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|15th March 2006, 10:01||#286|
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|15th March 2006, 11:17||#287|
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Overall nice race.
I was impressed with McLaren and Raikonen's performance and strategy.
Alonso's closing the door on Schumi while coming out of the pits was fantastic and got me on the tip of the couch hoping he would do what he did. Yup Anti-tifosi .
Nico Rosberg raced well and looks a very promising rookie.
|16th March 2006, 11:36||#288|
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Valentino Rossi challenges Alonso
Now what do you guys have to say about that.
guess Alonso has lost his brains
|17th March 2006, 00:14||#289|
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well the only thing i'm worried about is the mclaren's reliabiilty.....if it is good and doesn't give any suprise problems then the it will be fine......otherwise not sure. Button as u guys said is the dark horse....so gotta watch out for him.......can't say nothing much until the practice.. The teams would have changed their strategies after the first race......so lets wait and see.....the waiting is part of the fun
|17th March 2006, 15:01||#290|
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Coulthard at it again.
Malaysia F1 like 'sex in a sauna', jests Coulthard
By Tim Collings
SEPANG, Malaysia, (AFP) - David Coulthard lived up to his reputation as one of a dying breed of playboy racing drivers here Thursday when he compared driving in the sultry heat of Malaysia to having sex in a sauna.
Asked during a routine pre-race news conference at the Sepang circuit about how it felt to drive a Formula One car in high humidity and temperatures of more than 33 degrees Celsius, the Scot gave a typically succinct reply.
"It's like having to do some physical exercise in a sauna, effectively, and unless it was having sex, I cannot imagine why anyone would want to do anything in a sauna," said Couthard, 35 later this month.
When the conference moderator interjected, saying that he always "brought it down to that" Coulthard, who has had a series of model girlfriends without ever settling down or marrying, grinned and continued.
"We're all here because of that aren't we -- so I think it is a natural action between, normally a man and a lady, but sometimes."
As laughter spread, the moderator interjected again.
"Stop there". Are there any other analogies that anyone else can give us?" he said, and the interview swerved off course into more traditional and serious motor racing territory.
The Malaysian Grand Prix, the hottest venue and most humid on the annual calendar of 19 races, drains drivers, spectators and all involved of energy.
"It is very tough because, even on the straights, it is difficult to breathe and because it is so humid here," said Jenson Button, 26, who has also had a playboy reputation during the earlier stages of his career.
He is now concentrating on winning his first race after 101 Grands Prix.
"When you are trying to get some proper air into your lungs," he added, "it is difficult. It is really, really hot air."
Ralf Schumacher, the 30-year-old younger brother of seven-times drivers' champion Michael Schumacher, was more interested in responding by talking about his car's performance.
The Toyota driver said: "It really depends. There are years when I have had a difficult car to race here and it was tough. There were other years when it was totally easy and so it depends on the whole package.
"If you have a nice running car then it is not a real problem. But if you have a lot of work to do in the car, then it is a problem usually."
Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion, raised the debate to a higher level by warning of the dire consequences for drivers if, or when, they dehydrated in the stifling and debilitating conditions.
"The thing is that you sweat a lot here which means that you get dehydrated so, in the second half of the race, you start losing a lot of your capacities because of that," he explained.
He said he carried half a litre of fluid in the car for the race and the drivers all agreed that it was essential.
When it was mentioned that current world champion Fernando Alonso of Spain won last year's Malaysian Grand Prix despite the failure of his drinks supply, Button responded.
"I know he won the race, but he didn't look too good did he after the race? You definitely need liquids in the race and before the race, too," he said.
"I normally drink about five litres in the morning before the race. It makes a massive difference. I didn't have a drink here a couple of years ago and I was so dehydrated that I was shivering and getting cold in the car and then you start to lose your eyesight. It is much better to be hydrated."
The last word on the subject, like the first, went to Coulthard.
"Any of the physios should be able to give you figures on what the percentage drop-off in a human is once you start to lose a certain amount of body fluid," he explained.
"You definitely lose performance. You are not going to be as sharp in your reactions, your mental capabilities drop off as your body dehydrates. And you just cannot battle against that.
"You just get on with it because you are focussed, but in any circumstance in normal life you would be admitted to hospital with severe dehydration.
"And you know we just get a cold towel and a glass of water and you guys think 'ah, you don't do anything for your money!' No-one argued. Coulthard had enjoyed having the first laugh and the last on the subject.
|17th March 2006, 15:40||#291|
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FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS
Anthony Davidson Honda 1:35.041
Alexander Wurz Williams-Cosworth 1:35.388
Fernando Alonso Renault 1:35.806
Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.924
Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.132
Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:36.182
Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:36.617
Jenson Button Honda 1:36.661
Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-BMW 1:37.045
Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:37.270
Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:37.317
Nick Heidfeld Sauber-BMW 1:37.418
Robert Kubica Sauber-BMW 1:37.457
Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.463
Vitantonio Liuzzi STR-Cosworth 1:37.590
David Coulthard RBR-Ferrari 1:37.603
Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:37.695
Neel Jani STR-Cosworth 1:37.831
Scott Speed STR-Cosworth 1:37.926
Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:38.081
Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:38.205
Giorgio Mondini MF1-Toyota 1:38.256
Christian Klien RBR-Ferrari 1:38.644
Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:38.918
Robert Doornbos RBR-Ferrari 1:39.105
Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:39.416
Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:41.549
Yuji Ide Super Aguri-Honda 1:43.164
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|17th March 2006, 19:52||#292|
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Woohooo, things looking close among the renaults, mclarens, ferraris and hondas. But due to the new rules the practice session times have become even more meaningless thsan before. The clear picture only emerges after qualifying. I expect Mclaren and Honda to do better here...that Mp4-21 is blindlingly fast and hopefully it'll put an end to the reliability issue this weekend.
|17th March 2006, 21:17||#293|
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Well not a good news to start with this weekend ... Michael's car may need engine change due to possible damage to his engine. So he joins Massa for the penalty to ten places.
Hope that all goes well ....
|18th March 2006, 15:00||#295|
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This time four drivers David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello are facing engine change penalty. Looks like this race is very hard for Ferrari as both Schumi and Massa will lose 10 places. I only hope this reliability problem does not affect Ferrari for whole season as Mclaren had.
Once again Nico Rosberg was very quick, he can be on the podium. Definitely he is one of the best rookies ever.
|18th March 2006, 15:22||#296|
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Fisichella is starting from P1 and Button from P2. Both Williams cars are on the 2nd row. Nico's done wonderfully well. Row 3 has both the McLarens. Alonso is in 7th and both the Ferraris are out of the top 10.
|18th March 2006, 17:05||#299|
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This year its so close, I cant and dont want to predict except that Kimi should be on the podium.....Hope its a great race!
|18th March 2006, 18:18||#300|
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Both the Renaults were very quick but Alonso was 8th because of a fuel rig problem in the final session, because of which much more fuel was filled into his car and it made it heavier.
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