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    Pretty odd why they would put a wing there, it’s not a place where you would want to produce downforce because the rest of the car (particularly the rear wing) will be disturbed by it. I guess the only benefit is that the vortex generated by the top of that huge wheel fence is gone, but that could be used to their advantage. This looks to me like an aesthetic design.

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    Without a doubt the Ford GT and Aston Martin GTE, the diffusers on those cars are just insane…

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    I don’t know, it looks a little bit wider to my eye. I guess they want to reshape it a bit to make the pit entry less awkward. Perhaps they keep the entry at the same place, but make the corner radius a bit larger, followed by a kink to the right to connect it to the straight?

    Anyway, great that a moto guy is doing the redesign, I have a feeling Tilke would have made it into a hairpin. :/

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    Saw this commercial earlier this evening: Max Verstappen in a commercial for Ziggo, which I think is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) broadband providers in the Netherlands. For the non-Dutch speaking, the joke is that ‘overstappen’ (oVerstappen) means ‘switching broadband’ in Dutch…

    Anyways, I wonder if we’ll see their name on the Toro Rosso or his helmet this year. It’s not an international company, but on the other hand the Dutch TV audience is growing steadily, so who knows.

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    @girts I’m not sure, I don’t think I know enough about aerodynamics to really make sense of much of the teams’ developments. Hopefully within a couple of years I know a lot more ;)

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    I really like the balance between news stories and community stuff. The most important bits of news appear on the site, the other bits of news go to the round-up, which means there is a lot more room for the regular features. Imo this is the only site that really nails this balance.

    There’s not much I would change to be honest. Maybe the only thing this site really misses are technical articles, for instance ‘how does MGU-H work?’ or ‘Mercedes new curvy rear wing explained’. But if you look at Autosport, Motorsport.com and AMuS, they all have separate writers for these articles. So maybe some freelance articles from Scarbs or some other F1 guru would be a good addition?

    But yeah, in general this site is already pretty awesome :)

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    Venezuela – Pastor Maldonado and Johnny Cecotto Jr

    You monster… :P

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    Also worth pointing out there are only 7,000 hotel rooms in Baku, so maybe a good idea to book the hotel before you buy tickets.

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    Can’t understand how HUL is that far behind PER – gotta take into account the whole season!

    @magon4 Don’t understand it either.

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    I’ll only do a top 10:

    1. Vettel – only in his first year for Ferrari, but outpaced Raikkonen on pretty much every single occasion. He’s the only driver to finish every race in the top five, and it’s this consistency that has allowed him to score exactly as many points as Alonso in 2012. He had an off-day in Mexico, but apart from that he’s been pretty much perfect this year.

    2. Hamilton – very dominant in the early and mid-season, pretty much faultless. However, his form started to deteriorate as the season went on. Partly because Rosberg had upped his game, but also because Hamilton just didn’t seem able to pull it together on Saturdays.

    3. Rosberg – a number-two driver at best in the early stages of the season, with Vettel giving him a good run for his money in a decent number of races. Still, he has managed to score points consistently, not make mistakes and even managed to improve his form, which I think is very impressive.

    4. Perez – always been a driver to look out for, but 2015 seemed to be his strongest season to date. He has improved a lot in terms of consistency, which combined with his speed has resulted in a number of strong results, notably third in Sochi and fifth in Abu Dhabi. Qualifying seems to be holding him back though.

    5. Grosjean – completely outclassed Maldonado in qualifying (who, to be fair, has had a lot better season than people give him credit for) and his third place in Belgium was absolutely astonishing. Taking into account that Lotus hasn’t been in the happiest of situations for most of the season, I think Grosjean’s achievements have been better than it seems on paper.

    6. Hülkenberg – outscored by his team mate, but in general he has been on par with Perez. He beat him 11-8 in qualifying, but he simply hasn’t managed to rack up the same amount of points as Perez. It can’t be glossed over that Hülkenberg has had four more retirements than Perez, so in my opinion both Force India drivers have had an extremely good season.

    7. Bottas – the Williams proved to be a very sensitive machine: fighting for the podium in one race, then fighting in the midfield in the next. Nonetheless, Bottas has managed to score good points in most races, despite his little feud with Raikkonen.

    8. Verstappen – a very good début season, albeit slightly over-hyped. He’s had a fair share of bad luck in qualifying and the races, but on the other hand he has scored two terrific (and, let’s not forget, lucky) 4th places. Like Ricciardo last year, it’s refreshing to see a young driver being so opportunistic when it comes to overtaking, and his ‘you can stick your team orders up your’ mentality is great.

    9. Ricciardo – Beaten by Kvyat in score, but in general he looked the strongest of the pair, particularly in qualifying. He hasn’t quite managed to retain his superb 2014 form, but still it has been a decent year for him.

    10. Sainz Jr. – overshadowed by his Dutch team mate, but definitely a very good rookie season for him as well. It’s a shame that in the two races where Verstappen scored his fourth places, Sainz was actually on par with him, but in Hungary he had a mechanical problem and in Texas he started from the back. He also outqualified Verstappen 9-7, so objectively the two of them have definitely been closer matched than the media would have you believe.

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    @fastiesty Hylkema: after 2011 he wanted to do a second year in GP3, but he didn’t have the budget for it, so he decided to start studying Aerospace Engineering instead. Small world :)

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    Not F1, but one of my uni classmates is a former GP3 driver :)

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    I’m not entirely sure about turn 12’s (reference) run-off area (see 1:15 in the video), might cause some issues when either there is a high-speed off like Sainz in Russia, or when a driver takes too much speed into the corner. Apart from that, yeah, the circuit looks alright, although I will never get used to tarmac run-off areas.

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    Formula 3 Race 1 at Spa was pretty good (the race after the Monza shenanigans)

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