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  • #313272
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    You should keep it, there is no doubt about it. Firstly, we have a driver of the weekend poll, which is a slightly different and probably better concept. Secondly, we can look at a lot of data and analyse the performance of every driver before voting. Thirdly, F1 Fanatic generally tends to be much more sensible than F1 when doing something so we should keep doing this to be able to use it as a case in point (“Watch and learn!”) :)

    #310888
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    Are there any social network you use where F1 Fanatic doesn’t have a presence, yet should?

    No because I have left those social networks where F1 Fanatic is not present because that means they are not good enough.

    This website is so perfect that I’m starting to wonder if it could sing me a lullaby every time I go to bed…

    Seriously, I really love the comment articles and I would not mind if there were more of them. They are always well written and the arguments are carefully thought-out so they are a great basis for discussions.

    As for the technical articles, perhaps @andae23 could write one. I guess he’s one of the few guys, who could explain that rocket science to someone like me, who somehow got a B in physics at school without knowing anything about the subject…

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    I agree about the “mixture of grass roots and new territory”. Basically I have nothing against most of the new circuits and I believe that the calendar is pretty balanced at the moment. Even the Bahrain GP looks more or less acceptable, particularly as a night race. However, it would not be good to lose any more classic tracks and Monza should obviously be kept at all costs. The same could be said about Monaco, Silverstone, Montreal, Spa, Suzuka, Melbourne and probably a couple of other venues.

    I have never been a fan of Shanghai International Circuit and the Russian Grand Prix is probably the worst addition to the calendar ever. The “action” was incredibly dull last year, the race itself blatantly breaches FIA rules by spreading political propaganda and Russian authorities have more than once shown disrespect for racers. Russian fans deserve their own race but the FIA should demand certain changes to the circuit and the organisers’ behaviour.

    #304888
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    Looks like the link above is not working for some reason, let’s try this one:

    https://flic.kr/s/aHskjZbczx

    #304886
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    A selection of my pictures – not so much racing action but they probably give an impression of the ‘Monza feeling’ and show why this event is important for F1:

    Confetti

    #304885
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    The start of the GP2 feature race on Saturday:

    #304723
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    Here is the start of the race, I plan to post more pictures & videos later:

    #304060
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    Jarno Trulli, who replaced Olivier Panis at Prost after the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix and was leading the Austrian Grand Prix just a few months later.

    Mika Salo, who replaced Michael Schumacher at Ferrari after the 1999 British Grand Prix and might have won the German Grand Prix if it wasn’t for Ferrari’s team orders.

    #303912
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    @omarr-pepper Don’t get me wrong, I like this topic and it was interesting to read all the examples, it’s just how I see it: A win is a win and sometimes F1 is really about winning as slowly as possible, as Fangio once said.

    #303901
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    I agree with the penalty. Such offences are unacceptable and that should be made completely clear as you can easily imagine how the series would look like if similar “strategy” was adapted by Mercedes and BMW and if all manufacturers regularly used it.

    On the other hand, I also do not think the punishment should be even harsher. Firstly, every manufacturer is represented by four teams and eight drivers and even though they are connected, it would be unfair to punish the Audi teams and drivers that were not involved in the incident. Secondly, Audi is one of only three players in DTM and if they felt the damage was too big and decided to leave, it would be a huge blow to the series. Thirdly, it looked like the team order was issued in the heat of the moment, unlike in Singapore 2008 where everything was carefully planned beforehand.

    #303900
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    +1 We <3 Keith! :)

    The race weekends on F1 Fanatic are great but I especially love to spend the time between the races and the off-season here as then you can take a step back and analyse the sport without rush.

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    To be honest, I do not think that victories are ever “inherited”. Even if you call them like that, inherited victories are no less worthy than the ones where the winner leads every lap or overtakes the whole grid on his way to the first place. F1 is a combination of a lot of things so if your rival breaks down (Hungary 2008), crashes (Canada 2005) or simply has the wrong tyres (Indianapolis 2005), then you still fully deserve to win because you have built the more reliable car, your driver has been more consistent (maybe also a bit slower but it does not matter) and you have done a deal with the better supplier.

    #303154
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    The 1991-2002 points system, which rewarded winning more, would give Hamilton a bigger advantage over Rosberg (13 points or a victory and a fourth place) but it would also mean that Vettel would trail Hamilton by 24 points (two victories and a third place) instead of 42 (a victory and a second place) under the current system. That would probably not be fair, given how good Vettel has been this year.

    As for this season, Mercedes’ dominance makes Rosberg look a bit stronger in the standings than he has been on the track but Hamilton has also made several errors and you cannot say that he has blown away his team mate.

    Every points system might seem unfair in certain situations but I think that currently we have an acceptable balance between consistency and rewarding victories. Personally, I would rather reduce the difference between the points’ scorers than increase it.

    In fact, almost every sport rewards consistency to some extent and fastest, strongest or most impressive athletes are often beaten by their weaker but more stable competitors. For instance, just one missed dive / run / jump can easily lose you the Olympic medal.

    #302927
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    1999 Italian Grand Prix is one of my favourites – it did not feature any of the “usual suspects” and all three drivers seemed to be really satisfied with their performances. It also turned out to be the final victory for Heinz-Harald Frentzen and the final podium for Mika Salo.

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/williams-mecachrome_1999_-65.jpg

    #298447
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    @KeithCollantine If only governments cared about their people as much as you do ;)

    Anyway, this is a nice feature but I will never use it because I always love to read experts’ views before forming my own opinion!

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