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The Formula 1 Thread

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Since I am already on the fanboy list concerning this sport, here is my contribution to flying the marquee.

 

An introduction (courtesy Wikipedia)

 

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'Formula One', abbreviated to F1, and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of auto racing defined by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motor sport's world governing body. The "formula" in the name is a set of rules which all participants and cars must meet. The F1 world championship season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held usually on purpose-built circuits, and in a few cases on closed city streets. The results of each race are combined to determine two annual World Championships, one for drivers and one for constructors.

 

It is a massive television event, with millions of people watching each race in 200 countries. The cars race at high speeds, often greater than 320 km/h (200 mph) and are capable of pulling up to 6 g in some corners. The performance of the cars is highly dependent on electronics, aerodynamics, suspension and tyres. The formula has seen many evolutions and changes through the history of the sport.

 

Europe is Formula One's traditional centre and remains its leading market. However, Grands Prix are held all over the world and, with new races in Bahrain, China, Malaysia, Turkey and the United States since 1999, its scope continues to expand with India being a possible venue in 2009. Of the 17 races in 2007, 9 are outside Europe. As the world's most expensive sport, its economic effect is significant, and its financial and political battles are widely observed. Its high profile and popularity makes it an obvious merchandising environment, which leads to very high investments from sponsors, translating into extremely high budgets for the constructor teams. In recent years several teams have gone bankrupt or been bought out by other companies.

 

The sport is regulated by the FIA. Formula One's commercial rights are vested in the Formula One Group.

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There are 11 teams contesting races in Formula 1 in 2007. They are:

 

(Team Name / Manufacturer / Engine Supplier)

 

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes / McLaren / Mercedes

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro / Ferrari / Ferrari

BMW Sauber Petronas / BMW / BMW

ING Renault / Renault / Renault

Panasonic Toyota / Toyota / Toyota

Red Bull Racing / Red Bull / Renault

AT&T Williams / Williams / Toyoto

Honda Racing / Honda / Honda

Super Aguri / Super Aguri / Honda

Scuderia Toro Rosso / Toro Rosso / Ferrari

Etihad Aldar Spyker / Spyker / Ferrari

 

In the current 2007 season With 11 races completed out of the 17 scheduled races, debutante rookie Lewis Hamilton of the McLaren Mercedes team leads the Drivers World Championships with 80 points. In second place is Lewis's McLaren team mate, current reigning double world champion, Fernando Alonso on 73 points. McLaren also lead the Constructor's World Championship with 138 points and Ferrari are second on 119 points.

 

The next race is the Turkish Grand Prix and is scheduled to be held this Sunday, August 26, 2007. You can catch the qualifying on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Star Sports and the race on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on Star Sports.

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F1 is the next best thing after EPL for me ;) absolutely love it!!!

not a day goes by without me checking the f1 official site..talk about being crazy about the sport :D

 

I'm a fan of the McLarens btw..

can't wait for the qualifiers and the race this weekend :)

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F1 is the next best thing after EPL for me ;) absolutely love it!!!

not a day goes by without me checking the f1 official site..talk about being crazy:D

 

Check out these other sites. They are far more uptodate and informative

 

www.autosport.com (best auto racing site IMO)

www.crash.net (second best)

www.itv-f1.com

www.planetf1.com

www.grandprix.com

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I am a HUGE F1 fan. It comes just after football for me. Been watching F1 for years even before I started watching the EPL. I was a massiva Mika Hakkinen fan, and always been a McLaren fan. Went out of it during 2001-2002, but the 2003 season was just amazing. Pulled me back in. I started supporting Juan Pablo Montoya after Hakkinen retired, and now I am big fan of Lewis Hamilton. Nice to see other F1 fans here.

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always supported bmw williams(sum kinda fasination wid bmws) nots its sauber....fav was ralf wen he was at bmw.......does anyone remember his most awesome victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after tht f**kin crash a week before...the was one awesome race...th :angry: at seasons was 1 of tha best too.....

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BMW have confirmed that the team will retain their current driver lineup of Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica ( a.k.a. Lurch :angry: ) for the 2008 season.

 

BMW had delayed negotiating Nick Heidfeld's contract which came up for renewal in June and have been having protracted negotiations with his managers. But Nick's stellar performances so far this season including two podium finishes at Canada and Hungary left little doubt that he would be retained for next season. Nick currently lies fifth in the Driver's World Championships behind Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikonnen and Felipe Massa.

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fan of ferrari !

 

Used to like McLaren's in the days of Mika Hakinnan. Then forgot about it. Ferrari for life. One of the best moments of my life was when I watched those cars vroooom in front of me at Indianapolis race tract this june. Lucky me, I watched it, heard from the coming season, its closed for F1 :(

 

Nice initiative MT :( !

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2007 Turkish Grand Prix:

 

Friday Free Practice Times

 

Free Practice 1

 

01 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:27.988 22 laps

02 F. Massa Ferrari 1:28.391 20 laps

03 F. Alonso McLaren 1:29.222 20 laps

04 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:29.261 10 laps

05 H. Kovalainen Renault 1:29.346 19 laps

06 N. Rosberg Williams 1:29.403 23 laps

07 R. Schumacher Toyota 1:29.414 24 laps

08 G. Fisichella Renault 1:29.541 19 laps

09 N. Heidfeld BMW 1:29.641 20 laps

10 J. Trulli Toyota 1:29.685 26 laps

11 R. Kubica BMW 1:29.710 23 laps

12 A. Davidson Super Aguri 1:30.384 17 laps

13 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:30.398 23 laps

14 J. Button Honda 1:30.483 17 laps

15 R. Barrichello Honda 1:30.580 25 laps

16 V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:30.612 21 laps

17 T. Sato Super Aguri 1:30.624 15 laps

18 A. Wurz Williams 1:30.876 12 laps

19 M. Webber Red Bull 1:30.917 22 laps

20 S. Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:31.383 22 laps

21 A. Sutil Spyker F1 1:31.445 31 laps

22 S. Yamamoto Spyker F1 1:32.270 35 laps

 

 

 

Free Practice 2

 

01 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:28.469 28 laps

02 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:28.762 21 laps

03 R. Schumacher Toyota 1:28.773 23 laps

04 J. Trulli Toyota 1:28.874 28 laps

05 F. Massa Ferrari 1:28.884 25 laps

06 F. Alonso McLaren 1:28.947 24 laps

07 N. Rosberg Williams 1:28.995 27 laps

08 H. Kovalainen Renault 1:29.025 28 laps

09 A. Wurz Williams 1:29.093 27 laps

10 R. Kubica BMW 1:29.368 31 laps

11 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:29.435 12 laps

12 G. Fisichella Renault 1:29.456 28 laps

13 N. Heidfeld BMW 1:29.792 30 laps

14 J. Button Honda 1:29.945 26 laps

15 R. Barrichello Honda 1:30.055 31 laps

16 T. Sato Super Aguri 1:30.104 27 laps

17 M. Webber Red Bull 1:30.315 25 laps

18 A. Davidson Super Aguri 1:30.530 24 laps

19 V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:30.702 24 laps

20 S. Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:30.801 16 laps

21 A. Sutil Spyker F1 1:31.153 32 laps

22 S. Yamamoto Spyker F1 1:31.175 32 laps

 

 

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I predict that Kimi will outdrag Lewis Hamilton to the first corner since Lewis and Alonso being 2nd & 4th will be starting on the dirty side of the track, off the racing line. So after the first corner, it will be Massa, Kimi, Lewis and Alonso in that order.

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