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    @walsh-f1 Correct!

    #294015
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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?

    #293430
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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…

    #292023
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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.

    #291468
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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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    Happens a lot in Moto3, what with most of the riders being 16 or 17. Can’t seem to remember what solution they have though…spraying fizzy drinks maybe?

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    My first recommendation would be to, if you are able, do the whole weekend, or at least go on the Saturday. If, like me, you’ve never been to Silverstone during a non-Grand Prix weekend, you’ll find that there are so many places to explore that are inaccessible during a Formula 1 race (namely the paddock areas). In addition, there is a full support bill of European Formula 3 and ELMS, and with such quick turnarounds you’ll spend very little time looking at an empty track. So if you go for the full weekend, you’ll witness 5 races (3x F3, 4 Hours ELMS and 6 Hours WEC) and have 3 unique paddocks to check out, all very open and a great opportunity to get up close to some real racing cars without having some mechanics hastily cover it up.

    In terms of where to sit, the grandstands are roving so you can experiment and find your favourite (another reason to do the full weekend). However, there are very few TV screens around the track — last year there was one on the pit straight, one at Luffield and one in the fan zone in the centre of the circuit. So if you want to be able to keep up with all the action then those are the best places to sit.

    For the past 2 years, the main WEC race has started at 12 o’clock on Sunday, although you may want to get there early for the pitlane walk or the final F3 race on Sunday morning.

    Other than that, I echo what @George said. Also, there are free shuttle buses that go around the track – particularly useful if you want to change your vantage point without missing too much of the racing. On the whole, I definitely recommend going. If you want to see world class drivers driving some of the worlds most sophisticated cars and don’t want to spend several hundred quid for the privilege, then this is the race you want to go to.

    #289945
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    UK here, too. Born in the midlands but now living down on the south coast.

    #289890
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    Might explain why Andretti replaced him with JEV for round 3. That’s a shame, I was a big fan of his. I hope this isn’t the end for his career.

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