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(ESPN)   Can TBD win from pole? Will it matter if there's more rain this afternoon? Do they even allow Formula One cars to race in the rain anymore? Australian Grand Prix, qualifying resumes at 8 PM ET, lights out at 2 AM ET   (espn.go.com) divider line 111
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2013-03-16 07:47:37 PM
Only one way to find out; yes, because they'd have to either qualify or race on rain tyres (depending on when [if] it actually rains); and yes, as long as the rain isn't too heavy and there isn't too much standing water on the track -- this last bit is in stark contrast to NASCAR's automatic red flags whenever there's enough rain to get even one square inch of the track wetter than a slightly damp sponge.
 
2013-03-16 08:05:03 PM
Forza Ferrari!

Oh, and go Button but Hamilton can fail
 
2013-03-16 08:23:58 PM
Q3 is underway
 
2013-03-16 08:24:10 PM
FTA: "A wet first session of qualifying was completed after a half-hour delay, but a succession of delays of Q2 meant it was becoming too dark to hold the remaining sessions."

One can race in the dark, ya know?

i49.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-16 08:32:08 PM

SurelyShirley: FTA: "A wet first session of qualifying was completed after a half-hour delay, but a succession of delays of Q2 meant it was becoming too dark to hold the remaining sessions."

One can race in the dark, ya know?

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One can also race in the rain, ja?

1:15 left in Q3
 
2013-03-16 08:33:58 PM

King Something: Only one way to find out; yes, because they'd have to either qualify or race on rain tyres (depending on when [if] it actually rains); and yes, as long as the rain isn't too heavy and there isn't too much standing water on the track -- this last bit is in stark contrast to NASCAR's automatic red flags whenever there's enough rain to get even one square inch of the track wetter than a slightly damp sponge.


Show us where on the doll NASCAR touched you.

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2013-03-16 08:37:19 PM
Vettel on pole. 50th career front row start, 37th pole.

Webber will start in P2, Massa and Alonso in P4 and P5.
 
2013-03-16 08:43:39 PM

King Something: Only one way to find out; yes, because they'd have to either qualify or race on rain tyres (depending on when [if] it actually rains); and yes, as long as the rain isn't too heavy and there isn't too much standing water on the track -- this last bit is in stark contrast to NASCAR's automatic red flags whenever there's enough rain to get even one square inch of the track wetter than a slightly damp sponge.


F1 racing in the rain is awesome.  So much more strategy involved.  And no one was better than Schumacher.  Dude got faster in the rain somehow.
 
2013-03-16 08:51:02 PM
1 VET 1'27.407
2 WEB 1'27.827
3 HAM 1'28.087
4 MAS 1'28.490
5 ALO 1'28.493
6 ROS 1'28.523
7 RAI 1'28.738
8 GRO 1'29.013
9 DIR 1'29.305
10 BUT 1'30.357
11 HUL 1'38.067
12 SUT 1'38.134
13 VER 1'38.778
14 RIC 1'39.042
15 PER 1'39.900
16 BOT 1'40.290
17 MAL 1'47.614
18 GUT 1'47.776
19 BIA 1'48.147
20 CHI 1'48.909
21 VDG 1'49.519
22 PIC 1'50.626

Charles Pic finished outside of the 107% mark in Q1 but is expected to start the race due to the weather conditions he was up against.

This race will be the first Formula One race for Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Gutiérrez, Jules Bianchi,  Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde.

Race starts in 5 hours. See you later.
 
2013-03-16 09:02:31 PM

King Something: Only one way to find out; yes, because they'd have to either qualify or race on rain tyres (depending on when [if] it actually rains); and yes, as long as the rain isn't too heavy and there isn't too much standing water on the track -- this last bit is in stark contrast to NASCAR's automatic red flags whenever there's enough rain to get even one square inch of the track wetter than a slightly damp sponge.


I was gonna say, anything you can't do in the rain, Melbourne in March is the wrong farking place for.  (Let alone Malaysia or Brazil.)
 
2013-03-16 10:01:07 PM

King Something: Only one way to find out; yes, because they'd have to either qualify or race on rain tyres (depending on when [if] it actually rains); and yes, as long as the rain isn't too heavy and there isn't too much standing water on the track -- this last bit is in stark contrast to NASCAR's automatic red flags whenever there's enough rain to get even one square inch of the track wetter than a slightly damp sponge.


I'm going to hazard a guess right here that physics isn't your strong suit.
 
2013-03-16 10:08:42 PM

King Something: Only one way to find out; yes, because they'd have to either qualify or race on rain tyres (depending on when [if] it actually rains); and yes, as long as the rain isn't too heavy and there isn't too much standing water on the track -- this last bit is in stark contrast to NASCAR's automatic red flags whenever there's enough rain to get even one square inch of the track wetter than a slightly damp sponge.


Maybe instead of hauling containers full of rain tires they're not going to use for more than 20 minutes, they should invest in a couple jet dryers or NASCAR's new Air Titan.

Though maybe that's a bad idea. We already know F1 drivers and jet dryers don't mix.
 
2013-03-16 10:14:25 PM

SurelyShirley: One can race in the dark, ya know?


If the racing circuit has suitable lighting, you can.
 
2013-03-16 10:36:17 PM

WhyteRaven74: SurelyShirley: One can race in the dark, ya know?

If the racing circuit has suitable lighting, you can.


...or:

i49.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-16 10:36:41 PM

SurelyShirley: ...or:


that too
 
2013-03-16 11:22:57 PM
Now we get to see if Grosjean or Maldonado had any sense knocked into them last year.

Predictions for this season.

1: At some point, Kobiyashi will get a seat again.

2: Rosberg will win a race before Hamilton does.

3: Bottas will be the first new driver on the podium.

4: Before the opening Asia leg is done, Ferrari will issue a team order that will have everyone screaming.

5: U.S. viewers will realize in the first 15 minutes of the first race that a year without Bob Varsha calling the race is nothing short of a miracle.

6: Streaming Martin Brundle will still be preferable.

7: Vettel will eventually receive the newest Top Secret Ultra-Rules-Bending Tech from Newey, and will walk away with another title, and we'll end the season with a collective sigh.
 
2013-03-16 11:37:34 PM
Hi y'all,
I'm still watching the GT battle at Sebring during daylight.  Had to work today, so time shifting.  I'll pickup the qualifying for F1 when that starts in a bit.
 
2013-03-16 11:44:20 PM

UNC_Samurai: 7: Vettel will eventually receive the newest Top Secret Ultra-Rules-Bending Tech from Newey, and will walk away with another title, and we'll end the season with a collective sigh.


With this being the last year with the current rules, I suspect Newey is just throwing in everything including the kitchen sink. Which means Vettel wins again but it's close or he has a season for the ages, like Schumacher in 02, where he was on the podium in every race and title is a foregone conclusion before the leaves even start to change colors.
 
2013-03-17 12:02:39 AM
UNC_Samurai:
5: U.S. viewers will realize in the first 15 minutes of the first race that a year without Bob Varsha calling the race is nothing short of a miracle.

6: Streaming Martin Brundle will still be preferable.



I don't know, I enjoy Hobbs and Mancin, and Leigh Diffey, in my opinion, is one of the best motorsports announcers I have ever seen.
 
2013-03-17 12:36:02 AM

summersa74: Hobbs


I love how he and Hatchett can get going in that way only Brits can, also I suspect for a good number of races they're not entirely sober.
 
2013-03-17 12:48:58 AM
Yea, qualifying!
 
2013-03-17 12:57:10 AM

WhyteRaven74: I suspect Newey is just throwing in everything including the kitchen sink.


Lotus has now filed a complaint because they're convinced the sink is blowing exhaust over the rear wing.
 
2013-03-17 12:59:45 AM

UNC_Samurai: Lotus has now filed a complaint because they're convinced the sink is blowing exhaust over the rear wing.


meanwhile Lotus sent a second hamster to their Indy Car program in the US
 
2013-03-17 01:28:47 AM
Ah Ross Brawn, like with Newey I wonder what he could do with a car if he could do anything he wanted.
 
2013-03-17 01:34:22 AM
And Hulkenberg is officially a scratch.
 
2013-03-17 01:34:54 AM
I'm oddly comforted that NBCSN brought Will Buxton over too.
 
2013-03-17 01:36:03 AM

WhyteRaven74: summersa74: Hobbs

I love how he and Hatchett can get going in that way only Brits can, also I suspect for a good number of races they're not entirely sober.


Damn, I need to clean out my ears.
 
2013-03-17 01:41:56 AM
I missed it, why is Hulkenberg out?
 
2013-03-17 01:44:41 AM
NBC has a Hatchett in a suit and tie L O L
 
2013-03-17 01:47:35 AM

WhyteRaven74: I missed it, why is Hulkenberg out?


Fuel delivery issues, I think.
 
2013-03-17 01:52:04 AM
So much hype about this being a close season, and it looks like Vettel is going to make it utterly tedious again. The fight for second place might be fun, though.
 
2013-03-17 01:52:05 AM

Tsrwedge: Fuel delivery issues, I think.


ah ok, bummer he's out
 
2013-03-17 01:57:20 AM

Siamese Bream: and it looks like Vettel is going to make it utterly tedious again


isn't just a matter of Vettel, but also Adrian Newey. And if it's any consolation this is the last season with the current rules, next year the cars will be quite different.
 
2013-03-17 01:59:37 AM

WhyteRaven74: isn't just a matter of Vettel, but also Adrian Newey. And if it's any consolation this is the last season with the current rules, next year the cars will be quite different.


Oh I know, but I really don't want another 2011. Next year should be interesting.
 
2013-03-17 02:00:57 AM
Formation lap underway, drivers are preparing. Please wait warmly until they are ready....
 
2013-03-17 02:02:21 AM
I am now doing a rain dance.
 
2013-03-17 02:03:17 AM
Hey Weber, blow the start!

/he's gonna anyways, might as well root for it.
 
2013-03-17 02:03:43 AM
Here we go!
 
2013-03-17 02:04:16 AM
boogity boogity boogity!
 
2013-03-17 02:06:00 AM
Bad start for Mark, down to P7
 
2013-03-17 02:06:26 AM

Jensaarai: Hey Weber, blow the start!


are you a wizard?
 
2013-03-17 02:07:11 AM
also have to say the sound on NBC Sports is damn good, nice stereo split with the engine noise
 
2013-03-17 02:09:29 AM
Mark Weber is the perfect #2 driver these days. Fast enough to get on the front row, incompetent enough to be a farkin' chicane to the rest of the field behind his teammate on the starts.
 
2013-03-17 02:11:52 AM
competent coverage on a US broadcaster? Someone hold me...
 
2013-03-17 02:12:11 AM
And NBC hits a stand-up triple for keeping the race feed on screen while going to commercial.
 
2013-03-17 02:15:22 AM
Seb pits, switches to medium tyres, exits in P11
 
2013-03-17 02:15:24 AM
I think I'm in love with NBC's coverage.

/never though I'd say that after the Olympics
 
2013-03-17 02:15:46 AM

UNC_Samurai: And NBC hits a stand-up triple for keeping the race feed on screen while going to commercial.


They've been very good about doing that with Indycar, despite the lackluster ratings. They're quickly becoming my favorite channel for motorsports.
 
2013-03-17 02:16:29 AM
4 stops per race? God damn it Pirelli, you had one job.
 
2013-03-17 02:17:16 AM
Massa follows suit, exits in P10 behind Seb in p8
 
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