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Old 11th February 2011, 18:32   #241
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^^ That may be just to keep the expectations from his fans in check!

Everyone on the grid is more or less sure that Redbull is the car to beat again this year!
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Old 11th February 2011, 18:58   #242
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Twit alert!
@glenn_autosport: "Just seen Nico Rosberg heading out of the paddock for a jog. Wonder if the performance of the Mercedes this morning has cheered him up"
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A nice pic of the Merc and the master. However he looks out of place in it:( Wish he comes back to Ferrari

Not to sound pessimistic, but it seems like MercGP are not yet upto the mark now. It would take them some races to get to the sharp end of the league. I am just hoping that he loves driving the car as that would make it as world of difference.

RB and Ferrari sound to be consistently fast in their long runs and are the favorites. No news about McLarens.
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Another Egypt development in Bahrain, and might be a showstopper for the F1 :(

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Bahrain protestors plan to target the Formula One Grand Prix on March 11 with fresh riots in a bid to draw attention to their cause, Arabian Business has learned.
The Grand Prix, which marks the launch of the 2011 season, is the highest profile event on the Bahrain calendar attracting some 527 million television viewers globally.
“For sure F1 is not going to be peaceful this time,” Nabeel Rajab, vice president of Bahrain Center for Human Rights, told Arabian Business.
“They’ll be lots of journalists, a lot of people looking and [the government] will react in a stupid manner as they did today and yesterday. And that will be bloody but will be more publicised.”
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Old 21st February 2011, 21:36   #245
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Bahrain GP has been cancelled :(
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Extremely good thing for the sport and for the people of Bahrain!
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Bahrain GP has been cancelled :(
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Extremely good thing for the sport and for the people of Bahrain!

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This means we need to wait for 1 more week to view the first F1 of the season, and 1 race less in the calender year
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The Bahrain thing is a real pity. I was eagerly waiting for race season to begin. Also, making plans to go to a couple of races this year!!
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Hope they can fit Bahrain in later in the year.
It seems the correct decision though.
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Interview with Brawn on the W02. I still have my hopes to see the King fighting in front

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What was your view on the decision to postpone the Bahrain Grand Prix?

The decision to postpone the Bahrain Grand Prix was certainly the correct one. Bahrain has its own priorities at this time and it is right that the Bahraini people are able to work together to resolve the situation, away from the spotlight that the first race of the new Formula One season would inevitably bring.

In light of the cancellation of the Bahrain test, what are the team’s revised testing plans?

We will be returning to the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona for a final four-day test starting on Wednesday 9 March and concluding on Saturday 12 March. Nico is scheduled to drive the MGP W02 on the Wednesday and Saturday, with Michael driving on the Thursday and Friday.

Will the additional time before the first race be an advantage for the team?

There is no real impact on our development programme as we had no major upgrades planned between Bahrain and Melbourne. The additional two weeks will of course provide a good opportunity to regroup and allow all of the teams to have more preparation time before we arrive in Melbourne for the first race. The car specification for Melbourne will remain the same as we had planned.

What did the team achieve at the Barcelona test last week?

Barcelona was the final test with our launch specification car and we averaged nearly 500km per day, over 50% more than our daily average until that point of testing. It was a good week and we used the opportunity to complete fundamental set-up work, develop our understanding of how to maximise the tyres over a single lap, and to improve our long-run performance. We successfully completed two race simulations with Michael and Nico at the first attempt, with the car finishing in good condition and without issues.

After Jerez, you mentioned that the car was running with compromises. What were they and have they cost car performance?

The biggest challenge for us so far has been a cooling problem. The short-term modifications that we made to the launch-specification car cost a reasonable amount of performance. The solution has been incorporated into the bodywork design for our upgrade package and will recover that performance before the first race.

The team was testing different front wing variants in Barcelona. What was the purpose of this work?

The front wing that we used in Barcelona will not be our final race specification but is moving closer to the wing that we will use in Melbourne. Our previous front wing was based heavily on the 2010 version, while the wing that we used in Barcelona moved closer to our 2011 design. We used the opportunity to investigate and confirm our direction before finally signing off the race-specification wing.

It has been suggested that the team’s performance is some way off the front runners. Are you worried?

It’s a fair statement. We are well aware of the pace of our current car, the distance to the current front runners and the reasons for this, which include the compromises brought about by our cooling issues. Our intention was always to launch the car in a fairly basic specification to allow more time to focus on the upgrade package. This inevitably means that we look further off the pace than people might expect. Knowing all of the facts, I am comfortable with our current position and the developments that we have to come.

What was the drivers’ feedback following the Barcelona test?

Both Michael and Nico left Barcelona with a much better appreciation of how to use the tyres and how to adapt their driving styles to get the most out of the new Pirelli compounds. Much of our focus at the test was to prepare the drivers for race weekend scenarios, including the race and qualifying simulations using KERS and the adjustable rear wing, and both drivers were happy with our progress.

Are you confident that the team has got on top of the reliability problems you have been experiencing?

Yes. You naturally expect to experience faults with a new car and fortunately we’ve had relatively few of a ‘car-stopping’ nature so the impact on our programme has not been significant. Our mileage has been good, we’ve covered 4300kms over the three tests to date and, of course, the more mileage you can achieve, the more opportunities there are to identify any issues and resolve them before the season gets underway.

What reasons do you have to be encouraged after Barcelona?

Barcelona was certainly our best test to date and we have made continued progress since the launch of the MGP W02 in Valencia. The reliability of the car is now better and our upgrade package is coming together well, ready to be on the car for the fourth and final pre-season test in Barcelona.

After achieving fourth place last year, the team’s target is to improve. Will the MGP W02 be good enough to compete with the top three teams once the season starts?

It’s still too early to say but I am sure everybody will know more after the final Barcelona test. We have a very good base to build on. Our team is progressing very well and the Silver Arrow is coming together. Our target remains to take a step forward compared to last year and to compete with the best.
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Hope they can fit Bahrain in later in the year.
It seems the correct decision though.
I don't see that happening considering the fact that all logistics are planned well in advance for the entire year.
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Forget Bahrain GP guys. It was never an interesting track/race IMHO. We need more tracks like the one in Monaco. Hopefully Indian GP will be interesting.

Williams have launched the 2011 livery.
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Forget Bahrain GP guys. It was never an interesting track/race IMHO. We need more tracks like the one in Monaco. Hopefully Indian GP will be interesting.

Williams have launched the 2011 livery.
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Monaco ?? Thats one of the boring tracks IMHO. It looks all glam, but mostly the race is decided on the qualifying day itself.

Spa, Nubur and Suzuka for me.
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Monaco is boring, but then its got some history associated with Formula1. So, its ok!

What about Singapore & AbuDhabi? These 2 should be scrapped!

Bring back MagnyCours & Imola, that would be fun! The old 17.2 KM Nurburgring would be really cool
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F1 will be telecast in HD all across the globe, does India fit into that?
I'll happily subscribe to the HD package if we get F1 in HD on Star Sports.
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