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  • #256105
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    The weather for GPLB looks pretty good. A bit on the cool side, with some morning fog and clouds through the day. But all races should be dry.

    http://nasportscar.com/weather-forecast-for-toyota-grand-prix-of-long-beach/

    #254938
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    I thought this was great – Hulk eats McDonald’s, isn’t obsessed with weight loss. Good for him.

    http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/no-diet-as-hulkenberg-admits-eating-mcdonald-s/

    #248170
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    France basically says that casual fans are too stupid to understand point racing, even though the system worked great since NASCAR’s inception and through its rise in popularity:

    http://www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/nascar-announces-sweeping-changes-to-the-chase-for-the-sprint-cup/

    “‘Secondly, we want to make competing and running for a championship much simpler to understand’…France also said that casual fans (and drivers) don’t understand point racing, which will be de-emphasized with the new format.”

    #248168
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    This is a really good article by Bob Pockrass on the problems this new Chase format could cause for NASCAR officials:

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar/story/2014-01-30/chase-format-controversy-penalties-officials-rules-wrecks-cautions-inpsection

    If you enjoyed garage fist fights, intentional wrecks, over-aggressive driving, officials determining race results through penalties, and cheating teams, you’ll love the new format.

    This is the continued “NASCARization” of NASCAR. It’s become a joke.

    #247718
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    @steevkay “I think it’s difficult to make a really comprehensive racing movie without making it a multi-part series or just really long to begin with.”

    You’re exactly right, and that, I think, is the problem with this movie. It tries to be a comprehensive racing movie, with an underlying theme of safety. It would have been much better if it had been more focused on the safety aspects of F1. A positive aspect of both Rush and Senna is that they both focused on a narrow topic. “1″ doesn’t seem to have any specific focus, and wanders from topic to topic.

    #242800
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    Chinese GP trophy is nice -
    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2013/04/2013-china-f1-grand-prix-33.jpg

    But a giant Panda would be epic.

    #242796
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    @fisha695 LOL! Those are awesome, especially the giant bear trophy.

    #242793
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    Wow, now THAT is a bad trophy! I saw a picture of that while doing Google searches for trophies, and I though it was a joke or a photoshop job. What race was that from?

    #242766
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    @fer-no65 If by “not up to standard” you mean it doesn’t meet FIA standards with huge asphalt run-off areas and gravel traps at every corner, then yes, it is not up to standard. However, VIR is a beautiful track that produces great racing.

    #242786
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    Agreed @force-maikel – a classic track like Spa ought to be giving out better trophies than this:

    http://i2.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article2220828.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/celebrate-on-the-podium-2220828.jpg

    #242784
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    Santander trophies:
    http://db2.stb.s-msn.com/i/A1/46DAF1B973A64D9706B57EC94FF_h498_w598_m2.jpg

    Yeah, those are pretty bad. Very bland. I think those are the second, third, and constructor’s trophies from the British GP. At least the winner gets the nice gold ones. The German GP also has Santander-style trophies:

    http://www.formula1.com/wi/gi/597×478/oNtJ/sutton/2013/dpl1307jy091.jpg

    #240929
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    No, that incident didn’t really happen. From what I’ve read, punching someone would have been very out-of-character for James Hunt.

    Here’s a pretty good comparison of the movie with reality:

    http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/rush.php

    #240927
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    I saw Rush last night, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Having read so many other reviews from F1 fans that gushed over the movie, my expectations coming in were pretty high. I’d say those expectations were definitely met, if not exceeded.

    From an F1 fan perspective, I especially enjoyed the outstanding detail in the cars, and the sound. It was definitely worth the price to see it in the theater. I wanted to just watch the entirety of the races! Of course, that’s not feasible, but it’s a testament to the great effort that was put into making the movie as authentic as possible. Yes, it’s obvious that they are not racing on the actual circuits, but that is easily overlooked. Just look at the great-looking cars instead.

    I also appreciated that there was no good vs. evil plot, as is typically done by Hollywood. Both Hunt’s and Lauda’s strengths and weaknesses were put on display, and one was not pushed on the viewer as the hero or the villain.

    I took my wife with me to see it. She has absolutely no F1 understanding, and is one of those people who things racing is just cars going in circles. Even so, she enjoyed the story of Hunt vs. Lauda, their contrasting personalities, and different motivations in life. She even told me that the movie gave her a greater appreciation for auto racing, and she can now understand a little better why I enjoy it so much. I think that is probably the highest compliment I can give to the movie.

    #240899
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    Will Buxton had a pretty good solution for the chicane – http://willthef1journo.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/itll-never-fly/

    #240892
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    It’s not a bad circuit overall, except for that horrible chicane. I understand the reason for it – there are railroad tracks crossing the road, and they want to slow the cars down for it. But surely they could work out something better.

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