F1 » Frustrating end to strong day for Mercedes

Mercedes were looking on impressive form on Friday at Albert Park, but some late problems for both drivers knocked the cherry off the cake.

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Zelda - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 1:02 PM

Looked quietly impressive for Mercedes today although the ominous red bull looks on a different level once again.
The Merc drivers both did well. Qualifying may give a chance of points for the pair of them which just a couple of days ago seemed laughable.
The only laughable thing at present is how unprepared and behind Maclaren find themselves.
I'm assuming the car has plenty of scope for development during the season?
However, at this stage Lewis's new venture seems to be the right choice.


March 15, 2013 1:16 PM

zelda. mercs are using interconnected suspension, and there is talk that it may be illegal. expect a protest, especially from lotus, as the suspension may be classed as active. dont forget, lotus had a system (not identical) banned last year.

re macca. this is their first race with pull rod. it takes some time to get used to it. ferrari had troubles at the start as well with pull rod, but it got better

blackstar - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 2:24 PM

Richard, but they have been using the interconnected suspension system since 2011, Lauda mentioned in german TV, that it was the reason why mercs were chewing up their tyres last year, so i guess they have ironed out those issues, so it must be passive, hence legal m8.


March 15, 2013 2:29 PM

blackstar. funny how respected sources in germany are running the report. if something does notwork, there would be little reason to protest, but when something is shown to work, the protests start.
it may or may not be legal , but i think that it is up to the fia to rule, not you or me.

Ptolemy - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 7:32 PM

Well, here we go. Nico is already showing the world of F1 that he is the sport's most underrated driver. He compared favorably to Schumi. Now he has already started to prove that he is a better driver than Lulu.
But Lulu has been getting all the pre-season accolades and props from "experts" in the field.
This season will finally show that Nico is an expert and Lulu has been a spoiled brat with one of the fastest cars on the grid for 6 seasons and little to show for it.

Chief_Thunder - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 7:41 PM

@Ptolemy March 15, 2013 7:32 PM

"Now he has already started to prove that he is a better driver than Lulu"

Tell me what did he really proved? A good time in a practise session?

Man/woman u got some major issues man, go see the doctor asap!

Horner likes lulu - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 8:39 PM

Watching practice this morning Lewis was 00.6 in front of Seb before he lost it in the first sector this after Nico set the third fastest time. I think Lewis has a good chance of getting pole in his first f1 gp race in the W04.

John - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 10:34 PM

The suspension is not illegal as it has no "active" parts.
The suspension "reacts" to load, which is eactly what a suspension is supposed to do.
And it only uses the inertia from the force of G in cornering/accelerating. The driver has no direct input unlike the Lotus System which uses actual moving parts(forbidden), manipulated by the driver for effect(in this case braking).

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