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  • #268584
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    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.

    #267988
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    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.

    #267873
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    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.

    #267206
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    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:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdKk7I3Q3RY

    Sadly I can’t find a better full-speed version without the lame music. But I still think his reactions were incredible.

    #267203
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    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.

    #267069
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    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!

    #266418
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    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.

    #266024
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    Another silly error by Power, and it’s costing him big time. Seems strange that he’s been the man to beat at nearly every race in the past 4 years yet he still doesn’t have that championship. Castroneves is now level with him, and Montoya is emerging as a serious contender. He seems to be getting better and better with each race – could he possibly win the title in his comeback year? He’s certainly got the speed of his teammates but isn’t making the same daft mistakes.

    #265944
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    This was an incredibly bizarre race. Delayed by a day due to rain, then stopped a handful of laps in due to more rain. Early in the race there was the first “big one” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzaVvaYN3xQ) which took out many of the leading contenders. It was getting pretty frantic later on with more fain forecast, and that’s when the huge crash above occurred. A few minutes later the rain came and the race was declared official. Quite a shame as it would’ve been fun to see how the race unfolded with the dozen-or-so remaining cars, as almost none of them were usually frontrunners.

    #265172
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    Potentially a pivotal race. It certainly was for Scott Dixon last year, and there’s even more potential for this to be a crucial race with double points on offer. I’m looking forward to this one, it’s one of the best oval circuits, IMO.

    #264876
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    Awesome race! Awesome result too, I love seeing Schmidt and Herta’s teams doing so well. Loved the raw racing toward the end, although there were a few examples of rather amateurish driving. Castroneves has been racing for far too long to be chopping other drivers in the braking zone…

    #263512
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    I’ve gone for a diverse grid. I feel some drivers who are at the top of other championships, namely sportscars or Indycars, would be better representatives for their nations than drivers who are merely in F1 feeder series. My grid would be like so:

    Australia – Daniel Ricciardo & Will Power
    Belgium – Stoffel Vandoorne & Jerome D’Ambrosio
    Brazil – Felipe Massa & Helio Castroneves
    Canada – James Hinchcliffe & Bruno Spengler
    Colombia – Juan Pablo Montoya & Carlos Munoz
    Denmark – Kevin Magnussen & Tom Kristensen
    Finland – Kimi Raikkonen & Valterri Bottas
    France – Loic Duval & Romain Grosjean
    Germany – Sebastian Vettel & Andre Lotterer
    Great Britain – Lewis Hamilton & Jenson Button
    India – Narain Karthikeyan & Karun Chandhok
    Italy – Giancarlo Fisichella & Gianmaria Bruni
    Japan – Kamui Kobayashi & Takuma Sato
    Mexico – Sergio Perez & Memo Rojas
    Netherlands – Jeroen Bleekemolen & Robin Frijns
    New Zealand – Mitch Evans & Scott Dixon
    Russia – Daniil Kvyat & Vitaly Petrov
    Spain – Fernando Alonso & Carlos Sainz Jr.
    Sweden – Marcus Ericsson & Felix Rosenqvist
    Switzerland – Sebastian Buemi & Marcel Fassler
    United States – Kyle Busch & Ryan Hunter-Reay
    Venezuela – Pastor Maldonado & Gustavo Yacaman

    #263190
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    It seems to be the way with the Red Bull driver program. The drivers get 3 years to impress in Toro Rosso before the team bring in the next generation. If a space happens to become available in the main team, then you’re in pole position. If not, then it’s tough luck, off to the DTM with you. Vergne is definitely worthy of an F1 seat but unless Vettel for some reason chooses to leave Red Bull, then he won’t be in F1 next year. Unfortunately for him, Red Bull seem to have a real embarrassment of riches at the moment with so much talent in their driver program. They’ve got at least 2 very good drivers aiming for a Vergne’s seat.

    #263046
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    Unfortunately, Duval isn’t the only one to withdraw from the race as now the #99 Aston has pulled out after another hefty crash in the Porsche curves. Quite a shame that, there’s now only 1 Aston in the LMGTE Pro field, which is down to just 8 cars.

    #263035
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    Sadly, Loic Duval has had to withdraw from the race on advice from doctors. His place in the #1 Audi will be taken by Audi reserve and prototype veteran Marc Gene, who was due to race for Jota in the LMP2 class. According to Autosport, Jota has replaced Gene with Oliver Turvey, who raced for them in the 24 hours last year.

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