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  • #3460 Reply
    The Colonel
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    Well, it says Shanghai Grand Prize – trying to go from French to Mandarin with something that is also popularly used in English usually results in hilarity – ’20 Volkswagen Hits’ can actually be bought in your local Chinese record store, and they’re not driving songs. They of course, mean ‘Popular’, but you get the idea, and who knows where Grand Prix will lead us???

    My second home race, sad not to be there as the weather is looking fine, all weekend, and whenever I’ve been there, rain.

    So, who is going to win it, then? Predictions please.

    Also, for BBC viewers, all live, and, I believe, Eddie Jordan is back.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • #3462 Reply
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    I saw the heading and was about to delete it as spam… lucky i decided to read it and check first!

    Hopefully, Webber! Mind you, the Lotus has seemed quick in a straight line and Shanghai has a couple of long straights.

  • #3464 Reply
    The Colonel
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    Nah, it’d only be spam if the heading said something like ‘Grand Prize of Shang Hai Town Please’. In any case I should have written Chinese, but Shanghai looks more pleasing.

    Yes, dry race, long straights, I reckon Romain Grosjean is a shoe-in.

    I jest, of course, Kimi Raikkonenenenen. With maybe Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Vettel sharing the other two podium spots.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

  • #3536 Reply
    andrewtaylor
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    I must say that this new Ferrari driver is looking sharp, isn’t he? Faster than Alonso again this morning. Much better than the rubbish bloke they had last year.

  • #3541 Reply
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    Hahaha, it does seem like a completely different driver in the second Ferrari this year. I am very pleased to see Felipe doing so well again, and I’m sure that not too many people would begrudge him a well-overdue victory fairly soon.

    It certainly seemed a brave call for Ferrari management to re-sign Massa last year after such an awful run for the best part of two years, but they definitely made the right call – it’s hard to imagine anyone else doing a better job than what he is doing right now.

    It will be interesting to see how Alonso responds if this continues. He has never been happy at being outperformed by a team-mate, so his humour may run out eventually.

  • #3550 Reply
    andrewtaylor
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    Indeed, I can’t imagine any other team boss being willing to give Massa a drive if Ferrari had dropped him. Meanwhile Perez is looking a bit ragged at McLaren – Ferrari must be quietly grinning after everyone criticised them for keeping Massa and losing Perez from their development program.

  • #3555 Reply
    Richard
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    I’d quite like it if Vettel didn’t win another race for quite a while, and Webber gets a few on the board. But as mentioned above, I’d really love to see Massa win this weekend. Would be good for F1 and would be priceless to see Alonso being told to hold position :twisted:

  • #3689 Reply
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    God, what a weekend for Webber. I think he was unlucky to get a grid penalty for Bahrain; it looked like Vergne was leaving the door open for him to pass, then realised it was Webber and not Vettel…

  • #3692 Reply
    philm4000
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    I think Hamilton is showing his true talent. Something at Mclaren was making him unhappy. Awesome job to hold off Vettel.

  • #3715 Reply
    The Colonel
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    philm4000 wrote:I think Hamilton is showing his true talent. Something at Mclaren was making him unhappy.

    Yes, it seems like something has been lifted off of him, doesn’t it?

    That was a fine weekend for Ferrari, possibly the only team (of the front runners, at least) to come away with a genuine spring in their step, though it was a shame Felipe Massa (or his car) went off the boil after such a fine start.

    The introduction of the second DRS zone is wrong. Of all the circuits Shanghai was the one where they had it just right, from the off, using it in the run down to turn 14, to overtake the driver still had to nail the pass, otherwise the defender had a chance of coming back through 15 and 16. Now if you can’t nail, just stay close and then take it on the run to (and into) turn 1.

    Some nice passing from a couple of drivers through turn 6 though, and the wrong way around turns 11, 12, and 13!

    I watched it on the BBC (Peaks – 3.88million (live) agianst Sky’s 846k – both down on 2012), and I found myself surprised to find it nice to have Eddie Jordan back, albeit briefly. I’ve nothing against Suzi Perry particularly (though I could happily smack the glasses off her head) and she is good at what she does, but I find her hard to warm to (not an F1 thing, in anything I’ve seen her in). Eddie Jordan does, at least, appear to have some heart. Not sure when he is back.

    "Who do you think is the most capable?"

    "Capable of what?"

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