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      03-13-2014, 01:27 PM   #45
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Looks like Caterham changed up their nose a bit.
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The Williams look amazing.

Aparently, Romain Grosjean will be happy IF the Lotus makes it to the starting grid!

From Autoweek:
Last year Lotus won the Australian Grand Prix. This year the team is wondering if its cars will even be on the starting grid.
The team arrived at this weekend's Formula One season opener after what driver Romain Grosjean frankly describes as a "disastrous winter" in which the cars suffered a litany of technical problems with the new Renault V6 hybrid turbo engine.
The team was so preoccupied with solving the software-controlled engine problems that it barely got a chance to work on the new aerodynamics, tire management or other vital parts.
That means this Friday's testing sessions will not be the standard fine tuning so much as learning from scratch how the car should work.
"It's not frustrating, it's just a little bit of a strange situation, because we don't really know what the car is," Grosjean said.

"It adds a little bit of pressure because we have to learn all this on the race weekend."

Asked what the goals are for his car at the Albert Park circuit, Grosjean grinned and replied: "It can be on the grid on Sunday."

Can, not will.

He laughed off reports of a temper tantrum at the Bahrain test sessions, saying the photos that showed him in an apparent rage were actually staged, and that the team cannot afford any fractures or discord during the difficult early races.

"I am not interested in blaming anyone, getting angry and running away," Grosjean said.

The engine problems are only the latest challenge for Lotus, having lost top driver Kimi Raikkonen last year's winner in Australia who has decamped to Ferrari and team principal Eric Boullier, who has moved to McLaren. The collapse of a proposed takeover also prompted a slew of reported redundancies at the Enstone, England factory.
Such financial problems meant the team was eager to hire Pastor Maldonado as a driver. The ex-Williams pilot brings with him a lucrative sponsorship from Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA.

Maldonado could be forgiven for searching for an escape clause in his newly-inked contract given the problems the team has encountered since his arrival, but he was optimistic things will improve soon.

"It's quite complex and it's going to take some time to solve all these problems," Maldonado said.

"Renault is the champion team, the champion engine, and they have a lot of experience, and I hope to have a solution quite soon."

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Awesome collection of photos, E90Slam. Thanks, as always, for taking the time to post them

I think Grosjean will make it, let's see how many laps he manages to complete
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Great photos as always.

I'm watching the beginning of P1 on TV right now.

My initial thoughts that the new engines would sound like crap were correct.

The new cars are soooo quiet, I think part of the reason F1 cars seemed so fast was their high revving engines. Maybe an illusion, but so totally cool and specific to F1.

Now they sound like Indy cars and you can barely hear them.

I hope at least the new changes make the racing better, I really hope.
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and we have F1 back

should be an interesting season.
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Australian Grand Prix FP1 results:
1 Alonso (Ferrari) 1m31.840s
2 Button (McLaren) +0.517s
3 Bottas (Williams) +0.563s
4 Massa (Williams) +0.591s
5 Ricciardo (Red Bull) +0.759s
6 Rosberg (Mercedes) +0.764s
7 Vettel (Red Bull) +0.953s
8 Magnussen (McLaren) +1.007s
9 Raikkonen (Ferrari) +1.137s
10 Vergne (Toro Rosso). +1.606s.
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Thanks, Man!

Qualifying was nice to watch. I fell asleep immediately afterwards did anyone watch the Ferrari documentary that was right after it?
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I am going to enjoy this season, I am embracing all the new technology. Through the many many years I have watched the sport, the cars always have been my interest. The technology, cars, and teams are once again the stars of the series. Drivers come and go.
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These photos make me wonder what the hell I'm doing with my life.

--I look just Lewis Hamilton (a couple years older though)
--I have a British last name like Hamilton
--I feel like I was born to be a racing driver

Where did I go wrong?!!? (btw there is a stupid awesome amount of pictures in this thread as always)
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Great photos as always.

I'm watching the beginning of P1 on TV right now.

My initial thoughts that the new engines would sound like crap were correct.

The new cars are soooo quiet, I think part of the reason F1 cars seemed so fast was their high revving engines. Maybe an illusion, but so totally cool and specific to F1.

Now they sound like Indy cars and you can barely hear them.

I hope at least the new changes make the racing better, I really hope.
This.

Sound is terrible. I hope the networks clue in and dial up the track volume. Listening to 2 hours of sub-par commentary with no sound from the cars themselves =
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I recall there's a mandatory nose cone camera mount in the regulation. But how come only the RB10 is the only car does not have one installed. Or its somewhere else?
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Why does each car have a Kinect sensor mounted behind the driver?
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I recall there's a mandatory nose cone camera mount in the regulation. But how come only the RB10 is the only car does not have one installed. Or its somewhere else?
Looks like RBR is doing something trick with the cameras. Have they found some loophole in the regs? They definitely aren't running traditional camera pods.

This is the only thing in the camera location that could be a camera.


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