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Who's on the Podium in F1 this week... talk ...discuss...comment on F1 strategies

madhup narain
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Hey guys!!
Lets see who's gonna be in the pole position this week at France...any gusses....Alonso ..may be


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Bharat Roy
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Alonso, hands down.
madhup narain
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yea right... Alonso was the winner... isint it surprising the fisichella has had all the bad luck in this season..correctly said that all teams need one driver on whom the bad luck should fall on..
Jeroen Wenting
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Good race, especially Raikonen's achievement of ending second when starting 13th was remarkable.

Ferrari are back where they belong, minutes behind the leaders


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Bharat Roy
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Told ya, dudes!!

Ferrari ??? I doubt. This is not their season.
chowdary Thammineedi
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Do I know a car with a Renault engine on the world's roads?

Not long ago Ferrari was laps (not minutes) ahead of every other car, and that was for all races in entire SEASONS, not for individual races.
Jeroen Wenting
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yup, and now they're themselves lapped again
Barichello was lapped by Alonso, Schumacher would have been had Alonso not taken it easy during the last few laps (Schumacher ended 1:21 after Alonso who'd run 1:16-1:17 laps for most of the race).

In fact Ferrari only started winning when Hakkinen retired, McLaren had a winning team with Hakkinen and Coulthard.
Now that they have another Fin working with Montoya they're up there again.
madhup narain
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Guys....

why is it that ferrari is not able to perform like they did last year ?
They have all the resources in the world as well as the technical expertise and not forgetting that they have the highest paid F1 driver

So why are they perfoming so badly...does someone wanna put some light on that...It could turn out to be a debate...

way to Go Ferrari
Jeroen Wenting
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Schumacher is getting old, likely his reaction times are worse than they were.
Also, the new car isn't what they thought it would be. Under last year's rules it would probably do great, but the rules have changed.

This year the cars need to do 2 entire races (plus training and qualifying) with a single engine.
Teams with less funding have always tried to make engines that lasted, so they have an advantage as they didn't need to change all that much (they would replace a lot of parts, but not the entire thing).
Ferrari, with effectively unlimited funding, threw everything away after each race.
Then there's the tyres. Ferrari is the only top team driving Bridgestone tyres (the only other two teams using them are the 9th and 10th ranking teams, out of 10 teams total). Those tyres just aren't as fast as the Michelins are.

Last year already it was visible that Williams and McLaren were once again way up front, almost as good as (and sometimes better than) Ferrari.
Those teams have made more progress now than has Ferrari, as has of course Renault which last year looked promising but "not quite there yet".

Basically Ferrari has lavished in their superiority a bit too long and have been overtaken by the rest of the field.

When next year Sauber will get a new engine contract with BMW I think they too will become a factor.
madhup narain
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I think the biggest break through this is year is of Toyota!
These guys have done a fab effort to land up amongst the top teams.
Moreover As the seasons pass by it seems that F1 would become more interesting because all the teams are reaching the same threshold of innovation

wait and watch you'll see the Jordan team in a few years perhaps among the top teams!!
Jeroen Wenting
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Jordan is more likely to disappear than to become a top team.
They're in grave financial problems, all their main sponsors have cancelled their comittments because of (at least in part) the poor performance, one of their drivers seems to be on the way out for not paying his driver's fee (weird construction in F1, most drivers have to pay the teams to drive while at the same time being employees of those same teams).
 
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