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Sooo.... what did everyone think of the first race of the season? I watched the Qualifying session and like the new rule. I'm surprised at how well the noobs and rookies are doing, but I guess that shouldn't surprise me.

Vettel is a beast. What's going on with that boy? Is it luck or skill?

I've decided to join a fantasy league and see how well I do. It'll be my first foray into a new sport (other than football).
 

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I think Vettel showed today that he he is a very skillful driver. The race would have been boring except for the fight for 3rd and 4th place. All in all, Australia was an outstanding race. Hopefully the rest of the season will be as much fun as Australia.
 

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I'm going to keep my eye on the Mexican. He's got potential.
 

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It was amazing how far Perez was able to go without changing tires. One change of tires was certainly unexpected. You may be right.............lots of potential there. Of course, the disqualification hurt them. I can't imagine how a F1 team can make a mistake designing their rear wing.
 

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I haven't been following the news since the disqual, but I'm curious as to how or why the FIA knew to look at that team.
 

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I was also impressed with Perez. What surprised me the most was cars with KERS did not use them, and cars using the rear wing flaps were not necessarily faster than cars not using them.
 

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IIRC, those rear flaps were controlled by the driver. They could apply them at will during corners or curves, and it didn't really make that much of a difference. It gives you a chance, but it doesn't guarantee anything.
 

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During the race, I believe the drag reduction system could only be used for 600 meters on the front straight. And it can only be used if you are behind another car and within one second of that car. It is supposedly an aid for passing. Now, having said that, the driver is free to use the DRS anytime during practice and qualifying. I believe they are loosening up a little bit in Malaysia and they will have an 800 meter stretch where the DRS can be utilized.
 

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ah man.. didn't get to see it.

What are the new rules? I herd a rule about the wing angle so it reduces drag. Is it like F1 boats where they can adjust the stabilizers for less drag on straight a ways and during a turn do they increase the wing to produce more down force?

Vettel is a cheater..J/K. He has a device that collect brake inertia and stores it all in a battery cell. Which can give him 80 hp for 6 sec. Do all F1 cars have this?
 

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ah man.. didn't get to see it.

What are the new rules? I herd a rule about the wing angle so it reduces drag. Is it like F1 boats where they can adjust the stabilizers for less drag on straight a ways and during a turn do they increase the wing to produce more down force?

Vettel is a cheater..J/K. He has a device that collect brake inertia and stores it all in a battery cell. Which can give him 80 hp for 6 sec. Do all F1 cars have this?
That is the KERS system and all the teams except the 3 new ones have it. Red Bull didn't have the KERS system fitted in Australia because they didn't think there was any advantage. However, they are going to have KERS in Malaysia. KERS=kinetic energy recovery system.
 

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Finally finished watching the Malaysian race. Amazing how the pit stops really affected the outcome. I was stupid and forgot to record China. :banghead:
 

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I think the Chinese Grand Prix will be broadcast again at noon tomorrow. You might be able to record it then. The race today was one of the most exciting races in years. You have to see Webber's charge from 18th spot on the grid to 3rd. That was an amazing drive.
 

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Will do! I'll look for it on Speedtv and see if it's available.
 

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Awesome racing at the Hungaroring! :shiftdrive:

I feel bad for Schumacher and Heidfeld. Sucks that they penalized Hamilton, too.
 

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Yeah, it's almost eerie how he got to win this one for his 200th race. Good job, Jensen.
 

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This is the first season I have really gotten into F1 and I absolutely love it. Every race is intense and I can't peel away.
 

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This is the first season I have really gotten into F1 and I absolutely love it. Every race is intense and I can't peel away.
I have been a fan of Formula 1 since about 1960. Obviously at that time, I could only read about Formula 1 in Road and Track and Sports Car Graphic magazines. I have been fortunate enough to attend several US Grand Prix's at both Watkins Glen and Indianapolis. I've been an avid television watcher of the Grand Prix's since the mid 1980's. Formula 1 is one of the most intense sports and I find it unbelievable interesting.
 
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