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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
PostPosted: 04 Dec 2010, 12:22  
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Autosport's Top 10:
10. Kobayashi
9. Glock
8. Barrichello
7. Rosberg
6. Button
5. Webber
4. Vettel
3. Alonso
2. Kubica
1. Hamilton

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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The Dutch F1 magazine gave ratings (just like you Phil) after every race to drivers. Kubica finished on top, 0.1 point ahead of Hamilton

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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Potential engine regulations from 2013

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1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbos with energy recovery and fuel restrictions to replace current 2.4-litre normally aspirated V8s
Fuel efficiency to increase by a target of 50%
Overall power to remain same at approx 750bhp
Checks and balances to ensure costs are contained and performance across all engines remains comparable
Plan for advanced 'compound' turbos to be introduced in subsequent years
Power of Kers energy recovery systems to increase from 60kw in 2011 to 120kw in 2013


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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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We have got all the best old ideas. How about some new ones ? :zz:
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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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Bring back V10s...

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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Read this on McLaren's mini interview thing they are running on their site.
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What’s top of your to-do list today?

“Assess car setup options for the MP4-26A based on results from the Abu Dhabi test. Feeding this into the design process.”

Does anyone know if they normally refer to the car like that? That implies to me they are planning a B spec car already? :blink:
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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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That's interesting. Who knows. Maybe the 'A' refers to the test-spec

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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Nice blog entry by Nico Hulkenberg

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Dear Fans,

The 2010 season is over and I am happy and sad at the same time. My first year in Formula 1 was very cool and I learned a lot. On the other hand, it was also a very long and difficult season; especially the first eight races have been very hard for me. The low point was in Shanghai and Istanbul where we weren’t competitive at all.

I realized quickly through my team mate Rubens Barrichello how important it is to have experience in this sport. Rubens was the strongest team mate I ever had and I am very pleased with the year at his side. He helped me with my development. We are both very ambitious pilots and of course everyone wanted to beat the other every time. However, we have, I think, worked well together and taken the team forward. We exchanged our racing helmets in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. We both wrote something personal for each other on it. I hope Rubens will stay in Formula 1 for a long time and I wish him all the best.

It is not easy to get into Formula 1 nowadays. Now I know that I might have said too much at the beginning of the season. I will try to explain:

Before my time in Formula 1 everything went more than well in A1, Gp2 and the F3 series. While 2008 and 2009 I was test driver at Williams and I felt really good there. 2009 I had the mega season in GP2 - I had my team mates under control, have won a lot of races and at the end the championship.

Then I came to F1. Of course, I was highly motivated and on fire. During the winter the team was quite sure that podiums in 2010 would not be enough. I only had seven days of testing before my first race weekend in Bahrain. It was quite difficult to understand the tires, how to bring the brakes on temperature and how to get a feeling for the perfect setup and many more, difficulties every Rookie has to face.

Our car was quite difficult to drive, especially in these first eight races and I was not able to handle it compared to Rubens who has 18 years of experience in Formula 1. Therefore he looked stronger most of the time. But I have not given up; on the contrary, I still believed in myself and worked even harder. I really had to fight for the good results!

Altogether I can say that I was not happy with the first half of the season. I don’t know if that means “gaining experience”, but I was quite pissed. It went better and better for myself starting with Montreal (a great track by the way!). That was also the time where the updates of the car started to work.

The absolute highlight of the season was of course the pole in Brazil. “Mann, mann, mann”, that was just INCREDIBLE!...Such a goose bump feeling! I watched my lap already around 100 times and I am very proud. Even though, I finished “only” in P8. It was a really positive race for me. And 1 point was important to finish in front of Force India, which meant P6 in the constructors’ championship.


At this point I would like to thank the Williams team for three great years. Although it is very, very sad that the cooperation will not continue, I am glad to have been part of the team.

I'm still sure that I stay in F1 in 2011. Sure you read all of this in the media. I still do not have a new contract with another team, but that will hopefully change very soon. It looks well!

Currently I enjoy a little free time at home in Emmerich. After a long season, it is very nice to see my friends and family again. It is quite nice to sleep in my own bed after such a long season of travelling.

Soon I will start to torture myself again to become fit for the new season. I am full of energy.

Big thanks to everybody who has supported me throughout the year! It is good to see that there are people who believe in me, even when things are not working out sometimes. Thank you!

I wish you all nice holidays and hope we'll meet again in 2011!

Yours, Nico

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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Nice article, nice bloke, nice driver. Really hope to see him again in 2011

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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Autosport Awards 2010
- British Club Driver of the Year: Tom Blomqvist
- National Driver of the Year: Jason Plato
- Rookie of the Year: Kamui Kobayashi
- LG Moment of the Year: Heikki Kovalainen's car on fire, and Heikki himself as fireman
- Pioneering and Innovation Award: McLaren F-duct
- John Bolster Award: Bridgestone
- John Bolster Award: Chip Ganassi
- Rally Car of the Year: Citroen C4 WRC
- International Rally Driver of the Year: Sebastian Loeb
- Racing Car of the Year: Red Bull RB6
- Gregor Grant Award: Rubens Barrichello
- Gregor Grant Award: Sir Jackie Stewart
- British Competition Driver of the Year: Dario Franchitti
- International Racing Driver of the Year: Sebastian Vettel

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Webber has a broken shoulder
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88605

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread
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Hulkenberg says he'll be on the grid in 2011...

I think that means Force India

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He needs to stay off the bikes :roll:: but it's remarkable that he was able to complete the last 4 races.
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phil1993 wrote:

Whoa, this raises a lot of questions, most of which would feature the words "would" and "if".

I'm torn between calling him irresponsible to have gone racing with an incapacitating injury (even though it's only his own safety he jeopardized), and admiring his fearlessness, his irrepressible determination as a racer. I also have to question his motives in revealing that now (even though I understand he's got a book to sell); it's certainly not going to help his relationship with his team in the future. :roll::

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François wrote:
phil1993 wrote:

Whoa, this raises a lot of questions, most of which would feature the words "would" and "if".

I'm torn between calling him irresponsible to have gone racing with an incapacitating injury (even though it's only his own safety he jeopardized), and admiring his fearlessness, his irrepressible determination as a racer. I also have to question his motives in revealing that now (even though I understand he's got a book to sell); it's certainly not going to help his relationship with his team in the future. :roll::


Webber obviously didn't tell them about it because he was still in with a shout of winning the champioship. This now begs to ask the question: Could he have won it had he not broken that shoulder? :zz:

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