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  • #293263
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    K-Mag’s helmet ( http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Kevin-Magnussen-McLaren-2015-F1-testing-Barcelona.jpg ) looked different to the one in this post http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/groups/f1/forum/topic/the-helmet-thread/page/18/#post-291084

    Anyone find a decent picture of it? The colour scheme looks really nice, clean design too.

    #292135
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    It’s not really the same as last year as the engine isn’t new for them, we’ve seen from Mercedes that the cars can be reliable out of the box this season.

    I’m personally hoping these rumours about their finances aren’t true. I can’t hold the Manor situation against them considering Marussia couldn’t even make the last few races of last year, and there’s no guarantee they would be any better prepared now.

    #291867
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    To be fair I think the airhorns have gone out of fashion since then, cant remember the last time I heard one (I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve been banned). I agree though, the atmosphere has been a bit flat for a while now.

    #290423
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    I went last year, I got absolutely soaked (the race got red flagged for rain eventually) so be prepared for that. It’s almost always cold at Silverstone so bring a coat even if it’s sunny, there’s usually a cold wind. Bring some comfortable shoes too as it’s a long way around.

    The cars are fairly loud, I used my headphones as ear defenders which worked pretty well, if you don’t have anything you might find the noise gets too much after a while. The LMP cars aren’t super loud but the LMP2 and GT cars are. Radio Le Mans were covering the race last year so having something portable with a good FM radio signal was very handy for keeping up with developments. I assume they’ll be there this year too.

    As far as seating is concerned you’ll probably want to check a few places out, my favourite for the WEC last year was the inside of Vale, although they had boards up on the fence which limited the view a bit unfortunately. Otherwise Becketts is a great place to watch the cars but it’s quite far away from everything, the outside of Club and Luffield are pretty good and also the grandstands at The Loop. It depends how much walking you want to do really, Luffield and Club (if I remember correctly) are the best spots near to food stalls, but you could also struggle to find a decent seat as they’re quite popular.

    Speaking of food you might want to bring your own, the stalls are fairly extortionate and the quality isn’t great. I don’t know if you’re actually allowed to but as long as it’s out of sight when you enter I doubt very much you’d have a problem.

    #290421
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    They look great, nice job!

    #290229
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    I have to admit I did enjoy that. I’m a sucker for cars moving around, and half the time they seemed to be either powersliding out of corners or squirming under braking, brilliant!

    #289686
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    I doubt McLaren can afford it or have the manpower, they don’t have the resources of Red Bull or Ferrari. Who knows what agreement Kevin has with them. There will certainly be a bit of a queue at McLaren in the next few years though, Vandoorne can probably do one or two more years in feeder series then he’ll have to be in F1 in some capacity, and de Vries will be on the scene by then too.

    I don’t think you can really blame McLaren though, they were obviously expecting Kevin to learn alongside Button, then Alonso suddenly became available and they could hardly turn him down.

    What I hope happens is a smaller team takes one of their drivers in return for a cheaper engine/drivetrain deal (I’m not sure this would happen as Honda quite often like to place Japanese drivers in), like Bianchi at Marussia. Magnussen could use a year in the midfield to sort out his driving, he had some speed this year but he got in way too many incidents, he needs to cool off a bit and let the results come to him.

    #289521
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    Estates give bonus points, right?

    #289137
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    I finished Tony Brooks’ autobiography recently ( http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2012/05/20/poetry-motion-tony-brooks-autobiography-reviewed/ ), it gives a good insight into the feel of the paddock and his mindset at the time, he compares his driving philosophy to others and explains why sometimes he was more competitive than others (usually because he has a better car!). It was obviously written by Tony himself so the writing isn’t always brilliant, but I could easily overlook that for the information contained, and his story itself is quite riveting, he drove in a very interesting era.

    #288318
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    I heard Bernie might be looking for a job soon…

    #287962
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    @kingshark

    Brake failure in Canada cost him a 2nd place or maybe even better (18 points)

    More like brain failure, he drove onto the racing line in the braking zone. Otherwise I agree though, they’ve been pretty even this season.

    #287899
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    @ben-n

    The right time to leave Ferrari with his huge reputation in tact.

    This made me chuckle!

    #287651
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    Another one for his collection :P. I suppose he’ll get next year’s design(s) done over winter.

    #287629
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    OK here goes:

    22: Esteban Gutierrez Another anonymous season, got close to Sutil but never looked like extracting the maximum from the car.

    21: Adrian Sutil Must have expected a better car from Sauber, but never delivered when points were possible.

    20: Max Chilton Another season of steady improvement for Chilton, but never looked like anything other than a backmarker.

    19: Marcus Ericsson Showed occasional signs of talent but generally well beaten by Kobayashi, and made a lot of mistakes.

    18: Kimi Raikkonen Disastrous season that managed to make even Massa’s time against Alonso look good. Never looked at ease in the F14T but began to show some improvement towards the end of the season.

    17: Kevin Magnussen Started the season well but it was all downhill from there, made several questionable racing moves which got him in trouble with the stewards unnecessarily but his race pace was generally not too bad.

    16: Kamui Kobayashi Occasionally mixed it with faster cars in what was a bit of a barge, but never got to show much of his racing ability. Missed out at Monaco due to an opportunistic and forceful move from Bianchi, but delivered as expected of someone with his experience.

    15: Pastor Maldonado Given perhaps the most difficult car and showed occasional glimpses of his quality, as he did at Williams. Still too error prone but showed better than expected against Grosjean.

    14: Romain Grosjean Drove the wheels off his Lotus when it was working well, suffered when it was more wayward, but made less mistakes than Maldonado. Scored important points early in the season to take some pressure of his team.

    13: Daniil Kvyat Had a strong rookie season, closely matching JEV especially on raw pace, but has room to improve on racecraft.

    12: Jean-Eric Vergne Another solid season with a standout race in Singapore thanks to a strategy call. Got a little ragged towards the end of the season when he realised he had to advertise himself for a seat.

    11: Felipe Massa The change of scenery has obviously done Massa some good, delivered the only non-Mercedes pole position of the year and has been fairly consistent in both race and qualifying all year, poor results usually attributable to poor strategy or pit stops. Did however have arguably the second fastest car and only finished 7th in the points.

    10: Jules Bianchi Once again was the star at the back of the pack, finally got points on the board after an excellent race in Monaco. Looked destined to move up the grid until his accident.

    9: Sergio Perez Hamstrung by reliability when the car was at it’s fastest early in the season, scored an excellent podium in Bahrain, threw another away however with a misjudgement in Canada. Showed well against Hulkenberg in both qualifying and race pace, and continues to improve wheel-to-wheel.

    8: Nico Hulkenberg Had a quiet year by his standards, was occasionally shown up during races by Perez, but consistently scored points. Made hay when the car was good early in the season which explains the points gulf between himself and Perez.

    7: Sebastian Vettel Brought down to earth with a bump this season. He never seemed to be able to extract the maximum from the car but unlike Raikkonen still looked like he had some fight in him. A solid performance which was made to look worse by the brilliance of his team mate.

    6: Valtteri Bottas A strong and consistent year for Bottas, but I still have a question mark over his wheel to wheel ability. Outperformed at times by Massa but also some excellent weekends.

    5: Jenson Button Did what he does best, delivered when the car was good and made good use of strategy. Re-found his best form towards the end of the season to firmly beat Magnussen.

    4: Fernando Alonso Difficult to say whether Alonso was brilliant or Raikkonen was terrible, but some races such as Hungary and China were obviously out of the top drawer. At times seemed a bit anonymous, but undoubtably got the maximum from the car at most races.

    3: Nico Rosberg Used all the tricks in the book to try and beat Hamilton, had the edge on Saturday but lost out slightly more on Sunday. Raised his game for his first shot at the championship and doggedly hung on when things went wrong.

    2: Lewis Hamilton Was pushed hard by Rosberg which forced him into some qualifying errors, but was supreme in the races. He always looked like the stronger bet for the championship even after reliability woes early in the season left him trailing.

    1: Daniel Ricciardo From the first race in Australia he was on the front foot, while Vettel struggled with the car all season Ricciardo was extracting the most out of it. Added to his pace was excellent racecraft making several of the best overtakes of the year against the likes of Alonso and Vettel as well as brilliant strategy calls. I can’t think of any mistakes either, he was more or less perfect all season.

    #287448
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    Yeah I had the same thought, it doesn’t make much sense for McLaren to let Alonso drive for a direct commercial competitor, especially when they’re about to release a 911 rival.

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