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Old Nov 13, 2007, 12:11 PM   #1
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2008 Formula One Thread

I think its about time we kicked this thread off and leave the 2007 Formula One Thread to the McLaren appeal and the Renault spy case.

So after the first day of testing it is a certain M. Schumacher to beat next season......
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Old Nov 13, 2007, 12:22 PM   #2
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First off - WELCOME TO THE 2008 F1 Thread!!!

I'm a Michael fan and I'm glad to see him on top of the charts! I wonder if he'll want to come back to beat Ross Brawn from a different team? Or join him at Honda to turn things around there?
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Old Nov 13, 2007, 12:29 PM   #3
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First off - WELCOME TO THE 2008 F1 Thread!!!

I'm a Michael fan and I'm glad to see him on top of the charts! I wonder if he'll want to come back to beat Ross Brawn from a different team? Or join him at Honda to turn things around there?
that's right! he can do it easily. I really wish he'd come back to quickly get his 8th title come back Michael!!!
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Old Nov 13, 2007, 12:42 PM   #4
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It's a good thing I checked, I almost started one myself!

Most drivers find it hard to retire, so I would not rule out a return for Schu, though I wouldn't be surprised if he stays involved in a non-driver role....
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Yeah, he's not going to have a rive next season, but he'll still be there. Test driver?

I am looking forward to Kimi defending his crown as well. First things first though, we need the teams sorted out. Bring on the new look cars.
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Old Nov 13, 2007, 12:59 PM   #6
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Will Honda keep their award-winning scheme?

Will Renault keep their vomit-inducing one?
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Will Ferrari's still be red?
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Will Honda keep their award-winning scheme?

Will Renault keep their vomit-inducing one?
Maybe without the *literal* weight of the world on the Honda, it would actually be faster!

First task for Ross - new lightweight livery!
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Old Nov 13, 2007, 01:27 PM   #9
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Not bad really, considering he's been retired for over a year, has never driven the F2007 in anger before, nor the revised circuit, and nor with no T/C... and to be only half a second off this years pole time... not too shabby, not too shabby at all.
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I doubt anyone under the same circumstances could do better...
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I cannot wait to see the next season. I watched this one, didn't watch much between 1998 and 2005. Here's hoping!
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Not bad really, considering he's been retired for over a year, has never driven the F2007 in anger before, nor the revised circuit, and nor with no T/C... and to be only half a second off this years pole time... not too shabby, not too shabby at all.
Can't deny he is a great driver, but i enjoyed the '07 season without him... though there were plenty of other things i could have done without.
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Not certain, but I believe that's a new (though unofficial) lap record for the revised circuit.
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 10:28 AM   #14
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Not certain, but I believe that's a new (though unofficial) lap record for the revised circuit.
So, timing glitch apparently... best time of 1:21:3... but still quickest of the day.

Schumacher surprised to be so fast.

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...maybe two laps, and then I was back into the groove,"


Come back Schumi... but please not in a ********* Honda.
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Not certain, but I believe that's a new (though unofficial) lap record for the revised circuit.
And Schumi recorded the most number of laps as well. I'm thinking he missed the cockpit some.... And fastest for both days! I'd like to see Schumi RACE with Lewis!
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 05:09 PM   #16
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And Schumi recorded the most number of laps as well. I'm thinking he missed the cockpit some.... And fastest for both days! I'd like to see Schumi RACE with Lewis!
Lewis doesn't even get mentioned in the same breath, not yet anyway and he will have to go some to even come close.
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Yeah, like winning 7 drivers' championships.
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 10:33 PM   #18
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Well, at least 1 championship to get mentioned in the same sentence anyway.
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This should probably go in the 2009 Formula One Thread, but... teams to test slick tyres at Jerez.

Why they're not going to be used for the '08 season is just...
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Yeah, I saw this today...sounds cool except for the part where we won't see them till '09.
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Old Nov 22, 2007, 02:40 AM   #21
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Will running on slick rubber make a huge difference (apart from the looks?). There is only one manufacturer now so it will basically be a control tyre. They could give the grooved tyre far more grip than a slick. To see real benefits you need 2 - 3 manufacturers at least.
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Old Nov 22, 2007, 05:04 AM   #22
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I remember reading a story about Ferrari testing with GP2 slick tyres, and the lap times went down quite considerably. I can't for the life of me find it though.
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I remember reading a story about Ferrari testing with GP2 slick tyres, and the lap times went down quite considerably. I can't for the life of me find it though.
I think it was at Monza last year (2006), in an FIA approved test to see it'd contribute to an improvement in the racing.

In the meanwhile...

Schumacher to test again at Jerez.

First no driver aids, now some slicks. Schumi for 2008 WDC!
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First no driver aids, now some slicks. Schumi for 2008 WDC!
No driver aids?

The car had a manual gearbox?
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The car had a manual gearbox?
Paddle shifts can't really be considered a driver aid, it'd be akin to suggesting that synchromesh is one as well.
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