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  • #290664
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    I think we will only be able to tell retrospectively.

    I mean, I think a useful tool for this might be counting the past AND future world champions of any given past season. E. g. I remember when F1 Racing published an article of a year (I can’t remember which year it was) when 8 (!) world champions competed against each other, past and future.

    Edit: Here’s the data of the most recent times.

    2001 6
    2002 4
    2003 5
    2004 5
    2005 5
    2006 5
    2007 5
    2008 5
    2009 5
    2010 5
    2011 5
    2012 6
    2013 5
    2014 5
    2015 5

    Please take into account that the closer we are to present year the more this tool progressively distorts results. As such, we may indeed find that one of the 2011-2015 years will become the best (2012-13 are the strongest candidates with Ricciardo then Bottas on the map – but Schumacher retiring for the latter -, 2016-17 may also be in play if Alonso and Button stay) in the future.

    #290579
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    Looks absolutely badass and – I guess thanks to the BOP approach – it can be actually that different from the rest, not just in terms of engine formula (all are different), but engine placement as well.

    Very nice find, thank you. :)

    #290259
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    @craig-o @fastiesty On a sidenote, McLaren actually used these name decals in the whole second half of 2005, not just on the non-tobacco race weekends (see the Hungarian GP, for example, others were with tobacco sponsorship, but not McLaren). That must be, I think, because they seemed to end their West sponsorship a bit earlier than expected (after the German GP, judging by the decals).

    #290248
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    @pH Thank you for the historical perspective, it really adds dimension to the topic.

    #290218
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    @f1fanf1fan It’s because a maximum of two-digit number takes less space than a name (or it could be larger on an area of the same size). …And then there’s this year’s Williams issue, yeah.

    I wonder if someone out of the real decision-makers actually stumble upon this topic before the start of the season (or even in-season).

    #290214
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    @sam3110 I think either the sidepod or the engine cover will do – one clearly visible and large area is enough also taking into account that we would strip the (remaining) sponsors from one of the most, if not the most coveted space on the car.

    Also, if I were a rule-maker, I’d prescribe the size of the number only and leave its design to the team designers (bar, perhaps, that there must be a uniform black outline to the number – with a prescribed thinkness – to avoid the loophole of a team choosing the background colour as its font colour and simply make the “number” invisible). I think this is important.

    #290112
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    “If Michael’s engine hadn’t expired in Suzuka…”

    “If Fernando hadn’t crashed in Monte-Carlo during FP3…”

    Off the top of my head. :)

    #290075
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    One would have to get a stopwatch and measure the time of the 14-odd minute lap when he’s NOT been correcting a slide…

    Must have been a huge mental task driving around in those sort of conditions.

    #290045
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    I just watched it… and I’m practically speechless. :D

    I don’t expect a future Bathurst 1000 to be better than this, but that’s fine. This was exhilarating, the way it had everything and how it built up a dozen storylines only to crash every single one back down, except one, that of that #6 Ford FG Falcon…

    Just for fun – and knowing beforehand that this race ‘had everything’ – I’ve made a list, on the fly, of all the extraordinary things that have happened over these 7-something hours. And mind you, ONLY the truly extraordinary things… Here you go:

    Whincup recovery from 23th to top 5 during opening stint
    Griffins’ tarmac breaking up
    kangooroo on track
    eventual winner Mostert/Morris into the wall @ Griffins early on
    #21 & Bright, teammates coming together
    med car falling into pieces
    red flag
    Whincup mistake @ lap 63 restart, lap down w/ broken steering arm, got it back w/ lucky SC, penalty
    caution fest after red flag
    soccer ball on track
    lap 160 leader Whincup dead last until lap 107/161
    #4 barrel-rolling @ Griffins
    record-equalling SCs
    lap record broken countless times
    Mostert winning from dead last on the grid

    That’s just unbelievable and I’ve not even included the late-race strategy plays (which are goldmine from strategy lesson POVs) and on-track dramas…

    My only sour note was how my favourite, McLaughlin had huge potential and great effort early on, exceptional start, leading – strategy-corrected – pretty much the first 2/3s of the race, only to have both him and co-driver Premat fading later on. Premat did not pace himself while having the fuel advantage around the lap 80 mark, which resulted in SvG and Frosty overtaking him in the pits. Although this was recovered later on, McLaughlin himself then let Mostert pass him and, sadly, blamed SvG for what clearly was his error sliding up on the outside of the Cutting (and falling asleep one corner earlier).

    All in all, I can only recommend watching this race for everyone, it was one of the best, if not the best, races I’ve seen in 2014, perhaps ever.

    #289978
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    Great Britain, Abu Dhabi, Monaco – BBC
    Australia, Singapore, USA – Sky
    Mexico – BBC
    Canada – Sky
    Belgium – BBC
    Italy – Sky
    Brazil – BBC
    etc.

    I tried to think with the head of a marketing man, so I chose GPs which may have the most ad value besides being the most popular around England and the world.

    I think the most important choices are the first ones, so I didn’t list them all.

    #289728
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    On the Bathurst 2014 topic.

    I do plan to watch the whole 8 hours of it some time in January, I’ve heard it was as epic as it gets.

    (And, as such, I won’t watch the highlights above. I’ve already seen one of the last restarts and the final lap though.)

    #289683
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    I agree that it was pretty surreal. But, for me, it wasn’t a happy ending. And it’s MY best race I have to nominate, so…

    I’d go for Suzuka 2005.

    I have many favourites, such as Hungaroring 1998, Monaco 2004, Interlagos 2006, Montreal 2011, and the three awesome races this year (and I would love to see a couple of classics, such as Monza 1967, Nürburgring 1968?, Estoril 1984, etc.), but to me it was the sheer, this time happy ending, surreality of Suzuka 2005 that the crescendo of that race built up to that was the best example of what defines the purest raw racing. I never got closer to not believing my eyes than that day when Räikkönen just kept getting faster and eventually pulled off what he did there. It was an awesome achievement. A truly wonderful one.

    #289215
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    I kind of agree with your ranking. You argue as I used to do when topics I follow very closely are concerned – i. e. you always, always, cite detailed events where things went right or wrong. This basically… ‘certifies’ your opinion for me. I think I’d get more or less the same ranking, if I took my time to research his seasons in this much detail.

    #289126
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    I absolutely agree. I just hope the next generation of engines (from 2016) will be equally varied in performance with a somewhat different pecking order and maybe a less dominant frontrunner.

    I’m also massively worried how the small teams are going to cope with the costs of yet another engine formula change that Ferrari and Renault would push through in their quest for defeating Mercedes. They’ll obviously have zero regards to the cost-related complaints of the small teams. They will want to win.

    #288226
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    If we are to move into customer team territory, by the way, then I support Brundle’s 6 big teams + 6 satellite teams idea. For 24 cars.

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