Carlitox

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  • #348803

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    Well I’m finding it harder than last year to be honest. I unfortunately am not a pro, so I have to set difficulty to 80 and even there I’m struggling. It also comes down to the fact that my brain is still in 2016 mode, so a corner that I had to previously brake for may now be taken just by lifting off. That costs seconds, though I think I’m getting the hang of it.

    Season-wise, just started out on STR alongside Carlos Sainz, because obviously I was looking to replace an expendable driver :) Practice programmes prove hard but I manage to clear them out, then line up 15th in the grid, mixed feelings for the team as they expected me to start 13th or better, however, I did beat my teammate. Come race day, it’s raining and I go “are you f*****g kidding me”. That’s the great thing about this game, it makes you realize that the prospect of a wet race are exciting for a fan but for drivers and engineers it has to be the most annoying and frustrating thing, to have all your programmes rendered useless because it had to godddamn rain!

    A good start puts me 11th behind Grosjean, however, a couple of bad corners put me within striking distance of Stroll, behind me. Thank god there’s no DRS as it’s just pouring right now. So I keep my cool and try to shortshift as much as I can (I should explain that the only assist I have on is automatic gears, the reason being that my wheel is a Logitech DFGT, the paddles are so small and hard and these cars require so much shifting that my fingers end up hurting a lot). SC out because of an incident in the fast chicanes, after the restart I’m able to get close to Grosjean and after a bit of a fight, get past him. Up next is Magnussen, he’s struggling as well so I can catch him easier than Grosjean. 9th place was awesome so far, but strangely, two other drivers in front of me pit, I imagine it’s for inters but by that point there were so few laps that I just stuck with the wet tyres and looked for damp places to keep them in good shape.

    Final result: 7th, teammate DNF. Was a good day. Then got invited to drive the R26. Also a good day!

    #347944

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    I loved that ending: POTENZA! POTENZA!

    BTW it’s Ricardo Rosset.

    #346670

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    What would be the record during an official race? I’m betting on Luciano Burti at Spa 2001, it was almost 290 km/h head-on into the tyres at Blanchimont. I remember thinking “holy mother of **** he’s done for”. He bounced back completely though he never raced at F1 again.

    #317496

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    But what if we put it in a bigger single-seater?

    Matthew Brabham’s entry for the Indy 500. I know the DW12 isn’t a looker, but the colours are astonishing.

    #310707

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    Gilles Villeneuve giving away the 1979 title to Scheckter comes to mind. He was convinced 1980 would be his year but he was very wrong. While it didn’t necessarily ruin his career, he really should’ve been champion.

    Also maybe JP Montoya going to McLaren and never really getting along with anyone. He was really liked in Williams and I never understood why he jumped ship. The Macca was really fast but unreliable. Once they fixed the walrus Williams, it got insanely quick. Had he stayed there, he might have carried on racing beyond 2006.

    #309947

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    @mazdachris For the foreseeable future all LMP1 Audis will be R18s, simply because R19, R20, etc., are Renault’s trademark, for some old road cars and of course their F1 cars. Granted, they could’ve gone with S19, as the S is another Audi denomination but…

    #309726

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    I’m sure Audi’s engineers know what they’re doing but GOD that car looks like it ran into a wall. Nevertheless, it is an impressive machine. The livery helps a lot. Still prefer this year’s car, though.

    #307247

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    @bradley13 You beat me to it! That BTCC race is a strong contender not only for best race of the year, but of the decade. I was screaming the whole time!

    #305148

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    12th/13th September, Mazda Road to Indy Championships.
    USF2000: Nico Jamin, Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, Round 8/8, Race 15/16
    ProMazda: Santiago Urrutia, Team Pelfrey, Round 8/8, Race 15/16
    Indy Lights: Spencer Pigot, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian, Round 8/8, Race 16/16

    Especially chuffed with Santiago, first time an Uruguayan driver wins a racing championship outside South America.

    #303323

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    I’d prefer alternating. If you somehow manage to ignore the epic track that was destroyed in 2002, the current Hockenheim is not a bad circuit. The parabolika is very tricky when you go side-by-side and the run after the hairpin is quite tricky too. Plus the stadium section remains as cool as ever, thankfully. I feel it’s hated because of that, because no matter how cool it is, it cannot match what was there before.

    The Nurburgring is also a very nice fast flowing track (except that stupid first section). I especially like the second half, from the hairpin all the way to the chicane, it’s fantastic.

    #301259

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    #301187

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    I just hope they come back to Punta del Este. I was eager to attend, but money issues prevented my family to go (Punta del Este is quite far away from the capital city Montevideo, and the coach ticket is a bit expensive, not to mention general admission was $600, which is USD22 but is a lot of money for our economy). However, I’d love to see them on Australia’s Surfer’s Paradise (or Gold Coast), on Adelaide or maybe on Pau in France. Macao is also an awesome track but the fast main section would make the cars look a bit silly.

    As for drivers, I’d like people fully comitted to the championship. I hate teams swapping drivers every race. It’d be awesome to see Susie Wolff there, just to see if she still has what it takes to race. But preferably, less F1 rejects and more young up-and-coming drivers. Alex Fontana was a nice addition, for instance.

    #298905

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    I have an old F1 Racing mag in which Max Mosley says “People love crashes but they also love seeing the drivers jump out a few seconds later” I think that’s the situation. It’s part of the excitement. Ask NASCAR.
    However I’m still very much worried. If Hinch was stabbed in his crash there is a serious flaw in those safety cells. God knows what can happen if a car takes off mid race.

    #298275

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    I’m massively excited, but I only hope everyone stays safe, drivers and spectators. We saw what happened in the GT3 race. I don’t think the WTCC cars can fly like that but still. It’s the Green Hell, after all.

    #293168

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    Please Mr. Agag, you’re doing FAR better than Bernie, your series is awesome and though it doesn’t have our beloved engine roar, it has our also beloved epic racing and fan accessibility. Don’t, just plese don’t ruin it with things like this.

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