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  • #298821
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    JPS, Gold Leaf, Martini as full-livery sponsors, while the logos I like on the cars are Agip/Shell on the Ferraris, Johnnie Walker on the McLarens, Telefonica on the 1999 Minardi and Red Bull on the Saubers in the late-’90s.

    #298811
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    Fifteen races, not the ten of the first days, not the twenty of present. Inspired by 1986:

    1. Brazil, Interlagos
    2. Spain, Catalunya
    3. San Marino, Imola
    4. Monaco, Monte Carlo
    5. Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps
    6. Canada, Gilles Villeneuve
    7. United States, Circuit of the Americas
    8. France, Paul Ricard
    9. Great Britain, Silverstone
    10. Germany, Nurburgring
    11. Hungary, Hungaroring
    12. Austria, Red Bull Ring
    13. Italy, Monza
    14. Europe, Hungaroring
    15. Australia, Albert Park

    #298810
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    Race 11: Hungary
    Qualifying: 2nd – Race: 1st
    I was fifth in practice, 2nd and then fi1st in Q1 and Q2 and all of this on medium tyres. In Q3 I tried again on that compound and was only a tenth off pace, so I decided to try again with my final prime set. Vettel improved further, and I’d almost given up my hopes when I went purple in S1. In S2 I was slower than before, but a miracle in S3 allowed me to get within 0.049s of Vettel and ahead of Alonso, but I’d wasted an almost certain pole position. I was quick enough to overtake Vettel at the start, and kept him and Alonso behind for eight laps. They both pitted, but lost time in traffic, so Webber leapfrogged both by stopping one lap later. I anticipated my stop and came in the lap after and found myself just ahead of Vettel who had DRS-ed his way past Webber. Nothing happened until the flag, apart from my vain attempts to claim fastest lap. With four to go I put Vettel out of DRS range and rested a bit, and won a second consecutive race, whereas Alonso finished 19th.

    #298264
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    It’s that sad time of the year again. While not forgetting Senna, since the 30th of April I used Ratzenberger’s helmet and now, with the 15th of May coming up, I have changed to Elio de Angelis’ helmet, on the anniversary of their deaths in 1994 and 1986 respectively.

    #298260
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    I think overall it would be better to stay in Milan if you plan on using your spare time to have a look around (and you should!): as you know there is Expo 2015 until October, and though that is on the opposite part of the city it is easily and quickly reached using the underground. The Autodromo is no more than thirty-five minutes of driving away from the city centre, and if you’re trying to keep costs down and look for a place less downtown you might get closer if you go North-East.
    Of course you could stay in Monza and then travel to Milan rather than the other way round, it’s down to what you plan to do!

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    #298226
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    I’d miss Toro Rosso. Despite the team being Red Bull’s puppets, beyond the management it is a team full of young people, not only the drivers. They serve completely as a stepping stone to Red Bull but aren’t at all an amateur team who comes last, instead when they beat Red Bull it is one of the sights I most like to see. They have had nice and good drivers recently which makes me like them, but Kvyat has lost his fascination to me since being promoted. An expert team in the spirit of Minardi is a pleasant addition to the grid, and their livery has always been better than Red Bulls, so I fear for them in that a change of ownership would mean a change in direction, which is what I would miss most of all. And if they weren’t a B-team we wouldn’t have Sainz and Verstappen but more likely Kovalainen and Glock.
    Red Bull can go whenever they want!

    #297636
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    Tarso Marques, Gaston Mazzacane, Esteban Tuero, Tomas Enge… the drivers I stumble upon playing F1 Challenge, and always blame myself for forgetting!

    #297299
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    1. A. Prost
    2. J. Fangio
    3. N. Lauda
    4. A. Senna
    5. M. Schumacher

    6. J. Fangio
    7. J. Clark
    8. G. Villeneuve
    9. S. Vettel
    10. J. Stewart

    #297093
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    Race 10: Germany
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
    I led practice ahead of Alonso, but was behind him in Q1 and Q2, though I admittedly only looked for a top-ten time. In Q3 I put just enough fuel for a single flying lap and turned up my engine revs, and twice lapped below the 1:17s, putting me top by 4 tenths on Rosberg, with Alonso fifth behind both Red Bulls. I kept the lead at the start and lowered thrice in a row the fastest lap, until Webber did much better and I gave up trying. I pitted on lap 7 but ran wide into the gravel, losing precious seconds. Indeed, when Webber and Rosberg pitted I had to overtake them between turns one and two, but then the pair of them attacked me on either side into the hairpin. I resisted having warmer tyres, and as the two fought between them I could push to try and take the fastest lap. I took me several attempts, but finally I set a 1:18.883, 8 tenths faster than Webber’s best effort, on lap 14, and from then on I had to turn down my engine revs and, having used much of my tyres, I fell into the clutches of Rosberg, discovering Webber had retired in the meantime. Rosberg got through using DRS on the final lap, I ran wide at the hairpin having counter-attacked him, then at turn 7 I tried a last, do-or-die attempt and managed to keep on track, and Rosberg did not change his line, so I returned to the lead and scored the first hat-trick of the season.

    #296583
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    I always thought this year Rosberg was going to have a harder time than last year. With more competitors from other teams battling with them he is just going to lose more from Hamilton. Of course if it’s a race between those two Nico can hope to stay close to Lewis and, like last year, if he has luck and a great form in qualifying the odds can turn in his favour. Otherwise, with the perfect Lewis we’re seeing this year, his hopes are for second place. And the more he gets the more his morale suffers. China’s qualifying may have boosted his confidence a little, but if other cars get in the fight like in Malaysia he’s just going to struggle more.

    #295840
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    Cool, @davids! Well spotted, thanks!

    #295712
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    Race 9: Great Britain
    Qualifying: 4th – Race: 2nd
    I had poor pace on the hard tyres, ending up 12th in FP and 15th in Q1, always behind the stellar Alonso. In Q2 I was fourth, and in Q3 I was sixth with my first two attempts: despite running out of fuel I decided for an extra lap on my final run and incredibly improved to fourth place, while Alonso was dead last in the session. I started well and took the lead from Schumacher when he made a mistake in the final corner of the Arena section. I led until the pit stops, improving my pace with every lap. I lost a little time due to traffic in my box but made a big mistake at Becketts, jumping off the kerb and across the grass, only just managing to keep pointing the right direction and to stay ahead of Karthikeyan and Schumacher. Indeed, Webber came out ahead of me by over three seconds, a gap I was reducing over the following two laps until he turned his engine revs up and started setting purple lap times. I improved my personal best more than once but it wasn’t enough, and I ended second ahead of Hamilton. I now lead Alonso by a hundred points and have been promoted to equal status with him.

    #295711
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    I think it matches the on-board camera colour, just an extra sign to tell apart cars and drivers, especially from a perspective where the helmet is covered. I think only one car per team has that, I should check though.

    #295590
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    Having watched the first MotoGP race of the season, and having verified that, with great relief, the graphics there haven’t changed, I have to say I now prefer the bikes’ graphics. Rectangles, yes, but with rounded edges, a shiny look, much more info and every bit of information blends together. When a driver is on board, their name and their picture pop out from the vertical standings, and when an overtake is made the drivers in question are highlighted and animated accordingly, making them very easy to read despite them being very complex. F1’s probably are indeed simple, and apart from a few tweaks they seem to be the same as last year’s but without their familiar look.

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