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  • #304161
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    If I was being flippant, Taki Inoue replacing Mimo Schiattarella at Suzuka in 1994.

    If I was trying to make a valid contribution to the thread, Danny Ric replacing Narain Karthikeyan for the second half of 2011 at HRT.

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    Blundell, Brundle, Coulthard, Herbert and Hill

    1. Hill: The most underrated world champion in my book. An absolute hero for Williams in the early 90’s with a wicked turn of pace. On his day, as good as anyone. The best of this bunch.
    2. Coulthard: Quick, but never really achieved what he should have unfortunately. On his day he could beat Hill, The Schumachers, Hakkinen, Villeneuve and Montoya. That’s no mean feat.
    3. Herbert: Again another guy who never really fulfilled his potential, but his record of 3 F1 wins, a Le Mans win and 3 2nd places at Le Mans is remarkable. His performance in qualifying at Monza in 94 is one of my all time best F1 memories.
    4. Brundle: Sad he is only here, but he had a knack of being in the right car at the wrong time. A World Sportscar Championship and a Le Mans win is probably scant consolation to him, he would probably trade it all for an F1 win.
    5. Brundell: A true journeyman. Ok at Ligier in 93, solid in sport cars and Indycar, probably achieved what he should have.

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    I think it is pretty harsh to even mention Derek Warwick in this thread! He was a properly good racing driver who had a knack of getting into teams at just the wrong time. Had his Renault’s been a bit more reliable he would have been a deserving race winner. And he could have done great things at Lotus had that Senna chap not vetoed his arrival at the team.

    Mario Muth did a great interview with him, it’s on YouTube so check it out.

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    Surely we have to mention Hakkinen/Coulthard in the “Best” category? In the worst I would have to put Sutil/Gutierrez, I don’t recall there ever having been a less exciting driver line up.

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    I can’t split my top 5, so they are all listed as 1st.

    1=) Clark
    1=) Prost
    1=) Senna
    1=) Stewart
    1=) Fangio

    The next 10 are also tough to split…

    Lauda
    M Schumacher
    Graham Hill
    Brabham
    Fittipaldi
    Hamilton
    Alonso
    Vettel
    Hakkinen
    Piquet Snr.

    #297377
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    The most overlooked part of Donnington 1993 is that Rubens Barrichello went from 12th to 4th on the first lap. So that is my nomination… because absolutely no one remembers it.

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    Slightly off topic, but is anyone else who watches BeIn sports coverage in the Middle East starting to get annoyed at how they feel it is ok to occasionally not show live F1 sessions in English (on Bein Sports 12) as advertised and replace them with prerecorded sports shows (as happened in quali yesterday) or repeats of rubbish football matches or coverage of sports no one cares about. This would be ok if the Arabic on Bein Sports 6 had an alternate language option, but it doesn’t. And it is ALWAYS the English feed that is substituted.

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    Wow, we all thought that the pre-2009 F1 aero flip ups were awful, but these really take the biscuit. It’s a shame, I was quite fond of the DW12…

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    I’m sticking with Bottas. He came on in leaps and bounds last season.

    #293376
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    1) Best of what is out there: Anthony Davidson and Simon Pagenaud.

    I have always felt that Ant never got a fair crack at F1 and that he is hugely talented. His WEC title proves this and he would be an asset to any team on the F1 grid. In all the racing I have watched outside of F1 over the last few years it has been Pagenaud who has really stood out, he has a wicked turn of pace and turned into a genuine contender last season. He was brilliant. I wouldn’t be surprised if I made a genuine push for the title next season with Penske.

    2) Resurrecting/un-retiring driver line up: I would form a Scottish superteam and have Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart.

    #291303
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    It’s rosewater in the Middle East…

    #291025
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    David Coulthard’s pre-red Bull helmet was my favorite, so much so that I painted my own helmet in his colours when I was racing BMX in my youth. I am biased though being Scottish. ;)

    More recently I have loved Valtteri Bottas’ 2013 helmet and Kamui Kobayashi’s 2011 effort.

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/03/28/2013-f1-season-preview-drivers-helmets/2013-official-photos-3/
    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/koba_saub_helmet_2011-2.jpg

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    @andae23 and @asdfgh1 I’ve been to Abu Dhabi twice (2011 and 2012) because I live in the UAE and the race was ok. It has very little atmosphere and very, very, very few of the people in the stands are F1 fans. People only go because it is “the thing to do in town that weekend”. For example, in 2012, there were about 15 people including my wife and I, in our section of the stand. The seat next to me was empty all weekend until about 10 minutes before the race when a guy, decked out head to toe in McLaren merch, sat down and watched the start (and by watched I mean filmed on his phone and blocked my view). Then after about 10 laps, he left. That’s the kind of people who go. They are more worried abougt looking the part, doing the off track stuff and going to tne after race concerts than watching the race itself.

    The facility is great though: loads of shade (you get a couple of free waters as you go in), loads of places to get food, merchandise etc, loads of off track stuff to do and the views were good in the two stands I have sat in (Marina and the Main Grandstand).

    I’m only planning on going again next season and I think that is a reflection on the place as a race venue and event, it is so soulless that I would much rather just get excited about the race at home than go down to Yas. I’d much rather go to a classic venue in Europe or over to Canada to watch a race if I’m honest.

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    It was the F2007 that was the faster car. But it wasn’t by much. More wins, more poles, more race fastest laps and the most miles in the lead. From memory it also seemed to be the quicker car in race conditions at most circuits too as @kingshark mentioned. The only conditions in which it was easy to separate the cars was in the wet, where he MP4-22 seemed to be the better car.

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    My 2 cents worth on the list of gimmicks Keith provided.

    Standing restarts (F1 from 2015) – Unacceptable.
    Mandatory pit stops (F1, IndyCar, DTM, FR3.5, GP2) – Unacceptable. If you can run a race at a competitive pace without stopping, why shouldn’t you be allowed to?
    Mandatory ‘option’ tyres (F1, IndyCar, DTM, GP2, BTCC) – Unacceptable. Again, similar to mandatory pit stops. If you can make a particular tyre run better than the opposition, why should you be forced to use something else.
    “Designed to degrade” tyres (F1) – Tolerable. Tyres wear out, its a fact of life. But we did get a smidge extreme in early 2013.
    DRS – proximity-based (F1) – Unacceptable. Cars switching positions in a manner which makes it look like the defending car is driving through “sticky grass” on Forza 5 is not overtaking.
    DRS – time-based (FR3.5) – Unacceptable. See above.
    Reverse grids (GP2, GP3, WTCC) – Tolerable in lower categories and tin tops, but it has no place in F1.
    Random reverse grids (BTCC) – See above.
    Push-to-pass (IndyCar) – Unacceptable.
    Fanboost (Formula E) – Tolerable, but only because Formula E is new and it has been conceived with this in mind. If the FIA think of bringing there will be a massive outcry.
    DRS (F1, DTM, FR3.5) – Unacceptable. See above.
    Success ballast (BTCC, WTCC) – Acceptable. As @ajokay mentioned above, this and performance balancing is mainly aimed at keeping the manufacturers and drivers happy.
    Performance balancing (BTCC, WTCC, WEC) – Acceptable. See above.
    ‘Invisibris’ cautions (NASCAR) – Unacceptable. If there is no reason not to be racing, why not race?
    Double points for longer races (IndyCar, WEC) – Acceptable. I suppose it is fair to win more points in a 500 mile race than you do in a 300 miler.
    Double points for final race/s (F1) – Unacceptable. The season is a set number of races long, all the races should have the same weight. A win at the first race is no less valuable than a win at the final race.
    Chase for the Cup (NASCAR) – Tolerable. It is an Americanism. Golf has it and their other sports have play-offs at the end of the “regular season”, so why shouldn’t their motorsports? Not for European racing though.
    Qualifying handicaps (e.g. ‘top ten drivers start on tyres they qualified on’) (F1) – Unacceptable. If you are fast, why be punished for it?
    Allowing lapped cars to regain a lap under caution (F1, NASCAR, USC) – Acceptable, but the f1 rules need a rethink to speed up the process.

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