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22nd May 2017, 17:24 at 5:24 pm
Two podiums in three races? Are you kidding me? That’s a great result, this time on merit due to a strategy call. I think that is the first race since the new tire rules have been introduced that the hard tires were the best tire to be on! And Hutchinson executed the strategy perfectly. He didn’t let anyone besides KvS pass him and had enough pace to comfortably come out in front of the medium runners and Hoskins after his stop. Another outstanding performance from him. After the first couple races of this season I certainly didn’t think that we would have two podiums on the board at this point in the season. Hutchinson has also scored points in all of the last five races and is 7th (!) in the drivers’ championship. Points from the second car are still lacking, but Zozulya is doing a solid job.
In terms of other results for us, Zozulya was demonstrating good pace again until he made a few mistakes and cost himself a chance at points, which is disappointing. It is also disappointing to see that he and Felix Perez took each other out in FV2. Perez has started the season really well though, I think he can win the title as long as he keeps up his current form.
Other good performances in FV included Lewis Ellington, who really impressed on his return. That was definitely a good deal for Holmqvist. They got rid of a mediocre driver for a two-time race winner. Will Hoskins also had a really good race, he was arguably faster than Hutchinson but just didn’t have track position, which is what counted at the end of the day. Sikes was impressive and Nowosinki was on a good strategy (although his pace wasn’t great) and North Star looked on for a good haul of points. Unfortunately for them it unraveled at the end there, that was unlucky (particularly Nowosinki’s engine failure).
Also: AMR deserve a podium and I can’t imagine how much of a relief it will be for them when they get one. 3 4th places, 5 5th places, a pole, and previous bad luck from Beyer adds up to them deserving a podium.
19th May 2017, 14:04 at 2:04 pm
Zozulya 2nd in practice!! And Pérez on the pole for FV2! Good stuff. Hopefully our FV quali performance can match that practice performance.
@robocat And overall, I definitely think the upgrade is a good thing, if nothing else to take full advantage of rFactor2 updates. Adding better wet weather performance is a huge plus by itself.
19th May 2017, 5:59 at 5:59 am
Hopefully the new cars won’t hurt the racing in any way, the current cars produce great racing. I think the cars will look great though, especially with the shark fin. I just wish that removing the shark fin didn’t improve engine performance, but I suppose there weren’t any other options with the mod.
@robocat Is that car mod any better in the wet than the current one? Also where is the paint template available?
16th May 2017, 18:24 at 6:24 pm
I know that I’m a bit late, but I was pleased with FIRST’s French V-Prix result. It was the maximum available on the day and it moves us up into 5th in the constructors’. Zozulya was fairly impressive in his debut race, scoring points and having the same pace as Hutchinson throughout.
5th May 2017, 19:48 at 7:48 pm
@pezlo2013 I’m interested to see how Ostberg will do, his performances in the junior series have been a bit mixed but he definitely has potential.
It seems like we’ve been thinking similarly, with both of us replacing an under-performing driver with a promising young driver.
5th May 2017, 15:18 at 3:18 pm
Good pace there from Zozulya, I think that’s where the car is at the moment. I’m not too worried about Hutchinson, he has consistently performed much better in qualifying than practice this season.
29th April 2017, 7:06 at 7:06 am
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27th April 2017, 16:20 at 4:20 pm
25th April 2017, 17:20 at 5:20 pm
Miyamoto needs to “Face the Facts” says Blocker
In response to a question asked about Ocelot team principal Rai Miyamoto calling for a cost cap in Formula Virtual, FIRST Team Principal Adam Blocker stated that:
“The current structure of Formula Virtual offers a good balance between rewarding teams for being successful in the past while allowing for new or struggling teams to fight their way back up the grid. I don’t think any major changes are needed to the current structure. If anything, the changes coming in 2018 to the in-season development structure will allow smaller teams to keep up with development for longer.”
Blocker went on to comment that “Miyamoto needs to face the facts. FIRST, North Star, and Holmqvist have all become competitive this season under the current structure. Just because Ocelot doesn’t have a proper long term strategy doesn’t mean that the series’ structure is broken. The only thing that has been broken is Ocelot’s team structure. Even recently, they practically gave away one of the best drivers on the grid [Puccio Giodano] to Franklin for nothing. It isn’t Nic’s fault that FIRST and Holmqvist have already surpassed Ocelot’s all-time points total this season.”
24th April 2017, 8:52 at 8:52 am
**** Yeah! Hutchinson really is the man! Third in qualifying and the race is brilliant! Even without the late race carnage he was on to finish 7th on pure pace! Obviously I don’t expect to be challenging for podiums every race, but I will most certainly take that result. That puts us up to 6th in the constructors’ just behind AMR. Our target at the beginning of the season was 6th, so we are on target. It is going to be tricky to beat Lopez and AMR though. We got lucky that Wagner and Harding had absolutely dismal races today, both because of their poor driving (Wagner today, Harding last week). The only thing that dampens the result is that Bacon didn’t really get a fair chance to race, if he had he almost certainly would have been in the points. We need to have a second car scoring points if we want to contest for 5th in the constructors’. Right now Hutchinson has done all of our scoring.
23rd April 2017, 20:11 at 8:11 pm
It sounds like Ruiz needs to take responsibility for his mistakes.
23rd April 2017, 16:04 at 4:04 pm
Wow! Hutchinson really is the man! Third in qualifying and the race is brilliant! Even without the late race carnage he was on to finish 7th on pure pace! Obviously I don’t expect to be challenging for podiums every race, but I will most certainly take that result. That puts us up to 6th in the constructors’ just behind AMR. Our target at the beginning of the season was 6th, so we are on target. It is going to be tricky to beat Lopez and AMR though. We got lucky that Wagner and Harding had absolutely dismal races today, both because of their poor driving (Wagner today, Harding last week). The only thing that dampens the result is that Bacon didn’t really get a fair chance to race, if he had he almost certainly would have been in the points. We need to have a second car scoring points if we want to contest for 5th in the constructors’. Right now Hutchinson has done all of our scoring.
22nd April 2017, 22:37 at 10:37 pm
Hutchinson you are the man! Stunning lap! Now if he can convert it into good race pace I will be incredibly happy. Bacon on the other hand was not even given a car to qualify in, so I can’t mark him down on that. It will be a long way for him to come through the field to get a good result, especially with everyone starting on more or less the same strategy.
21st April 2017, 0:30 at 12:30 am
Sorry that I haven’t been able to do the stats guys, real life has been pretty busy lately.
“Bacon Needs to Improve Performances Immediately” says Blocker
In a press conference leading up to this weekend’s Chinese V-Prix, FIRST Motorsport Team Principal has warned that Douglas Bacon’s position in the team is under threat after struggling in the opening three rounds of the season. When asked about Bacon’s performances, Blocker said:
“Douglas has been underwhelming in the first three races, he has been comprehensibly out-qualified and out-raced by Arden. Arden has qualified in the top 10 of all three races while Douglas hasn’t qualified in the top 10 for any of them. Arden has scored all 7 of our points so far. Douglas needs to improve his performances immediately if he wants to keep his seat. This is an important portion of an important season for our team and we don’t want to waste any more opportunities.”
When later asked about why he decided to call out Bacon in a public fashion, Blocker replied:
“Last year I did the same thing before the Spa race. I said that Douglas needed to prove himself to get a 2017 seat. Then he went out and got a season defining 13th place, which ended up being the best result for any of the new teams last season. I am confident that he can respond in the same way, but if he doesn’t then I won’t hesitate to make a change.”
Douglas Bacon is in his fourth season of Formula Virtual and is currently the oldest driver on the grid at 35 years old. He hasn’t scored any points in Formula Virtual since 2014, when he finished 8th for Westwood at the French V-Prix. The most obvious replacement for Bacon would be FIRST test driver Oleksandr Zozulya, who just made his practice debut last weekend in Japan, but FIRST could also opt to sign a driver from another team or promote its other rising young driver Felix Perez.
Either way, Adam Blocker has applied pressure onto Douglas Bacon to perform. Now it is up to Bacon to prove himself again.
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