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    Looking like business as usual then in practice for the opening race in Melbourne. Winter testing is never really much of an indicator.

    Had to copy and paste whole story as links still not working:


    World champion Sebastian Vettel set an ominous pace in his Red Bull on the first day of practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

    The world champion headed both practice sessions in a manner which suggested he will be very difficult to beat as he goes for a fourth straight world title.
    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was third, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton seventh.
    Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen were fourth and fifth ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
    Mercedes' pace suggested that they have indeed made a step forward towards the front this season, as pre-season testing had suggested.But their session ended with both cars off the track.
    Rosberg stopped with a gearbox problem while Hamilton slid off the track. Team boss Toto Wolff said there had been a problem with the 'bib', the front part of the floor of the car, which had caused him to lose grip and go off.
    Hamilton was the faster of the two in the first session by half a second but had a messy second session.
    Hamilton looked like he might have been able to challenge Vettel for ultimate pace - he had set a faster time in the first sector of the lap than Vettel before making a mistake at Turn Nine and having to abort it.
    Mercedes appear to be competing with Lotus and Ferrari to be the fastest team behind Red Bull, who looked very impressive throughout the day.
    Vettel's fastest time was set in conditions far less than optimum. It was on his second flying lap on the super-soft tyres, when they would have lost the peak of their grip, and he said he was having problems with his Kers power-boost system.
    That suggests Vettel could have gone at least 0.5 seconds quicker than he did - a margin that was borne out by his superiority over the field on the medium tyre earlier in the session.
    The Red Bull also set an impressive pace on used medium tyres - Vettel was only 0.5secs slower after 10 laps than he had been on his fastest lap, suggesting that tyre degradation will be nowhere near as bad as it has been in pre-season testing.
    "Overall it was a good day for us, pretty seamless, no trouble with the car. Good fun to be out there," said the world champion.
    "For sure it feels good to know you are kind of up there somewhere. There is room for improvement but we need to keep our eyes open and see what happens."
    Vettel looked in good shape during the longer runs later in the session when the teams try to simulate race conditions.
    Vettel also headed the first session, by 0.078secs from Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who was eighth in the second session.
    The day's running, inconclusive though it was, suggested that four teams will be fighting it out at the front initially - but Ferrari, Mercedes and Lotus look like they may be fighting to be Red Bull's closest rival.
    “We are not where we need to be at this point in time”
    Sam MichaelMcLaren sporting director

    Pre-season testing had suggested McLaren were struggling for pace and Friday in Melbourne's Albert Park seemed to confirm that.
    Their sporting director Sam Michael admitted: "We are not where we need to be at this point in time.
    "We made quite a few changes to the car over the winter, and we still believe they will be good for the course of the season.
    "But we are still unoptimised in the areas we need to be, which comes from our own knowledge of where they are not as good as what they should be.
    "So we still have some work to do on the car. But it's a long season."
    The forecast for qualifying on Saturday is for rain, which could provide a mixed-up grid ahead of an expected dry race on Sunday.

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    Jesus fuck dat qualifying.

    Now 6 hours before the real thing.

    Grosjean currently 3rd atm although he'll probably drop when they continue but oh lordy @_@

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    Vettel ends up raping the qualifier.


    1. Vettel
    2. Wobbler
    3. Hamilton
    4. Massa
    5. Alonso
    6. Rosberg
    7. Based Kimi
    8. Grosjean
    9. Di Resta
    10. Button

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    No brakes on Kimis rape train people! The icemans cometh!

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    Well now fully watched the grand prix and what a great race for Kimi!

    I think we've got the advantage of damn near being able to keep up with the speed of Ferrari/Red Bull but we have the ability to manage tires a lot better, especially with Kimi.

    Grosjean was stuck behind Button for damn near all the race so I'm not shocked he was 10th. Rock and a hard place sadly.

    Last time Kimi won the Aussie race we became world champion

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    Was a good race and all the rookies did fairly well i was expecting a few crashes from them!

    McLaren are not looking at all impressive so far, Red Bull seem to have more competition this time which is great!

    Anyone else pissed at that qualifing round i recorded it and got about 20 minutes of qualifying for an hour and a half recorded. If i want to watch rain i will look outside haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabers View Post
    Was a good race and all the rookies did fairly well i was expecting a few crashes from them!

    McLaren are not looking at all impressive so far, Red Bull seem to have more competition this time which is great!

    Anyone else pissed at that qualifing round i recorded it and got about 20 minutes of qualifying for an hour and a half recorded. If i want to watch rain i will look outside haha
    In McLarens defence though they gambled with Button and his tires and it back-fired. Had to come in after 3 laps to change them since top 10 have to start on what they qualify which is a dumb rule. lol

    They'll do better in Malaysia (I think...Could be Bahrain next iuno lol)

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    Well done Kimmi

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHooliganX View Post
    Well now fully watched the grand prix and what a great race for Kimi!

    I think we've got the advantage of damn near being able to keep up with the speed of Ferrari/Red Bull but we have the ability to manage tires a lot better, especially with Kimi.

    Grosjean was stuck behind Button for damn near all the race so I'm not shocked he was 10th. Rock and a hard place sadly.

    Last time Kimi won the Aussie race we became world champion
    Kimi all the way baby

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    There is a difference between playing shit and being shit. You said I think RVP is shit, where I'm saying he'll play shit... His ability will still be there but it just won't have a bug effect on UTD.
    Oh akbar....

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    Very happy with the first race of the season. Being an F1 fan for years, it's really good to see Lotus back up there and I'm a big fan of Kimmi. Shaping up to be a good season, Ferrari looking strong as too are Red Bull, Mercedes looking like they could be more competitive than I expected. Just a bit gutted for McLaren but I'm sure they'll bounce back.

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