2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***

Posted by Incident 2k9 
2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 13, 2012 08:28PM
Posted by: Incident 2k9
Nobody mind if I do this thread? No? Good, then we'll begin.



Location: Albert Park, Melbourne
Length: 5.303 km
Laps: 58
Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (Ferrari) - 1.24.125

List of past winners:

2011: S. Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
2010: J. Button (McLaren-Mercedes)
2009: J. Button (Brawn-Mercedes)
2008: L. Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)
2007: K. Raikkonen (Ferrari)
2006: F. Alonso (Renault)
2005: G. Fisichella (Renault)
2004: M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
2003: D. Coulthard (McLaren-Mercedes)
2002: M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
2001: M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
2000: M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
1999: E. Irvine (Ferrari)
1998: M. Hakkinen (McLaren-Mercedes)
1997: D.Coulthard (McLaren-Mercedes)
1996: D.Hill (Williams-Renault)

2012 Australian GP Entry List:

1. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull Racing Red Bull-Renault
2. Mark Webber - Red Bull Racing Red Bull-Renault

3. Jenson Button - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes
4. Lewis Hamilton - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes

5. Fernando Alonso - Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari
6. Felipe Massa - Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari

7. Michael Schumacher - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes
8. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes

9. Kimi Raikkonen - Lotus F1 Team Lotus-Renault
10. Romain Grosjean - Lotus F1 Team Lotus-Renault

11. Paul di Resta - Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes
12. Nico Hulkenberg - Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes

14. Kamui Kobayashi - Sauber F1 Team Sauber-Ferrari
15. Sergio Perez - Sauber F1 Team Sauber-Ferrari

16. Daniel Ricciardo - Scuderia Toro Rosso STR-Ferrari
17. Jean-Eric Vergne - Scuderia Toro Rosso STR-Ferrari

18. Pastor Maldonado - Williams F1 Team Williams-Renault
19. Bruno Senna - Williams F1 Team Williams-Renault

20. Heikki Kovalainen - Caterham F1 Team Caterham-Renault
21. Vitaly Petrov - Caterham F1 Team Caterham-Renault

22. Narain Karthikeyan - HRT F1 Team HRT-Cosworth
23. Pedro de la Rosa - HRT F1 Team HRT-Cosworth

24. Timo Glock - Marussia F1 Team Marussia-Cosworth
25. Charles Pic - Marussia F1 Team Marussia-Cosworth

Onboard Lap (apologies for the fact it's Finger Boy)


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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/13/2012 08:32PM by Incident 2k9.
Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 13, 2012 08:40PM
Posted by: Incident 2k9
I was a little eager to get this thread going, but I currently have no motivation to do any work. So I put this up.

It's a baptism of fire for Monsieur Pic, who's not yet driven a 2012-spec F1 car. But due to one of the most confusing pre-seasons for a while, nobody really knows who's where in terms of pace. Other than, of course, Red Bull at the front and Cosworth engine users at the back.



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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 13, 2012 09:41PM
Posted by: gav
Quote
Incident 2k9
I was a little eager to get this thread going, but I currently have no motivation to do any work. So I put this up.

The lack of enthusiasm is disappointing. At this point in 2009 the Melbourne thread had been active for a full 4 months.

;)
Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 13, 2012 10:32PM
Posted by: J i m
I have to say I'm really looking forward to this season, not quite in the way I did when I was about 12 years old ;) Yet 2012 has some really good ingredients that could make it into a long revered classic.

Six world champions on the grid three (Vettel, Button & Hamilton) of whom you'd expect to definitely have winning cars and a realistic shot at the championship. The other three (Alonso, Schumacher & Raikkonen) may yet throw the cat amongst the pigeons if the Ferrari isn't quite as shocking as commonly feared, if Mercedes have made a big enough step forward and if the Lotus is indeed the dark horse the winter championships proclaimed it to be.

Aside of the royal majesty of the champions we have the pretenders to the crown, Webber will be desperate to get on terms with Vettel, Rosberg equally desperate to finally win his first grand prix whilst Massa is under pressure on pain of losing his drive and ending up on the scrapheap of also rans.

The midfield promises to be wild with Force India boasting the most impressive driver pairing in di Resta & Hulkenberg. Grosjean will be eager to prove himself after his nightmare of 09, Sauber's Kobayashi & Perez will be there or there abouts. Helmut Marko will have his beady eyes on Ricciardo & Vergne and ready to draw his finger across his throat if they even show a hint of not being worthy of greater things.

Williams are reunited with Renault and.. Senna (if only in name). No one can expect great things from them yet we'll all be eager to see if they can bounce back into the midfield or if they'll be leap frogged by Caterham and Petrov's many rubles.

Bringing up the rear are the whacky racers.. can the Virgin Marussia finally overcome the dastardly HRT?

I can't wait!





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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 13, 2012 11:48PM
Posted by: truecrysis
YES F1 IS BACK! Its gonna be damn good to be hearing the sound of the engines once again, the off-season as always has been too long!

Im really interested to see where everyone pans out to be. I guess now the rumours finish and we get some good hard evidence of what teams are where. Personally my main hopes are that Mercedes join the front 3, Caterham join the midfield, and kimi and heikki both do a good job. If all those come true, im quite a satisfied man :).
Anyway, can't wait til friday.

Oh and guys, head over to the GPGAMES prediction thread to make your predictions for the race, you have until qualifying!


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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 12:21AM
Posted by: EC83
gav Wrote:
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> The lack of enthusiasm is disappointing. At this
> point in 2009 the Melbourne thread had been active
> for a full 4 months.
>
> ;)

People are never happy sometimes though - in 2010 I started the Bahrain thread about 2 weeks before the race and someone said it was too early. :P
But you do have a point about the lack of enthusiasm. That Melbourne thread you mention was the last one that ran to a good length - most of the ones since have been under 10 pages, sometimes even under 5.







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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 12:44AM
Posted by: Ferrari2007
That was an epic thread




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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 12:59AM
Posted by: RenaultFan
Good to see this thread up, maybe now that its f1 season again we will see more people back to the site here. I hope to be back more myself.

I am glad F1 is back but dont have that real big exciting feeling I used too, maybe once we get a little closer to Friday that will change. Does anybody buy F1 magazines anymore to read any of the previews for the upcoming season or just get there info online. The one thing I like about Austrlaia is the race here is late at night and a perfect excuse to cook up some chicken wings and have a couple cold ones and watch the race.

Im looking to see how Caterham get on this year myself. I think it will be a big waste of time for Marussi/Virgin outfit and HRT

Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 01:48AM
Posted by: Isaint
RenaultFan Wrote:
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> Good to see this thread up, maybe now that its f1
> season again we will see more people back to the
> site here. I hope to be back more myself.
>
> I am glad F1 is back but dont have that real big
> exciting feeling I used too, maybe once we get a
> little closer to Friday that will change. Does
> anybody buy F1 magazines anymore to read any of
> the previews for the upcoming season or just get
> there info online. The one thing I like about
> Austrlaia is the race here is late at night and a
> perfect excuse to cook up some chicken wings and
> have a couple cold ones and watch the race.
>
> Im looking to see how Caterham get on this year
> myself. I think it will be a big waste of time for
> Marussi/Virgin outfit and HRT


Jeremy ..... thanx for this 'Tip' cos that's exactly what I'm going to do 'Chickin wings' minus the cold ones cos I dont drink but ice cold coke at the back of my throat .... yeah! Bring on the season.;-)



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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 02:16AM
Posted by: truecrysis
Isaint Wrote:
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> RenaultFan Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Good to see this thread up, maybe now that its
> f1
> > season again we will see more people back to
> the
> > site here. I hope to be back more myself.
> >
> > I am glad F1 is back but dont have that real
> big
> > exciting feeling I used too, maybe once we get
> a
> > little closer to Friday that will change. Does
> > anybody buy F1 magazines anymore to read any of
> > the previews for the upcoming season or just
> get
> > there info online. The one thing I like about
> > Austrlaia is the race here is late at night and
> a
> > perfect excuse to cook up some chicken wings
> and
> > have a couple cold ones and watch the race.
> >
> > Im looking to see how Caterham get on this year
> > myself. I think it will be a big waste of time
> for
> > Marussi/Virgin outfit and HRT
>
>
> Jeremy ..... thanx for this 'Tip' cos that's
> exactly what I'm going to do 'Chickin wings' minus
> the cold ones cos I dont drink but ice cold coke
> at the back of my throat .... yeah! Bring on the
> season.;-)

Think i will join you on having some an ice cold coke for it, i think 6am is a bit too early to start on the drinks ;)


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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 02:17AM
Posted by: EC83
Ferrari2007 Wrote:
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> That was an epic thread

Great minds think alike - I just went and re-read it ;)



Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 07:44AM
Posted by: gav
Quote
truecrysis
Think i will join you on having some an ice cold coke for it, i think 6am is a bit too early to start on the drinks ;)

Just stay up rather than get up. Problem solved. ;)
Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 08:29AM
Posted by: alexf1man
The reduced enthusiasm is due to the lack of free to air time available for F1.
Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 09:01AM
Posted by: casabonka
Gutted im not heading to melb, first time since 07 I wont be there... on a plus, Ferrari have never won during my 6 visits!




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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 09:06AM
Posted by: SchueyFan
I'm flying down on Friday morning, it'll be fascinating to see how accurate the form guide has been!

As Jim said, there are a lot of interesting storylines this year, so hopefully Red Bull are within reach to the teams behind and we get an interesting championship battle.





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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 09:18AM
Posted by: Morbid
It's that time of the year again. Man I have been waiting for this!



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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 10:04AM
Posted by: chet
I was thinking about this thread yesterday, and was going to start it if it had not been started when I returned :p!

Disappointing news from my side, I will be missing the qualifying, and race :(. I have never missed the first live! I should say missing ANY F1 race is something of a no-no for me, especially considering it's the first, it's one of the best tracks producing some of the best races, and JB looks to have a shot! Then there's Kimi.... he's back! Unfortunately it is a friends birthday, and I will instead be getting drunk and will be out. Despite requests to kindly move the birthday, it has not happened :p! For me to be satisfied about missing the race, 1, or more of these options MUST happen...

1) I at least get some sort of lady action.
2) It is the best night out, EVER.
3) Jenson wins and I manage to stay away from the results until late Sunday when I can watch
4) Kimi wins and I manage to stay away from the results until late Sunday when I can watch
5) Senna wins and reveal Williams actually have a rocket ship, and I stay away from the results till Sunday ;)

Any of options 1 or 2, combined with either one of 3, 4, or 5 must happen!

On to the weekend, if the weather is on-off then all the better IMO! Oz is never a race where you can judge car and team performance properly, so it would be silly to assume the pecking order from this event. In term's of qualifying, I would not be surprised to see the exact top 5 we saw last year. My early prediction is a race long battle between RBR and Mclaren, and of course a battle between Renault, Ferrari and Merc.

Eager to see how much time Caterham have found. I cant imagine the difficulties of not only improving from the previous year, but improving to such a degree where you are able to get on par with those in front, despite them improving too!!`

Prediction for win... Lewis.






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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 10:32AM
Posted by: mortal
About time, the off season seemed to last forever.



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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 11:14AM
Posted by: torana_05
can't wait i have been down in melbourne seeing the sights since monday and literally bursting to i go to the track tomorrow, but still have to wait to friday for the f1. i think jenson will win with webber and schuey on the podium. hopefully ferrari and renault will be close and all together have a very close top 5 teams. for a funny reason im more excited about the midfield, i think its going to be very close with williams, torro rosso, sauber, force india and hopefully caterham. heres to a good race.


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Re: 2012 Australian GP Thread ***SPOILERS***
Date: March 14, 2012 11:36AM
Posted by: SchueyFan
It'd be great to see Webber on the podium at least, hopefully he doesn't choke or have bad luck like he has at pretty much every AGP since his amazing result in 2002.

My prediction for the weekend is that Alan Joyce (CEO Qantas) will get a bigger boo if he turns up on the podium than Ted Baillieu (Victorian premier), which would be quite a feat considering the tendency of Australian crowds to boo state or federal leaders at sporting events.





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