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Old 23rd May 2013, 20:06   #16
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I have a strong feeling both the RBRs will be in the top 5 easily in the qualifiers.
As always wanting Alonso to grab the pole and make it to the top at the end.
Good to see him come back 'alive' in the title race.


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^^ Pole for him will be P3.
Merc too quick. Has mentioned he's focusing on keeping his 2 main title contenders - Kimi & Seb behind him.

A good thing about Q3 is only 10 cars on track, so traffic should not play a role like it is bound to play for Q1/Q2.
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Vettels Helmet design for Monaco:
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Saw this video on Jalopnik, bird showing off its reflexes in Monaco

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Amazed at the .318 gap between Nico and Hamilton at Monaco. Maybe as expected the front guys are not pushing enough. We can fully expect the times to tumble on Saturday, when the drivers will be at their aggressive best and the track conditions are favorable.

It should be a great shootout in Q3 provided all fast cars get into Q3. Traffic and incidents can be a deterrent to qualify from each round.

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Ferrari acknowledging some of wins against the empire?
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Amazed at the .318 gap between Nico and Hamilton at Monaco. Maybe as expected the front guys are not pushing enough. We can fully expect the times to tumble on Saturday, when the drivers will be at their aggressive best and the track conditions are favorable.

It should be a great shootout in Q3 provided all fast cars get into Q3. Traffic and incidents can be a deterrent to qualify from each round.

Ferrari acknowledging some of wins against the empire?
As am I. When HAM went to mercedes I thought he would have beaten ROS senseless as happened when he was teamed with Heikki after the alonso fiasco.
Q3 should be great indeed. I personally think Ferrari are holding back after having watched FP1 & FP2. RBR seems to be genuinely slower than expected however.
This is a welcome change personally.
So tired of seeing red bull domination and that dreaded finger! : P
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So tired of seeing red bull domination and that dreaded finger! : P
It seems that people more against Vettel's damn finger than the guy himself.
Not that I'm a Vettel fan. But yes, he is arguably the most annoying sight in motorsports of days. Curse you Adrian Newey! >_<
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I really want to see Lewis winning here!! Mercedes is looking good in practice. Unfortunately, they are unable to replicate their good performances from Quali and practice on Race Day....
And yes, a major change that Im noticing this year...Steve Slater is no longer the commentator on Star Sports/ ESPN!! To watch an F1 race without Steve is a bit boring:(
I pray he comes back.
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Steve Slater is no longer the commentator on Star Sports/ ESPN!! To watch an F1 race without Steve is a bit boring:(
I pray he comes back.
Seriously Pratik, you want Steve back. I agree he is exciting to hear, we have a thread dedicated for the blunders he make during commentary in most GP's.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intl-m...ommentary.html (Steve Slater's blunders during commentary)

I love the Sky sports coverage, in fact I download the sky sports videos after the race. They starts the show one hour prior to race, and cover almost everything happened during that weekend. The post race analysis is also very good. Just download and see what you been missing or stream online, the link is given in the first post of this thread.

I prefer Sky sports commentary over Steve any day.
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Seriously Pratik, you want Steve back. I agree he is exciting to hear, we have a thread dedicated for the blunders he make during commentary in most GP's.
Believe it or not, there are a few of us who miss, "The five red lights illuminate... "
That's one thing I've definitely been missing on the new Sky Sports telecasts.
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Believe it or not, there are a few of us who miss, "The five red lights illuminate... "
That's one thing I've definitely been missing on the new Sky Sports telecasts.
That one line is the only reason? : )
Forget about his Blunders, lets just talk about calling the commentary, I cannot put it in words to describe what exactly but Martin Brundle is in a class of his own.
I used to stream sky sports F1 just to hear his commentary. You can imagine how happy I was when they announces they'd use sky stream for races : ). Next on list using sky's pre and post show presentations for local broadcast.
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I really want to see Lewis winning here!! Mercedes is looking good in practice. Unfortunately, they are unable to replicate their good performances from Quali and practice on Race Day...
I am expecting a stinger from Hamilton this race.
As also from Mclaren.

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Believe it or not, there are a few of us who miss, "The five red lights illuminate... "
That's one thing I've definitely been missing on the new Sky Sports telecasts.
I do too.
There may be blunders, but these two , although technically sound, are extremely robotic. As its is, I tune out when my team or driver is not in the points, with them i dont feel like finishing it at all.
You could literally sense slater dancing about in the box, he got so excited.
Ideal would be to have brundle with slater.Keep both camps happy.
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1. Surprising to see people being surprised by Rosberg beating Hamilton in qualy a few times. Nico's always been a qualifying specialist. His 2 specialties are:
a. Going super quick in FP sessions and qualifying
b. Going backwards during races
He's one of the best ever at both these!
On a more serious note, Nico is seriously quick in qualy, so seeing him match and even beat Hamilton in some sessions is no surprise, particularly as he understands the car much better (Hamilton's in his first season at Merc, remember).

2. It was only to be expected to see Mercedes and Ferrari go faster than the Bulls in Monaco. The main strength of RBR is on long sweeping corners (read: high-speed turns). Monaco on the other hand is about tight, slow corners and short straights you need to blast down. Ergo, RBR always has less of an advantage on this circuit. That said, the last 3 years, they've had such a massive technical superiority that even the relative disadvantage was not insurmountable and they won the race itself.

3. Steve Slater can only be missed if one either:
a. Likes a blundering and blithering so-and-so for the comedic effect
b. Is a masochist
c. Hasn't heard the commentary on other channels - commentators like James Allen or the Sky crew give far more detailed analysis and genuinely value-adding technical and strategic insights.

4. Why the Vettel hate? Simply because he wins? He's just the best at what he does and like Schumacher before him, that means he'll win a lot more often than he doesn't. Disliking him for being better sounds petty really. I'd much rather watch the same man win repeatedly if he's a genuine great, than watch a bunch of mediocre drivers constantly beating each other because they're all at par. As far as Alonso is concerned, frankly, he's a great, but is also over-hyped. Simple as.

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Mercs - Serious one lap pace, but like Rosberg has said, long run pace is a big '?' (see what I did there) Expect them to finish between 3 - 5.

Ferrari - Sure have more pace up their sleeve, Alonso is a serious contender for the win.

Lotus - Romain seems to have an advantage over Kimi. His time on softs were only a tenth off Kimi's on supersofts. Sure Kimi's engineers will be frantically working on his setup tuning tomorrow morning. Expect a podium finish from Romain (if he stays away from the barriers that is).

Redbull - Defn off the pace here, can they find that one second gap over a lap, another big? Never say never with finger boy though.

Mclaren - disappointing still. One of my mates who works for the road car division at Mclaren is going to Monaco. I tell him " dont you worry, the Mclaren will be moving slow enough around an already slow track. You'll have loads of time to take a photo".
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There may be blunders, but these two , although technically sound, are extremely robotic. As its is, I tune out when my team or driver is not in the points, with them i dont feel like finishing it at all.
You could literally sense slater dancing about in the box, he got so excited.
Ideal would be to have brundle with slater.Keep both camps happy.
That's so very true, you just can't match Slater's passion. Brundle is excellent nonetheless, but he's just boring, lol.

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That one line is the only reason? : )
Forget about his Blunders, lets just talk about calling the commentary, I cannot put it in words to describe what exactly but Martin Brundle is in a class of his own.
I used to stream sky sports F1 just to hear his commentary. You can imagine how happy I was when they announces they'd use sky stream for races : ). Next on list using sky's pre and post show presentations for local broadcast.
That and the other reason I miss him is for the passion you could glean from his voice during races. No doubt, Slater had a potload of faults and mistakes, I realized that when he mistook DC for Mika Hakkinen when I was just seven years old. But there's more to sports announcing than just technical knowledge don't you think?
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