Iestyn Davies

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  • #318521
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    Good results keep on coming! However..

    @holmqvist, @RoboCAT, @davidnotcoulthard, @ajcross, @sizza, @alexf11995, @fastiesty, @lolzerbob, @bronislav, @hawkaussie

    Scandal in Malaysia

    It appears that the corruption scandal in the leadership of the South East Asian country has ignited a mini-firestorm. It is in these circumstances that Rayyan Jeffri’s backing failed to materialise, which means he can’t see out the Winter Series season at Swallow Racing Team.

    In his place steps Luca Andreolli, who has been released from the Scuderia Rossi junior team and thus did not run in the recent Young Driver Test. There were a few promising young options for the seat, but the squad has chosen to go with experience at such short notice.

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    Agree, that was a great race in Fuji with the mixed weather, just like in Hockenheim. I can’t help but see Halvosen, Beyer and Nakumaya as Hulkenberg, Perez and Kobayashi (with AMR as 2012 Sauber), mixing it with the big boys whenever there’s a shower. Heartbreak for Agostino, as an off off-screen put paid to his point position, yet I’ll bet he’s still finished closer to the winner than any non-point scorer has ever done.

    That’s also a great opening race for me in the FV2 Winter series! 1-3 and leading the way!

    #318327
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    Wow, that tribute livery looks great @jamiefranklinf1!

    I also think that it’s a great decision for @holmqvist to be Meteor deputy principal, learning how to run an FV team, while we duke it out in FV2 ;).

    Engine fires were a nice addition at the last race (which was a good one)! Lets hope for another wet cracker!

    Cool to see a new pole sitter in Milkovich :)

    #317161
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    Some great racing in the last two races, really a big plus, coming from the development rules and I imagine car optimization while trying to test the buggy tracks. It looks like the faster cars have unlocked top gear, especially Westwood! It was interesting to see the 2016 mock-ups, while AMR’s new livery looks brilliant.

    Three commentators was a nice touch, if a bit hectic at times. Franklin will need to be wary, between Wagner’s caution and Ruiz’s aggression, lest Domenicalli’s consistency sneak the title! To start off the rumour mill.. Swallow Racing Team are looking to change their FV2 Team Name and Nationality for 2016 ;), and also liked the look of the yellow Downton!

    #311606
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    Nice to hear @hawkaussie!

    @bradley13 I can also confirm that @JamieFranklinF1 has given me permission to run Rodolfo de la Fuente in the 2015-16 FV2 Winter Series.

    #311574
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    In F1, there’s more reliability than ever – does that apply to the other series? Money is probably the other main thing, and that yes, with things so fine-tuned nowadays, there’s less opportunity for others to get amongst the top results.

    #311571
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    @alexf11995 Damn, I would’ve picked Palma! 10 minutes too slow! I’m tempted to go with Jeffri, while thinking about a second driver.

    #311559
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    First up, congrats to @theawesomefish! It made sense; an early FV2 team, with a professional livery and an exciting tie-up to bring back BMW. I knew it would be tough for me to be accepted as Holmqvist are battling FIRST and there were older teams than mine. I see the winter series is being set up!

    *Race spoilers*

    Great drives from Ruiz, Hoskins and Maxwell. Looked to me like Wagner might have gotten a suspension failure, after all that contact, while I guess Hoskins did a last lap splash n’ dash. If Ruiz’s engine had expired one lap earlier, he was in big danger of doing a Button in Melbourne 2005 or Ricciardo in Bahrain last year!

    Also, the cars were running out of oomph early, is the spec setup high downforce? The cars need the 8th gear the current F1 cars have :P. The Warrior looked like a real handful to drive anyway!

    #311521
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    Spoke too soon – Jordan King resigns for another year at Racing Engineering, in the #3 car:

    http://www.motorsport.com/gp2/news/king-sticks-with-racing-engineering-for-second-gp2-campaign-668017/

    Good to see Marciello return for a 3rd/title push season, same for Gasly and Rosenqvist, hopefully at Prema.

    #311506
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    Interesting, Sirotkin has to be the championship favourite now! Will be interesting to see if Evans and Lynn can take it to him.

    Confirmed so far:

    ART – 2 – Sergey Sirotkin
    DAMS – 5 – Alex Lynn
    DAMS – 6 – Nicolas Latifi
    Campos – 7 – Mitch Evans
    Campos – 8 – Sean Gelael
    Russian Time – 9 – Artem Markelov

    #311438
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    Looks like Perez is the new.. Perez!

    @diceman Definitely, if chosen for FV! @redmist If @alexf11995 is to be believed, you’re correct, and the new teams next year will be Manor/Caterham instead!

    Great to hear @lolzerbob. It’ll be nice to see Kevin Kannan and Igor @Bronislav join FV2, after racing in the V24hrs of Nurburgring. @jt19 was also interested in applying for FV a long way back, page 511, a year ago when I joined up (did you apply this year?).

    I forgot about only having one team, in either FV or FV2, in my last press release.. I was thinking of Caterham, doubling up in F1/GP2!

    #311399
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    SRT aims to join FV (and be beaten by Franklin!)

    SRT, one of the teams bidding to join Formula Virtual, is setting up shop in Ellesmere Port. “Being located on the same site as the Liverpool premises, starting a mini-hub, helps greatly with recruitment and options.

    Our new facility will give us the capacity to join multiple championships, such as FV, FV2 and the new VTC. It’s only down the road from our current premises, but the advantages are vast, with engine tuners Vauxhall also on the site, and looking to pick up another team, after Liverpool moved forwards with DS.”

    The FV2 team owner was in the British V-Prix paddock, and confirmed talks with Lotus continue, “We’ll see how our partnership works, first of all, in the Virtual 24 hours of Nurburgring. I’ve amassed 1,000km of practice as well, with the Classic Team Lotus 49, so will be ready when the flag falls ;).”

    In his best impression of Ron Dennis, he added: “The synergistic opportunities provide a handy additional operational flexibility!”

    #311383
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    @redmist Heh, you made me remember the NR2003 modders vs. FIRST racing (iRacing) court battle, where basically iRacing needed to secure the NR2003 code base to move forwards. Ironically, the now Liverpool owner John W. Henry had been an active member of the modding community (testing/funding?), before setting up iRacing with the game’s maker Papyrus (as it or Sierra the publisher? went bankrupt), which led to much ire.

    Ocelot vs. Warrior is happening on the track :), basically the new Manor vs. Caterham!

    I like the Sauber analogy of signing multiple drivers :P

    #311348
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    Glad to see you accepted @blockwall2! Solid first signing in Hutchinson as well. Lets see if FIRST can replicate Haas’ likely competitive début! I’d also choose Firestone ;).

    20 million, wow. That, and a falling oil price, surely kiboshed Lucas’ finances. I hope we hear from him soon, or even see the cars again before the end of the season.

    2 good races; I agree that the layouts help add drama, especially Silverstone’s new pits :P. Nakumaya’s crash was like Sato-Heidfeld 2002! The commentary brings more laughs each race :D.

    PS. Nice to see the wiki updated; I was waiting in case of any articles, but glad to see Stokey battling for the win :). That new boy.. the next Kubica?!

    #311277
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    I agree, and I think most of the conflicting opinions on Bottas come from the fluctuating form of Massa, after his accident. He lost form after Germany 2010, but has come back into it at Williams.

    What’s impressive about Bottas is just how quickly he has gotten up to speed, in a time where testing is limited. Unless you are the next Red Bull junior (and thus have 2-3 years), the best you can do is quickly shine, as Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Bottas now have done.

    I can see why Bottas is likely Mercedes’ preference, if something were to happen to Hamilton or Rosberg. This is indicated by their lack of desire to really back Wehrlein for a Manor seat, in order to get the necessary racing experience.

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