F1 Comments Live: Australia FP3

Live Comments have closed for free practice – see below for a transcript of the discussion (warning – long page) and to add more comments.

The first F1 Comments Live of 2008 has started – use the link above to join the discussion on the third practice session live from Melbourne. Read on for more information about the session and track – and tips on where you might be able to watch it online.

Albert Park, Melbourne, track map

2008 Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Circuit diagram

Track information

2007 pole position: Kimi Raikkonen 1’26.072
2007 fastest race lap: Kimi Raikkonen 1’25.235

Full throttle: 65% of lap
Top speed: 303kph (188mph)
Longest flat-out section: 10 seconds / 735m (803yd)
Gearshifts per lap: 60
Tyre wear: medium/low
Brake wear: high
Downforce level: high
(Source: BMW 2007)

Track and event links

How can I watch F1 live online?

ITV are apparently not broadcasting the third practice session live.

TVlizer carries some sports channels live, including Eurosport France which carries some F1 practice sessions.

The ‘Wheels’ channel on TVU may be showing practice live. You will need to download the TVU player to view it.

There’s usually plenty of discussion about where to find the session in the comments so do check in to see what other people are using.

Live timing

You can follow live timing at the official Formula 1 site, which requires free registration.

F1 Comments Live: Australia FP3 transcript

0:20
Hello and welcome to F1 Live Comments for the 2008 Australian Grand Prix third practice session.
0:22
It’s 23:22 here in Britain so the start of the session is 38 minutes away.
0:30
Click here for an F1Fanatic post with track map, circuit information, and tips for where you can watch the session on the internet.
0:31
[Comment From LeDfoot]
30 mins and counting.. hello there, 1st time for me using this, it a new feature?
0:31
Yep this is brand new, first time I’ve run it, and you’re the first person to comment on it!

0:32
Where are you joining us from?
0:32
[Comment From LeDfoot]
cool
0:32
[Comment From LeDfoot]
I’m joining in from near Ennis, Ireland
0:32
Cool – are you able to watch the practice there?
0:33
[Comment From LeDfoot]
ya, I just hooked up a satellite dish the other day, was able to catch the practice last night
0:33
Excellent – I’m hunting around on the internet for somewhere to watch it right now! Otherwise it’ll just be plain ol’ live timing on F1.com
0:34
[Comment From LeDfoot]
ya, wheels or tvants/sopcast
0:34
I’ve got wheels here on TVU, it drops every now and then but quality is good when it plays properly.
0:34
[Comment From LeDfoot]
Your comment has been sent. Please note, the host determines which comments are published or not.www.myp2p.eu, on the forum there’s a motorsport section, I got a feed last night for a mate tjhere
0:35
Cool I’ll give that a try now thanks!
0:35
[Comment From LeDfoot]

http://www.myp2pforum.eu/motorsports/14072-f1-2008-season.html

0:37
[Comment From LeDfoot]
there was also a link in there somwhere to the direct url for the itv stream, got around the ip restriction (cant watch itv-f1 video in ireland)
0:37
Yeah ITV aren’t showing FP3, which is strange because they showed FP1 and FP2.
0:37
‘m trying the Sopcast now, but it’s telling me it doesn’t know how to open SOP files?
0:38
[Comment From LeDfoot]
ach, itv’s mentality towards f1 baffles me sometimes
0:38
I suspect it’s Bernie’s doing!
0:39
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0:39
[Comment From LeDfoot]
ah, thx for the freedom to spam yer chat :)
0:39
[Comment From LeDfoot]
you have sopcast installed tho?
0:39
No I’ve never heard of it!
0:39
[Comment From LeDfoot]
Your comment has been sent.I had that problem yesterday, I opend sopcast 1st then clicked on the link
0:40
[Comment From LeDfoot]
sopcast is yet another of those p2p tv streaming programs, there’s about 6 of em that are used regularly
0:40
Ah OK. I’ll try and snag that now then before the session starts.
0:41
[Comment From LeDfoot]

http://www.myp2p.eu/software.php?part=software

0:46
Hi there Don
0:47
[Comment From Don Speekingleesh]
howdy!
0:47
LeD’s been helping me find somewhere to watch the practice – are you all set?
0:47
[Comment From Don Speekingleesh]
Just have live timing open
0:48
I see you around on the web a lot and I’ve never asked where you are?
0:48
[Comment From LeDfoot]
hmm, the autoscrolling doesnt seem to work for me, it keeps refreshing to the top of the pagehmm, wheels isnt showing fp3 either
0:50
[Comment From Don Speekingleesh]
I’m in Dublin, Ireland
0:50
[Comment From Phillip]
Sorry LeD the autoscrolling on what? This chat window?
0:50
Sorry LeD the autoscrolling on what? This chat window?
0:50
[Comment From Robert McKay]
wow fancy
0:51
Hi Robert!
0:51
[Comment From Robert McKay]
hello there!
0:51
You watching the practice somehow?
0:52
Oh good the poll’s working I was wondering!
0:52
[Comment From Robert McKay]
i’ve just jinxed lewis’ chances but hey
0:52
[Comment From LeDfoot]
ya, the chatwindow, keeps refreshing to the top of the page, whether I have autoscroll on or off, using ffox3
0:52
[Comment From LeDfoot]
Your comment has been sent.gonna try ie now
0:52
[Comment From Robert McKay]
i’ve got the live timing at least
0:53
[Comment From LeDtoes]
testing…
0:54
If anyone else has any problems do let me know, obviously this is the first time I’ve done this.
0:55
[Comment From Robert McKay]
anyone want to predict a williams revival this session?
0:55
[Comment From LeDtoes]
ya, seems fine in ie6
0:55
I’ve got a stream for Speed TV here, there’s a NASCAR programme on at the moment but it’s supposed to be F1 next. Montoya was on a minute ago.
0:56
Yeah I think Williams will do better – but I think BMW and Renault will be ahead of them.
0:56
[Comment From LeDtoes]
I had the stream open on speed a few min ago, thought they were only showing qually?
0:56
Will know in a minute! I am trying that link you sent me btw LeD
0:57
[Comment From Robert McKay]
you think red bull are going to fall back then?
0:57
I think they were running a bit light but when it comes to it Webber will definitely get in Q3.
0:58
[Comment From LeDtoes]
the sopcast stream is offline at the mo too
0:58
Ah damn I’d just got it working!
0:58
Session starts in 2 minutes…
0:59
[Comment From Robert McKay]
be interesting to see how the itv servers cope tonight with quali
0:59
Seeing as it’s on the TV I would have thought it wouldn’t be as much of a problem. I don’t understand why they didn’t announce earlier that it was going to be on live to gauge interest.
0:59
[Comment From LeDtoes]
I have a link here for the itv stream for non uk users
1:00
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1:00
[Comment From Robert McKay]
it seems a bit last minute, the itv deal, doesn’t it?
1:00
Yeah I thought so. And I can’t imagine why they haven’t got FP3 as well?
1:00
[Comment From LeDtoes]
httpitv-80.vo.llnwd.netd1broadbandf1simulcastPlayer.html – that worked ok last night for US and Ireland
1:00
[Comment From LeDtoes]

http://itv-80.vo.llnwd.netd1broadbandf1simulcastPlayer.html

1:01
[Comment From Robert McKay]
yes, to go to the hassle of getting all the session bar that one is bizarre
1:02
[Comment From doctorvee]
Hi guys
1:02
Evening Vee! Good to see you mate.
1:02
[Comment From Robert McKay]
evening doctorvee
1:02
[Comment From doctorvee]
I dunno, but i always got the impression that practice 3 is a bit ignored compared to friday practice in general?
1:02
Like your new site btw.
1:02
[Comment From doctorvee]
Thanks Keith
1:02
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1:02
Session is underway.
1:03
And no, Speed aren’t covering it :-(
1:05
Lots of installation laps… and now the lull. Who will be first out to do a proper lap? It was Bourdais yesterday but presumably Piquet could do with getting some laps under his belt.
1:05
[Comment From LeDtoes]
Glock too
1:06
[Comment From Robert McKay]
presumably the williams boys have got a lot of work to get through as well
1:07
You can see a very poor quality stream on TVLizer Eurosport France – http://www.tvlizer.com/content/view/203/335/
1:07
[Comment From Scootin159]
oh sweet… is this new or was this up last night too?
1:08
Nope this is brand new! Welcome Scootin!
1:08
[Comment From Robert McKay]
not sure about these new FOM driver biog. graphics, it’s qute cheesy
1:08
[Comment From Robert McKay]
quite even
1:08
Yup Williams need some reliability. So do McLaren – apparently at least one of their cars (don’t know which) has a gearbox problem.
1:08
[Comment From doctorvee]
Wow, you weren;’t joking when you said it was poor quality!
1:08
[Comment From LeDtoes]
another sopcast stream – but you need to use both vlc and sopcast to see it, but it works!!!
1:08
Can you send the link mate?
1:09
[Comment From LeDtoes]
ya, 1 sec….
1:09
[Comment From LeDtoes]
sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/44000
1:09
I did try that a minute ago but it crashed it!
1:10
[Comment From LeDtoes]
that will open in sopcast, but you’ll only get a black screen. You then have to open vlc and connect to network stream>http, 127.0.0.1:8902
1:10
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1:10
[Comment From LeDtoes]
it takes a minute to start too
1:10
OK cheers
1:10
[Comment From LeDtoes]
about 1min behind realtime here, so not too bad. sometimes those p2p2 proggies can be 3-4min behind
1:11
[Comment From doctorvee]
Looiks like bourdais is first to do a proper lap
1:11
Bourdais and Davidson have done another couple of installation laps. I’m a bit worried about Davidson’s future at the team following the Magma takeover. The team’s reasons for him not doing all his laps yesterday seemed odd too.
1:11
[Comment From Robert McKay]
what reason did they give?
1:11
[Comment From LeDtoes]
what was the official reason, saving parts?
1:11
[Comment From doctorvee]
Re davidson? Really? He sounded really upbeat on Radio 5 live earlier today
1:13
[Comment From Christopher]
Hi all. Just to say, the scrolling problem someone else had, I also had in Firefox 3.
1:13
Basically yeah, here’s the quote: “We exceeded a design parameter and we once again encountered some issues with cooling, so we need to address these areas this evening to allow us to complete a few more miles tomorrow.”
1:13
Hi Christopher, sorry about the scrolling problem, it might only be an FF3 thing which I’ve not had time to test in – I only set this up today!
1:14
Brilliant thanks LeD I can see it now!
1:14
[Comment From LeDtoes]
get that sopcast stream to work?
1:14
[Comment From LeDtoes]
Your comment has been sent.excellent!
1:15
[Comment From Christopher]
Oh no problem. Just wanted to confirm it. Weird move about the ITV non-coverage too.
1:16
[Comment From Robert McKay]
there must be a good reason for that, surely
1:16
[Comment From LeDtoes]
a lot cooler in melbourne today…and tyhe track shouldnt be as green, you reckon times will be much quicker?
1:16
[Comment From LeDtoes]
Biig, slide for glock, ran wide at 2nd last bend
1:16
I think so, especially when they bolt on the softs at the end for the qually sims.
1:16
[Comment From LeDtoes]
fisi off too
1:16
[Comment From doctorvee]
Yeah, that’s quite a big one for Glock
1:16
[Comment From LeDtoes]
softs werent too good yesterday
1:17
[Comment From doctorvee]
Fisi went off a couple of times yesterday as well didn’t he?
1:17
[Comment From LeDtoes]
yip
1:17
[Comment From LeDtoes]
and massa had no luck with toyotas yersterday
1:17
Yep he had a spin at T9. Think softs will be better once the track rubbers in and the temperature drops.
1:17
[Comment From Scootin159]
for some reason firefox keeps crashing on me, not sure if it’s the live chat, f1 live timing or the french video thing
1:17
Which version of FF?
1:18
[Comment From doctorvee]
I’m fine on Firefox 2
1:18
[Comment From LeDtoes]
its great to see the cars moving ans squirming so much more than last year
1:18
[Comment From Scootin159]
2.0.latest on XP
1:19
[Comment From Christopher]
Scootin159: It’s definitely the french video thing. It crashed firefox 3 for me twice last night. I had to use a different browser
1:19
[Comment From Scootin159]
fyi, now have chat & live timing in IE7 & it’s running smooth (video still in FF)
1:19
[Comment From doctorvee]
It really is noticeable isn’t it? So many people were saying that TC wouldn’t make much difference, but I think it is quite noticeable how many people are sliding on the exit of corners now
1:19
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1:19
Definitely – Hamilton’s slide yesterday was epic!
1:19
[Comment From Robert McKay]
can’t wait to see how the cars are handling at the end of a long stint
1:19
[Comment From LeDtoes]
and backing it into the corners a bit, it’s braking where it visually seems to have a big efect imo
1:19
[Comment From Scootin159]
lol, I was just gonna say the same thing
1:19
Glock goes fastest – 27.7
1:20
[Comment From Scootin159]
looks much cooler today than yesterday
1:20
[Comment From LeDtoes]
10 deg cooler, it’s only 23deg
1:20
[Comment From LeDtoes]
track is in low 30’s tho
1:21
Wind speed has dropped a lot as well – a lot of the teams were saying the drivers were going off because of the wind.
1:21
Massa pips Glock.
1:21
Raikkonen on a hot one.
1:21
[Comment From LeDtoes]
alonso too
1:21
[Comment From Ollie]
Hi Keith, this is a bit fancy isn’t it!?
1:21
Welcome Ollie!
1:21
[Comment From Robert McKay]
Hamilton on track
1:22
Have you managed to get any video of the session?
1:22
[Comment From LeDtoes]
that’s a bit better from renno
1:22
[Comment From doctorvee]
Hi Ollie!
1:22
Raikkonen and Alonso post 27.4s
1:22
[Comment From Robert McKay]
evening ollie
1:22
[Comment From Ollie]
Nope. TVU isn’t Mac friendly. F1 Live Timing for me.
1:22
[Comment From Ollie]
Howdy everyone. Just catching up!
1:22
[Comment From Kassanova]
sup guys
1:22
[Comment From LeDtoes]
hallo all
1:22
Evening Kassanova.
1:23
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1:23
[Comment From Robert McKay]
hi Kassanova
1:23
[Comment From Kassanova]
Love you site bro!
1:23
[Comment From Scootin159]
Alonso tops the charts…
1:23
Cheers mate!
1:23
[Comment From LeDtoes]
webber going ok again
1:23
[Comment From Ollie]
It’s early days, but Williams look better today.
1:23
[Comment From doctorvee]
Nakajima in 4th,m that’s not bad
1:24
[Comment From LeDtoes]
ya, nakajima up there…
1:24
BTW guys if you fancy a laugh I was interviewed on New Zealand radio a few hours ago – audio is on the blog. It’s the first time anyone has said G’day to me…
1:24
[Comment From LeDtoes]
tsk lewis, running wide!
1:24
[Comment From Kassanova]
thanks for the vlc tip, i was watching the crap feed on tvlizer!
1:24
[Comment From LeDtoes]
and ruining kimis lap
1:24
[Comment From doctorvee]
Oh dear I’ve just seen that!
1:25
VLC’s crashed on me
1:25
VLC’s crashed on me
1:25
[Comment From doctorvee]
Where’s Piquet??
1:25
[Comment From LeDtoes]
damned free software !!
1:25
[Comment From Kassanova]
that is so weird though, you have to run vlc and sopcast at the same time….
1:25
[Comment From Ollie]
Piquet is doing a ’07 Kovy I think.
1:25
[Comment From Scootin159]
lol, just a random thought as I sit here drinking my labatt’s… is canadian beer as popular in the UK as it is in the US?
1:25
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1:26
[Comment From Ollie]
Scootin, about as popular as British beer in the UK!
1:26
[Comment From Kassanova]
thanks for that..
1:26
[Comment From LeDtoes]
see it here occasionally (ireland) but the excetpion rather than the norm
1:26
[Comment From LeDtoes]
hamilton is fighting the car abit
1:26
[Comment From LeDtoes]
doesnt seem as smooth as yesterday
1:27
[Comment From Scootin159]
lol, sounds like here… the US beers seem to be relegated to trailer parks pretty much around here
1:27
[Comment From LeDtoes]
bourdais and vettel are v close
1:28
Some previous best times for comparison:

2007
FP1 – 1’29.214 Alonso
FP2 – 1’27.353 Massa
FP3 – 1’26.064 Raikkonen

2008
FP1 – 1’26.461 Raikkonen
FP2 – 1’26.559 Hamilton
FP3 – ?
1:28
[Comment From LeDtoes]
coulthard runs off too
1:29
[Comment From Ollie]
Hamilton only manages fourth.
1:29
[Comment From LeDtoes]
I’m watching this on Premiere, the timing screen that comes with that is more detailed than the one on the f1 site :(
1:29
Encouragingly close times from the Ferraris and McLarens so far.
1:29
[Comment From Robert McKay]
encouragingly close times in general, actually
1:30
[Comment From doctorvee]
What extra info does Premiere show?
1:30
[Comment From Christopher]
Thanks for the VLC tip, whoever it was. I’ve now downloaded sopcast, running it inside VMware on this Mac, and viewing it from the Mac version of VLC!
1:30
[Comment From LeDtoes]
splits to .000’s, time difference improvement, speedtrap
1:31
[Comment From LeDtoes]
for each lap, but it is only one screen, no weather info
1:31
Really is shoddy we can only get the crappy feed in Britain.
1:31
[Comment From doctorvee]
Aah right
1:31
[Comment From Scootin159]
is that piqet or alonso off?
1:31
[Comment From Christopher]
piquet
1:31
[Comment From Robert McKay]
trulli not done much running yet
1:31
[Comment From doctorvee]
I wonder if Bernie will bring that Premiere (or F1 Digital+) coverage to other parts of Europe now.. I’d have thought there is more of a market for it nowadays in Spain and Britain at least
1:32
[Comment From LeDtoes]
remember the sky digital f1 coverage? that was good
1:32
That’s the kind of logic that doesn’t get you anywhere in F1…
1:32
[Comment From Scott Joslin]
Briatorie looks angry already with Piquet
1:32
[Comment From LeDtoes]
have bmw got the horns on the nose today?
1:32
[Comment From doctorvee]
Wow, Piquet really got it badly wrong there
1:32
Hi there Scott.
1:32
[Comment From Christopher]
Keith: haha. As for this feed, I can’t discern what language this commentary is in!
1:32
[Comment From Robert McKay]
i’m still surprised the online feed on ITV is free and not pay on Bernie’s site
1:32
[Comment From LeDtoes]
flavio had no love for heiki at rnd1 last year either
1:32
What happened to Piquet? Got no pic at the moment.
1:33
[Comment From Scott Joslin]
Hi!
1:33
[Comment From doctorvee]
I would have paid to watch this stuff on Bernie’s site!
1:33
[Comment From LeDtoes]
me too
1:33
[Comment From Scootin159]
looks like piquet may need 4wd on his car to help get it out of the gravel traps…
1:33
[Comment From Robert McKay]
exactly
1:33
[Comment From Christopher]
he just didn’t turn in, went straight into a gravel trap. briatore is not at all happy
1:33
[Comment From LeDtoes]
rosberg is 2nd, when that happen?
1:33
Which corner?
1:34
[Comment From doctorvee]
Rosberg’s been 2nd for ages i think
1:34
Rosberg’s been P2 a while.
1:34
[Comment From doctorvee]
Almost since the start
1:34
Got VLC back!
1:34
[Comment From LeDtoes]
heh, I’m nearly better off just watcihing the timing screen !
1:34
[Comment From Kassanova]
oh baby!
1:34
[Comment From Ollie]
Vettel pushes into fifth!
1:34
[Comment From Scootin159]
these times are impossible to make any sense of… there’s no real consistency team to team… it seems to be as if the driver is actually mattering more than the car… can this really be F1?
1:35
[Comment From LeDtoes]
still in the 1.27’s tho
1:35
[Comment From Ollie]
Anyone know why Trulli is only just getting on track?
1:35
[Comment From Kassanova]
See I’ve been thinking alonso and renault have been sandbagging probably until today at least
1:36
[Comment From LeDtoes]
i thought that of bmw
1:36
Looks like they’re doing fairly long stints, trying to get a hanfle on tyre degradation. I suspect it’s more telling how long they’re going with consistent lap times, rather than what their fastest time is, but that’s hard to tell from the data.
1:36
[Comment From Robert McKay]
long run data is what the live timing screen needs to incorporate somehow
1:36
[Comment From Scootin159]
renault may matter more later in the season, but I think they’ll be fighting for 4th or so until Monaco
1:37
Nice onboard with Hamilton.
1:37
[Comment From LeDtoes]
on that poll….wierd to see a plain red rear wing, from the front at least
1:37
[Comment From doctorvee]
A year ago when Ferrari’s new livery was first unveiled I thoguht it was really ugly. Then it grew on me. I think the new one is quite itneresting
1:37
[Comment From doctorvee]
Every time i see the ferrari from the back i think it’s a spyker!
1:38
They’d look better with black front and rear wings – saw a Photoshop of that a while ago looked sweet.
1:38
[Comment From LeDtoes]
but I love the ferrari onboard cam, those little fins/winglets make it look so fast :)
1:38
[Comment From LeDtoes]
even standing still
1:38
Raikkonen goes fastest with a 27.1 several laps into his stint.
1:38
[Comment From LeDtoes]
oh, kimi off where lewis went oof
1:39
[Comment From LeDtoes]
t1
1:39
[Comment From Robert McKay]
4 one thousandths of a second in front!
1:39
[Comment From doctorvee]
It seems as though everyone is really rusty this weekend!
1:39
[Comment From Christopher]
longest team radio ever!
1:40
[Comment From Scott Joslin]
Is that Kimi off?
1:40
[Comment From LeDtoes]
onboard w/ kimi, stuck behind a toyota, slowingto a near stop
1:40
[Comment From LeDtoes]
Your comment has been sent.maybe making track space
1:40
[Comment From LeDtoes]
Your comment has been sent.yop
1:40
[Comment From LeDtoes]
on it again
1:40
Raikkonen just went too deep into turn one.
1:41
[Comment From doctorvee]
I hate that “potential fastest lap” graphic.. What a load of nonsense. Have they never heard of tradeoffs?
1:41
[Comment From Christopher]
ah, kimi was just making space for himself, it seems
1:41
[Comment From Scootin159]
besides slicks & KERS, what else is new in 2009?
1:41
Yeah I agree it’s a bit silly.
1:41
[Comment From Ollie]
Hopefully, a new FIA president.
1:41
Massively reduced aero, hpefully. Slicks will only come back if Mosley is happy downforce has been cut enough.
1:42
[Comment From Christopher]
haha
1:42
[Comment From LeDtoes]
moment for massa
1:42
[Comment From doctorvee]
CDG wing! …not
1:42
[Comment From Robert McKay]
DC goes up to 5th
1:42
[Comment From LeDtoes]
Your comment has been sent.gets it on the inside kerb anda bit sideways
1:42
[Comment From Ollie]
lol at Doctorvee.
1:42
[Comment From LeDtoes]
truilli on a fast one
1:43
[Comment From Scootin159]
could you expand on “massively reduced downforce”? I heard no winglets, but is that it?
1:43
[Comment From LeDtoes]
wow, close at the top
1:43
[Comment From Robert McKay]
just 1.1 seconds between first and 20th, wow!
1:43
[Comment From Christopher]
is it just me or is live timing not doing so well? I’ve got 2 of coulthard, fisi and heiki?
1:43
[Comment From Ollie]
Winter testing showed close times as well. Hope it lasts.
1:43
[Comment From LeDtoes]
there was 1.8 sec between 1st and 5th yester in p1
1:43
It’s not been explained in full but they intend to simply and reduce the size of the front and rear wings.
1:43
[Comment From doctorvee]
That is a good point Robert. I had heard a lot of people saying the midfield was going to be tight this season. But it looks like the whole pack will be tight really!
1:43
My live timing is fine.
1:44
Sorry, simplify and reduce.
1:44
[Comment From doctorvee]
Helped by Force India’s improvement no doubt, and Honda
1:44
[Comment From Ollie]
Mine has moments. Generally okay.
1:44
[Comment From Scootin159]
timing looks good to me…
1:44
[Comment From LeDtoes]
live timing here is ok too
1:44
[Comment From Robert McKay]
mine’s fine
1:44
[Comment From Christopher]
bah. ok, thanks. reloading fixed it, but it did the same yesterday, just not quite as bad
1:44
[Comment From LeDtoes]
truilli is keeping the pace up
1:45
[Comment From Scootin159]
would love it if quali looks just like timing does now… that would be an interesting grid
1:45
[Comment From LeDtoes]
as is dc
1:45
[Comment From Ollie]
By the way, I’m baking some humble pie. Toyota are doing okay so far this weekend.
1:45
Vettel fastest in S1
1:45
[Comment From Scootin159]
truli in P4 with just 7 laps? quali practice?
1:45
[Comment From Ollie]
Vettel: Not bad is S2.
1:45
[Comment From Robert McKay]
if this is replicated in quali then it will be very unpredictable who’s getting out of Q1 and Q2
1:46
[Comment From doctorvee]
Robert – easy: Sato and Davidson :D
1:46
[Comment From LeDtoes]
good lap from vettel p1
1:46
[Comment From Ollie]
Vettel goes fastest!
1:46
[Comment From Robert McKay]
true :-D
1:46
[Comment From doctorvee]
Wow!
1:46
[Comment From Scootin159]
whoa… where did vettel just come from?
1:46
[Comment From Christopher]
amazing
1:46
[Comment From Christopher]
(damn live timing!!)
1:46
[Comment From doctorvee]
In last year’s car and everything
1:46
[Comment From Robert McKay]
by half a second too
1:46
[Comment From LeDtoes]
.5, that’s better times
1:46
[Comment From Ollie]
Where’s Clive from F1 Insight when you need to rub it in!
1:46
[Comment From LeDtoes]
all in s1
1:46
[Comment From doctorvee]
@ollie – Haha!
1:47
[Comment From Ollie]
Webber in P2.
1:47
[Comment From Scootin159]
vettel’s 2nd lap is going slower… more evidence of the soft tires going off quick?
1:47
[Comment From Robert McKay]
red bull gives you wings?
1:47
[Comment From doctorvee]
Red Bull are looking very strong for this year I’d have said
1:47
[Comment From LeDtoes]
he on the primes
1:47
[Comment From Ollie]
I’d agree. Red Bull looking much improved.
1:48
[Comment From doctorvee]
As long as they don’t break down, huh?!
1:48
OK what’s going to be the fastest time this session? I reckon low 25s.
1:48
[Comment From Scott Joslin]
Fisi has impressed me so far
1:48
[Comment From Ollie]
Fisi fastest S2.
1:48
[Comment From LeDtoes]
fisi on options, fastest in p1
1:48
[Comment From Jazz]
any comments on Alonso timing ???
1:48
Hi Jazz
1:48
[Comment From Robert McKay]
fisi p2?!
1:48
[Comment From Toby Knight]
Looking like a close midfield all round
1:48
[Comment From doctorvee]
This is weird… these times just do not make any sense
1:49
[Comment From LeDtoes]
well, if the force india can do that, then we’ll be in low 25’s for qually !!
1:49
[Comment From Scootin159]
once again, a quick lap from fisi on soft tires, then way off the pace
1:49
[Comment From Ollie]
Wait until quali. Then it’ll make sense.
1:49
[Comment From Christopher]
at this rate, I’m going to end up staying up til quali!
1:49
[Comment From LeDtoes]
piquet still hasnt really got to grips
1:50
[Comment From Ollie]
Already, Piquet has disappointed me this weekend.
1:50
[Comment From Scootin159]
Christopher… that’s easy for me :) it’ll be about midnight here
1:50
As surprising as Fisichella in P2 is Kovalainen in P17.
1:50
[Comment From LeDtoes]
lol, a honda in 4th…
1:50
[Comment From Robert McKay]
two force indias in front of heidfeld’s BMW and Kovy’s Mclaren
1:51
Looks like Glock’s on a quick one. PB in S1.
1:51
[Comment From LeDtoes]
ya, the mclarens arent there this morning
1:52
[Comment From LeDtoes]
glock was on a good lap, got baulked at 2nd last bend
1:52
[Comment From Scootin159]
Piquet in 20th, Kov. in 18th, Truli in 8th and P1-5 are all surprises
1:52
[Comment From Ollie]
Rosberg on a quick one.
1:52
Gonna be P1 this.
1:52
[Comment From LeDtoes]
all quick runners now are on the options
1:52
[Comment From Robert McKay]
is it simply a case of who has used softs and who hasn’t?
1:52
[Comment From Scootin159]
22 laps from s.aguri…. will they have any parts for the race?
1:52
[Comment From Ollie]
Yep. Rosberg P1.
1:52
[Comment From LeDtoes]
wow, he stepped it out a touch on one of the bends, might have cost a wee bit too
1:53
[Comment From Ken]
Lighter fuel loads. Here come the top guys
1:53
[Comment From LeDtoes]
but nearly down to the 25’s
1:53
[Comment From Scootin159]
watch rosberg’s next lap… see if it drops off by about 1sec/sector like everyone else’s
1:53
[Comment From doctorvee]
His S2 is okay!
1:53
[Comment From Ollie]
S1 was down though.
1:54
[Comment From LeDtoes]
it was s3 that was killing them on options yesterday
1:54
Sato within 0.4s of Piquet…
1:54
[Comment From LeDtoes]
1.3 sec on s3
1:54
[Comment From Scootin159]
there it is… 3sec/lap slower with options
1:54
[Comment From LeDtoes]
so ya, the options are lap wonders
1:54
Bourdais says his car is ‘terrible’.
1:54
[Comment From LeDtoes]
oh, wobble from lewis
1:54
[Comment From Ollie]
Has anyone told him it’s over a year old!
1:55
[Comment From LeDtoes]
and again
1:55
[Comment From Robert McKay]
doesnt stop vettel lol
1:55
[Comment From Scott Joslin]
Are we seeing the mid field teams doing lighter fuel runs now, where as the Ferrari and Mclarens are content with their light runs from yesterday and are just working on set up for the race?
1:55
[Comment From Ken]
they only do one hot lap at a time, nothing to do with the tires, except for prepping them for quali
1:55
[Comment From doctorvee]
Was it last year in Australia when Fisi was on team radio, broadcast to the world telling every one how terrible his car was in quite fruity terms?
1:55
[Comment From LeDtoes]
wow, hamilton seemed to float thru t12
1:55
[Comment From Ollie]
Alonso fastest S1.
1:56
[Comment From LeDtoes]
but not a tidy lap
1:56
[Comment From Ollie]
Matches Rosberg in S2.
1:56
[Comment From Ken]
Alonso is the best driver.
1:56
[Comment From LeDtoes]
nakajima blocks alonso
1:56
[Comment From Scootin159]
rosberg’s done 3 laps consistently 3 seconds/lap slower than his quickest with the options
1:56
[Comment From Robert McKay]
alonso p1
1:56
[Comment From LeDtoes]
well, not blocks, but slows a bit
1:56
[Comment From Ollie]
But Alonso still goes quickest.
1:57
[Comment From LeDtoes]
he lost time in s3 tho
1:57
[Comment From Nautilus]
Alonso P1
1:57
[Comment From Ollie]
Onlly 0.089s tho.
1:57
[Comment From Scootin159]
could a team legally run underweight just to post a quick time in practice, or are cars weighed in free practice?
1:57
[Comment From LeDtoes]
nearly everyone out on track
1:57
Here come the Ferraris…
1:57
[Comment From LeDtoes]
nakajima runs off
1:57
[Comment From Christopher]
scootin: I guess there’s always the chance of random checks
1:57
[Comment From Robert McKay]
2 minutes to go
1:57
[Comment From doctorvee]
Piquet goes 11th
1:58
[Comment From Ollie]
Cars can only run underweight during tests I believe.
1:58
[Comment From doctorvee]
At last he’s off the bottom!
1:58
[Comment From Christopher]
barichello off at turn 1
1:58
[Comment From LeDtoes]
heidfeld quick now
1:58
Heidfeld’s on one, fastest in S1.
1:58
[Comment From LeDtoes]
heiki off by 2 sec on the options
1:58
[Comment From Ollie]
Finally BMW show some pace. Heidfeld quick in S1. Now Kubica.
1:58
[Comment From Christopher]
kubica in s1
1:58
[Comment From LeDtoes]
ya, the bmw still has it’s ugly moustache
1:58
[Comment From Ollie]
Heidfeld quickest.
1:58
[Comment From Scootin159]
kubica beat’s heidfeld’s s1 time
1:58
[Comment From doctorvee]
Good for BMW! At last :)
1:58
[Comment From Christopher]
ooh, nakajima just avoids the tyres
1:59
[Comment From Ollie]
And Kubica…
1:59
[Comment From Nautilus]
heidfeld very quick
1:59
[Comment From Robert McKay]
that moustach thing is hideous by the way
1:59
[Comment From Scootin159]
heidfeld is in the 25’s
1:59
Where did Nakajima go off?
1:59
[Comment From Christopher]
here comes kubica!
1:59
[Comment From Dery]
BMW surprises after all
1:59
[Comment From LeDtoes]
kimi has a force india in front of him
1:59
[Comment From Ollie]
Kubica goes to the top.
1:59
[Comment From Robert McKay]
bmw 1-2
1:59
[Comment From Ken]
nakajima out of control!
1:59
[Comment From LeDtoes]
good man kubica
1:59
[Comment From Christopher]
kubica p1. way fast
1:59
Well the BMWs were fast after all!
1:59
[Comment From Ollie]
Kubica was quick in S3.
2:00
[Comment From Robert McKay]
DC in 5th again
2:00
[Comment From LeDtoes]
fisi is still within .5sec at s2
2:00
[Comment From doctorvee]
Button goes purple!
2:00
[Comment From Nautilus]
Kubica fastest!!
2:00
[Comment From Christopher]
purple p2 from button
2:00
[Comment From Dery]
geez, cant wait for quali.
2:00
[Comment From Scott Joslin]
Button is on a good lap
2:00
Chequer is out.
2:00
[Comment From Nautilus]
Watch Button
2:00
[Comment From doctorvee]
Oh, what a damp squib! 7th!
2:00
[Comment From LeDtoes]
webber 6th
2:00
[Comment From Ollie]
Button S1 was down though.
2:01
[Comment From paez]
hi
2:01
Hi Paez
2:01
[Comment From Ollie]
Yep, Button in P7.
2:01
[Comment From Kassanova]
According to the TEN network their F1 coverage starts now
2:01
[Comment From LeDtoes]
seems the top runners couldnt get a handle on that 1st hot lap on options
2:01
[Comment From Ollie]
Heikki in 20th!
2:01
Could have a very unpredictable qualifying session.
2:01
Could have a very unpredictable qualifying session.
2:01
[Comment From Christopher]
so BMW have pulled it together
2:01
[Comment From LeDtoes]
both ferrari and mclaren couldnt hook up, unless running heavy
2:01
[Comment From Ollie]
Kimi in 14th.
2:01
[Comment From Ollie]
Hamilton in 12th!
2:02
[Comment From LeDtoes]
topsy turvy times alright
2:02
[Comment From Robert McKay]
it’s almost like the times of a wet session, all jumbled up
2:02
[Comment From Ken]
Alonso will win.
2:02
[Comment From paez]
how is alonso duing?
2:02
Alonso P3, +0.469
2:02
Alonso P3, +0.469
2:02
[Comment From Scootin159]
I think ferrari was doing a loooong stint on the prime tires
2:02
Alonso P3, +0.469
2:02
Alonso P3, +0.469
2:02
Alonso P3, +0.469
2:02
Alonso P3, +0.469
2:02
Alonso P3, +0.469
2:02
Alonso P3, +0.469
2:02
Alonso P3, +0.469
2:02
Alonso P3, +0.469
2:02
[Comment From Robert McKay]
oops lol
2:02
[Comment From doctorvee]
Whoa, take it easy Keith!
2:02
[Comment From LeDtoes]
hehe
2:02
[Comment From Ollie]
So where’s Alonso? lol
2:02
[Comment From paez]
and alonso?
2:02
[Comment From doctorvee]
haha
2:02
[Comment From Scott Joslin]
I think they were running heavy loads while the rest were light
2:02
[Comment From Scootin159]
raikkonen did several laps in a row at 1.27
2:02
Sorry guys bit of finger trouble!
2:02
[Comment From Christopher]
interesting test pit stop from kubica when he came in
2:02
[Comment From LeDtoes]
bmw, renno, williams and toyota, who would have thunk it?
2:03
[Comment From paez]
wow
2:03
[Comment From Kassanova]
I wonder if Alonso is able to setup his car and keep the seetings from being used on Piquts car?
2:03
[Comment From LeDtoes]
or piquet has access to his settings but cant apply them to his style?
2:03
[Comment From Kassanova]
flavio did not look pleased
2:03
[Comment From paez]
this chat have lagg or sommething?
2:03
[Comment From Scootin159]
super aguri is surprisingly close to the pace…
2:04
[Comment From LeDtoes]
for last years hhonda that has zipall development work, that’s not bad
2:04
[Comment From Ollie]
Good point Scootin. Sato is 0.4 down on the next slowest.
2:04
F1 Live Comments for qualifying will be open one hour before the start of the session – that’s 2am British time. I’m going to down tools in a minute and grab some coffee but keep an eye on the site for the next chat session.
2:04
[Comment From LeDtoes]
.4 sec off a mclaren !!
2:04
[Comment From Robert McKay]
see you all back here later for quali then
2:04
[Comment From Nautilus]
close? 3 seconds off
2:04
[Comment From Ken]
Alonso would have been P1 if not for Naka
2:04
[Comment From Kassanova]
fabulous
2:04
[Comment From Ollie]
Thanks Keith. See ya’ later.
2:04
[Comment From Kassanova]
seeya
2:04
[Comment From LeDtoes]
ok, cool
2:04
[Comment From Christopher]
*yawn* maybe see you later!
2:04
[Comment From Ollie]
See ya all later guys.
2:04
[Comment From LeDtoes]
/me is fresh and ready for more coffee
2:05
[Comment From Scootin159]
3 seconds off is substantially better than the 8 they were yesterday
2:05
[Comment From Christopher]
true
2:06
[Comment From LeDtoes]
is the bmw ‘moustache’ a tribure to mario theissen?
2:06
[Comment From Nautilus]
8 would be out of the 107% rule :)
2:06
I quite like the aero kit on the BMW actually.
2:06
[Comment From LeDtoes]
depends on the angle
2:06
[Comment From doctorvee]
It’s too confusing.. I thought ‘moustache’ was the name given to Williams’s ‘bridge’-style wing.. I have to say I quite like the look of it.. I like it when teams to something a bit different
2:06
[Comment From LeDtoes]
horns ?
2:07
[Comment From doctorvee]
Horns are on the engine cover!
2:07
[Comment From LeDtoes]
but that’s what’s on the side of the airbox?
2:07
[Comment From LeDtoes]
Your comment has been sent.ya, what to call them?
2:07
Front horns? Nose horns?
2:07
[Comment From doctorvee]
Curly fins
2:07
[Comment From LeDtoes]
zits?
2:07
[Comment From LeDtoes]
proboscis
2:07
[Comment From doctorvee]
chevron!
2:08
Anyone got any thoughts on how the chat tool has worked?
2:08
[Comment From doctorvee]
Great, I really like it Keith!
2:08
[Comment From LeDtoes]
yes, quite well
2:08
[Comment From LeDtoes]
I’d keep it for sure
2:08
Cool.
2:08
[Comment From Christopher]
yeah, simple to use for people who don’t want to set up anything
2:09
[Comment From LeDtoes]
apart from that firefox glitch, – but it is beta !!
2:09
[Comment From Christopher]
works fine in Safari on the Mac
2:09
[Comment From LeDtoes]
was someone here on ffox2 and reporting it ok?
2:09
[Comment From Christopher]
I’ll try it on firefox 2 from windows
2:09
[Comment From doctorvee]
Yeah, me. It was fine
2:09
I’ve got FF2 and no problems.
2:09
[Comment From Christopher]
ah ok
2:09
[Comment From LeDtoes]
must be a ffox3 thing so
2:09
[Comment From Ollie]
On FF2 and it worked fine for me. (OS X though.)
2:10
[Comment From LeDtoes]
one thing tho, when sending a 2nd message quickly after the 1st, ‘your message has been sent’ is prefixed
2:11
OK thanks again everyone I’m closing the Live Comments thread now – a transcript will be on the blog shortly. See you in an hour!

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2 comments on F1 Comments Live: Australia FP3

  1. Scootin159 said on 15th March 2008, 0:02

    TVliser is showing it on Eurosport France… though the quality is very sub-par (1" window), and the commentary is in french (obviously)

  2. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th March 2008, 0:06

    Cheers Scootin – you going to join us in the discussion area?

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