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Old 16th March 2012, 06:39   #196
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Edit: Looks like Dish TV has dropped ESPN HD. There is no mention of it in any of their packages. Strange.
I checked that before getting my Tata Sky HD home

Anyways, Formula One 2012 season begins in 24 minutes. First practice session coming up in Melbourne.
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Old 16th March 2012, 07:37   #197
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Formula One: Rain adds to uncertainty for season opener!



"The forecast for Melbourne is for rain and possible thunderstorms from Friday through race day, which will render much of the best-laid preparations and preseason predictions irrelevant."




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Formula One: Rain adds to uncertainty for season opener!




"The forecast for Melbourne is for rain and possible thunderstorms from Friday through race day, which will render much of the best-laid preparations and preseason predictions irrelevant."





Is that an American magazine that you have quoted, there is no uncertainity like the NASCAR races if it rains on a Formula1 weekend
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The BBC will cover only the following races live in 2012.
15 April: China
13 May: Spain
27 May: Monaco
24 June: Europe
8 July: Britain
2 September: Belgium
23 September: Singapore
14 October: Korea
4 November: Abu Dhabi
25 November: Brazil

But Martin Brundle is there in the Sky HD team at Albert Park today. Hope he is there for all the other races which are not featured on the Beeb.
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Jenson Button fastest for McLaren in opening Australian Grand Prix practice

1. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m27.560s 11
2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m27.805s + 0.245 14
3. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m28.235s + 0.675 17
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m28.360s + 0.800 21
5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m28.467s + 0.907 21
6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m28.683s + 1.123 22
7. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.908s + 1.348 23
8. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m29.415s + 1.855 16
9. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m29.565s + 2.005 8
10. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m29.722s + 2.162 26
11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m29.790s + 2.230 21
12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m29.865s + 2.305 17
13. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m29.881s + 2.321 18
14. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m29.953s + 2.393 21
15. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m30.124s + 2.564 22
16. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m30.515s + 2.955 16
17. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m30.586s + 3.026 16
18. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m30.743s + 3.183 11
19. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m31.178s + 3.618 17
20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m31.983s + 4.423 8
21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m34.730s + 7.170 8
22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m40.256s + 12.696 11
23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth no time 3
24. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth no time 0
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ViVa Mclaren, cant wait for Sunday
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Wonder if the bulls are sandbagging. They can't be that slow otherwise.
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A little OT - but anyone noticed that the official F1 app is now only a paid option - and pricey at around Rs.1500!
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A little OT - but anyone noticed that the official F1 app is now only a paid option - and pricey at around Rs.1500!
I know! Was totally surprised when i was checking the Market (Android) for the F1 2012 app and find that its 1500 Rs. Ridiculous i would say! Don't know what extra feature this app is going to provide, if any!
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1.5K for an app is little too much. But check the screenshots and look at all that detail.

The live timing and track positioning is brilliant. Will be quite useful when watching a race.
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Look at the sector times. I want it so badly.
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More here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...5nYXBwMjAxMiJd
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For iPhone similar app exists and is still free I had installed it few days ago, pic of the same for reference

Edit: my bad it only has the demo for live track positions,
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F1: Sutil Admits Sauber Team A 'Nice Place' For Comeback

Based on Perez=> Ferrari
In the above story, Sutil mentions keeping physically fit to utilize any opportunity. May be there is truth to the rumours of Massa being prepared for the boot
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Massa original plans of going back to Brazil after the MalaysianGP has been scrapped and he is right now at Maranello working with the Scuderia Engineers trying to understand why he had that worse tire degradation issues in first couple of races.

I dont know if he is in Maranello for any other reason though!

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In the above story, Sutil mentions keeping physically fit to utilize any opportunity. May be there is truth to the rumours of Massa being prepared for the boot
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Lightbulb Push-rod versus pull-rod suspension

Great article in F1Fanatic explaining both suspension geometry in F1 cars and the trouble with F2012' pull-rod.

The problems with Ferrari’s front pull-rod suspension - F1 Fanatic

Push-rod on the left and Pull-rod on the right.
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Great article in F1Fanatic explaining both suspension geometry in F1 cars and the trouble with F2012' pull-rod.

The problems with Ferrari’s front pull-rod suspension - F1 Fanatic

Push-rod on the left and Pull-rod on the right.
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Its not just the pull-rod dude! Gary Anderson and all the old boys have been talking crap while Ferrari has denied any issues with the pull-rod. The pull-rod was used by Ferrari for the reason quoted below.

Gary Anderson was mentioning that the contact patch of the front tires keeps changing through entry and exit of corners and that is because of the pull-rods. But if that was the case, Alonso would have never been able to show that pace in wet track like he did in Malaysia. So give the oldies a break

Here is a brief translation of what was tweeted by JoseLuisF1 yesterday on Ferrari's trouble. I am feeling confident that its a fixable issue

BTW, JoseLuisF1 works in the SF Team and he has been reliable informer from Ferrari

The below quote was translated by e34@AtlasF1

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The long twitter by @Paliyoes and retwitted by joseluis

The real problem with the F2012, a problem Ferrari cannot openly admit, is the ban of reactive suspensions (Lotus style). Ferrari's were even more radical than the Lotus, as they inter-connected also the front and the rear wheels and the left and right sides. This explains why the car behaves well with heavy loads and why it ceases to be effective under light loads; such a system would allow to maintain a stable height, and even more important, would improve the balance under braking, in pure traction exits and in slow curves. As Ferrari was not allowed to put it on the car, the rest of the car suffers, as everything was designed for that device.

The starting point of the exhaust system, pointing towards the wings of the rear brakes (that never had been so complex in a Ferrari car) would work with that device, but when the system was stripped from the car, all the original exhaust system did was to increase the instability that the device would have prevented. When it is said that there is a team in Maranello that is working on the initial exhaust solution, I think that what they are trying to do is develop such suspension device, but in a way that the FIA may not ban; meanwhile there is another team that is working on a new location for the exahusts (as the McLaren one, etc), and for that alternative location, it will be necessary to modify the sidepods and the engine cap, removing the "Acer Duct". If the first team is successful, the car will be a blast; if it is not, and the second alternative is used, the car may only be abreast of rivals, but not above them.

The ban of reactive suspensions by the FIA has resulted in a bigger loss for Ferrari than for Renault or for any of the other teams in the championship. This explanation is twofold; on the one hand that of Ferrari went beyond, as it interconnected the front and the rear wheels and the left and right sides, while the Lotus Renault solution was limited to prevent the pitch (or change in pitch) under braking and acceleration.

On the other hand the Ferrari is much more "pitch sensitive" than the Renault or any rivals who had plans to use such devices, because of its wide and very fine nose, that does not have an overhung, almost like a horizontal spoiler, different to any other nose used by the teams on the Championship, which are narrower, thicker and extending ahead of the pillars. The Ferrari is thereby subject to pressures from the nose, as when you get your hand out of the window of a car and put it horizontally: a little tilting is all it takes to displace it. When the Ferrari slows down, the nose tends to fall, and that gives more downforce in the front, but at the same time, it removes downforce from the rear and it, therefore, makes the car less stable under braking than the engineers had hoped when they designed it with the reactive suspension that initially the FIA did not declare illegal (which was why it was initially developed by several teams); later, coming out from a slow curve, the nose rises and reduces the downforce in the front, increasing it in the rear; that should be good for traction, but the traction lost at the front means that the improved traction may not be fully used, as the car would oversteer, forcing drivers to get out of slow corners with more restraint than necessary.

The woes of Ferrari begun due to the absence of a device designed to improve the balance, and due to the flawed aerodynamics of the car, that were planned for being used with that device.

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