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15th February 2014, 5:21 at 5:21 am #248631
I like the new wysiswyg in the comments :)
And it looks far better in Chrome now…5th February 2014, 8:25 at 8:25 am #248492
@wsrgo From my understanding there was a lot of questions about how the fund came into being in the first place, and that there wasn’t any discernible process followed in the creation of the fund and the allocation of said funds to the drivers.
So I’m not sure its a case of trying to put all their eggs in one basket… Might be a case of cleaning up the previous regime’s mess.31st January 2014, 8:03 at 8:03 am #203639
… you are refusing to buy Pirelli tyres for your standard passenger car based on what happened in last weekends race.31st January 2014, 5:54 at 5:54 am #203636
… you find yourself standing in queue at the track gates for Friday practice at 5am to get a good spot to watch the action in General Admission
… you return at 5am for Saturday qualifying
… you return for 5am on Sunday for race day
… you turn up for work on Monday, blistered, tired, ringing in the ears and with a smile on your face31st January 2014, 5:46 at 5:46 am #203635
… when everyone in the tea room of an automotive company avoids talking about motor racing, let alone f1, in front of you.31st January 2014, 5:40 at 5:40 am #203634
… your wife (who isn’t an F1 fanatic) turns to you and makes a comment on the latest F1 news.10th January 2014, 9:28 at 9:28 am #246154
Got my tickets last week, so stoked! Sitting in the Sudtribune! Also my first time… I’m so excited, can hardly contain myself :)10th January 2014, 9:07 at 9:07 am #244736
I own this and have Forza, and I must say that I’m really impressed with the Drivatar and Rivals system. I believe this to be game changer in terms of getting rid of those very rigid and stiff AI cars.2nd January 2014, 23:57 at 11:57 pm #246250
I wonder if AON might possibly jump into F1? They’ve dabbled in motor racing in lower formulae and have a big presence in the EPL, so they’ve got prior experience. They’re a multinational Insurance company, so are big enough to foot the bill.
The corporate colours of AON are red, so could it be that McLaren may use this as an avenue for going red and white?
Pure speculation on my part, and maybe a little hopeful of another red/white McLaren :)2nd January 2014, 5:59 at 5:59 am #246244
I found a couple of orange liveries on the net that don’t look bad at all…30th November 2013, 8:41 at 8:41 am #245989
3 – nobody, bored of everyone pussyfooting around the tyres, not overtaking until drs zones and being micro managed by the pit robots.
@mike-e I’m really not sure why you’d bother to 1 – Look at this forum and 2 – write that dribble…
As for my contribution:
1. Vettel – He quite easily could have been frustrated early on in the season when it wasn’t going RBR’s way, but he showed maturity beyond his years to win this years championship. Given that his teammate didn’t finish 2nd in the championship, its easy to forget the effort Vettel put into the season.
2. Alonso – As per last year, I believe that Fernando is probably the best driver in the field. This year he had an noncompetitive car, yet he still managed to wrestle the Ferrari and fight for the championship. His win in China was a great response after his DNF in Malaysia.
3. Hulkenburg – Can one of the top teams give this kid a drive please? So much will be said of his amazing defensive driving skills. However, his ability to qualify consistently in Q3 at the end of the season, as well as race consistently to give Sauber 51 of its 57 points will be why I like him so much.
4. Raikkonen – A 5th place in the championship table doesn’t tell the whole story for his 2013 effort. With 2 races to go, Raikkonen was ahead on points of Webber and Hamilton, and sitting 3rd in the standings. No matter what you think of the Finish driver, he does have talent and won the opening race in Melbourne.
5. Hamilton – I found it difficult to rank Hamilton for this year, there were some races where he looked 2nd best to his teammate, and looked like he had no reply to him, however, when Lewis was on it, he was pretty damn good. I think that Hamilton had a transitional season, moving to Mercedes and trying to establish himself within the team. 2014 will be very interesting as Rosberg is a tough nut to crack.
6. Grosjean – I was harsh on Grosjean last year, however, must say that he has greatly surprised me in the latter half of 2013, and I can say that his raw talent is starting to mature into a great driver.
7. Rosberg – I don’t believe 7th is the right ranking for Rosberg, he should be higher, but he always slips under the radar for me, and I think he continues to do so. He kept Schumacher honest and this year has been a match for Hamilton as well. One reason why I find it so hard to rate Rosberg, is good results don’t seem come for him, despite his 2 victories this year. I am very confused about Rosberg’s performance.
8. Webber – At no stage was Webber winning the team mate battle between Vettel and himself in 2013. I truly believe that Webber has been beaten by his german teammate and the internal politics that erupted after the Malaysian GP got the better of the aussie. From that moment on, Webber was a shattered shell of his former self. I rate Webber as a good driver, but I think 2013 was a substandard performance.
9. Ricciardo – For me, Ricciardo was the 2nd best of the non-top drivers. Very little separates him from Vergne, however, his qualifying performances in 2013 were stunning. Making it numerous times to Q3 where JEV hasn’t. As such, Ricciardo has been given the #2 drive for RBR in 2014. It will be interesting to see where he ends up next year.
10. Massa – Disappointing season for Massa, the only show of any urgency and fight from the Ferrari driver came after the scarlet team announced that they dropped him for 2014. To me, I think Massa has sat on his laurels for too long and has fallen victim to complacency.
11. Vergne – I am not entirely happy with ranking Vergne behind Massa, however, I had to slot the Ferrari #2 ahead of JEV because ultimately Massa was consistently scoring points, where JEV was anything but consistent. However, on his good days was better than his teammate and often made up the deficit of qualifying behind Ricciardo and either sitting on his gearbox or ahead of him.
12. Bottas – I like this finish kid, he definitely has potential and with enough time I think will be a world champion. His season was up and down, mainly due to inexperience, but in no way helped by the car he had. I ranked him as high as 11th by looking beyond his rookie mistakes and seeing that his performances often pushed and outpaced Maldonado who is considered to be a quick driver.
13. Perez – I ranked Perez ahead of Button because of his determination to push the McLaren beyond its limits, especially early on in the season when the team were really struggling to get on top of the car.
14. Bianchi – I’m blown away by the talent of this guy, not only does he comprehensively beat his team mate, but he also gives the Caterham guys a fight, and sometimes even the cars ahead of them too. I think Bianchi is the next Alonso, whom started out in Minardi in similar style.
15. Button – McLaren had a poor season and I my main criticism of Button is his complete inability to drive a car that isn’t balanced to his liking. Don’t get me wrong, all drivers would struggle with the massive mistake of running suspension incorrectly fitted in off-season testing and then try and regain those testing miles during a racing season. However, early on Perez showed he could make more of that situation than Button. Only when Button had a car that was predictable and one that met his needs, could he put the foot down.
16. Gutierrez – 1st season for this youngster, and found himself many times outclassed by his more experienced German teammate. I didn’t see anything special about Gutierrez, however, I didn’t see anything fundamentally wrong either, he was a rookie who had a rough initiation to F1.
17. Sutil – I expected better from this experienced mid-field driver, and although early signs pointed to FI having built a solid package, Sutil wasn’t really able to deliver and by the end of the season often was just a foot note to races.
18. di Resta – I do believe that Paul has some real raw talent, and I do believe that on his day he can outclass almost the entire field, however, in 2013 he spent more time whinging about his crew, his car, his pit wall, and his life than he did in driving the car in anger. While I don’t think that whinging is something to rate a driver upon normally, in this case, the whinging was a look into mindset and showed that he wasn’t thinking about how to work with his team to get the most out of the car. Upon reflection, I think Paul will think that 2013 will be a year to forget, some drivers learn from their experiences and I think that Paul might just do that.
19. Maldonado – He won a race in 2012…. That statement boggles the mind when you consider how poor he has been in 2013. I’m not suggesting that the Williams was a race winning car, however, Maldonado came away from 2013 with 1 point in the championship, outscored by his rookie teammate. Money talks and Lotus have picked him up for 2014, go figure.
20. Pic – Its hard for me to rank the last couple of positions because so little is known as all the media, coverage and information that we get about the likes of RBR, Ferrari and Mercedes is far more in depth than of the back of the grid contenders that we only tend to see exceptional performances. For me I think Pic was more consistent than Guido and that is why he is ahead.
21. van der Garde – Due to his lack of consistency and his absolutely appalling start to the season where he was off left, right and centre earned him 21st in my rankings.
22. Chilton – Max was consistent, that is for sure, however, I don’t think anyone wants to be consistently last in an F1 race. Nuff said.15th November 2013, 7:45 at 7:45 am #239178
I must say that all these posts have got me scared.
@muzzleflash Like anyone who grows up living with the Elephant Man as a brother, you come to love the look of these things, or at least I do. One thing that attracts me to the aesthetics of the cars is the natural curves used to generate downforce, but actually do look fantastically flowing.9th November 2013, 10:28 at 10:28 am #240817
I like everyones posts, they’re well thought out. Mine are purely personal from what I know of the past.
1. M. Schumacher – He rebuilt Ferrari, not only did he drive the wheels off that dog of a car in 96, but he brought in Brawn and co…
2. N. Lauda – He rebuilt Ferrari as well, however, I think Schumacher did it with more of a team feel, whereas Lauda came in with a level of determination, that probably was more akin to Senna.
3. G. Villeneuve – I chose him as #3, not because of his contribution to Ferrari, but because the man was an icon, and as such the scarlet team became more of an icon than it had been before.
4. A. Ascari – If Enzo could choose his sons, Ascari would have been at the fore. The man dominated in an era where seat belts didn’t exist, and that a leather cap and pair of googles were the only head wear.
5. F. Alonso – This man has carved out his own identity within the scarlet team, from the shadows of a truly dominating era of the teams recent past. This is no mean feat, when in the early 00′s, M. Schu not only won championships, but absolutely owned them. Every man up until Alonso that drove for Ferrari had been constantly compared against the great man in Schumacher, but now we only get ad hoc quotes from the odd driver like Massa. Full respect to Alonso, time will tell if he leaps ahead in my list, although, Schumacher and co really did take Ferrari from mid-pack to champions like no other.8th November 2013, 10:54 at 10:54 am #244695
Everyone is entitled to their opinions, so I’m not going to say anything else other than, that isn’t my idea of what F1 is about. Debate is healthy :)8th November 2013, 8:19 at 8:19 am #244693
@prisoner-monkeys Your idea for partial spec series is far from my vision of “cost cutting without killing the sport”, if you want to see a common chassis series, I would direct you to NASCAR or the Aussie equivalent of V8 Supercars.
Homologation is probably a better option the 2 ideas you’ve suggested and ties in with my original idea ;)