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  • #261739
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    That looks really good, I like the look of the rear wing especially with its narrow mounts.

    #260087
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    @wsrgo I didn’t manage to catch the GP2 race on Sunday so I’ll just have to take your word for it but I did catch the Saturday race and I watched most of the GP2 races last year where he just seemed to lack that extra “edge” (for the lack of a better word).
    I guess Nasr having the help of the Williams F1 team will help (with their resources and all) as the similar situation for Vandoorne with McLaren (though I rate him higher) clearly helps. Shame about Marciello though, hope he gets to the front soon.

    No, I have no connection to that Freeman.

    #260057
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    I personally don’t see all the hype around Nasr, seeing as this is his third year in GP2 and has only just had his first win. He’s definitely got some talent though.

    #254988
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    This looks brilliant, can’t wait to try it out. I agree with what you say about “free games” on smartphones, I’d happily pay for a well-made and enjoyable app.

    #254987
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    @fastiesty Where did you hear about that? That is a significant saving for the chassis!

    I watched that BBC segment about MW and his race preparation, really dedicated. I like how before the last race of 2013 he just stopped training – he earned it to be honest.

    #254950
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    @steevkay Ah, I hadn’t realised that it was a percentage of 100kg, thought it was that of whatever they’d initially put in the car hence I was dubious about it.

    On second thoughts, although I stand by what I said in terms of the mystery between the teams appealing to me, it is good to see this info for curiosity’s sake. To be honest, I much prefer the issues with fuel instead of the tyres; at least the teams have control over this (to some extent – considering differing strategies, engines, setups, etc.) so at least there is potential for some drivers to really push without the tyres dropping off immediately.

    Back to the original post, I think it’s a good idea (like the qualifying weights before refuelling was banned) however, I doubt many teams (if at all) would be on board with the idea.

    #254949
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    Even if Hulk is heavier than his team mate (this year: Perez), could it be that they’d modify his chassis to be slightly lighter? With some drawbacks, obviously.
    Look at the incident where Bottas hit the wall in Melbourne but didn’t damage the suspension resulting in someone from Williams saying that’s due to how aggressive Maldonado was with the Williams prior to this year. So in this example, weight could be trimmed in this area with the warning of being more gentle on the car. It’s conceivable.

    #254895
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    Iestyn, was that for the BBC pre-race coverage at Malaysia? Might have to check that out.
    I wonder who it was that passed out at that press event? Sutil and Hulk are two main possibilities. It seems Sutil is 12kg heavier than Esteban and the Sauber is an overweight car as it is.

    I find it remarkable that Vettel might get in trouble for putting the sport in disrepute with his comment (which as the classic statement goes, I welcome rather than usual PR-brand speak) and yet an issue like this doesn’t do so; although the press haven’t been covering this much. Fans/drivers/teams would need to speak up unanimously for the FIA to take notice.

    #254857
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    I thought they admitted to underfuelling their cars for this race? But that aside, am I the only one who isn’t really bothered by this new information on-screen? I somewhat like the idea of the mystery of who’s more fuel efficient let alone it giving information to rival teams.

    #254856
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    ME4ME I get your point, there have been times before where I’ve thought that too. But what I’m thinking is that even though there are other sports where athletes risk serious injury, they are ultimately performing at their personal best (or as close as possible).

    What if a driver blacks out during a high speed corner (worst case scenario) and the result involves another car. It’d be a different story if drivers are losing a lot of weight and struggle with endurance but aren’t malnourished let alone passing out at press events.

    #254831
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    But the weight could then be used for various parts of the car (in the power unit, suspension, chassis, etc.) and not just the ballast.

    #254825
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    I remember DC admitting that he used to be bulimic at one point in his career (correct me if I’m wrong) and Brundle said that he’d spoken to a driver just before this weekend that passed out in a press event but he wouldn’t name said driver.
    But like he said, even if they raise the minimum weight the engineers might just want to use that extra weight and still limit the drivers.

    #254824
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    Like Keith mentioned in f1fanatic live, JPM seemed to be rather cautious and they also said he had some issues shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. Looking forward to him being further up the grid.

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