Australian uses intermediate tyres to good effect
3 April 2010

Mark Webber took a brilliant gamble on intermediate tyres to seal pole for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

After a rain-lashed session, the Red Bull driver will be joined by Mercedes' Nico Rosberg on the front row, with Sebastian Vettel third in the second Red Bull. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes, pictured) will start eighth.

Both McLarens and both Ferraris were caught out by the weather and will start outside the top 16.

Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying

1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:49.3272. Rosberg Mercedes 1:50.6733. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:50.7894. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:50.9145. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:51.0016. Kubica Renault 1:51.0517. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:51.5118. Schumacher Mercedes 1:51.7179. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:51.76710. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:52.254

11. Petrov Renault 1:48.76012. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:48.77113. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:49.20714. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:49.46415. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:52.27016. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:52.52017. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:52.211

18. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:52.88419. Alonso Ferrari 1:53.04420. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:53.05021. Massa Ferrari 1:53.28322. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:56.29923. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:57.26924. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:59.977

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3 April 2010

this schumacher chap, is not doing very well. are they paying him. a classic case of dont believe the hype.

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3 April 2010

Whoever's responsible should sort it out - all races should start 1pm local time!

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I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

3 April 2010

Responsible for what? A mixed up grid is the best thing that could happen for F1. Indeed, there's talk in F1 about a way to engineer just such a thing (with even the idea of a lottery put forward). Hopefully it will rain tomorrow - it sorts out the real F1 drivers.

Schumi yet again showed that he's not even as good as his team-driver. It must be very hard for him to take. Rosberg is hardly fit to wipe Button's visor, yet he's out-pacing Schumi at every turn - who must be having deep thoughts.

3 April 2010

[quote golfman] Rosberg is hardly fit to wipe Button's visor, yet he's out-pacing Schumi at every turn - who must be having deep thoughts.[/quote]

That's a bit extreme. Rosberg must be pretty handy to beat Vettel , without the benefit of a Red Bull under him.

3 April 2010

[quote golfman]Responsible for what? A mixed up grid is the best thing that could happen for F1. Indeed, there's talk in F1 about a way to engineer just such a thing (with even the idea of a lottery put forward). Hopefully it will rain tomorrow - it sorts out the real F1 drivers.[/quote] Alright alright I guess so but I get the feeling the start times for quali and the race have not been pushed back to specifically have it during a rainy spell.

I don't want to see a race red-flagged after 20 laps and not restarted cos it's bloody night-time.

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I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

3 April 2010

[quote kcrally]this schumacher chap, is not doing very well. are they paying him. a classic case of dont believe the hype. [sic][/quote]

I just had to check and see what obligatory, dopey and obsessive overreaction had been made and there was the first (nothing personal).

There was no hype; the best driver that ever lived, statistically and physically, returned to racing two races ago, and has been settling in, mostly beaten by a small margin by the excellent Rosberg.

Are these delusional and biased fishwives (nothing personal) claiming that Rosberg is such an awful driver that he deserved to be beaten to a pulp by a Champion returning after a three-year sabbatical?

Are these senseless spite-mongers (nothing personal), who seem focused solely on over-hyping Schumacher's lack of immediate domination of Formula One, saying that they have no respect for a seven times World Champion and his supreme skill? No respect for the creditability of his first qualifying being only 0.3 seconds behind Rosberg?

There's no respect for the fact that in yet another Practise session to add to the two he dominated in Australia, Schumacher outpaced his team-mate in conditions that weren't changeable and favouring of luck - as were Sepang's Q2 and Q3?

This is the common sense that I have mentioned is lacking due to people's over-eagerness to imply failure of a driver for whom they have a personal dislike. In this fever for finding ways to spout animosity against the great man's achievements, you distort reality.

Nobody with any sense thought Schumacher would come back to instant domination, only, it seems, the dopes who are now bemoaning its absence.

What fans of Schumacher and, much more significantly, true fans of the sport are delighted about is that Schumacher's level of commitment, dedication, skill and racing genius is back in F1, and his pace has consistently been closing to, and sometimes beating, Rosberg's. Rosberg is an excellent benchmark, and has a very rosy position in a great team, having an unusual lack of pressure to perform against a man whom everyone expects to beat him.

I am not simply creating a hagiography for the sake of it here, I'm responding to a form of stupidity and invalid negativity that cannot be allowed to cast doubts over the credible and improving job Schumacher's doing.

If Michael wasn't in any way competitive, I'd be the first to lament his lack of form, but he is already doing a great job, and I don't want his exciting return curtailed by idle sniping from the sort of ignorant viewer (nothing personal) who regurgitates the empty bile of The Daily Mirror and prize-dolt: Eddie Jordan.

The hype comes from a media that recognises the status of Schumacher and wants to know if and when he can get back to winning ways.

Please calm down a little with the wishful heralding of failure until you've got a reason to really let fly like a spiteful Violet Elizabeth. You won't have any reason to do so until at least another eight or nine races in, and only after Schumacher has fallen short of achieving any podium finishes and Rosberg has dominated on a like-for-like footing. If and when that happens, you'll be saying horrible things, and I'll be saying it is a shame, but I shall still appreciate the great man's return.

I have a suspicion that Schumacher's set-up might advantage a very wet race tomorrow, but this pointless nastiness is taking away somewhat from the fantastic job Nico Rosberg has done today.

It's also amusing to note how there is no rush to comment on the lamentable performance of Button, Hamilton, Alonso and Massa et al - all very soundly thrashed in qualifying by Schumacher's expert steady hand.

I give you fair warning, if you continue to talk nonsense, you might have to sift through even more of this crap I write.

The race is going to be an absolute belter, and the excitement will overwhelm Legard as Alonso and Hamilton join battle at the back of the grid while Rosberg and Vettel get past Webber at the front. There will be real trouble.

If you are a betting man, put everything you own on Mercedes tomorrow, as they will secure their first win - guaranteed. That's a shame for me, because I want Vettel to win.

3 April 2010

[quote VirginPower]

[quote kcrally]this schumacher chap, is not doing very well. are they paying him. a classic case of dont believe the hype. [sic][/quote]

I just had to check and see what obligatory, dopey and obsessive overreaction had been made and there was the first (nothing personal).

There was no hype; the best driver that ever lived, statistically and physically, returned to racing two races ago, and has been settling in, mostly beaten by a small margin by the excellent Rosberg.

Are these delusional and biased fishwives (nothing personal) claiming that Rosberg is such an awful driver that he deserved to be beaten to a pulp by a Champion returning after a three-year sabbatical?

Are these senseless spite-mongers (nothing personal), who seem focused solely on over-hyping Schumacher's lack of immediate domination of Formula One, saying that they have no respect for a seven times World Champion and his supreme skill? No respect for the creditability of his first qualifying being only 0.3 seconds behind Rosberg?

There's no respect for the fact that in yet another Practise session to add to the two he dominated in Australia, Schumacher outpaced his team-mate in conditions that weren't changeable and favouring of luck - as were Sepang's Q2 and Q3?

This is the common sense that I have mentioned is lacking due to people's over-eagerness to imply failure of a driver for whom they have a personal dislike. In this fever for finding ways to spout animosity against the great man's achievements, you distort reality.

Nobody with any sense thought Schumacher would come back to instant domination, only, it seems, the dopes who are now bemoaning its absence.

What fans of Schumacher and, much more significantly, true fans of the sport are delighted about is that Schumacher's level of commitment, dedication, skill and racing genius is back in F1, and his pace has consistently been closing to, and sometimes beating, Rosberg's. Rosberg is an excellent benchmark, and has a very rosy position in a great team, having an unusual lack of pressure to perform against a man whom everyone expects to beat him.

I am not simply creating a hagiography for the sake of it here, I'm responding to a form of stupidity and invalid negativity that cannot be allowed to cast doubts over the credible and improving job Schumacher's doing.

If Michael wasn't in any way competitive, I'd be the first to lament his lack of form, but he is already doing a great job, and I don't want his exciting return curtailed by idle sniping from the sort of ignorant viewer (nothing personal) who regurgitates the empty bile of The Daily Mirror and prize-dolt: Eddie Jordan.

The hype comes from a media that recognises the status of Schumacher and wants to know if and when he can get back to winning ways.

Please calm down a little with the wishful heralding of failure until you've got a reason to really let fly like a spiteful Violet Elizabeth. You won't have any reason to do so until at least another eight or nine races in, and only after Schumacher has fallen short of achieving any podium finishes and Rosberg has dominated on a like-for-like footing. If and when that happens, you'll be saying horrible things, and I'll be saying it is a shame, but I shall still appreciate the great man's return.

I have a suspicion that Schumacher's set-up might advantage a very wet race tomorrow, but this pointless nastiness is taking away somewhat from the fantastic job Nico Rosberg has done today.

It's also amusing to note how there is no rush to comment on the lamentable performance of Button, Hamilton, Alonso and Massa et al - all very soundly thrashed in qualifying by Schumacher's expert steady hand.

I give you fair warning, if you continue to talk nonsense, you might have to sift through even more of this crap I write.

The race is going to be an absolute belter, and the excitement will overwhelm Legard as Alonso and Hamilton join battle at the back of the grid while Rosberg and Vettel get past Webber at the front. There will be real trouble.

If you are a betting man, put everything you own on Mercedes tomorrow, as they will secure their first win - guaranteed. That's a shame for me, because I want Vettel to win.

[/quote]Here,here......well said, fed up with the shumi whingers!!! he has allways said that it would take time for him to get back right on the pace,maybe most of the season....untill this morn he was faster than nico.....i suspect each race he will close the gap till he is more dominant, go on shumi prove all of the doubters wrong.

3 April 2010

[quote VirginPower]If you are a betting man, put everything you own on Mercedes tomorrow[/quote]

Am doing so.

[quote VirginPower] guaranteed.[/quote]

Taking this into account should I lose everything I shall expect to be compensated. In the event of my future hair transplant fund bocoming the property of Paddy Power the decent thing to do would be for you to post your bank details on the forum. I promise to take only what is fair.

3 April 2010

At least he'll be out of the road and won't gung ho! his way through, still don't think he'll win it and yes if it rains Biblicaly then Schumi gets my vote for a podium, just thought i'd get that one in before someone else!

Peter Cavellini.

3 April 2010

Goodcarlover, no, Rosberg has been consistently faster than Schumi - in qualifying and racing.

If anyone thinks that Schumi will get anywhere if it rains then think again - that's why he didn't qualify any higher! In the past he didn't have much competition when it rained, but that's all changed now. Hamilton, for one, is excellent in the rain. Forget Schumi, doubt if he'll finish in the top 7. This has nothing to do with whinging, and everything to do with being realistic.

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