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4th October 2015, 19:38 at 7:38 pm #306529
@fastiesty No problem, it’s an interesting tie up for sure. The start of the FV2 season is only two FV rounds away in South Africa, so that will be interesting. FIRST have a good shot with Gerrard and Inman.
By the way, I meant to say that Bradley and Dylan did a good job commentating the race, considering it was Dylan’s first time and Bradley had to remain neutral despite his team fighting for the win. He even sounded happy for Beckenbauer when he passed Thunder for the lead, despite that probably being disappointing to him.
And also, here are some potentially interesting stats and facts from Brazil:
* Downton secured their first win as a constructor. They are the 9th constructor to win a race, the 6th from the UK, and the first new winner since Ingram at the US GP last season.
* Downton also secured their first win as an engine supplier. They are the 8th engine supplier to win a race, with the last one being Peugeot at the 2014 Spanish GP. The others are Honda, Cosworth, Mercedes, Vauxhall, BMW, and Yamaha. They are the first team to win using engines with the same name as the team.
* Marcus Thunder secured his first win. He his the first new winner this season, the last new winner was Milkovich in France last season.
* Elroy Wagner scored his second pole in a row and the eighth of his career. He has been on the pole twice in Brazil and has never been on the podium.
* Will Hoskins finished but was not classified as he was over 20 laps down. I believe this is a record for the least distance completed while still finishing the race.
* Downton scored their first ever double podium and 1-2. This was the first double podium and 1-2 by any team this season. The last 1-2 was Franklin in Germany last season.
* Firestone achieved their first victory and podiums in Formula Virtual.
* With Lucas being excluded from the race, FV had its smallest grid since 2013 Mexico, where BMW Zyla were missing from the grid after having been excluded from the championship. Hopefully the same does not happen to Lucas and this is a one-off.
* Downton jumped from 9th in the table to 4th after multiplying their previous point of 1 a factor of 44.
* Liverpool continue to lead the championship despite being winless. This is the first time that a team with zero wins has lead after 3 rounds. They are leading in part to being the only team to have three double-points finishes this season.
* The top two teams in the constructors’ championship have not won races during the season. This is a first time occurrence.
* Both former FV champions scored their first points of the season in Brazil. It was Powers’ first podium since 2014 France 11 races ago. This is his longest gap between podiums by far.
* Rossi have a career-best three podiums in a season after three consecutive podiums. They are the only team to have been on the podium every race of this season.
* I have no idea if this is a record or not, but four different teams (Franklin, Liverpool, Rossi, Downton) lead laps with six different drivers (Wagner, Simon, Giodano, Dominicali, Thunder, Beckenbauer). There were too many lead changes to count! (someone can if they want, though)
* Westwood and AMR achieved their first points finishes in Brazil.
* This was the second Brazilian V-Prix in five races. It was the penultimate round of last season.4th October 2015, 17:22 at 5:22 pm #306523
Fantastic race! The first couple of race were admittedly difficult to watch for the full length, but that one went by in a blur. A lot of teams messed up the strategy in that race, probably due to the drastically different track length from the first two races. Beckenbauer had a cracking race storming up from 12th on the grid, it was unfortunate that he didn’t win. It looks like @bradley13 called the strategy absolutely right.
@fastiesty Surely a formal process would be opened up for entries next season, if there will be any spots available? I’m sure you aren’t the only one who wants in.
@RoboCAT I think the series should consider making a rule saying that the resigning of drivers for the upcoming season cannot occur until after a certain number of races (say 6 or 7). The prices for the drivers based on championship standing are not necessarily accurate after only a few rounds and it sort of kills the silly season very early on in the season. It’s kinda crazy for teams to have to make decisions on drivers before they even see how the perform during the season.28th September 2015, 20:25 at 8:25 pm #306276
@bradley13 Wow, can’t believe I missed Milkovic. He is one of the better drivers on the grid. Judson might be the first driver to make their race début in Malaysia though.28th September 2015, 17:05 at 5:05 pm #306270
Some potentially interesting stats from the Malaysian V-Prix:
* Franklin became the first team to win at the same venue three times, albeit with three different drivers
* For the second race in a row the finishing order was Franklin, Liverpool, Rossi, Liverpool
* Judson Sikes became the first Russian to start a race in Formula Virtual
* Ingram jumped from last in the standings to 4th
* It was Elroy Wagner’s 7th Pole, 4th win, and first time winning consecutive races
* Ruiz’s second consecutive DNF is only the second time a Franklin driver has failed to score in two successive races (the other was Hoskins in 2014 at Spain and USA)
* Westwood have been the highest finishing Firestone runners at both races so far, with 6th in Australia and 8th in Malaysia
* Felix Beyer’s 9th place ended an 11 race pointless streak for him
* Enzo Domenicalli is off to a great start this season: he has already scored 25 points in 2015, while he only scored 52 over the course of the whole 2014 season
* Rossi have now scored exactly two podiums in every Formula Virtual season, although they have many races left to improve on this tally in 2015
* Downton-powered teams are currently first and last in the constructors’ standings with Liverpool in first and Ocelot in last16th September 2015, 22:22 at 10:22 pm #305279
@fastiesty Interesting. Dynamic tracks haven’t had too much of an effect on the 25 – 40 min road races that I do in terms of the rubber on the road, but the position of the Sun is affecting track temps in a significant way. The one oval race I have done on the dynamic tracks it was obvious. The bottom (preferred) line got really hot halfway through and everyone had to shift up to the middle groove. The dynamic tracks update is awesome.16th September 2015, 17:01 at 5:01 pm #305261
@mfeire Yeah, I meant to mention something about the whole bias thing. Everyone has a bias in forming their opinion on a topic like this. Someone from France is more likely to like Le Mans or Monaco the most, as they have probably been exposed to the culture surrounding those events more. And everyone is biased toward the series they follow. For me personally, I watch every F1 and IndyCar race, but only a few endurance races (I did watch every hour of Le Mans this year though, that was fun), so I am naturally biased towards the Indy 500 over Bathurst because I know more about Indy. Someone from Australia will probably have the opposite bias, as they probably know more about and will have been exposed to Bathurst more than Indy. Bias comes from each person’s experiences and we use our experience to form opinions. This thread is an opinion thread, so bias is going to be in it.
Even if someone tries to remove bias, they are still being biased. For example, if @vmaxmuffin had excluded Bathurst from his choices because he has a bias towards it, he would actually be biased against Bathurst, as a completely objective person would have had Bathurst in consideration, while he would not have. The best thing to do is state your bias and let others interpret your position with the knowledge of your bias. This is called super-objectivity.
And @vmaxmuffin I understand why you slightly downgrade Indy for being an oval. The perfect race IMO would be a race with all of the history, tradition, speed, and action of Indy but at a circuit such as La Sarthe, the Nordschiefe, Bathurst, or Spa. But you can’t have everything.16th September 2015, 4:25 at 4:25 am #30524316th September 2015, 2:18 at 2:18 am #305234
The Indianapolis 500. It features close, unpredictable races year after year, some of the highest speeds of any race in the world (240mph on the back straight), and has an incredible amount of tradition. And, despite innovations in saftey technology, it is still very dangerous, as proven by the Hinchcliffe, Castroneves, and Carpenter crashes this year. Watching drivers going wheel to wheel at 230mph knowing that a touch of wheels will send them into the nearby concrete wall is breath-taking. And all of the traditions (drinking the milk, driver intros, the singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana”, and the balloon release) really make the event come to life and connect you to events of the past. I love it.
@mfreire The best NASCAR race is definitely not Daytona or Talladega. Those are races based off of tons of luck, hoping you don’t get collected in “the big one” and get a draft at the right time. The best NASCAR race is the Southern 500 at Darlington, SC. I might be biased (I am from SC), but it has just as much history as Daytona and is an oval track that is certainly not easy to drive. It’s narrow, it’s short, and it’s slippery. And it’s in the heart of NASCAR country.
@calum The Tour de France definitely deserves a mention, I enjoy watching it every year. You’ll struggle to find a race more demanding on the pilot of a vehicle.10th September 2015, 22:11 at 10:11 pm #304949
@mathers The pole time for FV at Malaysia last year was a 1:40.944 and the fastest lap of the race was a 1:41.278, so last year’s practice was probably dry. However, you are CORRECT that the cars have improved by 13 seconds. The Australia pole time for last season was a 1:35.xxx. This year’s pole time at AUS was a 1:24.xxx. With that sort of improvement at Australia (which no one even noticed), the improvement at Malaysia is perfectly reasonable.
Maybe @RoboCAT needs to go tell Bernie and Jean how to speed up the cars without breaking the bank or ruining the show!
Edit: Sorry for accusing you of running them on the wrong circuit, Nic.10th September 2015, 21:50 at 9:50 pm #304947
@RoboCAT Not to be condescending, but are you sure that you ran the cars around the Sepang circuit? Because the real life fastest lap this year at Sepang was a 1:42.xxx and it was in the dry. It seems that the FV are 12 secs a lap faster than real life 2015 F1 and 13 seconds faster than the 2014 FV cars.5th September 2015, 14:36 at 2:36 pm #304457
Geez, is his back okay?2nd September 2015, 23:52 at 11:52 pm #304199
@bradley13 Is the wiki up right now? Because I am having trouble accessing it…
Anyway, the race was fantastic and it was made more interesting by Ruiz’s issues. It was strange how many cars were going on two wheels at the penultimate turn, it will be interesting to see if that is a season-long trend. I agree with @JaimeFranklinF1 that the backmarkers were inconsiderate, Scott Parsons should have yielded when he was being passed by Ruiz, not thrown it up the inside, IMO.
It was good to see Liverpool on top of the table, we haven’t seen that for a while in this series or in the EPL! Good stuff.8th August 2015, 0:48 at 12:48 am #302988
@robocat I would prefer to see the whole thing, and if that would make it easier on you then great. I see no problem with at least trying for the first race and seeing what people think of it.16th June 2015, 21:29 at 9:29 pm #300160
In 2014 there were two of these moments, one being after Bianchi’s crash in Japan for obvious reasons and the other being the last lap of Abu Dhabi realizing that Hamilton was going to be champion. As a Hamilon fan, this was emotional especially after the tough season of 2011 and the heartbreaks of 2012. I was convinced he probably wasn’t going to win a championship so when he did it was magnificent.
The most exciting, jump-off-of-the-couch moment for me was Jenson Button overtaking Vettel on the last lap of 2011 Canada. It was unexpected and I was sick of Vettel winning all of the races. And JB has so much class that he is hard to pull against.28th May 2015, 5:20 at 5:20 am #299124