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30th August 2011, 15:24 at 3:24 pm #177114
Personally I hate the way that they line up groups of girls for the drivers to walk through on the way to the podium; it’s not the 1960s any more and we don’t need scantily clad women to attract us to a motor race. I think they’re the grid girls who stand in front of the cars when they’re getting ready for the race.
I don’t mind so much when they have men and women but when it’s just a load of female models it really gives off an air of chauvinism I think we could all do without in the 21st century.
Helmut Marko is the motor racing consultant to Dietrich Mateschitz, there’s a good article about him in the Guardian:
I’m with you regarding those idiots who hang around behind the TV crews at the GP’s, although I find people doing the same thing behind news crews or any other outside broadcasting crew to be very annoying too. It’s only TV !16th August 2011, 12:37 at 12:37 pm #176285
Thanks Hare & Andrew – there’s nothing like a bit of derogatory stereotyping aimed at you, your friends, family and neighbours to make you feel like a valued member of the site !15th August 2011, 14:01 at 2:01 pm #176489
F1 is definitely a team sport and in my opinion the driver isn’t even the most important member of the team; a good driver in a bad car hasn’t got a very good chance of winning but a bad driver in a good car has quite a good chance of winning.15th August 2011, 13:06 at 1:06 pm #176426
It’s not just motorbike racers who have that problem; anyone who rides a motorbike will have a few stories about jumping off the bike in random places and in the hope that no-one will catch you peeing there only to find that the secluded spot they’ve picked turned out to be far less secluded than they first thought.
I think it’s because you’re sitting right on top of the engine and all of the vibrations pass through you while you’re riding as I can drive a car for hours without needing the toilet but I struggle to ride my bike for more than an hour without a toilet break and I have to make sure I go the toilet before getting onto my bike as even if I didn’t need to go before within a couple of minutes of setting off I feel like I’m going to burst.11th August 2011, 14:26 at 2:26 pm #176252
I just realised, this is a Bank Holiday so I will be off work anyway !!11th August 2011, 14:24 at 2:24 pm #176226
I never rated JV and I still don’t. Kimi on the other hand was and still is a very good driver and I wish he’d come bak to F1 some time soon.
Ned hit the nail on the head with: JV is the obvious candidate for the most undeserving champion of all time award !11th August 2011, 14:16 at 2:16 pm #176251
Sounds good, I’ll have to see if I can get the day off !10th August 2011, 14:20 at 2:20 pm #176153
I’ll second that Keith, it’s a shame you’ve been affected so badly f1paddocks, I hope you’re alright !
We’ve had some rioting near to where I live and work; Liverpool city centre was eerily quiet yesterday when I left work as most of the shops, bars and restaurants had closed early and sent their staff home in case it all kicked off again but luckily those people who were rioting (mainly unemployed scally kids and the usual dregs who cause most of the trouble & crime around here) kept themselves out of the city centre and the local people were able to prevent them from doing too much damage elsewhere.
While this has lead to the England football friendly being cancelled it’s not something that should effect the next GP at Silverstone; this isn’t a political demonstration – it’s just a load of unemployed and mostly unemployable people from the slums trying to steal or break whatever they can get their hands on and using the events of last week as an excuse.10th August 2011, 13:17 at 1:17 pm #176181
Check out this weeks MCN (Motorcycle News) there’s a good article in there about the recent Silverstone World Superbike race and the organisers explain that the reason the WSB’S didn’t have all of the big TV screens and other spectator facilities that were avilable during the F1 and MotoGP events was due to the low price of the tickets.
I know this doesn’t explain all of the price difference but if you want big screen TV’s and other spectator facilities then you’ve got to pay for them.10th August 2011, 13:10 at 1:10 pm #176191
This is an inevitable consequence of having to make engines and certain other parts of the cars last for several races; a few years ago a part failure would cost you a result at a GP – these days it could cost you the GP plus whatever penalty that’s applied for the following race(s) and therefore the teams are making sure that reliability is one of their top priorities.
There’s also the fact that F1 cars are being severely limited in their performance which means that parts are not being pushed to the extremes of a few years ago.
And could we please stop the ridiculous “F1 is the pinnacle of technology” rubbish – F1 hasn’t been at the pinnacle of technology for over a decade thanks to the unbelievable idiocy that has lead the FIA to ban almost all new technologies over the last twenty years; laser ignition, active suspension and many other systems are used in production cars these days and while they may not perform at the same very high speeds of an F1 car the average family car now has more advanced technology on it than anything that lines up at the start of an F1 GP these days.5th August 2011, 15:13 at 3:13 pm #175987
This is such a shame; he’s had that McLaren since new and he’s one of the few F1 owners who actually uses it on the road instead of leaving it covered up in an underground garage.
I just hope McLaren will be able to get it back into showroom condition again, they didn’t make that many of them and it would be unfortunate if this one is a write off.3rd August 2011, 15:49 at 3:49 pm #175924
One of the definitions of sport is:
An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
The LSR involves physical exertion (or at least as much as any other form of motorsport) and skill and is governed by a set of rules and is undertaken competitively – ergo it’s a sport and as it involves motor vehicles this would make it a motorsport.
The LSR also involves direct competition as you’re trying to beat the record that’s been set by your competitors; the fact that you’re not competing on the same day (in most cases) is irrelevant.3rd August 2011, 9:34 at 9:34 am #175922
I do consider it to be a sport and as it includes the use of motorised vehicles then, for me at least, the Land Speed Record is a motorsport.
The point of motorsport isn’t always to beat the guys you’re racing against; for many people it is the challange of racing the track, acheiving a certain lap time or top speed or even just getting to the end and I don’t believe that you must be directly competing against somebody else in order to make what you’re doing a sport.1st August 2011, 14:16 at 2:16 pm #175571
There should definitely be a James Bond style oil release system, caltraps along the back of the car that can be released at any time, a small gun with up to 20 shots available per race and a catch fence that can be activated by each driver once a race.26th July 2011, 15:07 at 3:07 pm #175214
Many others have thought the same thing for quite a while now, unfortunately it would put the track owners/FIA in a very difficult position should a driver put a wheel onto the wet artificial grass and then end up spinning off and suffering a serious accident.
It would also make the tracks far too dangerous for motorbikes; most of the run off areas you see at tracks today are not there for the benefit of F1 cars, they’re there to help motorbike racers recover when they run wide and to help keep them out of the barriers/walls that so often used to kill them just a few years ago.
F1 cars have become very safe in recent years, the same can not be said for motorbikes for quite obvious reasons.