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McLaren MP4-27 pic Autosport

New Lotus launch http://www.youtube.com/user/lrgptv?blend=1&ob=0

I don't know what Red Bull and Newey are up to, but they've made the stepped nose look uber-cool with the little aero-fins and the vent. That looks like a beast of a car already, compared with the Fer

some comments from Autosport

Speaking to AUTOSPORT about the Lotus situation, Anderson said: "The aerodynamic loads on the car are higher in Barcelona than in Jerez, so that could explain why the problem didn't manifest itself at Jerez.

"Reading between the lines, I would say it was likely to be something to do with a mount rather than the front suspension, as if it was a suspension problem you could have a good go at patching it up at the track with a glue injection and fastenings to hold it in situ.

"The fact that Lotus has pulled out of the whole test rather than going back to the factory to patch it up and then run later in the week suggests it's a serious problem. Unless it is something that is too severe to fix so quickly or that you need to produce new parts to solve."


Lotus' Boullier has confirmed the team will be on track when the third and final four-day test gets under way in Barcelona from March 1.

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Hamilton grabs season`s first pole

Australian GP Qualifying

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.922s

2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.074s + 0.152

3. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m25.302s + 0.380

4. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m25.336s + 0.414

5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m25.651s + 0.729

6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m25.668s + 0.746

7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.686s + 0.764

8. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m25.908s + 0.986

9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m26.451s + 1.529

10. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari No time

11. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m26.429s + 0.960

12. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m26.4942 + 1.025

13. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.590s + 1.121

14. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m26.663s + 1.194

15. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m27.086s + 1.617

16. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m27.497s + 2.028

17. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari No time

18. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m27.758s + 1.576

19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m28.679s + 2.497

20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m29.018s + 2.836

21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m30.923s + 4.741

22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m31.670s + 5.488

23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m33.495s + 7.313

24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m33.643s + 7.461

Ferraris out of top 10 and Raikkonen early exit in the Q1 :blink:

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The HRT team will not be allowed to race in tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix after failing to qualify on Saturday.

Neither Pedro de la Rosa nor team-mate Narain Karthikeyan managed a lap within the 107 per cent of the quickest time in Q1.

Although the Spanish squad requested permission to race, the stewards said the team will not be allowed to take part in the season opener.


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I've just watched the highlights on BBC. We're in for one hell of a season I think.

McLaren quickest in qualifying but over a race distance who knows, Mercedes look good, so do Lotus, Red Bull also look quick but other teams have caught up with them. Ferrari are as bad as I've seen them in recent years and I think I include 2009 in that. Their car looks shocking and considering they started development on it earlier than any team apart from Mercedes that's not good enough really.

The midfield is closer than ever too which should mean some good racing.

HRT looking like a bit of a joke though. Never thought after last year they'd be running their car for pretty much the first time in qualifying again and nearly 8 seconds off the pace again. Completely right that they shouldn't be anywhere near tomorrow's race (and next week's too probably) - mobile chicane would be too kind a description.

But that dissapointment aside, and Ferrari's undriveable car aside, things look to be shaping up really nicely.

And I'm looking forward to seeing Kimi racing through the pack tomorrow after the cock-up in qualifying.

Lastly, the cars are much less forgiving than before without EBD sticking them to the track, so we should get a much better idea how the drivers are relative to one another.

Loving this season already!

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Button wins yhe 2012 Australian Grand Prix, Vettel 2nd and Lewis Hamilton 3rd.

1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1h34:09.565

2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 2.139

3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 4.075

4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 4.547

5. Alonso Ferrari + 21.565

6. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 36.766

7. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 38.014

8. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 39.458

9. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 39.556

10. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 39.737

11. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 39.848

12. Rosberg Mercedes + 57.642

13. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1 lap

14. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap

15. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps

16. Senna Williams-Renault + 4 laps

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I'd love either of them to win, but I'd prefer Hamilton. I think when he's really on it he's the most exciting driver in F1. We haven't seen him at his best for a while though, and not consistently on top of his game for a couple of years (I think 2009 was a good year for him given the car he had for much of it, 2010 decent enough until a few silly crashes in the final races, 2011 was his only bad year in F1).

I think it's way to early to say it'll be a McLaren WDC though. Vettel matured hugely last year and there aren't many chinks in his armour anymore. I think he's good enough to win it without having the fastest car now (and that's assuming Red Bull don't up their game which is not something I'd bet on). Alonso ditto (he nearly did it in 2010). Even Webber I think could be a threat this year as he seems to like the new RBR car.

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Just saw the race in VT, this time is horrible to follow live. It was a good race. Will be interesting the fight between the RBR and Mclarean during the season. Aftera bad qualify Raikkonen was very good on his return. Massa's race was depressing, he will hardly remain in the Ferrari next season. Too bad what happened to Maldonado.

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Malaysian GP Qualifying

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.219s

2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.368s + 0.149

3. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m36.391s + 0.172

4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.461s + 0.242

5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m36.634s + 0.415

6. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m36.658s + 0.439

7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.664s + 0.445

8. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m37.566s + 1.347

9. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.698s + 1.479

10. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m36.461s + 0.242 (penalty)

11. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m37.589s + 0.874

12. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m37.731s + 1.016

13. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m37.841s + 1.126

14. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m37.877s + 1.162

15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m37.883s + 1.168

16. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m37.890s + 1.175

17. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.069s + 1.354

18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.077s + 1.905

19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m39.567s + 2.395

20. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m40.903s + 3.731

21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m41.250s + 4.078

22. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m39.306s + 2.134 (penalty)

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Sepang Circuit results

1. Alonso Ferrari 2h44:51.812

2. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 2.263

3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 14.591

4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 17.688

5. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 29.456

6. Senna Williams-Renault + 37.667

7. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 44.412

8. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 46.985

9. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 47.892

10. Schumacher Mercedes + 49.996

11. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 1:15.527

12. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:16.800

13. Rosberg Mercedes + 1:18.500

14. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 1:19.700

15. Massa Ferrari + 1:39.300

16. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap

17. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap

18. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap

19. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 2 laps

20. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps

21. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps

22. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps

Drivers Championship

1. Alonso 35

2. Hamilton 30

3. Button 25

4. Webber 24

5. Perez 22

6. Vettel 18

7. Raikkonen 16

8. Senna 8

9. Kobayashi 8

10. Di Resta 7

11. Vergne 4

12. Hulkenberg 2

13. Ricciardo 2

14. Schumacher 1

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Was listening to it on the radio and I'll edit my comments later if after watching the highlights I'm wrong. I think Alonso had a brilliant race, the Ferrari looks good in the wet (certainly in his hands) and so did Perez. Amazing Alonso is leading the Championship given how poor that car is in normal conditions. Sure he had some luck with the conditions today and with the pit-stops, but he also showed his class, speed, and coolness. Made-up for Perez too; he really deserved that second spot with the way he raced.

Looking at the pace I don't think Hamilton could've got the win today against Alonso but had both his pit-stops gone to plan I think he'd have had a great shot at 2nd place. So pretty much the same as last week again for Hamilton; not quick enough for the win but pit-stops buggering up his chances for second place. Very annoying.

So, THE big question, do we think Perez could replace Massa before the season is out? Lots of speculation.

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Bahrain Grand Prix to go ahead as scheduled - FIA

(Reuters) - The Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled next week, the governing FIA said in a statement on Friday, despite the potential for more anti-government protests like those which forced the cancellation of the race last year.

"Based on the current information the FIA has at this stage, it is satisfied that all the proper security measures are in place for the running of a Formula One World Championship event in Bahrain," said the International Automobile Federation statement.

"Therefore, the FIA confirms that the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain will go ahead as scheduled."


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I have a question for F1 fans living in London.

I'm searching a F1 memorabilia store in London, I heard about Alex Reade F1 Motorshop on Regent Street but they moved to Brands Hatch, closing their London Store.

Is there others places you know in the London Area ?

Thanks for helping me.

(my son prefer I bring him a F1 souvenir than an Olympic souvenir from my trip this summer)

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China GP starting grid

Rosberg got his first pole

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.121s

2. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m35.691s + 0.570

3. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m35.784s + 0.663

4. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m35.898s + 0.777

5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.191s + 1.070

6. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.290s + 1.169

7. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.626s + 0.505 (gearbox change penalty)

8. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m36.524s + 1.403

9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.622s + 1.501

10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault No time

11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m36.031s + 0.331

12. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m36.255s + 0.555

13. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m36.283s + 0.583

14. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m36.289s + 0.589

15. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m36.317s + 0.617

16. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m36.745s + 1.045

17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m36.956s + 1.256

18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m37.714s + 1.516

19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m38.463s + 2.265

20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m38.677s + 2.479

21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m39.282s + 3.084

22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m39.717s + 3.519

23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m40.411s + 4.213

24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m41.000s + 4.802

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I have a question for F1 fans living in London.

I'm searching a F1 memorabilia store in London, I heard about Alex Reade F1 Motorshop on Regent Street but they moved to Brands Hatch, closing their London Store.

Is there others places you know in the London Area ?

Thanks for helping me.

(my son prefer I bring him a F1 souvenir than an Olympic souvenir from my trip this summer)

I'm pretty sure there's a Ferarri shop on Regents Street

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I'm pretty sure there's a Ferarri shop on Regents Street

Thanks for the info.

I allready knew about that store and also the one for Lotus Team (also on Regent St.)

I'm not looking for that type of goods since everything will be available for me in few weeks in Montreal when I will attend the Canadian Grand Prix.

I'm looking more fore old memorabilia from the 80's and 90's like old Silverstone race program or everything related to Kimmi Raikonnen debut on Sauber Petronas and McLaren.

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Rosberg wins his first F1 victory at China GP

Shangai Circuit

1. Rosberg Mercedes 1h36:26.929

2. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 20.626

3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 26.012

4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 27.924

5. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 30.483

6. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 31.491

7. Senna Williams-Renault + 34.597

8. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 35.643

9. Alonso Ferrari + 37.256

10. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 38.720

11. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 41.066

12. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 42.273

13. Massa Ferrari + 42.700

14. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 50.500

15. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 51.200

16. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 51.700

17. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:03.100

18. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap

19. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap

20. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap

21. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 1 lap

22. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps

23. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 3 laps

Drivers Champs

1. Hamilton 45

2. Button 43

3. Alonso 37

4. Webber 36

5. Vettel 28

6. Rosberg 25

7. Perez 22

8. Raikkonen 16

9. Senna 14

10. Kobayashi 9

11. Grosjean 8

12. Di Resta 7

13. Vergne 4

14. Maldonado 4

15. Ricciardo 2

16. Hulkenberg 2

17. Schumacher 1

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Bahrain GP Qualifying

Vettel grabs the pole

1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m32.422s

2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m32.520s + 0.098

3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m32.637s + 0.215

4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m32.711s + 0.289

5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.821s + 0.399

6. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m32.912s + 0.490

7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m33.008s + 0.586

8. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.394s + 0.972

9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time

10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes No time

11. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m33.789s + 1.367

12. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.806s + 1.384

13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m33.807s + 1.385

14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m33.912s + 1.490

15. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m34.017s + 1.595

16. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m36.132s + 3.710

17. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m34.865s + 2.443

18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m35.014s + 2.592

19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m35.823s + 3.401

20. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m37.683s + 5.261

21. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m37.883s + 5.461

22. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault No time

23. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m37.905s + 5.483

24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m38.314s + 5.892

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