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Formula 1 2011 season official topic

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If you thought that 2010 was a classic year of F1, buckle up and get ready for the 2011 season in which four or even five teams seem set to go head-to-head as no fewer than five world champions go into battle, and the midfield fight promises to be harder-fought than ever.

Red Bull and Ferrari appear to have set the genuine pace in the four pre-season tests in Spain, with Mercedes moving up to a perceived third in the pecking order after the final runs but still slightly adrift, and McLaren possibly in trouble and seeming likely to battle initially with Renault for fourth place.

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher give Formula One tremendous heavyweight glitter, while promising rookies such as Scot Paul di Resta, Mexican Sergio Perez, Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado and Belgian Jerome D’Ambrosio underline the sport’s ability to keep re-inventing itself. In between them, long-time runners Felipe Massa, Nick Heidfeld, Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen and Nico Rosberg add further depth.

The midfield battle is also likely to be just as fraught as the fight for the title, with Williams, Force India, Sauber, Toro Rosso and, perhaps, Lotus, scrabbling for supremacy.

Yet again, the rules have been revised, throwing things back into the melting pot once more. Out go the double diffusers (that so helped Jenson Button and Brawn GP to the world championship in 2009), F-ducts and the adjustable front wings that were meant to promote more overtaking but which most drivers neither liked nor used. In their place come moveable (for which, read adjustable) rear wings, KERS (making a return after a year’s hiatus), trick exhausts and a new tyre supplier in the form of Pirelli. Read more here...

This weekend: QANTAS AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Sat 26 March 2011

Practice 3 03:00 - 04:00

Qualifying 06:00/13:00 BBC1HD

Sun 27 March 2011

Race 07:00/13:00 BBC1HD

/Early races to be discussed in spoiler tags until rerun is shown in the afternoon.

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Red Bull - Vettel

McLaren - Hamilton

Redbull - Webber

McLaren - Button

Ferrari - Alonso

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>>>>KERS

KERS is cool. Adjustable rear wing could be an emosh ending to some peepz..

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Completely hyped, been too long

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"We keep on working, we do our thing. We are who we are."

Vettel the poet. LOL

That RB7 with Vettel in it looks deadly, and I'm surprised at the McLaren turn around unless if they were sand bagging for real.

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"We keep on working, we do our thing. We are who we are."

Was fully creasing at what he said.

Its like man just knows he's/the cars just untouchable

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Just woke up for this in-time.

glad its back.

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eventfull grand prix so far for.... Button

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Vettel is a monster!

Lewis in 2nd, good to see.

Wow Petrov in 3rd!

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Good Race, glad for Petrov and Perez.

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Jenson tried a ting and it backfired lol

Decent race

Vettle carrying on where he left off

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Vettel >>

Awesome drive. Car is definitely geared towards him.

Shouts to Hamilton & petrov.

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CAN'T BELIEVE I MISSED THIS

FFS

I BUNKED CHURCH TODAY ASWELL

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Come on Lewis!!

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f*ckin hell

Vettel >>>>>

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Top 5 drivers right now in order:

Vettel

Alonso

Hamilton

Kubica

Rosberg

Who agrees?

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So it's a repeat of last weeks order. All be it's tighter so tomorrow's start could be eventful if McLaren actually hook up their start. 10nth of a sec is all it took.

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woke up late went on iplayer and the bbc site spoiled me

WTF

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Enjoyed the race

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What do you man think of Kers?

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DRS >>>> KERS

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dont rate kers at all

sick race

bare overtaking

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Thing with KERS is that everyone has it, so any advantage u might have had is nullified

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