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  • #281404
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    Six road races, five street races and six ovals is a fantastic mix, especially with just one double header this year. Compare that to Formula One which has eight Tilkedromes, three street circuits and other low-mid downforce tracks which are generally a good mix, and the Hungaroring. For the sake of us Europeans I am glad that there are just two races which are on at crazy times in the morning. Next season should be fantastic!

    Times adjusted to UK time:

    March 8th – Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet, Brasilia, Brazil (road) – 15:00
    March 29th – Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida (street) – 20:00
    April 12th – NOLA Motorsports Park, Louisiana (road) – 20:00
    April 19th – Streets of Long Beach (street) – 21:00
    April 26th – Barber Motorsports Park (road) – 20:00
    May 9th – Grand Prix of Indianapolis (road) – 20:30
    May 24th – Indianapolis 500 (oval) – 16:00
    May 30th – Raceway at Belle Isle Park (street) – 20:30
    May 31st – Raceway at Belle Isle Park (street) – 20:30
    June 7th – Texas Motor Speedway (oval) – 01:00
    June 14th – Streets of Toronto (street) – 20:00
    June 27th – Auto Club Speedway (oval) – 21:00
    July 12th – The Milwaukee Mile (oval) – 22:00
    July 19th – Iowa Speedway (oval) – 01:00
    August 2nd – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (road) – 18:30
    August 23rd – Pocono Raceway (oval) – 19:00
    August 30th – Sonoma Raceway (road) – 21:00

    #280837
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    Sato showed speed last year but he was far too crash-happy. Hawksworth will learn a lot but I expect the youngster to demolish his team mate. As much as I love Sato, he simply is just too inconsistent and error-prone. He always has been.

    #280367
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    Certain series can collapse due to the extortionate costs (British F3) compared to having a series elsewhere (Formula 3 in practically every other European country) especially in times like these.

    Others can cease to exist due to being merged with another series. Take Champ Car as an example.

    Other categories can dissolve due to the fact that a similar series exists as part of a Grand Prix weekend therefore there will be a lack of entrants (Formula 2).

    And certain categories can be made redundant due to safety concerns etc. (Group B rallying)

    #280366
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    Erm, probably Bernie, Bernie and Bernie again.

    In all seriousness, I would assume that the engine suppliers for each team (Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault) must make some sort of profit on their engines (perhaps not this year with the new powertrains but in future seasons for sure) otherwise they wouldn’t bother.

    World Champions get rather high wages simply for being a World Champion. Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg and possibly a few others probably aren’t that badly off either. Drivers who tend to be more marketable will also receive a lot of sponsorship money.

    I would guess that race promoters for a lot of events must get some sort of decent reward for holding F1, especially ones who have forked out recently for new facilities.

    Constructors at the top of the tree (and Ferrari regardless of where they finish) will gain a decent amount of money. Those who do not, will not be so fortunate, especially if they finish in last place two seasons on the trot. I would guess that Force India have been making money over the past couple of seasons with their impressive place in the WCC given that their budget isn’t one that a top team has.

    #280248
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    They’re not on my trusted sources list. I won’t read too much into it.

    Keith’s on my trusted sources list though. Once I see it on here (or Autosport) then I will believe it.

    #280165
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    2005 Japanese Grand Prix. Those V10 cars. The superb ability of Alonso and Raikkonen. Nuff said.

    #279836
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    Also, I’m predicting a lateral move for Mitch Evans ala Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird.

    Evans? If that’s the case he will be the first GP3 champion to jump to FR3.5.

    I wonder what Sorensen will do. This year he juggled FR3.5 with half a GP2 season and he’s delivered similar results in both., though his sprint results look better than his feature race results.

    Ocon to Lotus is a logical step, unless Mercedes poach him and he is off elsewhere. Blomqvist deserves some mightier machinery too given that he finished second.

    There’s a lot of GP3 drivers who have shown a lot of potential this year, notably with six Brits in the top 9 in the championship. I wonder whether any of those will be joining Stoneman in testing 3.5 cars…

    #278689
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    Back in 2005 drivers had to do qualifying (split between two sessions of three laps each – one out, one flying, one in) and the race so definitely not. In the Pirelli era however, Jenson Button managed 52 laps on the soft tyre at this years Monaco Grand Prix, Nico Hulkenberg managed 51 laps on the super-soft. Jean-Eric Vergne managed 53 laps on the soft in 2012 at Monaco but Sebastian Vettel managed 56 laps on the soft tyre in the 2011 race. However, the Monaco track is considerably shorter so Rosberg did set a record in a way in terms of the longest distance in a race on a set of Pirelli tyres since Pirelli became the sole Formula One tyre supplier in 2011.

    #278646
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    I absolutely agree @rjoconnell they are some really decent talents. Unfortunately however it looks as if for next year at least anybody hoping to jump into a top level of motorsports will have to either take the sportscar or America route…

    #277515
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    Hinch confirmed. Team mate not confirmed.

    #277423
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    It’s interesting. Whilst I agree with number 1, I do have to ask some questions regarding the placement of Senna, Hakkinen, N. Rosberg, Alonso, Prost, Hunt etc. however…

    #277280
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    Magnussen on Ricciardo. That counts, right?

    #276252
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    Power/Montoya/Castroneves/Pagenaud is the sort of line-up that should make Ganassi and Andretti seriously think about who drives their cars. Each of those are absolutely class drivers. This could well be an era of dominance for Penske.

    #276108
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    It would be great to see Ganassi take a punt with Sam Bird or somebody. Bird is clearly a capable driver and I am sure he will adapt to the road and street courses pretty quickly. It’s just his, like most other ‘European’ racers, lack of oval experience which concerns me. Not everybody is going to be able to ‘do a Conway’.

    #275980
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    @pezlo2013 11-12 is an odd one. Don’t really see track limits being abused there, but there’s no harm in ensuring that it doesn’t happen I suppose.

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