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Source is the Sydney Morning Herald Online/Fairfax Digital ( http://www.smh.com.au/news/Breaking-News/McLaren-dominates-F1-practice-session/2005/03/04/1109700671780.html )

McLaren has thrown down the gauntlet to Ferrari ahead of Sunday's Australian Formula One Grand Prix, dominating the timesheets in Friday's practice sessions.

McLaren-Mercedes set three of the fastest times for the day, with third driver Pedro De La Rosa topping the timesheets with a 1.25.376 - less than a second off last year's pole position time.

While De La Rosa was running a different program as he will not be involved in qualifying or the race, McLaren could take great confidence from Kimi Raikkonen running second and Juan-Pablo Montoya fifth in Friday's second session.

"It's been an encouraging start to the weekend," McLaren team principal Ron Dennis said.

"The entire team has worked hard to prepare for the first race in 2005 and today was no exception."

Splitting the three McLarens was Williams-BMW's Nick Heidfeld, who was 1.4 seconds quicker than Mark Webber, although the Australian was not panicked, insisting the true test will only come on Sunday.

In the second session we had a small problem with the fuel system of the car and we lost some time there but the mechanics got it fixed pretty quickly," Webber said.

"We spent our time mainly testing tyres and also saving the engine for the race and the next weekend."

The other man splitting the McLarens was a certain Michael Schumacher.

The seven-time world champion had warned before this race that Ferrari will be behind the eight-ball because it was using a modified version of last year's car.

While Friday's sessions were only practice, Ferrari had made a habit in past years of dominating them at this season's opener, which they did not manage on Friday.

Ferrari was pacing itself for a 19-race season, in which engines have to last for two races.

"It looks as though our pre-season idea of who would be our main opposition was pretty accurate, although I was surprised at the pace of the Red Bull and Sauber cars," Schumacher said.

Sauber's Felipe Massa finished sixth quickest in the second session, while Red Bull - making their F1 debut - had its moment of glory when third driver Vitantonio Luzzi set the top time in the morning session, with his time ultimately being the fourth-fastest of the day.

Renault had been flagged as the most realistic threat to Ferrari this season, and spent today concentrating purely on testing tyre and engine settings.

Jordan were predictably the strugglers of the day, with none of their three drivers able to get much more than within three seconds of the best times, but at least they turned a wheel unlike Minardi.

The Australian-owned Minardi team was refused permission by stewards to race, having failed in a bid to get unanimous support from rival teams to run the 2004 car, which does not meet new regulations.
This is going to be an extremely close call!

Fingers crossed for Ferrari and Schumacher.
 

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I was down at the track and yes the Macs were impressive. But they ran so many laps to post the times and then it only came in the last 5 min of the session. Michael ran very few laps and at one time about 10 min from the end headed the time sheet. With the new regulations on engine life and tyres, I think Ferrari is conserving while McLaren is going all out in the first race. Perhaps they are desperate to do well but I think conserving the engine is a lso a big part of the strategy and McLaren may pay dearly in their second race?
 

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Re: "McLaren dominates F1 practice session" SMH 4/

backindauk said:
This is going to be an extremely close call!

Fingers crossed for Ferrari and Schumacher.
NO !!!
 

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What exactly are the new regulations in Formula-1? Especially the ones concerning engines.
 

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Basosz said:
backindauk said:
This is going to be an extremely close call!

Fingers crossed for Ferrari and Schumacher.
NO !!!
It worked :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
 

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Re: "McLaren dominates F1 practice session" SMH 4/

Stradale said:
Basosz said:
Basosz said:
backindauk said:
This is going to be an extremely close call!

Fingers crossed for Ferrari and Schumacher.
NO !!!
It worked :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
If you're so anti-Ferrari, what are you doing in this forum?
Stirring things up off course :p It's way more fun to have a difference of opinion than to agree with everyone... "Ferrari is great", "Yes it is"... that's no discussion. Besides... there really are some interesting non-ferrari topics here and there.

And Dr.Bob is here to keep me from demoralizing every single one of you :) Plus he also likes to show me pictures from the board from time to time... and for that I need to have a login-code.

And again... there really, really are some great topics about non-ferrari related issues here.
 

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U R an AntiFerrari. Yes it is not amaizing. But what is Ur arguments on. Ferrari is great? Yes! Lamborghini is good? Yeas! But not Great!!! Lambo is going down my friend!! Ferrari is going up! Lambo is ruled at worst by VW they cannot concure with Ferrari, all they can do is to fight Porsche and American Muscle Cars. The most Lamborghini is selled to rapStars in USA.... Ferrari in the most is selled do people who know a lot in autosport (I don't mean Ferrari spiders).... So lets talk about late '70s when Lamborghini & Bugati was rivals for Ferrari..... Real Rivals...
 

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4FERRARI said:
U R an AntiFerrari. Yes it is not amaizing. But what is Ur arguments on. Ferrari is great? Yes! Lamborghini is good? Yeas! But not Great!!! Lambo is going down my friend!! Ferrari is going up! Lambo is ruled at worst by VW they cannot concure with Ferrari, all they can do is to fight Porsche and American Muscle Cars. The most Lamborghini is selled to rapStars in USA.... Ferrari in the most is selled do people who know a lot in autosport (I don't mean Ferrari spiders).... So lets talk about late '70s when Lamborghini & Bugati was rivals for Ferrari..... Real Rivals...
I'll try to decipher this one...

I have no arguments to hate ferrari. What arguments do you have to love it ? Because it's selling a lot of cars ? That's not a very good reason to like any car in my opinion. Opel sells millions of cars... I still don't like em more than Lambo or Saleen.

I just don't like em. I think they are too bloody arrogant for their own good. just look at what enzo said to Mr. Lamborgini when he offered a few pointers to Enzo about how to improve his cars... he said "I don't need advice from someone who builds tractors"... the sheer arrogance of that got Lambo to build the Miura.

ferrari's are not sold to people who know a lot of autoracing. ferrari's are sold to people who like ferrari. People who know a lot of autoracing don't always buy a ferrari. My dad for example... he absolutely LOVES formula 1, rally, Indycar etcetera and knows a lot about it... but he bought a Fiat 500. That's just pure class.

I myself know a lot of autosport... and I loathe ferrari. Where's your argument know?

So... your post is full of errors. But that's just my opinion...
 

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Basosz said:
the sheer arrogance of that got Lambo to build the Miura.
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Bas

The Miura wasn't the 1st Lambo, but the 350GTV was, then the 350GT, 350GTS, 400GT, 400GT2+2 and then we finally reach the Miura's around the same time with the Islero's :wink:
 

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Paritet

U R half right, half not...
I love Ferrari because of their ideology of car building, not because of selling quantity... I love pure cars, hard suspension, natural aspired engine with over 8000 rpm and with fiability tend to be 100hp/liter. Such a cars are very few (most Ferrari, some BMW, some Honda etc).
About Ur arguments I can say : It is fair. I agree with Ur point of view but I still have my own one.
what about Enzo, he was an iceman. He lived in an strenght dirrection, but this direction was a corect one. Ferrari SpA survived and is growing.
I do not have any reasons to hate Lamborghini, I just conssider that Lambo are in a different world than Ferrari. Lamborghini builds supercars but different one, pretty good, better then many others, but in a different ideology then Ferrari.
Thats all. Everyone has his own point of view. I know Urs, U know mine... :wink:
 

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Dj Dirk said:
Basosz said:
the sheer arrogance of that got Lambo to build the Miura.
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Bas

The Miura wasn't the 1st Lambo, but the 350GTV was, then the 350GT, 350GTS, 400GT, 400GT2+2 and then we finally reach the Miura's around the same time with the Islero's :wink:
Ah who cares. It was still a pretty bloody arrogant attitude that mr ferrari adopted. Not my cup of tea
 

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Basosz said:
Bas

The Miura wasn't the 1st Lambo, but the 350GTV was, then the 350GT, 350GTS, 400GT, 400GT2+2 and then we finally reach the Miura's around the same time with the Islero's :wink:
Ah who cares. It was still a pretty bloody arrogant attitude that mr ferrari adopted. Not my cup of tea[/quote]

basically he was a stuborn italian guy with a passion for racing
so there are a lot more around like that
 

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Basosz said:
Dj Dirk said:
Basosz said:
the sheer arrogance of that got Lambo to build the Miura.
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Bas

The Miura wasn't the 1st Lambo, but the 350GTV was, then the 350GT, 350GTS, 400GT, 400GT2+2 and then we finally reach the Miura's around the same time with the Islero's :wink:
Ah who cares. It was still a pretty bloody arrogant attitude that mr ferrari adopted. Not my cup of tea
The world is FULL of arrogance, expecially when talking about proffessional competetive sports, its healthy. But I fail to see the link between one arrogant (In your opinion) comment and the rest of the Ferrari company. I say "In your opinion" because you do not know the context of that statement at all, it was quoted some time ago. You also don't know the personal details of the relationship between these two guys. Of course I'm basing that on the assumtion you were not personal friends of either of these men....so in all truth, Mr Lambo could quite possibly of deserved that comment at that time. Even still the man has been dead for how many years now?? And I sure as heck don't think Enzo Ferrari's attitude has much to do with Ferrari these days.
So excuse me if I can't understand how one comes to the conclusion that Ferrari is arrogant....I guess maybe because they seem to think that they are the team to beat all the time.... I wonder what would give them that impression.
 

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4FERRARI said:
I love Ferrari because of their ideology of car building, not because of selling quantity... I love pure cars, hard suspension, natural aspired engine with over 8000 rpm and with fiability tend to be 100hp/liter. Such a cars are very few (most Ferrari, some BMW, some Honda etc).
There are a lot of other manufacturers who make cars like that. So what makes you like ferrari so much? I'm kind of guessing you can't explain. It's probably that little feeling in pit of your stomach that makes you feel on top of the world when you see one. Well... that same feeling in the pit of the somach makes me dislike ferrari. I can't really explain it. I just don't like em. The old ones are pretty cool... but that's not because they are ferrari.... that's because of the love of the owners. They sometimes treat a car better than they treat their wife. They are restored to the original quality... there's hundreds of hours of love put into that car... so you might say I like good car-care... But I also like that when someone has a Fiat 500 or an old Mercedes 540K Roadster even when I despise modern mercedes and fiat isn't even worth mentioning after the Multipla...

So tell me... why do you like ferrari? Cos I can't explain why I don't
 

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Basosz said:
So tell me... why do you like ferrari? Cos I can't explain why I don't
By the time people ask this I quit. I you have to ask this, you will never understand. Just like when people ask: What is nice about a Fiat 500, it is small, slow and uncomfortable. Then you will answer with subjective replies like: it's got class. Well, that is not something you can discuss because it is subjective, so:

please stop this nonsense discussion go back ontopic.
a this is not the place to discuss it,
b who cares that basosz does not like Ferrari anyway?
 
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