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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby Wrathbone » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:40 am

Hamilton and Perez are both 5' 8". If we go metric, Hamilton is 1cm taller at 174cm. Hamilton is 5kg heavier though, the porker!

Button is 6ft.

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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby Snowy » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:09 am

Rule changes this year should favour Ferrari. They struggled in the quali last year because of the rule allowing unlimited use of DRS on quali laps, which when deployed on the Ferrari on anything other than straights unsettled the rear of the car, costing then time each lap. The result was Ferrari struggling for anything close to the front of the grid.

In 2013 DRS will only be usable in the designated DRS areas that will be used in the race, which will remove the issue for Ferrari without their needing to make any design changes to the car. This should bring them into contention far more in quali, all things being equal, and if you put Alonso and Vettel on an even footing I don't think the WLC stands a chance.

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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby katarn » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:25 am

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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby Rossell » Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:02 pm

Looks like vanity plates are in this year then. Ferrari and McLaren both have 'em.
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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby DjchunKfunK » Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:33 pm

Pirelli are changing the tyres for the new season to make them softer again so that we are more likely to see 2 stop races. That should greatly help McLaren as both their drivers are light on their tyres.
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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby Raid » Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:53 pm

Button's already gone on record to say it'll help him. Assuming he has more luck getting his tyres 'switched on' this year, I really think we could have a three-way fight for the title.

The VJM06 was unveiled today too... with only one of Force India's drivers, as they haven't announced their second yet. Paul looks a bit silly stood alone with the new car, but it's a bit of a looker; they're using the modesty panel too, and I already thought last year's car was one of the best looking.

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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby katarn » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:34 pm

Not sure how I feel about uber-soft tyres. I just got fed up at various races over the last few years where everything was down to how well tyres were managed, instead of racing to the limit/mixture of usual factors.

Can't stand seeing F1 cars being deliberately raced within themselves, trundling around. But we'll see. Perhaps the teams will also get a lot better at working with soft tyres in general, so it might not be much of a problem.

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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby DjchunKfunK » Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:24 pm

katarn wrote:Not sure how I feel about uber-soft tyres. I just got fed up at various races over the last few years where everything was down to how well tyres were managed, instead of racing to the limit/mixture of usual factors.

Can't stand seeing F1 cars being deliberately raced within themselves, trundling around. But we'll see. Perhaps the teams will also get a lot better at working with soft tyres in general, so it might not be much of a problem.


It's better than just having one tyre change and cars following each other round the track which is what happened a number of times last year.
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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby katarn » Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:33 pm

I think that's debatable. It depends on the circuit as well - some will always be processional regardless of tyres.

At times it feels a gimmick - plus there were situations where drivers had done brilliantly to get themselves into a strong position only for their tyres to then ruin their race.

I'd rather see pure driving. even if it did mean less overtakes, than uber-soft tyres forcing drivers to trundle around scared to push their cars to the limit for more than a couple of laps. But like I say, perhaps it won't be as bad as I fear.

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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby DjchunKfunK » Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:23 pm

Surely though managing your tyres is part of being a good driver. I don't think it is any more of a gimmick than DRS and KERS. In fact I would say it is less of a gimmick than those two.
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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby katarn » Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:26 pm

Up to a point it is.

But tyre softness can be taken too far, and races can devolve into some silly bastardised form of whacky races and musical chairs, which is what I felt at times over the last few years.

So I'm just hoping they get the balance right and don't let things get as silly as that again.

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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby Wrathbone » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:58 pm

I agree, the forced tyre degradation is not great. I think they should bring back mid-race refuelling, as that opens a whole extra dimension to race strategy. More strategical options is better than "your tyres will be shit after X laps."
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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby Edwin » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:26 pm

The new Red Bull has pimptastic bluey-purple paint:
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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby Raid » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:01 pm

I can't decide whether it's uglier than this year's Sauber or not.

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Re: Formula 1 - 2013

Postby Rossell » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:20 pm

the new Sauber is not ugly! :o
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