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Epigone
Oct 10th, 2003, 03:59 AM
Well, the final race of the season is here and both the WDC and WCC are still up for grabs.

Can Michael Schumacher score the required 1 point to become a six-time world champion, or will Kimi spoil his plans?

Ferrari are 3 points ahead of Williams in the WCC. Juan Pablo and Ralf will be trying to put the disappointment of the US GP behind them as they try to win the first WCC for WIlliams since 1997.

Also, in a shock announcement, Jacques Villeneuve will not be competing in Japan. I certainly hope that this is not the end of his F1 career. :sad:

Anyway, practice is currently underway. I wish a safe weekend to everybody.

Go Juan Pablo!!!

Go Ralf!!!

Go Williams!!!

King Satan
Oct 10th, 2003, 04:02 AM
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TennisHack
Oct 10th, 2003, 04:04 AM
Vamos Kimi :) Even though you're probably going to get fucked again by the Shumis :fiery: might as well give it your best shot . . . who knows what could happen in the end ;)

Epigone
Oct 10th, 2003, 05:53 AM
Jenson Button had a massive engine failure, so he only completed 9 laps.

Montoya had technical problems and also completed only 9 laps. :mad:

Once again, Renault and Toyota have both cars in the top 10. However, I think that we'll have to wait until tomorrow to get a better idea of which teams will be strong.

BTW, I expect Takuma Sato to perform well here in front of his home crowd.

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 10th, 2003, 10:36 AM
Round 16: Japan: Qualification session 1

Driver Team Time Deficit Laps

1 Jarno Trulli Renault 01:30.281 3
2 Ralf Schumacher Williams 01:30.343 +00:00.062 3
3 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 01:30.464 +00:00.183 3 :yeah:
4 David Coulthard McLaren 01:30.482 +00:00.201 3 :eek:
5 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren 01:30.558 +00:00.277 3
6 Fernando Alonso Renault 01:30.624 +00:00.343 3
7 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 01:30.758 +00:00.477 3 :o ??
8 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams 01:31.201 +00:00.920 3 :rolls:
9 Mark Webber Jaguar 01:31.305 +00:01.024 3
10 Nick Heidfeld Sauber 01:31.783 +00:01.502 3
11 Takuma Sato BAR 01:31.832 +00:01.551 3
12 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber 01:31.892 +00:01.611 3
13 Olivier Panis Toyota 01:31.908 +00:01.627 3
14 Cristiano da Matta Toyota 01:32.256 +00:01.975 3
15 Justin Wilson Jaguar 01:32.291 +00:02.010 3
16 Jenson Button BAR 01:32.374 +00:02.093 3
17 Ralph Firman Jordan 01:33.057 +00:02.776 3
18 Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan 01:33.313 +00:03.032 3
19 Jos Verstappen Minardi 01:34.836 +00:04.555 3
20 Nicolas Kiesa Minardi 01:36.181 +00:05.900 3

King Aaron
Oct 10th, 2003, 06:02 PM
Ralf #2! :D :yeah:

Barrie_Dude
Oct 10th, 2003, 10:26 PM
http://www.ferrari.com/ferrari_start/images/gatepage/background.jpg
FERRARI!

GBFH
Oct 10th, 2003, 11:35 PM
:woohoo:

GO SCHUMI!!!!!!! GO FERRARI!!!!

Barrie_Dude
Oct 10th, 2003, 11:38 PM
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http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/crashnet/20031009/11/1537812042.jpg


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MICHAEL!

Barrie_Dude
Oct 10th, 2003, 11:39 PM
:woohoo:

GO SCHUMI!!!!!!! GO FERRARI!!!!I KNEW YOU WOULD ACTUALLY MAKE SENSE SOONER OR LATER! :lol:

GBFH
Oct 10th, 2003, 11:42 PM
what're you talking about barrie? ferrari's the only team i've ever rooted for. :confused:

Barrie_Dude
Oct 10th, 2003, 11:44 PM
what're you talking about barrie? ferrari's the only team i've ever rooted for. :confused:I Know! Just wanted to rib you! I was once also a McLaren fan and still have a soft spot as I recall watching Bruce McLaren race before he died.

GBFH
Oct 10th, 2003, 11:46 PM
I Know! Just wanted to rib you! I was once also a McLaren fan and still have a soft spot as I recall watching Bruce McLaren race before he died.

ahhhhhhhhh, gotcha ;)

did you root for mansel when he raced?

Colin B
Oct 10th, 2003, 11:51 PM
Also, in a shock announcement, Jacques Villeneuve will not be competing in Japan. I certainly hope that this is not the end of his F1 career. :sad:

This was apparently his decision following the announcement that his contract was not to be renewed for 2004. Villeneuve's manager, Craig Pollock phoned BAR team chairman, David Richards on Thursday to say the Canadian didn't want to compete.
The problem is: no team who might want to sign him would not be able to afford his £11m ($19m) asking fee.

Barrie_Dude
Oct 11th, 2003, 12:00 AM
ahhhhhhhhh, gotcha ;)

did you root for mansel when he raced?Mansel I have never really liked.

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 11th, 2003, 03:29 AM
I Know! Just wanted to rib you! I was once also a McLaren fan and still have a soft spot as I recall watching Bruce McLaren race before he died.

McLaren :mad: :fiery: they've always been the team i've hated.
probably cos i didn't like Prost.
good you turned away from the dark side :p

Epigone
Oct 11th, 2003, 08:23 AM
One-lap qualifying sux :mad: Everybody should have the opportunity to drive in the same conditions. It might make the grid look interesting, but it is a good way to destroy the championship. They should go back to having 12 laps. I want to see drivers over the limit on their hot-laps, instead of trying not to ruin their race by wrecking the car.

I hope that Ralf can battle through the field to score some points for the WCC. He showed in Hungary that he can overtake, but he generally stays behind other cars for a LONG time.

Anyway, the race should be pretty interesting, especially if there is no rain.

GO JUAN PABLO!! :drive:
GO WILLIAMS!! :bounce:
GO RALF!!
GO CRISTIANO!! :yeah:

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 11th, 2003, 09:58 AM
Round 16: Japan: Qualification Result

Driver Team Time Deficit Laps

1 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 01:31.713 3
2 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams 01:32.412 +00:00.699 3
3 Cristiano da Matta Toyota 01:32.419 +00:00.706 3
4 Olivier Panis Toyota 01:32.862 +00:01.149 3
5 Fernando Alonso Renault 01:33.044 +00:01.331 3
6 Mark Webber Jaguar 01:33.106 +00:01.393 3
7 David Coulthard McLaren 01:33.137 +00:01.424 3
8 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren 01:33.272 +00:01.559 3
9 Jenson Button BAR 01:33.474 +00:01.761 3
10 Justin Wilson Jaguar 01:33.558 +00:01.845 3
11 Nick Heidfeld Sauber 01:33.632 +00:01.919 3
12 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber 01:33.896 +00:02.183 3
13 Takuma Sato BAR 01:33.924 +00:02.211 3
14 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 01:34.302 +00:02.589 3
15 Ralph Firman Jordan 01:34.771 +00:03.058 3
16 Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan 01:34.912 +00:03.199 3
17 Jos Verstappen Minardi 01:34.975 +00:03.262 3
18 Nicolas Kiesa Minardi 01:37.226 +00:05.513 3
19 Ralf Schumacher Williams 2
20 Jarno Trulli Renault 1

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 11th, 2003, 09:59 AM
rain-affected Japanese Grand Prix qualifying has handed Kimi Raikkonen a crucial advantage over Michael Schumacher in the climax to the Formula One season.
The Finn begins Sunday's race eighth on the grid while the Ferrari of Schumacher is back down in 14th.

The German driver's team-mate Rubens Barrichello took pole in his Ferrari, in a time of one minute 31.73 seconds.

Both Raikkonen and Schumacher posted good times in Friday's session and began Saturday final qualifying in fifth and second places respectively.

But light drizzle came down just as Raikkonen left the pits to begin his qualifying run.

After the first split he was already a second down and by the next he had lost another 0.5secs.


If I win it will be good for Michael and the championship
Rubens Barrichello after taking pole
Ironically, team-mate Coulthard, who was in the spare car after Raikkonen had taken his as a result of an earlier practice incident, set a quicker time after following the Finn out of the pits.
Schumacher, who needs just a point to secure a record sixth championship, was next out and could only manage a time of 1.34.302, over a second slower than Raikkonen and nearly three seconds down on team-mate Barrichello.

Barrichello's pole is a big boost for Ferrari in their race for the constructors' championship.

Nearest challengers Williams, who are three points behind, have Juan Pablo Montoya on the front row with a time nearly 0.7secs slower than the Brazilian.


Barrichello was delighted with his efforts which he believes could help both his team-mate and employer.
"If I win it will be good for Michael and the championship so I will see what I can do," said the Brazilian.

"This is the qualifying system we have and it can work either way.

"The conditions were very misty and difficult so we will have to see what happens on Sunday as we have to remember the constructors' championship."

Montoya, whose title challenge fell away at Indianapolis, still has the chance of finishing second but said he was concentrating on the constructors' championship.

"It is important for me to win the race, that will help the team," said the Colombian.

"I am sure Ralf [Schumacher, his team-mate] will be able to make up lots of positions because he will have the power advantage. It is when he gets up to seventh that it will become more difficult."

Ralf Schumacher, who went out for qualifying second last, will start from the back after a spin during his qualifying run.

Joining him is Jarno Trulli, who was quickest on Friday. The Italian opted not to attempt a qualifying lap as a result of the conditions.

Toyota drivers Cristiano da Matta and Oliveir Panis took the second row, while Renault's Fernando Alonso joins Australian Mark Webber in his Jaguar a row behind.

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 11th, 2003, 10:02 AM
Trulli chickened out........ he went out of pits and did a 2 corners in his warm-up lap and stopped

Ralf tried his best but spun :rolls:
Schumi got a bad deal too...... but no spins
Jarkko was just a little unlucky..... rain just started as he went out

but Rubens was AWESOME :woohoo: :D

any takers that no brains Montoya takes him off again at 1st corner :rolleyes: ????

King Aaron
Oct 11th, 2003, 03:57 PM
Ralf. :mad: :( :( Stupid weather!!

alexusjonesfan
Oct 11th, 2003, 04:03 PM
Trulli chickened out........ he went out of pits and did a 2 corners in his warm-up lap and stopped

Ralf tried his best but spun :rolls:
Schumi got a bad deal too...... but no spins
Jarkko was just a little unlucky..... rain just started as he went out

but Rubens was AWESOME :woohoo: :D

any takers that no brains Montoya takes him off again at 1st corner :rolleyes: ????

Who's Jarkko?
Toyota :eek: :bounce: I hope they're next year's Renault :angel:

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 11th, 2003, 07:56 PM
i meant Kimi :o
dunno why i said Jarkko :help:

alexusjonesfan
Oct 11th, 2003, 07:58 PM
i meant Kimi :o
dunno why i said Jarkko :help:

lol, it's one more Finn than you can handle ;)

TennisHack
Oct 11th, 2003, 08:07 PM
McLaren :mad: :fiery: they've always been the team i've hated.

And yet, somehow we still get along swimmingly :) :kiss:

Too bad the tennis fans around this place can't be like that :o

TennisHack
Oct 11th, 2003, 08:09 PM
i meant Kimi :o
dunno why i said Jarkko :help:

Because of my influence, of course :D Finns are taking over the sporting world, best get used to it! ;)

Nikki
Oct 11th, 2003, 08:14 PM
C'mon Michael bring home title no.6:)

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 11th, 2003, 08:37 PM
Cmon Rubens!

Epigone
Oct 12th, 2003, 02:52 AM
any takers that no brains Montoya takes him off again at 1st corner :rolleyes: ????

It was a racing incident. Rubens is over it, so why can't you be over it as well? :)

Vut
Oct 12th, 2003, 02:53 AM
:sad: Villeneuve
Go! Button & Sato

:hearts:

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 03:09 AM
McLaren :mad: :fiery: they've always been the team i've hated.
probably cos i didn't like Prost.
good you turned away from the dark side :p
Actually, I quite like Prost!

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 03:09 AM
Cmon Rubens!
I will second the motion!

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 03:11 AM
Trulli chickened out........ he went out of pits and did a 2 corners in his warm-up lap and stopped

Ralf tried his best but spun :rolls:
Schumi got a bad deal too...... but no spins
Jarkko was just a little unlucky..... rain just started as he went out

but Rubens was AWESOME :woohoo: :D

any takers that no brains Montoya takes him off again at 1st corner :rolleyes: ????
Rubens is a much better driver than he gets credit for. Do you recall 2002 at Silverstone he drove from last to second in the rain?

Epigone
Oct 12th, 2003, 05:16 AM
Rubens is a much better driver than he gets credit for. Do you recall 2002 at Silverstone he drove from last to second in the rain?

Yeah, that was a pretty good drive. However, his Bridgestones were 2 seconds per lap faster than the Michelin runners, so he was able to overtake a ton of cars when it started to rain. He also had a spin near the end of the race and then Montoya overtook him after they both exited the pits. I think that his best race was Austria 2002. It's a pity the race ended the way it did :mad:.

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2003, 06:49 AM
Montoya out of race :crazy:

Schumi went into Sato ,trying a stupid move and had his nose dented
back of field :mad:

Kimi is 4th

Rubens leads

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2003, 06:50 AM
and Ralf already spun twice :lol:

Ferrari to win Contructors :D

pit-stop time

korben
Oct 12th, 2003, 06:51 AM
Come on da Matta, make room for the Champion :rolleyes:

korben
Oct 12th, 2003, 06:52 AM
Thank you

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 06:58 AM
Montoya out of race :crazy:

Schumi went into Sato ,trying a stupid move and had his nose dented
back of field :mad:

Kimi is 4th

Rubens leads
RUBENS

korben
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:01 AM
Looks like Kimi got bad tire set. DC is 0.6-0.7 seconds faster / lap :(

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:03 AM
Alonso out too
Kimi moves up tp 3rd

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:05 AM
Alonso out too
Kimi moves up tp 3rd
:eek: Someone Take Kimi Out! :eek:

Epigone
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:06 AM
Montoya out of race :crazy:

Schumi went into Sato ,trying a stupid move and had his nose dented
back of field :mad:

Kimi is 4th

Rubens leads

Yeah, you should be cheering :rolleyes: :fiery:

That car is a heap of junk. That's two car failures while he's been leading. Montoya's WDC has been lost due to reliability (and a few small mistakes ;))
Ralf :rolleyes:
And why does hothead Schumi always make contact with people? :lol:

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:14 AM
Rubens 2 secs a lap faster than Kimi :D :)

go Rubens go

Epigone
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:17 AM
It looks as though Rubens is in complete control.

Cristiano :bigclap: :yeah:

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:34 AM
Michael is 6th? Than this is over! Michael win 6th Championship! All he needed was 1 point.

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:46 AM
he was 6th
after pit-stops he's 8th

Ralf nearly took Schumi off and lost his front wing :mad: :fiery:

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:49 AM
he was 6th
after pit-stops he's 8th

Ralf nearly took Schumi off and lost his front wing :mad: :fiery:
Ralf or Michael losing front wing? :eek:

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:55 AM
Ralf lost his

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:59 AM
Ralf lost his
Thank Gawd It Was A Williams And Not A Ferrari!

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2003, 07:59 AM
Rubens wins the GP :woohoo: :D :banana:

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2003, 08:01 AM
congrats Rubens :D

Schumi WORLD CHAMP again for 6th time :woohoo: :worship:

Ferrari wins constructors title :D :banana:

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 08:02 AM
Rubens wins the GP :woohoo: :D :banana:
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Way To Go Rubens!

Epigone
Oct 12th, 2003, 08:03 AM
Congratulations to Michael on his WDC and Ferrari on their WCC :yeah:

If Williams build a decent car next year, Montoya will be world champion :bigclap:

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 08:04 AM
congrats Rubens :D

Schumi WORLD CHAMP again for 6th time :woohoo: :worship:

Ferrari wins constructors title :D :banana:
:bounce: :hug: :smooch: :bigclap: :clap2: :bowdown: :worship: :dance: :hatoff: :rocker: :drive: :banana: :inlove:

Vut
Oct 12th, 2003, 08:40 AM
Japan: Grand Prix
BL : R.SCHUMACHER 1'33.408
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
P. No Driver Team - Engine Tyres Gaps/Laps Average Stops
1. 2 BARRICHELLO Ferrari B 1h25'11"740 217.136 Km/h 3
2. 6 RAIKKONEN McLaren Mercedes M + 0'11"085 216.666 Km/h 2
3. 5 COULTHARD McLaren Mercedes M + 0'11"614 216.643 Km/h 3
4. 17 BUTTON BAR Honda B + 0'33"106 215.738 Km/h 2
5. 7 TRULLI Renault M + 0'34"269 215.690 Km/h 2
6. 16 SATO BAR Honda B + 0'51"692 214.962 Km/h 2
7. 21 DA MATTA Toyota M + 0'56"794 214.750 Km/h 3
8. 1 M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari B + 0'59"487 214.638 Km/h 3

9. 9 HEIDFELD Sauber Petronas B + 1'00"159 214.610 Km/h 2
10. 20 PANIS Toyota M + 1'01"844 214.540 Km/h 3
11. 14 WEBBER Jaguar Cosworth M + 1'11"005 214.161 Km/h 3
12. 4 R.SCHUMACHER Williams BMW M 1 lap(s) 4
13. 15 WILSON Jaguar Cosworth M 1 lap(s) 3
14. 12 FIRMAN Jordan Ford B 1 lap(s) 2
15. 19 VERSTAPPEN Minardi Cosworth B 2 lap(s) 2
16. 18 KIESA Minardi Cosworth B 3 lap(s) 2

Do Not Finish
17. 11 FISICHELLA Jordan Ford B 20 lap(s) 1
18. 8 ALONSO Renault M 36 lap(s) 1
19. 10 FRENTZEN Sauber Petronas B 44 lap(s) 1
20. 3 MONTOYA Williams BMW M 44 lap(s) 0

-------------------------------

:hearts: BAR Honda up to 5 in Teams Championship standings
CONGRATS TO SCHUMI ON TITLE NUMBER SIX !! :D
Good luck Button & Sato in next season.
Bye Bye Villeneuve you are my hero. :D

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 08:42 AM
Congratulations to Michael on his WDC and Ferrari on their WCC :yeah:

If Williams build a decent car next year, Montoya will be world champion :bigclap:
So you are promising a 7TH Title For Michael? :p

Vut
Oct 12th, 2003, 08:50 AM
Driver
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+ 3 Points for Sato.

Team
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:bounce: :bounce:

kku
Oct 12th, 2003, 09:58 AM
Go BAR-Honda!!! :bounce: :worship: :D

Finally, the team does something right :yeah:

And congrats to Rubens, Schumi, Ferrari and Bridgestone!!! :)

Barrie_Dude
Oct 12th, 2003, 10:19 AM
The Car
That Won
The Constructors
Championship!

Roxers
Oct 12th, 2003, 10:20 AM
:bigclap: :bigclap: SCHUMI :bigclap: :bigclap:

vutt
Oct 12th, 2003, 01:18 PM
Congrats Schumi! :)

Nikki
Oct 12th, 2003, 01:42 PM
:worship: Congrats Michael :worship:
Congrat Reubens
:worship: Congrats Ferrari :worship:
:bowdown: :woohoo: :bowdown: :woohoo: :yippee: :yippee:

King Aaron
Oct 12th, 2003, 06:01 PM
he was 6th
after pit-stops he's 8th

Ralf nearly took Schumi off and lost his front wing :mad: :fiery:
It wasn't his fault. Michael was moving left and then right! He tried to get close to Da Matta as well and then had nowhere to go causing Ralf to run into him. :fiery: :mad:

TennisHack
Oct 12th, 2003, 08:36 PM
Well at least Kimi didn't lose to Shumi. He was salvaged some dignity ;)

Congrats to Rubens, the "nice" Ferrari driver :D

Colin B
Oct 13th, 2003, 05:39 PM
Congrats to Michael!! :)

Race was a bit of a disappointment really, especially since I missed the start. I thought it started at 8 a.m here... :fiery:

Interestingly, they showed a review of the season after the race, and there was an interview with Kimi after his "win" was given back to Fisi in Brazil. And he said something like:

"I have no problem, it´s fair. So long as the 2 points don´t cost me come the end of the season."

Oh, the irony!! :tape:
Good point, although that would have put them level and Michael would have won anyway as he won more races.

Not to take anything away from Kimi. He was just three points away from the 2003 title despite driving (what was in effect) the 2002 car. Remember all those statements from McLaren - 'New car by Brazil, New car at Silverstone, then Germany.....' They claimed it was going to beat everyone but it never appeared! It must have been a pile o' shite!

maratski
Oct 16th, 2003, 09:34 PM
Congrats to Rubens and Michael.

Can't say I'm pleased, but at least he won in an honest way this year ;)