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post #1 of 139
Thread Starter 
For all you Formula 1 fans out there:

Who do think will win the 2004 World Championship and who will win the Manufacturers title?

My predictions:

Driver: Kimi Raikkonen

Manufacturer: Williams
post #2 of 139

Re: Formula 1

I'm backing Schumacher and Ferrari for another one. I don't think Kimi's all there yet, and the Williams may be a little too radical.
post #3 of 139
I'd love to see Montoya do it...hopefully the revolutionary FW26 will get the job done.

But if Montoya can't be the one anybody but Schumacher would be good - can't stand the guy.
post #4 of 139
schumi is the man, but even though i'm a huge ferrari fan (like eveyone else in italy, basically), i don't think it'd be good for the sport if he won again. F1 needs a new champion. i'd love it if barrichello could win the big one, but of course that's never gonna happen as long as schumacher is on the team.

so my predictions are:
driver - montoya
team - ferrari

but don't forget renault; they've gotten freakishly good in just a few years and alonso has the right stuff.

[slowpulse]
post #5 of 139
Jacque Villeneuve is a badass. He talks to much and he is not the best Promo guy.

Butttt what the fuck is wrong with F1?

He is a great driver! isn't F1 championship supposed to have the best drivers in the world?

that is a shame!
post #6 of 139
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by DamienThorn
Jacque Villeneuve is a badass. He talks to much and he is not the best Promo guy.

Butttt what the fuck is wrong with F1?

He is a great driver! isn't F1 championship supposed to have the best drivers in the world?

that is a shame!
Villeneuve is an idiot. He ruined his own chance by blasting Jenson Button and then losing to him throughtout the season.

On to new and better things for Honda methinks.

Hope Mark Webber continues to succeed with sub-par equipment.
post #7 of 139
With the old point system, he didn't. (finished after Button)

Isn't funny that it was his car always breaking?

Look at his past sesons , he finished very well with a very bad car. I know he is an idiot, but a talented idiot.
post #8 of 139
Thread Starter 
Wasn't there a rumor last year that he was going to drive in the American C.A.R.T. series again?
post #9 of 139
Thread Starter 
Villeneuve says he needs a break from F1.

Here's a link:

Villeneuve needs break (yeah right)
post #10 of 139
I think Schumacher and Ferrari will come out on top again.
post #11 of 139
Quote:
Originally posted by Del Griffith
Villeneuve is an idiot. He ruined his own chance by blasting Jenson Button and then losing to him throughtout the season.
I think Villeneuves real problems stem from deciding to spend 5 years in a sub-par team, when he had the talent to be winning championships for McLaren. Well, he wanted the big payday and he got it, he's got no one to blame but himself.
post #12 of 139
Thread Starter 
Have you guys seen the new nose on the new Williams?

What do you think?

post #13 of 139
I'm really sceptical about it. Firstly, I don't think Williams need to make a radical move like that, they just need to concentrate on the assets they already have (engine + Montoya), and secondly, where does the air go? They must have designed it properly but I can't help but think 'terminal understeer' every time I see it.
post #14 of 139
Thread Starter 
I agree. But wasn't Montoya only a second off on his previous lap times when the new car was tested for the very first time?

While that is impressive, Montoya can do alot with a car that has understeer.
post #15 of 139
Quote:
Originally posted by Del Griffith
I agree. But wasn't Montoya only a second off on his previous lap times when the new car was tested for the very first time?
And they're within a tenth of the 'new' McLaren, but we'll see what Ferrari do in a week's time. The old adage is that the prettiest car is the fastest one, but Williams are pushing it, assuming it works of course.
post #16 of 139
Thread Starter 
Here's some Ferrari news:

Todt: 'Ferrari Front Wing To Cause A Surprise'

It'll be interesting to see that!
post #17 of 139
Ok, here goes...

I just can't get into the sport of Formula 1, Nascar (I'm assuming there is a difference), or whatever other genres are out there. So basically, I'll ask my questions and be done with it.

1) What should one pay attention to in order to appreciate this sport? I'm sure there are as many intricacies to this sport as there are with any other, but I find it harder to figure out what I should be paying attention to. To the layman, it appears to just be cars going around in circles.

2) Does it bother anyone that they try to sell this sport by showing off it's worse? After guys like Dale Earnhardt die during a race, why would they treat car crashes as marketing fodder? It's not like these accidents are part of the sport. Right?
post #18 of 139
Quote:
Originally posted by Del Griffith
Todt: 'Ferrari Front Wing To Cause A Surprise'
Oh, I hope it's not a tusk design. I'd prefer it be sculpted from peices of Eddie Irvine to that.
post #19 of 139
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Van Jones
Oh, I hope it's not a tusk design. I'd prefer it be sculpted from peices of Eddie Irvine to that.
LOL!!!!!!

If that's the case, I'm sure Eddie would say it was the best car ever!!!!!

As for MoNkaholic:

I agree. NASCAR is a little boring. Just cars going around circles.
I suggest watching Formula 1 for a few races. You'll catch on pretty quick on the strategy and how different teams operate and the skill of the drivers.
post #20 of 139
There are that many different categories of motorsport that if you don't like NASCAR or Formula 1 there still could be something that catches your eye.

Whilst I watch and enjoy the F1 my first love is for Touring Cars like Australia's mighty V8 Supecars !

www.v8supercar.com.au



Cheers, Buck.
post #21 of 139
Thread Starter 
Michael calls Kimi his biggest rival in 2004 championship.

Here's the article

Go Kimi!
post #22 of 139
Well, I guess it depends on whether this new Williams works or not, but with Michelin seemingly even stronger than last year, I'd say at this point that Schumacher has more on his plate than just lil' Kim to worry about.
post #23 of 139
Thread Starter 
Should be a great season.

Michael is a great driver, but if he wins the championship again, I think it'll hurt Formula 1.
post #24 of 139
Having a team dominate shoudn't be a problem.

The problem is if that team is not letting their drivers run against each other, like Ferrari.

Remember Alain Prost and Arton Senna when they were driving for Williams. That was a great year.
post #25 of 139
McLaren, 1988-1989. Great, great times.
post #26 of 139
Well, so far no sign of the new nose for the Ferrari. They released the car as an evolution of the F2003-GA. BUT....they are going to be implementing the changes they developed in the near future. I thiink this year is going to be a very close one, with Ferrari and Schumy coming out on top.
post #27 of 139
I think Ferrari may have just been trying to steal the limelight away from Williams and Renault.





Ferrari are getting very nervous me thinks. Sauber this year are running the same engine and gearbox as Ferrari. Allegations have apparantly come forward that Ferrari are pretty much using Sauber as a test team.






The first Grand Prix of the season is held down here in Australia and I can't wait but according to www.formula1.com we have 35 days, 19 hours 26 minutes and 23 seconds till it starts !
post #28 of 139
Thank you for those great pics!
post #29 of 139
The Renault, Ferrari, and Sauber are teh SEXAY!
post #30 of 139
Quote:
Originally posted by DamienThorn
Thank you for those great pics!
No worries, I normally try to get at least 1 pic of each car for the season - here are some other 2004 cars.


Jaguar - piloted by Aussie Mark Webber !


Toyota


BAR - Rumours have just circulated this may be Honda's last year in F1 as their contract expires the end of this year.


Jordan


Cheers, Buck.
post #31 of 139
Thread Starter 
Here's the new McLaren. Looks great!

post #32 of 139
Quote:
Originally posted by Buckshot
Rumours have just circulated this may be Honda's last year in F1 as their contract expires the end of this year.
That wouldn't surprise me at all.
post #33 of 139
Quote:
Originally posted by Del Griffith
Here's the new McLaren. Looks great!

Very sexy. Love the nose.
post #34 of 139
Getting a little bit toey after seeing the news here in Australia tonight. They have been unloading F1 cars and equipment down in Melbourne off of jumbo jets for 2 days straight now !
post #35 of 139
Thread Starter 
YES!!!

I can't wait.

Ferrari looks very quick again and Williams looks just as fast.

McLaren is a question mark that will probably be answered at the first race and I'd like to see Renault and BAR step it up.

Should be a great fight for the championship.
post #36 of 139
i think renault will freak everybody up this year. they stepped up a lot last year and if they can pull an equal improvement this year, they could be dangerous.

i don't see williams as a factor - montoya will leave next year and ralf schumacher is pissed off at frank williams; a team without harmony can never succeed.
post #37 of 139
Quote:
Originally posted by slowpulse
i don't see williams as a factor - montoya will leave next year and ralf schumacher is pissed off at frank williams; a team without harmony can never succeed.
I dunno about that. Rumour has it they still have the most powerful engine in F1, and two drivers who both have a few things to prove to themselves, each other, and their prospective future employers.
post #38 of 139
I dont see Ferrari having many problems this season with anyone. The car seems to be faster then ever. The team seems to be determined to end on top again. It will likely happen again this year. Oh, and on another note: I get to go to the Canadian GP.
post #39 of 139
Quote:
Originally posted by DJ Dylan
I get to go to the Canadian GP
you lucky fuck.

ferrari looks good again and trust michael schumacher of not being tired of winning and breaking records. the man's a friggin' machine. as a ferrari fan, i'd love to see barrichello win the big one, but with schumi as the top dog, there's just no way it'll ever happen.
post #40 of 139
Thread Starter 
Sounds like Ralf is ready to sign a new deal with Williams. According to his manager, this contract is part salary and part performance based incentives. If he finishes on the podium, he get's a bonus.

We've all heard this story before. First it was Ralf signing with Toyota, then Renault. If he wants a serious chance to win the championship, then he should stick with Williams. Although Renault is moving up fast.

So, if Ralf resigns with Williams, who will be their second driver? David Coultard? Mark Webber?
post #41 of 139
Quote:
Originally posted by slowpulse
you lucky fuck.
I go every summer with my uncle. I have for 6 years now.
post #42 of 139
Thread Starter 
After watching the Bahrain race, one word can some up the season so far: yawn

I guess maybe it's exciting to see how McLaren will blow up at every race, but Ferrari winning every race is boring to me.

It's good to see BAR finally doing well and Alonso really came up from the back of the pack for todays race.
post #43 of 139
Quote:
Originally posted by Del Griffith
After watching the Bahrain race, one word can some up the season so far: yawn

I guess maybe it's exciting to see how McLaren will blow up at every race, but Ferrari winning every race is boring to me.

It's good to see BAR finally doing well and Alonso really came up from the back of the pack for todays race.
I was there. It was awesome.
post #44 of 139
I could not believe Kimi's engine blowing. I mean, he'd just had a new one installed for the race, and it blew after 8 laps. Wow. I thought the race was (marginally) more interesting than the earlier ones, due to the director focusing on the battles for 4th, 5th, etc. But I don't think it's going to be a great race year.
post #45 of 139
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Wolfwood
I was there. It was awesome.
Did you see George Lucas? I saw that he was down by the cars chatting away.
post #46 of 139
go on jordan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry have to go with the irish lol sadly...
post #47 of 139
Thread Starter 
Finally!

It's great to finally see someone else than Schumacher get pole position. Of course, he'll probably still win the race, but I'll take anything different than what it's been like so far this year.

So, how many laps to you guys think it'll take before Kimi's engine blows up in tomorrow's race?
post #48 of 139
They must have sacrificed an engine technician to the F1 God, Cashor, last night because somehow both Mercedes engines made the distance. Schumi 4 from 4 - hoo-ah.
post #49 of 139
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Van Jones
They must have sacrificed an engine technician to the F1 God, Cashor, last night because somehow both Mercedes engines made the distance. Schumi 4 from 4 - hoo-ah.
David has been know to take his engine to the finish, but Kimi finally got one through. It helped that he changed the engine right before the race.

It'll be interesting to see the Schumi-Montoya fallout. Juan was pissed at the press conference!!!!
post #50 of 139
Yay for Ferrari and Schumacher dominance. Sucks to see the car that McLaren had been working on all last season fail so miserably.
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