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Since Ferrari unveiled their new car for this season and the first public test will begin tomorrrow, I thought it would be appropriate to start a new thread for the 2006 F1 season. Here is a pic of the new Ferrari "248 F1" that will win this year's titles.
 

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Agreed!

Hello Delta,
I agree that is the car.
After reviewing all the available photos of F1 cars for 2006 I am amazed at how complicated the bodies are. The designers certainly have created a lot of tabs, airfoils, barf boards and diverters to cause the air to help them. It is no longer a science of preventing the air from hurting you. Now you have to grab it and make it work for you.
I can't wait for Bahrain (just under 40 days) as the first race should tell a lot.

Will Ferrari come back with an upfront victory ?
Can an Orange car win anything ?
Will Cosworth be as good as it once was ?
How good is Fernando - really ?
Will 11 teams vs 10 make any difference ?
Has Bidgestone bit off more than they can chew ?
Can the Russians win - first time out ?
Will Rubens shine now that he is in the sun ?

It certainly looks like an exciting first part of the year. Hope it stays that way
thru the year.
 

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I can't wait for this season to begin.The highlight of my year is watching the races on a Sunday and dong nothing else:D Should be there for the Italian GP in September so it is going to be a good season for me not matter what. Formula 1 and Italian madness can't get any better.

I wonder how the V8 engines will preform this year compared to the V10's, the cosworth V8's supposedly revv to 22k:D
 

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I was just told by my father that this morning on Rai they showed Motorcycle racing's Valentino Rossi driving the new Ferrari "248 F1" on the track and taking a little spin.
Would anyone know if he's just a test driver or will he be replacing Rubens?
 

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Officially he is neither... Felipe Massa replaced Rubens.
From Planet-F1
"Mark Webber admits he is surprised that MotoGP Champion, Valentino Rossi, has accepted a place in Ferrari's three-day test, which begins on Tuesday.
Rossi will be joining the Italian team on Tuesday in Valencia to partake in the pre-season testing.

The Yamaha driver has been behind the wheel of a F1 car many times before but these tests will be the first time he will be sharing the track with other drivers, no doubt a far greater challenge than his previous private driving sessions."
 

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Rossi did test today and spun it. I think he's going to have a very difficult time breaking into F1, but, then again, Ferrari wouldn't be wasting their time with him just for photo ops.

I'm guessing you guys heard Montoya is already saying he won't wait for Ron Dennis to make up his mind and is looking around for anther team. He's mentioned Ferrari, Renault and even Williams. I know Todt has said he'd rather have Raikkonen in the past, but I've always had a sense that Montoya would do well for Ferrari.
 

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Looks like a very competitive year again. Renault,Honda look strong along with Ferrari. If Kimi has signed with Toyota already than Montoya might have a chance at Ferrari. More likely Renault. If Honda can be reliable look for a wdc in Button or Rubens this year. My prediction.:)

--Dave
 

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I doubt Ferrari would consider montoya because he tried to take out Schumi to many times. He's got a hot head and doesn't think before he acts.
If Schumi retires after this year i love love to see Fisichella or Trulli behind the wheel. It has been way to long that ferrari hasn't had a Italian driver.
 

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Azzurri GTV said:
I doubt Ferrari would consider montoya because he tried to take out Schumi to many times. He's got a hot head and doesn't think before he acts.

Depends how you see it.
Remember Hill/Schumacher in Adelaide
Remember Villeneuve/Schumacher in Estoril
He gets away with everything...
People didn't wanna see Senna in a Ferrari neither.
Could have been a great combination though
Just like it would be with Montoya!
Remember Gilles vs Didier.
 

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Valencia testing times

Todays testing times at Valencia


1. Alonso Renault M 1:11.291

2. Button Honda M 1:11.327

3. Schumacher Ferrari B 1:11.831

4. Montoya McLaren M 1:11.998

5. Barrichello Honda M 1:12.062

6. Kovalainen Renault M 1:12.113

7. Villeneuve BMW M 1:12.619

8. Zonta Toyota B 1:12.660

9. Rossi Ferrari B 1:12.856

10. Coulthard Red Bull M 1:12.883

11. Wurz Williams B 1:12.925

12. Paffett McLaren M 1:12.937

13. Webber Williams B 1:13.050

14. Trulli Toyota B 1:13.078
 

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In my opinion Rossi is the ideal replacement for Schumacher. It's a question of communicating confidence in a manner that a team feeds off it. Rossi is a supertalent on two wheels but more important is his immense and intense attitude towards racing and testing.....even if he would spin off on a frequent basis at the beginning it probably will not break his spirit.

Anyone within Ferrari would do their utmost to help Rossi win a race so the team wouldn't sink
away after retirement of Schumacher. Rossi is a legend in Italy and Schumacher is seen as
a racing driver who wins in a Ferrari. It will cause quite a stir if Rossi would drive for Ferrari
and even more so as the great duo Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger.



Helas the tyrerules have changed so I would expect the top ten on the grid with low fuel load
and turning it into a sprintrace much like season 2003/2004. Backrunners probably do a long
stint and probably we hear teams talking about graining, fuelload and pitstrategy.....
I kinda liked the tyresrules in 2005 where drivers/teams had to preserve their rubber and testing on friday was crucial to fork out tyrewear-/performance. Non of that in 2006.....
 

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AlfaRonny said:
Todays testing times at Valencia


1. Alonso Renault M 1:11.291

2. Button Honda M 1:11.327

3. Schumacher Ferrari B 1:11.831

4. Montoya McLaren M 1:11.998

5. Barrichello Honda M 1:12.062

6. Kovalainen Renault M 1:12.113

7. Villeneuve BMW M 1:12.619

8. Zonta Toyota B 1:12.660

9. Rossi Ferrari B 1:12.856

10. Coulthard Red Bull M 1:12.883

11. Wurz Williams B 1:12.925

12. Paffett McLaren M 1:12.937

13. Webber Williams B 1:13.050

14. Trulli Toyota B 1:13.078
That's a good showing for Rossi. My understanding is that he was driving a V10 while all the others were in the new V8, but it's still a good place. Schumacher was talking well of him and said his abilities are up to the task. I still have doubts about his ability to make the transition, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's able to pull it off. Wasn't Surtees, another Ferrari driver, the last two-wheel champion to take an F1 title?

I think a bigger issue for Ferrari will be if they continue to have the type of arrangement they currently have where they allow a driver to have so much sway over the organization. Schumacher is far more than a driver for Ferrari, and I just cannot see anyone in F1, and certainly not Rossi, stepping in to take over where he's going to leave off. And then what will his retirement actually mean? Will he remain part of the management after he's stepped down from driving? Will there continue to be one primary driver or will they draft two top notch drivers and let them fight it out?
 

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1. Alonso 1:10.904

2. Button 1:10.907


3. Massa 1:11.284

4. Davidson 1:11.573

5. Schumacher 1:11.649

6. Klien 1:11.796

7. Kovalainen 1:12.011

8. Villeneuve 1:12.179

9. Schumacher 1:12.182


10. Wurz 1:12.246

11. Rosberg 1:12.313

12. Rossi 1:12.315

13. de la Rosa 1:12.360

14. Montoya 1:12.488

15. Trulli 1:12.525

16. Kubica 1:12.811
(2006 specs in italic)
5 spins for The Doctor
 

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Who else is ready for Sunday morning?

Sucks that it starts at 3:00AM on the west coast. Looks like I'll be sleeping most of the day once the race is over.
 

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Speed TV is carrying it in the SF Bay area. Their schedule shows a replay at 0930. I'll watch it then instead of 0300. Just have to make sure I don't log on to the PC or watch any sports related news and find out who won.
 

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I am so ready for F1 that I'm tingling!! Here on the east coast the pre-race starts at 6:00am, and the race at 6:30am. It's on Speed TV. I'll be in front of the TV at 6:00am sharp! Haway the lads - Ferrari, Button, Coulthard! Woo hoo!

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The two Ferraris share the front row. Massa just beaten by 0.047 s

Schumacher Massa
Button Alonso
Montoya Barrichello
Webber Klien

The new qualifying format is ok, you get to see more of the cars.
Saw it live on Belgian Tv.
 

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Any thoughts on the new qualifying system. I got the sense that it is more exciting for those in attendance, but doesn't translate to TV as well as the single car qualifying system did. Of course, this was the first time out with this new system and it did seem the TV producers and announcers were having a hard time finding their footing. The last 4+ minutes of the first session (after Kimi's mishap) were pretty exciting with all the cars on the track.

I was pretty impressed with Scott Speed. Actually, both of the drivers for the former Minardi team looked pretty good. Can't wait for the race tomorrow, my son and I are recording it and will watch at about 7:30 CST.

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I can hardly wait! Kind of surprised by the Ferraris showing. Who knows about anyones fuel loads. I still think Honda may have an edge. I'd like to see Button win his first. Massa looks really strong. Should be a good battle.
 
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