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  • #275816
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    @fer-no65 Hmm, good point – perhaps time to get that DX11 update ready and out then!

    #275771
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    @fer-no65 True, there’s a lot of straights TBH, with more corners now put in for safety reasons. It’s really a true test of car and driver endurance if anything. Looks like 25 hour sessions will be possible (24 hours with swaps, and 1 hour for qualifying!).

    @joey-poey It’s a great list for GT/WEC racing, that’s for sure. I think the main tracks they are left chasing to add now are Le Mans, Monaco and Hungaroring. Hungary would be mainly for the F1 car, while the ball is in their court for Le Mans (console money a priority?), with Monaco probably the jewel being chased most. If there’s a long track setup period from hosting Formula E and F1 back-to-back next year, that sounds like the time to be scanning it…

    PS. I just saw now how we both proposed a Nurburgring TT series at exactly the same time!

    #275762
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    Hmm, okay.. add in Monza and Nurburgring and we could have the start of a series perhaps? :D @fer-no65

    #275706
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    @fer-no65 Yeah, to be honest, GP circuit suits races and Nordschleife a sort of TT hotlap event in any car. Unique track, unique event?

    Nurbs endurance with swaps would be a good test for an eventual Le Mans 24 hours…… I think 2.4 hours like Daytona would be a good event to have as well, alongside 6 hours elsewhere, and maybe something special for Le Mans (12 hours?). How many WEC tracks/cars are there now?

    #275717
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    Vergne on Raikkonen at T1.. didn’t see it coming and both were just perfect in the amount of space/leaving room.

    #275621
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    Nice @fer-no65! Also, big news with the announcement that the Nurburgring (Nordschleife, GP-Strecke and both combined) is finally coming to iRacing!

    #274875
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    McLaren should go Honda white – old McLaren ran those colours for the movie ‘Grand Prix’, in 1966, as it was its first season and this was in effect a sponsorship deal. But Ron’s McLaren seem to like the Silver that it wore since 1997 with its Mercedes partnership.

    #274772
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    I noticed that Keith.. it seemed to bog down really badly. Van Buuren and Gasly just drove right around him, and from that point on, he was stuck in the train. But yes – Merhi could really snatch this one from him. His statement after race 1, that his pace advantage wasn’t as big as it looked, is now coming true as others maximise their packages in the second half of the season.

    #274581
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    It’s also interesting to see some names there that you have never really heard of… investigation makes it clear that Meijer for example (the other race winner in that season, after Bottas, Ricciardo and Merhi) clearly has the talent but not the funding, spending 2 years out at one point from just that. But this was pre-recession.. I doubt there are even any seats about for talented but penniless drivers now..

    #274582
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    Sounds like he’s a natural.. pedigree + early training usually gives good results.

    #274580
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    It’s fair to say that one look at the results would suggest that Sainz Jr, Merhi are ready for F1, while Gasly and Rowland will be after a title battle next year. Not surprising that these 4 are the top 4 in the standings.. while 5th and 6th are current ‘test drivers’, Stevens and Sirotkin.

    #274579
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    And what was the result of the first race? 1: Bottas, 2: Caldarelli, 3: Merhi, 4: Ricciardo

    No wonder Caldarelli and Merhi, who are both a little younger than Bottas/Ricciardo, are now in the frame for a Caterham seat. They’ve been taking the di Resta route to F1.. better late than never!

    PS. Those cars and Silverstone… what a great match, sliding, room to pass, no kerbs or asphalt run-offs everywhere..

    #274575
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    ’63 sounds like a Freudian slip from ’93 to me. Or, a jesting joke that Prost senior is now getting on a bit…

    Fair enough, it was a good first attempt at a race… could they not have broadcasted Qualifying though? If the cars are actually faster then, it would help dispel the ‘cars are too slow’ argument. Improving the pit stops and cutting down the length of the limiter section (which looked ridiculous and anti-climactic) would help too. Not to mention, someone needs to improve all these sausage kerb/launchpads….

    PS. The gap in October is crying out for a race in Japan, after the F1. What about the 18th, two weeks after the Japanese GP?

    #274566
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    @craig-o The perfect drive to make the FIA look ridiculous! How he doesn’t qualify for a super-licence, despite being 2011 Euro F3 champion is beyond me. And not so long ago, they let in Yuji Ide…

    5 years back for their now FIA-backed series would be a good call. This gives it to Juncadella, Merhi, Mortara, Marciello and now Ocon. I’d say the top 5 in F3 this year wouldn’t make themselves look silly if given the chance. But you can always give it to the top 3, or top 2 for years further back as well. E.g. Lynn, who is now leading GP3. Not to mention that some of these drivers beat guys like Bottas, and could all test for F1 teams or do an FP1 if they were wanted. Anyone who can be top 3 in FIA F3 is always a good driver and worthy of a super-licence IMO.

    #274458
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    If Bird and Kligerman could replace Huertas and Saavedra, we’d be moving in the right direction. Montoya’s ‘Columbian successors’ would best be Munoz and Chaves.

    That said, I can see Bird, Abt and others ‘doubling up’ between Indy and Formula E, trying to stick with whichever one they are successful in or can successfully get a seat in, if push comes to shove. Sato may try and stick in Formula E if his time in Indycar comes to an end.

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