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13th September 2014, 17:12 at 5:12 pm #274561
I was a little cynical, but it’s won me round. I’d like to think that if I had been in the grandstands at Beijing I’d have gone home thinking it was money well spent.
I do agree with what others have said – if the point of this series is to promote electric motoring, then having cars which can barely go half as fast as a hybrid F1/LMP1 car and then run out of juice after 20 minutes is not going to convince the doubters. But I can’t think of a better way to improve the quality of motoring technology than to set up a race series to trial it. I still think the whole idea of electric motoring is a con (can’t see how driving petrol car is any more eco-friendly than a car powered by the fossil fuels that put electricity in the plug) but if this series can help push electric motoring to a point where it can be seen as a realistic alternative to the car of today, then that can only be a good thing.
If nothing else, I found the race enjoyable simply due to the people and organisations involved. I found it so enjoyable seeing such an array of driving talent come from so many different areas. I’ve followed nearly every driver at some stage of their career, be it in F1, IndyCars, sportscars or GP2 (Michela Cerruti was the only one I wasn’t really familiar with), and seeing all these names racing each other was pretty cool and a little nostalgic, too. I really think Formula E could make a case for having one of the most talented grids outside of F1, and that fact alone means I’ll be tuning in a couple of months time.2nd September 2014, 0:28 at 12:28 am #273061
Two spring to mind – those plucky underdogs at Minardi and Jordan.31st August 2014, 1:39 at 1:39 am #272696
My top 5 would have to be:
5. Lotus 79 (1978-9) – beautifully engineered, beautifully designed, beautifully liveried and beautifully driven.
4. Jordan 199 (1999) – one of the great giant-killers. I still can’t believe how close Frentzen came to beating the McLarens and Ferraris to the championship that year. That gorgeous paint scheme helps as well.
3. Ferrari 641 (1990) – admittedly best-known for being the car driven by Prost when Senna drove into him at Suzuka… but I can almost hear that V12 growl when just by looking at photos. It’s just a phenomenally mean-looking car.
2. Williams FW25 (2003) – Williams’ most recent championship contender. The first car I ever cheered on, and that BMW engine was one of the most powerful of the V10 era.
1. Williams FW19 (1997) – awesome car that marked the end of several eras. I used to own a small toy of this car and so was the first F1 car I was ever able to recognise. In addition, Rothmans sponsorship resulted in the best liveries in motorsport, full stop.30th August 2014, 0:42 at 12:42 am #272646
Wow, that is huge. He was quickest in practice so Power must have made a really big error to be so far down. Looking at the times it seemed he really screwed up his first lap, well over a second off the pace. This championship is certainly a very long way from over. I just hope it goes to the end without any crashes or retirements affecting the contenders. Power will need 6th or better to cover off whatever Castroneves does. Obviously he has the speed, but I’m excited to see whether he can get through the field without any issues.25th August 2014, 20:50 at 8:50 pm #271981
Top 5 are mathematically in it, with 104 points still available. But there are enough points given to the last place finisher to rule out both RHR and Dixon providing Will Power at least takes part. By my maths, the ways in which each driver would win the championship would be as follows:
Dixon – Will Power does not take part in the weekend, Dixon wins the race and scores bonus points for leading a lap, leading the most laps and scoring pole, with Castroneves finishing lower than 7th. It’s possible but a very, very long shot.
RHR – Needs to win the race and Will Power to not make the start, Castroneves 6th or lower. Again, a very long shot.
Pagenaud – Needs to win the race with all bonus points. He will need Castroneves to finish 3rd or lower, and Power to finish 21st or lower.
Castroneves – Only one with realistic chance of beating Power to the title. If he wins, Power would have to finish 8th or lower, although that may change to 7th or 9th depending on whether either score bonus points.
Castroneves could finish 2nd place and would be champion if Power finished 16th or lower, but again could go a position could be slightly changed by bonus points.
If Castroneves finishes 3rd, again, he would be champion if Power manages 21st or worse.
If Helio comes 4th, his only hope is if he manages to score all bonus points and Power finishes 22nd. If he cannot score all bonus points, 4th will not be enough no matter what happens to Power. And of course, any lower than 5th would not be enough either.
Power – it’s quite simple from his point of view. In order to cover off all outcomes, he has to:
Take part in the race weekend – this will eliminate Dixon from the running.
Start the race – RHR is out.
Finish in top 20 – Pagenaud is out.
Finish in top 6 – Castroneves can’t score enough points, Power will be champion.
It could be worth pointing out that, if last year is anything to go by, Fontana is a car-killer. Only 9 of the 25 that started were running at the finish, so Power wouldn’t need to choke again to lose another championship, if his car lets him down.18th August 2014, 21:27 at 9:27 pm #270626
As Roberto Chinchero recently tweeted, an F1 seat would’ve been the one thing that Red Bull could offer Verstappen what Mercedes couldn’t.
The one thing that upsets me is that this seems to have all but ended any hope of Ant Felix da Costa becoming an F1 driver. JEV is probably gone, too.14th August 2014, 0:53 at 12:53 am #270466
Things are looking serious now – COW has managed to nab the MotoGP British Grand Prix from Silverstone starting from 2016. Strangely they’ve secured the contract from 2015 but, as the track is unlikely to be ready, next year’s British Grand Prix will still be at Silverstone, or possibly even Donington for a one-off race. All seems a bit fishy to me… no sign of the political issues being resolved either.12th August 2014, 20:00 at 8:00 pm #270327
As you say, the fact that the teams don’t have to disclose information on salaries implies that the whole list is based mostly on speculation, and so the reliability is questionable.
But even if the list was accurate, it is still difficult to compare the earnings of drivers because they receive money in different ways. I’m sure there are several drivers who receive a low base salary with bonuses thrown in based on performance. Would that have been taken into consideration when compiling this list? I remember hearing that that is the case at Red Bull. The fact that Ricciardo’s salary is so paltry indicates that he presumably gets paid by the point and I’d be amazed if he only takes home £750,000 after bringing home the bulk of Red Bull’s points. That being the case, this list only tells half the story. For it to be useful we’d need to know of any performance-related bonuses, whether bringing sponsorship impacts the salary, etc.28th July 2014, 17:20 at 5:20 pm #268584
Teams spend millions upon millions designing and developing their car. For them to then be punished for doing the best job completely goes against what Formula 1 is all about. Formula 1 needs to celebrate design genius too, not just make it all about the drivers. Colin Chapman, Gordon Murray and Adrian Newey deserve their place in Formula 1 folklore just as much as Fangio, Senna and Schumacher.24th July 2014, 19:05 at 7:05 pm #267988
I think there’s a subtle difference between the morals of holding races in places like the US and in places like Russia. The US government has had very little involvement in the US Grand Prix. The Russian Grand Prix is, like Bahrain, a political race, heavily endorsed by the national government. Putin is heavily involved in the promotion and funding of the race, in the same way that the Bahrain Grand Prix is funded by their government. Perhaps if a private company were to have brought a Grand Prix to Russia, then things would be a little different.
I reckon there is a tangible link between the Ukraine situation and the Russian Grand Prix, that being the government. There isn’t really any sort of link between US involvement in worldwide conflicts and the US Grand Prix.23rd July 2014, 14:43 at 2:43 pm #267873
1. Ricciardo – This year’s standout performer. When he was signed for Red Bull last year, everyone seemed to be whining about how Red Bull had only hired him to be a whipping boy for Vettel, and that they should’ve employed Raikkonen. Ricciardo has silenced his critics perfectly.
2. Alonso – As good as ever. When you consider that there are at least 6 drivers with more competitive machinery, for Alonso to have finished lower than 6th on just one occasion is staggering.
3. Hamilton – Driving errors have let him down on a couple of occasions, but he’s shown race-winning pace in every Grand Prix so far. Has definitely suffered the worst of Mercedes unreliability.
4. Rosberg – Although he hasn’t made the same mistakes as his teammate, there have been some occasions where he’s been demolished by Hamilton. Nico hasn’t yet beaten Lewis in the same way that Lewis destroyed Nico in Malaysia and China.
5. Bottas – A very disappointing start to the year for both him and Williams, in what seemed to be another year where Williams would fail to deliver following a promising pre-season. But since Austria Bottas has been near-flawless. Best of the rest behind Mercedes for 3 races in a row, and so far the only person to finish ahead of a Merc on track.
6. Vettel – He owes his lowly championship position more to unreliability than anything else, but there have still been a number of occasions where he has exited qualifying before the top-10 shootout. Still, when his car has held together he has finished no worse than 6th, so he’s still getting the job done.
7. Hulkenberg – Rock hard consistency, but yet to show the flare required to get on the podium. However, a very reliable pair of hands and has contributed to a huge chunk of Force India’s points haul.
8. Perez – Hasn’t had the same consistency as Hulkenberg, and his “go big or go home” driving style hasn’t won him half as many points as Hulkenberg – but it’s meant he’s spent a lot more time running at the front of the race, and has come a lot closer to winning than his teammate.
9. Kvyat – F1′s youngest ever point scorer is looking like another success story for Helmut Marko. It hasn’t helped that he’s been given one of the least reliable cars in F1, but he’s made multiple appearances in the top-10 shootout, and his rookie campaign has been more solid than either of the other rookies.
10. Grosjean – I do feel sorry for Romain. In late 2013 he was the only man to consistently challenge the Vettel steamroller, and his efforts this year have deserved a lot more than a pair of 8th place finishes.20th July 2014, 1:40 at 1:40 am #267206
I would’ve thought that for a driver to make it to F1 he would have to have insanely quick reactions. But I have to say, I’ll agree that there’s a case that Alonso is the best at it. The example that springs to my mind would be this one:
Sadly I can’t find a better full-speed version without the lame music. But I still think his reactions were incredible.20th July 2014, 0:25 at 12:25 am #267203
Race 1 postponed and we will see two races in one day. The first race will take place at 10:30 AM local time in yesterday’s qualifying order with a rolling start. Race 2 will run at 4:15 PM, standing start, starting order determined by entrant points. Race distances both reduced to 75 laps each. I’m quite surprised by this decision but can’t fault them for giving the fans their money’s worth.19th July 2014, 16:00 at 4:00 pm #267069
Man alive…that was exhausting. GP2′s 200th race was among its best. And Nasr vs. Coletti vs. everyone else was one of the most enjoyable pieces of racing I’ve ever seen!11th July 2014, 22:40 at 10:40 pm #266418
I would also throw in allowing lapped cars to unlap themselves under the safety car, which exists in F1, TUSC and, to a much lesser extent, NASCAR. It’s certainly one of my pet hates. There’s no sporting merit and it doesn’t really add anything to the show. I for one used to really enjoy watching faster cars weaving their way through lapped traffic after restarts. But now we’ve lost that and that’s compounded with the unnecessary extra time spent behind the safety car. Mind you, Formula 1′s system is nowhere near as frustrating as the one used in TUSC. You’ve not experienced true boredom until you have to sit through a half-hour caution because of a stalled car.
I suppose in this day and age, you could argue that the safety car itself is a gimmick in Formula 1. F1 drivers have the benefit of delta times on their steering wheel, which is used to ensure they aren’t going too fast when catching up to the safety car. This leads me to question why they even need a safety car when the speed of every driver can easily be reduced to a safe pace without affecting the result. I’m pretty sure the WEC has introduced something like this for minor on-track incidents. Of course, Formula 1 is unlikely to ever pursue something like this because it doesn’t increase the chance of turning the race result into a lottery.