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  • #286360
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    As usual it’s hard to argue with the Indy 500. A thriller as always.

    To be different, however, my nomination goes to the United SportsCar race at Detroit. A thrilling climax, with a close tense battle with a dab of controversy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEiPwEbzoh0

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    @ibrahim Yes, it was after the 1995 season that the CART/Indy “split” occurred, however CART did continue to run until the series became bankrupt in 2003. I feel the great irony about the whole situation was that Tony George wanted to create an all-oval all-American championship in response to CART’s road-course-heavy schedule and increasingly international field of drivers. And yet now IndyCar’s current schedule is now mostly road and street courses and the field features more foreign drivers than any CART grid. Goes to show that all he achieved with the split was converting American open-wheel fans into NASCAR fans.

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    Mid-90s CART was one of the greatest motor racing eras. The 1995 Cleveland race was held on a wide, flat and fairly uninspired circuit utilizing the runways of an airport. And yet it’s one of the most enjoyable races I know of. The full race is on YouTube, but I’ll post the highlights here – it still gets my heart beating!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ndPycADydo

    Of course, I couldn’t talk about mid-90s CART without bringing up this gem from the great Alex Zanardi.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBthxGThBkc

    #281974
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    My world has pretty much revolved around F1 during the second half of my life, I can’t see myself ever giving up on it, but I almost wish I could. It almost feels like I’m a doting spouse taking care of my partner as they descend into alcoholism or something. I just love them too much to give up on them, and I still hope that someday they will get clean, sort out their money problems and scrap DRS.

    #278641
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    Gutted I missed it. Decided to get a good nights sleep to be awake for the races in Russia. Definitely picked the wrong one.

    #274561
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    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.

    #273061
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    Two spring to mind – those plucky underdogs at Minardi and Jordan.

    #272696
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    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.

    #272646
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    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.

    #271981
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    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.

    #270626
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    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.

    #270466
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    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.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/115367

    #270327
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    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.

    #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.

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