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    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.

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    I like it. Lower-pitch, guttural, certainly not as bad as the naysayers were predicting, in my view.

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    @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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    One foot for each pedal. The limited legroom in the cockpit prevents them from resting their foot anywhere or moving around too much.

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    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.

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    Vettel on Webber, seconded.

    #228780
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    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: 8/10

    #228184
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    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hamilton
    4. Webber
    5. Raikkonen
    6. Grosjean
    7. Rosberg
    8. Button
    9. Maldonado
    10. Massa

    #228081
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    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”.

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    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?

    #225712
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    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.

    #225615
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    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.

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