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

Hamberg

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"We’ve had three Grands Prix so far this year, and they’ve been won by three different drivers from three different teams. The performance differential between the fastest cars is minimal. It looks like we’ve got a great season ahead of us, doesn’t it? Bring it on!”

Well said Martin!
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
"We’ve had three Grands Prix so far this year, and they’ve been won by three different drivers from three different teams. The performance differential between the fastest cars is minimal. It looks like we’ve got a great season ahead of us, doesn’t it? Bring it on!”

Well said Martin!

We might see more race winners and more team wins

first time since Monza 2009 when other than Alonso, Vettel, Button , Webber or Hamilton won incidentally and the last time BRawn/ Mercedes won a race

I think Merc have closed the gap and will cause more problems for the big 3 as it were from last year although Ferrari are off the pace at the moment but Lotus is not far behind if they can keep it up. Interesting to see Williams and sauber going to be a thorn to the quicker cars for the first half of the season at least
 

steveg

Points Scorer
I think more recently Jenson has gone for more daring moves and got through the field quicker at times
In this race Button got past alot of the cars in front of him simply by using DRS - which seemed harder for Hamilton to do. This may have been because Button had a setup that gave him slightly more traction coming out of the turn leading onto the back straight keeping him closer to his prey whereas it seemed - at least to me anyway - that Hamilton was losing a couple of tenths at that crucial point coming out of the turn. But whatever the reason traffic definately impacted Hamilton more and he was losing chunks of time to Button after every stop. .
 

pancolor

Rookie
I just had a question for you all- (I may have missed this on screen),but I've just been looking at the pitstop summaries. Charles Pic drove through the pits on lap 48- taking 13.981seconds. Presumably this was a drive-through, but I can't remember what for (or even seeing anything about it)... Anyone know?
Well, I did saw him in the pits on that lap. It was at a time when the pos 2-11 train passed by. I assume it was more a "getting-out-the-way" act, than a problem or penalty.
 

Incubus

Champion Elect
Button: "Pit-stop cost me shot at win"
Hamilton: "penalty cost me win chance
Alonso: "Could have been sixth without traffic"
Raikkonen: "Tyre strategy hurt us"

Blimey the coulda-woulda-shouldas are out in force today. They're all at it.
 

no-FIAt-please

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Premium Contributor
What about Schumacher? Surely he could have stood a very good chance of winning without that mistake
Looked to me like Rosberg was comfortably pulling away from Schumacher to me, no reason to think that would change. Then again no reason it shouldn't have.

Raikkonen: "Tyre strategy hurt us"
I don't know what Lotus were thinking today, no way was Raikkonen going to manage 28 laps on those tyres without hitting the cliff, Grosjean managed 21 (or 22?) without hitting the cliff which was really impressive, clearly his side of the garage was better today.
 

Brogan

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Well lap times are directly related to pace and you said that "Nico had the superior pace from start to finish".

The chart shows that not to be entirely true.
 

GeoffP

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Looked to me like Rosberg was comfortably pulling away from Schumacher to me, no reason to think that would change. Then again no reason it shouldn't have.
It's an interesting situation. I think Schumacher is a great teammate and plays the number 1 and number 2 driver strategy wholeheartedly.

Sure Rosberg had Quali, but are you sure he pulled away from Schui, or did Schui play the number 2 role to give Nico a chance knowing that the Mercedes race pace is questionable?

If Schui was driving for the team win he couldn't have done a better job than what actually happened.
 

Jos the Boss

Champion Elect
It's an interesting situation. I think Schumacher is a great teammate and plays the number 1 and number 2 driver strategy wholeheartedly.

Sure Rosberg had Quali, but are you sure he pulled away from Schui, or did Schui play the number 2 role to give Nico a chance knowing that the Mercedes race pace is questionable?

If Schui was driving for the team win he couldn't have done a better job than what actually happened.
Reminds me of Irvine in 99, 'He's a great number one and number two' Does anyone have Schumacher's lap times?
 
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