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2009 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Formula 1 Race Comments' started by Resi Respati, Apr 5, 2009.

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    Coming to you from 17-19 april 2009

    Fri 17 April 2009
    Friday Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30 LC / 2:00 - 3:30 GMT
    Friday Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30 LC / 6:00 - 7:30 GMT

    Sat 18 April 2009
    Saturday Practice 11:00 - 12:00 LC / 3:00 - 4:00 GMT
    Qualifying 14:00 LC / 6:00 GMT

    Sun 19 April 2009
    Race 15:00 LC / 7:00 GMT


    Track Review

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    They even got the slot-car version of it :D

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  2. Haha! That slotcar track kicks ass!

    Carn the reds! Can't do any worse!!
     
  3. [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBE9uw-rL-0[/ame]

    :D
     
  4. James Johnson

    James Johnson
    The Weatherman

    I think the BBC intro at Melborne was Great. :)
     
  5. So.. McLaren + new diffuser = car sorted?
     
  6. Jenson Button lapped quickest in second practice for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, edging out a charging Nico Rosberg for Williams.

    The Brawn GP driver traded fastest laps with teamamte Rubens Barrichello throughout the session as the team, fresh from vindication from the FIA for running a double-decker diffuser, confirmed themselves as the ones to beat in Shanghai.

    Button eventually came out on top with a 1:35.679, but a later flyer from Nico Rosberg saw the Williams split the Brawn drivers, a mere 0.025 seconds behind Button.

    Red Bull Racing showed strong pace despite running a regular diffuser with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber going fourth and fifth quickest behind Rubens Barrichello.

    With the Chinese Grand Prix brought forward to the beginning of the season this year there are concerns that the teams could face another wet race on Sunday, but for Friday practice at least the weather remained dry and sunny in Shanghai.

    Sebastian Vettel emerged as the early pace-setter for Red Bull Racing posting a benchmark time of of 1:36.160. He stayed at the top of the timesheets for most of the session ahead of teammate Mark Webber, who confirmed the pace of the RB5.

    But it wasn’t long before the Brawn GP team, with their newly declared legal double diffuser, vaulted to the top of the timesheets with Rubens Barrichello heading Jenson Button on a blistering 1:35.881.

    The two Brawn drivers traded fastest times throughout the session with Button eventually getting the jump on his his Brazilian teammate using the softer tyres to good effect to go quickest on a 1:35.679.

    Williams and Toyota, the other two teams running a double-diffuser, also paced strongly throughout the session.

    Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock were sixth and seventh quickest, sandwiching Rosberg’s Williams teammate Kazuki Nakajima.

    McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was unable to repeat the pace he showed in the morning warm up and wound up thirteenth - despite the team now running an interim split diffuser. Teammate Heikki Kovalainen improved in the late stages of the session to go ninth.

    Bed Bull Racing and McLaren aside, it was a difficult session for most of the regular diffuser teams with Ferrari, BMW Sauber, and Renault struggling with tyre graining as well as a general lack of pace.

    The Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa wound up thirteenth and fourteenth quickest respectively, while the best BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica could manage was seventeenth, ahead of teamamte Nick Heidfeld. All four drivers appeared to struggle with tyre graining on the softer times.

    Renault’s Fernando Alonso languished in nineteenth place with teammate Nelson Piquet not fairing much better in sixteenth. The Enstone-based outfit are believed to have developed an interim double-decker diffuser, but are yet to run the device in Shanghai.


    1 Jenson Button Brawn 1:35.679
    2 Nico Rosberg Williams 0:00.025
    3 Rubens Barrichello Brawn 0:00.202
    4 Mark Webber Red Bull 0:00.426
    5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 0:00.488
    6 Jarno Trulli Toyota 0:00.538
    7 Kazuki Nakajima Williams 0:00.698
    8 Timo Glock Toyota 0:00.869
    9 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 0:00.995
    10 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso 0:01.121
    11 Adrian Sutil Force India 0:01.150
    12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 0:01.168
    13 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 0:01.262
    14 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 0:01.375
    15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 0:01.540
    16 Nelson Piquet Renault 0:01.594
    17 Robert Kubica BMW 0:01.812
    18 Nick Heidfeld BMW 0:01.865
    19 Fernando Alonso Renault 0:01.959
    20 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 0:02.071
     
  7. Sutil is really outshining Fishichella.
     
  8. Practice about to start, hope I can stay awake until quali :coffee2:

    8am finish UK time, that will be hard work:wink2:
     
  9. Briatore is really pissed off. A nice picture of a bitter man:
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  10. James Johnson

    James Johnson
    The Weatherman

    LOL :rotfl: woke up wrong side of Shanghai. :p
     
  11. Have you 2 just woke up? Or you still awake?
     
  12. James Johnson

    James Johnson
    The Weatherman

    All nighter. :)
     
  13. Same here.. No sleep tonight.
     
  14. :p

    Me 2!
     
  15. Hace to start tuning in stream.. guess Justin.tv is the only option for non-uk.. Or to get a decent uk-proxy.. BBC has the best broadcast imho.
     
  16. BBC here :)

    Just started :D
     
  17. Found a proxy but at the moment justin.tv has got the BBC on stream.. Good old Dragon has created the fourth channel in this season.. LOL. He's been banned from justin like 40 times because streaming F1..

    EDIT: just noticed channel name: mishyuk,biglurker,jules channel ... last time it was horses and rodents..
     
  18. James Johnson

    James Johnson
    The Weatherman

    Nico Rosberg Off. At same place Hamilton went off in pitlane entrance. :)
     
  19. "Why did they put the graveltrap at the pitlane entrance.." i guess that's why..
     
  20. lol, so true
     
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