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Old 09-03-2008, 19:31   #1061
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Rosberg is looking good, Alonso won't be competitive and Piquet jr will outdo him i bet! lol
Looking forward to it! Next sunday isn'it?


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Old 09-03-2008, 20:09   #1062
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yes it is.16th March 2008 in Melbourne Australia
can't hardly wait


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Old 09-03-2008, 21:10   #1063
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I'm looking forward to it too. I'm expecting a very competitive championship, very exciting. And crossing fingers for Massa and Piquet Jr. (who, btw, it's not bad on the eyes too ). I just can only imagine Alonso having to put up with another noob, he's gonna lose his mind. I didn't like Hamilton, but this time is gonna be someone I'm rooting for.
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Old 09-03-2008, 21:15   #1064
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Alonso for the champ !


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Old 09-03-2008, 21:24   #1065
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Come on Bes. U know better than that Alonso has no chance this year with Renault. It will be race between McLaren and Scuderia.
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Old 09-03-2008, 21:44   #1066
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He was twice champ with Renault, so a Hat-Trick won't get me surprised.


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Old 09-03-2008, 21:46   #1067
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True that, but Renault won't be that competitive this year
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Old 09-03-2008, 21:49   #1068
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I'll tell you a secret !

He will use nitro.


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Old 09-03-2008, 22:04   #1069
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I'll tell you a secret !

He will use nitro.
Uh oh, I heard the secret...
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Old 09-03-2008, 22:05   #1070
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Stop doing that.


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Old 09-03-2008, 22:07   #1071
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Old 12-03-2008, 17:32   #1072
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Good news.

McLaren will place 5th garage in paddock.


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Old 12-03-2008, 17:56   #1073
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Ferrari Again This Year!! I want an exciting season as last year, but nevertheless I misss Schumi so very much!
I cant wait for the season to begin officially; here I have to wake up [or not sleep at all] in order to watch the race, I hope it'll be a race worth waking up for, because for the first time in years I'd like to sleep more than wake for the race.
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Old 12-03-2008, 18:19   #1074
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2008 TEAMS PREVIEW

Ferrari
1 Kimi Raikkonen 2 Felipe Massa,
Testers: Luca Badoer, Marc Gene, Michael Schumacher
Forget all the hoopla about the spy scandal, the most significant thing about Ferrari in 2007 was that they won the world championships for drivers and constructors.

Just think about that for a moment, then cast your mind back to how Kimi Raikkonen became the worldís third Finnish champion at the very last race.

There were signs all the way through that Ferrari werenít quite themselves in the post-Michael Schumacher era. There were times when the cars lacked their usual bulletproof reliability, when the drivers made mistakes, when the radically long-wheelbased F2007 wasnít quite up to the job on some types of circuit. They werenít simply missing Schumacher, they were missing the calming influence of Ross Brawn, too. Yet they came through to win despite all that, and all the politics that raged around the Scuderia and McLaren like a never-ending tornado.

All of which means that, in the calmer seas that must surely characterise 2008, the red cars will be formidable opposition. All through winter testing they have been very quick, and Raikkonen and partner Felipe Massa both believe they have the tools to do the job with a lot less drama this year. Make no mistake, these are the favourites.

BMW Sauber
3 Nick Heidfeld, 4 Robert Kubica
Testers: Christian Klien, Marko Asmer
A year ago much was expected of the revamped BMW Sauber team, and they delivered all season with a series of strong drives from Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica that saw the team place third in the constructorsí championship on merit, and move to second when McLaren were disqualified.

Now comes the crunch year, when a very aggressive development policy must pay off. Team principal Dr Mario Theissen expects at least one victory this year, to keep his men on track for a world championship challenge in 2009 and 2010.

Winter testing showed initially that there were issues to be resolved in the F1.08ís handling, but towards the end of the various tests the pace of the white and blue cars certainly caught the attention of Renaultís Fernando Alonso, who believes they can be very quick in race trim.

Heidfeld got the most out of the F1.07 last year, leaving Kubica slightly in his shadow, but the roles have been reversed thus far in testing and one of the fascinating aspects of the new season will be monitoring their inter-team battle. Expect the team to be in the thick of the fight for third spot, behind Ferrari and McLaren.

Renault
5 Fernando Alonso 6 Nelson Piquet Jnr
Testers: Romain Grosjean, Lucas di Grassi, Sakon Yamamoto
Have Renault really lost their confidence, as prodigal son Fernando Alonso recently suggested? Or was that merely talk to lull rivals into a false sense of security?

There is no question that 2007 came as a major slap in the face for the team which had won dramatic championships for Alonso in 2005 and í06, while also annexing the constructorsí trophies for themselves. Problems with the switch from Michelin to Bridgestone, the aerodynamics, and the loss of Alonso to McLaren really hurt the Enstone team.

Now Alonso is back, partnered by hungry young Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr, son of the 1981, í83 and í87 world champion. The Spaniard will be worth half a second a lap immediately, and Renault have spent the winter in an intensive race to claw back the ground lost so unexpectedly to Ferrari and McLaren. Alonso has been candid about their performance thus far in testing, and says that it isnít good enough to put them back on top yet. Instead, they aim initially for podiums, and to snatch back third place from BMW Sauber. Whether they can aspire to victory by the end of the year is one of 2008ís key questions.

Williams
7 Nico Rosberg 8 Kazuki Nakajima
Testers: Nico Hulkenberg
Williams did a huge amount in 2007 to dismiss any suggestions that they are slowly declining into the sort of supporting role which eventually claimed Tyrrell. And their performance so far in pre-season testing makes them a clear contender for the position of dark horse prior to the 2008 kick-off.

The FW29 did much to put the team back on the right technical track in 2007, and its similarly Toyota-powered FW30 successor has looked very strong all winter. Senior engineers Patrick Head and Sam Michael both firmly believe that, while they arenít yet ready to claim victories, the gap between themselves and Ferrari and McLaren will be a lot smaller. In the quiet ebullience of one of the most popular teams in the sport, one sees the shoots of recovery to the level of competitiveness that made them great.

On the driver front, two sons of famous fathers will battle it out. Nico Rosberg made a great name for himself in 2007, but was that just because the FW29 was a great car? This year he has to beat decisively new team mate Kazuki Nakajima, son of the former Lotus and Tyrrell racer Satoru, if he is to maintain his career momentum.

Red Bull
9 David Coulthard 10 Mark Webber
Testers: Sebastien Buemi
2007 was a crucial year for Red Bull Racing that appeared to achieve little thanks to the inherent lack of reliability of the long-awaited RB3 from technical chief Adrian Newey. The idea was to challenge for fourth place overall with the Renault RS27-engined contender, but it didnít work out that way. Instead, Red Bull remained firmly mired in the midfield, from which escape will be a very tough task.

David Coulthard and Mark Webber need no introduction and are comfortable together. They have similar speed, which manifests itself in different ways. Webber is the better qualifier, but Coulthard can still drive a good race. Both have to be fully motivated, however, and that will come if the RB4 can deliver. The signs thus far are that more work is needed before it can break through, but results must come in the most critical season the team has yet faced. The time for excuses is long past.

Toyota
11 Jarno Trulli 12 Timo Glock
Testers: Kamui Kobayashi
Red Bull Racing isnít the only team that faces tough questions if they fail to deliver. Toyota have been on that knife edge for far too long and in 2008 they must surely start to show signs of being able to challenge regularly for podiums if they are to stand any chance of long-term survival. Even Toyota, who are rumoured to be spending more than anyone else on Formula One racing, cannot do so indefinitely without solid results.

Jarno Trulli said recently that he believes the TF108 has the potential to do well, but this is what drivers always say at this stage of the season when anything is possible. In Timo Glock he has a German partner who can be guaranteed to push all the time, but unless the technical package is right both will face the usual uphill struggle of a Toyota driver.

Toro Rosso
14 Sebastien Bourdais 15 Sebastian Vettel
Test driver: TBA
Toro Rosso were one of the least happy teams for much of 2007, with the management of Gerhard Berger and Franz Tost regularly belittling the efforts of drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed. The American was dropped in favour of Sebastian Vettel by Hungary, and despite matching the Germanís pace, if not his luck, Liuzzi was also shown the door at the end of the season. The man who replaces him is Sebastien Bourdais, whom many acknowledge should have got a Formula One chance a long time ago. The four-time ChampCar champion has been struggling for speed during testing, and faces a tough challenge learning the ropes while keeping up with Vettel.

Among the teamís greatest assets is former McLaren and Ferrari engineer Giorgio Ascanelli, whose arrival set them on the right technical course partway through 2007. They start the year with a modified, ĎBí version of last yearís STR02, and are hoping that as a known quantity it will enable them to achieve decent results early on before the introduction of a new machine later in the year.

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coming soon Honda, Super Aguri, Force India and McLaren

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Old 13-03-2008, 21:44   #1075
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From Gazzetta in english:

Massa talks up Ferrari's chances
"We are stronger than in 2007"

"I can't wait for Sunday afternoon," said the Brazilian, "Testing has gone well and reliability is far better than 12 months ago. Every point will be crucial in the race between us and McLaren."

MELBOURNE (Aus), 12th March 2008 - Four days to go. The Australian Grand Prix, inaugural race of the 2008 F1 World Championship, is almost upon us and expectations are growing. As always, everyone is upbeat and optimistic prior to the race and Felipe Massa is no exception. The Ferrari driver is looking to redeem himself in terms of both the championship and the race: last year he was unfortunate during qualifying and finished the Australian GP in sixth place.
OPTIMISM - "I can't wait for Sunday afternoon," said the Brazilian, "I arrived here yesterday after spending some time at home in Brazil. My lifestyle there is the same as ever: the biggest change since last season is that now I'm a married man. Winter testing went well and I was very pleased with the car, both at the start and following the developments that took place during the winter months. We obviously cannot rest on our laurels, but the team has done an excellent job and we have a great deal of mileage under our belts."
PREDICTIONS - The reliability of the car, which let him down in 2007, will be crucial. "On that front," explained the driver, "It is difficult to say what will happen, but we are in much better shape than we were at the beginning of last season. We will see where we stand when racing starts and where we need to make improvements. However, we are very pleased with what we have done so far. We have not had the best of luck on this circuit in the past: two years ago I didn't even manage to finish the first lap and last year I had problems in qualifying."
CHALLENGE - Everything in the build-up suggests yet another duel between Ferrari and McLaren. "When two teams are so close, and I think it is also the case this year, every single point is crucial," said Massa. "The start of the season is always exciting, although less now that I am more experienced and have more of an idea of what to expect. It is not only the fact that it is the first race, but also because you can finally see who did what in testing."
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Old 14-03-2008, 06:55   #1076
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the result from 1st practice in Melbourne..
apparently Ferrari and McLaren will battles again in this season.take a look from the 1st place until the 4th place.



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Old 14-03-2008, 07:26   #1077
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Alonso... I hope we'll see him waaaaaaay behind Scuderia and McLaren this year
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Old 14-03-2008, 10:19   #1078
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Ahem, and Lewis comes along and destroys Kimi in the next practice with Andromeda conveniently didnt post

1. HAMILTON McLaren 1m26.559s
2. WEBBER Red Bull 1m27.473s
3. MASSA Ferrari 1m27.640s
4. KOVALAINEN McLaren 1m27.683s
5. COULTHARD Red Bull 1m28.037s
6. RAIKKONEN Ferrari 1m28.208s
7. TRULLI Toyota 1m28.292s
8. ROSBERG Williams 1m28.352s
9. FISICHELLA Force India 1m28.469s
10. GLOCK Toyota 1m28.582s
11. BUTTON Honda 1m28.632s
12. HEIDFELD BMW 1m28.731s
13. ALONSO Renault 1m28.779s
14. BARRICHELLO Honda 1m28.849s
15. KUBICA BMW 1m28.860s
16. NAKAJIMA Williams 1m29.077s
17. SUTIL Force India 1m29.161s
18. VETTEL Toro Rosso 1m29.193s
19. PIQUET Renault 1m29.518s
20. BOURDAIS Toro Rosso 1m29.605s
21. SATO Super Aguri 1m30.663s
22. DAVIDSON Super Aguri 1m31.527s

Force india are doing surprisingly well as well. I think Fisi is the sort of driver that does absolutely fantastically in a mediocre car, but cant really get to his best in a championship winning car. A top 10 position, for essentially SPyker is rerally good.


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Old 14-03-2008, 11:08   #1079
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Honda
16 Jenson Button 17 Rubens Barrichello
Testers: Alex Wurz, Mike Conway, Luca Filippi
Honda made much of the power of dreams and their Earthdreams programme when they launched their eco-friendly Formula One car last year, but it proved to be an utterly disastrous season that brought the team to their knees. Jenson Button did a fantastic job to maintain his momentum as, for yet another year, he saw his genuine aspirations of mounting a championship challenge crumble the moment the first race started.

Testing times suggest that the new RA108, at least in its current guise, is not going to turn that trick for him either. Insiders say his first comments on the new car were unprintable. At the launch in late January, there was much evidence of brave smiles for the cameras to disguise an ongoing crisis.

ButÖ nobody in the real world doubts that the presence of new team principal Ross Brawn will have a huge influence on the teamís development in the medium term. His record at Benetton and Ferrari speaks volumes, and this major asset will surely lead the team from the wilderness. It will, however, take time.

Super Aguri
18 Takuma Sato 19 Anthony Davidson
Tester: James Rossiter
The one thing that Super Aguri can rely on going into the 2008 season is the inherent strength of Hondaís RA807E V8. But it remains to be seen how weak other aspects of the set-up will be.

This time last year Aguri Suzukiís little team embarrassed the Honda 'Mother Ship', whose own RA107 performed lamentably in the early races. By contrast, Super Aguriís RA106-based SA07 went well enough for the irrepressible Takuma Sato to perform some giant-killing acts, most notably on a troubled Fernando Alonsoís McLaren in Montreal.

Now the little team face 2008 with modified versions of the RA107s, after a great deal of uncertainty over their financial wellbeing. They missed the final two winter tests, and only in the days prior to Melbourne was news of a buyer for the team announced. Losing a team is never good news, especially when they are as popular as Super Aguri, and one hopes that the acquisition by the Magma Group can be successfully concluded.

Force India
20 Adrian Sutil 21 Giancarlo Fisichella
Tester: Vitantonio Liuzzi
In the beginning it was Jordan. Then it became Midland. Then Spyker. Now it is Force India. Can Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya finally get this once successful team back on track, and turn the corner from also-rans to respectable midfielder status?

Technical chief Mike Gascoyne believes so, and has been busily assembling a very strong technical department to do just that. It includes engineers such as Mark Smith and James Key, and other personnel who were with the team in its Jordan heyday. In Mallya they have finally found somebody with the necessary finance and the will to invest it in moving from the tail end of the field into the midfield. Nobody is pretending that Force India will emulate Jordanís bold acts of yore just yet, but watch this team very carefully. If anyone is going to surprise with their progress by the end of the year, it could be this one.

McLaren
22 Lewis Hamilton 23 Heikki Kovalainen
Testers: Pedro de la Rosa, Gary Paffett
No team in history has ever gone through as bruising a season as McLaren experienced in 2007. First there was the exhilaration of Lewis Hamiltonís early performances, and the on-track fight with Ferrari. Then came the 'Stepneygate' spy scandal, followed by internal strife between Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. It concluded with a US$100m fine, disqualification from the world championship for constructors, and Kimi Raikkonen pipping Hamilton and Alonso to the driversí title in the final race.

In theory, there should be the humiliation of a garage at the wrong end of the pit lane this year, but within McLaren right now there is no looking back. Everything is totally focused on one task, and one task only: winning. The teamís philosophy has always been to win every race; thatís the way to win championships.

In recent testing the MP4-23 set the pace, giving rise to optimism that Hamilton and his new team mate Heikki Kovalainen will be able to take the fight to Ferrari once more. Whether they have the necessary technical savvy, and the strength of character to get on with one another, remain but two of the fascinating aspects of this teamís battle for redemption.


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Ahem, and Lewis comes along and destroys Kimi in the next practice with Andromeda conveniently didnt post
lol.. it wasn't on purpose but i believe Kimi will destroys him in the true race


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I will watch this race, and Alonso passing by everyone !
Alonso = the new Schumi


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