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  • #185168
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    That engine sounds epic!

    Those cars remind me of the Aussie Racing Cars.
    http://www.speedcafe.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/perkins-344×209.jpg
    Although the Aussie Racing Cars run 1.2L 4 cylinder bike engines which don’t quite sound that good…

    #148473
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    Since the ban on refuelling Hamilton has forgotten how the whole process works.

    #148470
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    Ok it’s been a couple of days.

    The winner is @todfod by a whisker over @geemac. Very close but bonus points for the Helmut Marko reference. In case I ever win again and post a picture, regardless of the content (could be Bernie falling down stairs), you’ll get bonus marks for bagging Skid Marko.

    #184787
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    Bit harsh considering how diabolical the conditions were. Just have a look at the standing water on the apex as the leaders go through 5sec into the video.

    On another note, judging by the picture of Bargwanna on the wall in the garage it looks like Brad Jones is missing out. He could fit heaps of sponsors logos on Barg’s forehead.

    #184542
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    I don’t mind DRS. I think it’s a shame that we didn’t get a year with the Pirelli’s but without DRS so we could see how much each influences overtaking on their own.

    In Korea Webber couldn’t get past Hamilton mainly because the McLaren had such good drive out of the slow corners before the DRS zones. Lewis could build up enough of a gap in the first half of the straight so that when Mark opened the wing he’d only be cancelling out Hamilton’s initial advantage. They were on tyres that were a similar age so it was more to do with the characteristics of the car but similar cars on different age tyres would have a similar effect so without DRS the car on newer tyres would have powered past. It would have been interesting to see a year without DRS to truly know Pirelli’s benefit to racing.

    That being said, I do think DRS is making the racing more interesting, especially on circuits where they got the DRS zones right. I was genuinely excited about DRS after the Australian GP because the short start finish straight meant that passing wasn’t inevitable. The scrap between Button and Massa in that race was brought about because the DRS let Button get close but not fly past easily. He still needed to get the job done under braking or in a corner, just as he would have without DRS.

    The FIA have all the data from this season so they should be able to adjust the DRS zones for next year. If it was up to me I’d be trying to replicate what we had in Australia. Bringing the cars closer together very rarely getting the job done before the braking zone. It’s not the ideal system but I think the racing is better than if we didn’t have it.

    #184699
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    To add to your second last point @kingshark who would believe Alonso at the 2010 British GP when he said he thought he’d win the championship. Ferrari had a bad race, Alonso hadn’t won since the first round and he was nearly 2 race wins behind in the standings. After all that he goes into the final round as favourite and but for a poorly timed pit stop he would have won it.

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    #184692
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    Would you believe at the Canadian GP Jenson Button would win the race from being in last place on lap 41 after making 5 pit stops and having a puncture?

    #148455
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    Red Bull might give you wings but Eau Rouge gives you balls

    #180609
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    I’ll be there. It’ll be my 5th year in a row!

    Not sure yet if I’ll be there for the Friday or just Saturday and Sunday. I tried going on the Friday this year but thanks to Tiger Airways my early morning flight turned into me arriving in Melbourne after dark. Would have been quicker to drive from Sydney…

    I’ll probably be going general admission again although one day I’ll have to try a grandstand.

    I usually stay at a backpacker in South Melbourne. It’s walking distance to the track and right near Crown Casino which is always busy on GP weekend.

    It’s always a great race at Albert Park and Melbourne is a fantastic city (I lived there for a year and loved it) so it’s well worth the long trip some people have to make.

    #184683
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    The only way it would make a difference in the US is if you get the BBC coverage. Here in Australia the races are shown on One HD but it’s just the BBC coverage with a local pre and post race show and the same half a dozen ads played over and over again. I still have no idea what we’re going to get next year. I suppose it depends on how the BBC does things. If they’re going to record all the races live and show some of them delayed in the UK then it’s shouldn’t matter here since they could transmit it live. If not then I hope we get the sky coverage since I’d rather not be jumping between broadcasters each round.

    It’s pretty frustrating not knowing what’s going on but considering what’s going to happen in the UK I can’t really complain.

    #175316
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    The way every race win Hamilton has is his “best win ever”. He comes from behind in China and grabs a late win. Best ever. He watches his main rival fall off the track and leads from turn 2 to the flag in Abu Dhabi. Best ever.

    Also it’s not so much annoying as funny but the way Alonso says pitstop as piss top.

    #184558
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    Terrible accident.

    I’m not sure if the marshals were waving the yellow flags although you’d have to assume they were. I think part of the problem was that the following drivers didn’t really slow down. There was so much dust in the air but they still went through pretty quick considering they couldn’t see where they were going. Plus the tire barrier fell apart putting tires on the track. Hopefully this will lead to some safety improvements. Motor sport will never be free from fatal accidents but the sport has to learn from all of them.

    #184351
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    Sometimes when I see Fernando Alonso his expressions remind me of Borat.

    http://twitpic.com/3q0aaz

    High five!

    #184246
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    Thanks Keith, great find! It’s strange to see a crash test where all of the data is collected from the wall and not the car.

    @soerenkaae the category is currently testing the next generation chassis and one of the things they’ve done is move the fuel cell closer to the middle of the car to better protect it in an accident. At the moment it’s behind the rear axle line, like in a normal road car but the new car has it inside the wheelbase.

    I’d imagine a lot of this work to improve side impact protection would have to do with Mark Porter’s fatal accident in the Fujitsu Series race at Bathurst in 2006. I remember reading that the next gen car has the drivers seat moved even closer to the middle of the car to put more space between the cage and the driver where Larko was pointing out in the video.

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