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  • #265235
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    No prizes for who I voted for

    Didn’t know you could vote for Montoya too! :-P

    #265188
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    Especially as the infringements are with “fuel tank capacity” that might really have been critical in allowing them to win. Not a good penalty.

    On a different not, why does it take almost a week? Here we were complaining why it took the stewards until hours after the race to decide Ricciardo was disqualified for Australia, and this is 4 days after the weekend, 5 days since the race was won.

    #265181
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    Hm, interesting discussion about sport / entertainment and fan boost. I agree with you on the purity of sport side Keith as well as on the fallacy of the “it won’t make much of a difference anyhow” argument (why then vote if its of no consequence!). On the other hand, I am interested in FE, and while having FanBoost in there means that this definitely comes under sports-entertainment rather than sports as such, I think its fine if they try it as such.
    It might mean people getting more interested in motorsports because of seeing this show on, so I guess that is a positive.

    #264973
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    The voting page is a bit strange, unless it looks better on phone, having them 2 next to each other and having to scroll down is a bit awkward for me.

    I did put in my vote (Jaime A. for now), I guess this is going to be a bit of Motorsportshow reality TV, let’s hope it brings fans in for real motorsport too over time.

    #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.

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