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24th September 2015, 18:40 at 6:40 pm #305919
As biased as I am in favour of all things F1, when I really think about what motorsport event leaves me feeling like I have just watched something pure, epic, exhilarating, something that is a triumphant (if a bit mental) expression of the essence of what motorsport should be…I can’t look past the Isle of Man TT.
These days it is pretty much the only form of motorsport I can watch on TV which leaves me genuinely in awe of the competitors. And a bit sad, given how little recognition the riders and teams get in the wider world.7th September 2015, 13:52 at 1:52 pm #304689
Marlboro and Ferrari (and come to think of it, Ducati) have been advertising together in countries with les strict tobacco rules for as long as I can remember. All through a 5 year stint I had living in the Middle East I saw ads for Marlboro with Ferrari F1 and Ducati MotoGP images in them, this is nothing new.
It isn’t subliminal, it is blatant.2nd September 2015, 17:10 at 5:10 pm #304161
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.21st June 2015, 10:50 at 10:50 am #300467
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.2nd June 2015, 19:19 at 7:19 pm #299338
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.28th May 2015, 10:36 at 10:36 am #299127
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.26th April 2015, 6:50 at 6:50 am #297378
I can’t split my top 5, so they are all listed as 1st.
The next 10 are also tough to split…
Piquet Snr.26th April 2015, 6:31 at 6:31 am #297377
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.20th April 2015, 7:36 at 7:36 am #296544
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.11th March 2015, 11:44 at 11:44 am #294023
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…5th March 2015, 4:26 at 4:26 am #293563
I’m sticking with Bottas. He came on in leaps and bounds last season.2nd March 2015, 10:46 at 10:46 am #293376
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.1st February 2015, 8:10 at 8:10 am #291303
It’s rosewater in the Middle East…29th January 2015, 8:11 at 8:11 am #291025
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.10th September 2014, 7:49 at 7:49 am #274212
@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.