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  • #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

    #224746
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    @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_sights

    #247143
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    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…

    #246933
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    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…

    #246015
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    + 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.

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    #245868
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    @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”.

    #245862
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    @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?”

    #245859
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    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.

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