Grand Prix 2012 Chinese Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

no-FIAt-please

Champion Elect
Contributor
I'm confused. Haven't ALL of the drivers set their cars up for race trim?

The last time I bothered to check, all of the cars are put in Parc Ferme after qualifying and no changes are allowed. If a car is set up to do only one or two super-quick qualifying laps at the detriment to their race performance, I would think that they would go backward at warp speed, making their qualifying perfomance irrelevant, and probably annoying sponsors to no end. I would see no value to such an arrangement. Has this rule been changed?
No the rules have not been changed. Hamilton simply said that he set his car up for the race, indicating that he has concentrated his set up to focus more on the race than he usually would. Here's the link to the video where he says it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/17712592
 

chris1981

Points Scorer
I have sky sports say they are uninterupted from 7am- wouldn't happen to be because thats when the BBC coverage starts is it?
 
Fantastic drive from Rosberg, he could be one a real contender for the WC as early as this year

more wins coming now I'm sure, happy for Brawn and co

Norbert Nico and Lewis looked very comfortable and familiar with each other on podium
 

riskitall

Points Scorer
lewis dint weave,he made one move. Initially moving left on the racing line, he then moves right to defend.
so hopefully he wont be punished.but well done to rosberg,thoroughly deserved.
bring on the next one,glad its next week rather than in 3 weeks.
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Not the best race but a great result for F1. Should mean we see a Mercedes factory team in F1 for a few more seasons. Well done Nico - driver of the weekend without a doubt.
 

mjo

Procrastinating
Contributor
The first 20 laps were rather dull, but after that it was great - well done Nico and Mercedes!
 
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johnnoble1990

Guest
Not the best race. :o I thought it was absolutely fascinating. Best race of the season so far for me. It was slow burner and it was good for a different reason to usual race. It was like F1 pre-DRS with the trains of cars, but there was loads of overtaking. It just took some time for drivers to get by. I think this is one of the good things with DRS. The fact it doesn't work the same in every race, means that all races seem very different. Where previously the undercut was good by pitting first, today the key was not finding yourself in traffic, because you couldn't get by. Also the multiple pit stops have made the different strategies fascinating. 2 and 3 stops both worked and didn't work for different teams.
 

MCLS

Anti F1 fan
Valued Member
The second half of the race was a lot more exciting than the first when 8 cars were separated by a few seconds, only disappointment is that Rosberg was 20 seconds down the road because it really would have been a classic if he was with the other cars.
 
lewis dint weave,he made one move. Initially moving left on the racing line, he then moves right to defend.
so hopefully he wont be punished.but well done to rosberg,thoroughly deserved.
bring on the next one,glad its next week rather than in 3 weeks.
I thought they changed the weaving rule to say once you move back on to the racing line you can't then defend

I am sure Lewis will be penalised to set a precedent
 

Josh

Champion Elect
I nearly fell asleep in the first half but the second half of the race was really exciting! Some really good action, Vettel's overtake on Kimi was pretty nice imo and Alonso battling with Maldonado was epic. Nico driver of the day, easily.
What happened to Kimi though? Were the tires just plain gone?
 
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johnnoble1990

Guest
From a Mclaren point of view, they made mistakes with both drivers today costing them the fight for victory, but they were small mistakes that was magnified by the tight grand prix. Lewis was pitted too early in the first stop, which meant he had to move through about 4 more cars than Jenson who pitted later. Then, that pit stop for Jenson was 6 seconds longer than normal, but was enough to put him behind 4 cars he should not have been.
 
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