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30th May 2011, 21:41 at 9:41 pm #169426
There are a few slow corners at Silverstone, mostly preceeding long straights too, like Vale, Village, The Loop, Brooklands and Luffield. I’d expect the EBD to be especially effective in Vale and Luffield. And that’s ignoring that they’re off throttle at some points through the fast corners, I’d imagine it makes a pretty huge difference to laptime.30th May 2011, 17:23 at 5:23 pm #169507
BBC commentators suggested he was in neutral, weird that the engine wasn’t revving though.30th May 2011, 16:04 at 4:04 pm #169469
“This argument keeps popping up. But I don’t see this “class” that’s being referred to. What class is it? Because it’s certainly, up to this year, not exciting racing.”
Correct, it isn’t the racing. Monaco is about the location and the atmosphere, obviously not something that conveys well on television.30th May 2011, 12:53 at 12:53 pm #169487
I quite enjoyed Abby Dabby ’09, I think I tend to just take the driver’s advice and enjoy one race at a time though.
As far as race wins vs championships are concerned, I think it’s (unconscious) personal preference, I dont tend to think about the championship until someone is capable of winning it in the current race.29th May 2011, 21:23 at 9:23 pm #169457
Well Petrov’s accident wasn’t serious at all, that could happen at any street circuit (or any circuit with walls near the track). There are really two dangerous places at Monaco, the first corner and the exit of the tunnel, since they’re the only places the cars get near to maximum speed. Perhaps the bump on the exit of the tunnel should be looked at, certainly not worth scrapping the track for though.29th May 2011, 21:07 at 9:07 pm #141935
I think the problem would remain anyway ned, once the wheels are off the ground the cars dont slow down very well, and that bump would still be in the middle of the braking zone.
The only way I can see to make it safer is to try to level it out a bit, but then you’d lose some of the spectacle so I would rather they didn’t. Frankly I think it’s pretty safe as it is, while you couldn’t really call Perez’s accident freak, it was unusual the way he ended up, and was down to his error in the end.
Back on topic, I still think tecpro is the way to go, too many things can go wrong with a tyre wall.29th May 2011, 20:56 at 8:56 pm #169446
I’m not a big fan of ones like today. I prefer when they sit in a hospitality area and analyze the race, they used to get more drivers turning up that way too, and some more useful interviews.
Does anyone else feel really uncomfortable when they’re walking through a crowd and the cameraman is bashing into people? I was expecting someone to bash their head open on the side of that pool too…perhaps I just have agoraphobia.29th May 2011, 16:17 at 4:17 pm #169330
+1 to Geoff, the rules are the rules, Vettel just got a lucky break today. Dont forget the same rule means that if a car is damaged, like Hamilton or Sutil’s, they can be fixed and put back in the race for the restart.29th May 2011, 16:12 at 4:12 pm #169296
He certainly performed favourably compared to Barry today, but we’ve always known that he is a specialist at Monaco. I’m still not convinced, hopefully some other GP2 driver will have a pot of gold to bring to Williams next year.29th May 2011, 16:09 at 4:09 pm #169352
As has been said, it wasn’t a great performance, hell, even Kravitz managed to get a fact wrong. I would still rather have this team than some shoehorned football comentator though. All motorsports commentators make mistakes, at least with Brundle and Coulthard we have two people that have experience and knowledge (even if their memory does throw a joker occasionally).24th May 2011, 17:09 at 5:09 pm #169154
Yeah it’s great, nice to see a bit of amateurism on the beeb :D23rd May 2011, 22:14 at 10:14 pm #169076
I’m enjoying it, as Red Andy says the worst thing I’ve seen this year is the scrapping of the proposed 2013 aero regs, I dont mind the DRS for now, but not as a permanent solution.
Back to the racing, I looooove it. I’ve always been quite fond of strategic races since in worse years that’s all we’ve had to stop it being a procession, this year we have both strategy AND on-track action.
I have no time for people complaining about the easy overtakes, the only reason they were difficult before is because of the massive wake kicked out by the cars, if someone is on a different strategy they should be able to get straight past – look at any 80s race where someone changed near the end. The DRS seems to me to be un-needed now, thanks to the tyres being probably better than we’d hoped, although the hard tyre still needs more work to make it worthwhile using it.
So in short, yes I agree.23rd May 2011, 17:09 at 5:09 pm #169148
I wouldn’t expect a massive change in Monaco, remember last year Alonso could hardly pass a Virgin, but there should be some overtakes coming out of the tunnel with new tyres vs old (better acceleration, shorter braking).
I think I just answered the question about Brundle’s theory, it’s definitely the tyres creating not just the overtakes, but the differences in strategy that allow for them. Take for example last race, Vettel had to pit early to try and undercut Alonso to get track position, since with equal tyres he couldn’t get past. This meant that he always had to pit a bit earlier than the others due to the tyre drop off (thanks pirelli), which meant that he was always going to be in trouble come the end of the race.
That isn’t to say the DRS is useless, after all as well as the overtaking opportunity it allows the driver behind to catch up a couple of tenths, which means they can stay in the zone easier and perhaps overtake somewhere else.
I think the case for the blown diffuser being illegal is pretty weak, I cant see how something inside the engine can be classed as a ‘moveable aero device’, but then I’m not the one making the rules. As far as banning it is concerned, I dont really mind either way, I do love the sound they make though.
Oh and a final point on qualifying since Icthyes brought it up – the tyre allocation rule was brought in a few years ago, designed around brigestone tyres that lasted the whole race; surely with tyres lasting only about 1/3 as long the allocation should be higher? That would do away with the prospect of teams not qualifying in order to save tyres.23rd May 2011, 16:55 at 4:55 pm #169120
S.J.M: I dont think Button is that different from Kovy, who seems to remain good friends with Hamilton.
I agree with what Todfod says, although I have found his off-track personality easier to live with recently, probably because he’s not really been under pressure for the last couple of years (when he is he tends to get very defensive).
As someone mentioned above, I’m not a big fan of the whole gangsta thing, and his tweets made my eyes bleed, but at least he tries hard to be normal when he’s doing interviews.21st May 2011, 19:19 at 7:19 pm #168956
Based on last year’s performances I’d say there isn’t much to choose between them, if you discount the pole in Brazil I think I’m right in saying Hulk was beaten by Rubens generally, albeit in his rookie year.
It’s quite possible that Di Resta is better than we give him credit for, his record in lower formula isn’t so different from Hulk’s, who was tipped as the next Lewis Hamilton.