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    I will click for a larger version – still not used to how small and narrow these look! Especially when they get photobombed by a GTE car in the background.
    Unlike some people they’re aware of the value of number 1 and what an achievement it represents for the whole team.
    Looking forward to seeing the Porsche later, and hoping for the best with its livery…

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    Pleased they’ve moved the lap counter/clock away from the centre of the screen – that always got in the way of onboard shots.

    Pitstop times were good. At last, they show the “3.1” stationary time as the car pulls away, but also have the total pit-lane time that’s useful for comparison.

    Didn’t like the way they keep showing the number of places gained off the grid by each driver – confusing and unnecessary.

    #292710
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    Many of Jacques’ cars were engineered by “Jocques” Clear, whenever Ted Kravitz or James Allen had a slip of the tongue…

    #292060
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    And the next three drivers are…Michael Krumm, Lucas Ordoñez and Jann Mardenborough.
    Ordoñez will be in the number 21 third car at Le Mans, alongside Matsuda.

    No surprised faces this time – Krumm’s an established Nismo man and he’s been testing the car for weeks but what a story: two GT Academy winners getting their shot at LMP1.

    Looks like Mardenborough’s doing the full season – interested to see what this means for Jann’s single-seater career, and if he can fit any more GP3 around it.

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    Really exciting bit of new carness. On a different level from F1’s refined and tweaked 2015 cars, because of what the WEC rules allow (I’m sure the F1 teams would produce something mad if they could - I’d like to think Adrian Newey’s now spending half his time on a rival for this!)

    It could blow the others away, like Ross Brawn’s Jaguar in 1991 (and the colour scheme reminds me of that car a bit).
    The Michelin men will need to get the tyres right, just like the 6-wheeled Tyrrells, the Deltawing and that Wirth car in the States with the big front wheels.

    #289057
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    If Ron’s just increased his stake in McLaren, the cars will be grey. Like Eric Boullier’s hair by the end of the season.

    Looking forward to seeing the Martini Williams without an unfortunate nose. I like the clean design at the moment – why does it have to be plastered with logos?

    I agree the Lotus design has lost its impact, like the McLaren chrome or Red Bull. Still good-looking colours though. Maybe they should paint it yellow, that would stand out. I never liked the old Camel Lotus because it took away the original JPS colours, but they were easy cars to spot towards the back of the field…

    #287446
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    Would McLaren allow their driver to appear in a Porsche?
    Couldn’t see Mercedes letting one of their F1 stars race a Porsche or Audi. Or, for that matter, Honda letting its no.1 driver drive for Toyota or Nissan.
    I don’t see any such conflicts with Hulkenberg, unless Porsche is sponsored by any airlines you can’t book any flights with, or Indian cricket teams.

    #287258
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    Kvyat sneaking up on Raikkonen – enjoyed that, a nice opportunist move.
    I know Kimi’s tyres were shot (and wish that wasn’t necessary to get these cars racing) but at least it wasn’t DRS.

    #287011
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    Liked the Putrajaya track. Like a little Long Beach – couple of good passing spots and fast turns, and a downhill section. Shame about the chicane with its track-limits issues, but that’s better than fishing cars out of the wall.

    The cars race well, they go round in packs and clearly have plenty of torque. But they need big names or numbers on them. There’s no excuse for the background music – the cars’ sound is meant to be an attraction in itself.

    I’d prefer two sprint races. They could just have Fanboost in race 2. The whole pitstop phase is long and confusing, and (like the long, slow safety car periods) that won’t keep young whippersnappers watching on those pad things.
    Just been reading an interview with Karun Chandhok and it’s good to see (a) he’s not sure about the midrace car change either and (b) Alejandro Agag’s asking for feedback off all the drivers and acting on it. Although so far, apart from losing the warm-up lap, it’s just been some predictable moaning about kerbs…

    #286425
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    He’ll fit right in at Ferrari – he looks just like Alonso!

    #286103
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    (To Fernando) What would you like to introduce in F1 that you saw in your visit to the 6 Hours of Bahrain and tour of WEC Race Control?

    (To Nico and Lewis) On Sunday one of you will forever become “the man who won the World Championship with double points”. What will that mean to you?

    #280304
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    Were Marussia saving mileage, big time, on engines and other parts in Sochi then?
    That would be an effect of the gesture with Bianchi’s car, and Chilton’s mysterious retirement.

    And I thought this was an interesting theory. But if it’s true, why aren’t Sauber and Lotus missing the last 3?

    #279733
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    They’ll have to kick Alonso out at the end of 2015 to make way for him!
    So presumably Sainz is going…somewhere.

    #279457
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    Almost a Senna-Mansell finish! Not sure Jerez is right for these cars, it seemed to require a howler from the driver in front to create an opportunity. With more shove out of the corners and comedy tyres, F1 cars might race better round there.

    #279330
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    No front wings.
    Finnish Grand Prix.
    Big numbers on the cars.
    Laurel wreaths and more local variety post-race, not just a Podium Procedure. Definitely steal the camel-rides to the podium from the Dubai 24h!
    Proper racing tyres. Durable, slideable, fatter at the back, safe operating range (no blankets, usable when cold). Still wreck them if you Nico them at the first corner though!
    Simple tyre rules. Free use through the weekend of limited sets and compounds. Allow changing just fronts or rears, mixed sets. Maybe an extra set of qualifying tyres to reward the top ten.
    Third cars and test drivers must enter the race, at least attempt to qualify. But limited appearances (maybe 2 per year per team), with drivers and races nominated before each quarter-season.
    Track Limits…there must be some way to solve this problem – maybe cars must rejoin the track on the speed limiter.
    Redesign lots of piddling slow corners that contribute nothing to the racing. For example, I’m sure there’s a decent race track hiding in Abu Dhabi. Fast sweeps, hairpin, quick kink between the two straights, bypass all the slow rubbish at the end of the lap.
    Engines – bit of flexibility here – allow monster hybrid power, also non-turbo multi-cylinders, but with fuel-flow limits so not everybody uses them. A couple of really noisy cars out there would be great.
    Press & media passes issued on grounds of quality, and GMM and their parasites hounded out of business. F1’s done “any publicity is good publicity” for way too long.
    TV? Free-to-air races, subscribe (on official website or TV) to see qualifying, practice, paddock notebooks, interviews and stuff. Single broadcaster for each country, instead of current mess in UK, with talented or competent presenters too thinly-spread between BBC & Sky.

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