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  • #302218
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    There’s only one thing worse than random points deductions, and that’s random double points deductions… *shudders*

    #302204
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    After F1 gets slammed for drivers being PR-friendly robots, IndyCar forces their drivers to become PR-friendly robots.

    Shocking, stupid and ridiculous. Denying the right to voice an opinion on something just because it might upset somebody who handed out a penalty which was probably not required is just crazy.

    I wonder what random points deduction I will get for this comment.

    #302176
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    The racing is very close, very fast and sometimes very tense. The season usually lasts from March until August and the run almost as many races as F1 does.

    Some events will host two races at the same weekend. Detroit did it this year.

    There are some names you might recognise from F1 such as Montoya, Sato and Wilson. There’s a number of GP2 frontrunners racing too.

    It is very stop-start, and the term ‘yellows breed yellows’ is very much a thing.

    The Indy 500 is the primary event, and they make a massive deal out of it. The World Endurance Championship does so with Le Mans too.

    Not a Tilkedrome in sight. (YAY) There are four types of circuit: road course (Barber and Indy Road Course are two very good ones), street course (Toronto is awesome), short oval (Iowa last weekend was good, just 7/8ths of a mile long) and speedway (Indianapolis, Pocono and Fontana).

    With the points, in short, just qualifying the car will give you points. You still get points, even if you do not finish. Some teams choose to repair their cars and try to complete more laps to get extra points. There are also bonus points for pole, for leading a lap and for leading the most laps.

    The points system runs from 1st down until 33rd (33 starters for Indy) and is as follows:
    50, 40, 35, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5.
    Double points (boo!) at Indy and at the season finale (Sonoma this year).

    There are three races left, Mid Ohio on 2nd August, Pocono on 23rd August, Sonoma on 30th August.

    And yes, the championship almost always goes down to the wire.

    #302175
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    @Bradley13 The number 9 is what I associate with Bianchi more. He finished ninth at Monaco which earned Marussia ninth in the championship, which has been a part in them surviving to this day.

    #302174
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    No changes to that sequence of corners itself should be required in terms of the racing line etc. It should be remembered that the escape roads (there are two at Dunlop) are used in the two East and West layouts of Suzuka, so removing them as escape roads is really a no-go.

    I personally do not feel that other than perhaps improving drainage as the cars dip down before Dunlop, any major changes need to be made. Suzuka has had very few changes to the layout since it was built after all, despite multiple nasty crashes in the past.

    #302088
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    I would like to see a lap of honour prior to the race at Hungary, fronted by the two Marussias. In addition, I would like to see a lap of applause from the crowd during lap 9.

    #301756
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    I can narrow it down to between 2007 and 2013 based on the Vodafone branding on the front. However that’s all the use I can be here.

    #300850
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    Ugh. Closed cockpits. The rest look a little too simplistic for my liking. Widening the cars gets a no from me too.

    #300733
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    These tracks tend to be quite bumpy so that may have something to do with it. I’m also unsure of Alguersuari’s fitness having been out of any race car for three years prior to Beijing. However, I’m still slightly baffled by this too.

    #300619
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    That was far from F1 at its best, and far far from motor racing at its best.

    However, it had its moments. I especially liked Grosjean and Nasr being absolutely wheel-to-wheel from T3 until T6.

    #300152
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    Having the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans certainly does help their respective championships, and I don’t think that it would be possible to have these championships without these marquee events. Formula 1 technically already has one in the Monaco Grand Prix, but nowadays, it is seen as neutered, processional and some have even called for it to be dropped from the calendar, and I don’t agree with those comments.

    I still believe that Monaco is the one race which springs to everybody’s mind when they think of F1, in exactly the same way as Le Mans and the Indy 500 is the one race which springs to mind for their respective championships. I do feel however that Formula 1 should be doing much, much more to preserve the status of the Monaco Grand Prix, and it needs to be more important to the teams, drivers and fans. I suggested on this site before that doubling the length of the race and awarding double points would be a good way to start, as it is similar to what happens in the WEC and in IndyCar. What is also the case in those championships is that arguably winning those races are more difficult than winning the championships themselves, so perhaps that would also help. People remember Dario Franchitti more for winning the 500 three times, as opposed to winning the championship four times. I also feel that the term ‘Monaco Grand Prix Winner’ should be thrown about more.

    However, another point is that MotoGP, junior categories (F3 aside) and Formula E as well as the majority of touring car championships don’t have these marquee events, and they seem to do just fine.

    #298792
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    I really dislike having the start and finish line several corners apart.

    #298656
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    I think that it’s being way too harsh on Kvyat. By no means is he the finished product yet, but we must remember that he is just 21. We must give him time and not write him off, especially as this is just his second season in Formula One, and his first in a top car. Whilst filling Sebastian Vettel’s shoes is somewhat impossible for a driver so young and inexperienced, I think that Kvyat isn’t doing too bad a job at the moment. We must also remember that both the engine and chassis are sub-par by Red Bull’s standards too this season.

    #298526
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    Not a nice impact at all, but the majority of that seems to be down to a suspension failure as oppose to being aero-kit related. Provided these cars stay on the ground and drivers keep their hands away from the steering wheel, the DW12 has been pretty much okay in terms of safety so far. This one reminds me a bit of Hawksworth’s accident at Pocono last year:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wobt-Wi53FA

    But Hinch hit the wall at a much worse angle, almost at a similar angle to Timo Glock at Suzuka in 2009. According to motorsport.com, he has a thigh injury which requires surgery. Indy is no stranger to big crashes, as is IndyCar as a whole, but I do hope that this is the final one we see this weekend.

    #298418
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