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  • #288473
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    Somehow I have not been able to stop thinking about F1 so far. So I have been reading F1 news, magazines, and F1F 2014 season review articles. I was even watching the 2005 season review yesterday! I guess I will hibernate in January…

    I think I am going to watch some winter sports on TV, too. I particularly like bobsleigh and I am a big fan of Steven Holcomb’s team.

    Lately I have also been reading Matthew Mitcham’s “Twists and Turns”, it is a very inspirational sports story.

    #287815
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    And here’s another video – the German way of entertaining the spectators before the race:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P6Ryg5gCtg

    #287813
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    My trip to the 2014 German Grand Prix was certainly my personal highlight of the year. It was an adventure against the odds. The trip was too expensive, too hot and at first I could not find anyone to substitute me at work. Still, I have never regretted the decision to go.

    We had the best seats, “Südtribüne Oberrang” above the Motodrom, which means that we could overlook at least half of the track from there. That said, we did not see any overtaking as it normally happens in the other parts of the circuit and the big TV screen was a bit too far away for my liking. If you want to see some overtaking or just be close to the cars, then you should pick a different sector.

    Saturday was particularly hot. I spent too much time in the sun and the heat, got sunburned and did not sleep well after that. The spectators in the uncovered grandstands obviously had it even worse. The traffic also could have been better as we had to wait in the queue for one hour to get out of the car park after the race.

    Yet the positives far outweighed the negatives. The fans (particularly the supporters of Vettel) created a great atmosphere, GP2 and GP3 drivers were signing autographs after FP3, the junk food on-site tasted OK and the girl, who sold me Mercedes merchandise, was really nice even if she did not seem to know the difference between Mercedes and McLaren.

    The wet GP2 race on Sunday was fun to watch. During the F1 drivers parade, the German drivers stopped below our grandstands, gave TV interviews and threw some caps into the crowd (Vettel even made a little run to get closer to the fans). Hockenheimring radio played fitting songs during the breaks, such as “Sunshine Reggae” and “Walking on Sunshine”. All in all, it was a great weekend that I will never forget.

    #287170
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    Rumour has it Alonso and possibly Hulkenberg are a part of this…

    #277710
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    @KeithCollantine I fully support that decision. Thank you a lot for the professional approach during these difficult days.

    #277704
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    Here is a video that I took at Hockenheim this year. I did not think it was worth sharing back then but now I just want to say that I was worried about the safety of marshals that were taking care of Adrian Sutil’s car and I think the video shows why:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf8tjrM90S0

    #276339
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    This is simply ridiculous.

    If FanBoost is an “element of interaction between the fans and the sport”, then so is “OMG, this is the best day of my life, Justin Bieber just followed me [after I had begged him to do it for like 10000 times. After all, who cares that Justin Bieber is never going to read any of my tweets?]”

    Are motorsport fans really that childish? Pressing a button to show your support for Heidfeld is no “interaction” and shame on Agag for fooling the fans.

    Anyway, I wonder how this is going to end. Agag might not care about polls but what if the same drivers keep getting the FanBoost again and again? I was not surprised to see Bruno Senna win the first vote as he has 659 000 followers on Twitter. For sure, other drivers can work to increase their popularity but it is impacted by a lot of factors out of their control, such as the size of their home country. And how will the other fans react, seeing that their favourite driver has no chance to get that extra boost? Agag might get a lot of “interaction” on Twitter and Facebook after all, I am just not sure if he will love to read it.

    #270502
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    I basically agree that it is not right to upload copyrighted material to YouTube or similar websites. You should have to pay for watching exclusive high-quality footage of F1 or Premier League, just like you pay for books or opera tickets.

    However, I believe that fans should still be allowed to share videos that they have filmed themselves and that FOM should also upload much more footage to F1.com and at least some part of it should be for free to attract new fans and to not alienate fans, who cannot afford to pay. Otherwise the “protectors” are really nothing else than killjoys.

    #269600
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    I think that part of Ecclestone’s strategy to keep F1 popular (and make money for himself and his employers) is to keep it unreachable, namely, to make people long for it. F1 is something exclusive; if you want to get close to it (or even watch it live), you will have to pay. If you want to be a part of it, it will cost you millions. This strategy has worked for a long time as fans, circuits, sponsors and governments have kept spending their money on F1. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are for free, accessible for everyone and would bring the sport closer to its fans, which is not what Ecclestone wants. After all, F1 is popular on social networks anyway – just look at the number of illegally uploaded videos on YouTube and trending hashtags (like #BernieEcclestone yesterday) on Twitter…

    However, this strategy is risky, too. The world is everchanging and falling spectator numbers are already ringing alarm bells. Moreover, as @andae23 says, there are a few things that F1 could SELL and earn even MORE money, yet they are not doing that. Perhaps Ecclestone believes that things like double points will attract new spectators and everything else can stay as it is but I would not be so sure about it.

    #269579
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    @KeithCollantine

    I agree that the likes of DRS and fragile tyres should not be put in the same basket because non-durable tyres do not directly handicap any driver or team. However, they do change the racing; for instance, they lead to more passes and more pit stops. Pirelli themselves also used to talk about the need to “provide a better show” by providing challenging tyres to the teams.

    Do tyres that degrade quickly affect competitive order? It seems so. Red Bull became much stronger after Pirelli changed the tyres in the middle of 2013 and I also doubt if we would have seen seven different winners in the first seven races of the 2012 season if Bridgestone had still been in charge.

    And how much can teams realistically do to adapt to sensitive tyres? Adrian Newey said last November that Ferrari and Lotus had simply “got lucky” with the original 2013 tyres although not everyone would agree with him.

    If a gimmick is defined “a trick or device to attract publicity or trade”, then I would still call the “raw eggs” a gimmick but maybe it is a good gimmick if there is such a thing!

    #268618
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    Success ballasts are not the worst thing that could be implemented. The rule works pretty well in the WTCC.

    For sure, it does not make sense to let teams spend gazillions of money to gain competitive advantage and then take part of this advantage away. But if the teams cannot agree on significant cost-cutting measures, let alone budget caps, then success ballasts at least let the smaller teams, who simply lack resources but are otherwise as good as Ferrari or McLaren, get some rewards, too.

    That said, I am not sure that the rule would always work in F1 and I do not think that F1 really needs it.

    As for the other “gimmicks”, it is complicated. I do not like most of them but I admit that racing sometimes benefits from them. For instance, the Bahrain Grand Prix would perhaps have not been as exciting without the DRS this year. Tricky tyres have sometimes contributed to good racing, too.

    However, there are red lines and things like double points, the new Chase format and Fanboost overstep them. I want races to be interesting but when I want to watch some funny nonsense, then I watch Penguins of Madagascar, not F1.

    #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/

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