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post #406 of 3209
Originally Posted by Eee Pee 



Did this go any further?

post #407 of 3209

No penalties but a $15k fine.  Alonso's car.  It's been said that the team still had him set up for Qualifying DRS mode, and not Race mode.  And they then had to use the radio to tell Alonso when he could use DRS.

post #408 of 3209

That's sucks, at this level of racing, don't they have a checklist that includes the DRS setting?

post #409 of 3209

Guess that explains why the Ferrari boss is so angry.

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Looking forward to it; I'll be watching and hoping to see some real (dry) running tomorrow, otherwise the race is going to be very exciting and not just a bit unpredictable. Kimi's got a good chance here, so I'm rooting for him to close the gap a bit; if the fabled passive DRS actually works for once, this would be a pretty strong circuit for it, so we'll see how that plays out. He's got the best record here, but when all is said and done records don't count for much.


Just to get the predictions going, I'll toss out a predicted grid lineup - assuming no penalties, because I'm not just going to make those up (let's see how wrong I can be!):


  1. Lewis Hamilton (toss-up between him and Rosberg, but I'll give it to Lewis)
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Fernando Alonso
  6. Romain Grosjean
  7. Mark Webber (assuming his car doesn't glitch out of Q3 entirely...)
  8. Jenson Button (if McLaren have managed to scrape some more improvements together)
  9. Daniel Ricciardo
  10. Felipe Massa
  11. Sergio Perez
  12. Nico Hulkenberg
  13. Jean-Eric Vergne (unless he's found more qualifying pace than we've so-far seen)
  14. Adrian Sutil
  15. Paul di Resta (possibly including some variety of glitch or team mistake)
  16. Valtteri Bottas
  17. Pastor Maldonado
  18. Esteban Gutiérrez
  19. Charles Pic
  20. Giedo van der Garde
  21. Jules Bianchi
  22. Max Chilton (easy shot, I know, but probably true)
post #414 of 3209
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Great driving from Lewis today.

Am I the only one that thought Di Resta and Massa both ended up outside the white lines that define the circuit on their fastest laps? Massa through Au Rouge and Di Resta in the second sector.


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Not sure as to the spoiler'd post - I wasn't watching them much.


Now, my own spoiler... (Click to show)

Well, that wasn't at all boring, that's for sure. I got the polesitter right even if not much of the rest, though honestly this season guessing Lewis Hamilton for pole is a pretty safe bet. I'm not thinking he'll convert it into a win however.


Bit of a shame from the point of view of a Raikkonen fan - if he'd made it across the line in time for a final timed lap I think he would have been top 3, maybe even pole on the basis of his Q2 lap. Still, the pace he showed makes him look like a good chance in the race, so I'm still hoping to see a good Lotus finish tomorrow.


Also good showing from McLaren - Button looked really competitive here for the first time this year, and if it rains today (it probably won't, just to keep us on our toes) I think he's in with a real shot at that podium he was talking about.


Also, I got 2 out of 22 positions right! cool.gif


Podium prediction for later... (Click to show)
  1. Kimi Raikkonen - probably on strategy, but he was looking really strong here
  2. Sebastian Vettel - if he's not ahead of Lewis by the end of the first lap Hamilton might have a chance, but I'm expecting a super-aggressive start
  3. Lewis Hamilton - unless he can hold onto the lead and run in clear air, I don't think he can last long enough


Of course those are probably going to end up being totally wrong, too. That's one of the good things about Spa, I suppose. wink.gif

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Ferrari at 9th and 10th in qualifying, unreal but its real.


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Hamilton, two in a row, my prediction.

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Remember that Alonso lost out on a last quick run just like Kimi did, so it doesn't show the real pace of the Ferrari. He looked a lot quicker than 9th in Q1 and Q2.

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With the rain, it's anyone's game.  I cannot wait for this!


Qualifying is pointless almost these days.  All sorts of things happen.


Yay Spa!  


Go Kimi!

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2. Vettel permanently parked in the pits.

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I didn't watch the race but that must have been some overtaking by Alonso to finish second starting from ninth.

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