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    Posted: January 28 2013 at 15:44
I thought it's about time I opened up a new thread for this year and I'll start with the first F1 launch, the new Lotus E21, which seems to look almost exactly like last years E20.



Actually, we've already had three big events this year, with Ganassi winning a 5th Daytona 24 hours at the weekend with Montoya, Memo Rojas, Charlie Kimball and Scott Pruett; Sebastian Loeb winning the first proper snowy Monte Carlo Rally in years (thank god he's not doing the full season though) and Stephan Peterhansel winning his 11th Dakar, 5th in cars. Best of all with the Dakar, Race2Recovery, a team of injured ex British and American servicmen, got one of their cars home.  
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Aw yeah JPM! ClapFinally got #3! Been waiting for years, and he really could have 5 wins easily.

Let 2013 commence. Should be another epic F1 season.


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I meant to start this thread yesterday with the conclusion of the 24 at Daytona but somehow forgot. What dominance by the Ganassi team. Shame that could never be transfer to NASCAR.


That car looks a little boxier than last years. Maybe it's just the angle of the photo though.
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I hope Vettel does it again Evil Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JJLehto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 28 2013 at 23:05
Eh...you're only trolling James, we all like/tolerate Vettel.

Which again congrats, it was a helluva fight between him and Alonso but he was truly deserving. Clutch performance again: 7 podiums in the final 10 with 4 straight wins when it really mattered most. He took control of an up/down year.
With how sh*tty the Ferrari was at first, gotta give kudos to Alonso for his brilliant year, and Massa who really took off second half.

And I was wrong. Said one of the bottom feeders would manage one point, and Petrov fell short with an 11th Cry
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I dont know whether you lot have heard but Glock wont be racing for Marussia this year, they agreed to part ways last week. Given that the team still have not been offered a deal by that little toerag Bernie (I hope I'm not the only one hoping that a court, somewhere, throws him in jail for his borderline criminal way of running F1) they're seriously worried about money and cant really afford to pay Glock's 2million. Given that HRT are gone, I hope we dont lose another team. That makes three seats still unfild at Force India, Caterham and Marussia.
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Poor Glock. I always like joking he was going to win the championship in his Marussia. I do someone can fill in. I'd hate to see yet another team bite it.
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Well naturally Bernie is a f**ker of epic proportions but what can ya do?
The NFL is run pretty horridly in my book as well.

That would be a shame. There's plenty of drivers that are deserving of shots! Cmon just give it to someone. Stirling Moss is still alive, that would be a sight and make the old time brits happy.
Oh sh*t Jack Brabham is also still alive...it'd make the backmarker battle a lot more intriguing


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The Octagenarian championship!Tongue
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If you're gunna get field fillers might as well make it fun!

Also I'm making a firm commitment to get back into Indy. I saw more races last year than usual but still not the full season, which I havn't in years.
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Second new car to be launched, the McLaren. Considering they had the fastest car last year they've gone surprisingly aggressive with the design, switching the front suspension from he usuall push-rod to Ferrari style pull rod and raising the front of the chassis like all the other teams, though unlike Lotus they've added the vanity panle to cover the bump.


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New Ferrari and Force India. So glad we have this vanity plate now, those stepped noses were ugly. Hopefully Lotus will join the others with one as well soon.


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With all those high noses and 'mustache' reaching down to the very low front wing they look like those fish who scavenge the floor LOL
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Not bad but long as that Ferrari gets off to a better start in '13!
I have always liked the colors/look of Force India
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^I don't think they could have a worse start!

New Sauber.


It's the big one tomorrow, the Red Bull.
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That's a nice look for Sauber!
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^I don't think they could have a worse start!

New Sauber.


It's the big one tomorrow, the Red Bull.


Ah now there is a change! Cool stuff. Gotta love the black and silver look.

RBR of course never looks any differentLOL
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Oh! Almost forgot....
What is up with Kubica??
He was making progress I know, but clearly there is no word about an F1 return and seats are limited, though there is still an opening on Force India.

I guess it's quite unlikely to see him in 2013? And very very unlikely he'll start the season :(
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Originally posted by sleeper

^I don't think they could have a worse start!

New Sauber.


It's the big one tomorrow, the Red Bull.
 
Definitely a candidate for best looking car of the '13 season.
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Oh! Almost forgot....
What is up with Kubica??
He was making progress I know, but clearly there is no word about an F1 return and seats are limited, though there is still an opening on Force India.

I guess it's quite unlikely to see him in 2013? And very very unlikely he'll start the season :(


Thanks for reminding me. He's actually doing 10 rounds of the European Rally Championship this year in a Ford Fiesta RRC, which with the dropped score system and if he can get up to speed on gravel he'll be a title contender in. The turn out on Rally Poland this September is going to be insane.

He actually tested a DTM Mercedes last week and was within 0.1s of Gary Paffet, Mercs top driver, it was a good way to get him used to a downforce generating car again whils the still recovers. From what I gather he's lacking in mobility in his right arm still, that could take a long time to recover, so he can't actually drive formula cars at the moment as he has to have his right arm out at an angle whilst driving.
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