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Old 9 Mar 2003, 22:45 (Ref:530710)   #1
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Lack of Mechanical Failures

Most of the incidents in the race were 'offs' but not that many mechanical failures.

Normally at the start of the season there are a few of these. Especially engines.

For example, no machines actually went bang. I was very surprised.

Of course there were a couple of mechanical failures, but what are people's thoughts on this? Have the engine manufacturers got themselves sorted out?
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Old 9 Mar 2003, 23:32 (Ref:530767)   #2
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No just went very conservative for the first race of the season.
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Old 10 Mar 2003, 00:10 (Ref:530803)   #3
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The weather was colder then usual in the race. The engines weren't under the regular stress of the heat. The clutch plates would be the first things to break I thought. Considering many cars entered the pits more then once.
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Old 10 Mar 2003, 03:11 (Ref:530882)   #4
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Yeah,it was because of the lack of heat/racepace


...although i am hoping they all have done better

...But then again,the sunday honda BBQ has become abit of a nice tradition!
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Old 10 Mar 2003, 04:58 (Ref:530928)   #5
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well both of the Jags had mech failures, So did one Minardi and I think there were one or two others so not really that few as compared to normal
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Old 10 Mar 2003, 06:42 (Ref:530961)   #6
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Yup...quite a suprise because of no engine failures. Setups! that's why there were so many run offs...teams on intermediate might have had the car setup for wet condition.
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Old 10 Mar 2003, 17:00 (Ref:531675)   #7
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There were only a few mechanical failures, which was impressive. Even Minardi got a car to the flag, albeit the spare. Clearly the new rules had no negative effect on reliability.
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Old 10 Mar 2003, 17:03 (Ref:531679)   #8
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i was very suprised at the lack of engine failures, what was the reason given for Wilsons retirement, appart from that i cant remember any others.
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Old 10 Mar 2003, 19:11 (Ref:531855)   #9
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I heard he got a stone in the radiator, well thats what Ceefax suggests anyway.
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Old 10 Mar 2003, 20:00 (Ref:531913)   #10
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The point is the first race didn't have the typical 1/2 DNFs due to reliability. I was quiet surprised. I guess that's the result of a mature formula and teams learning it's better to finish than to go out in a blaze of glory.
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Old 10 Mar 2003, 21:04 (Ref:532009)   #11
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Or maybe everybody switched to saving-my-engine mode.
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Old 10 Mar 2003, 23:29 (Ref:532194)   #12
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Cars have been getting more reliable with every season. More and more nowadays cars retire due to spins or accidents, usually the latter...
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Old 11 Mar 2003, 06:47 (Ref:532404)   #13
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Perhaps the reduced testing time Friday and Saturday had a role too. Besides the cool weather.
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Old 11 Mar 2003, 13:12 (Ref:532611)   #14
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it seemed Webber and Heidfeld both had suspension failiures - was this due to contact or what?
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Old 11 Mar 2003, 18:59 (Ref:533074)   #15
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BAR seemed to be the real mechanical miracle of the race. They went thru a load of engines in practice, but they got it right for the race as both cars finished.

Good job by BAR team!
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