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  • #297570
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    If the price is right, Bernie wouldn’t care… So a race in Antartica isn’t out of the question. The penguins just have to stump up the funds

    #297552
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    I think bringing back things like sparks isn’t as silly as it first seems. It is incredibly difficult to tell from the outside how a car is handling, as it is all happening inside the cockpit. This is only visible for people watching TV and via the on board shots. Sparks can show people at the track just how much movement and suspension travel this is in an F1 car. The rear wing opening shows when DRS is deployed and tyre squeal and smoke indicate locked brakes and wheels spinning.
    I think it needs to go a little further than just sparks, I think there needs to be more visual and audio queues for fans at the track, like the Formula Super cars in Japan when lights on the roll hoop indicate whether the KERS battery if full, being used or expended.
    I also think perhaps going to tracks in higher altitudes where you get to see vortices (sp?) coming off the wings to show air flow, things like this add to the spectacle and give an added appreciation for spectators not only at home but at the track as well.
    In relation to the audio queues, I think by introducing some other bits and pieces like mandated turbo wastegates will give off the nice turbo sounds when gear changes occur, or off throttle action happens, that we don’t get in current F1 tech.
    https://youtu.be/OPcQFDlMS-4
    Further enhancing audio experience I think there are ways to change the sound of the cars, and I’m not talking adding a trumpet exhaust trialled as a half joke/serious in Spain last year by Merc. However, complicate the exhaust somewhat, currently exhaust systems in F1 cars are directly spat out of the engine without any filtering, lets face it, what road car has this setup, none, lets return to some really nice sculpted F1 exhausts, its pretty and and it will help change the noise, it may not elevate it too much, but it will make a unique sound, which then can become the “new sound of f1″, also it might highlight clearer when cars on or off throttle, again with those queues… If they want to increase volume, then a bigger engine is required, or at least increase the amount of fuel being pushed to it, which of course is in direct odds with the energy efficient direction of the sport today.

    There are a number of ways to make the sport more of a spectacle without ruining the racing, or forcing backwards methodologies to the cars, the world is changing, but the fans at the track are lost when watching these things, even on TV I’m watching the times more than the cars to get an idea of whats happening out there, in terms of how hooked up a car is going around, you just can’t tell if a driver is pushing or fuel saving. But with more visual and audio queues, it might improve.

    woot @keithcollantine fixed my posting to forums, but not only that, it saved my long post that I thought I lost and posted it!!! good going keith!

    #297551
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    I love this thread, there are quite a few drivers I have seen fall away over the years:

    Bertrand Gachot, Gianni Morbadelli, Aguri Suzuki are names that I can think of from the 90’s, off the top of my head.

    #297363
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    I think bringing back things like sparks isn’t as silly as it first seems. It is incredibly difficult to tell from the outside how a car is handling, as it is all happening inside the cockpit. This is only visible for people watching TV and via the on board shots. Sparks can show people at the track just how much movement and suspension travel this is in an F1 car. The rear wing opening shows when DRS is deployed and tyre squeal and smoke indicate locked brakes and wheels spinning.
    I think it needs to go a little further than just sparks, I think there needs to be more visual and audio queues for fans at the track, like the Formula Super cars in Japan when lights on the roll hoop indicate whether the KERS battery if full, being used or expended.
    I also think perhaps going to tracks in higher altitudes where you get to see vortices (sp?) coming off the wings to show air flow, things like this add to the spectacle and give an added appreciation for spectators not only at home but at the track as well.
    In relation to the audio queues, I think by introducing some other bits and pieces like mandated turbo wastegates will give off the nice turbo sounds when gear changes occur, or off throttle action happens, that we don’t get in current F1 tech.
    https://youtu.be/OPcQFDlMS-4
    Further enhancing audio experience I think there are ways to change the sound of the cars, and I’m not talking adding a trumpet exhaust trialled as a half joke/serious in Spain last year by Merc. However, complicate the exhaust somewhat, currently exhaust systems in F1 cars are directly spat out of the engine without any filtering, lets face it, what road car has this setup, none, lets return to some really nice sculpted F1 exhausts, its pretty and and it will help change the noise, it may not elevate it too much, but it will make a unique sound, which then can become the “new sound of f1″, also it might highlight clearer when cars on or off throttle, again with those queues… If they want to increase volume, then a bigger engine is required, or at least increase the amount of fuel being pushed to it, which of course is in direct odds with the energy efficient direction of the sport today.

    There are a number of ways to make the sport more of a spectacle without ruining the racing, or forcing backwards methodologies to the cars, the world is changing, but the fans at the track are lost when watching these things, even on TV I’m watching the times more than the cars to get an idea of whats happening out there, in terms of how hooked up a car is going around, you just can’t tell if a driver is pushing or fuel saving. But with more visual and audio queues, it might improve.

    #296431
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    I’d be happier if teams were spending money on the development of the cars, that would be an ideal situation in my eyes. You cannot progress anything without spending money, and if the money is spent on the cars, then surely the end result is progression.

    WEC doesn’t have a cost cap and they’re attracting construtors, so I don’t think F1 needs to save money, it just needs to ensure that the sport is at the cutting edge to attract sponsors and fans to it. Plus I’m sure teams would get around a cost cap in other ways… I’ve seen cost caps fail in rugby league and AFL here in Australia, to the point where players are given huge amounts of money for “transportation” and “living expenses” to get around the rules.

    #295444
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    Bottas on Massa is my vote as well. Same tyres, same cars, no DRS, it was around the outside, it was truly an epic move between teammates. Good to see Bottas get the result after a tough road back from his back injury.

    #294938
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    Some of the stuff, like selling previous years team wear /drivers overalls, is already done, some are even donated to charity events etc…

    Problem is, they have to spend money to make it. Having a guided tour requires staff/equipment to manage bookings, show people around etc… Then they have to worry about food/drink, then there are questions around sufficient public toilets that can be used separate to the staff. Theres more to it than a simple “lets show them stuff”. So after all that, how much money would they reasonably accrue from such a venture?

    Problem is, they don’t need small amounts of money, they need millions and that takes a lot of effort on these smaller ideas.

    Personally I think F1 needs to impose some rules around number of team members that can appear at a GP weekend. While its impressive to have 15 odd guys servicing a car in a pitstop, couldn’t they be limited to 1 guy per wheel, a front jackman and a rear jackman? Limit the amount of crew at the track, including non-essential marketing personnel, who currently go from track to track, and use local vendors to cater/look after guests. This saves on flights, accom and traveling costs, which over 19 race weekends would really add up to 100’s of thousands of dollars.

    #293368
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    Actually, I’ve been thinking about this… I think I worked out how to secure money for Mannor in the longterm, not just the short term, and even fix up F1 so that the drivers reaped the rewards instead of FIA and FOM.

    Announcing Bernie Ecclestone as the 2nd named driver for Manor, but obviously no Number 2 behind anyone, let alone that Stevens kid…

    Bernie would surely change the course of FOM and FIA to ensure that the drivers got all the cash… He also wouldn’t be caught dead in a back marker team, he’d change the rules so that all 2015 cars were illegal, leaving Manor the only legal car out there, then on top of it, ensure that the Stevens kid had lots of mechanical issues. For 2015, he’d quickly change the cash allocations from the TV rights, so that the team with the least amount of points got the most amount of money and the team with the most from 2014 would get nothing. He would change the rules to allow T-cars again, so whenever Bernie’s car would break down, he’d just take over the car driven by that Stevens’ kid. If the conditions were too tough, he’d have the race stopped until it cooled down, or warmed up, or stopped raining, til it was within his comfort levels.

    #293367
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    A lot of people are picking Max Chilton yet forgetting that he’s likely going to IndyCars to become the reincarnation of 1993 Nigel Mansell.

    @rjoconnell I like where you went with this, however, if Chilton was to become famous in Indy Car, he’d be more like Zanardi, who also achieved very little in F1, only to win Indy Car titles. At least Nige won a championship in F1 ;)

    #293366
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    1. My question that I’d ask Vettel: What is one of your main strengths out on the track, one thing that gives you that edge over others?

    2. Heres a horrible question from Abu Dhabi in 2014 that I could spend hours typing this out, instead, enjoy…

    http://youtu.be/ECSKQbtjyK8?t=26m40s

    #287054
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    @keithcollantine it wouldn’t be the same without you… besides, F1F keeps me occupied during the off season ;)

    #276864
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    Speculation on Alonso’s 2015 seat is rife. However, here is Massa’s prediction…

    http://youtu.be/YPQkYxxftfU

    #276786
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    @s2g-unit RIC is already confirmed for next year, so RBR will be fielding Kyvat and Ricciardo in 2015. As for Alonso, he’ll be going to McLaren and rumours suggesting Button will be out

    #276489
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    @andae23 You are my friend, one of the geekiest F1 fanatics I’ve ever met, great article, and exactly echos my thoughts on the fact that graphene is definitely something that will make its way into F1… Btw, I call you a geek out of the greatest of admiration, people with knowledge seldom get credit in todays society, but you are definitely a wealth of knowledge.

    #267904
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    I do believe if Bernie was told by the UN or by the British parliament that he was not allowed to hold the race in Russia that he would pocket whatever fees that the organisers have already given him and cancel the event. It would give Bernie the perfect out clause. However he wont cancel the race based on sentiment alone, Bahrain has already set the precedent on this.

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