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Old 15th June 2012, 23:54   #1
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Eight race of the season, people call this season Unpredictable, but the pundits are predicting new race winners since the last 7 races. I would not call this season as INTERESTING , maybe you can call it INTRIGUING , Odd , Twisted , Predictably-unpredictable, well.....Its Different

This Spanish track is again spectacular, a semi F1 track and half of Streets thrown in, with 11 Right Handers and 14 Left handers, i just hope we get Double DRS zone's activated for this track.


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VALENCIA TRACK DATA

Race Date: 24 Jun 2012

Circuit Name: Valencia Street Circuit

Number of Laps: 57

Circuit Length: 5.419 km

Race Distance: 308.883 km

Lap Record: 1:38.683 - T Glock (2009)


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Fri 22 June 2012

Practice 1 13:30 - 15:00

Practice 2 17:30 - 19:00



Sat 23 June 2012

Practice 3 14:30 - 15:30

QUALIFYING 17:30



Sun 24 June 2012

RACE DAY 17:30
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Old 17th June 2012, 10:06   #2
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Red Bull and McLaren are the only teams with two wins this season.
I am hoping that neither of the two wins at Valencia. Let us hope for a eighth winner, whosoever it may be

As far as SFI is concerned, Mallya should withdraw gracefully. Don't think that he really has time to devote to SFI with his Kingfisher Airlines problem.
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What a topsyturvy season. Its difficult to predict the winner. Hope the race is as involving as Canada.
Redbull goes well on this track.
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What a topsyturvy season. Its difficult to predict the winner. Hope the race is as involving as Canada.
Redbull goes well on this track.

As we are talking about our new 8th winner, looks like Pirelli Boss has something very unusual to say

Pirelli tips Michael Schumacher for European Grand Prix victory - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com

I wish, his saying comes true
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I doubt if we will have a different winner other than the usual suspects. Lotus wont win in my opinion.
MS wont win, he may have the car but Nico will pip him the the chequered flag if the car is any good.
It will be a shoot out between McLaren and Redbull and all four of their pilots have won this season.
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Friday First Practice

01 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:40.890 22 laps
02 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:40.973 0.083 21 laps
03 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:40.984 0.094 19 laps
04 Jenson Button McLaren 1:40.994 0.104 19 laps
05 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.065 0.175 26 laps
06 Paul di Resta Force India 1:41.105 0.215 15 laps
07 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:41.117 0.227 22 laps
08 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:41.158 0.268 18 laps
09 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.182 0.292 21 laps
10 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:41.620 0.730 21 laps
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:41.784 0.894 15 laps
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:41.838 0.948 19 laps
13 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:41.861 0.971 16 laps
14 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:42.109 1.219 20 laps
15 Jules Bianchi Force India 1:42.175 1.285 21 laps
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:42.299 1.409 24 laps
17 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:42.442 1.552 26 laps
18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:42.758 1.868 26 laps
19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:42.777 1.887 28 laps
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:43.209 2.319 19 laps
21 Charles Pic Marussia 1:44.173 3.283 18 laps
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1:44.996 4.106 15 laps
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:45.120 4.230 23 laps
24 Timo Glock Marussia 1:45.338 4.448 7 lap

Top 13 separated by less than a second.
Jenson Button is looking good, as he posed a decent time, despite having problems with his KERS.
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No letup for Michael and the woes with his Mercedez.After setting the fastest time on the practice so far he has pitted with some drive issues.

Hope they dont change his gearbox sending him back again
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Here is the french moron in action again!
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Qualifying
1 Vettel
2 Lewis
3. Maldonado
4. Grosjean
5. Raikonnen
6. Rosberg
7. Kobayashi
8. Hulkenberg
9. Button
10. di Resta
In Q2, less than a second separated top 15. Alonso was 11th,Schumacher 12th and Massa 13th. Alonso missed Q3 by .004 seconds. Schumy and Massa missed by Q3 by less than 0.1 seconds.
The FI drivers did well in Q1 and Q2, but mistakes in their only run in Q3 cost them positions.
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That was yet another 'out of nowhere' stunning Q3 lap by Sebastian Vettel. I mean, how does he manage this in Q3 in so many races? Does he intentionally hold himself back until Q3 or does he really push like hell in the flying lap? Massa was running close to Alonso this time but the car wasn't as quick as the competition.

My bet is on Vettel, Hamilton and Romain/Kimi for the podium tomorrow!
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Q3 times for 6 out of the top 10 drivers were actually slower than their Q2 times!
Quite strange. Could it be due to the nature of the circuit that induces errors and makes it very challenging to string a lap together?

If DRS is effective, should be an interesting race.
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Q3 times for 6 out of the top 10 drivers were actually slower than their Q2 times!
There is a saying in Hindi, which translates to:
"A man knowing the four vedas tried to learn six, and was left knowing only two."
In effect, drivers were trying too hard and ended up making mistakes, because of the fact that the gap between 1st and tenth in Q2 was less than three tenth of a second. di Resta locked up his brakes trying too hard in his only run and lost time, as he admitted.
Don't know why FI persisted in their policy of only one run in Q3, when their cars this time had a chance of finishing higher in qualifying. With two comparatively inexperienced drivers, and a car which has not done anything great so far, that policy will not pay them dividends.
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What a race this is turning out to be

Too many incidents, and action filled race seen in a long time.

Lord knows what happened to P1 Vettel in the 37th lap, and P2 Romain Grosjean in 41st lap losing out due to Alternator issue.
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Fernando Alonso P1

Kimi P2

MICHEAL SCHUMACHER P3


What a Fantastic race this has been..... Finally we get to see Schumi on the Podium.... A great sunday...

And Schumi says ""ALL 3 FERRAR CHAMPIONS ON THE PODIUM TODAY "" That Legend is Awesome

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Wow... what a race, all credits to the winners and Pirelli too.
Ham and gro get loads of thanks from many of the fans. Msc on to his first podium after his last in 2006.

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