Bring It On!

Grosjean In FP3

Preseason testing in Formula One bears little resemblance to the season itself. Teams are so limited in track time by the current sporting regulations that “out of the box” performance is paramount. And with all the variables of tires, fuel loads, setup, etc., time comparisons among teams and drivers are misleading at best. (Seriously, Romain Grosjean — of Spa carnage and suspension fame — was fastest in the final free practice at Melbourne this afternoon!)

As even the official Formula1.com® site admits, actually somewhat proudly:

It doesn’t matter to whom you speak — representatives of Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus or Mercedes — nobody really has an idea of what to expect at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Grand Prix in Melbourne this weekend.

Australia preview — a step into the unknown | Formula1.com

Thank you, Bernie Ecclestone, for that trademarked introduction. But to tell the truth, the current rules are creating a wonderfully exciting F1 era, with tremendously close racing. You can analyze all you want and still not be able to predict what’s really going to happen. Starting in about 10 minutes for Q1 qualifying.

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In the immortal words of the Pointer Sisters, which apply here after months of expectation, preparation, speculation and deprivation:

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
And I know, I know, I know, I know
I know I want you, want you.

So bring it on, Melbourne! Let’s go racing boys.
 

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