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#16 philcruicks

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 19:47

That looks like its gonna be lovely, Caterham looks odd cause of that step on the nose.


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Posted 25 January 2012 - 19:55

Can't wait, although its now ruined by Sky. BBC F1 coverage cannot be beaten!

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 22:02

Isnt the US cancelled because of some short grey haired tw@ called bernie?

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 23:14

Isnt the UK cancelled because of some short grey haired tw@ called bernie?

Fixed :)

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 00:18

Isnt the US cancelled because of some short grey haired tw@ called bernie?


I think his face looks like an old shoe.

First teaser image of the MP4/27:



Too low to the ground and I'm not sure if that meets regulations.

That looks like its gonna be lovely, Caterham looks odd cause of that step on the nose.


It needs "NO STEP" on the livery.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:50

Isnt the US cancelled because of some short grey haired tw@ called bernie?

No - work on the Austin track has resumed: Austin track set for August completion

And they've started to sell tickets for the US GP: Austin track begins ticketing process

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 17:43


Can't wait, although its now ruined by Sky. BBC F1 coverage cannot be beaten!

Looking at the BBC lineup this year, I'm gonna disagree :p

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:49

I hope this season and the coverage this season is great! I'm sure it will be. Looking forward to the Indian Grand Prix once again!

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 22:26

OK, this isn't technically to do with this season, but I think it's an interesting story for discussion...

Volkswagen considering F1 entry

Volkswagen could enter Formula 1 according to a proposal being drawn up by Wolfgang Durheimer, the German manufacturer's head of motorsport.

Rumours first emerged suggesting that VW's interest had been raised last year with the news that F1 would be switching to turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engines in 2014.

However, resistance to the idea has, to date, apparently come from the chairman of VW's board Ferdinand Piech.

Now, though, Durheimer has told Wirtschafts Woche that he intends once more to propose the move as a means of boosting car sales.

"I will present my concept to the board later this year and put forward proposals that affect not only the racing series we are in today," he said.

Durheimer added that F1 has "by far the greatest importance. It dominates the racing scene in Europe and Asia".

But he also said that using F1 to boost sales in the United States might prove difficult given the sport's lower profile there compared to IndyCar and, particularly, NASCAR.

He did add, though, that "these race series must be examined in the context of a future strategy".

The speculation is that VW would enter as an engine supplier, with Toro Rosso mentioned as a possible partner.



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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:59

McLaren ready for legality fight over new MP4-27

McLaren is bracing itself for a battle over the legality of its new MP4-27, AUTOSPORT can reveal.

According to McLaren Applied Technologies managing director Geoff McGrath, the new car, which is launched tomorrow, will feature obvious design innovations which could potentially attract protests from rivals.

These are the result of the team's aim to be less conservative in the interpretation of the Formula 1 regulations than it has been in previous years.

"There are technical innovations on the car which will be immediately obvious when you see them," said McGrath, who added that McLaren is "getting ready for a fight" over its new machine.

McGrath admitted that McLaren has paid the price for being overly cautious in previous seasons. The team has finished behind Red Bull in the constructors' championship in the past three years and must start the season strongly if it is to end that run.

"We've started way behind in the last couple of years — that's the really disappointing thing," he said. "But when we're behind, you can see that historically we always catch up faster than anyone else.

"Until we go to the first test in Jerez [which starts on February 7], the engineers won't know for sure if they got it right."

It is understood that McLaren is focusing on single-lap speed with the MP4-27, which it hopes will allow it to take more pole positions and control races from the front.

McGrath added that beating qualifying master Sebastian Vettel will be crucial if McLaren is to be successful in 2012, particularly as its analysis indicated that the raw pace of last year's MP4-26 was superior towards the end of the season despite Red Bull and Vettel's run of poles.

"He must be a brilliant driver, because by the end of last season we definitely had the best car and he was still whupping us," McGrath said.

"We're trying to figure out exactly what he's doing that's so good. How does he pull out that fast qualifying lap every time? We think it's driver skill. There's no trickery on the cars, he just gets more out of it than we do."


Source: Autosport

Only 24 hours until we see which technical innovations they mean.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:04

"We're trying to figure out exactly what he's doing that's so good. How does he pull out that fast qualifying lap every time? We think it's driver skill. There's no trickery on the cars, he just gets more out of it than we do."


I'm not exactly sure that it is. Too many races ended with Red Bull taking the most points, followed by McLaren and then Ferrari for it to just be that Vettel is best.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:20

Adrian Sutil given suspended sentence over incident involving Lotus' Eric Lux

Adrian Sutil has been given an 18-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of bodily harm against Lotus team co-owner Eric Lux.

On the second day of proceedings in Munich, Sutil was convicted of causing neck injuries to Lux with a champagne glass following a fight in a nightclub after last year's Chinese Grand Prix.

Sutil said he never intended to hurt Lux and told the court on Monday that he had done everything possible to try and bring the matter to a close. However, Lux made it clear that he had never received the face-to-face apology that he had been after.

The conviction will be a blow to Sutil's hopes of returning to Formula 1 in the future, with the German having lost his drive at Force India to Nico Hulkenberg for this season.


Source: Autosport

There goes Adrian Sutil's F1 career.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:07

The McLaren MP4-27:

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More and better pictures to follow.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:11

Just watching this now. lol at the Button sales charm. "Look at this beautiful car"

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:16

Im so happy the MP4-27 doesnt have that hideous stepped nose. I can has road version pleze?