JackySteeg

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    I signed up to iRacing a few months back (courtesy of a very generous Black Friday deal on Steam) and have become hopelessly addicted. But as Adam says, it’s too pricey to not play it all the time. I mostly just drive the Skip Barber F2000s (I’m not really skilled enough to drive anything more powerful), as well as an IndyCar or NASCAR oval race each week. But yes, I echo everything Adam said.

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    Am I right in remembering that drivers will no longer be allowed to compete in European F3 for more than 3 seasons, or have I just made that up? If so, it makes sense for her.

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    Here’s Jenson Button doing it in a Civic.

    And another with Sebastian Vettel racing Mark Webber in some Infinitis.

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    #311661
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    And F1 fans think they have it bad… looked at some NASCAR forums and the response has been utter despair. It’s quite well known than NASCAR throw debris cautions arbitrarily to tighten the cars up, but what I don’t understand is why the races are so long if they’re going to get reset every 20 minutes. Truck races are still fairly long, usually longer than a Grand Prix. But if NASCAR prefers short burst of racing, why not have a multi-race format like the BTCC?

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    #311393
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    I’d personally group all the races — move from East to West throughout the season. The obvious difficulty is that snowy Montreal would be toward the end of the year, so I’ve moved the whole calendar forward a month, so it runs from February to October instead of March to November. I’ve also added a few triple-headers, but there will be more longer gaps in between some races.

    1. Australia 14 February
    2. Malaysia 21 February
    3. Singapore 28 February
    4. China 20 March
    5. Japan 27 March
    6. Abu Dhabi 10 April
    7. Bahrain 17 April
    8. Europe 1 May
    9. Russia 8 May
    10. Monaco 29 May
    11. Spain 5 June
    12. Austria 19 June
    13. Britain 26 June
    14. Germany 10 July
    15. Hungary 7 August
    16. Belgium 14 August
    17. Monza 21 August
    18. Canada 11 September
    19. United States 18 September
    20. Mexico 2 October
    21. Brazil 16 October

    #311166
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    I absolutely love the racing wrap, but I would like to see a few more features on other motorsports. I enjoy reading guest articles by fans who have been to Grands Prix, but I’d be interested to see some from fans who have been to non-F1 events. I’m sure there are a few F1 fanatics who’ll be attending BTCC, WEC, IndyCar etc. this year!

    Perhaps some more historical articles on other motorsports, too. One of my favourite features of 2015 was that excellent series on Formula 3000. And 2016 does mark 20 years since the CART/Indy split, so I reckon that’d be a good excuse to delve into some IndyCar history…! :)

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    I was pretty excited to read this earlier, but it appears he’s simply a partner to the project, and not a driver, which is a bit of a shame. The Rolex 24 being in the off-season for most championships means it arguably boasts the widest variety of drivers in motorsport. Drivers from IndyCar, NASCAR, the WEC and touring cars do the race — an active F1 driver is long overdue.

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    It is a crying shame that after all that build up, with the Superbowl commercial, the show car outside football stadiums, and the plethora of videos that it has all come to an end so soon, and so unspectacularly. At first it was exciting because it was a completely fresh approach to motorsport; I fear now that Nissan has proven the doubters right and will put off any manufacturers from trying anything so different in the future. I do wonder how good the car could have been without any of the problems it suffered at Le Mans, but obviously the problems are too big to be worth solving.

    Spare a thought for the likes of Matsuda and Krumm — they deserved a top LMP1 seat at Le Mans and 2015 was probably their final chance.

    #310503
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    =1 Hamilton
    =1 Vettel — struggling to distinguish between who’s been better so I’ll just say both have had exceptional seasons and leave it at that
    3. Ricciardo — pretty much extracted the maximum out of a uncompetitive and unreliable car. Lost a lot of points thanks to unreliability.
    4. Rosberg — world-class on occasion but usually second-best. Like Webber, he could be champion if he didn’t have the misfortune of having the teammate that he has.
    5. Verstappen — still a little rough around the edges but an excellent debut season.
    6. Perez — a slow start to the season drags him down a bit, but if this was based on the second half of the season, I’d put him in my top 3. Quick, consistent and reliable. His performance across the Abu Dhabi weekend was a particular highlight. I hope Ferrari kept his phone number, I wouldn’t bet against him replacing Raikkonen if he takes this form into ’16.
    7. Kvyat — again, let down by a slow start to the season but really pulled it back in the second half. He’s got the speed, although still prone to mistakes.
    8. Sainz — has the pace of Verstappen but seems to lack that opportunistic racer’s instinct of his teammate. But still, against any other teammate we’d say Sainz had a great rookie year.
    9. Hulkenberg –decent season, but based on his F1 performances fairly disappointing. Three crashes in four races was a particular low point, and he’s meant to be the consistent one.
    10. Bottas — good, but forgettable this year.

    #309371
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    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.

    #309330
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    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…

    #308575
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    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.

    #307114
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    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.

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