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Who will win the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix?
Poll ended at 13 Mar 2010, 16:18
Jenson Button 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Lewis Hamilton 19%  19%  [ 22 ]
Michael Schumacher 12%  12%  [ 14 ]
Nico Rosberg 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
Sebastian Vettel 9%  9%  [ 11 ]
Mark Webber 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Felipe Massa 19%  19%  [ 22 ]
Fernando Alonso 30%  30%  [ 35 ]
Rubens Barrichello 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Nico Hulkenberg 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Robert Kubica 8%  8%  [ 9 ]
Vitaly Petrov 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Other 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 118
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PostPosted: 09 Mar 2010, 20:05  
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The entry into the first sharp left hander looks challenging

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Ali wrote:
Mercedes, Round 1: Schumacher not expecting early wins - February 3rd
Mercedes, Round 2: Schumacher sure W01 will be strong - February 16th
Mercedes, Round 3: Schumacher rules out early victories - February 26th
Mercedes, Round 4: Schumacher revises Mercedes prediction (He said they will be competitive) - February 27th
Mercedes, Round 5: Rosberg: I think in general there's no absolute weakness with the car at the moment - February 27th
Mercedes, Round 6: Haug: We won't be troubling the podium - Today

Boy oh boy!

Accurate!

I see lack of confidence in the team and confusion about cars competitiveness :fear:

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Forgot something:

So to recap it's Brawn from Brawn from RedBull from RedBull...

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I see lack of confidence in the team and confusion about cars competitiveness

Or (hopefully) they want to hide something but I am afraid Schumi won't have a competitive car until Europe. Sucks.

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Renault have designed a special quick-release jack to speed up their tyre changes

I think it was banned last year when Williams (or what?) used that device.

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hey guys, check this red bull rb6 graphic shots
http://motorsport.nextgen-auto.com/gall ... 86e7e4590c
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Interesting article (Tyre advantage boosts Sauber's hopes).

Wrong Move for Kubica?

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BMW Sauber has a real chance of becoming a thorn in the side of Formula 1's 'big four' teams this year because its car is so good at looking after its tyres, Bridgestone analysis has revealed.

With the Swiss-outfit's C29 having already shown some strong pace in pre-season testing, the team's hopes of delivering some surprise results are boosted by the fact that early data reveals it suffers less tyre degradation than Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull Racing and Mercedes GP.

That ability to look after its tyre could prove crucial on two fronts this season - by first of all allowing the team to use a softer tyre than its rivals in Q3, but also in delivering it greater consistency over the course of a race when there will be a premium on looking after the rubber now that refuelling is banned.

Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's director of motorsport tyre development, says there is little separating the big four teams in terms of tyre degradation – but Sauber is a different case.

"We have compared many teams' data and looking at the quick [four] teams – their degradation tendency is very, very similar," he told AUTOSPORT. "Once they have the 150kg start weight, with both the medium and soft compound, then there is little difference – so we could expect a very close pace. However, Sauber is more consistent."

Although this weekend's race is Bahrain will not be too punishing on the tyre front, Hamashima believes the difference between Sauber and the other teams is enough to offer the outfit strategy options that others do not have.

When asked if there was a chance for Sauber to opt for more marginal tyres than their rivals to help boost qualifying performance, Hamashima said: "Yes, it is possible.

"With an easy car, you can have the possibility to do that. Somewhere like Barcelona will be very interesting – because the circuit is severe and the softer tyre may only be good to get one lap time before suffering big degradation in the race.

"But even places like Monaco and Bahrain, which are very, very easy on tyres, the specification that shows the best lap time should be the best race tyre – which could make it interesting as well."

BMW Sauber's technical chief Willy Rampf acknowledged that the C29's tyre performance was one of its main strengths.

"The car doesn't have any stability problems, and its performance and balance on high fuel loads is a strong point," he told AUTOSPORT in an interview. "We will build on this – it's a very good thing. Our car is not too heavy on its tyres, so we can do reasonable long stints without killing them.

"That will help keep the strategies more flexible, if you're not forced to stop by tyre wear."

Hamashima also believed that the competitiveness at the front of the field had closed up in the final pre-season test at Barcelona, as McLaren and Red Bull Racing delivered car improvements.

"At the first three tests, Ferrari it seemed had a little bit of an advantage over one lap. However, in Barcelona, McLaren and Red Bull used their latest cars and the picture was very mixed. It's now very difficult to judge."
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Some pics from Bahrain already :)

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I really wonder what Renault is going to do with these 'RAI', 'PIQ' and 'COU' signs? :lol:

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BBC are close to having Jacques Villeneuve in the commentary box for Bahrain GP, replacing Ant Davidson who is on Peugeot duties.

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I really wonder what Renault is going to do with these 'RAI', 'PIQ' and 'COU' signs? :lol:

:rofl:

@suttonimages: Just heard from a source that the Virgin car will not finish the race! as there Fuel tank is too small to finish it!
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At least they're not testing in Spain today

http://ow.ly/i/Gjl/original

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At least they're not testing in Spain today

http://ow.ly/i/Gjl/original

And the teams were complaining about Jerez :p
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@suttonimages: Just heard from a source that the Virgin car will not finish the race! as there Fuel tank is too small to finish it!

Do you really think they will make it that far to 'get the chance' to run out of fuel at all? :lol:

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F1~Michi wrote:
iceman1 wrote:
@suttonimages: Just heard from a source that the Virgin car will not finish the race! as there Fuel tank is too small to finish it!

Do you really think they will make it that far to 'get the chance' to run out of fuel at all? :lol:

Well, they can drive at 40kph to save some fuel :p

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Kilos per lap: 2.37kg / 5km
Time loss per 5km of fuel: 0.07s/lap of fuel
Vmax: 303kph
Average speed: 210kph
Turn angle: 124° (average angle of corners)
Temperatures: Ambient 34°C / Track 42°C (averages)
Greatest power reduction: 1010 mbar pressure
Pitlane loss: 18.6 seconds (excluding stationery time)
Pitlane length: 420m
Safety cars: 0.3 average per race
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PostPosted: 10 Mar 2010, 19:02  
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Does anybody know if the Thursday-pc will be broadcasted? Will someone record it? I am not that interested in this usually, but they have the top lineup: Jenson,Lewis, Felipe, Fernando and Michael


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