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24-03-2011, 04:14 PM
I love it and have been waiting for the 2011 season to start for what seems like forever!

Anyone else an f1 fan?:surrender:

24-03-2011, 04:16 PM
yes i will be glued to the box, never miss a race, big F1 fan here. hope i can see the practice online tomorrow too :)

24-03-2011, 04:18 PM
Me too, always watch.... hope the live timing website works better this season

24-03-2011, 04:50 PM
Oh yes. I'll be there.

24-03-2011, 09:24 PM
Never miss a race. :thumbsup:
We have been to Siverstone several times for the GP and my company paid for me and my DW to have an amazing hospitality 5 day trip to the Monaco GP when I took early retirement, so you could say that I am hooked on F1.

24-03-2011, 10:23 PM
my dad is a huge fan! so i didnt stand a chance, my 2 lads love it too!

25-03-2011, 09:47 AM
McLaren's Button and Hamilton fastest on 1st day of practice for F1 Australian GP

By Neil Frankland, The Associated Press 28 minutes ago

MELBOURNE, Australia Jenson Button needed less than 1 1/2 minutes to wipe away McLaren's winter testing of discontent and assert the team as a prime contender for Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Button and Lewis Hamilton set the fastest times in Friday's practice as the team profited from same late changes to the car's set up following a frustrating Formula One off-season.

Button posted the fastest lap of 1 minute, 28.854 seconds in the second practice session, 0.132 seconds ahead of Hamilton as the McLaren cars performed strongly on the softer 'option' tires after being off the pace on the hard tires in the morning session.

"Getting used to the new tires is giving me the lap time," McLaren tweeted Button as saying during the session.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third quickest in both sessions. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, who led after the first practice session, were fourth and fifth respectively.

Sixth-place Michael Schumacher of Mercedes led for much of the second session, indicating the team may have taken a step forward after last year's disappointments.

"We learned a lot today and are more or less where we thought we would be, although it was quite windy and tricky to drive," the seven-time world champion said. "We will sort out some issues on our car for the rest of the weekend, but I am still happy with what we have seen here so far."

Button and Hamilton had talked down McLaren's chances before arriving in Australia, following an off-season in which the team struggled to integrate a complex new exhaust system and get the best out of the new Pirelli tires. A last-minute decision to revert to a simpler exhaust and floor of the car clearly paid off.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa was seventh after an erratic first session. Sauber rookie Sergio Perez was an impressive eighth, Williams veteran Rubens Barrichello was ninth and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg 10th.

Despite cool conditions and occasional showers at the Albert Park circuit, the teams persisted with dry weather tires throughout the day.

"We had some Melbourne showers at the end of the second session, which are always pretty tricky round here," Webber said. "We've still got some work to do, there are some quick guys out there."

It was a difficult day for the drivers, who had to cope with a green circuit in tricky conditions, new Pirelli tires, while becoming accustomed to the new rules for this season.

The introduction of an adjustable rear wing and the reintroduction of the KERS power-boost system meant drivers must constantly adjust settings via the steering wheel.

The first session got off to a slow start when the first man out newly appointed Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok spun on the third corner, damaging the front end. The incident prompted a suspension of practice and the Indian did not return to the track to post a time.

Jarno Trulli took the car out in the second session, but he also managed to overshoot a corner into a gravel pit also on turn three as light rain fell and the street circuit lost grip.

Hispania, which spent most of the night and early morning preparing its cars, also did not complete a lap in either session.

Vitantonio Liuzzi emerged in the closing stages of the second practice. He did not complete a lap but at least gave the team its first readings on the new car, having used the 2010 version in limited preseason testing.

With the 107 per cent rule back in place for this season meaning cars that finish outside 7 per cent of the fastest time in the first qualifying session cannot enter the race Hispania is facing an uphill task to have its car up to speed.

Virgin is also in a precarious position with regard to the 107 per cent rule, which if applied to the second session would have set the cutoff point at 1.31.864 faster than both Jerome d'Ambrosio and Timo Glock's times.

"We would like to be quicker, but sometimes everything doesn't go according to plan and you have to work hard to come back, and I'm sure we'll do it" d'Ambrosio said. "We can only get better."

25-03-2011, 09:48 AM
i do hope jensen can win the title again :D

26-03-2011, 08:41 AM
i do hope jensen can win the title again :D
I`m torn on this one.
The UK side of me agrees but I would really like Mark Webber to get the title this year as he hasn`t got many years left in F1 and he is a really nice guy to boot. [I met him at a Jaguar dinner at their factory a few years ago when he drove for the Jaguar team and he had all the time in the world for anyone who approached him]. :thumbsup:

26-03-2011, 09:50 AM
Webber for me too. He's such a nice guy. Hamilton will get a few more championships under his belt before he retires so I'd like to see Webber take the top prize this time.

26-03-2011, 10:28 AM
me too :yes: he's had some rotten luck and really deserves to win one

26-03-2011, 11:10 AM
Qualifying shows Vettel still has the ability to drive the fastest but will he be able to maintain the lead? He's never been very good at turning a pole into a win.

27-03-2011, 03:08 PM
i just dont think webber has it, and on todays showing i cant see him winning it