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Posted 30 November 2011 - 09:42 PM

So be it.
With the recent press release that Kimi Raikonnen will join Lotus GP (Renault) next season and some driver lineups already in place, I thought it was time to fore up the discussion around here too.


1. Sebastian Vettel      RED BULL RACING (AUT) Red Bull Racing Renault
2. Mark Webber           RED BULL RACING (AUT) Red Bull Racing Renault
3. Jenson Button         VODAFONE MCLAREN MERCEDES (GBR)McLaren Mercedes
4. Lewis Hamilton        VODAFONE MCLAREN MERCEDES (GBR)McLaren Mercedes
5. Fernando Alonso       SCUDERIA FERRARI (ITA)Ferrari
6. Felipe Massa          SCUDERIA FERRARI (ITA)Ferrari
7. Michael Schumacher    MERCEDES GP PETRONAS F1 TEAM (DEU) Mercedes
8. Nico Rosberg          MERCEDES GP PETRONAS F1 TEAM (DEU) Mercedes
9. Kimi Raikkonen        LOTUS F1 TEAM (GBR) Lotus Renault
10. Romain Grosjean      LOTUS F1 TEAM (GBR) Lotus Renault
11. Paul Di Resta                 SAHARA FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM (IND) Force India Mercedes
12. Nico Hulkenberg                SAHARA FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM (IND) Force India Mercedes
14. Kamui Kobayashi      SAUBER F1 TEAM (CHE) Sauber Ferrari
15. Sergio Perez Mendoza SAUBER F1 TEAM (CHE) Sauber Ferrari
16. Daniel Ricciardo                SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO (ITA) STR Ferrari
17. Jean-Eric Verge              SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO (ITA) STR Ferrari
18. Pastor Maldonado     AT&T WILLIAMS (GBR) Williams Renault
19. Bruno Senna                  AT&T WILLIAMS (GBR) Williams Renault
20. Heikki Kovalainen    TEAM CATERHAM (MAL) Caterham Renault
21. Vitaly Petrov         TEAM CATERHAM (MAL) Caterham Renault
22. Pedro De La Rosa     HRT F1 TEAM (ESP) Cosworth
23. Narain Karthikeyan                HRT F1 TEAM (ESP) Cosworth
24. Timo Glock           MARUSSIA F1 TEAM (RUS) Marussia Cosworth
25. Charles Pic          MARUSSIA F1 TEAM (RUS) Marussia Cosworth

Race Calendar 2012
16 - 18 Mar AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX (Melbourne)                 
23 - 25 Mar PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX (Kuala Lumpur)         
13 - 15 Apr UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai)                 
20 - 22 Apr GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX (Sakhir)                 
11 - 13 May GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA SANTANDER 2012 (Catalunya)              
24 - 27 May GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2012 (Monte Carlo)                 
08 - 10 Jun GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2012 (Montréal)                         
02 - 24 Jun GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE (Valencia)                         
06 - 08 Jul SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (Silverstone)         
20 - 22 Jul GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2012 (Hockenheim)    
27 - 29 Jul ENI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2012 (Budapest)                         
31 Aug - 02 Sep SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX (Spa-Francorchamps)         
07 - 09 Sep GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2012 (Monza)                 
21 - 23 Sep SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (Singapore)         
05 - 07 Oct JAPANESE GRAND PRIX (Suzuka)                         
12 - 14 Oct KOREAN GRAND PRIX (Yeongam)                         
26 - 28 Oct AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA (New Delhi)                 
02 - 04 Nov ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX (Yas Marina Circuit)
16 - 18 Nov UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (Austin)                 
23 - 25 Nov GRANDE PRÊMIO DO BRASIL 2012 (São Paulo)

F1 2012 TESTS:
Jerez         7th - 10th February
Barcelona 21st - 24th February
Barcelona 1st - 4th March
Mugello         1st - 3rd May (In season test)                

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:27 PM

Pastor Maldonado stays with Williams for 2012
Ferrari and Red Bull leave FOTA after RRA row
Petrov wants to stay with Lotus(Renault) in 2012

Intersting to see where FOTA will end now? The Concorde Agreement and RRA are here to stay - let's hope the teams can sort out how to interpret the RRA before FIA and Bernie mess it up :laugh:

Good on Maldonado! But what about Rubens? Will he get a seat in 2012? I seriously doubt it. He did some excellent racing in the superior Brawn GP racer and also back when he was Shumi's shadow in a superior Ferrari - sadly he's getting older and should know when to quit. Thanks for being a great figure in F1 Rubens :thumbup: But your time has passed.

Petrov will stay with Renault until Kubica is ready to return. That's my 2 cents on this matter. The Russian money he brought are nothing compared to what Kubica and Kimi will bring to a team if they are the drivers. Personally I'd love to have Kimi and Robert race together :wub:
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 04:13 PM

Todays headlines:

Mercedes set to race with AMG banner from 2012
New Merc car to debut at second test
David Coulthard says Kimi Raikkonen will return to Formula 1 stronger than ever before
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 10:51 PM

HI There Kim T. Hope you've been well. Nice to see another F1 topic. :classic:

Here's hoping that Hamilton will start concentrating a bit more. Also this will be the end of Vettel's rein. We'll know more in the upcoming off season, but it seems that most teams will be on par with each other.
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 02:56 PM

Oooh Grosjean is to have the second seat at Renault *huh*
I guess all those Russian investors couldn't keep up with the amount of money Kimi is bringing? (From autosport.com

And Senna bears no grudge - yeah right :laugh:
I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him.

I guess I'll have to update the drivers lineup in the first post.

Oh yeah, there's new rules coming too
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From next year, all cars will have to pass all the mandatory crash tests in order to be able to take part in winter testing.

The ruling body has also confirmed there will be a three-day test during the season, which is set to allow teams to run with their drivers mid-campaign. Previously, teams were only allowed to run during the season in the Young Driver test near the end of the year.

From 2012, all lapped cars will be allowed to unlap themselves and then join at the back of the field during safety car periods, ensuring a clean restart without slower cars in front of the leaders.

There will now be a maximum race time of four hours during each grand prix, ensuring that lengthy suspensions do not result in events that are longer than that.

The FIA also said that from 2012, drivers will not be allowed to move back onto the racing line after having moved off it to defend their position.

Also from next year, cars which were in the pitlane when a race is suspended will now be allowed to rejoin the grid in the position they were in when the race was stopped.

The governing body has also altered the use of tyre allocations, with drivers now allowed to use all tyres from the start of practice. Previously, only three sets were permitted.

Finally, the FIA said drivers will not be allowed to leave the track - like cutting a chicane on reconnaissance laps or 'in' laps to save time and fuel - without a justifiable reason.

Should be interesting to follow.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:29 PM

Looks like a lot of seats got filled the past days while I was moving.
I'll update the drivers' list in a day or so.
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 06:12 AM

Drivers lineup update
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:18 AM

Only 2 seats left:
One at Williams and one at HRT.

I wonder who'll get them?

Not Buemi
Senna at Williams?
Not Alguersuari at HRT
What about Bianchi? Will he stay at Ferrari?
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Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:32 AM

Bruno Senna remains in F1 in 2012 as 2nd driver at Williams

So this is the end for Rubens.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 09:00 AM

I know this isn't F1, but what the hell? *huh* :cry_sad:

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 02:48 PM

What the heck?
Lasy year they (FIA) ruined Renault's exhaust system and now this!
Are they trying to make Lotus Renault quit?
Get over it - Renault is a new team and Crashgate is way back by now.
Give them a break please!
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:23 AM

So Jerez testing is over and this is the combined lap times:

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Pos  Driver         Team            Best time           Total laps
1.  Rosberg        Mercedes        1m17.613s           174
2.  Grosjean       Lotus           1m18.419s  +0.806   212
3.  Schumacher     Mercedes        1m18.561s  +0.948   174
4.  Alonso         Ferrari         1m18.877s  +1.264   106
5.  Webber         Red Bull        1m19.184s  +1.571   151
6.  Vettel         Red Bull        1m19.297s  +1.684   146
7.  Hamilton       McLaren         1m19.464s  +1.851   166
8.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso      1m19.587s  +1.974   157
9.  Vergne         Toro Rosso      1m19.597s  +1.984   159
10.  Raikkonen      Lotus           1m19.670s  +2.057   192
11.  Perez          Sauber          1m19.770s  +2.157   116
12.  Di Resta       Force India     1m19.772s  +2.159   170
13.  Kobayashi      Sauber          1m19.834s  +2.221   182
14.  Hulkenberg     Force India     1m19.977s  +2.364   90
15.  Senna          Williams        1m20.132s  +2.519   250
16.  Bianchi        Force India     1m20.221s  +2.608   46
17.  Massa          Ferrari         1m20.454s  +2.841   164
18.  Button         McLaren         1m20.688s  +3.075   147
19.  Maldonado      Williams        1m21.197s  +3.584   122
20.  Kovalainen     Caterham        1m21.518s  +3.905   167
21.  De la Rosa     HRT             1m22.128s  +4.515   108
22.  Trulli         Caterham        1m22.198s  +4.585   117
23.  Van der Garde  Caterham        1m23.324s  +5.711   74

Now why did Mercedes run their 2011 spec racer?
Aren't they ready for 2012?

Anyways it looks good for Lotus this season. :wub:
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:42 AM

View PostKimT, on 02 December 2011 - 08:27 PM, said:

Thanks for being a great figure in F1 Rubens :thumbup: But your time has passed.
And in Top Gear too :) But yes, I agree that he's way past his prime, as is the case with Schumi. I simply can't understand why he would want to disgrace himself with this charade - he should just step down and give a young driver the chance to actually make a difference in that team. That's just like him though - why should he do the sensible thing when he can keep playing his games.

Btw - seeing Caterham among the official names for this season sounds a bit like having Triumph in MotoGP... That said, they've had experience with their chassis over the last couple of years, so let's hope they'll be able to build on that.
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:01 PM

Yeah, I hope Caterham will keep up their good work so far.
A shame that we have to be bothered with Marussia and HRT :sceptic:

As for good ol' Schumi, then he even downplays the chance of winning this season.
They're running a 2011 spec racer at the pre season tests - I doubt that's what they hoped for.
They do claim "it's no biggie" though - seriously!
It'll be good to see what Kimi can bring to the race :wub:
And I still wonder what Kubica is going to do when he returns.
My money's on Ferrari - he's going to screw LotusRenault to get himself a red racer - which obviously doesn't work right now :laugh:
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:47 PM

Yeah, Kimi and Lotus sounds like a match made in heaven. And honestly, who doesn't love Kimi! I really missed the 'can't be bothered' guy, it's good to have him back. Especially seeing as Grosjean doesn't look like he's bound for great things.

As to Schumi - I'm looking forward to the launch of their new car next week. Still don't think they've got a chance with him in the lead though; I know he's useful in terms of development of the car, but still... Perhaps Kubica for Mercedes GP later on? Who knows what might happen!
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

NO!
Lotus just withdrew from the second pre seasonal training.
Apparently they have an issue with the chassis and it can't be fixed overnight or on site...
That reeks of big trouble :sceptic:
Dammit!

Fingers crossed that they'll fix it before the final pre season test or at least before the Australian GP.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:38 PM

Issues with the chassis at this point is never good news... :sceptic:
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:06 PM

View PostMetroiD, on 22 February 2012 - 12:38 PM, said:

Issues with the chassis at this point is never good news... :sceptic:
Ssshhh!
Let's hope not.
This is the season for Renault/Lotus to rise again.
First the exhaust thing was ruined by the FIA, then the reactive ride thing was banned by the FIA and now the chassis wont work properly.
Dammit...
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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:36 AM

Which is why inferior teams should think twice before joining the pack...

Marussia FAIL

And HRT barely made it... :sceptic:
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:55 PM

It's really a good thing that we have 3 french F1 pilots this year, Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Charles Pic (Marussia) and Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso). Last year we didn't had any ! I can't wait for the first race in Australia on March 18th  :thumbup:

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:44 PM

Me neither and it's looking good for Lotus this season.
A shame that there's no Italian drivers this season - one should think that Ferrari would want at least one, but that's not the case these days anymore.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:30 PM

YES!!!



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