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  • #256015
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    As it seems the company has never really produced a single car to be delivered to a customer, it was always likely to end. As for their involvement at Marussia – I think we already saw a bit of the money not being there at the end of last year, I am not sure it changes much for the team short time. But longer term, it certainly does give them something else to worry about – or maybe they can contact a certain Mr. Haas and offer to work together?

    #254045
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    So, should we take the wheel arches with the headlights as something of a front wing sideplate? Seems both this and the Porsche have them pretty much straight up at the front and with a tapering back.

    #251901
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    When it looks like the most “interesting” parts are going to be the 4 roundabouts on there, Its certain that an opportunity for an exciting track was missed.

    Let us just hope that the track will be lined with enthusiastic fans to make up for it and still make a nice event out of FormulaE

    #250763
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    from images they showed earlier (see Racecar Engineering) its pretty clear that its a V4 @ardenflo (see r)

    #250758
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    Ah, although it still doesn’t say V4 om there, just a 4 cylinder!

    #250744
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    Hm, not the most interesting looking LMP1 car I have seen in the last 2-3 years, and the livery? Up to par with the Sauber of 2 years back, no win there either. LEts now hope they do go fast and get that one settled!

    No Keith, can’t find any official part where the V4 is confirmed either.

    #248693
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    Great to see its back up and has the format buttons working!

    #246433
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    While I have my reservations about having a race in Bahrain, I think that for a location like this, where daytime heat is too much to have a relaxing time and also with Sunday being a normal weekday it makes great sense to host the event in the evening when it will be more accessible for local people.

    #245809
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    Nice idea for a topic to discuss. For me we need a few things that can be easily done:

    1. Tyres -
    Instead of having an external supplier choose what tyres they bring to the race, let the teams pick them (for the first 2-3 races based on testing, making sure the supplier has a bit of time to react) max. 2 types for the weekend. I don’t mind if everyone has to start on the tyres they race on (not needed though), but there should not be an extra advantage to starting in the top 10.
    Apart from that, if we drop the requirement to use both during the race, that could open up a team choosing supersofts for qualifying and then going medium/hard for their race. More variety, and strategic choices.
    Keep the tyres so that only the hardest compound will be able to make it without a stop.
    2. DRS – has to go, I can tolerate it if its limited by usage/race and not bound by who is in front.
    3. Budgets – instead of having Bernie divide and rule with big handouts to Ferrari and the flavor of the day team + some that are big enough to fight, have it divided up more evenly. After being in the sport and actually competing for a time, a team should get their travel cost + some 30-60 million from the sport. Possibly tied in with an obligation to run talented drivers (let a Red Bull or Ferrari pay to not have to) during Friday mornings, do promotional events in new additions to the calendar etc. Then have a part based on results, and maybe on previous results in the last decade as well (that last part should not be more than 40-50 million at most, and be given to teams like Sauber etc. as well, not just for the winners of the last championships). And part of what now ends up in far too deep pockets of financials has to go to tracks, so that they can make a good show of it for the fans. I think a budget cap (maybe comined with a minimum inlay/spending limit for owners too though) would help make sure its not a spending contest.
    3. Limit the people in the pits for pitstops, slowing them down by doing only one axle, or one side at a time (and making it a bit safer)
    4. Technical – with the budget cap (see above) I would like to see a team have more choice on whether they want to develop things like an engine, or do more simulator work, windtunnel work or go all crazy on exotic materials. The Budget cap should ensure that a team cannot afford to focus on all of them at once, and it will reward those that spend cleverly.
    5. Testing. I would not add much testing to the calendar. I do think it would be nice to have a way for the tyre supplier to test, using cars from teams that are in the last 2-3 places in the standings for a couple of weeks (they would pay for the testing). Why no extra testing? because we would focus on the fridays even more for testing new bits, using either young drivers, or if a team prefers (and accepts getting losing some FOM money) their regular driver or test driver.
    6. 3rd drivers – I think it would be good to make it mandatory that test drivers get at least a day or 2 of pre-season testing as well as 2-4 FP1 showings. Reasoning – something between safety and contingency (a team must make sure that their reserve can actually handle the car).

    #241950
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    I was really surprised to see Monaco on there (what is the * about, is it still provisional?)

    #241944
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    Yeah, that is definitely clear why they got a penalty.

    #241630
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    First of all, a great thanks for the work put in to create this extensive detail of issues Red Bull have had in the last years @mnmracer!

    Please guys @freelittlebirds, @jonsan, just cut the bickering. Its no fun, you won’t convince each other and its just the kind of thing that shuts down discussion on forums all over the internet.

    I think from the data provided, its safe to conclude that its still very much true that Adrian Newey looks for the boundaries of what can be made, and the whole team is pushing the limits too which causes a relatively high amount of technical issues (and team glitches). But it also makes the cars blindingly quick more often than not, or at least enough to win championships.
    Last year, I would say the McLaren was faster. But the team pushed their luck with pitstop issues and mechanical failures and Red Bull won. Ferrari was the more reliable of the 3 top teams lately, but not quite as fast.

    As for a difference between the teammates Vettel vs. Webber, I do feel that the issues come up slightly differently and have different effects, possibly a result of different driving styles as well as Webber being bigger. Overall I see no ground to conclude that Red Bull provide Webber with less of a car than they do Vettel (apart from THAT wing in Silverstone), although the car at its peak performance fits his driving style a bit better.
    And there certainly is a difference in who most in the team favor to win (Marko being the clearest here), but Mark telling the world about being a second driver is as much about pushing himself up as it is about his real feel. If not, he would not have been at the team for 6 season.

    #241516
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    Everytime I see a car with a nice wide and low rear wing, I am reminded of what we have in F1 nowadays :-(

    I do hope the formula takes off and we can see it in some of the cities not too far off and for a reasonable price. Seeing how much success the City Racing events have, I would think this could also make for a great event (we might even have a Williams or McLaren being showcasted as part of the program. Or an Indycar etc.) I think the race in Berlin is closest to where I live. But I would love to see Prague included!

    #241515
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    Interesting ideas with the tyres. Its clear that they used that to push Pirelli in the F1 negotiations, but I would be quite curious to see how such tyres would go in F1. Not sure they wouldn’t still need monsoon rain tyres at some places though.

    #240458
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    Great excuse for watching THAT pole lap again @keithcollantine! I think it would really be a good move for Indycar to have him back. I would hope he sheds 20 kg and does become a front runner if it happens.

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