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26th September 2014, 16:36 at 4:36 pm #276132
The comparison between Hamilton and Button has been brought up before. As I recall, Hamilton’s points total was skewed by his car’s mechanical unreliability – Singapore 2012 comes to mind, when his gearbox dropped him out of a likely win.
Even as a Button fan, I have to admit that, very broadly speaking, Hamilton often had the edge in terms of raw speed; whereas JB was better at long-run tyre preservation (in 2011 at least) and making canny strategic calls.26th January 2014, 14:53 at 2:53 pm #248208
I like it. Lower-pitch, guttural, certainly not as bad as the naysayers were predicting, in my view.15th October 2013, 16:36 at 4:36 pm #243138
@matt90 – From some web searches on the design of engine test stands, it seems that they only fit a very rudimentary exhaust setup, often nothing more than a series of gas lines, to the engine while it’s on the rig. Assuming that’s the case with this recording, a tuned, race-spec exhaust should sound better.15th October 2013, 15:46 at 3:46 pm #243136
It should sound different (and hopefully less vacuum-like) once it’s installed in an actual car with a race exhaust. From what we’ve heard so far, though, I’m cautiously optimistic – I like the guttural lower pitch. Here’s hoping the end result is something along the lines of the 1980s turbo engines.9th October 2013, 8:47 at 8:47 am #242749
Is the RB9 a good race car? Yes. But is the RB9 truly unbeatable, in that any given driver behind the wheel will instantly win? No. Indeed, the Red Bull car itself has been beaten numerous times – that’s why Webber sits 5th in the championship at the moment, and has never finished as championship runner-up.
Extending the line of flawed logic that “Vettel is unbeatable only because of the car”, dismissing drivers based on the dominance of their car would mean disregarding Hakkinen (who only ever won races in fast McLarens) and all of Schumacher’s championships (well-designed Benettons and dominant Ferraris). That’s ludicrous.
F1 is, and always has been, about the combination of car and driver. You can’t dismiss the driver’s contribution, given it takes a competent workman to make the most of his tools.9th July 2013, 15:51 at 3:51 pm #238587
In my view, from most deserving to least deserving:
1. Alonso winning his 3rd WDC – Not a fan of his, but even I have to concede Alonso has been consistently impressive even in slightly inferior equipment, especially his valiant 2012 campaign.
2. Vettel winning his 4th consecutive WDC – He’s hardly put a foot wrong this year, and almost always gotten the job done.
3. Raikkonen winning his 2nd WDC – He has the gutsy determination and experience to do it. He’s performed solidly since his comeback.
4. Hamilton winning his 2nd WDC – Hamilton most certainly has the speed, and he did have some awful luck in 2012.
5. Button winning his 2nd WDC – Speaking as a Button fan, his performances have generally been underwhelming as of late.
Slightly off topic, in response to @fastiesty:
With RB always spending the most money every year
Not quite. From what figures I’ve been able to find, Ferrari spends the most each year, 240 million Euros, compared to 180 million Euros for RBR (both figures for the 2012 season).7th July 2013, 10:09 at 10:09 am #238615
One foot for each pedal. The limited legroom in the cockpit prevents them from resting their foot anywhere or moving around too much.24th June 2013, 9:20 at 9:20 am #238159
It all boils down to how one defines “biggest”. It can be an objective, measurable criterion – for example, number of participants/cars on track, overall spectators and viewership – or something highly subjective and contentious – for example, the prestige factor associated with the race.24th March 2013, 10:13 at 10:13 am #229360
Vettel on Webber, seconded.17th March 2013, 14:22 at 2:22 pm #228780
Best Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Worst Driver: Pastor Maldonado
Best Team: Ferrari
Worst Team: McLaren
Best Overtake: Webber on Di Resta
Best Funny-moment: Nil
Most Surprising Result: Adrian Sutil managing to hold back the frontrunners for as long as he did
Least Surprising Result: Another solid race from Alonso
Special Mentions to: Lewis Hamilton and Jules Bianchi
Race Rating: 8/107th March 2013, 14:09 at 2:09 pm #228184
10. Massa5th March 2013, 13:16 at 1:16 pm #228081
From a business point of view, I’d be inclined to say 1995. That was the year FOM took control of the commercial rights to F1, thereby establishing the political system/hierarchy of teams that could constitute the “modern era”.26th February 2013, 12:11 at 12:11 pm #210772
The P1 is shaping up to be a mighty fine hypercar – I like the styling, and those performance figures are truly staggering – but there’s one point I don’t quite understand:
Formula 1-derived DRS
How did McLaren manage to shoehorn DRS into a road car? I assume it has something to do with the rear spoiler being adjusted at high speed, or is it just marketing fluff?24th February 2013, 11:17 at 11:17 am #225712
The concept of “freedom” seems highly subjective. For example, the United States, a country that scores highly (1) in the Freedom House index, is itself responsible for violations of freedom such as Guantanamo Bay and the PATRIOT Act. India, scored somewhat free (3), continues to grapple with social issues including but not limited to the caste system. Conversely, countries like the UAE and Malaysia, judged not as politically free (6 and 4), enjoy an otherwise high standard of living and quality of life.
However, it is an accurate observation that F1 has been attracted toward countries with less civil liberties but more than adequate finances. It is a consequence of races being treated less as purely sporting events, and more as political showcases or commodities.22nd February 2013, 7:01 at 7:01 am #225615
Speaking as a PS3 owner planning to upgrade in the near future, I’m reserving final judgement on the PS4 until more information is released. For now, at least, I haven’t seen anything truly compelling about the new console.
The hardware upgrades were to be expected. While the new social features are indeed intriguing, I do hope the actual execution doesn’t end up half-baked, like with so many other Sony ideas (the PS Move, for instance).
From what we’ve seen so far, the launch line-up has a noticeable lack of first-party exclusives. Watch Dogs and Destiny are impressive, but what of Sony’s own IPs, old and new? Aside from a new Killzone (which isn’t really appealing, given how underwhelming Killzone 3 was), Sony’s internal studios (Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, Media Molecule, et al.) are conspicuously absent. Whether or not they are withholding announcements from those developers for later, it does dull the impact of the announcement somewhat.
Over to you, Sony. I might yet change my mind.