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    Enjoyed the racing except for the last corner crash – heart in mouth until I knew Heidfeld was OK. I noticed Dario go eerily quiet in the commentary box.

    I understand the minimum pit stop time in terms of safety, however I disagree with this time being pit in to pit out. It should be garage time only. Heidfeld used a cheeky tactic to leave the pit tent early, but then drive slower than the speed limit, meaning he got track position. Not happy with the gamesmanship there – its fine by the rules, but the rules are wrong in my opinion.
    Also the length of the pit out and the need to remain on the limiter all the way caused a massive anti-climax when Sam Bird was ‘racing’ out of the pits, but in reality ended up in 6th (or 7th) by the time he got back to the track.

    Lastly, I know the marshals are volunteers, but it was ages before someone actually went up to Heidfeld – by which time he’d clearly decided ‘sod this, I’ll get myself out’.

    Will definitely be following the season though, just don’t mention the fan boost…

    #272658
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    Hope Aleshin is ok after that impact. Bang goes my hope of a clean end to the season. Hope the race is clean of major incidents and that the drama is purely fron the racing.

    With a bonus point for pole, Castroneves now trails Power by 50 points with 103 points still on offer.

    Power will win the championship if:

    He finishes sixth or better.
    He finishes seventh and earns a bonus point.

    Castroneves will win the championship if:

    He wins and Power is no higher than seventh (or eighth with a bonus point).
    He finishes second and Power is no higher than 16th, with no bonus points.
    Power is classified last and Castroneves is no lower than third.

    (1 bonus point awarded for leading a lap, 1 for fastest lap, with 2 for Most laps led)

    #271784
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    Tweet from Townsend Bell says track ok and everything expected on schedule.
    Hope so, really looking forward to it.

    #271723
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    According to an article on Autosport:

    “F1’s regulations limit teams to using four drivers over the course of the campaign, unless there are ‘force majeure’ reasons for having more.

    It means that Caterham would need to apply to the FIA to run both Merhi and Sainz later this season, as it has already used Ericsson, Kobayashi and Lotterer.”

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/115538

    #266480
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    A touch late seeing this, but Timo Glock celebrated Germany’s 1:7 against Brazil by re-decorating his usual number 17 this weekend at the Moscow DTM race:

    https://twitter.com/realTimoGlock/status/487555299683753987/photo/1

    #266465
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    Really good race. Amazing finish. Lots of real close wheel to wheel action. Hinchcliffe and Pagenaud were side by side for almost 6 laps at one point.
    6 yellows (1 that became a red for rain), but generally quite clean racing
    10 lap sprint to the end started with Kanaan and Dixon 1-2, Hunter-Reay came from almost nowhere. Think he was 6th at the restart.
    Carpenter took out Montoya (for the final caution), who was pretty livid – he’d had a good run up to that point, twice fighting from way back. Newgarden was the biggest mover, grabbing 2nd at the death after starting 21st.

    P1. Hunter-Raey
    P2. Newgarden
    P3. Kanaan
    P4. Dixon
    P5. Carpenter

    Power went wide and hit the wall with 7 to go from 4th place to end up 14th. Castroneves also dropped from 3rd at the restart to end up only 8th, but takes a slim lead in the championship.

    #265580
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    Argentina 1 – 0 Belgium (After extra time)
    Holland 2 – 1 Costa Rica (Holland with one penalty)

    #265473
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    So today they went a lot faster, largely due to yesterday’s tire chicane after the old hairpin being removed.
    Lucas di Grassi managed 1m31.973s with the top 14 within 2.1s which is pretty good.

    But before we have a true reference point, can someone confirm if they were on the National Circuit (I’d imagine so) or using the full GP layout?

    A completely pointless reference point is that Alain Prost holds the GP layout track record at 1m10.458s from back in 1993!

    #265047
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    That was WTTC last year, Aleksei Dudukalo driving for Lada took out his team mate James Thompson during Q1. He braked far too late for the first chicane:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9kw7HBLXIM

    #263041
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    I’m gonna stick my nose out and say no new winners for the rest of the season and go with Carlos Sainz Jr next year.
    Bit of an extreme punt, but few predicted Maldonado.

    #257585
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    To be fair, when the top 16 are covered by a second, 15 is not too bad!

    #254829
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    Tony Kannan says he raced the 2nd half of the race under powered.
    He turned down the engine around the middle of the race, then the knob fell off the steering wheel so he was stuck like that!
    Still finished 6th!

    #253421
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    Its only on Google Brazil:

    https://www.google.com.br

    #248521
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    Some crazy stories so far have been…
    The ‘shared’ toilet facilities: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25848800
    Putin saves journalists from Leopard attack: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26038480
    Sochi stray dog cull: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/03/sochi-pest-control-stray-dogs-winter-olympics
    Extreme ski slope too extreme: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/winter-olympics/26015631

    #248395
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    I’m glad i’m not the only one thinking that. Its not like Lotus have a history of being serious when it comes to their online presence.
    A rendering of a controversial idea, when ur missing the first test; to me sounds like brilliant gamesmanship.
    You know the other teams are gonna throw some effort at a) determining whether the Lotus idea is legal and b) whether it could provide them with some advantage.
    It would not surprise me to see Lotus follow the trend of walrus / finger nose come the next test.

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