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  • #301266
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    Iestyn Davies
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    True, I imagine Fanboost would just be applied realistically, i.e. the real life winners would be the ones to get it in career mode.

    Is there anything that isn’t on rFactor :P? I’m not surprised an rF mod was first to the punch.. On development, what about Kunos Simulazioni? But I wouldn’t be surprised if a bigger development team did it, e.g. SimBin, EA or Codies.

    Maybe EA could replace the Porsche licence with Formula E? Unless Porsche actually decide to renew it..

    #301258
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    Good to hear.. Alguersuari is a good driver for the series and him being in the midfield after some years of not driving shows the talent level of the front runners off very well.

    #301256
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    Bad news for @carlitox: “The bulk of the calendar will be reasonably similar, however AUTOSPORT understands the Uruguay and Long Beach races won’t reappear.

    Pending final sign-off, Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and Paris will join the schedule, with the latter set to start the championship’s European leg in April.

    As with the maiden season, Donington Park will host the major pre-season tests, with three, two-day sessions scheduled for August.” Beijing is Round 1 on October 17th, giving more time for car development.

    Mexico City is a good addition, while the calendar is condensed to avoid the gap last year where Rio backed out and Malaysia was delayed. That would be a good gap for Interlagos in future!

    I’d like to see: Beijing-Putrajaya-Sao Paulo-Buenos Aires-Mexico City-Miami-Paris-Monaco-Berlin-Moscow-London. Then add in Japan and Durban as it expands.. Maybe Long Beach, HK/Macau, Singapore?

    #301254
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    Driver-wise – the top guys are a great draw for the series. If we look at the 20 who drove most races: Piquet Jr, Buemi, di Grassi, Prost, Vergne, d’Ambrosio, Bird, Heidfeld, Felix da Costa, Senna, Duval, Abt, Speed, Alguersuari, Sarrazin, Trulli, Chandhok, Pic, Duran, Liuzzi.

    I can see the ‘top 5′ being very successful as the series develops, depending on which manufacturers get it right (you’d bet on Renault and Buemi vs. Audi and di Grassi).

    Retiring F1 drivers like Massa would be a great addition, replacing retiring Formula E drivers like Trulli. If some of the tail-enders were replaced, the line up would be very competitive, like WEC.

    #301252
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    It’s been said that Formula E wants to have a race in Paris – maybe at the Bois de Boulogne? For London, there’s Hyde Park or Crystal Palace, but the Olympic Park is likely to replace Battersea.

    I think Agag is conscious of having a worldwide presence, trying to pick big cities on each continent. Hence trying for Rio. Why not go to Interlagos once the cars are getting faster?

    This leaves Asia needing more races – surely Japan is an obvious market? Maybe Tsukuba? Singapore wouldn’t be a bad shout, but would it have to be near the F1 GP? Did they also try for Hong Kong/Macau in Season 1?

    Thinking of Africa.. what about reviving the popular Durban street track from A1GP?

    #300827
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    They need to give the back half-third of FIA F3 a call! Those drivers should really still be in national F3. Spanish F3/Euroformula Open has done well to survive as the sole ‘entry level F3′, but now for GP3 – Stuvik, Janosz and Palou.

    The link with FA1 could’ve worked, but the money probably ran out pre-season. I wonder if Regalia and Sa Silva will join WSR – there is still space for another team!

    PS. I wonder if the A1GP/Lola B05/52 will finally be retired after 10 years. The last Lola racing cars still active?

    #300209
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    @latos They will show up eventually, once they have gotten fished out of the system!

    #300137
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    @ben-n You are spot on really. Herbert & Brundle were both handicapped by accidents that broke both ankles (1988/1984), without those they would probably have both eclipsed Hill and been much more prominent in F1 by the time Coulthard joined in, so much so that he would have found it much harder to establish his career. Hill did start quite late though, in that respect his career was very similar to Bruno Senna, but where Hill got the breaks (a dominant Williams post-Senna), Senna did not (Brawn 3rd driver behind Rubens).

    http://www.sniffermedia.com/blog/2013/09/02/race-that-shook-the-world-brands-3000-1988/ – Foitek sounds a lot like Maldonado, and that F3000 didn’t have crash tests in 1988 is just crazy in retrospect.

    #300134
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    In the past, certain ‘hallmark’ events did actually run longer, e.g. Spa, Monza, Reims etc. Usually they were faster tracks that would have been over sooner. With other GPs being 300kms, these would be 450kms, yet still count for the same points. ‘European GP’ was a title that would rotate through these races each year.

    There’s no doubting that the Monaco GP is the ‘special race’, as it doesn’t pay to be on the calendar and still has its own TV broadcast etc. In a modern context, it still runs for almost 2 hours; you could make it full distance (90 laps) and make Monza 450kms to also run 2 hours, as ‘special races’ – but you’re right in that it would be up for sale and we would simply be subjected to 2 hours of Abu Dhabi as the finale!

    If not 450 kms (too long for Silverstone and Spa, over 2 hours), what about 400kms/250miles or 384kms/240miles? Regular races at 3/4 of the ‘classic’ events, Monza, Monaco, Silverstone, Spa. Monaco (75 laps/1:45, 90 laps/2:00), Monza (66 or 69 laps, 1:45-1:50), Silverstone (65 laps, 1:50), Spa (55 laps, 1:50) anyone :D? If they need more fuel.. 133kgs, in line with the normal rules..

    #300025
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    @junior-pilot Could be possible with a personal Concorde? ;)

    An interesting proposition though, I’d need to give it some thought!

    #299809
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    I wonder if a good comparison for Mika continuing would be a bit like if Vettel retired after 2014. Vettel and Hamilton also raced each other coming up through the ranks, like Mika and Michael, and Mika was very close to Schumi in 2000, with roughly equal cars. You could say the same for Hamilton and Vettel in 2012. 2010 Hamilton managed to overcome the car deficit, a bit like Schumi in 1998, but it wasn’t enough (same for Alonso).

    Hakkinen could have continued for a few more years no doubt, but whether he could recapture that 1998 and 2000 form is the question.. if so, he’d be likely to recreate 2000, pushing Schumacher hard in the same car (harder than Rubens).

    #299213
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    Well, they could allow less than V6 – so if someone wants to develop say a V4, inline 4 or straight 6, why not? But that spend would be on the engine manufacturers; there would have to be a cost cap so that runaway speculative R&D isn’t paid for by the smaller teams buying customer engines. Opening up rotaries would be interesting.

    #299212
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    I would tweak it so that getting any part of the car alongside is an advance, while you might like to have it as front wheels alongside rear wheels of the car in front etc. which would encourage late braking and moves down the inside, and for any advance not 3 a lap (impossible on some circuits). Do you think this would award too many points?

    Also, I take it the points would change to something like 50, 43, 37, 32, 28, 25, 23, 22, 21, 20… Would there also be points for pole and fast lap then? 4 and 2?

    #299135
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    It looks like [Basic] would be an easy starting point, allowing downforce, balance, ride and gearing adjustment on a simple scale, with [General] used for the fuel strategy.

    Setting the rest would need pre-season testing, and also knowledge of what everything was first.. [Wings] and [Driveline] (Gearing and Differential) are quite standard, along with [Controls] (Steering lock and brake bias) and each tyre’s settings of tyre pressure, camber and suspension (bump & rebound, bump rubbers). There’s also a brake pad size option.

    In the [Suspension] section, I’m a bit lost after anti roll bars, caster and toe in.. Is the 3rd spring a bit like the J-damper or mass damper? There’s also additional aero and an ‘engine braking map’ section. Most of these crop up in F1, causing controversy when teams have potentially found a car set up advantage!

    #299104
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    So, it’s fair to say that a consensus calendar is probably: Melbourne, Sepang, Catalunya, Monaco, Montreal, NYC, RBR, Silverstone, Nurburgring, Hungary, Spa, Monza, Marina Bay, Suzuka, COTA, Mexico City, Interlagos, Abu Dhabi.

    Or, by country: Australia, Malaysia, Spain, Monaco, Canada, France, Austria, Britain, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Japan, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Abu Dhabi.

    Runner up countries are: Argentina, Portugal, Bahrain, China.. the former being more popular, but the latter more likely to have the cash to stage races. Both calendars could start in late March and finish in late November.

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