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Perks
03-16-2008, 08:56 PM
The season opener in Melbourne last night is what they'd call a corker. We need converts. I wrote a little about it this morning and thought I'd share.


Nine crashes. Six mechanical failures. And one driver who forgot there was a traffic signal at the end of Pit lane. I hardly know what to say. The best I can come up with is, "Wahoo! We get to do it all again next week!"

It's difficult, at least for me, to say how much of last night's/today's/what-the-hell-day-is-it-in-Australia-anyway's mayhem stemmed from the new old-school rules regarding traction control and engine braking. I don't know if the new standardized ECU (electronics control unit) caused some teams a variety of integration difficulties leading to reliability issues. It's too early in the season and I'm not near savvy enough to comment. All I can say, is that it was business as usual for Formula 1, as far as I'm concerned: gorgeous, noisy, exciting, and full of political intrigue, with plenty of English to be picked from a variety of accents.


For sports enthusiasts, I can only say, give F1 a chance if you haven't. The field of players is small enough that, in no time, you'll be intimately acquainted with the personalities and relationships. Its history is full of guts and glory and feuds, really good feuds. The venues are exotic and a geography lesson, at the very least. And the intricacies of the cars can satisfy all, from the pure aesthete to the ultimate engineering geek.

Personally I fall somewhere in the middle. I have a reaction to the swoop and flash of the machines that's not particularly wholesome, but even more than that, I love the giddy little thrill in the feats of aerodynamics and technology achieved here. I don't understand many of them, but I swoon at the accomplishments of mankind - somewhere, someone understands it all.

People are so cool.

Wrathman
03-22-2008, 12:22 AM
Any race that sees McLaren win and Ferrari not finish is ok in my book. If only Alonso had seen the same fate as the Ferraris.

Perks
03-22-2008, 01:52 AM
Any race that sees McLaren win and Ferrari not finish is ok in my book. If only Alonso had seen the same fate as the Ferraris.I know that this is all so sudden, but I think I love you.

Wrathman
03-23-2008, 06:56 AM
Let's hope for more of the same in Malaysia. Nice to find a fellow McLaren supporter here.

Perks
03-23-2008, 07:50 AM
I do love McLaren, but I have some favorites scattered throughout. Rosberg, Button and you have to love the heart in Jarno Trulli. I like Takuma Sato for show and eventhough he wears the red, I do very much enjoy the Iceman.

But my heart belongs to Lewis Hamilton and Martin Whitmarsh.

Nakhlasmoke
03-23-2008, 08:59 AM
Omg F1 fans in AW.

Yes!

Sadly, I'm a Kimi supporter, which means now by default I'm behind Ferrari (yuck. Then again, Mclaren are no better.). Lewis Hamilton is great, and Alonso is a whining brat.

Coulthard and Webber are also faves.

Sadly I didn't see melbourne because it was on at some ungodly hour so no pubs for me to go watch. :( And now today's...at 9 am, so I guess it's back to watching the live-timing updates until we get a race at a reasonable hour again.

Nakhlasmoke
03-23-2008, 09:29 AM
The season opener in Melbourne last night is what they'd call a corker. We need converts. I wrote a little about it this morning and thought I'd share.

Regarding the intricacy of the machinery. I've obviously never had the chance to go see a live race, but last year Renault did a spot in Sandton and I saw the Renault F1 car up close.

THAT is a beautiful machine. I do not have the words to describe it (some writer, huh?) Lets just say that seeing them on screen, and seeing them up close are two very different experiences.

Wrathman
03-23-2008, 09:37 AM
I like Kimi a lot as well and it hurts to see him wearing red, but I could understand his decision. Outside of McLaren, I support Jenson Button and Nick Heidfeld.

Am I the only one who thinks that Nico Rosberg looks like the lead singer from A-Ha? It can't be too long until we hear this connection on Top Gear, right?

Nakhlasmoke
03-23-2008, 09:54 AM
http://i25.tinypic.com/ztd5j4.jpg


"Take on meeeee."

oh lols, now I'm never going to take him seriously.

Perks
03-23-2008, 07:32 PM
Am I the only one who thinks that Nico Rosberg looks like the lead singer from A-Ha? It can't be too long until we hear this connection on Top Gear, right?Lol! He does a bit at that! I love Nico's frankness. Last year I called him Crashberg for most of the season. But for all his silver-spoon heritage, he's charming and honest.

I forgot to mention my love of Kubica. The boy has no fear. He's much, much fun.

Perks
03-23-2008, 07:36 PM
We've also decided that Kubica looks much more like a scientist than a racecar driver. The guy's got an impressive brainspan. Look at the size of his noggin!

And Kimi today, blinding himself with champagne and lamenting later that it belongs in the mouth, not the eyes. Lol!

Nakhlasmoke
03-23-2008, 07:42 PM
...

And Kimi today, blinding himself with champagne and lamenting later that it belongs in the mouth, not the eyes. Lol!

Yay for the win! Didn't get to see it of course, but next race should be fine.

Perks
03-23-2008, 07:46 PM
I taped it. It was on at 2:30am here. Last Fall I got up in the middle of the night to watch the Chinese and Japanese Grands Prix, but the championship was on the line. For round two, on Easter?

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The price was too dear. But the race was quite good.

Bravo
03-23-2008, 07:52 PM
hmm i dunno why i can never get into it.

i love cars, but something about the way these events are structured bugs me. it comes across as too sanitized and "safe'.

maybe my head's gotten messed up because i used to play video games where smashing the other player's mcclaren into the wall gives you more speed to dodge the cops chasing after you.

now, everything else seems tame in comparison.

but nice lil post perky.

maybe i'll try to get into it someday.

Perks
03-23-2008, 08:00 PM
I guess, for me, since the field is only twenty-two drivers, there's more drama to be had than just in the crashes (of which there are plenty - I submit last year, Montreal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tJY_f7Djmw&feature=related)). I can keep track of the personalities and politics and it makes it a cross between all the best parts of a soap opera, a horse race, and Space Shuttle technology.

It winds me up unlike any other sport. I tried to get into Nascar, but it's too big and I hate that crashing is strategical.

Bravo
03-23-2008, 08:04 PM
so what's the best way to jump into it?

Perks
03-23-2008, 08:21 PM
Well, I started by reading the blurbs and histories at www.F1.com. Wikipedia has some great articles, and for current stuff, I really like www.pitpass.com.

The Speed Channel has a show on every Saturday before a Grand Prix, called Inside The Grand Prix which tells about the upcoming circuit and its history.

Definitely read about the legendary Michael Schumacher, who retired last year, but has pretty much slaughtered every record there's every been. They changed the rules about four times to try to stop him, but he drove and bent the rules to heroic advantage.

That'll get you started.

Bravo
03-23-2008, 08:34 PM
speed channel?

we dont get that.

i'll look at those links.

thanks!

Perks
03-23-2008, 08:41 PM
You probably do...

Bravo
03-23-2008, 08:47 PM
well maybe it's between the spice tv and playboy channels.

i'll go check.

Nakhlasmoke
03-23-2008, 08:49 PM
Bravo - And if you listen to the commentary - james allen and martin brundle are great fun and impart lovely gems of knowledge.

I couldn't watch the opening two races because we can only see it via satellite, so if it's on at a reasonable hour we go bribe the local pizzeria to put it on the motorsport channel. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

Wrathman
03-23-2008, 11:42 PM
I taped it. It was on at 2:30am here. Last Fall I got up in the middle of the night to watch the Chinese and Japanese Grands Prix, but the championship was on the line. For round two, on Easter?

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The price was too dear. But the race was quite good.

I couldn't stay up that late either, so I watched the re-broadcast today at 1:30pm. Kimi deserved the win - he ran a great race. The five-grid spot penalties that both the McLaren's took killed any hope of winning as did Hamilton's 18-second pit stop. The penalties were for taking a cool down lap in the racing line while other cars were still running hot laps. Massa did not finish once again, so the rumor of Alonso moving to Ferrari next year seems more and more possible.

Perks
03-24-2008, 05:47 AM
Kimi deserved the win - he ran a great race. He is always fun to watch and I love it when he hits the podium for the race or qualifying, because that means I get to hear him talk. I call him 'Kimibot'. He's hilarious. I can now make out nearly everything he says.

His driving is bloodcurdling sometimes and I don't know how one man can pull a maneuver and not be intimidating, and then another man does the exact same thing and everyone just pisses down their leg and gets out of the way. He's wonderful.

John Paton
03-24-2008, 06:09 AM
Well - I've maybe died and gone to heaven !!

F1 fans on AW - way to go it just doesn't get any better ;)

I am a lifelong McLaren fan and loved it when Coulthard drove for them. He is my fave driver and I like to think he helped Hakkinen a lot when Hakka got his driver's championships. Maybe too much of a nice guy.

Yeah kimibot. He does crack me up. Mr Monotone and his press conferences - somehow I don't see a stellar career in sales for him after his driving days are over.

I rate "Quick Nick" Heidfeld over Kimi even when they were both driving for Sauber and see big things for him this year. And yes Kubica is gonna be the one to watch.

But the guy who should win this year IMO is Lewis Hamilton. He could be bigger and win more than Schumacher. A genius behind the wheel.

I live in Melbourne and we may lose the F1 in 2010 cos of Bernie Ecclestone's greed. How much money does one guy need fer goodness sake !!

But it is still my number one sport. So skillful, so powerful, so costly and so beautiful :)

Perks
03-24-2008, 06:27 AM
I live in Melbourne and we may lose the F1 in 2010 cos of Bernie Ecclestone's greed. How much money does one guy need fer goodness sake !!

Don't get me started. He doesn't need the US either and is rattling at Canada that it's not worth it to even fly the works to North America. If he snubs Australia too, it just seems like an awful big chunk of the planet to write off, not to mention a lot of deep pockets.

He's an odd one, that Mr. Ecclestone.

Nakhlasmoke
03-24-2008, 09:20 AM
...

Yeah kimibot. He does crack me up. Mr Monotone and his press conferences - somehow I don't see a stellar career in sales for him after his driving days are over.

...

On the other hand, who could forget his "I was having a shit" interview. hehehehe.

I'm a Coulthard fan too, he really seems to have been shafted recently. Every year is Coulthard's year ....and that doesn't happen. Him and Webber.

Phil DeBlanque
03-24-2008, 02:50 PM
So, Formula One is living to the "if you want to win, get a finn" saying.

Massa, man, Massa, what happened? That mistake probably will cost his title chances.

One thing I miss in Formula One is old Nelson Piquet. I remember prost was giving an interview about some milestone on his career, when nelson got close and started, behind the frenchman, to make fun of his nose. The journalists went wild!

And this is classic:

Interviewer, before a race: "So, Piquet, would you like to win today?"
Nelson Piquet: "No, today I'd like to be the 16th!"

Perks
03-24-2008, 03:12 PM
Massa, man, Massa, what happened? That mistake probably will cost his title chances.

I like little Felipe, but I think he's too volatile to be world champion. He's a very good driver, but he'd have to have an entire season where nothing wound him up. Either that or have lobotomy.

jst5150
03-24-2008, 04:31 PM
Easy McLaren fans. One race and the hubris in here is deafening. ;)

And for race 2 ... oh ... look! w00t!


After the nightmare that was Australia, world champions Ferrari were very much in command in Malaysia. One-two on the grid and what should have been one-two in the race. Only a costly error from Felipe Massa prevented him following Kimi Raikkonen home for a perfect result.

The consolation was that arch rivals McLaren were unable to take full advantage, thanks largely to their qualifying grid penalties. The worry for both squads was BMW Sauber, who claimed second place and the fastest lap. We take a team-by-team look at the Sepang outcome…

Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen, P1/1m 35.405s
Felipe Massa, retired, spin/1m 35.914s
No problems at all for Kimi Raikkonen, in a race that he dominated. And none for Felipe Massa, until an expensive mistake spun him out and cost the team eight crucial championship points. Ferrari had a torrid time in Australia, but Malaysia proved conclusively that they are back, and will be formidable opposition to McLaren from now on.
http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2008/3/7553.html

Perks
03-24-2008, 04:39 PM
I'd like to see Williams as a threat, but I don't think that's really going to happen this year. What was practically mind-bending was that both Red Bulls finished a race! When did that last happen?

Since I'm relatively new to F1 (three seasons in and a good bit of studying-up) I have to say that David Coulthard seems like an excuse machine and also one very quick to point a finger. That said, I love his rants and last week threatening, on camera no less, to 'kick three colors of shit out of the little bastard' (referring to Massa) was hilarious. (Too bad I can't get the ITV coverage here - had to wait for it to pop up on Google videos.) I need to see him on the podium again to scrub the picture of him trying to look triumphant in a Superman cape (Monaco '06 -how embarrassing must that have been?) Poor dear. No wonder he's grumpy.

jst5150
03-24-2008, 04:43 PM
I'd like to see Williams as a threat, but I don't think that's really going to happen this year. What was practically mind-bending was that both Red Bulls finished a race! When did that last happen?
The last race, when they were left in the tailgate cooler unopened. :)

Perks
03-24-2008, 04:45 PM
Interviewer, before a race: "So, Piquet, would you like to win today?"
Nelson Piquet: "No, today I'd like to be the 16th!"They do seem to quickly run dry of anything like an interesting question some days. Lots of head-scratching there.

Perks
03-24-2008, 04:46 PM
The last race, when they were left in the tailgate cooler unopened. :)For sure. I can't drink that stuff. I tried once and never had felt so polluted in all my life.

Sarita
03-24-2008, 05:44 PM
So, Formula One is living to the "if you want to win, get a finn" saying.I have a Finn* but The Button still can't manage to finish. That car is going to kill us this year!


*So, apparently adoroable Toddler Finn's don't count in the saying.

Nakhlasmoke
03-24-2008, 06:22 PM
Am I no longer the only girl in this thread? Awesome.

Perks
03-24-2008, 06:55 PM
Am I no longer the only girl in this thread? Awesome.Ahem. You never were.

Perks
03-24-2008, 07:01 PM
but The Button still can't manage to finish. That car is going to kill us this year!
He finished! He got 10th. Not great, but better than mostly he did all last year. And at least he's not whizzing by in a blur of grass clippings and riesling-bottle glass.

Nakhlasmoke
03-24-2008, 07:03 PM
Ahem. You never were.

Oh the lulz. *hands you chocolate*

See, internettish assumption strikes again. :D

Perks
03-24-2008, 07:18 PM
It's okay. I ran the opening post through the gender guesser (http://www.hackerfactor.com/GenderGuesser.html#Analyze) and it came up 76.24% Male.

Amusingly, I'm 'MALE' in the 'informal' analysis, but on the 'formal' side, I received a 57.96% and was identified as a 'WEAK MALE' with this note as a qualifier:


Weak emphasis could indicate European.

Lol! That's just rude.

Nakhlasmoke
03-24-2008, 07:21 PM
Hahaha, I ran some of my stuff through it now too - i am also a weak European male *snerk* , both formal and informal. That's just odd.

Sarita
03-24-2008, 07:24 PM
He finished! He got 10th. Not great, but better than mostly he did all last year. And at least he's not whizzing by in a blur of grass clippings and riesling-bottle glass.Yeah, Malaysia. I was still thinking about Australia...

Silly me. I missed a race this weekend with all the family type people floating around. Besides, I'm in the clutches of March Madness.

Perks
03-24-2008, 07:26 PM
Yeah, I think they need another run in the wet. It'll be very interesting to see what happens then. Jenson's win in Hungary wasn't a fluke. It was just that a whole lot of people need to crash so he can show us how good he is.

That's kinda sad, but at least he isn't a fraud.

Wrathman
03-24-2008, 08:51 PM
The only interesting thing about Coulthard over the last couple of seasons is trying to guess which lap he would crash on. Maybe we should have a contest here to try and pick that lap in Bahrain.

It's a 7am start for Bahrain where I live. So much for sleeping in on the weekend.

Perks
03-24-2008, 09:03 PM
I love Bahrain. It looks like they're racing on the moon.

jst5150
03-24-2008, 09:12 PM
I love Bahrain. It looks like they're racing on the moon.
I stopped in once. The moon has more charm. :)

Perks
03-24-2008, 09:20 PM
I didn't know you were an astronaut! That's so neat. But, yeah, don't know much anything about Bahrain except that they make their own islands and stuff.

I just meant the Bahrain Formula1 event. The scenery is so interesting.

jst5150
03-24-2008, 09:25 PM
I didn't know you were an astronaut! That's so neat. But, yeah, don't know much anything about Bahrain except that they make their own islands and stuff.
:) That's United Arab Emirates. Bahrain is where Michael Jackson lives. :)


I just meant the Bahrain Formula1 event. The scenery is so interesting.
It's because it's a brand new course. We're in the honeymoon phase with it. I feel the same about the China course. Did you see all the sand surrounding that course. That must play hell on the teams, the engines, and all that spandex and bikini work the girls are dishing. ;)