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  • #274564
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    At least the next track looks pretty decent. Loving that final corner!

    #274550
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    @Andae23 The reason why the cars didn’t look very fast is because they aren’t very fast ;)

    #274546
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    A very good race and a very good concept but there’s definitely room for improvement, but all in all, I was impressed by Formula E’s first race.

    I thought the ‘playlist’ in the background was shockingly awful but with a bit of work that could work quite nicely for things like safety car periods. I also felt that the death by chicane circuit could do with improvement and less sausage kerbs after Heidfeld’s accident. With the quality in the line-up, I expected nothing less from the racing, which was generally very clean and very good. It was almost like watching an IndyCar race on a street course but without the constant caution periods. I was also impressed to see five teams or so all running towards the front, which is good to see. The TV graphics were awful, there’s no other way to put it. I could barely see them (and the TV that I was watching it on isn’t small) and half of them didn’t work. The ITV team including Jennie Gow, Jann Mardenborough and Dario Franchitti worked pretty well.

    I will be watching again, but I expect to see vast improvements in the 10-week gap.

    EDIT: Also, Franck Montagny has a new fan.

    #274259
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    To the first part: I am pretty certain that they do take the wets and inters to places like Yas Marina and Bahrain.

    To the second part: I’m not sure, but I don’t see why they shouldn’t, unless the compounds change (like we saw last year).

    #274161
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    Ahh Tsukuba, a nice little circuit. I don’t think that it’s designed to withstand that much water though… That’s rather reminiscent of Silverstone in 1975 where everybody seemed to aquaplane at Stowe…

    #274144
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    I cannot think of a driver in any category who has caused so many stupid driving infringements in a single race for a very long time… Maldonado at Belgium in 2012 probably comes close but I’m sure that Canamasas went much further here.

    #274051
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    A lot of people seem to forget that Palmer is only a year older than Nasr. I think it’s more a case of perhaps Palmer was put into GP2 at a young age when he wasn’t necessarily ready as oppose to him being in GP2 for too long. Should he win the title then he definitely deserves a chance at Formula One, as should every GP2 Champion have. I think that the fact that Palmer has been in the top 8 in every race this season could well be a huge selling point to a lot of teams. Vandoorne is also within that age range and has been impressive this season but Evans and Marciello are somewhat younger and they definitely still require a year or two to develop at this level. Saying that, with the era of ‘super-young’ drivers upon us, it almost seems as if we may have a situation where as soon as you’re legally allowed to drink in the U.K. then you’re too old for F1.

    Personally I feel that each of the top three in the championship deserve a shot at F1 in 2015. It probably won’t happen, but they have definitely been impressive, especially Palmer who despite having a 12-race winless run, still leads the championship by over 40 points.

    Edit: with regards to Canamasas, a ban is long overdue for him. He clearly isn’t learning, whereas his team mate has done.

    #273421
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    I think 2009 is a good one to look at.

    2008 Australian Grand Prix quali part 2 fastest time: 1:25.187 (Lewis Hamilton)
    2009 Australian Grand Prix quali part 2 fastest time: 1:24.783 (Rubens Barrichello)

    Compare that to the 2008 and 2009 Chinese Grand Prix (where China was at the end of the 2008 season and at the start of the 2009 season)

    2008 Chinese Grand Prix quali part 2 fastest time: 1:34.947 (Lewis Hamilton)
    2009 Chinese Grand Prix quali part 2 fastest time: 1:35.130 (Sebastian Vettel)

    Obviously there are a few factors that have to be taken into consideration here. 2008 and 2009 had very different regulations as well especially regarding aero and tyres. Also the track conditions could well have been very different, and Brawn had a hugely impressive car compared to the rest of the field in the first part of the 2009 season, but at the end of the day, the times definitely do improve. Also a factor that has to be considered is that drivers get more comfortable with their cars as a season progresses in a lot of cases. It is an interesting question nonetheless.

    #273238
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    I’d ask Chilton two things:

    How much money from behind the sofa did he have to find for Belgium,

    How did Marussia deal with the situation where you stupidly took yourself and Jules out? Should Mercedes have learned from that?

    #273191
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    Lights is definitely the most logical option for Daly, given that he’s already driven the brand new IL 15 car, though it would be nice to see an IndyCar team take a punt with him and at least give him a couple of races.

    #273163
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    @fastiesty Dillmann has other commitments.

    #273154
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    I think that this is a good move. Gasly has shown excellent speed at times this year and getting as much track time can only be a good thing for him. With the GP2 series really hotting up, Gasly could snatch the odd podium if title contenders and other frontrunners trip up over each other…

    #273145
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    Jordan and Super Aguri for me. Sad to see both go when they did. At least we have Aguri in Formula E this year!

    #273139
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    August 30th – Verizon IndyCar Series – Will Power – Round 15 of 15 – Race 18 of 18
    Also of note in this series: Carlos Munoz won Rookie of the Year at the same race, Chevrolet the manufacturers cup. Juan Pablo Montoya was awarded the ‘Most Popular Driver’ award the day after.

    #272637
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    Who would I like to see? Well if you’re ignoring all current contracts then this could get interesting.

    This won’t happen but this is what I would like to happen, respecting the fact that some drivers are already confirmed:

    Mercedes: L. Hamilton/N. Rosberg
    Red Bull: D. Ricciardo/R. Grosjean
    Williams: F. Massa/K. Raikkonen
    Ferrari: F. Alonso/J. Bianchi
    McLaren: S. Vettel/V. Bottas
    Force India: N. Hulkenberg/K. Magnussen
    Toro Rosso: D. Kvyat/M. Verstappen
    Lotus: P. Maldonado/J. Palmer
    Marussia: S. Vandoorne/A. Rossi
    Sauber: S. De Silvestro/S. Sirotkin
    Caterham: C. Sainz Jr./R. Frijns

    EDIT: If I had my way I would have had J.E. Vergne instead of P. Maldonado and A. Lynn instead of M. Verstappen.

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