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  • #169076
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    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.

    #169148
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    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.

    #169120
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    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.

    #168956
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    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.

    #168937
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    Not sure whether Renault would replace Heidfeld with Grosjean next year, assuming Kubica isn’t back, I imagine Lotus would push them to put Senna back in the car.

    Bianchi is pretty much destined for F1 I think, maybe with Sauber or possibly Ferrari to replace Massa.

    Sam Bird I wouldn’t expect to get a seat, maybe with a backmarker but British drivers are notorious for having little sponsorship. It’s possible he could get a testing seat but we know how pointless they are.

    I dont really know much about the rest, it’s always possible someone could do a d’Ambrosio/Kobayashi and get a seat out of nowhere.

    #168853
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    Absolutely agree with VettelS, this is disappointing.

    #158594
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    Triple post!

    Here’s round 2 of the british skip championship, the grid was queued back around the final turn :P http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/EventResult.do?&subsessionid=3511228&custid=15640

    #158593
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    Phew, that’s that race out of the way. Got lucky with some crashes up front and came through to finish an undeserved 3rd :D. That’ll do for this week I think, cant see myself beating that points haul.

    Here’s the replay, unfortunately I was ultra conservative at t1 on lap 2 because the guy in front had been braking early, so the guy that eventually finished second got through. It’s a pretty shining example of using low downforce to stay in front though, I would have been eaten alive otherwise.

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SGRUVTOO

    #158592
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    Yeah I dont run over them on purpose :D. It’s mainly just not being used to the car, I turn in nice and early expecting it to understeer, then when it doesn’t I’m buggered. The only one that’s getting me a lot is turn 13, I’m struggling on the brakes there and usually have to turn in whenever the back decides to step out.

    I think I’ve got the final corner down now, think I’m losing some time in T1 taking it slow and steady though. I’m still running med/low downforce (21.5f/24r) which I’m not sure is the right way to go since I’m topping out at the end of the start straight in 5th.

    #158590
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    Ugh, struggling on Sebring. Best lap so far is a 59.1 (optimal is about 58.5 I think), but I cant lap consistently without one of the bumps or curbs spinning me out.

    I’ve also just noticed this car is a lot more sensitive to fuel load than the skippy, going from 2l to 6l means a loss of about a second at this track.

    #158587
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    It’s just the England and Celtic iracing clubs, organised on the forum, hence British Skip Barber championship :P. I get the feeling we probably talk a lot more than other clubs since it’s a national club rather than a regional one.

    @ajo: the weird thing was I’d been watching him in the iracing world championship the day before (mentioned it on the last page), very strange going wheel to wheel with him.

    I have to say I didn’t have the greatest race, I was too passive for most of it, then when I decided to make a move on michael I half-span and lost a place instead. Pace was good though, nothing like following a guy slightly faster than you and getting a tow for the whole lap :D.

    #158584
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    Haven’t done any practice yet, apparently the range for different setups is quite high though – my entire knowledge of sebring is encapsulated in this video: http://vimeo.com/21367661

    I joined my first club race last night, 37 cars at Summit Point if you can believe it! The racing was awesome, think I’ll compete in the rest of that series, here’s the result: http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/EventResult.do?&subsessionid=3477223&custid=15640

    #158582
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    I’m really going for a championship result in the SM. Since I had a good result in my first race I decided to leave it at that, which left me some free time. I’ll probably spend a couple of days practicing at Sebring to get myself back into the swing, hopefully I’ll have remembered how to drive the car again by then :P.

    #158580
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    I watched you briefly yesterday and couldn’t see anything drastically wrong, onto the next week now anyway :)

    I decided to do a couple of races in the skip without qualifying, oh boy was that a bad idea. It seems even in the high splits people cant negotiate a lap of summit point without crashing.

    #167351
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    I agree about the Massa one, Schumi I would bring up for moving over in the braking zone rather than for running into the back of Petrov.

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