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  • #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.

    #335605

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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
    —-
    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.

    #334619

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    A championship that was once the epitome of manly sports won by an Emilie or a Matilda? Please no! :(
    On a side note, Bassi Massa doesn’t sound much better either, haha :)

    #334541

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    Haha, at this point they could as well organize a lottery game after races to award points at random.
    The fact alone that the eventual champion always scores around 5 thousand points has always turned me off. I hate those cumbersomely high scores where half of the digits are redundant and only make it hard to get an intuitive outlook on the current championship situation.

    I reckon this to compensate for boring races, where the focus naturally has to shift onto discussing statistics and all sorts of numbers. And that is totally in the vain of baseball, where statistical analysis is the language of conversation and has created a unique culture common to all American sports.

    #334480

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    Woah, Keith! You skipped the best thing from the link you provided: “Champ Car-style bodywork set for 2018”
    This sounds awesome!

    “That initiative will replace the overhead air intake with a low, sleek engine cover; twin-turbocharged engines from Chevy and Honda (and any new manufacturers that enter the series) will be fed from new intake scoops integrated into the sidepods.”
    – This was always the hallmark of IndyCars for me.

    “The rear wheel guards are expected to go from full-time use to only being retained for superspeedways, and even then, they will be smaller and less visually intrusive.”
    – What a relief!

    “Frye says there are parallels between IndyCar’s approach to the universal kit and the recent spate of retro-themed muscle cars.
    “If you take today’s Camaro, it looks kind of like the Camaro from the 1960s but it has the big motor, all the electronics, and everything that gives it the retro look but with modern technology,” he said. “There’s probably some balance in there for what we’re looking for with the universal kit. We’ve taken photos of the Indy cars from the last couple of decades, done side-by-side comparisons on what we like and don’t like, and then we’ve taken some of those ideas to our partners, our manufacturers, and gotten their feedback on what might work on that [retro-modern] theme.””
    – OMG, this is wonderful! I’m SUPER EXCITED!

    #295905

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    It’s weird how the evolution of design has lead to the head lights looking almost exactly like they looked on cars 30-40 years ago.

    #295904

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    Wow, such a long time already!
    I remember that crash with great detail. The next Monday I was so shaken up at school (I was 16yo), I sketched the wreckage in my notebook several times. Greg Moore had been becoming my favourite racing driver.

    #199423

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    It’s great to see Dario Franchitti finally coming to turns with the new car.
    I notice that in the 2012’s field there is way more known drivers than there initially was during the first IndyCar season after the unification.
    The ones I’m familiar from ChampCar and probably from IRL as well are:
    1 (11) Ryan Briscoe 0 1:08.6089
    2 (12) Will Power 0.0984 1:08.7073
    3 (13) Ryan Hunter-Reay 0.1074 1:08.7163
    4 (1) Dario Franchitti 0.4238 1:09.0327
    5 (15) EJ Viso 0.4545 1:09.0634
    8 (18) Helio Castroneves 0.2330 1:09.0846
    9 (3) Justin Wilson 0.2394 1:09.0910
    10 (19) Tony Kanaan 0.3471 1:09.1987
    12 (5) Scott Dixon 0.5142 1:09.3658
    15 (8) Graham Rahal 1:09.9
    18 (21) Marco Andretti 1:10.5
    20 (23) Oriol Servia 1:10.6
    21 (10) Alex Tagliani 1:10.8
    24 (25) Sebastien Bourdais 1:10.8

    I’m soo happy to have them all racing now in one series.

    #198132

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    I didin’t miss the chat @bascb!!! Huh! :-)
    I had to log in as “amian”, which is my Google or some other account name. I greeted everybody with my legendary “Hello and dzień dobry my fellow hard rocking IndyCar [F1] geeks!” saying I was Damon.
    What’s funny, when I said goodbye after the whole thing, I reminded all that I was Damon, and you were the person who responded, but somehow missed that. Look:
    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/f1-information/f1-live/f1-fanatic-live-2012-indycar-grand-prix-alabama/
    You don’t even need to scroll, it’s right there. :)
    The race was awesome indeed. I’m glad we had the chat.

    #198125

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    That was a bad joke. I was looking forward to it the whole day!
    :((((((((((
    I’m watching the race anyway, of course.

    #198123

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    WHERE the hell is the race chat?!?!??!?

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