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  1. V8 Supercars / Supertourers

    Auckland this weekend on the modified Pukekohe circuit (that no one I know of actually is too fond of, but even though they have made some dumb changes and missed an opportunity to fix up a dangerous corner just so the track is good for V8's, never mind us open wheelers, motorbikes and clubmans, I'll reserve final judgement till I actually race on it in early May). I won't be attending though as arranging a funeral at this point takes precedence. Could have been there crewing on some F5000's otherwise.
  2. Crystal Ball Time - Merc & Rbr

    OK OK...retire from Formula One....still retiring in the sense he ain't gonna be there in F1...Schumacher retired and raced bikes....
  3. Crystal Ball Time - Merc & Rbr

    Bottas in, Webber out, for 2014. Webber to retire and concentrate on the likes of Mitch Evans getting into F1.
  4. 2013 Indianapolis Racing League

    Cheers, Eric. Why you'd side towards Allmendinger over Briscoe is another matter though. The former has done, what, exactly in the past five years???
  5. Goodbye Farce 1, You Will Not Be Missed!

    Would love to hear Prost's take on it all.
  6. Today In F1

    Welcome to the realm of a true motorsport fan, Eric. Support the race, not the guys in the race. Who cares who wins? I don't.
  7. 2013 Indianapolis Racing League

    Caught the last twenty laps. Enjoyed what I saw. I think the series could throw up a range of winners this year, and who knows, a bit of the old CART feel to it. (And you never know, gain some fans back off F1 as it seems these guys are racing, and F1 has entered another dominant phase akin to the McLaren/Williams years when CART got popular). I have obviously missed the details, but what happened to Ryan Briscoe this year?
  8. Goodbye Farce 1, You Will Not Be Missed!

    Webber will go balls out now, and not give two hoots about Seb. That, has to be a positive.
  9. Melbourne Practice, Qualy And Stuff Like That

    So the fastest car didn't win...hmmm
  10. Melbourne Practice, Qualy And Stuff Like That

    Still, he'd do it better than you with one hand tied behind his back....
  11. Melbourne Practice, Qualy And Stuff Like That

    I do love how Pitpass.com's vote on who will win this weekends race has Inoue as firm favourite hehehe
  12. Melbourne Practice, Qualy And Stuff Like That

    FYI Shane van Gisbergen won race three of the V8 Supercars....in....the.....rain. Yes, that wet stuff is still in Melbourne
  13. Melbourne Practice, Qualy And Stuff Like That

    Oh and I'd just like to add a boo-hoo to eveyone that is a little sad that they had to get up early and didn't see any action and are complainging about decent times to run F1 on their television. Let me just go rummage around for the worlds smallest violin....
  14. Melbourne Practice, Qualy And Stuff Like That

    Likely still raining today. There has been a cyclone off the coast of Aussie that even we here in NZ are getting remnants of.
  15. Melbourne Practice, Qualy And Stuff Like That

    Nope. This is it. If you can't win the first race, quit. I'm sure that's what they learn you in school these days.
  16. 2013 Preseason Predictions

    It's not "hungry"...it's "horny"
  17. Melbourne Practice, Qualy And Stuff Like That

    It's too hard to think, and you don't need the fastest car to win a race.
  18. In a little under a week the hills will be alive with the sound of music Melbourne residents will be complaining about the noise of the Formula 1 cars. Well boo bloody boo hoo to them, I say. Instead of moaning and groaning they should go and attend the race; it's the cheapest ticketed venue of them all. And if they don't want to do that, then maybe they should take themselves and their sheila off to Tasmania. And stay there. So a quick recap on last years race, and some comments for this years. 1/ HRT only just made it. Heres hoping for a vast improvement from them this year. 2/ Grosjean crashed. Heres hoping he won't this year. (Like hoping will change anything...) 3/ Kimi looked good in his first race back. Now it's not (his first). So this means he has to win. 4/ McLaren was fast last year, book ending the podium with Jense in 1st and Lewis in third. Some German kid was second. I have a funny feeling the podium is likely to be the same. But then again, no feeling I have ever had has turned out to be true, except, that one time...in band camp... 5/ Apparantly the Ferrari was a dog last year, and no one expected them to finish anywhere near the points. Apparantly the car is 200 times better this year (on good authority from one Mr F Alonso. Not sure who he is, but he sounded authorative - he has a "Mr" infront of his name). This would then mean that by the time the rest finish on Sunday, the Ferrari cars will be crossing the line in Canada. 6/ Last year, tyres played a large part...well, they fell apart. Expect the same this year, with all the cars falling off a cliff at lap 50. I've been to Melbourne and I never saw a cliff. So either someone in the commentary box is lying, or I missed a rather large geological feature at Albert Park. So, lets get excited people!! Sutil is back!!
  19. Now here is one rumour that would be great to be true. Honda, making a turbo unit for McLaren....I'm getting misty eyed already. Rumours that Honda is already at Woking, beavering away. Rumours that Mercedes is snatching Hamilton and Paddy Lowe. We can't stop with two out of three being true!! It's a risk to take, but the new engine rules are more inline with Honda's capabilities (V8's are not). Go the VTEC Honda McLaren!! zoom zoom!
  20. Mc Laren Honda.... Has A Nice Ring To It, No?

    Oh but the eightes were thirty years ago...and Honda small block engines are the bee's knees now...not so much then....although that said the engine in my 86 Prelude went and went and went and went and went and went and went and went and went and went and went and went and went and went... Sadly the same could not be said for the super sticky Michelins that were on it when I bought it. They lasted six months, but boy oh boy, did that car go around 35kph corners at 100kph or what? Vrrrrrrrooooooommmmmm!!! They essentially wouldn't be a year behind, as if the rumours are true, they are already testing. They will have a year on the sidelines, yes, but that is a year to iron out the bugs where no-one can see the failures, and then they hit 2015 with a strong and reliable unit, plus their homologation will be a year later than the rest, and as such, be able to take the time to extract more power and torque from areas that the rest won't be able to as they get blueprinted and stuck as is. And at the end of the day, there have been several engines over the years that just came out firing on all cylinders from day one; the Cosworth double four valve being the most well known in that regard. And then McLaren today is vastly different to McLaren in the mid-80's too. It's no longer just a race team. They are car manufacturers. They are one of the most technically astute teams in F1. If you were going to pick a team to match up with, you'd aim for them first, and it looks as though this is what Honda has done. Of course, you are also basing your argument on the fact that everyone else's engines are going to be good, great, or better. Who is to say that the other engines will not be pudding next year? The Renault might be useless...or the Mercedes...or the Ferrari (I'm thinking most likely them). Then it will be them catching up.... Anyways, proof will, as always, be in the pudding.
  21. Today In F1

    Aww, come on...even Roscoe can't work miracles...
  22. Today In F1

    Nicole: “But as for the racing, it really is like trying to understand rocket science when I’m there.” OK. love, here we go. We shall make it nice and simple, since it appears you have the IQ of a gnat. Finish first by beating everyone else. That is all there is to it to racing. The rest is just window dressing, which surpisingly for the clothes-horse that you are, you have not grasped...
  23. Mc Laren Honda.... Has A Nice Ring To It, No?

    Ferrari will live without supplying six engines a race. They get more than the engine sales in special F1 funds anyways.
  24. Today In F1

    Peow peow
  25. Crikey! It's The Melbourne Gp Thread, Mate

    I get letters from "lawayers" on almost a daily basis delivered to my email inbox proclaiming me the benificiary of some dead long lost cousin, or offering a share of profits from a financial transaction. I hit delete. So bring it! I have a nicely labeled DEL key for you and your lawayer