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  • #344023

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    And as regards your points.

    2) An engine upgrade that Honda are quietly very confident about.
    – In a situation where the engine has neither power, nor reliability, you’d need a completely new engine to improve both. If they only improve one of these aspects, it’s still going to be not enough.

    3) McLaren are very confident in their chassis and believe that bolting on a competitive engine would mean victories.
    – Unless they have a 1998 McLaren or a 2009 Honda/Brawn chassis, they’d need a top engine to really compete against the Ferraris and Mercedeses.

    #344022

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    I think it has come to a point where the McLaren guys are straight embarrassed by all the Honda failures and just want to spent the rest of the season in a courteous manner as regards their commentary on the situation. And they will do all they can to get a new engine supplier for the next season, because they can’t go wrong with any other engine.

    Just listening to the radio transmission between Alonso and his engineer after the car failure from yesterday (even though it wasn’t the engine) was cringeworthy. You could hear the destructive impact on the morale of the team this season already has had on them.

    Doesn’t McLaren have the resources and technology to build their own engine? I’ve always wondered.

    #342994

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    Hi Nick!
    If you don’t need making money on those recordings, then it would be valuable to digitalize those films and post them om YouTube for all of F1 fans to have access to, as well as to secure them. VHS tapes degenerate over time, so they won’t last forever and the quality dicreases each and every day.
    Consider that option please :)

    #342717

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    Beautiful!! The only major thing I’m not fond of are the still-large rear wheel covers. It is important for the visual of the car for the rear wheels to be visible from a frontal view. Other than that, it’s awesome.

    Keith, how on earth did you obtain the pictures the moment they got out? I’ve been regularly (weekly or more often) googling any kind of news on that since the first ones appeared.

    Anyways, EASILY, the best looking single-seater car out there, and much better looking than the current crop of F1 cars.

    On a side note, a piece of trivia that those images evoke. For anybody who didn’t know Ferrari wanted to compete in IndyCar and designed an IndyFerrari – Ferrari 637 – back in 1986:
    1986 - Ferrari 637 rear
    1986 - Ferrari 637 front
    Ferrari 637 side

    #342652

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    Woah! That’s surprising! Thanks for the correction :)
    I used IndyCar’s official page for info, but failed to read down to the point where they add that Indy quali is indeed awarded the same way a reagular race is:
    http://www.indycar.com/Fan-Info/INDYCAR-101/Points-System

    So, there you go – quali is sure important in that particular aspect.

    #342649

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    @piyush
    The pole position is not so important. A good starting position is. You get a championship point for a pole position though. There’s more:
    Pole Award: 1 point
    Leading At Least One Lap: 1 point
    Most Laps Led: 2 points

    It’s certainly favourable to start from the front row, it’s also safer in terms of possible crashes, especially if there’s a gentlemen’s agreement among the top-3 to respect each other’s positions into the first corner.

    #342555

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    Am watching Fist Friday session at Indianapolis and this comment made my day:

    “Alonso at Indy “Something is ahh wrong with the car…it feels fast, no? What do you see on the telemetry. Is everything ok? It feels good…this cannot be…””

    :):):):)

    #342526

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    Nice seeing Alonso druving in a crowd, figuring out slipstreaming and overtaking:

    #342443

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    This build up has a feel of some sort of Motorsport Olympic Games. I’m loving it :)

    #339592

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    “How will F1 to convince engine manufacturers to pour hundreds of millions of Euros into a technology that will no longer translate to mass production vehicles?”

    Why would it be important to do that in the first place?
    I don’t think this is as big of a deal. If engine development becomes redundant and the big manufacturers are no longer interested in spending money on it, then F1 can introduce a spec engine. Simple as that.

    Get someone to produce a roaring monster of an engine for everybody and the sport wins (equal power for everybody) and the fans win.

    #338870

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    WOW, the side view with the low rear wing is STUNNING. But I need to see the frontal view, which might just be the most important one in assessing the looks of the car.

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    1. McLaren – 9/10 fluent curvature of the nose + awesome livery making the whole look awesome
    2. Sauber – 8.5/10 great livery that almost makes the looks of this car on its own
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    3. Mercedes – 8/10 neutral design with nice livery
    4. Renault – 7/10
    5. Williams – 6/10
    5. Toro Rosso – 6/10
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    7. Haas – 5/10
    8. Redbull – 4/10
    9. Force India – 3/10
    10. Ferrari – 2.5/10 – everything’s bad about this car – the “broken plank” nose, the silhouette, the livery

    I’ll be able to make a more accurate comparison when I’ll be able to have all of them in front of me on one page ;)

    #335606

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    1. McLaren – 9/10 fluent curvature of the nose + awesome livery making the whole look awesome
    2. Sauber – 8.5/10 great livery that almost makes the looks of this car on its own
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    3. Mercedes – 8/10 neutral design with nice livery
    4. Renault – 7/10
    5. Williams – 6/10
    5. Toro Rosso – 6/10
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    7. Haas – 5/10
    8. Redbull – 4/10
    9. Force India – 3/10
    10. Ferrari – 2.5/10 – everything’s bad about this car – the “broken plank” nose, the silhouette, the livery

    #335055

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    “what’s wrong with women winning in F1?”
    – What’s not?

    #334621

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    So it’s pretty much a race, but with cars starting it at random spots around the track and the slowest cars being constantly eliminated. They could as well just start together, so you can actually follow what’s happening. You could then more easily tell which car is most likely to be eliminated next (if the grid position resembles order of pace, the way race’s does) – more on that below.

    Drivers are given 5 minutes to go round in circles and choose a “clean spot”
    – Which, for the viewer, would either make for 5 minutes of boring randomness or 5 minutes of drivers purposely establishing a “Fastest go first” order on the track and circling in a funeral procession, knowing that not following a slower car gives everybody a clean ride around the track for the whole duration of that “quali”.

    “That would make for 20 crazy laps”
    Not really. Everybody knows what the slow cars and the fast cars are. So you’d have a long series of predictable eliminations plus some random eliminations of the faster cars that got stuck in traffic.

    “Every time you cross the line your own time is reset again. So every lap is a quali lap.”
    Only for the slowest cars. The top cars that go 2-4 sec. per lap faster would be safe for most of the 20 laps. Everybody’s lap times would only jump into relevancy the moment all slower cars had gotten eliminated.
    A top qualifier, like Hamilton, would do 10 slow laps, 7 mid paced laps, and only 3 full-out laps at the end to fight for the win.
    I guess those last 3 laps could be exciting. Although it also means there would only be the last few cars left on the track, which kills the possibility of any kind of “come from behind” surprising last effort of some underdog.

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