2012 F1 Car Launch Thread

Posted by EC83 
Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 10:56AM
Posted by: danm



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Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 11:40AM
Posted by: J i m
I do like that Merc, can even tolerate it's frankly hilarious extremity in the "step".

Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 12:49PM
Posted by: truecrysis
Yeh if you ignore that absolutely huge step (still not as bad as ferrari's in my opinion), the mercedes is quite a nice looking car, interesting design.


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Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 03:06PM
Posted by: Carlitox


First teaser pic of the new HRT. Could this be once again the most awesome looking car of the grid (IMO)?


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Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 03:44PM
Posted by: Renault#1Fan
I like how they talked about having a new car and yet its the same Dallara that they criticized in 2010 with yet just another new nose like last year. Way to aim at making progess (N)
Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 04:06PM
Posted by: SchueyFan
I believe that's actually not the 2012 car, but an image of their 2011 car.





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Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 05:13PM
Posted by: Renault#1Fan
I was thinking to, gpupdate says its the 2012 car but HRT hadn't passed the crash test so I don't think it is final.
Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 05:30PM
Posted by: J i m
To be honest I think that is simply a graphic render of a car hashed together for their own website. Whilst I expect the new car to be almost identical to the 2011 car (and 2010 before it) there are a couple of things that might require attention. Part of that nose come might exceed the maximum height permitted, the exhaust regs have changed and lastly but fairly probably least those tyre markings are not of the 2012 Pirelli.

All in all just a hastily thrown together web image, though it might stand a better chance of passing the crash test than the actual car.

Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 05:45PM
Posted by: Incident 2k9


There is a hole on the front...

I quite like it, actually. The silver masks the step a little, too.



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Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 05:53PM
Posted by: J i m
There would be a hole in the front anyway.. There always are for cooling.

Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 05:57PM
Posted by: Incident 2k9
J i m Wrote:
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> There would be a hole in the front anyway.. There
> always are for cooling.

I know, I think Loque said there wasn't because there weren't previous photos from that angle...



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Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 06:16PM
Posted by: EC83
I just hope it's a "step" forwards in competitiveness after their previous crappy cars. No point making a sexy-looking car if it's struggling to bother the top 6. Mercedes need to stop being a disappointment this year, they need this car to be pretty damn good.



Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 06:35PM
Posted by: Anonymous User
Rosberg must deliver this year. His promise is going down the pan. At the same time... if Schumi doesn't do something special he might be gone too.
Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 06:54PM
Posted by: danm
You have to be fair to this team though - they have gone through a few transitions over the last few years.

That in itself will disrupt development patterns. Different management and styles behind the factory that we don't see - office politics - take time to settle.

This is only the third year with Mercedes' full input.

It took BMW a fair amount of time to make a mark and win their first race.

But I agree, this is the third year and I would be disappointed if they fail to get at least one driver in the top 6 every race without fail; and at least 5 or 6 podiums to call it a step forward.

As for Rosberg, I will fanboy him to the end. He deserves better. Captain reliable, but lacking that killer edge it seems.

I almost wonder if he has spent so long clocking points he has lost the tough edge. I've seen too often he is soft at being overtaken - a little like Nick Heidfeld.

7 retirements since the start of the 2008 season though, that's a good stat.

When you take into account Red Bull / Ferrari / McLaren are easily the top three tier and have been for a long time (bar Brawn); you have to be realistic and consider 7th place is 1st place to them then.

You look at 2009 in the FW31 and see the string of 4ths and 5ths. In a WILLIAMS!

Nico had better come of age this year. I am really hoping so.

And then we have Kimi.

Oh lord.


Jenson drives it like he owns it; Lewis drives it like he stole it




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Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 07:01PM
Posted by: Anonymous User
Ah that Kubica debut win was one of the most epic moments ever!
Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 07:50PM
Posted by: gav
Apparently HRT have denied that is the 2012 car.

And Lotus are finished at Barcelona for the week. The problems today apparently also affect the first chassis, so they're going to focus on fixing them before next week. I guess it buys them a few 'private tests' too?
Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 07:51PM
Posted by: Slash
Michael looks thinner, seems to have lost some weight, i hope that translates in the couple of tenths that usuay separated him from Rosberg in qualy's...
Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 08:08PM
Posted by: EC83
It'll be the 2011 car because HRT are still waiting on the Lego for the 2012 car being delivered.



Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 09:04PM
Posted by: Carlitox
gav Wrote:
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> Apparently HRT have denied that is the 2012 car.


Strange, because I got the pic here


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Re: 2012 F1 Car Launch Thread
Date: February 21, 2012 10:23PM
Posted by: gav
Just a tweet from Andrew Benson earlier:

"OK, so I have been in contact with HRT and that image is not the 2012 car. So stand down all those who were breathlessly excited about it"

And to be honest, it is very similar to the F111.

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