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  1. 1. Which team will win the Constructor's Championship?

    • Infiniti Red Bull Racing
      39
    • Scuderia Ferrari
      13
    • Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
      4
    • Lotus F1 Team
      6
    • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
      5
    • Sauber F1 Team
      0
    • Sahara Force India F1 Team
      1
    • Williams F1 Team
      0
    • Scuderia Toro Rosso
      0
    • Caterham F1 Team
      0
    • Marrusia F1 Team
      1
  2. 2. Which driver will win the World Driver's Championship

    • Sebastian Vettel
      29
    • Mark Webber
      0
    • Fernando Alonso
      19
    • Felipe Massa
      0
    • Jenson Button
      4
    • Sergio Perez
      0
    • Kimi Raikkonen
      5
    • Romain Grosjean
      1
    • Nico Rosberg
      1
    • Lewis Hamilton
      9
    • Nico Hulkenberg
      0
    • Esteban Gutierrez
      0
    • Adrian Sutil
      0
    • Paul Di Resta
      1
    • Pastor Maldonado
      0
    • Valtteri Bottas
      0
    • Jean-Eric Vergne
      0
    • Daniel Ricciardo
      0
    • Charles Pic
      0
    • Giedo Van Der Garde
      0
    • Jules Bianchi
      0
    • Max Chilton
      0

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The poll will be added once all teams are confirmed.

Technical and rule changes

  • DRS is only allowed during practice and qualifying within the same designated zones as in the race session
  • Cars must have enough fuel to make it back to the pits and provide the 1L sample required. If stopped on track there must also be enough fuel in the car for the required distance to the pits as well as the 1L sample.
  • The number of permitted breaks of curfew is reduced from 4 to 2 occurrences.
  • Double DRS is now banned
  • Minimum weight of cars increases to 642kg

Driver and team changes

  • HRT are no longer present on the team roster, after failing to find a buyer, and get enough money to make the entry fee for 2013 in time.

Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing RB9

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[quote name='Chasethebase' timestamp='1356982306' post='595425348']
[i]The poll will be added once all teams are confirmed.[/i]
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was just going to ask that :D

anyway: if ferrari manages to build a half-decent car from the very beginning (not such a s*itbox like last year) alonso has to be the clear favourite.

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[b] [color=#222222][quote][/color][size=5]Timo Glock agrees to leave Marussia for 'commercial' reasons[/size][/b]


German Timo Glock will not race for Marussia this year after he and the team "agreed to part company with immediate effect".

The German, 30, has raced for Marussia since their debut in 2010 as Virgin. Team boss John Booth said "commercial" considerations were behind the move.
Timo's time

"Tough economic conditions prevail and the commercial landscape is difficult for everyone," Booth added.

Glock earned a salary; Marussia need a driver who brings sponsorship.
Marussia did not say in their statement who would be replacing Glock. They have already confirmed the English novice Max Chilton in one of the seats.

Brazilians Bruno Senna, who raced for Williams last year, and novice Luis Razia have been linked to the team.[/quote]
Source: [url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/21119720"]BBC News[/url]

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This is really turning me off F1, its not about who has the skill anymore its all about who can bring the most money to buy a seat, you get idiots like Pastor Maldonado who clearly wasn't ready for F1, though has been improving, smashing into everyone and being aggressive.

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Possibility for more sponsor drivers? If it keeps up like this, soon anyone who isn't Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull or Mercedes will be using pay drivers!

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Talent isn't enough to secure a seat in an F1 car these days :(

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In the lower ranking teams anyway.......

Something needs to be done, like the constructors championship, normalise the payments a bit, you have to be top 10 to get any money at all, so the better teams get more money to spend on developing faster cars and the bottom ranked teams get jack ****. It should be the other way round.

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Here's the testing/car launch calendar for you all.

28-Jan Lotus
31-Jan McLaren
01-Feb Ferrari
01-Feb Force India
02-Feb Sauber
03-Feb Red Bull
04-Feb Mercedes
04-Feb Toro Rosso
05-Feb Caterham
05-Feb [b]Test 1: Jerez[/b]
19-Feb Williams
19-Feb [b]Test 2: Barcelona[/b]
28-Feb [b]Test 3: Jerez[/b]
15-Mar [b]Australian Grand Prix[/b]

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[quote name='TheLegendOfMart' timestamp='1358771093' post='595467868']
This is really turning me off F1, its not about who has the skill anymore its all about who can bring the most money to buy a seat, you get idiots like Pastor Maldonado who clearly wasn't ready for F1, though has been improving, smashing into everyone and being aggressive.
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pay-drivers have always been a part of formula 1 especially in the lower-grid teams. have a look in the 90s, there have been much worse pay drivers.
maldonado has shown he can win races, thats at least something. also grosjean has shown he can contend for wins. if id had to throw out someone based on last year it has to be senna.

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Formula 1 isn't meant to be some utopian sport where everyone gets equal cars, if you want stock car racing watch nascar or champ car. It's about the biggest and the best showcasing their engineering and driving talents. If you don't have the capital to compete that's your problem, not the problem of the FIA and of FOM. Rewarding failure just doesn't make sense.
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[quote name='Chasethebase' timestamp='1358772274' post='595467898']
Here's the testing/car launch calendar for you all.

31-Jan McLaren
01-Feb Ferrari
01-Feb Force India
02-Feb Sauber
03-Feb Red Bull
04-Feb Mercedes
04-Feb Toro Rosso
05-Feb Caterham
05-Feb [b]Test 1: Jerez[/b]
19-Feb Williams
19-Feb [b]Test 2: Barcelona[/b]
28-Feb [b]Test 3: Jerez[/b]
15-Mar [b]Australian Grand Prix[/b]
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Add the Lotus launch on January 28 to the list.

As for the team finances/pay driver situation: It reminds me of 1994/95. Only this time around there are no new teams waiting to enter F1. Or manufacturers who would want to buy an existing team. The FIA needs to act, and quickly - what good is a F1 grid with 16 drivers?

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One more thing: How has the regulation regarding having enough fuel in the car changed? The FIA already send cars that don't have enough fuel to the back of the grid as Seb and Lewis found out to their cost during 2012.

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[quote name='Javik' timestamp='1358982305' post='595474392']
One more thing: How has the regulation regarding having enough fuel in the car changed? The FIA already send cars that don't have enough fuel to the back of the grid as Seb and Lewis found out to their cost during 2012.
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I think its changes by increasing the minimum amount of fuel so they have the minimum 1L plus another 1L for a sample. Any punishments will remain the same i think.

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[quote name='Javik' timestamp='1358982305' post='595474392']
One more thing: How has the regulation regarding having enough fuel in the car changed? The FIA already send cars that don't have enough fuel to the back of the grid as Seb and Lewis found out to their cost during 2012.
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they threw out the passus "higher force" out of the rules, so by now if you cant provide ennough fuel you are demoted back to the grid no matter what, you cant argue with "higher force" anymore.
however that also means that if you have indeed ennough fuel and had to stop the car for another technical reason, nothing will happen.

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Ah that makes sense, thanks!

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The FIA have also said that teams can cover the platypus nose/step to make them smoother and more appealing to the eye. That was following the controversy that 2012 cars were ugly and no longer good looking.

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We'll get an idea of how the 2013 generation of cars will look like today: The Lotus E21 launch will be broadcasted on the team's [url="http://www.youtube.com/lotusf1team"]YouTube page[/url] at 19:15 GMT/20:15 CET.

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Lotus have unveiled their car, the E21. It still features the stepped nose:
[img]http://images.planetf1.com/13/01/496x259/Lotus-E21_2892373.jpg[/img]

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[attachment=326124:Lotus-E21-Formel-1-2013-19-fotoshowImageNew-6285b858-657509.jpg]

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car looks ok, nothing too radical but it seems to be a good package. allison expects many teams to keep the stepped nose because the cover means only more weight added. however williams and mclaren have said that they will use the cover. if one team is not to use it, its probably red bull because they have some kind of air-intake in the step included.

i cant wait for mclaren and redbull to show their cars. their launches are usually the most exciting ones. :D

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The McLaren was the only car to have a decent looking front nose last season.

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Cheers for the details, Chasethebase I hope you don't mind if I copy and paste this to another forum.

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[quote name='mclaren2' timestamp='1359445875' post='595487208']
car looks ok, nothing too radical but it seems to be a good package. allison expects many teams to keep the stepped nose because the cover means only more weight added. however williams and mclaren have said that they will use the cover. if one team is not to use it, its probably red bull because they have some kind of air-intake in the step included.

i cant wait for mclaren and redbull to show their cars. their launches are usually the most exciting ones. :D
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McLaren don't have the stepped nose to cover in the first place. Was the best looking car last season.

Can't wait for the this season...

If a car stops on track during qualifying how do they calculate the fuel need to finish the lap? Say x ml's per lap and multiply by the remainder of the track left or better still count a car on track as requiring a laps worth of fuel and the 1 litre required for testing?

Prefer the 2nd option so you don't see drivers coasting to save fuel and stopping on track. Wouldn't put it past some of the teams to try it on!

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[quote name='SledgeNZ' timestamp='1359464453' post='595487576']
McLaren don't have the stepped nose to cover in the first place. Was the best looking car last season.


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i was talking about the mp4/28 not the mp4/27

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[quote name='mclaren2' timestamp='1359468923' post='595487714']
i was talking about the mp4/28 not the mp4/27
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The new car has a stepped nose? Have you got some insider info or pics?

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