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The 2012 Australian F1 GP Thread

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    Here we are ladies and goims, the official F1 2012 Aus GP thread which should replace the off season thread we've had. Carry on lads/ladettes.



    CourseTemporary street circuit 5.303 km (3.295 mi)
    Distance58 laps, 307.574 km (191.12 mi)
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    come on Jenson and Lewis!

    can't wait for new season! so hyped and gonna get up early to watch all sessions live in HD
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    Literally cannot wait for Sunday!!
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    Should be good.

    REckon it will be a red bull domination again this year but hoping Mclaren make it at least a 2 way fight for the title.
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    (Original post by Motorbiker)
    Should be good.

    REckon it will be a red bull domination again this year but hoping Mclaren make it at least a 2 way fight for the title.
    That's the dream right there, with Macca's awesome rate of mid season development hopefully they'll catch up quickly.
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    NOOOOOOOOO, I have friends coming over on Sunday. Am going to have to be like 'sorry guys, F1 highlights are on now!'


    (Or record it and watch it later).
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    Tipping Kimi to make the podium, the Lotus always starts the season well and they look far stronger than they did last year in testing.
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    I miss the days when f1 had V10 engines
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    What time is qualifying/the race?
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    So Brawn started saying Mercedes wont be fighting for victories, then he said they would be, and now on the eve of Melbourne he says fighting for victories is too optimistic.

    Mind games/unsure or are they hiding something amazing?
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    Ferrari fan here but i think they will struggle to get as high as 5th.

    I expect the Mclarens and Mercedes to be fighting for the front two rows, Lotus are a dark horse here

    Not sure who will win at this stage though Button goes well and i will jump for joy if Schumacher crushes the opposition.
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    Been a long wait, glad it's finally (almost) here

    Tempted to put a tenner on Hamilton / McLaren winning championships...not sure I can justify probably wasting the money though
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    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98036

    HRT delaying the scrutineering of their second car. They are literally worse now than they were the first year they raced...


    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98034

    Press conference including Raikkonnen, button, both red bull drivers, ricciardo and pic.
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    I'm tipping Raikkonnen to shine too. He seems well up for it. Can't wait for FP1 tonight!
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    (Original post by Motorbiker)
    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98036

    HRT delaying the scrutineering of their second car. They are literally worse now than they were the first year they raced...


    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98034

    Press conference including Raikkonnen, button, both red bull drivers, ricciardo and pic.
    To be fair if the rules hadn't changed then they would've gotten at least some testing done and they did at least manage a shakedown before running in Aus this year...
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    FP3 on RTL is screened immediately before qualifying, therefore it's a 5:45 - 8:25 RTL marathon for me am Samstag Morgen

    EDIT: Oh wait, those are the German times, this could be fun :eek:
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    (Original post by -Someone-Like-You-)
    What time is qualifying/the race?
    I think they start at 6am. The build up shows are an hour or an hour and a half before that.
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    (Original post by Lib)
    To be fair if the rules hadn't changed then they would've gotten at least some testing done and they did at least manage a shakedown before running in Aus this year...
    Fair point. They did change the front wing flexibility tests very late but even so...

    I'm guessing that Caterham will be snapping at the heels of the midfield all season scoring their maiden point in Canada or Monaco... Marrusia/HRT will plod around slowly by themselves and will only ever score points this year if about 10 others infront of them all crash out...
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    Friday may not even give us a clue of the pecking order. The weather forecast is for a wet friday but dry saturday and sunday!
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    Ferrari are going to do well! Trust

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