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27th November 2015, 9:04 at 9:04 am #309543
I saw this last week, absolutely amazing to watch these 3 cars in action. But the whole argument about what tyres the P1 should run really is a good point, the P1 was purpose built from the ground up, including the tyres, so not to be running on those is interesting. However, I’m a Porsche fan, so I’d take the 918 ;)19th November 2015, 7:07 at 7:07 am #309251
If they have to find 35Million, it makes sense to drop F1 as they are only showing a handful of the races live and there is an alternative for the fans, albeit a paid service. In Australia we have the same setup, Ch10 sold the SkyTV broadcast rights to Foxtel and have been showing the BBC telecast on Ch10, with only a handful of them live.
In any case, Bernie wanted this to occur and he has his wish. In a couple of years, only die hard fans will be watching, and those that can afford to flick over when they’re not binge watching the latest tv series.16th November 2015, 10:34 at 10:34 am #309155
Has to be Verstappen on Perez, and for those who want to relive it:
https://streamable.com/yl5916th November 2015, 7:23 at 7:23 am #309150
I like your thought process and agree with your arguments, however, the rationale that Rosberg will be ranked amongst the best of the drivers never to have won a championship doesn’t sit well with me. In my opinion, this kind accolade should be reserved for drivers that never got their opportunity in a top team to show their skills, I think of someone like a Nico Hulkenberg or a Jean Alesi, these guys always seemed to be in the wrong car at the right time or the right car at the wrong time.
As Nico Rosberg has had at least 2 seasons in a car that was the most dominant, by a large margin, and played 2nd fiddle to Lewis, I don’t think you can add his name to that list.7th November 2015, 6:49 at 6:49 am #308580
McLaren are no strangers to DNF’s.
My recollection of the 1994 McLaren Peugeot was one of it blowing up spectacularly on regular basis. Evidence:
1994 McLaren Peugeot Stats:
16 Races (2 cars) – 15 Finishes – 17 Retirements
I was thinking about Michael Andretti as well, because he had a pretty average season in 93′ with McLaren too:
Stats: 13 Races (Andretti) – 7 Finishes – 6 Retirements before they replaced him.3rd November 2015, 10:40 at 10:40 am #308393
Maldonado in any race where he’s dropped out in the 1st lap, Spa 2015, Australia 2015, etc… I know thats an easy one to pick on ;)
This is a hard topic for me, because I tend to remember good performances from my favourite drivers and forget the not so good ones… I think Nico Hulkenberg has had a couple of mediocre performances of late, but nothing truly horrific.22nd October 2015, 23:51 at 11:51 pm #307397
One obscure fact, as Channel 9 in australia boasted this at the time, it was down to a Channel 9 camera man at the Adelaide GP we have to thank for the first man to capture F1 cars by zooming into the car and out as the car approached and turned the corner, before then, they use to take wide angle shots of the cars without zooming. The zooming helps to create a little bit of action/speed where there is none.22nd October 2015, 23:44 at 11:44 pm #307396
The changes I’ve noticed from late 80’s through til now is, gravel traps are being removed in favour of tarmac run off, fences are so far back from the action that spectators need binoculars to see the cars, there isn’t anywhere near the same amount of sponsorship on the cars, live timing is a huge improvement over relying on broadcasters to be honestly telling you about important gaps, tyres didn’t use to have stripes on them, there use to be pre-qualifying to ensure we saw the fastest 26 cars on the grid, although the spread between 1st and 26th was astronomically higher than what we see between Mercedes and Manor today. Before Mercedes came to rule the roost in the last couple of years, I would have said that total team domination was uncommon in the modern era, even people complain about the RBR championships, that in my view wasn’t total domination because there were other teams that were legitimately in the hunt for the championship, today Mercedes demonstrates what the lates 80’s and early 90’s domination looked like. The broadcasts from Sky are far superior to anything I’ve witnessed in the past. Although not hard for an aussie fan as back in the 80’s they had one race where they showed 5 laps of the race, then switch to the golf to watch a few holes being played, then switch back to the race to show another 5 laps, ludicrous times they were.
There are loads of differences, I do really like the modern era of F1, people complain because they don’t know any different, I myself like to have a whinge over different things as well, but overall, the quality of what we’re seeing on TV is far better than it was in the late 80’s and early 90’s. People romanticise about the “good old times”, but truth be told, they romanticise about the battles on and off track, the characters, not about coverage or the slowness of the tail enders back in the day. One day in the future, you guys and gals will be talking about how good that Mercedes car was of 2015 and how valiantly Vettel and Ferrari were trying to topple them, etc…22nd October 2015, 23:27 at 11:27 pm #307395
That rear wing on the Monza version should be the standard F1 rear wing imo, that is sexy22nd October 2015, 23:25 at 11:25 pm #307394
Putting Bernie in a modern F1 car might actually finish him off, Can you imagine Bernie’s head going around Turn 7/8 in Turkey, I’d imagine it’d be something like a bobble head.22nd October 2015, 1:46 at 1:46 am #307342
@joey-poey Let me put it this way, the teams with the most money, do they not currently line up the top of the grid anyway? So reintroducing testing won’t really affect that situation, but I take your point, Ferrari were ridiculous in the early 2000’s running multiple test teams. However, testing provided valuable data for those climbing through the ranks, imagine if McLaren Honda could pound away at Jerez to be more competitive. Perhaps a compromise on testing and limit it to 1 car that can test on non-gp weekends.
As to the loophole of the Mercedes, I think they’ve found something in terms of the split turbo setup they have, I cannot be certain, however, they’ve found something that works in that setup, which, apparently doesn’t work in Singapore, I suspect air intake or something of the like, as there is higher humidity in Singapore and Malaysia where Ferrari bested them so far this year.
Regarding the aero-sensitive packages, my point of having single plane wings of fixed dimensions, you make the aero wings simplistic, plus the floor, and all of a sudden the rubbish air coming off the cars is reduced and cars can follow again. In the 80’s and 90’s we saw that even with wings, the cars could follow closely.
My concepts aren’t a silver bullet, however, I think keeping hte rules simple, means that teams can conjure up amazing inventions, we have seen one or 2 each year, but of late, I’m not seeing forward development on these things, remember when we saw X-Wings, 6 Wheels, 4 Wheel Steering, AWD, all of these can’t happen in todays formula because the tech regulations are written within an inch of its life.21st October 2015, 10:19 at 10:19 am #307325
If you look at Football (Soccer), you can see what will happen if costs aren’t reduced, so like you, I’m torn as whether we should wind back the rules or not. However, if we would wind back the rules, I would do this way:
1st Remove convoluted rules:
- Remove cost savings measures. This means more testing, more engines and changes to engines.
- Remove rulings on aero that were specific to a “notion” that the paddock didn’t like at one point, e.g. F-ducts, double diffusers, flexible wings, holes in floors, etc.
- Remove gimmicks like DRS, degrading tyres, push to pass, low noses.
2nd Add in some basic philosophical rules about what it means to be an F1 car and go racing as an F1 car.
- Define number of engines can be in a car.
- Define a maximum fuel tank size.
- Define maximum and minimum dimensions of the car.
- Define maximum number of and dimensions of wings, and how many planes can exist on the wing.
- Define what is to be standard, I’d go for anything that isn’t sold to the public as a product or is open to abuse e.g. ECU, floors, cameras and their housings and positions.
In my view, by doing this, you bring back the element of creativity on many aspects of the car, right now, it seems 1 person works out a loop hole in the rules and exploits it, while everyone else is playing catchup, we saw it with Brawn, then RBR and now Mercedes in the modern era.
The other consequence I’ve realised is, with the removal of testing, teams are just spending huge amounts of money shipping parts around the world, where they could actually bring them in their trucks to test sessions, plus, with the added cost of testing, less components might be made overall, unless you’re a Ferrari or Mercedes. The other side is, that it gives an avenue to teams to clawing back lost time, especially if a team does come up with a really big step up with a gimmick, then others can copy and in a test session have it sorted so they’re competitive again. Not to mention opening up the engine freeze rules would mean we wouldn’t have this ridiculous situation where Renault, Ferrari and Honda are unable to test changes before bringing it to a race and potentially find that it isn’t working, in Honda’s case, I fear that they haven’t worked out whats wrong, and testing would help sort it out.21st October 2015, 9:56 at 9:56 am #307323
The thing I find surprising is 2 things:
3rd October 2015, 3:37 at 3:37 am #306499
- Is that normal practise to lay asphalt in patches like seen in the opening corners shown in the video? It seems to me that this may lead to uneven patches
- Mexicans really love their soccer, so many pitches!
I know this is a little OT, but this is one of my favourite harmless flips and finishes to a race. Christian Fittipaldi touches his teammate Pierluigi Martini on the last lap of Monza, does the flip, lands right way up and crosses the line to finish the race… albeit minus some parts.2nd October 2015, 0:59 at 12:59 am #306479
@fastiesty that F1 engine sound on guitar is amazing…
This givens me an idea, one that Bernie might appreciate. Take guitar playing wiz kids like the one @fastiesty showed, strap them to each of the F1 cars and get them to crank out some hard rocking tunes while the cars are racing, then nobody would care about sound of the F1 cars. Set it up something like this on each car: