2014 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Motorsport' started by Cap'n Jack, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. GTPorsche

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    It was always 2 and Q.
     
  2. LMSCorvetteGT2

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    Technically they show all the sessions now that I think about it, two on tv plus the race obviously and the other two on their website. I'd rather nbc do it that way rather than me finding a feed all year long.
     
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    Sexy. Clean simple and classic.
     
  5. prisonermonkeys

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    I would like to congratulate Channel Ten in general and Angela Bishop in particular for their excellent coverage so far. While reporting on the pre-season party, Bishop did not interview a single driver, and instead spoke to a few models, and then made jokes with Torah Bright and a few others, because we are all watching to see how the Channel Ten personalities do in the Celebrity Challenge.

    Oh, madam speaker. Your daughter is the model of journalistic integrity.

    [/sarcasm]

    And a genuine congratulations goes out to Sir Jackie, who picked up on the fact that Bishop had no idea who he was, and made fun of her for it.
     
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    This I need to see, Sir Jackie is someone I have a lot of respect for, he's calm and intensely intelligent... and can take people apart with ruthless verbal efficiency when in the mood to do so :)
     
  7. prisonermonkeys

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    It's probably not going to be online. But he was one of the last people interviewed, and he basically said he has just been on a worldwide cruise, and so he has no idea what was going on in motorsport. Taken on its own, it was an innocent comment, but given that the reporter was only interviewing models and Olympians and network personalities, JYS gave them impression that he was a sponsor or someone who was important enough to be there, even if you didn't know why - like a Hollywood movie producer accepting an Oscar.
     
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  8. TenEightyOne

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    Someone might YouTube it, I hope so. I can just picture the innocence on his face.
     
  9. Anghammarad

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    It's funny that no-one, I mean absolutely no-one, is talking about Ferrari. Neither in positive nor in negative terms.
     
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  10. TenEightyOne

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    Shhhh! ;)
     
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  11. LMSCorvetteGT2

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    I'd surmise you think they are going to do well...don't tell me how I know this :sly:
     
  12. Saidur_Ali

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    Hopefully Renault have made steps in reliability and performance so teams powered by them have a decent chance of being competitive. If it all comes together for Red Bull, I can imagine Vettel saying something similar to this after qualifying: "We keep on working. We do our thing. We are who we are. Thank you, great car."

    And hopefully Mercedes have done enough to take Red Bull on.

    Will be interesting to see who has the better engine at this early stage especially fuel efficiency and performance in races which may be key to being dominant as long as the reliability is there. I would prefer all engines to be similar though like last year.

    Will be exciting to see the new team driving pairing battles and which teams are competitive. Worried mainly about reliability ruining any competitive racing, ERS failure for example will lose you a lot of lop time so not just retirement making problems is a big issue. Hope the cars can make most of race without any major fuel saving too. Looking at the moment a similar pecking order to last year in terms of performance between teams. Williams look to be the most improved, I can see them scoring a lot more points than they did last year. First few races seems key for the two small teams to score their first points, maybe Chilton can do it if he keeps his finishing streak up ;).
     
  13. Anghammarad

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    :cool:

    I actually think that Mercedes have the stronger package. What they don't have though, is Fernando Alonso.
     
  14. LMSCorvetteGT2

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    Oh buddy, I can't wait for this season to start. Since it's been the most speculative in a long time. Which of us will have the winning predictions.:eek::mischievous:
     
  15. GTracer38

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    Kimi to go back to back is my pick. Massa on the podium with one of the Force India's.

    But that is just a guess. Can't wait to here the cars though! Wish I could get tomorrow off and go 3 days but all good :)
     
  16. LMSCorvetteGT2

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    I just don't see it, some people are claiming that Ferrari is sandbagging and possibly having those running their engines do the same. However, why would they? With such a new power unit they shouldn't have the ability, oh that's right they most likely used a mule la ferrari as speculated.
     
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    I prefer the grid girls, but whatever tickles your fancy.
     
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    I think and hope that Ferrari have a strong race package. I think Merecedes is definitely stronger on a single lap pace but when factoring in fuel economy I think it will be quite closer performance between the two manufacturers. Williams is looking great at the moment but I believe their performance will fall back as the season goes on. Definitely will be much stronger than last years car though.

    Can't wait to return to the track tomorrow and see and hear these new machines.
     
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    They will have to start talking about them when both drivers are standing on the podium Sunday :D Hey, a guy can dream can't he.
     
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    I don't think they are sandbagging.
    I predicting Mercedes to fumble and Ferrari to not. In reality, I am just stuck in 2007 but I think Kimi in red will be combo to beat this year and in Melbourne. I did forget something though, McLaren. I think they could be something if they focus fully this year.
     
  21. TenEightyOne

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    Suddenly with Ferrari seeming 'solid' rather than flashy the idea of Alonso/Raikkonnen side-by-side really worries me. Up until then I thought it was a great idea... :\
     
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    It is good to see that someone has pointed out what a Formula 1 driver looks like to Angela Bishop. She just interviewed Button. Still spent more time with Lydia Lassila and Guy Pearce, but at least she interviewed one of them.
    Based on what? The inexplicable belief that Räikkönen is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition because of his lack of personality?
     
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    What he lacks in personality, he more than makes up with character.

    That said, I think Kimi has more personality than Vettol and Hamilton combined.
     
  24. LMSCorvetteGT2

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    Considering Ferrari are usually the fumblers these days, I think I see what you're at
     
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    I like Kimi a lot as a driver, I see him as Vettle with a bit of "nouse". I don't know t'proper wo'd'frit.

    His aloofness with the press doesn't seem reflected in footage of him "behind the scenes" where he's more comfortable. As a driver I rate him very highly from lap-to-lap but I don't know if he interfaces well enough with the team to get the overall race picture. Since his comeback I've felt he's missed race opportunities by racing "too much too soon".
     
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    I think Ferrari may have kept the cards close se we can't really know what will happen this sunday. But in all honesty I think nobody does, not even themselves. Because you have at least 3 main variables I can think of:

    a) outright speed (Ferrari may have sandbagged here, Mika Salo says they did, I don't know ...)

    b) reliability (Ferrari isn't too bad they did manage many laps and race simulations, but with all the systems in place this will never be easy, for them or anyone else)

    c) fuel consumption


    And this is where we have no clue about who is ahead and who lags behind. But I suspect Ferrari is worried, because the good old patriarch Luca has already whined about taxi cab driving in Grand Prixs :lol:





     
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  28. Dragonwhisky

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    I am seriously considering being sick tomorrow. Just so I can soak up all the coverage from NBCSN, which will likely be one of two times they actually have that much coverage. Maybe Austin and Brazil will have as much. We'll see.
     
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  29. LMSCorvetteGT2

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    And japan will probably have as much too as well as Canada. These races get this much because they have time slots that are worth it.
     
  30. BHRxRacer

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    Anyone seen the press conference? Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel seem to be in a bad mood. Alonso much more than the rest. Stress? No new parts? Team orders? Race fixing*? I understand why Vettel is unhappy and maybe Hamilton, but Alonso seems angry even by his own standard.

    Anyway I can't wait. Going to skip a hospital appointment on Saturday just to watch qualifying.

    *feel free to rubbish it