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    I’ve finally bought my ticket, and I did it on http://www.bookf1.com. They seem to have the cheapest prices. A K-Grandstand ticket cost me 132€ there, instead of 184€ on china-grand-prix.com (which is gootickets.com btw). Another website was selling this ticket for a bit more than 200.
    Now let’s hope I will receive my ticket without any problems.

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    I am considering a visit to the Chinese Grand Prix this year. That would be my first GP ever. I’ve got a couple of questions for people who already have been there.

    – How did you buy tickets? Do you know if https://www.china-grand-prix.com is a reliable website?
    – I’m thinking about buying a ticket on the backstraight grandstand (next to the slow corner after the mega straight). Has someone here been there? Can you see a lot of action? Are the grandstands packed there on race day?
    – Is it possible to wander around the track and the different grandstands on Friday and Saturday?
    – How about food? Can I buy food on the circuit? Is it it good? Expensive?

    Also, if you have any tips regarding this GP, you’re more than welcome to share them!

    Thank you!

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    I don’t know all F1 cars, but this is probably my top 5 :

    1- The Eagle T1G : A true old-school beauty, my personal favourite. http://www.roadandtrack.com/cm/roadandtrack/images/BZ/1967-gurney-eagle-grand-prix-car-001.jpg
    2- The chassis of the Brabham BT52 looks also magnificent. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sI5eS9-76I4/T1vw45kKMZI/AAAAAAAADwI/VkN7o9J4tmY/s1600/bmw_06.jpg
    3- The Lotus 79 is my favourite Lotus. http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/goodwood07_lotus_79.jpg
    4- The McLaren MP4/14 is one of my favourite McLarens, but it’s more for a nostalgic reason, because 1999 was the year when I started watching F1. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a6/Mika_Hakkinen_1999_Canada.jpg
    5- And finally, I really like the Jordan 191. It looked great! http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rYYKE9xxuwA/TUAy8x5sG7I/AAAAAAAAA8I/7fzPmzbej3A/s1600/jordan-191-2.jpg

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    1. What country are you in (and state, if applicable) : Belgium
    2. Which channels broadcast F1 near you? La Deux (RTBF) and the BBC
    3. Do they show all the races live or only a limited number (if so, how many?) La Deux show all the races and the qualifying live (and one of the free practice session in Spa).
    6. If they are a subscription channel, what does a full year’s subscription cost (excluding limited time offers)? La Deux is a free channel (with the DTV) but you have to pay a subscription to have the BBC (among 30-40 other channels). I don’t know the exact price, but it’s around 30€/month (company – Voo).
    7. Do they broadcast coverage online? All the coverage is available on the RTBF website for 7 days. The coverage isn’t live and it appears a couple of hours after the race is over.

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    I forgot the worst thing of the season :

    The harshness (and somewhat inconsistency) of the marshals. I hated the huge number of harsh decisions by the marshals. Soon, a driver will fart and he will receive a drive-through. The decisions went far beyond the goal of assuring safety and fair racing. They went for the principle of putting rules and enforcing them at every occasion possible. We haven’t had defensive moves which were made to avoid an accident being puished because they didn’t respect track limits. I think that’s going too far.

    The list of silly decisions this year is very long : the Alonso-Perez incident in Monaco (Alonso had to give the position back), the Massa – Grosjean incident in Budapest (drive-through for going 3 inches off track), the Hulkenberg-Perez incident in Singapore (Hulk gave the position for free), the Bianchi penalty in the Korean GP qualifying (the Marussia is penalised because it’s car is too slow), the Massa drive-through in Interlagos… and many more!

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    I will try to put mine :

    1) Sebastian Vettel : dominant and flawless, one of the best performance ever in F1!
    2) Nico Hülkenberg : not only he made the most out his car, he made even better. He dominated his teammate, and on multiple occasions he has beaten cars he shouldn’t have beaten
    3) Kimi Raïkkönen : Kimi had a brilliant season. Very consistent throughout the year, and he collected a lot of trophies from the podium. Just too bad he finished his season on such a low note.
    4) Fernando Alonso : another very strong season! He has scored a lot of points, and finished second in the championship, in front of guys which had a better car than the ferrari. But the driver wasn’t that perfect in qualifying, and he made a costly mistake in Malaysia.
    5) Lewis Hamilton : the best british driver (currently) showed everyone he could be strong in another team. He did 5 pole positions (even when it was considered impossible), and managed to score 1 win. But, some grand prix weren’t that great (especially towards he end), where he couldn’ setup his car properly (Korea, Abu Dhabi), or where he did some mistakes (Brazil).
    6) Nico Rosberg : very close to his teammate. 2 wins, 3 pole positions, and 2 podiums at the end of the season. Less points than Lewis because of some retirements. Almost equal to his teammate, but not quite I would say.
    7) Romain Grosjean : he wasn’t very good at the start of the season, I had even lost faith in him. But after Germany, he seemed to have awakened, and for the last third of the season, he was the best driver (after Vettel). Romain has a bright future ahead of him!
    8) Jenson Button : his car was rubbish, he didn’t always qualify well, but McLaren could always count on him to bring the most points possible in races. He saved his team from total disaster I would say.
    9) Jules Bianchi : the strongest rookie of the year. It shows that it is essential to search for talent before budget. Jules always did the most he could out of his car. He finished in front of the Caterhams more than once, and gave his team it’s first top 10 finish in the championship!
    10) Mark Webber : a really disappointing year. His teammate has finished with twice as many points than him, and Mark couldn’t have a win. More than that : he has finished in front of his teammate only once, when Sebastian has retired from a GP. He still managed some pole positions, but he lost the consistency required from him.
    11) Sergio Perez : after a brilliant season in 2012, Sergio has disappointed me this year. He wasn’t a bad driver though. He was as quick than Jenson, sometimes quicker, and he was capable of some great performances, and some awesome overtakings. But he also lacked the consistency. He finished behind Button in the standings, but he should have been closer than him. Still, I think McLaren should have kept him for one more year…
    12) Valtteri Bottas : it’s difficult to rate this driver, because his car was rubbish, and we barely saw him on TV (before he installed his rotating camera). But, Bottas was a match for Maldonado (something Rubens and Bruno couldn’t do) and Valltteri did 2 great performance, something Pastor couldn’t do.
    13) Daniel Ricciardo : Daniel showed good races (and even more good qualifyings), but he also did stupid mistakes. There is good potential, but Daniel is still prone to do mistakes…
    14) Paul Di Resta : Paul started hi season really well. His Bahrain GP was probably his best ever in F1, but at the middle of the season, he started to become invisible. Of course, 5 retirements in a row didn’t help, and the Force Indias wasn’t as good as in the start of the season. Still, he scored some good points in India and Abu Dhabi, but we didn’t see the great Paul Di Resta from the start of the season.
    15) Felipe Massa : After a strong end of the season in 2012, I expected a resurrected Felipe Massa this year. He started well : second on the grid in Malaysia, P3 in Spain, but after that, the Ferrari started to get slower. While Alonso could still score good points and podiums, we didn’t see a single good race from Felipe since Monaco. Too bad.
    16) Adrian Sutil : Started the year well, with good races in Melbourne and Monaco, but then he became invisible. The Force India was getting slower, and Adrian seemed to fade away behind his teammate.
    17) Jean-Eric Vergne : Vergne had a good potential at the start of the season. He did a brilliant race in Canada, and seems to nurse his tyres well. But the driver is really unlucky, as he had a lot of problems with his car. And eventually, Daniel seemed to gain the upper hand on him towards the end of the season.
    18) Giedo Van Der Garde : another rubbish pay driver, I thought at the start of the season. But Giedo proved on multiple occasions that he could drive well and do strong qualifyings. He seemed to be stronger than his teammate at the end of the season.
    19) Esteban Guttierez : a weak driver. Completely outclassed by his über-teammate, he managed to score only once, when the Sauber was good. But I could say that Sauber was good on more than one race, and Esteban should have scored on multiple occasions.
    20) Pastor Maldonado : after some good performances (and huge mistakes) in 2012, Pastor seemed to have lost something this year. He couldn’t do great performances (although a bad pitstop robbed him of a good place in one race), and wasn’t as stellar in qualifying this year. Moreover, his end of the season was disastrous, while his teammate shined.
    21) Charles Pic : had a relative good start of the season. But, he seemed to be weaker this year. VDG, his rookie teammate, seemed to do a better job than him.
    22) Heikki Kovalainen : Expected to be the saviour of Lotus, Heikki couldn’t do any miracles. Without any experience in the car, it’s almost impossible to score points. Still he managed to do a good qualifying in Austin.
    23) Max Chilton : He might have finished all the races this year, but you are not running in any traffic because you are miles behind everybody else, it’s not so hard. The perfect pay driver : a lot of money brought in, but not a lot of talent has come with it.

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    The best moments of this season :
    – Grosjean’s “redemption”. At the end of last year (and even this year after Monaco), everyone thought his career was over. But Romain has managed to supress his ability to make mistakes, and now he can show his potential. This driver has a bright future, after he’s had a difficult past.
    – The Spa-Francorchamps qualifying. The most thrilling day of the season. The end of Q3 was tense and unpredictable, and even when everyone thought the deal was done with the Red Bull toping the time, Lewis surprised everyone when he snatched pole at the last second!
    – Hülkenberg confirms his talent. The Sauber was garbage, yet Nico managed to deliver extraordinary results (while his teammate was miles behind). The Korean GP is the highlight of his season.
    – Rosberg’s two wins. Nico Rosberg has been an underrated driver for quite some time. I always believed he was as talented than Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton. He proved this this year : Lewis didn’t anihilated him. Rosberg has managed to score more wins than Lewis, and could have been much closer on points ibut he had more bad luck with his car
    – Raïkkönen’s win at Melbourne. This was unexpected, and it was nice to see Lotus win a race.

    The worst moments of the season (and there are quite a lot of them!) :
    – Mercedes’ tyre managment. Mercedes was an interesting team this season. Their car was a big improvement this year, and I felt it could have been a challenger to Red Bull for the title. BUT, it didn’t happen, because of the awful managment of the fragile Pirellis. Instead of seeing great battles between Nico, Lewis, Sebastian and Mark, we saw awful races from the Mercedes’ falling back behind other cars in races (like Bahrain and Spain).
    – McLaren’s season is for me the worst thing that happened this season (as you might have guessed). It was painful to see it’s favourite team going from having the fastest car to having an average car. McLaren could never fight for podiums, was beaten by Force Indias at the start of the season, and managed to finish races without scoring points (without retiring). I came to the point when I was happy if a McLaren finished in the top 5, which would have been unthinkable in 2012. I still hoped for a miracle like it happened in 2009, but this miracle never came…
    – The Pirelli’s disaster in Silverstone … and it’s outcomes. The tyres blowouts in Silverstone was a pitiful sight to see. It transformed the race into a russian roulette, which wasn’t nice to see, and could have been dangerous for other drivers. And the outcome of this event was even worse : Pirelli reversed to the old tyres, which was like a gift card for Red Bull to win both championships.
    – Raïkkonen’s attitude at the end of the season (and whoever is behind it…). Ok, it’s never nice to not being payed, but Kimi’s attitude was really bad. It showed that for him money is more important than racing, and that goes against the spirit of racing, something that we fans like to see. Ferrari’s actions behind the scenes (if they are true), is also a bad aspect of the sport. It shows that Ferrari cannot win fairly.
    – Vettel’s actions and reactions in Sepang. The fact that Vettel disobeyed his team orders just because he wanted to win could be considered childish, but I didn’t mind it too much now, because we saw a nice battle on the track. The fact that he then said he shouldn’t have done that was a nice thing to say. But I really didn’t like his reaction later, when he said he was right to do so. It felt like he treated his teammate like s***.

    The funniest moment of the season
    The truck nonsense at the Korean GP : that was pretty funny!

    The most awesome camera shot of the year :
    The slow motion of the bird flying off in Monaco :)

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    I agree, there are too much replays of the start. They should do it like in Moto GP : show the replay of the start when nothing is happening on the track, even if they have to show it during the second half of the race.

    Splitscreen is also a great idea : it could also be used to increase the drama (for example if they are showing a pitstop on one screen, and another driver trying to get the undercut on the other). Besides, now a lot of people have a widescreen TV : that should help.

    But I think we could be quite patient expecting changes from an organisation who introduced HD coverage quite late.

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    Well I don’t think it would work, because the main advantage of this series is it’s cost. It’s free for the spectators, and the drivers don’t need such a big budget than GP2. But to keep this low price, I don’t think it would be possible to go far away (like North America), or to go to a country where there isn’t a motorsport culture (like Turkey).

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    It’s really a shame that there won’t be a WSR event in the Nurburgring next year. The circuit isn’t far away from my home, and it’s a nice (and cheap) way to see single-seater races and F1 shows. Well, there’s still Spa, but the event will most likely clash with my exams, and there is less entertainment there than in the german venue.

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    In another forum where I’m active, we’re making fun by showing how we would change the layout on this circuit. We take this picture : http://blog.autoplus.fr/moncet/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/03-yas-marina-circuit-mas.jpg , we draw our layout with Paint on it, and we’re showing our creations.

    Theses are my propositions :
    (with this one, I tried to stay a bit realistic, despite going around the hotel).
    (this one is less realistic, and it would need to have a brdige built like in Valencia).
    (this one is lazy, and totaly unrealistic :-) ).

    What do you think about these?

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    Another recent ad that I like : Michael Schumacher showing unsafe things with the safety car :)


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    I remember a finnish ad with Kovalainen, just before the start of the 2010 season. If you still think F1 drivers don’t train hard for their sport, Heikki will show you’re wrong :-)


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    Well, let’s make this my first post on the forum :

    Q: Are you the kind of guy to have a Plan-B?

    I’d hate to use a plan-B, but I try to keep one in the pocket, just in case…

    Q: Who is your dream date?

    If we’re talking to people I would like to meet and have a chat with, I’d say any person who has driven a Grand Prix.

    Q: Which film last made you cry?

    City Lights (the Chaplin movie), on of the few movies to make me cry

    Q: What are you afraid of?

    Bad judgment of people about myself is one of the few things which I’m afraid of. Funny thing, because I consider myself more fearless than the others.

    Q: What was the last book you read?

    The Trial of F. Kafka, and it was a bit boring for me

    Q: What is your favourite way to relax?

    Watchnig a good movie

    Q: Have you ever – or would you ever – dye your hair?

    Never did it, and I probably won’t

    Q: Name five things that you hate?

    Misunderstandings, hypocrisy, greedy people, Scuderia Ferrari and car drivers who don’t use their turn signals,

    Q: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?


    Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school reports?

    Often that I was a nuisance, or that I didn’t pay enough attention to the teachers

    Q: Who were your childhood heroes?


    Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?

    Video games, but I don’t feel very guilty about it.

    Q: Do you collect anything?

    Movies, and various magazines

    Q: What was your worst buy?

    I bought 2 years ago a new graphic card for my PC that brought me nothing but trouble.

    Q: How do you take your coffee?

    I don’t drink coffee

    Q: Your ideal non-race Sunday morning?

    I don’t know, usually I wake up in the afternoon this day.

    Q: What was your first vehicle?

    That’s the motorcycle which is my current vehicule : a Honda CBF 250

    Q: Whats the most embarrassing mistake youve ever made?

    Faking a nausea so I didn’t have to go to a party.

    Q: What is the best thing you can cook?


    Q: When was the last time you were really angry?

    I don’t remember, it msut have been some years ago…

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