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noshownogo
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:52 am 
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Button looks very good, I like his approach to racing. Very sensible and patient, he listens to his crew as well and is the smoothest driver out there.

Hats off to Nico tho, I don't know where he found half a second more in qualifying to take pole over the rest of the pack.

Season going good so far, looking forward to Bahrain this weekend


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adriano7910
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Might be more competitive than last year for sure. I'm liking the current standings. Work real getting in the way these days though.


me running against bolt will be more competitive than last year :lol:


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F1: Sunday Drive - Rosberg Romps In Shanghai
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg wins easily from the pole to score his first career victory in the Chinese Grand Prix...

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday for his first career Formula One victory, gambling on a two-stop strategy and managing to hold off the rest of the field on worn tires.

Rosberg, who also captured his first pole on Saturday, finished 20.6 seconds ahead of McLaren driver Jenson Button.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," the 26-year-old German said. "It's been a long time coming for me, and for the team as well over the past two years and a bit. Now it's finally here.

"It's just nice to see how quickly we are now progressing. I didn't expect to be that fast today."

Lewis Hamilton of McLaren was third, followed by the Red Bull duo of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in fourth and fifth.

Vettel started 11th on the grid and at one stage moved up to second, but the two-time defending world champion couldn't hold off Button, Hamilton and Webber in the closing stages.

Rosberg's teammate, seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, had also been expecting to perform well after finishing third in qualifying and moving up to the front row after Hamilton, who qualified second, was penalized for a gearbox change. But the German retired on the 13th lap after his right front wheel was improperly fitted during his first pit stop.

For Mercedes, the victory is evidence it has remedied the quick tire degradation problem that led to disappointing results in the first two races of the year. Rosberg and Schumacher have been fast in qualifying this season but failed to keep up with other teams when it mattered in the races.

It was Mercedes' first victory since it bought out Brawn GP at the end of 2009. Mercedes is also the third different team to win a race this year, following Button's victory at the Australian GP for McLaren and Fernando Alonso's win at the Malaysian GP for Ferrari. The 2011 constructor's champion, Red Bull, is still looking for its first win.

Rosberg drove just one lap in the final session of qualifying to preserve his tires, and said an improved setup helped take the pressure off his tires on Sunday to allow his team's strategy to pay off.

"Before the race, that was our plan," he said. "The tires lasted for exactly the amount of laps that we were hoping for, so it all just went to plan."

Rosberg also benefited from a sloppy pit stop by Button at the end of the 39th lap when he lost several crucial seconds and came out of the pit behind a pack of drivers. As Button jockeyed with Vettel, Webber, Hamilton and Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean for position, Rosberg was able to widen his lead to 25 seconds and coast to victory.

"I stopped on the marks (in the pits) and we had a problem with the rear of the car, so I was stuck there for nine or 10 seconds," Button said. "It was a pity because when I exited the pits I had four cars in front of me, cars that I wouldn't have been racing, and I would have had a nice clear track to hopefully hunt down Nico."





Nico Rosberg celebrates in parc ferme after winning the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

The battle for the minor places featured wheel-to-wheel racing with Button and Hamilton eventually coming out on top in the closing laps. The final stages witnessed a spectacular collapse by Raikkonen, who also only pitted twice in the race but was unable to hold his place as his tires slowly gave out. The Finn dropped from second to sixth on the 48th lap and then slipped to 12th on the next lap before eventually finishing 14th.

As Raikkonen fell down the order, Vettel took second and looked to be headed for the podium after a disastrous performance in qualifying left him in 11th position on the starting grid.

But his intermediate tires also started to wear out after a two-pit strategy, allowing the McLarens to catch him. Button slipped by the German on the inside of a hairpin turn in the 51st lap, and Hamilton and Webber followed in the closing laps.

"I had no tires left at the end of the race," Vettel said.

Schumacher had been hoping for his first podium finish since his comeback in 2010 after posting solid times in practice this week on the Shanghai circuit. Instead, he retired from a race for the second time this season. In Melbourne, he ran wide over the grass at the first turn and was forced to quit soon after with a gear problem.

Mercedes was fined €5,000 ($6,540) after Sunday's race for the unsafe release from the pits.

"I don't have any hard feelings," he said. "I feel a bit sorry for one of my boys that I guess he feels responsible, but it's part of the game."

With his third third-place finish of the season, Hamilton took the lead in the driver standings with 45 points, two ahead of Button. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari is third with 37 points, followed by Webber (36) and Vettel (28). Rosberg rise to sixth with 25.

McLaren leads the constructor standings with 88 points, followed by Red Bull with 64 and Ferrari on 37.


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adriano7910
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i think the way this season is going the two front runner at this point will be the two Mercedes teams.


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adriano7910
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most unpredictable and exciting season and everyone quiet.


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MG Man
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adriano7910
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rosberg grow balls :?


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1. why schumie car always giving some problem. i feel rosbery interferes with the man car

2. sigh vettel on pole. i like the man but i dont like red bull.

3. someone explain to be the principal behind q3 tires having to be used in race.


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MG Man
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^^^so u can't abuse them in qualifying just to get pole, then start again on fresh tyres........cost cutting


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but the tires available very complicated. with the whole deal of you have 3 diff compound and a certain no. of sets of each, and a certain amount must return used, and another certain amount of sets have to be returned new and the tires on q3 have to start the race with and you must use both of the two dry compounds. WWWWWWWHHHHHHHHYYYYYYY :?


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roadracer7
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Raikonen 11 to 3 place in early stages lap 15.

lotus 2,3


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lotus the dark & gold horse


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every thing else going backwards


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noshownogo
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Nico clearly graduate with Honors from Michael's school for blocking :lol:


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roadracer7
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Raikonen 2 place,i wonder if team orders ensued

go lotus go


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Hammy's pit crew don't seem too happy


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raikonen knocking 10 ths off vettel


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want Kimi to pass Vettel on track bad bad, but simply making it in the top three and to a post race press conference where his highly intellectual and carefully constructed responses have been sorely missed will be entertaining enough :lol:


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vettel.raikonen,grosean1 2 3


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they wrote off lotus
but as i said the iceman cometh


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what a shitty day for mclaren team. drivers were let down by car and by pit team...

really annoyed redbull came out on top


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Rory Phoulorie
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MadCrix wrote:
...really annoyed redbull came out on top


You should at least be happy it wasn't with the dominance that they had showed last year. At least this year has shown that RBR can be beaten.

It would be interesting to see where the pecking order lies with the return to Europe. Ferrari is supposed to have some major updates, but then again, everyone else will too.


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MadCrix wrote:
what a shitty day for mclaren team. drivers were let down by car and by pit team...
really annoyed redbull came out on top
THIS! I was hoping that the IceMan could do the job.
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lol cuz the hamtotee fanboys have no reply
Nope... we still cussin' the dumb McLaren pit crew. Pit delays have been an issue for THREE seasons!
10 sec pit stops?... REALLY?... Screw-ups for BOTH drivers?

Either introduce combined "rim/wheel-nut" unit like Ferrari, to solve the problem...
or introduce a good dose of "bull pistle!"


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Rory Phoulorie
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Sanctifier wrote:
...a good dose of "bull pistle!"


RBR dished out that today on McLaren.


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^ ^ ^ Nope! McLaren's pit crew have been doing it to themselves for THREE seasons.


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to the RBR fans i have sum to say. SHAAADDDUUUPPP


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wanna know why i dont like RBR, i respect vettel as an excellent driver but the messi untouchable type status that media and non-f1-understanding fans put him to be is SOO annoying


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djaggs
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K I M I !!!!!

The Iceman is Back !!!!


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Lotus did well. Really want Alonso to stay in the running though.

On another note : Dem hotels near the track in Austin done book out.


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