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  • 03-10-2005, 01:58 PM
    Jim Derrig 93 750

    when is F2005 debut scheduled?

    Imola or Bahrain?

    I don't doubt that this debut has factored into Ferrari's decision. I was just reporting what Brawn said was the reason for the decision to race the old engine. Both explanations make sense.
  • 03-10-2005, 07:05 AM
    Hans Stuck

    Re: actually. . . .

    BMW and Honda are using fresh engines...so like reports have suggested I will bet Ferrari is doing it in order to avoid having to push back the launch of the F2005 due to them being required to use an old engine.
  • 03-09-2005, 12:29 PM
    Jim Derrig 93 750

    actually. . . .

    . . . it looks like Brawn second guessed himself and changed his mind. He said they wouldn't put the new motor in for Sepang because that would require running the same motor for two hot races in a row (Sepang and Bahrain). Since the Melbourne motor actually got a pretty light workout, it made more sense to stick with it and save the fresh one for Bahrain.
  • 03-08-2005, 05:47 PM
    Hans Stuck

    They're doing that so they don't have use the

    old engine for the debut of the 2005. Otherwise, they'd be putting in a new one.
  • 03-08-2005, 04:00 PM
    Jim Derrig 93 750

    okay, but was still tactical . . .

    . . . from point of view of trying to preserve the existing engine as opposed to replacing it. Last year they would have bandaged the car together and put it back on the track on the hope that an accident or something would lift MS into the points. This year. . . not.
  • 03-08-2005, 01:09 PM
    Hallen (AKA Eric smashed 94 740iL)

    Obvious: Well, maybe not...

    This is from an article on Speedtv.com. The quote came from Todt.


    "At the moment we probably won't change [the engine]," he explained. "This is also because, if an engine has to last for two consecutive GPs, the one bolted on for Malaysia would have to last for the following race in Bahrain too, and these are two very hot venues.
  • 03-08-2005, 12:01 AM
    Hans Stuck

    Re: Good point on the temp

    The Renault chassis had much better wear characteristics than all the other Michelin teams last year. I wouldn't say the compounds were far too hard. Montoya was showing significant wear without any lock-ups (or at least that I saw).

    I don't think Renault was significantly quicker than anyone. Barichello did beat Alosno after all and Fisichella didn't have to deal with any traffic for a long time.

    The Williams is frighteningly slow...Webber couldn't get past Coulthard for ****s-sake and the F2004 stormed by him. Fairly pathetic. I wonder what move BMW will make if this sort of performs on the part of Williams continues. The excuse for this season is that the poor chassis is a product of the switch to a different wind tunnel and problems they were also having with the wind tunnel software. Williams is certainly gaining a reputation for coming out with a slow chassis and then making it fast. However, it's been too little too late.
  • 03-07-2005, 04:45 PM
    Hallen (AKA Eric smashed 94 740iL)

    Good point on the temp

    But the Renault's tires looked much better than the McLarren tires near the end of the race. It could be that McLarren used a softer compound? Or more likely, the way the car drives and is setup had more of an effect on the tires. If I remember right, last year it seamed like the Renault's understeered a lot. It seems they have some of that under control this year. Maybe having a car that oversteers more can make you quicker given the right driver (JP), but it would tend to wear out the rear tires more. Just supposing out loud here...
  • 03-07-2005, 03:51 PM
    Jim Derrig 93 750

    Re: Who would have thought....

    My guess is that the tire mfg's erred on the side of caution and they will rapidly start chipping away at the safety margins, as the compounds clearly were too hard.

    Of course, that might be a function of the unexcpectedly cool track temps too.

    As for MS's retirement, BAR did it too, for BOTH cars! What a stupid rule. If you're not in the points (or at least at P9) in the last two laps, the obvious move is to retire and get yourself a new engine for the next race.
  • 03-06-2005, 04:34 PM
    Ed_Healey

    Schumacher made a tactical retirement. Obvious

    to me anyway.
  • 03-06-2005, 02:42 PM
    EricHall

    Who would have thought....

    That those tires would hold up as well as they did?
    It looked like it had more to do with the car the tires were on rather than the tire manufacturer. Although it is a bit hard to tell since the only team of note not with the Bridgestones is Ferarri.
    It would have been cool to see no red at all on the podium, but things are what they are.
    I think one interesting side effect of the tire rule is the extremely limited amount of rubber marbles, or "Klag" as David Hobbs calls it, on the road off-line. I think this is overall good in that the lack of marbles, rather than the changes in downforce, might open up more passing oportunities.
    What do you all think of ol' Spoonface's tactic of "retireing" to be allowed to change his engine for the next race just because he was not going to get any points in this race?
    I think that the tire rule and the engine rule will cause a lot of these retirements and a general lack of practice by many teams.<html>
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  • 03-04-2005, 11:24 PM
    defcon1racing

    ah, nevermind...nice weather!

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  • 03-04-2005, 06:29 PM
    defcon1racing

    KR, JPM, MS, FA, NH, MW

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  • 03-04-2005, 02:01 PM
    ezsce46

    good anaysis, Mclaren's speed is scary fast.

    Given the extra 50K or so miles michelins has over bridgestones during winter testing I 'd say the oppsite. But michelins tend to grain lot worse than B on street circuits, so we'll see the actual outcome. If Ferrari wins this, 05 will be another battle for 2nd.
  • 03-04-2005, 01:18 PM
    Jim Derrig 93 750

    Re: Guess Qualifying: Australian GP

    When variations in fuel loads are tossed in with the new tire regs, I couldn't even begin to guess. Qualifying will be even less meaningful this year than it was last year.

    But I'll make one prediction:

    Ferrari will not qualify particularly well and will not be that strong early on, but will start making up serious ground in the second half of the race.

    Basically, I'm betting the bridgestones will hold up better than the michelins over the long run. In fact, I'm not sure anyone would WANT to be leading after the first 15 laps, as that probably means you'll have no tires at all by lap 40.
  • 03-03-2005, 07:03 PM
    ezsce46

    Guess Qualifying: Australian GP

    Its finally here...

    JPM, KM, GF, MW, JB, AF.

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