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  • #294023
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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…

    #293563
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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

    #274212
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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.

    #266794
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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.

    #266695
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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.

    #266625
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    That was a pretty good race I have to say. Felt really bad for Kanaan but I suppose the Andretti guys gambled with tyre strategy and it paid of big time.

    #266309
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    Interesting that he has only mentioned this GP2 season which seems to suggest his funding for any future campaigns is not secure.

    #266001
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    Hamilton on Magnussen at Copse. It was quite brave for Hamilton to stick his front wing up the inside of Magnussen given the championship situation. Had it gone wrong he could have left Silverstone a long way behind in the points race. It showed a bit of faith in Magnussen too, I doubt many would have done that given his two incidents with Raikkonen early in the season.

    All that said though, I could have just as easily chosen any of the Alonso/Vettel passes and repasses or any of Bottas’ moves this week.

    #265225
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    The silence as the cars approach and pass in that video is almost eerie…

    @andae23 I think a lot of teams are unlikely to be using full power at the moment as well. In a lot of the promotional videos Formula E have released after tests the drivers have been quick to note they still aren’t running at full power.

    #265049
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    I’ll probably vote, but only because I am excited to see what Formula E will be like. They have included Fanboost as a part of the formula, so I want to see how it works when it is used as intended.

    The thing I am liking most about Formula E, and which I think F1 can learn loads from, is just how positive every story coming out of the series has been so far. Every single interview with a team owner, driver, promoter, is positive. When they talk about Fanboost? It is positive. When they talk about the noise of the cars? It is positive. I’ve been surprised by that, but I suppose I’m only surprised because of how much negative talk has been coming out of the F1 paddock in recent years. I’m a fan of Formula E already and the cars have barely even got any miles on them yet, that has to prove that the promoters, teams and drivers are doing something right, even if hardcore motorsports fans like us think it may be gimmicky at times.

    #264296
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    The trouble with these polls is they are very subjective, but on the whole the result tends to be in the right area. If you look at the history of the results no one can really deny that the races in the top 10-15 have been the best since the poll started. The same goes for those in the bottom 10-15.

    You of course have to consider that people want different things from the races and have vastly different standards. For some people to give a race a 10 they would need to see action from lights to flag, but another would give a race a 10 if it was a tight, tense strategic battle. Some people would also rate a race lower or higher due to its position in the calendar, which is why the Australian GP or the final race of the season tend to score quite highly. Another factor is that, on the whole, the last 7-8 seasons have been fantastic with unprecedented levels of excitement, so I think people are actually getting a bit greedy when they rate their races. I remember a lot of the races from the early to mid 90’s were total borefests that put all the other members of my family to sleep. I shudder to think what they would score these days.

    Personally, if there is a good solid run of the mill race I will give it a 7 as a default. I like to think my steady 7 cancels out someone who says “urgh, that was a dull race because there weren’t cars passing each other at every corner and no one got within range to use their Proton Torpedoes on Helmut Marko, 1/10.” I’ll bump the score up a notch if, for example there is a period in the race where things are tense strategically or there is a particularly good battle for the lead or points. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. We watch he races because we love the sport, not to give them a rating out of 10.

    #264223
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    My jaw hit the floor when Hamilton went by Massa. He had no right to take that place. It has been a while since we have seen a proper luuuuuuuunge.

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