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6th March 2013, 20:57 at 8:57 pm
Well, many things would need to happen first for Pastor’s sponsorship to be endangered. Elections are likely to be held soon, and Vice-President Maduro (i.e. Chávez’s dauphin) will most likely handily win. So, no danger for Maldonado there.
1st December 2012, 0:25 at 12:25 am
Well, here’s my attempt at polishing a bit the translation posted by Journeyer. Makes also for good practice! Of course it would be helpful if a native German speaker gave it a look.
I caught the song when it was first aired (I switched to RTL after the BBC transmission ended) and thought it was pretty cool. Glad to see I was not the only one :)
So, here’s my two cents:
KING ON FOUR WHEELS
This is it: the storage room of all storage rooms
all these tapes store loads of dreams of men
21 years of successes – seven World Championships
and the following scenes of Schumi stand out the most
Ninety-one: after just one race in Jordan
the talent was poached by Benetton on Bernie’s orders
the young bloke from Kerpen does not want to fool around with the stars
“…and simply gain as much experience as possible!”
One year later, first time on the podium in Mexico
he provides strong races, not sex scandals
Flavio helps him loads with mountains of tips
the victory in Spa makes him the heir of Graf Berghe von Trips
For most you have been for ages the King on Four Wheels
comparable to none, no one can hold a candle to you
you are parking the car – and won’t set fastest laps again
but one cannot achieve more – you are the King on Four Wheels!
Little by little Formula 1 moves into focus all across Germany
Millions tune in, if he is to be one of the top three
He begins strongly in 94, but everything changes in one blow
in the day in which Ayrton Senna dies
But the show must go on and the Earth keeps on turning,
Schumi sits at the top, Hill is knocked down to second
despite the plank farce and a little too much passion
he wins in Adelaide the World Championship for the first time
MS: “Unbelievable feeling… “
The first victory in Hockenheim, the rain race from Spa
he says yes to Corinna – are there pretty pictures of that? Sure!
he signs in Maranello – time for the career jump
but before that he celebrates in Benetton his second Championship triumph!
“I am a proud Schumacher fan!”
“World Champion for the second time! What else can I say?”
“Five, four, three, two, one!”
After problems at the start in Ferrari he is soon Mister Scuderia
So much for the shot at Villeneuve! After all, one drove like that before!
He becomes a father: Welcome, Gina Maria!
And in Switzerland he dribbles now and then in the Third Division
Suddenly he is invincible, in the car with Ross up front
Jean Todt sets him afloat, he wins five titles with Ross Brawn,
he makes his opponents look old, like Ozzy Osborne
and he even fools Ralf every time
He is Unesco Ambassador and an Italian popular hero in Ferrari
Schumi donates 10 million dollars for the victims of the tsunami
In 2006 he puts his foot down, retires, is not eager anymore
“in this sense, the decision was not really that difficult anymore”
But a Schumacher cannot be only an advisor or a water carrier
His comeback in 2010 mega-fascinates the masses
all of a sudden there are many class opponents
he does not drive as aggressively anymore, actually rather relaxed
Now you put your helmet aside and drive the car into the garage
you pull the handbrake and see the last 21 years in the side mirror
pull the key out of the ignition – while you pause for a moment
even if the car now sleeps, you remain the fastest man in the world
Always if it’s raining and one is on the wheel
cruising, one must think of you
and then the street becomes a bit oily
many think about Fritz Walter, but everyone about the Rain Master
3rd September 2012, 12:24 at 12:24 pm
Hey guys, how is it going? I am also planning to go to Monza with GA tickets – unfortunately only on Sunday (we’re driving from Switzerland and back on the same day). Since we cannot explore on Friday, I really appreciate your tips on where the good GA zones are :)
This is going to be my second F1 race, pretty excited about it!
27th May 2012, 20:30 at 8:30 pm
Best Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Worst Driver: Jenson Button
Best Team: Red Bull Racing, for getting the strategy spot-on
Worst Team: McLaren
Best Overtake: Just take any of the ones Perez did, that’s all there is.
Best Funny- moment: Kovalainen driving with a broken front wing, perhaps?
Most Surprising Result: Webber having a good start and keeping first place.
Least Surprising Result: Webber finishing in first place after managing not to lose it at the start.
Special Mention to: Heikki Kovalainen, both Force India drivers
Race Rating: 6/10 – perhaps dull by 2012 standards, but there was enough tension strategy-wise to keep it interesting.
27th May 2012, 19:49 at 7:49 pm
First time watching the Indy 500, and I really enjoyed it. Gutted for Sato, but an awesome finish nonetheless.
16th May 2012, 12:35 at 12:35 pm
It seems to me that putting Sutil on Massa’s seat would make sense, much more than Fisichella.
24th July 2011, 14:34 at 2:34 pm
Best Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Worst Driver: Karun Chandhok
Best Team: Ferrari
Worst Team: Williams
Best Overtake: Hamilton on Alonso
Best Funny- moment: Alonso riding Webber’s Red Bull back to the pits
Most Surprising Result: Hamilton winning.
Least Surprising Result: Webber not being able to hold to P1.
Special Mention to: Adrian Sutil
Race Rating: 8/10
17th July 2011, 16:03 at 4:03 pm
I also think that subjective analysis is okay… I mean, after all, that’s one fun thing about sports: discussing with your friends or in a forum whether you agree or not with a given judgement. If it all were down to a number, perhaps it wouldn’t be that fun. But my geek side always makes me wonder about this kind of stuff, heh.
So doing a bit more of googling I stumbled upon the Elo rating system, which is a system often used to rank chess players. You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elo_rating_system
The Elo system, as used in chess, tries to determine the relative skill of players based on the results of each match-up. The basic idea is the following: say player A (rating: 2500) plays against player B (rating: 2200). Since A has a better ranking than B, he is “expected” to win, so he would gain fewer points by beating B than player B would by beating A (same thing goes with losing points, if player B is beaten by player A, he loses fewer points than would player A if he is beaten by player B).
The original system was not really designed for multi-player games (such as Formula 1) but there are variations that allow for this (you could treat each 2-driver combination as an individual match, for example). Of course that this doesn’t solve the issue of “separating car from driver” (even though you could make a rating system for teams, too) but it could probably yield some interesting results.
17th July 2011, 5:08 at 5:08 am
LL, I wish I had something clearer in mind, but I’ll give it a shot! ;)
Precisely, the great difficulty with Formula 1 compared to other sports is that players compete using unequal equipment. Even rules are changed often, which is something that doesn’t happen in other sports.
But precisely, the “holy grail” of any such system would be to remove the external factor of unequal equipment, thus making it possible to compare drivers who drive different cars.
I don’t know exactly how this could be done, but my intuition tells me that there should be a way of “normalizing” the data as to remove the “car variable”. One idea that comes to mind is to compare all the data to a common benchmark. For example, you could take all lap times of a given race and compare them to the circuit’s fastest ever lap, and then somehow analyze the deviations in order to determine how much of it is down to the car and how much down to the driver.
9th July 2011, 6:16 at 6:16 am
It means that they don’t have any sponsor as part of the GP’s official name.
It’s crazy that Santander sponsors four different GP’s! As to why there are so few sponsors on the track billboards, I have no idea. I think it would make sense for sponsors to demand exclusivity, but I don’t think that’s the reason here. I’m pretty sure that, for example, I have seen both Santander and UBS billboards in at least a grand prix this year.
1st July 2011, 22:11 at 10:11 pm
ajassat, that’s a pretty interesting document, thanks for sharing.
This is also something that I often wonder about: how do you go about making a mathematical model for optimizing the race strategy which takes into account tyre degradation, fuel consumption, etc. Due to my work, I have some experience with optimization problems (obviously not related to F1, sadly!) and I have thought for some time that it would be interesting to develop at least a simplified version of this problem for [nerd] fun.
1st July 2011, 20:56 at 8:56 pm
Improved! With revised spelling! :D http://troll.me?p=8487
Now, this is somewhat unrelated, but I find it surreal to compare the extent of Red Bull’s involvement in sports to the fact that, after all, they just sell three products. Makes you wonder what their business really is.
1st July 2011, 1:07 at 1:07 am
Well, I have to post this somewhere, so I’ll do it here ;) http://troll.me?p=8206
Like Geoffrey, I think it’s very unlikely. But I think it will be interesting to see how much of HRT’s advertising space will be taken by Red Bull, considering the livery is full of “cool spots”. It would be really weird to see three teams with “Red Bull” on their sidepods.
24th June 2011, 0:42 at 12:42 am
Well, for me, Formula 1 has come and gone in three phases, so I’ll list my drivers accordingly:
It’s kind of an odd distribution, but I suppose that, as one becomes older and more knowledgeable about the sport, it’s inevitable to judge drivers in a more objective (and perhaps harsher) manner. Nonetheless, objectively speaking, I do think that the current field of drivers is in general more talented than that of, say, 1997.
23rd June 2011, 23:57 at 11:57 pm
I hold Heinz-Harald Frentzen in high regard. I would have liked his career to last a few more years, and to have more competitive cars.
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