View Full Version : F1 - Malaysia - Round Two

03-19-2006, 09:30 PM
The second round of the F1 season is presumably the hotness and most humid. On track temperatures reaching 95 degree and in cockpit temps topping over 140 degrees for the drivers to manage. A rash of engine changes reshuffled the grid as rules state engines should last two grand prix's. If you change you are then subject to a 10 spot grid penalty from your qualification. A number of very fast cars were in the mid-pack on the grid for the start of this race. This made for a very quick pack coming through the first few laps, a lot of great racing! The Renault team as usual did a great job - Fisichella starting from pole dominated the race from start to finish, and reining world champion Alsono started from 7th with a blistering start that took him straight into 3rd place on turn one. The Honda of Jenson Button started 2nd and continually looked strong. Meanwhile a number of DNF's were progressing with the new V8 formula showing some spectacular blow ups - most notably the Williams cars like Nico Rosbergs. Nico started 3rd on the grid and this is only his second F1 race, he is having a great rookie season but only 7 laps into the grand prix his Cosworth engine ended by shooting a piston through the exhaust and a huge fireball! One of the more eye catching engine explosions we have seen in awhile, but again it would be nice to see Nico finish without incident. As the pit stops began and fuel strategies realized, it was apparent that even with the lightning fast start by Alonso to jump from 7th to 3rd, he was on a heavy fuel load. This made it possible for him to run lighter fuel loads later in the race for faster stints. Alonso ended up leap frogging Jenson Button and his Honda in the pits thanks to this strategy and it was a race to the end for the Renault team. A 1/2 finish that Renault has not seen in nearly 25 years. A lot of the back-marker cars saw good performance coming from mid-grid like the two Ferrari's of Schumacher and Massa finishing 5th and 6th. Kimi Raikkonen fell out of the race starting on the 3rd row early due to technical problems but his teammate Montoya held his own to finish 4th. The Toyota's had reliability but finished horribly far behind even for an 8th and 9th place finish. By that point at the end of the race, Trulli in 9th place with the Toyota was already a lap down. With a one weekend break, F1 won't be back for two weeks until they hit Australia at Melbourne.

Luis C
03-19-2006, 10:44 PM
Race was a bit dull I must admit. True, the midfield was packed with some fast cars and the start was one of the most exciting I've seen in F1 (in the last few years anyway).

Williams was putting on a great race, it's a real shame Nico's engine went up in a ball of flame (Flaming Rosbers anyone?) followed later by team mate Webber who was glued to the first places on the first few laps when his engine said "nuff".

Kimi was put out of combat on the very first lap by an over enthusiastic Klein in his RB (this leads me to think that KRs car was loaded to the brim with fuel); Klein clipped KRs rear tire sending it into an uncontrollable spin and on a rear-first impact to the safety wall busting the whole rear end of the Mac finishing KR race day and sending Klien to a first visit to the pit lane, a few laps later Klien would retire due to front suspension damage as a consecuence of clipping KRs Mac.
Montys perfomance was nothing to praise, just a regular race; he kept his 4th place throughout the race.

Toyota's performance has got to be the worst since the 2004 champioship, they have the 2nd highest budget after Ferrari and they cant get their act together so far. Things are not looking good for them this season. Red Bull and Toro Rosso are doing a far better job than Toy.

Midland and Aguri are still the underdogs of the field. It would seem as if I were watching black Jordans and White Minardis.

BMW are still trying to get their stuff right but are not quite yet there.

FIArrari.... well, Im an anti-schufozzi so F*** them. I cant wait to see what will happen with the unfamous flexing front wing, the FIA will have to say something... and fast otherwise all teams will start doing using flexible wings on their cars (eventhough the rules do not allow it)

Honda (BAR) did a job today but Barrichelo has still got to show a lot more.

03-20-2006, 06:41 AM
Is toyota still using the Formula Atlantic 4AGE in their karts?

03-20-2006, 04:13 PM
Is toyota still using the Formula Atlantic 4AGE in their karts?

This is F1.. not Formula Atlantic.

Mr E
03-20-2006, 10:28 PM
Kimi was certainly very very heavy, and probably had the best race car under him. I'd have fancied him to challange for the podium if not the win had he survived the opening 5 laps.

Button had no luck at all.

Was also rather concerned with the lack of pace from the Williams duo. Does not bode well for the rest of the season.

Massa really enjoyed sticking one over Micheal though. Good work.

Oh, and Rubens has real, real problems with that honda....

03-22-2006, 08:43 PM
Ok then.. what motor is toyota running in their F1 karts?

03-22-2006, 09:37 PM
Ok then.. what motor is toyota running in their F1 karts?

Custom V8 20,000RPM rev+, The new V8 engine designation is the RVX-06 2.4 liter.

These are also NOT KARTS! They at 950bhp V10's and 700bhp V8's. They are a custom monocoque construction formula car.

There is nothing faster, and nother that takes corners quicker. Aerodynamic packages and overall car construction is not homologous as seen in other auto sports like rally and nascar.