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  • #267862
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    I do not know if the Russian GP should be dropped but everyone should stop pretending that “sports and politics do not mix” and openly talk about violations of human rights in Russia and the role of Russia in the unrest in Ukraine and MH17 plane crash.

    Journalists should ask uneasy questions and drivers should demonstrate their stance as well. For instance, they could incorporate a Ukrainian flag or a rainbow flag into their helmet designs. The winner of the race could dedicate the victory to all the people that have suffered from the actions of Putin’s regime. Jean Todt should at least admit that Russia is not a democratic country.

    But I am afraid that none of that is going to happen.

    #267855
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    It is true that the new F1 engines have become less loud, that you do not need earplugs anymore and that GP2 is now louder than F1. However, they are still louder than the person next to you, the crowd and the commentators. I do not think the new sound (at Hockenheimring) was particularly “interesting” but I do not think that F1 has lost much either. I think you get pretty much the same effect as earlier, only without earplugs.

    Maybe the critics of the new engines have a point but there are also positives as some people, who avoided F1 earlier because of the unbearable noise (e.g. parents with kids) might now come to races.

    I respect every opinion but claims that people now do not come to races because F1 is too silent or that this is a more important issue than high ticket prices, financial difficulties faced by most teams or even smoking in the grandstands seem to be a bit too far-fetched.

    #267706
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    @KeithCollantine Agreed, just like many other fans (and drivers), I expected to see a safety car as there were no sufficient “gaps” that one could use to safely get rid of Sutil’s car.

    #267665
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    Here are a few pictures from my trip to the race:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/86490034@N07/sets/72157645409526367/

    #265208
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    Read Keith’s discussion with Marc Priestley. Indeed, “the best way to understand your own opinion about these things is to debate it with someone else.” It is a nice debate but I am still on Keith’s side, 100%.

    From the discussion:

    What it does do is push drivers and teams to engage with their fans, to exploit the social media platform and to work hard at it

    I believe it is a terrible way of engaging with fans and only reveals complete lack of imagination if they could not think of anything better. I unfollowed Rebellion Racing in February because my timeline was full with their requests for votes in the Shorty Awards. I do not want to follow spam accounts. I also believe that drivers should not “exploit the social media platform” if they do not want to do it. Would we really want to see Raikkonen and Vettel join Twitter just to beg the fans for #fanboost? (Not that I think they would do it.) If a driver does not feel like posting stuff on Twitter, FB or Instagram, just leave him alone.

    #264993
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    @magnificent-geoffrey

    And considering the ‘FanBoost’ is just for a single, 2.5 second boost that may or may not result in an overtake to begin with, is it really all that ridiculous?

    I think it is a matter of principle. ‘FanBoost’ is something completely different from double points, DRS and standing restarts. These rules might be dumb but teams and drivers can still work to improve their cars or driving techniques so that they get maximum results. ‘FanBoost’ has nothing to do with the car or driving skills, it is a popularity contest. You might as well give 5 extra points to the driver, who has the hottest girlfriend.

    As for “taking it easy”, I get your point of view and hope that other racing series do not start to adapt all the funny stuff…

    #264986
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    NEVER. In fact, I am not going to watch Formula E as long as they do not get rid of “fanboost”.

    There are plenty of shows and TV series on TV and I really love some of them. However, when I watch a sports channel, I do not expect to see “Farmer Wants a Wife” or “The X Factor” there.

    If you let fans decide, which driver gets a boost or which football player gets a red card, then you can do that but please do not call it a sport.

    #262863
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    Yesterday, Daniel Ricciardo became the first new winner since the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, which was won by Pastor Maldonado.

    So I guess it’s the right time to reopen this discussion!

    In my opinion, these are the most likely candidates (from the current drivers):

    Kevin Magnussen – It will be surprising if one of the McLarens manages to win a race this year but sooner or later the team should return to the top, given its budget and people. I think McLaren are unlikely to drop Magnussen anytime soon so if he can up his own performance, it is likely that he will get his chance.

    Sergio Perez – The Mexican was not that far away from his first victory yesterday.

    Nico Hulkenberg – His first podium finish is most probably overdue but is the car good enough for more and is Hulkenberg good enough for a better team?

    Valtteri Bottas – Just like Force India, Williams could probably win a race this year, given the right circumstances. However, it’s difficult to predict the future of the team and the driver after 2014.

    Romain Grosjean – Grosjean clearly deserves better equipment and Gerard Lopez has expressed his concerns that Lotus might lose him. The Frenchman is still highly rated and has been close to the victory already a couple of times.

    Daniil Kvyat – If Vettel decides to leave Red Bull after 2015, then Kvyat seems to be the most likely replacement (at the moment).

    Your thoughts?

    #256855
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    I have to agree with the fellow fanatics here, I think WTCC have all the ingredients to make a great championship but the people are just messing it up. Citroen’s advantage is so crushing that they don’t need team orders and the way they handled the collision between Bennani and Coronel was simply amateurish.

    What is more, they have scheduled the next race for this weekend, which means that a few drivers probably won’t be able to participate as there is not enough time to repair the damaged cars. The multiple world champion Muller has already labelled the decision to put one race behind the other “very stupid”.

    #256853
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    I sometimes make Chilton jokes myself but I completely agree that he is a likeable guy and a strong driver. People just need “the crasher”, “the slow guy” and other typical characters in F1. Of course, the fact that Chilton was convincingly beaten by Bianchi in the first season didn’t help his reputation but he has been a safe pair of hands and able to make progress. In 2014, Chilton has scored important results for the team, while Bianchi has been making unnecessary mistakes.

    I still believe that there are guys, who deserve to be in F1 more than Chilton does but he’s way better than pay drivers in F1 once used to be. Moreover, if Ferrari kept an underperforming Massa at the team for years just because it suited them, you can’t really say anything bad about Marussia just because they desperately need cash and haven’t got the best driver line-up available.

    #256685
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    1. What country are you in (and state, if applicable) Latvia
    2. Which channels broadcast F1 near you? Viasat Sport Baltic
    3. Do they show all the races live or only a limited number (if so, how many?) All
    4. Do they also show qualifying live? Yes
    5. Do they also show practice sessions live? Yes
    6. If they are a subscription channel, what does a full year’s subscription cost (excluding limited time offers)? You have to pay for a package of channels, the cheapest offer I could find (via Lattelecom Interactive TV) costs 178 EUR a year
    7. Do they broadcast coverage online? If so please post link/s No
    8. Please supply any other relevant information such as alternative viewing options TV6, a cheaper pay-TV channel, shows replay in the evening. I watch F1 on RTL via satellite for free, the channel is available on cable TV, too. It is actually impossible to say that watching F1 costs one … a year because it depends on your starting point. E.g. if you already have the basic Interactive TV package, then you need to pay only 66 EUR extra to watch Viasat Sport channels. And if you have satellite television and are fine with German commentators, then it costs you nothing.

    #248004
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    That’s easy, just go to http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2006

    If you want to read news from a particular month, then add the number of it at the end of the URL. For example, March: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2006/03

    #247227
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    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.

    #245873
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    Mark Hughes’ top 10, published on autosport.com:

    1. Vettel
    2. Alonso
    3. Hamilton
    4. Hulkenberg
    5. Rosberg
    6. Grosjean
    7. Raikkonen
    8. Webber
    9. Button
    10. Bottas

    #224748
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    @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:

    http://goo.gl/4z6DHm

    Here is more information on how to get to the circuit:

    http://www.nuerburgring.de/en/ueberuns/information-service/anfahrt.html

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