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    Great Race

    lot of things to discuss....

    Webber

    Kimi

    Ralf is worthless

    Is Williams getting closer with more development?

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    Re: Great Race

    1. Kinda had that feeling about Webber
    2. Poor Kimi, (he's my #1 on my fantasy team. :( )
    3. Did Ralf have a problem all race tho...
    4. Montoya's car obviously set up for the straights...JPM faster in 1 and 3 but slower in 2
    5. Good for Button

    Oooh, Montoya slams Ferrari a bit in interview...something about "Rubens blocked him on the straight...knowing Ferrari, it's better to back off and go home with 8 points"

    On to the unknown at Bahrain.

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    I don't blame Webber. He had real bad luck and then obviously got a bit excited to make up for all the poor luck.

    poor kimi and toyota and me...my fantasies teams:

    KR DeMatta toyota toyota michelin
    JPM DeMatta toy toy michelin

    I doubt he had problems before...they did report that telemetry had shown know problems and if it had been affecting power previously they would have known...that's if you believe them and I tend to.

    Montoya's car seemed to be really bad out of the corners.

    Hahaha, I saw it coming and it was rightful. Montoya was like 2 seconds behind MS out of the pits and then 10 secs by the time he got past rubino.

    This race has me feeling that Williams can close the gap cause like they were saying Ferrari's aero is so refined while Williams should be able to extract a good deal more out of their entire package. The key is to close it quickly...we can't afford to play catch up again, especially since Ralf needs everything orderly and perfect for him to be fast.

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    "....Ralf needs everything orderly and perfect for him to be fast". That's about the best way to put. He is unable to improvise and get the job done. If his car isn't perfect he seems to throw his hands up and take it, without trying to be competitive.Steven
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    btw,KR showed real lack of class pushing the workr


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    Re: btw,KR showed real lack of class pushing the w

    I was disappointed, again, by that outburst of emotion. It brought back memories of the shunt he had with Sauber at Suzuka, when he blew off a handshake from Jean Alesi -- racing in his final Grand Prix and the victim of Kimi's shunt. Just goes to show he's not a younger Mika.

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    Re: btw,KR showed real lack of class pushing the w

    I agree with all of you regarding Kimi. He displayed no class with that fragrant emotional gesture and as stated he did the same thing (to a lesser degree) last season.

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    He did the same thing last year

    Whenever his race ends early and he has to walk off, he always pushes anyone who touches him or comes near him. They are just doing their job and making sure he stays safe. What a sore loser.

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    why was this moved down here?


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    *jedi mind tricks*


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    Ralf is

    blaming his lack of pace to early damage:
    Williams Team comments.
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    Juan Pablo Montoya:
    I had a good first few laps and I managed to get in front of Rubens. Then I had quite a smooth race. Towards the end I was trying to catch Michael because I felt my car was just getting better and better. Unfortunately, after my third and last stop I exited the pit lane behind Rubens. I tried to pass him but then I preferred to back off as I did not want to compromise a good second position. I realised at this point that the most important thing was taking home some valuable points for the team and for myself.

    Ralf Schumacher:
    I had a reasonable start but got trapped in traffic, so I lost several positions and dropped to 9th place. At the third lap I had contact with Webber and my front wing was damaged, causing massive understeer, especially in sector two which was obvious from my times. I was trying to overtake Mark but then I realised there was not enough room and I backed off, trying to avoid the collision, however Mark didn't give me enough space. Finally I had a technical failure, which caused an early end to my race.

    Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):
    The team did a good job today with excellent pit stops. We were happier with our race performance than we were in qualifying. However, we still have a lot of work to do on the chassis, engine and tyres. The whole package needs improving and we will be pushing hard to close the gap in the championship. Juan had a good start and drove a fighting but cool-blooded race. Ralf struggled after the start and then had the engine failure.

    Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
    Compared to the season opener in Melbourne this race marked a considerable improvement, despite Ralf suffering an engine failure. Juan Pablo was able to keep up with Michael's pace over the race distance which is encouraging for the forthcoming Grands Prix. After Juan Pablo found himself behind Rubens and lost some ground on Michael Schumacher he lost his chance to catch up with the leader. At this stage we slightly reduced the engine revs.

    The engine failure on Ralf's was completely unexpected and was not due to the hot temperatures. We didn't take any big risk either. The failure must have been due to a defective part. We will now have a look at it in Munich in order to identify the part. After an early collision Ralf was no longer in a position to fight for a top finish.

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    My impression.....

    I really am a big F1 fan, but if this Ferrari/Schumacher dominance continues it will be a anti-climatic season.

    Ralph, continues to disappoint. I hope he does join Toyota.

    Marc Gene, hey he did well last season when Ralph was injured at Monza, I would like to see Marc get a serious look, he knows the FW26, testing long enough.

    JPM, like him or not, he is the only opportunity we have to get the championship, but it's 2 against 1 with Barrichello blocking.

    FW26 Twin Keel seems to be the right direction, keep improving is the best we can hope.

    Bahrain will be a crap shoot, nobody is familiar with the track.

    What's up with McLaren? they must be livid!!!
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    I agree: what\'s so \"great\" about . . .

    watching Ferrari dominate races? If they hadn't blown it by putting Barrichello on the wrong compound, it would have been another Ferrari 1-2.

    The current situation has less to do with brilliant driving by MS or great engineering by Ferrari than it has to do with the boardroom deal Ferrari and Bridgestone struck after 2001 to make Ferrari Bridgestone's exclusive focus for tire development. I don't know how anybody can beat a race team that has its own, dedicated tire manufacturer, and words like "pride," "achievement," and "excellence" do not describe a team that wins by using such an advantage (not that you can tell this to the red-wigged masses)

    Frankly, I'm bored and if this season starts turning into another 2002 I'm switching off the telly. Lord help me if I get so desperate that I start watching oval races.







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    No, not the oval track.....

    I agree but, I think the FW26 is only getting better every outing. JPM is getting even more confident with the car and they certainly have the reliability as long as they keep ralph out of the car. I don't think Williams should go with Dixon, bring back Button. That would be great.Steven
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    Button is a "Keeper"

    N E know how the contract is set-up???
    When can he come back to Williams??
    Frank had a good eye to pick him up initially IMO

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    lol, one podium & everyone is in love with?

    he's a solid driver, but not someone I'd be dying to have.

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    fast starts for ferrari nothing new because>

    as I've said before they have package, which they know already know how to setup because of how much data they have on it because it's an evolution rather than a new design like the FW26. This is going be exploited in the early races while Williams as in the past starts slow with a radical design, but then becomes dominant. So the question is if they do in fact become dominant will it have happened in time to catch up...

    As for the post below I do not blame Ferrari. Hey, we had the tire advantage last year and no one has determined this year if the BS is a major advantage...[email protected] they still stink to high heaven relative to their budget. Toyota and many others have proven that the ability to put these technical packages together is part of the game...they have the budget, but they can't figure it out.

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    Re: Great Race - more to come...

    FW26 - lots of room to improve - JPM set fastest lap .50+ faster than MS

    MS is a champion - cool, lucky, and fast...but their car has very little room to improve

    Ralf - he just isn't up to the challenge.

    Button - Williams own him - they will not let him go elsewhere - Button and JPM together would be great...(they are my drivers in Fantasy F1!) Too bad...

    BahrainI think it will be a great test of MS and JPM skills - new track - you need to learn fast - no historical data - this is really the best mano a mano we will see all year.

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    I like JPM but...

    that blocking accusation was BS. He needs to STFU and drive.
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    Re: I like JPM but...

    It was pretty clear RB did indeed slow him down.

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