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Alec X - Unregistered

August 22, 2009 2:33 PM

McLaren are going to walk it tomorrow. Disappointed Williams and Force India weren't better.

Kubica is in the top ten. He'll be getting nose bleeds being up that high!

Badoer was embarrassing. I understand that he doesn't know that car or track but still, he was bad. 10 years is a long time to be away.

Darren - Unregistered

August 22, 2009 2:34 PM

I think Ferrari seriously need to reconsider Badoer. Yes it's expected for him to be near the back of the grid, but not a couple of seconds from pos. 19!

2Pac - Unregistered

August 22, 2009 2:37 PM

mclaren's simulations showed the swb car (hamilton is driving) would be 2 tenths quicker than the car used in hungary (kovi is driving). it will be interesting to see the fuel weights. if lewis is heavier than kovi, like i suspect, it will be a fantastic performance by hamilton considering how little practice time he had yesterday.

Alec X - Unregistered

August 22, 2009 2:39 PM

I pretty sure that Schumacher could drive around Valencia faster in a road car then Luca in the F1 car.

Maybe he wouldn't have been as bad if he had spend the last 10 years racing sports cars or DTM or something. 10 years is a long time to do no racing at all. And lets face it, he wasn't all that great 10 yrs ago. Ferrari should've given the car to a young up and coming driver.

DampMongoose - Unregistered

August 22, 2009 2:46 PM

As a marketing excercise it would have been better for Ferrari to let Schumacher qualify in a decent position and then let him blow the engine on his outlap than let Badoer near the car.. Ticket sales would have been through the roof and at least no one would laugh!

FooAtari .

August 22, 2009 3:03 PM

@ 2pac
"mclaren's simulations showed the swb car (hamilton is driving) would be 2 tenths quicker than the car used in hungary (kovi is driving)"

That was at faster circuits like Monza and Spa. Weather the SWB car is an advantage at Valencia was unknown. However as there is no in-season testing they had to give it to one of the drivers for the race before they ran it at the races it was intended for.

2Pac - Unregistered

August 22, 2009 3:09 PM

i don't believe you are correct FooAtari.

the swb car is developed to improve the weight distribution and balance of the car. this would have a benefit at any circuit as it gives them more flexibility in setup.

i agree because there is no in season testing the increase in performance is theoretical until it can be proven in race conditions. that was my point, until we see the fuel weights we (the public) can't know if it is an advantage.

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