a good start in third and maintained the position for the opening stint of the race but he couldn't shake off Vettel, who was never further than one second behind.

Massa pitted on lap 21, losing around 1.5 seconds after exiting behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, while Vettel stayed out for another four laps to jump ahead of the Brazilian.

However, Smedley said Williams had no other option than to pit Massa when it did and he added the team was surprised by the amount of pace Vettel showed when in clear air.

"If you can follow one second behind, then it means you've got a little bit of pace in hand," said Smedley. "The decision for us then was one-fold really.

"If he managed to get the jump on us [by pitting first] then he would have got out and that would be have been the end of the race for us.

"So the only option for us was to pit first and try and keep him behind - and it wasn't too far away from working.

"The unfortunate thing was he had more pace than what we thought.

"I think he found eight tenths over two laps compared to when he was sat behind Felipe.

"And Felipe lost 1.5 seconds trying to pass Ricciardo - both those things stacked up against us and we ended up behind.

"We took a decision and it didn't come off."

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