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25th November 2015, 10:55 at 10:55 am #309484
Yeah, once again, it just goes to show how inconsistent stewarding is in general – although it’s a bigger issue if it’s inconsistent inside the same series rather than across series as the latter is next to impossible to harmonise.
I’d consider Kenseth’s actions to be a bit more severe (not on the level of overtaking and deliberately crashing under caution though). He was blocking Logano audaciously in Kansas so in my eyes it was Logano footing the bill there with a bump (which is acceptable in touring/stock car racing, especially when blocking is involved and it’s a race for the lead), Kenseth was just plain losing it after that in Martinsville.
Coming back to Ticktum, reading up on the guy, it’s a huge shame he also lost it that much because he initially looked like having a promising future.22nd November 2015, 11:55 at 11:55 am #309329
@strontium Yes, that stadium entering-exiting section proximity was a concern for me as well after I wrote my previous post here. Especially considering just how unexpectedly high the entry speeds were this year into T12.21st November 2015, 14:02 at 2:02 pm #309317
Sonoma Raceway was an obvious candidate before the main straight was narrowed. You certainly haven’t had much time during the lap when your steering wheel hasn’t had some steering lock on. You barely have any even nowadays.20th November 2015, 18:00 at 6:00 pm #309309
In all honesty, F1 could use this to the end of its lap.
It’s the best of both worlds: it retains that stadium section that all are so upbeat about but still manages to incorporate the Peraltada. And at very low entry and mid-corner speeds at that – exit speeds were high as they are in 2015 anyway.
(I would get rid of that mid-Peraltada chicane, obviously.)18th November 2015, 19:44 at 7:44 pm #309248
@matthijs Yes, I used to say that a lot.
It’s for very long since I’m saying hairpins do not set up good overtaking opportunities, near flat-out or flat-out corners do. I didn’t know why – although I had a vague idea about what you explained here – but I had a reasonable amount of empirical evidence on it.
Take Spa, for example, watch famous overtakes after Eau Rouge (2008, 2009) and you can see how drivers gain massively in the flat-out or near flat-out kinks of the corner combination. They are side by side on the entry to Kemmel quite often; they don’t even need the whole straight – we often say DRS is too powerful there anyway.
Take Silverstone – There’s that near flat-out kink past the hairpin of the Arena section and there’s a legitimate opportunity into Brooklands despite the audaciously short length of the Wellington straight.
The curves before the main straight in Interlagos and Curva Grande also seem to suck cars right up onto each other for some reason – both are preceded by low speed, hairpin-like corners and still there are lot better overtaking opportunities after those turns than after the hairpin in Abu Dhabi for instance.
Now, one good thing is that Tilke seems to have somehow gotten to grips with this notion (I dare not say he read my previous rambling on this issue) and the Baku main straight should actually be preceded by two flicks that look to be very high-speed.16th November 2015, 0:29 at 12:29 am #309148
…Verstappen on Perez. Easily a contender for the overall Pass of the Year title as well.14th November 2015, 0:40 at 12:40 am #308939
Yeah, absolutely. I felt like having been given the test sheet before my exam, lol.
Besides, only 2 or 3 of the five cases were real hardcore strategic matter, there were a few ‘soft’ ones in there too – e. g. the last one, or the penultimate one. (Perez himself admitted afterwards to Sky that it was not an edge-y situation they’ve just simply miscalculated the pit loss under SC.) Even the third one is more or less just a judgment call, an application of a racing principle, ‘team strategy’ at max, and not race strategy per se. (Of course it’d have been better to let the faster car pass from a purely team prospective, but that’s the worst team order there is, there’s nothing scientific in it like in fuel strategies or pit loss/SC probability/tyre deg-driven tyre strategies.)
But… it was different from Sky, a breath of fresh air, so I still liked it.13th November 2015, 11:44 at 11:44 am #308846
You are perfectly right right there – I’m building tracks for GP4 as a hobby and I’ve encountered the most varied circuit designs used during the years and yes, on-camber corners definitely help overtaking just by giving you more mechanical grip in a corner. (Thus making a car easier to follow – as that mechanical side is not ‘taken away’ from you in the wake of another vehicle as downforce is.)
Pretty neatly worded post though, so kudos for that one. :)
Not that Tilke, the most important people who should read it, will ever read it of course…
(Obviously this will make it to the From the forum section of tomorrow’s round-up, and mightily rightly so, but still.)30th October 2015, 11:19 at 11:19 am #308084
Wow, @gt-racer, that’s some amazing insight.
As for me, I guess it’s another quite obvious remark that track layouts changed massively – gone are the naturally undulating high speed corners of Brands Hatch, Kyalami and Zandvoort as are the low downforce challenges of the old Hockenheim, the Österreichring and Imola.
The calendar is much more homogenous now: 5.5-kilometre cookie-cutters with 2/3 low speed corners, 1/3 medium speed and next to no high speed stuff, camber or major elevation changes.13th October 2015, 22:08 at 10:08 pm #307081
Haha, awesome. (I mean the experience, not the boos.)
Here’s hoping for another remarkable season in 2016. :)13th October 2015, 19:31 at 7:31 pm #307076
Phew, what a finale! Just catched it on itv.com.
I have to say Shedden has done it in style, no ballast weight or not, he practically had the drive of his life – just ask his red hot glowing front brakes; he was absolutely on the limit lap in lap out. Fabulous drive indeed.
Poor Plato lost his 8th title battle (won ‘just’ two), but he also drove perfectly well – took all his opportunities, don’t forget his race one ‘antics’, that tense back up of Flash and Neal, maxing out race three, it was just simply not enough against Shedden on the day.
But what a duel, what an exciting finish and what a fine racing product that was on display last Sunday. It was absolutely worth watching, and if colour commentator Tim Harvey – who I think was also on the very top of his game that day with spot on and meaningful insights delivered right on time – says this was an historic event for BTCC, I can surely believe it.
I can only recommend catching up with all the action for everyone loving close-quarters racing, drivers visibly driving absolutely on the edge and dramatic twists for the biggest prize.
What a race.
@bradley13 I hope you had a hell of a good time, just counting lap by lap where Shedden is in race three.13th October 2015, 12:17 at 12:17 pm #307070
Wow. Just wow.
Poor Ocon, how on Earth could he have that long a series of 2nd-place finishes (by the way), it’s beyond my imagination.9th October 2015, 22:51 at 10:51 pm #306799
Aww, man, I envy you, lol. :)
I live in Hungary and with it have next to no chance of making it into Brands, like, ever – at least not in the foreseeable future so I have no tangible advice to give you.
Still, without grandstand tickets I’d definitely try to camp on the outside of Druids as that’s where most of the action takes place – and you could also get that wonderful view of the ‘wall’ that Paddock Hill Bend looks like from there.
Yeah, I’m mainly for a good hard battle as well although I do have a sweet spot for Shedden – so things look bright for me pre-race.
Plato is usually good in Brands Hatch as I recall though and the VWs will surely be great on the GP layout, I guess.
I wonder what will Menu be able to achieve with him finally getting a top car again after all those years – I guess not much without proper preparation, but still. (I liked him as well in the late 1990s, early 2000s.30th September 2015, 23:58 at 11:58 pm #306449
It certainly was a racing incident.
Massa initially shot himself off from his grid spot slightly towards the middle of the track, but gently began to straighten his car up as he saw Ricciardo accelerating past him. What rules his responsiblity out is that he most likely couldn’t see that Ricciardo was in a sandwich and even if he saw he could safely assume the Red Bull had enough space.
…Because Ricciardo indeed had, but – at the last minute – swerved just a little bit to the left, possibly as a reaction to torque kicking in, or to keep a safe distance from Raikkonen, barely half a metre to his right. In the process he might have misjudged the speed differential to Massa and thought he had already cleared him. In any case, it was such a difficult situation and there is next to no evidence on why Ricciardo swerved that little bit, that I think it’s unreasonable to hold him responsibly either.
Which leaves us at the racing incident label.30th September 2015, 16:04 at 4:04 pm #306418
Well, the onboard video of Hamilton we’ve all been anxiously waiting for is out on Formula1.com and it shows that while Hamilton may have understeered from about T2 apex on, he did not bother putting more steering lock on than on occasions when he tackled the corner by himself.
So basically he did run Rosberg off the road. If Rosberg have had the courage to stand his ground, any responsibility for a crash would have rested on Hamilton’s shoulders this time. (Rosberg was pretty far up alongside Hamilton until quite late in the corner, surprisingly.) Alas, he did not have the courage which, as @klon pointed out, pretty much ‘legitimise’ Hamilton’s move – no penalties are issued for such scenarios, they’re pretty commonplace.
Rosberg is going down, I would say, psychologically, again – not that I expected different in the light of last season. Even Webber, pounded thoroughly by Vettel, had the guts to speak up for himself in such situations. Miserable.