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29th November 2015, 1:03 at 1:03 am #309727
The nose now looks very 2011 Ferrari.. they have that going at least, even if costs are being cut following the emissions scandal, with only 2 cars being entered for Le Mans by the main manufacturers.27th November 2015, 23:40 at 11:40 pm #309651
It actually sounds to me a lot like this forum’s very own Formula Virtual..
I’d definitely watch Roborace (they need a better name.. Formula AI?!) at least once to see how it works! Will they be electric cars? Fast? Overtake? Collide? etc.27th November 2015, 2:24 at 2:24 am #309542
Is Lucas swamped with e.g. Uni? He could really use a deputy TP.
I’ve been active on Reddit for a while – there’s a big F1 community. This year, a ‘Model F1’ championship started there, like Formula Virtual did in F1Fanatic. Users also take active roles, but results come from a simulation program without video footage.
There is the opportunity to grow, e.g. using x-posts into F1 or simracing, but that’s where negativity may enter, not that I’d expect any; Model F1 was well received. There was a big mid-year blow up however – Force India is now J-Sport BRM!
@holmqvist – Has anyone enquired for the remaining spaces? I might have another TC to come – now I realise that I could split my cars, like Mathershaw, and have one Grande Punto, two Proton Personas! :)23rd November 2015, 15:10 at 3:10 pm #309393
@andae23 Ooh, who?
A guy from my class in primary school (from the year below me) now works in the Lotus design department. Probably hired as part of their drive to rebuild last year, following the financial uncertainty and hence expertise flight to other teams.20th November 2015, 18:05 at 6:05 pm #309310
Interesting question. Last time arguably they did – 2001, winning in 2005 and 2006. But, to repeat that, they’d need to commit money in the same way.
I can see them getting back to the head of the midfield, probably with a line up of Kvyat and Magnussen or a French driver to that effect (Vergne? Ocon? Grosjean?), starting with an effective 2017 car. What would really help them, however, is the return of exhaust blowing..
I also wonder if the same question is applicable to McLaren-Honda, which one has a better chance? Plus, to do so, they would both have to beat Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull, who are in a similar situation, just not yet as bad.20th November 2015, 17:08 at 5:08 pm #309308
Yeah, these series are now so small, that it’s only worth it for a 2-3 year quick domination – get all the marketing ‘bang for buck’, then leave it for the next manufacturer to do the same.
I guess VW will pull out from WRC to save costs for the emissions scandal?20th November 2015, 14:45 at 2:45 pm #309303
Nice, looks to me like the Formula E version of the old Hockenheim..20th November 2015, 9:57 at 9:57 am #309267
I get the feeling that if Tilke was designing Abu Dhabi now, that the section before the back straight would look more like the corners going into the straights at New Delhi, or a tighter version of the faster ones afterwards, i.e. more like a reverse of Malaysia, which does lead to passing into the hairpin.
Plus, there would be more positive camber and less negative camber, which really makes that track a lot more bland than it should be. Not to mention that the blank run-offs on the calendar could be painted in country flag colours etc. like at COTA (anything to help justify the race fees!).18th November 2015, 11:55 at 11:55 am #309198
Interesting. I guess that despite their aims to cut costs, it still seems to me that they are extravagant. They could cut back the number of pit reporters, from having a ‘big name’ presenter, dual commentary teams specifically for TV and Radio etc., which is good for quality of course, but not if costs are the main concern.
Bernie will want to keep F1 on free-to-air no doubt, as viewer numbers are falling. Maybe a compromise would be F1 moving to ‘MOTD’ style highlights instead of half the races live? There’s also other FTA channels..17th November 2015, 18:53 at 6:53 pm #309189
@kingshark Agree on your placing of Rosberg ahead of Coulthard, Barrichello, Massa, with a gap back to Irvine. In a way, Hamilton-Rosberg is a bit like Alonso-Raikkonen in the mid-2000s.
@xtwl Interesting to note the comparison between Kimi in the hybrid era and Schumi’s comeback. Poor first year, improving second year, better last year?17th November 2015, 11:53 at 11:53 am #309167
There could be a good comparison with Montoya and Ralf Schumacher, but it’s fair to say that Hamilton & Rosberg have been more impressive over a longer time-span; the comparison really only fits 2013, i.e. without dominant equipment, but a fighting chance, especially in qualifying.
Using total GP wins, Moss on 37 is basically the Hamilton of his day, who lucked out of 2008 and retired after Silverstone 2013. Considering Villoresi on 23 as ‘1947 champion’, we get: Reutemann 14, Coulthard, Rosberg 13, (Fagioli) Behra 12, (Rosier/Hawthorn) Ickx, Barrichello, Massa 11, (Parnell) Gonzalez, Peterson, Berger 10.
It’s interesting how Hawthorn fits in, if Moss wins 1958 (the Button/Massa of his day?). I consider Reutemann unlucky not to be 1981 champion, so yes, Rosberg should have the most wins of a ‘non-WDC’ by next year IMO. What about Hamilton/Rosberg vs. Senna/Berger?
However, a more interesting comparison appears – Fangio 48, Hamilton 43 vs. Rosberg 13, Gonzalez 8. Gonzalez has a very high podium rate, yet was always in Fangio/Moss’ shadow and didn’t start a lot of races, like Kubica. He did win Ferrari’s first race though, just like how Nico won China 2012 and Kubica Canada 2008.
However, with the tyres being pumped up since Singapore, things are shifting back towards Nico – Lewis was 0.3 faster before, while Nico is 0.1 faster since. If it stays on this trajectory and Ferrari improve for 2016, it’s hard to say who of Vettel, Hamilton and Rosberg will win..
PS. Even if Rosberg doesn’t win, he’ll have a long way to go to top Fagioli.. the only F1 race he didn’t finish on the podium was Monaco 1950, when a freak wave landing on the track caused a Spa 1998 lap 1 pile up.
A famous pre-war driver for Maserati (and both Mercedes and Auto Union), he received team orders to let Caracciola win in ’35, although ’34 might be his (no points table). In his last race, he handed over to Fangio, who then won, making him the oldest race winner ever at 53. Truly the Barrichello of his day..16th November 2015, 18:55 at 6:55 pm #309170
He’d be a valid one time winner in 2016, like Button in 2009; with the tyres kept pumped up, he has a good chance to really ruffle Hamilton and do it. Lets also see what happens when Vettel/Ferrari is pressuring Mercedes hard (another 1986?). With a Verstappen move to RBR and how the 2017 rule set could match up with a Honda and RBR-Renault-?? resurgence, it could be his best/last big chance.16th November 2015, 18:48 at 6:48 pm #309169
Makes sense.. he was doing well in FR2.0 last year, winning/in the title hunt. Good move for him to join Fortec!15th November 2015, 13:58 at 1:58 pm #309055
That’s another good one, I think you’ve nailed it! 2/2. Especially in junior series, it gets more prevalent due to the increased battling – just use the extra tarmac to hold on to the place.
The other side of the coin is shown at Interlagos qualifying however – Grosjean spun, but didn’t contact the wall (same for Hamilton at Mergulho in practice). If he did, that would have been a hefty repair bill for Lotus, and he was out of qualifying anyway with his tyres severely flat-spotted.
Arguably, in a race situation it would be better to see that being a retirement, but necessitating a tyre change is pretty much that for most race prospects.14th November 2015, 17:11 at 5:11 pm #308956
Fair enough, 8×3 would be preferable, but they’ve been pragmatic and allowed 7×4. Considering the strength and momentum of FIA F3, GP3 must be riskier for new teams to join.
An extra seat for all teams will also give a possible outlet for any progressing FIA F3 pay drivers, if they bring in a car limit for 2016.