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    Sensor prob for Vettel..Hopefully not taking too much time
    #PrayforMH370 #KeepFightingSchumi

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    1:13:3 Kyvat fastest on UL

    Kimi is struggling, locking up

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    Where did toro Rosso find this pace from

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    Memory lane

    Kimi arrived at Monaco in just that situation in 2001, unlike most other F1 drivers. His teammate, Nick Heidfeld, raced there in F3, F3000 and in F1 with the Prost GP team a year earlier. So he knew his way around. The bottom line is that Kimi had to get to know the track. And quickly.
    There was only one way to find out. His Sauber race engineer, Jacky Eeckelaert, told this blog: “I did a few laps with Kimi on a scooter to show where to put the wheels and where not, but this was when the road was open to traffic, and there was a traffic jam everywhere, and by that it was not possible to have a clean look at the racing lines”.
    But on Thursday, Raikkonen had to face Monaco circuit for the first time during the busy free practice sessions. He was informed by Jacky that the grip would be very low, and that he should have kept the car away from the barriers and take it easy.
    “The laptime evolution due to the track improvement as the rubber is laid down is bigger than what you can achieve by any setup changes and driving”, Jacky explains.
    So Raikkonen had to learn his way around the track, adjust tire pressure, brake blanking, engine blanking, ride high settings at top speed and the “usual stuff” teams did in that period. Things moved on since then and drivers are running more complicated programmes these days.
    “I also told him, the day before on the scooter, that the tunnel corner was flat out (full throttle, no lift, no braking)”, remembers Eeckelaert.
    After Kimi’s first run he returned to the pits and reported that “everything felt normal”. “Then he asked me if I was sure that the tunnel corner was flat. My answer was ‘yes’”, adds Jacky. Trying to keep an F1 car with 850bhp flat out in a tunnel that you saw first time is not easy. Watch on television and it looks simple. But stand trackside in the tunnel as the cars blast through the right-hander and you see just how much they move around on the bumps.
    The engineers made a few adjustments on the tyre pressures and after having a quick look in the telemetry data, Kimi climbed on the car to have his second run. The people on the pitwall were surprised seen the Finn taking the tunnel corner flat out on the out lap.
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    Max 0.1s slower than Kyvat and
    Ham quicker than Kimi on SS at the moment

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    Ham out of breath >

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwk360 View Post
    Max 0.1s slower than Kyvat and
    Ham quicker than Kimi on SS at the moment
    In general kimi-seb difference around .3-.5sec . So if we take that into case, then seb has upper hand on ham on SS

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    Vet out

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    Quote Originally Posted by nani_s23 View Post
    In general kimi-seb difference around .3-.5sec . So if we take that into case, then seb has upper hand on ham on SS
    hehe i hope, hopefully Seb gets his car fixed asap

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    Max unable to beat Kyvat's laptime, pretty impressive from Torro Rosso

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    Seb is on track

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    Good lap from vet

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    Vet is in the groove. Kimi with work to do. 4 tenths up on merc on SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwk360 View Post
    hehe i hope, hopefully Seb gets his car fixed asap
    Watch it mate, vet did that lap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwk360 View Post
    Max unable to beat Kyvat's laptime, pretty impressive from Torro Rosso
    he made a mistake on 1 corner.. brushed the barrier or the curb..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwk360 View Post
    hehe i hope, hopefully Seb gets his car fixed asap
    Exactly .5 diff wt i said

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    Super s2 from vet

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    Wt a lap

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    .8 diff to kimi that's massive

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    Vet 3 tenths off the fastest time on the slower tyre. Merc a second or more down.

    Of course unlike some I will say that you can't determine anything from these times, but a good start to the weekend so far (with one driver).

    C'mon Kimi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nani_s23 View Post
    .8 diff to kimi that's massive

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    Even more encouraging is that Seb has been on a continuous stint, so fuel loads not questionable. Nor should they be on this tyre.

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    50% of the street (track) has been re-surfaced and they used a different grade of material hence cars are sliding and tyres not getting grip.

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    im glad they reduced tyre pressure, hopefully they do it for all the coming races, mercs cheats should be nullified

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    Kimi on US is 0.1 faster than Vet on SS... is Kimi using the same car?

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    Kimi on fresh US, couldn't able to beat RB

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwk360 View Post
    Kimi on US is 0.1 faster than Vet on SS... is Kimi using the same car?
    Looking at onboard he's pretty much taking very different lines. I don't know why

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    one of the commentators said Botas didnt block Vet last race

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    Kimi is 0.003 slower than RB

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    Vet out on track

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