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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
PostPosted: 20 Jun 2008, 13:37  
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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
PostPosted: 20 Jun 2008, 14:18  
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Hi Guys, new here!

Anyway, just watched the practice session and I think the Alonso and the two Fezza's are going to be too quick for Lewis to score many points. Lewis was a little off the pace too, I think he will get points on Sunday, but only a few.

Fingers crossed it rains then (I'm a Brit as you can tell ;-) )
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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
PostPosted: 20 Jun 2008, 14:23  
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It's evident Alonso time is for gallery. But, he was 6 on FP1, and on FP2 have good times, 3-7 for a long time. But both BMW were very slow on FP2, so tomorrow sure fight for top 4 on grid.
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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
PostPosted: 20 Jun 2008, 14:55  
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dacer wrote:
But both BMW were very slow on FP2, so tomorrow sure fight for top 4 on grid.


I keep repeating it like a mantra: how often do you see BMWs being fast on Fridays? Does it mean they will be slow tomorrow in Q3? :roll::

Unlikely.
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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
PostPosted: 20 Jun 2008, 15:23  
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The racing starts in the qualifying. :wink:

I guess Renault wanted to please their home crowd a bit.

Ferrari looks very fast indeed. Kimi's long runs were excellent. Massa's time 1:15.3 was three tenths shy from last year's pole time. So if the cars are quicker than last year, we could enjoy some nice 1:14's in Q2.

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You think Alonso's time was for show (to please the French)? I actually think he will Q top three (probably sacrafice fuel and stop early). Nelson Piquet Jr is surely in for the chop soon. Still, he behaves better than his Dad ever did.

And didn't Alonso keep hold of the Renault well coming out of the final turn!? Anyone see that? Most impressive.
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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
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Alonso's best time came from the very first of lap of his 8-lap run on softer tyres. So it's not that bad, really encouraging. But of course, like in Spain, it's just for the media in French for the sake Renault squad's popularity and PR thing. Raikkonen lapped his times on longer stints, which were very consistent and solid, especially in 2nd practice session. Raikkonen will be very strong in the race.

It's very much likely that front row might consist of Alonso and Hamilton, who both might be on ultra light cars. If that will be the case, then it's much likely to see first lap battle between them :)

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You think Alonso's time was for show (to please the French)? I actually think he will Q top three (probably sacrafice fuel and stop early). Nelson Piquet Jr is surely in for the chop soon. Still, he behaves better than his Dad ever did.
And didn't Alonso keep hold of the Renault well coming out of the final turn!? Anyone see that? Most impressive.


A rookie with a lot of mistakes, lack of speed vs. a three times world champion :huh:

Even being a Renault show off, it`s good to see Alonso in P1 i hope he qualifies well tomorow and get some points.
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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
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MP4/4#12 wrote:
A rookie with a lot of mistakes, lack of speed vs. a three times world champion:huh:
Even being a Renault show off, it`s good to see Alonso in P1 i hope he qualifies well tomorow and get some points.


I just think he isn't doing himself justice, I'd like him to out-do Alonso. I dislike FA after last season ;)
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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
PostPosted: 20 Jun 2008, 16:05  
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Did they do the SC test?
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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
PostPosted: 20 Jun 2008, 16:08  
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xyneid wrote:
It's very much likely that front row might consist of Alonso and Hamilton, who both might be on ultra light cars. If that will be the case, then it's much likely to see first lap battle between them :)


You will not see that. Hamilton will start from 11th spot at best.
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xyneid wrote:
It's very much likely that front row might consist of Alonso and Hamilton, who both might be on ultra light cars. If that will be the case, then it's much likely to see first lap battle between them :)


You will not see that. Hamilton will start from 11th spot at best.

Ooo, how fool I am :p

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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
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xyneid wrote:
color wrote:
xyneid wrote:
It's very much likely that front row might consist of Alonso and Hamilton, who both might be on ultra light cars. If that will be the case, then it's much likely to see first lap battle between them :)


You will not see that. Hamilton will start from 11th spot at best.

Ooo, how fool I am :p


They did SC testing but I didn't understand what was happening. Not every car was on track. I didn't see SC physically, just marshall's plates.

Forget about me, that's the explanation:

Formula1.com wrote:
At the end of the session the FIA conducted a test to validate new safety car software. Once every car crossed the line after the end of P2 and taken the chequered flag, all of the marshals’ posts showed yellow flags and SC (safety car) boards, yellow lights were illuminated in the cars and the message ‘Safety Car deployed’ was displayed on timing monitors. Within five seconds of the message being displayed all of the drivers were required to select the Safety Car Mode and then proceed to the pits, irrespective of their position on the track at the time. The test is believed to have been successful.

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 Post subject: Re: 2008 FORMULA 1 French Grand Prix
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Yeah, I heard the Toyota team tell Trulli to stay out for SC test on the team radio. I didn't get it either?

Thanks for the snippet there xyneid
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