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  • #280173
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    @juicedtin I like it, I would suggest changing the ‘S’ to a long right hand bend to a hairpin, if that lengthens the lap or creates more overtaking chances, possibly crossing the road into the other vacant lot.

    I like all of the designs, but think that overtaking might be difficult, but Justin’s at least has two clear DRS areas to facilitate this.

    #280172
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    @fer-no65 The livery has to be the crashed F1Fanatic F1 car! Found when you go to a page that can’t/won’t load (e.g. the researcher forum thread).

    #280170
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    @umartajuddin If there’s a time to try, it’s since the last few races, when Bernie has suddenly opened up to Social Media. Time to #Join the conversation! In reality, he must have hired someone to work on this for FOM/the F1 twitter.

    Access to specific races for $1 or £1 sounds like a good idea. Maybe seasons for $5-£10, Subscription $5-£7.50? Practices could be some sort of added extra, perhaps thrown in to subscriptions, as I think only hardcore users would watch practices, or maybe 50p extra with specific races. We could have the F1F ‘rate the race’ top races as a ‘best of’ list too.

    @blockwall2 The MotoGP addition is a good shout, basically any racing series that doesn’t have an online presence (I thought Moto GP would) or much TV availability is prime content to give volume IMO. Maybe FOM could add GP2/GP3 to sweeten the deal.

    WEC/Rally/other FIA championships (like WTCC) also add variety, and could perhaps be dealt with in one FIA negotiation. BTCC plays on ITV at times like 3am (same for Formula Ford), while MotorsTV has just moved free-to-air in the UK.

    I imagine the key here is delivery/ease of use, and an attractive price point to get customers from Sky. Those paying for Sky and Sports/HD just for F1 could save a lot of money by moving just to a live/back story streaming service. Perhaps getting it on smart TVs would be key in initiating a switch. If no one else is out there doing it – lets do it/get it done!

    #280129
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    @junior-pilot The child in me would want to go back and see Spa 1998 in the flesh. A start crash of epic proportions, rain @ Spa, close call for Schumi, 1-2 for Jordan and Hill. The last win for my childhood idol (even if Ralf was under orders not to win the race!).. Another similar event would be Nurburgring 1999, what a race to experience rather than see live on TV. Spa 2000/Brazil 2001 pass anyone?

    Perhaps Silverstone 1996, as it is the first race I have a recollection of seeing on TV, or Hungary 1997, to see how the pre-slim/grooved tyre cars drove. From recent years, probably Brazil 2012 just to see how on earth Hulkenberg dominated that race in a Force India, taking it to Button/Hamilton.

    #280128
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    Wow, I’m amazed you could even negotiate this with FOM @umartajuddin. I’m sure there are plenty of Sky subscribers that would like to get rid of Sky and simply want F1 coverage. You could also air any footage not bound by FOM (i.e. pre-1981 F1), which gives you 67 onwards and highlights packages before that, mostly in black & white.

    FIA F3 stream their races on their website – perhaps you could do a deal with them too? GP2/3 are on Sky backed by Bernie, but World Series by Renault is on BT Sport/ESPN – not sure if they would go for a deal or not with a rival streaming service? But they could do with the exposure, I think. A new series like MSA F4 could also be an interesting addition.

    #279904
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    @keithedin True, perhaps it would be worth only using the times where Raikkonen seemed to match Alonso, and see what those data points reveal. It looks like Rosberg has a chance in Brazil, so Hamilton will have to win in the USA and Abu Dhabi, where he won in 2011/2012.

    It’s also interesting to see how low Malaysia is on the average speed chart, although it was a wet qualifying, and that there is a general trend of the average speed rising throughout the season! That could really affect how the teams develop throughout the year.

    @atticus Imagine how fast the Osterreichring would be now! Even back then they never dropped below 3rd in a 5 gear box….. It was only just second to the original Silverstone for high speed (160 mph vs. 158 mph)

    #279877
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    Sorensen should really try and stay in GP2. He has the chance I think to be a solid top-8 driver there, gaining good exposure, whereas he was disappointing in FR3.5 this year, as shown by the crash at Monza. If Evans and Marciello leave GP2, then the talent pool there will be reduced when compared to FR3.5, and Sorensen, Pic, Cecotto etc. could all win it.

    Ocon could have been poached by Mercedes, but they will probably have enough on their hands trying to juggle Merhi, Juncadella and Wehrlein, with the rest of their drivers (like experienced Di Resta) consigned to DTM. Blomqvist I think would go well in GP3, maybe Auer as well.

    It would be nice to see what Stoneman can do in FR3.5, 3 years on from his delayed debut. GP3 results once at Koiranen shows he still has it. Similarly, Stanaway got two podiums in two races, so could move up from GP3 to vanquish his FR3.5 demons. Perhaps Yelloly should move back up as well if possible.

    If Marko picks Sainz, does that mean Gasly and Olsen have two or three years to win FR3.5/GP2 and be ‘next in line’? Alex Albon isn’t going too badly now, if they need to flesh out their ranks again.. or they could run Lynn in FR3.5 as well for a ‘direct comparison’ of all their remaining junior drivers. I can see F3 drivers like Latifi and King stepping up as well.

    #279777
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    @pezlo2013 I understand what you are saying, and I think that’s pretty much what they are going to do. The wall there does look severe, and the fact that cars cut the pit entry line leaves less room for slowing cars/increases the chance of a rear-ending accident in the wet.

    Hence my suggestion of moving the racing line away from that pit entry section, by a proper means of separation – not just a line that can be easily crossed at full speed. By kerbs, I meant something that wouldn’t easily be driven over, rather than the flat kerb/astro combination, which doesn’t deter at all being driven upon (leading to the farcical ‘track limits’ debate).

    The cars are now so safe, from the FIA crash safety tests (e.g. Kubica Canada 2007), that I’ve never really thought an injury would come from hitting that wall – if that was a concern, wouldn’t they use a tyre wall, or tec-pro barrier before now?

    I was thinking it might be better to save the construction cost and instead use the money to install those crash-softening barriers along that whole concrete wall section, rather than trying to move a part of it further backwards, after the fatal Brazilian touring car accident. But this pit work could also be for the other series that use the track, much like replacing gravel traps with asphalt run-offs, which work much better for series like MotoGP.

    #279783
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    @bullfrog Indeed, if Vandoorne (arguably already ready for F1) wins GP2 with DAMS, and de Vries wins FR3.5 with DAMS, what will McLaren do? They can’t really secure them drives elsewhere either, as when they tried that with Magnussen, Force India simply got a better deal with Perez instead, turning the tables on Whitmarsh and McLaren.

    In my opinion, they need a junior team – at this point, they could have Alonso/Button at McLaren, both WDCs, and run Magnussen/Vandoorne in the juniors, with de Vries then having time to settle in to faster cars like FR3.5 and GP2, before one of the juniors moves up to McLaren to replace Button, with Nyck aiming to eventually replace a retiring Alonso.

    But, he’ll have to beat RB junior Gasly, former McLaren junior Rowland and Sauber reserve Sirotkin first, and the other McLaren junior, Ben Barnicoat, who won FR2.0 NEC this year, may soon be in FR3.5 too, perhaps after a year in Eurocup. It looks like Sainz Jr will now move up to Toro Rosso – Wittmann’s testing time with Toro Rosso also reduces how much is available; but with Marko, you never know – it could also be Gasly or Lynn, with Sainz kicked out the door!

    #279780
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    This is a very interesting analysis.. Red Bull’s strength is downforce related, so you would expect them to do well on courses needing that, not just matching an average speed correlation. Williams’ slippery car also helps them on the 130mph+ tracks, allied to the Mercedes engine, hence Bottas’ dismay at Monza, which he felt was a missed opportunity.

    @keithedin The second point also points to a reason for Hamilton being so dominant at Abu Dhabi. Like Vettel vs. Webber, it seems Ham/Vet excel at the slow speed/traction zones/being precise/turning the car on apex quicker, perhaps from more trail braking, while Ros/Web excel at high speed/holding on/ballsy driving/using G-forces for feedback.

    I am now wondering if there could be an analysis that shows the faster drivers to always excel at this type of slow speed driving, where the most time is gained – Alonso and Raikkonen would have to be the first candidates for that type of analysis, and with Alo/Ham we can get a direct comparison, again matched when Vettel and Raikkonen team up in 2015!

    #279778
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    Indeed @keithcollantine, but with over 500 tracks now released, it’s available. Greger Huttu and Roland Ehnstrom made it, well over ten years ago, with both winning respective ‘sim-racing world championships’ (Huttu: iRacing WDC, Ehnstrom: virtual WTCC) since then. Interestingly, Norbert Michelisz still holds GPL world records, and has won in the real WTCC.. his experience on driving Nurburgring under 8 minutes online may help him with the real WTCC there.

    I wonder if the trek to Moscow positively affected Renault at all? If not, then a return to Silverstone, and the UK market, is a welcome plus for the series, and hopefully helps fill the grid out to 22 full-time cars next year.

    Ideally: Spain, Monaco, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Austria, UK, Germany, France, Portugal. If no Monaco, Catalunya.

    #279767
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    Call me ridiculous, but would it not have been easier/cheaper just to put a kerb where the white line was? I.e. make the racing line use the actual track limits, and cordon off the pit entry from racing speed cars. There’s a lot of room on the outside of the corner there, which has been effectively cut-off to make the straight a lot straighter.

    #279740
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    6 F1 tracks and a testing venue (former race track).. I have to say that’s a good improvement. I guess that in an ideal world, one of the Spanish rounds would be Monza/Italy, while Le Mans Bugatti makes me think of GPL/1967, just with more chicanes now, and they thought it was too mickey mouse for F1 cars to return there at the time..

    #279507
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    Buller must have thought he was only two wide, as taking the middle line into T1 when three wide makes no sense, as we found out. He probably couldn’t see Merhi had gone to the outside, as after his bad start, he would have been concentrating on holding back Stockinger.

    #279419
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    @joey-poey Oh, I was just fooled by the perspective :P

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