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  • #298650
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    Eddie Irvine did say that Schumi couldn’t always set the car up, but would just drive around it.. put that comment with the one by Rubens about how he should have won some of MSc’s titles and we can assume that Schumi purely just outdrove him on some of his setups.. but there were periods where Rubens was very competitive/faster even, so maybe that was when he kept the setups to himself! I do seem to remember hearing that Alonso stopped sharing setups with Hamilton in 2007? Probably the same thing was happening there too..

    On development drivers.. I guess it’s worth noting who is employed to do that job, i.e. being paid. De la Rosa racing for transitioning Sauber, Panis, Wurz etc. racing again.. I always had a suspicion that Davidson was also behind some great cars, the 2004 BAR, the Super Aguri that started beating the works Honda, and then of course the 2009 Brawn (but it looks like Ross credits Rubens), which was said to first be the 2009 Super Aguri..

    There are also a few sim drivers such as Rossiter, Yelloly at Force India that you wouldn’t think of at first, so they must have the skills to develop the car/test it on the sim and correlate that with real world data no problem, maybe Wolff as well. Vandoorne is a very good simracer, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he was doing that for McLaren (although they’ve been nowhere for 3 seasons now, heh). Stanaway won the iRacing Pro Series when recovering from injury, so he could also have done that for Lotus when Gravity had their youngsters as the reserve drivers.

    #298649
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    Well, it’s been said that Kvyat is developing into a bit of a ‘Kimi’, so take from that what you will. But I get the impression that they both give it everything, it’s more time/discipline.

    It’s also been said that Verstappen and now Sainz are besting him in the simulator, so perhaps all of that added up is why Marko is giving him a prod, which he is returning about the car.

    The rumour is that he could be replaced after Hungary, i.e. in the summer break, maybe swapping with a Toro Rosso driver? Putting Max in the big boy car.. talk about giving the finger to the FIA!

    #298648
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    I heard from someone close to Indy that he could be out for the rest of the year… But more important than that is a full recovery and returning when 100% fit of course. But it does open up a possibility for someone like Vautier to do a few more races, although Katherine Legge was also mentioned. Ask her Keith :P!

    Indeed, there is a ring of 1994 about this.. notice both had ‘rule changes to spice up the racing’.. same happened for the 2011 closer. Surely it makes more sense for the engine makers to make their engines more powerful for Indy, rather than developing aerodynamics.. isn’t that Dallara’s job?!

    #298586
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    @hunocsi True, I wrote that at first, but then noticed that the sessions were titled “Warm Up”, “FP1″, “FP2″. Nowadays that sounds like just FP1, FP2, FP3.

    #298568
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    I always thought that the 1998 Benetton Playlife looked like the first ‘computer designed livery’, haha. But the West McLaren was a good scheme, same for Vodafone (and I think Bahrain was a convenient excuse for them to cut that sponsorship to save costs). B&H Jordan I did like in the late 90s too. BMW Williams (with IT sponsors and not tobacco), Yellow/Blue Telefonica Renault.. how long have we got :). Red Bull.. Red Bull? Sauber originally..

    #298566
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    I always found the F1 site lacking compared to others on the net… but FP times would be harder to find. I use statsF1, silhouet etc. but on this occasion, chicane F1 gives the answer as Eddie Irvine ;) – http://www.chicanef1.com/race.pl?year=1998&gp=Monaco%20GP&r=1&type=t1.

    #298448
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    Same, but it will assuage those who don’t want to read it before deciding their vote. I guess most of those would click it afterwards?

    #298427
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    @atticus-2 What do you drive? If you want to try GPL.. with GPLrank, you can go up against Norbert’s best times from 2004 ;). I’m just over 13 seconds off, after 24 minutes, when the best lap of each track is combined (which includes the best part of 8 minutes around a lap of Nurbs, and is more than half my deficit to Norbert). He still has some WRs on the replay page, too.

    #298400
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    That’s a pretty nice calendar, @atticus-2. I would swap out Brands for the old Oesterreichring (now Red Bull Ring), but it does give a nod to the amount of NC GP races that have been in the UK, having the European round at Silverstone.

    I like adding Hermanos Rodriguez (adding in the old hairpin) and BA no. 15 @mfreire! For logistics, I would put Monaco before Le Mans, with Silverstone after it (swapping European/British GP), and swap Singapore and Japan around. Much easier on the flying miles/classic timing of races, on that note Montreal to add some variety instead of classic Mosport.

    #297722
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    @xtwl Are there any clashes with Super Formula? If not.. makes sense for Kamui to do both.

    @tony031r True, that breakup just smelled fishy. Maybe like McLaren, Toyota just need to make sure they can deliver 2 strong cars and leave it at that.

    #297712
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    @tony031r Hehe, it happened a bit quicker than how you called it, “Kobayashi is set for Nakajima’s seat”. But Lapierre could also be picked (unlikely, but still technically under contract/available if Kamui is not?).

    #297582
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    A big plus for the racing and championship costs.. I wonder if this could be an indication of things to come. Russia’s economy is under huge pressure, and now Bernie is changing the F1 calendar to squeeze some races… a lost Russian race could easily be backed up by a Qatar race, at the risk of irritating the Bahraini ruling family.

    WSR moved back to Silverstone.. seeing the huge crowds attending F1, I wonder if DTM might do the same? It’s only Touring cars or GT left racing at the circuit now.

    #297566
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    Yes, I figured it must be some sort of update that activated all the ones that were missed coming through to make it all up to date or something like that. Only 60 here :) Obviously I’m not active enough :D

    #297403
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXuEvuyyy4k San Marino 1985.. the cheers for Johansson for half a lap in the lead! Boutsen pushes his car across the line at the finish. Similar to Monaco 1982..

    #297401
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    There’s also the last lap of the ’64 season where Clark retired from the lead with an oil leak. Ferrari’s Bandini now in 2nd thus moved over to let Surtees through before the chequer to win the title. Pre-cursor to Hamilton winning it on the last lap in 2008 ;)

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