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  • #296800
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    Verstappen on Ericsson.

    Verstappen on Perez was also great, but the Dutchman was up against a car on badly worn tyres, which has made it easier. (And the Toro Rosso top speed disadvantage hasn’t even kicked in at the end of that short straight towards T6.)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qn-Zg5_DqU

    Here you go – one for the From the forum section of the round-up.

    The decisive action starts at around the 3:15-minute mark.

    Exhilirating stuff, a proper drag race.

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    @bradley13 @debaser91 I kind of agree with these views.

    I wonder how much of a run Turkington would give Plato. Plato is one of the all-time bests of BTCC, but I’d argue he’s a touch past his best by now (although I may be wrong), whereas – as you guys said – Turkington will have to get more comfortable with the FWD to extract the maximum from himself.

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    Well, race three was rather tense – not a firework, like race two must have been, but tense.

    I’m loving how the current silhouette car rules package created a reasonably level playing field, like, at first sight it would seem that there’s all kinds of marquees up there, Hondas, MGs, VWs, Audis, Mercedeses, BMWs and so on. The fact that Matt Neal now leads the championship with one 1st place and two 8th-place finishes is a testament to how varied the pecking order became at Brands today.

    Still, I feel like the VWs quickly, if silently, became the class of the field, it’s just that the congested chaos of the Indy circuit concealed much of that.

    I mean the VWs took 2nd, 3rd and 5th in race one, Plato crashed out of the lead in race two, Aron Smith crashed out as well, and the remaining car of Turkington got 3rd. In race three, both Plato and Turkington got shuffled back at the start and Aron Smith made light work of the field to grab another fine 3rd for the car.

    That’s the definiton of underachieving. And I haven’t even mentioned that Indy always favoured RWDs more (ehm, BMWs, I’m talking about you) and the VW also seems to have a longer wheelbase than the rest. All these factors should probably result in a VW washout at the sweeping Donington Park track with a VW-Honda fight a distant possibility.

    I’m a bit sad Alain Menu couldn’t hold on for the seat for one year longer. He did a Schumacher 2010-12 at VW last season.

    #295936
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    Heard there was a photo finish between Gordon Shedden and Andy Priaulx in race two – some 0.04s separating them at the line. It would be awesome if there would be a video about it around…

    I’ll do watch race three, just having that sinking feeling that the best bit of the weekend – and quite possibly one of the highlight moments of the whole season – is already behind us.

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    Well-spotted and yes, it might be a brief cut-out, I think. It definitely feels like one by ear.

    It might also have been the moment that caused his fuel reading going awry a bit later on.

    Although, in a wider context, we all knew since testing concluded that the Mercedes still has a mileage/failure ratio that is average at best. So it’s not that big of a surprise to see them having glitches here and there. I think it’ll be rather similar to last year; no wonder Seb talks that much about the importance of being there in 3rd place – it’s to be able to capitalise once (and rather not ‘if’) something goes very wrong at Mercedes.

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    I don’t like they ditched the slanted sides – they used to form quite a synergy with the F1 logo and give the viewer a sense of movement overall, which is never a bad thing in the fastest single-seater motorsport category. Now it’s too static. Even slightly rounded edges would be better.

    I also don’t like how it’s now the font that gets green or orange as per it’s an advantage or deficit the driver has – I think the older style, when it was the background getting the distinctive look, was much easier to spot. The background revealed if it’s an advantage or a deficit and then the font conveyed the amount of that advantage/deficit. Now it’s the font that carries all the information and it’s a bit overwhelmed, I think.

    Finally, I also don’t like that everything is in a different place now. Not just the lap/session counter, but even the name/flag/time/gap rectangle is just way differently arranged and it’s that much harder to catch the thing you need the most quickly. You just need that split-second of time which could be best described as ‘oh, you’re not here, where are you then?’.

    At least the constantly present standings column on the left and the rolling standings on the bottom made a return by quali after missing FP1 and FP2…

    My biggest issue with the new style is, however, exactly that – that it’s just a new style and with no improvement in or addition to the data displayed. Overall, I’m disappointed.

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    I have to say there were rather few actual on-track overtakes during Sunday’s race. Horrible.

    As the straights were always this short in Melbourne and so DRS was always going to be less helpful here, I think this primarily has to do with the tyres.

    The soft-medium allocation was way too hard for the track allowing for quite easy one-stop strategies which in turn killed strategic varieties. The aim should always be a situation in which two strategies are almost equally good and – as it must be extremely hard to nail – two stops at the very least to allow for more varied tyre sequences. And more varied strategies = larger pace differences = more overtakes.

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    Perez on Button – kidding, I’d go for Raikkonen on Sainz on the outside of T9 on lap… 10-ish.

    #294481
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    As much as I’m not fond of Rosberg (I think he’s pretty much the definition of a smart, but not very intelligent person, the way he comes across, e. g. in his counter-jibe later on during the above presser, which is quite revealing of his personality), I think he seriously meant what he said up there. He’s a guy who does things ‘by the book’ and his words describe things that are generally considered desirable ‘by the book’.

    #293170
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    I lasted 40 seconds – and also with a knack for quality electronic music.

    Hitting a somewhat more humorous note, I was sure hoping it would not be Rammstein’s Benzin…

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    I think Kvyat and Ricciardo will be closely matched, @blockwall2. What’s more, I expect Kvyat to be slightly ahead come the end of the year. I remember some STR guy saying that while he found Ricciardo to be very good when they’ve worked together, Kvyat seemed to be on another level.

    Having said that, I also think Valtteri Bottas will be the next new winner (in 2015 so in a Williams), but it’s definitely between him and Kvyat with more or less equal chances.

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    Thanks for the additional info, @hunocsi.

    I wouldn’t have thought the newly-opened space will be filled again, lol. But seemingly that’s what they plan with that northern section also getting the enlargement the southern section got in 2003.

    It is yet another scenery change then, like that building on the seaside after the tunnel was.

    #291988
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    Even if it’s roadworks, they’d be silly to block off that huge new area come the GP. Or create a pedestrian island to block it off permanently.

    So basically, I’m on the opposite – I assume it’ll affect circuit layout (in terms of run-off, most likely), until I hear otherwise.

    #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.

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