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23rd November 2015, 0:34 at 12:34 am #309371
My dad works for some IT company, and his biggest (or most interesting) client is Mercedes High Performance Powertrains. He doesn’t get to go to races with them because he’s not really an employee, but he does spend a fair amount of time at the factory, and each of the Mercedes-powered teams use a handheld device that he designed, so that’s something. He also likes to point out various Mercedes team members he’s met when we watch the races.22nd November 2015, 15:12 at 3:12 pm #309330
Mosport Park (or Canadian Tyre Motorsport Park as it’s officially known as) doesn’t really have any proper straights apart from the short start/finish straight, although that depends on whether you consider the slightly curved Mario Andretti backstretch as an actual straight.
Additionally the 1.5-mile Lime Rock Park is mostly made up of curves and a short start/finish straight. Now there’s a track I’d love to see F1 race on…6th November 2015, 13:26 at 1:26 pm #308575
Pacific Racing had a woeful record in 1995. 6 classified finishes over the 34 races they took part in, with 25 retirements, 1 disqualification, 1 DNS and 1 non-classified finish.15th October 2015, 2:09 at 2:09 am #307114
It would make sense in a way. It would certainly be a better option for the potentially redundant staff, who presumably would rather work for a racing team than on one of Red Bull’s daft novelty projects.
Having said that, though, if Red Bull are wanting to appeal to a young, hip consumer base, I don’t think endurance racing is the way to go because, let’s face it, it doesn’t have a particularly young (or large) fanbase. They’d be spending a similar amount to what they’re spending right now, and they’d get barely a fraction of the exposure, and we all know return on investment is all Red Bull is interested in.7th October 2015, 22:40 at 10:40 pm #306642
I’d have to pick the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. It blows my mind how the drivers can go flat out at 2 the morning, possibly in some level of sleep deprivation, on a 14-mile circuit with hardly any unique reference points without getting horribly disorientated. I cannot imagine the concentration you’d need just to do one lap, never mind for hours at a time. And at least at races like Bathurst, Le Mans or Indy, there’s a chance of a safety car to give you a moments pause. As far as I know, for N24 they just use slow zones, so even with a big accident they’d still be flat out 90% of the lap.22nd September 2015, 8:48 at 8:48 am #305672
In today’s news… VW facing $18bn fine and its stocks have plunged 17%. I wonder what impact this would have on their racing activities, not that I ever believed they’d buy Red Bull.15th September 2015, 21:55 at 9:55 pm #305183
For me, it has to be Le Mans. Took me a while to fully appreciate it, but now that I do, I simply adore that race. Sitting awake at 2 in the morning watching in silence as the cars speed around in the darkness makes me feel like a 10-year-old again. It doesn’t have to be a closely fought event, it just brings me joy in a way that no other race can.
Still see a lot of love for Bathurst here, which is one of the few major races I’ve yet to watch live. I gave up on it last year so I would be awake enough to watch the Russian Grand Prix, truly one of my biggest regrets…13th September 2015, 0:44 at 12:44 am #305113
Focus’ Sylvia and Hocus Pocus are good shouts!
I wouldn’t mind Danger! High Voltage by Electric Six (admittedly because I love its usage in the new Forza ads).
I’d also like Won’t Get Fooled Again, if it doesn’t make it look to much like CSI…10th September 2015, 19:13 at 7:13 pm #304945
Wasn’t it set to become a car dealership?9th August 2015, 23:06 at 11:06 pm #303034
Now that’s a mouthwatering prospect! Always thought it was a shame that IndyCar neglects America’s great road courses, which are among the best on the planet. Here’s hoping we see IndyCars racing at Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, VIR and the short and beautifully simple Lime Rock Park.2nd August 2015, 23:30 at 11:30 pm #302828
Hungary 2006 was one of my favourites. First win for Button after years of waiting, first podium for de la Rosa after seemingly being doomed to spend his career as a test driver, with Heidfeld scoring BMW’s first podium as a full team. There haven’t been many podiums where all 3 drivers had something to be genuinely delighted about, and this was one of them.23rd July 2015, 14:11 at 2:11 pm #302237
NASCAR has had something similar for a while now. When NASCAR began racing the new Gen 6 car a couple of years ago, Denny Hamlin complained (correctly) that the old car produced better racing than the new one. NASCAR fined him $25,000.21st July 2015, 1:21 at 1:21 am #302114
Monaco 2014 will always be one of my all time favourite feel-good moments in F1. But my other favourite moment was his only win in the main GP2 series at Silverstone in 2011. The race started off on a wet track, but midway through the race, the track was dry enough for slicks. Jules, in the Lotus-branded ART, switched to slicks a lap later than Christian Vietoris, and was forced to defend his lead with cold tyres on a still-damp track. Vietoris pulled off a pair of superb overtakes, but Bianchi was even better, repassing him immediately both times. That overtake into Club Corner, with the wheels locked and the car squirming from side to side, was the icing on the cake.16th July 2015, 0:09 at 12:09 am #301979
@bradley13 I recall Bourdais was half a lap away from a podium the week before Monza during that crazy Belgian Grand Prix. He’d stuck it out on the dry tyres during those final laps and was running in third after Raikkonen crashed out, but in the final few corners he, quite literally, slipped down to seventh. He was visibly devastated after the race – I’ve never felt so sorry for a driver. That was one hell of a week for him…15th July 2015, 15:04 at 3:04 pm #301964
Uruguayan Gonzalo Rodriguez surely deserves a shout. Strong in Formula 3000, before getting a big break in CART with a couple of outings for Penske in 1999. Sadly he was killed at Laguna Seca during practice for his second race. He was contracted to race for top team Patrick Racing in 2000, leading one to wonder what might have been.