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4th February 2014, 17:11 at 5:11 pm #24800417th December 2013, 8:49 at 8:49 am #247227
I don’t care, who takes #27. Max Chilton can take it and if Rodolfo Gonzalez has enough money to buy a Marussia seat, he is welcome to take it, too. Yes, Villeneuve and Senna used to have it once but it’s yesterday’s news. For sure, it will be interesting to get to know the motivation behind the drivers’ choices but we have to live in the present, not in the past.15th December 2013, 15:15 at 3:15 pm #245873
Mark Hughes’ top 10, published on autosport.com:
10. Bottas15th December 2013, 14:54 at 2:54 pm #224748
@Fer-no65 Well, we had hired a car and I guess that’s the best option, particularly if you want to get there when no big events are being held. Nurburgring is basically in the middle of nowhere, which means that there are no direct connections to any of the bigger cities, including Koblenz. I think it takes about 40 minutes with a car but if you want to get from Koblenz to Nurburgring by public transport, it’ll take more than 2 hours and you’ll have to change at least 3 times. The one-way ticket(s) should cost ~20-25 euros. Unless there is something that I don’t know, this is how it looks like:
Here is more information on how to get to the circuit:14th December 2013, 19:02 at 7:02 pm #224746
@Fer-no65 I had the honour to witness Mark Webber’s first victory at Nurburgring in 2009 and I was staying in Koblenz, which is around 60 km west of the circuit. I think it’s the closest city to Nurburgring (over 100 thousand inhabitants), all the other places are actually small towns.
I believe it’s a good place to stay at for a couple of days. I really enjoyed taking walks there, the city has at least two good restaurants and I bought the best shoes that I’ve ever had in a small shop :) Here you can read more about the main sights: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koblenz#Main_sights13th December 2013, 8:28 at 8:28 am #247143
I’m on the fence about the necessity of team radio.
I agree with @andae23 that “the idea of having drivers being told exactly what to do” is not sexy. F1 drivers are my heroes but I would be even more impressed of their greatness without these constant instructions on the team radio. I think Edd Straw is also right by saying that forbidding it would more likely improve the quality of racing than any simple changes to technical regulations. Compared to ‘Abu Double’, it would certainly be a good solution.
On the other hand, getting rid of the team radio would be an artificial step backwards, we would be robbed of many classic moments / quotes and get even less insight into how the drivers really are.
Anyway, I don’t think teams are going to agree to outlaw pit-to-car radio so the F1 Strategy Group will have to think of other ways to “spice up the show”. I really hope they come up with something better than more hashtags and more pit stops…10th December 2013, 19:22 at 7:22 pm #246933
In my opinion, Mark Vettel would be a pretty good name for a boy…
@andae23 You’re actually the perfect F1 fan. If we all were like that, paparazzi and tabloid “journalists” would have to find real jobs…28th November 2013, 13:25 at 1:25 pm #246015
+ The wet Belgian GP qualifying session was a real thriller, even without “Pole Di Resta”.
+ “Multi 21” helped turn Malaysian GP into one of the best races of the season as Vettel ignored team orders and beautifully passed his team mate to take one of his best wins.
+ Hamilton’s first victory for Mercedes felt very special, particularly after all the doubts over his decision to leave McLaren.
+ The return of the Finn – even though Kovalainen’s short Lotus stint wasn’t a success, it was still nice to have him back.
+ The Korean GP was a really good race. A brilliant drive by Hulkenberg, good battles all over the field and several incidents (Massa’s spin, Webber’s car on fire, “Fire truck deployed”) made it a very enjoyable morning.
+ The 2013/14 silly season has been one of the most exciting in the history of the sport.
+ The new series on F1 Fanatic ‘Team radio transcripts’ makes for a fascinating read and reveal the true face of the sport.
- The death of Maria de Villota was shocking and sad news.
- There was no need for team orders at Mercedes in Malaysia.
- Tyre blowouts might have made for an exciting British GP but they were dangerous and ultimately lead to return to the 2012 construction, which significantly changed the competitive balance. Pirelli should have avoided that.
- I missed diversity and unpredictability. All podiums were taken by just four teams and there was only one winner in the second half of the season.
- The combination of DRS and fragile tyres often spoiled the party as the attacking driver could easily pass the (un)defending driver, who had to nurse tyres.
- Money still rules the F1 world. Teams struggle to survive and some good drivers struggle to get / keep the race seats that they deserve.27th November 2013, 11:06 at 11:06 am #245918
Pirelli key rings!
Hopefully they don’t fall apart after a few minutes…27th November 2013, 10:59 at 10:59 am #245868
@matthijs You are absolutely right. But actually it’s not the only example where someone thinks along these lines. For example, many F1 Fanatics put Pic ahead of Glock after the first half of 2012 just because the rookie had fared surprisingly well against his experienced team mate (but Pic still had performed worse than Glock). Paul Weaver seems to have gone to extremes though.
I don’t think it was a good idea to set such criteria for evaluating drivers. If you look at the comments on The Guardian’s website, “this is ridiculous” and “this comment has been removed” are practically the only reactions. If the author (or the newspaper) aimed to draw attention to themselves and cause a furore, then they hit the target. Otherwise they should have clearly separated “surprises of the year” from “drivers of the year”.26th November 2013, 9:20 at 9:20 am #245862
@aledinho Well, that’s the point – Chilton didn’t exceed the expectations but he didn’t perform worse than expected either. Nothing suggests that Chilton belongs in F1, he wouldn’t be here on merit. He was practically always off the pace of his team mate, who was a rookie as well. At the same time, he made some progress during the season and managed to keep the car off the wall. Nothing surprising, while Alonso’s performances might be seen as slightly disappointing, compared to the wonders he did in 2012.
Yes, that is a strange way of measuring drivers’ performances but Guardian kind of admit it themselves by calling these rankings “alternative” and the question they ask is “Which of the other big stars in F1 really performed as well as they could have this season?”26th November 2013, 8:16 at 8:16 am #245859
I think Guardian’s list is based purely on expectations and how the drivers fulfilled them. That’s the only sensible explanation. Alonso was widely expected to win the world championship this year, while Chilton was expected to be hopeless so the rankings probably make sense from that point of view. Whether that is a good way to evaluate drivers’ performances is another question.21st November 2013, 7:58 at 7:58 am #245314
I’m not sure about that. All we know is that Ricciardo is a better qualifier than Vergne (29:9) and that they have been more or less equal on race day (13:12). And I believe that Vergne is going to disappear from F1 forever as soon as Red Bull decide to drop him because no other team will need him.
I really hope that Ricciardo gives Vettel run for his money but I don’t expect him to be better than Webber.19th November 2013, 18:45 at 6:45 pm #245476
I agree, Bottas on Gutierrez was one of the best passes of the season:15th November 2013, 8:10 at 8:10 am #245211
It’s pretty easy to make a list of my favourite drivers…
Paul di Resta
…but it’s practically impossible to make a list of the best ones. Still, I’ll give it a try: