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  1. Vettel: Lotus is back again

    2012-03-05 07:32:29

    F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will be keeping an eye on a third possible threat to his crown after Lotus continued to top the times in pre-season testing.

    Sebastian Vettel has included the renamed Lotus F1 team amongst those he believes will be challenging his own Red Bull Racing outfit in 2012.

    While most predictions group RBR, McLaren and Ferrari - despite the Scuderia's much-publicised struggles in testing - as the expected frontrunners once the 2012 F1 season kicks off in Australia next weekend, the reigning world champion insists that Lotus needs to be watched after a series of impressive performances at Jerez and Barcelona.

    Of course, the Enstone squad helped pace last year's pre-season build-up, forcing rivals to consider the merits of its radical side-exiting exhaust, but, having racked up podium finishes in Melbourne and Malaysia, its performance fell away as the development proved less successful than it first appeared.

    Vettel, however, believes that the 2012 Lotus is a more potent threat than its predecessor, particularly with the combination of former world champion Kimi Raikkonen and GP2 kingpin Romain Grosjean at the wheel.

    "Well, Lotus is back again and they seem to be confirming their performance from the first test in Jerez," the German told the official F1 website during the third and final session at the Circuit de Catalunya at the weekend, before hedging his bets on other possible threats, "Of course, to shine is an integral part of testing and probably some of the usual suspects are holding back a bit. To guess at their real pace is still impossible."

    Vettel shared the new RB8 with team-mate Mark Webber for the final two days of testing, admitting that both hoped new parts due to be fitted to the car wouyld confirm its position at the head of the field for a third straight year, but struggled with a wing-breaking off and then gearbox gremlins, restricting his ability to judge the changes.

    "If you look up and down the pit-lane, my guess is that everybody else is more or less in the same situation," he replied when asked how close he felt the RB8 was to being an 'ideal' car, "Of course, the last couple of days are quite significant as you get the car closer and closer to what you will be racing, so let's wait and see if we have the right bits and pieces. But, even as we close in towards the car we'll have for the first race - as everybody else also does - it is still hard to say who is quick and who is just playing around with the fuel loads.

    "I feel comfortable and that is a good point to start with. Of course there's a loss of grip - the exhaust made a huge difference last season, especially as it was so perfect towards the end - but we will learn to come to terms with it. Sure, the tyres are different too, so this will be something to watch over the first few races - until we get used to it. But, remember, at the same time last year, there was a huge fuss over the new tyres and then in the races everything ran totally smoothly - so never create an issue where there is none!"

    Source Credit: Crash.Net

  2. Sadly I haven't been around, I'm finally getting my first day off in over a month tomorrow (Thursday)! Have worked every weekend for the last 4 months, I cannot seem to turn down overtime

  3. OK, I have received a txt from Garry over the holiday period, the build is back on !!

    Apparently the Engine is in Zelmores being machined :)

    So, HELP!!!!

    The sunroof pictured here


    Sadly is no longer with the car as it got lost in transport between the workshop and Marks house.

    So Mark is in need of another one.

    Does anyone know of the whereabouts of a replacement roof be it C/F , composite or Glass?

  4. As i'm not in Canada any more, the Jeep is no longer used by me cry.gif but is still used by MarkTC back 'home' though :)

    My daily is now a (dare i say it) citroen C1 !

    well, 60mpg, £20 road tax and cheap insurance was the only reasons due to the high price of motoring 40 miles a day.

    still looking at trading it in for a s2 Elise 111s though smile.png

  5. I've had my 3gs for nearly 2 years I think, still love it :) It's the 32gig with only 3gig of space left!

    The only bad point is I brought it in Canada on the Rogers network so I had to get it unlocked. There is no unlock for the updated os so I'm still running os4

    Using it now to post this :)

  6. I think the whole picture has not being looked at in this thread.

    The reason for the strike on the 30th of November is over pensions, not just teachers but all public sector workers which included (a small sample from across the country) workers in Mersey Tunnels, Greater Manchester Transport, Glasgow city council, Scottish Water, West Midlands Police Authority, Northern Ireland bus services, Cardiff buses, the British Film Institute, the British Museum , South Yorkshire Police, the NHS, MOD ect ect.

    Over 12 million people in all!

    In my line of work, a worker in the outside industry is earning £5k+ more a year minimum for similar work, but the 'benefit' of flexy time and a decent pension at the end of time is what keeps people from leaving.

    with the proposed alterations, I would have to pay out £65 a month in pension {50% increase), but the payout would be 50% less AND the retirement age will be later 70 instead of 65 iirc

    pensions used to be calculated on final salary (last 3 years) but early this year it was quietly changed to the average of ones salary over the working career, this already equates to an average of a 15% loss of pension!

    The public sector in the NHS, MOD, teachers and everyone else are saying ''Enough Is Enough!!!!''

    We know at where I work, If we do not go out, the next thing to go would be our flexy time and 9 day fortnight, because they know we would not fight for them if we could not be bothered to fight for something as hard hitting as the pension!

    I wish my salary was as high as the national average! when I told a Canadian friend how much I was on, he almost spat out his coffee and exclaimed 'How the F##k do you live on that!'

    The teachers are not going on strike for just themselves, This is a country wide strike to show the government we are no longer taking it lying down.

    Viva la revolution ph34r.png

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