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    If you’ve acquired a taste for endurance racing, I’d recommend the United Sportscar Championship. It’s probably the next best thing to the WEC, even though the flagship Daytona Prototype cars are nowhere near as fast or beautiful as LMP1s. But there’s a decent variety of races — anything from 1hr40 sprints on street circuits to the Daytona 24 hours. They also race on simply the best circuits in North America, including Sebring, Long Beach, Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen, Mosport, Lime Rock Park, Road America, Virginia International Raceway and Road Atlanta. I can’t think of many other championships that can boast as many classic circuits as that.

    Also the racing is exceptionally close. The GTLM class (technically the same as the WEC’s LMGTE-Pro class) produces some of the most competitive racing anywhere. Best of all, it’s free to stream on the IMSA website, featuring commentary from the lads at Radio Le Mans. The next race will be at Long Beach this weekend, so if you have the time I definitely suggest you give it a go!

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    You know, the Malaysian Grand Prix didn’t really happen. It was staged by the US government and filmed in the same studio as the moon landing.

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    I have to agree with Rodney’s Webber comparison. It certainly seems like Rosberg has been ruined by championship defeat. And now that Mercedes seem to have genuine competition from other teams, he can’t afford to give Mercedes any reason to stop letting him and Hamilton race freely.

    Having said all that though, we were saying similar things about Rosberg after last year’s Spanish Grand Prix, so perhaps we should give it more time…

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    @philereid There’s a separate championship in IndyCar for manufacturers, i.e., Honda and Chevrolet. The points are taken from the manufacturers top 3 finishers in each race, and it’s this championship where the points deductions are taken. The drivers championship is unaffected.

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    @walsh-f1 Correct!

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    Crumbs, I’m running out of ideas…

    Okay, on this date there were victories for two of the sports all-time greats. Both were multiple champions when they won on this date, but neither would go on to win the championship that year. One driver won the race but witnessed his rival clinch the championship, while the other won through one of F1’s greatest tactical masterstrokes. What’s the date?

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    Is it 12 June? On that date in 2005, Raikkonen won the race for McLaren ahead of Michael Schumacher and Barrichello. Teammate Montoya was disqualified for passing a red light. And in 2011, Button beat Vettel and Webber while Hamilton retired after a strange collision with Button.

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    @walsh-f1 spot on!

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    Yeah, I’ll admit I had to use it to double-check that ;) Although I remembered it first from that Jordan livery — honest!!

    Anyway, my clue shall be:

    A British driver won his final Grand Prix on this date – the same date on which he won the same Grand Prix at the same venue 6 years earlier, while at the same team. What’s the date?

    #293730
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    Was it 4 April 2004? (04-04-04)

    Schumacher winning the inaugural Bahrain GP?

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    Don’t know if it counts as a promotion but the BBC aired an F1-themed special of a Question of Sport last week, featuring David Coulthard, Kevin Magnussen, Christian Horner and Suzi Perry…

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    So in a predictable development that has come as a shock to absolutely nobody, the 1 year deal between Donington and CoW has broken down and Silverstone will remain the host of the British Motorcycle Grand Prix for 2015 and also 2016 as CoW looks unlikely to be ready in time. Never looked likely did it? I’d be amazed if CoW ever gets the race.

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    I don’t see any reason why Nasr couldn’t emulate Perez in that Sauber. Nasr was as good to his tyres as anyone during his tenure in GP2. Both had fairly similar results, too, so yeah, if the cars there or thereabouts Nasr could spring a surprise or two. As for Ericsson, he now has the benefit of experience and certainly began to look pretty strong towards the end of last year. I’d be surprised if he could beat Nasr over the course of the year, mind you, but I do believe that the current Sauber pairing could be as good as their 2012 pairing.

    I’d be astonished if we saw a team performance on par with their 2012 season, but I’ve a feeling we’ll see something 2011-ish from them. I’ve got a good feeling about Nasr — Brazil definitely needs a bright talent for the future.

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    More drivers; LMP2 frontrunners Harry Tincknell and Olivier Pla have been announced as full-time drivers for the #22 and #23 cars respectively. Super GT champion Tsugio Matsuda has also been announced as a driver in their third car for Le Mans. At least I guessed two of those right! ;)

    Very strong lineup so far – Olivier Pla is surely one of the top LMP2 drivers in the world and Tincknell is a Le Mans 24 class winner and possibly the standout performer of last year’s ELMS.

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    The hugely experienced Marc GenĂ© is the first driver to be confirmed as part of their lineup, too. Nobody else has been confirmed, although I firmly expect Nico Lapierre to be part of the team, given how he’s no longer part of the Toyota lineup, despite them stating their intentions to keep him. It’ll be fascinating to see who else becomes part of the team, I’d expect (and hope) to see Nissan’s Super GT champs Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli as part of the lineup in some capacity. I’ve seen Nick Heidfeld and Olivier Pla mentioned too. Then there’s also the GT Academy graduates, most likely Jann Mardenborough, as well as long-time Nissan man Michael Krumm… the list is endless. The amount of world-class drivers we’ll see in LMP1 this year is staggering. There’ll be 33 drivers in factory LMP1 cars at Le Mans, by my count. It’s a shame Fernando’s not allowed to do it…

    As for the car, massive props to Nissan for keeping their promise of it being unique. It’s my understanding that the last time a front-engined car won Le Mans was in 1962, so it’s certainly a bold undertaking.

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