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03/28/2010

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Because the same problem that stopped them from passing in Bahrain still exist in Australia. The car is still heavily aero dependent, and once that became the dominant factor(the first half of the race, the aero is 2nd fiddle to track condition and tire choice), as the track dries out, they are back to performing in the performance envelope of the car, which are useless in the draft...When the track is less than ideal, not all the drivers will be driving to the level of the car is capable of. But once it dries out, F1 drivers worth their salt will stay on the road and drive as well as they can....

If Malaysia is wet, the race can very much be like Australia. If not, then I'd very much expect Bahrain all over again....

Nah,I think it is the tendency of all F1 pilots these days to kind of say "Whew! made it this far, now lets drive to keep the points and stay out of trouble". It's always been my beef that, near the end of the race, while the announcers are screaming that such-and-such a car has just gained a 1/8 of a second on the leader and will make a pass any moment, in fact the drivers are sitting back in their helmets, ticking off the laps and thinking about a cold Perrier back at the garage. In fact I think it was Kubica that recently said something like "80% of the races are over after the last pitstop".

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