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  • #253382
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    A nice tribute there and a happy birthday to my childhood hero- to think I was 17 and still at school when he died!!

    I think that to say Ayrton had a huge impact outside F1 just because he died young (as some say) gives him a huge disrespect and disservice. He was very much a contradiction in many ways, very religious as many Brazilians are, such a huge aura around him and a charismatic man, but would then, to quote Martin Bundle, put his car in a position where he would leave it to you to either back out or crash- risking both your lives! White line fever at its best!!

    Senna well knew he was born into the right side of Brazilian society, but also while very proud of his country also ashamed in how so many were so poor, and he did have plans to use his fame and money to help that after F1. He did donate quite a fair bit of money before the creation of the Senna Foundation (I think started not long after his death).

    I don’t think too many on this site will doubt his achievements in the car but I think he could have done so much more for others after he retired- the F1 version of Bono if you will :)

    Still sadly missed 20 years on!!

    #251061
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    I was going to miss the Melbourne GP this year but won a local competition! Some great things but get to watch Quali from a spot in pit lane (basically where the team bosses do, but right at pit lane entry) AND a Paddock tour with David Coulthard!!
    Been smiling the past few days ‘for sure’!!!

    #248990
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    1st Of May 1994 mate!! Death of a ledgend !!

    The late Sid Watkins was then put in charge of F1 saftey and made some great progress so drivers are ALOT safer now and big crashes like Webber in Spain a few years back are a good example.

    #248424
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    @Prisoner Monkeys

    Of course Red Bull would try to recaputure that effect on the car! When in 1988 they banned turbo’s didn’t all teams say “what can we do to be as fast as the turbo’s again??”

    Honest opinion- do you think RBR are cheats or just go too far?? And would The Horse, Lotus or McLaren do it different??

    Newey is the best for a reason!

    #248475
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    1. Rosberg
    2. Hamilton
    3. Dan!!
    4. Magnussen
    5. Vettel
    6. Button

    #248421
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    @Prisoner Monkeys
    “When a team finds a way design something that follows the letter of the rules, but ignores the intent, then that is against the spirit of the rules.”

    PM- I always enjoy your posts no matter if I agree or disagree with them as you put your point across then validate them with a strong opinion. But I disagree with your “but ignores the intent” comment.

    I remember commenting on the Merc test with something like “Newey is a gun of F1 but Brawn is the other barrel” and “it may have been against the spirit of F1 but that hasn’t existed in some time”
    The same exists here.

    The letter of the law is easy- your front wing is xxxx in width. “Intent of the law ” is so subjective and up for interpretation and thats what makes guys like Newey and Ross Brawn rise to the top! One may intepret design to one extent, the other a master of the ‘rules’.

    The FIA cant put specific rules in place then argue “thats not what we meant” as the guys get smarter, they just change the rule next year to make F1 slower again!

    The intention (or really interpretation) of the rules is oppurtunity for the designers and enginereers to show ‘their thing’ IMO and that is where they shine.

    All RBR done in the past few years was to interpuret rules better than the others, they didnt cheat, they were just smarter. Old school like Ferrari dont like that.

    I look forward to your response PM as I know you always make a good one mate :)

    #248436
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    1) Agree @OmarR-Pepper – no team has veto powers.
    2) Everytning @hutch sad- spot on.
    3) Allow for drivers who are taller and heavier – like Webber and Hulkenburg. I am not sure if a car + driver weigh in can work but makes sense to me. Our 1992 WDC Nigel Mansell would not get a drive now, I think he drove at 78-82kg!
    4) Higher speed in the fast corners- thats where a driver shows his skill.
    5) More horsepower- give these boys some more umph!! I think Riccardo Patrese had the most powerful F1 car ever…….. I think a Brabham or Williams at almost 1500BHP or more??!! These guys are the best and I think increased saftey has been more that sufficient to allow F1 the be almighty again, not A FEW seconds faster than the next best formula!
    6) No DRS or double points….. blah, blah blah.
    7) A bit more money for back of the grid drivers, reserve drivers, the lower paid mechanics and those who really do put this sport together day to day. If CVC took a SLIGHTLY lower dividend the wealth could go a bit further……….. most mechanics get paid lower than an average Australian wage yet they put the best cars on the planet together!!
    8) Rules and tyres that allow a driver to driver flat out (with fuel and his car in mind to some extent) instead of these pacing periods.
    9) Allow each driver to administer 3 x “Nelson Piquet bad front kicks” to another driver when p**sed off!! LOL- if you havent seen if google “Nelson Piquet fight Germany 1983″ – GOLD!!
    10) Look after the F1F’s over the occasional viewer!

    Ok- I had some fun with # 9 there!

    There certainly are some things as proper F1 fans we would both like to see improved and NEED to be improved in a very real and urgent matter!!- but I still love F1 no matter what………. not sure about the penis nose just yet!! LOL!!

    #248158
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    I really cant see Alonso back at McLaren with Ron back in charge!! Too much water under the bridge!

    #246146
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    @pirespt

    Friday is usually an open day at Suzuka so you can walk around and try different stands. I have sat in D4-5 and C4-6 for about 20 min each, I didnt get to S.

    I preferred C4-6 as you get to see them into T1 flat out to brake mid corner, harder into T2 then into the S-bends. D4-5 was great as well but in C you get the great view under hard braking. At both you have a great view through all the S-bend. D4-5 is right behind the Paddock, but from there you wont see anything to change your choice.

    Try this site, its where we bought our tickets and if you click on the seat ratings on the right hand side there are some good reviews:
    http://www.bookf1.com/f1-japan/tickets.htm

    S stand seemed to be highly rated when we were looking and you would get a good view of the pits, but I think Q1 and Q2 are the first to go as you get a great view around R130 and into the chicane.

    #248183
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    @TheBass
    http://www.crash.net/f1/news/180405/1/f1-2012-driver-salaries-revealed-but-who-earns-most.html

    This one says 4miil pound. I know you cant rely on these of course but I was pretty sure he was still getting paid a few mill and thats why they asked if he would stand aside. I know the others bought money of course they also would have been a big factor.

    #248181
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    Thats a good point. When Heikki decided to help the team and stand aside after the end of 2012 he was still being paid a decent salary, maybe 2.5-3mill, but they soon discover they needed an experianced driver.

    Maybe Caterham get that experiance with Koba without much of a salary and he lives of the KK Supporters donations?? I cant remember how much it was but I think it was a significant amount!?
    It could be a good comprimise for each, but yes, the money will need to come from somewhere!

    #246063
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    @Alex green

    Looks like you have been before mate, what would you normally get up to the evening?

    We have a group of 4 (2 young(ish) 2 not as young, but all love a beer) we are in the Paddock Club at Red Bull so thinking bigger days and earlier nights………… If I can LOL!!

    #246061
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    Heading to Sepang GP for the first time, cant hardly wait! Only downside is I will be missing Melbourne this year, but you cant do it all!!

    Staying at the Sama Sama, so at the airport and opposite side of the highway to the track, so keeping travel time each day to a minimum and will venture into KL city as we see fit.

    We are arriving on the Wednesday arvo so looking for anything happening F1 on the Thursday if anyone has some idea’s? Not sure if they do something at the track like some circuits do (pit walk and driver session the norm) or any F1 parties to head into KL city for? I have asked our ticket provider for any info and will post if anything good to report.

    Apparently some good F1 shows in town so would be great to be a part of!

    #247866
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    Scared of God or something else??!! (I am not religious so not meant offensive)

    It not that where does it comes from??

    I will take No. 13 if they let me drive a car next year LOL!!

    #247714
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    @Lucas Wilson

    Haha- yes been a long time ago now mate !! I’m now 37 but when I was say 12-14 she would get up and watch the races, not all and she didnt always get to the end like I did but Mum was an F1 Fan LOL!
    (Races in late 80′s in Australia would start at some pretty early morning times)

    We always keep saying we need to do Monaco GP year and need to get a move on- she is not getting any younger :)

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