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    This is getting absolutely ridiculous. I can not for the life of me understand why the guys in charge are not doing anything about this issue ASAP.

    Because the FIA give as much of a toss about the drivers as they do about the fans, i.e. none whatsoever.

    When a driver collapses or passes out mid-race then, potentially, if a high profile member of the public or paddock gets injured, on camera, they might do something about it a couple of years later. Until then, don’t hold your breath.

    Mostly though, I feel that a driver’s health is his own (and his team’s, in terms of support staff) responsibility. Formula 1 is not the only sport in which a person’s weight is important. Runners, cyclists, jockeys, and many other athletes have learned how to be light in a healthy way, and perhaps this is relatively new for F1 drivers. Dehydrating yourself, not eating any carbohydrates while training, and not carrying a drinks bottle in a desert race are all overkill in my opinion.

    None of those athletes operate in sports which require 2 hours of high-temperature endurance with strenuous physical exercise and mental engagement. Yes, jockeys have historically done mad things to lose weight, but a horse race lasts a few minutes, at most. Apart from jockeys, weight is not a performance critical factor. To a runner, a kilo is an advantage of sorts, but in an F1 car, a kilo is a tonne. A kilo has 400 people looking at you wondering why it’s still there. Most importantly, an F1 driver has to be extremely mentally adept and engaged for 2 solid hours. Look what happens if they lose concentration for a moment. Look at the amount of constant adjustments, assessments, analysis and reaction a driver has to undergo. What does a marathon runner have to think about during a marathon? Not a lot. Does he have to do it at 200 miles an hour in a capsule filled with explosive fuel and heavy metal? No.

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    While infinite scrolling is neat, it’s definitely not always the *best* solution, particularly for mobile. Mobile browsers generally don’t cache a lot, and will reload whenever connectivity changes or gets lost. With pagination, the reload lands you back close to where you were. With an infinite scroll, you get dumped back to the beginning.

    Works excellently on a fixed line connection with a desktop browser, but very poor for mobile on any site I’ve ever encountered (tumblr, as an example, is basically unusable with infinite scroll).

    #245852
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    blatant clickbait on the part of the guardian there. Or alternatively, the job was handed to a researcher who spent half an hour reading autosport and gave up when their free monthly views ran out.

    Worst of all, it’s written like an article in ok magazine. Still, the guardian isn’t known for its f1 coverage so I doubt the editor cares.

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    It’s almost a heretic view around here, but I don’t really have a problem with DRS. I don’t find watching drivers make easy passes on defenseless opponents more boring than watching a driver trapped behind a backmarker for an entire race, or waiting for a strategy pitstop to unblock the problem.

    What has stopped me watching the last 3 races (or only watching bits of them) is predictability. What’s the point in watching qualifying when you know who is going to be on the front row? What the point in watching the race when the winner is going to start from the front and have a 2 second gap after the first lap? Then stretch that lead by 2 seconds for 5 laps, then sit there until his engineer tells him to speed up? Where’s the possibility for competition when success is determined by 3 factors: money, staff and time; and one organisation has all the budget it asks for, owns not one but two teams, one of those teams only exists to provide staff training, work experience, driver development, and act as a “soak” for restricted resources on behalf of the other team? When all the other teams who attempted to level the playing field have been sabotaged by some big hitters who were picked out by machiavellian politics on behalf of the commercial owner?

    Effectively, that’s what we’ve been watching since 2011. It’s very, very, very boring at this stage. Throw all the statistics and teamwork quotes at it you like, there’s nothing in it for the viewer. Vettel on Pole, vettel wins from pole. Vettel not on pole, Vettel has massive speed advantage. Vettel does not have massive speed advantage, deficit will only last a couple of races. Is Vettel a great driver? Yes. Has Red Bull done a much better job than everyone else? Sure! Is it boring and predictable at this stage? YES. Is there any reason for most viewers to spend their time and money watching it? I can’t think of any.

    With murmerings about customer cars and 6 teams being given a “seat on the board”, you can expect these situations to only get worse. The top team (Red Bull) will continue to dominate with its budget and organisational structure, until the owner gets bored, or Helmut Marko manages to sabotage the whole thing with his ego. The other top teams will put up a semi-credible defense. The rest of the teams won’t even be glorified backmarkers, they’ll only exist to ensure the commercial owner isn’t in any breach of contract about putting on a “series” as opposed to a two-team event.

    It’s boring. It’s not worth my time.

    DRS didn’t make it that way.

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    @andae23 The grass also causes a risk of cars digging in and flipping which is another reason they’re gone.

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    I’d ask all the drivers if they think the new tyres will improve their chances. Then I’d ask Kimi about the red bull drive, and I’d ask them all if they like coming to Hungary.

    Wait, I’m not brain damaged or one of the official press….

    I’d ask Paul what he thinks of Gary Anderson telling the truth about him ‘s recent comments. Because I think that was the best assessment of DiResta I’ve read: he’s arrogant, cold and thinks he should be handed this stuff on a plate, when in fact he’s a mid ranker who is lucky to be in the position he is.

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    Whatever we might think about how “good” or exciting a particular pass like this is, opening up off track passes is an obvious minefield. Drivers would abuse it all day long, and if the rule is you don’t have to stay on the track to pass, how far does that go? If you’re behind a line of backmarkers, and there’s an alternative circuit configuration where you can take an empty tarmac shortcut around them, is that allowed? What if they’re not backmarkers? What if the shortcut lops off some laptime too? What if it’s officially “runoff area”? What use is a chicane, then?

    Moreover, it’s difficult enough to get the variously incompetent stewards to stick to the very clear “the track is delineated by the white lines” rule and the “must not gain an advantage” rule. What hope is there when off-track passing is allowed “when the crowd cheers” or “at corners x y and z”? I for one have no faith at all in their ability to regulate.

    And lastly, I bet that many supporters of this idea look at it as “reward the ballsy move” but are also adherents of the “these tarmac runoffs don’t punish driver mistakes” thinking, which is let’s say an amusing contradiction.

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    Rosberg is winning the Pre-Race conferences so far.

    http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056925447

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    My apologies, watching that again, it’s not the same driver playing leapfrog twice. Still, it’s crazy crazy stuff.

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    Bloody hell. I’ve never had access to a station which shows the GP2 races, but that is…. horrendous. Cecotto’s move was hideously dangerous, but don’t these drivers know braking points? Don’t they know leaving a gap?

    How can a steward look at that footage and fail to see a driver who should, at the very least, be black flagged?

    How can one driver actually drive OVER the back of the car in front twice in the same weekend, and still be considered capable of racing in an open wheel series?

    I’ve taken Grosjean and Maldonado to task for their horrendously dangerous driving in the past, but this stuff is beyond a joke.

    #230907
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    So you’re going to tell the wife you’re off to the pub to appreciate the landlady’s huge tracts of… f1 pictures?

    #228148
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    So they don’t get to re-choose a race? That’s a bit stupid, although I’m sure sky are happy about it.

    They’re hiring an extra pitlane reporter, to do a job Lee McKenzie is already doing, for coverage which is mostly highlights packages anyway? Rather than use Lee’s decades of inside contacts and paddock relationships in an expanded role, they’re going to use her less?

    Do they really need 3 people to ask drivers after the race “tell us how it was for you”? It’s not like they’re hunting out pitlane information during the races (or if they are, they don’t seem to use it during broadcasts).

    The BBC’s decision making continues to confuse and perplex.

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    @matt90 no doubt that’s the case. I just haven’t come across any of it in my online travels recently, whereas the p1 has been all over Twitter and websites fairly prominently. Maybe it’s the mix of sites/people I’m following, but it seems that McLaren did more promo work on this one. Hasn’t stopped the crowds at the stand, clearly.

    #228044
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    Am I the only one thinking they kept this kind of quiet? Hadn’t heard anything about it up to today. a lot of similar specs and headline numbers to the McLaren too. I’m sure this launch has nothing to do with stealing McLaren’s big day of course! ;-)

    As for this: Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said: “We chose to call this model LaFerrari because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence.”

    I think the maximum expression of what defines Ferrari is “spouting self indulgent rambling waffle”, and the name fits THAT perfectly.

    #207474
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    What, no exclamation mark? With a bold name like that, I expect promo videos featuring putin wrestling a bear at the very least.

    And why is a Ukrainean business man referring to his team as Russian?

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