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  • #290581
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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.

    #288041
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    To be honest, I’m against double points even in the Indy 500. Winning the Indy 500 is a reward in itself – teams are giving it their all anyway, so I don’t see why they need to bring in more points to raise the stakes.

    Perhaps the thing I’m most against is how disjointed the lower positions become thanks to the double points. I mean, 7th place with double points is worth more than a win at any other race. A driver could also crash out at the first corner at Indy and score more points for 33rd (10) than they would by finishing 21st (9) at a different event. I’d be more in favour of slightly scaling up the points for just the top 5 at Indy. I’d like to the see the top 5 be awarded points like maybe 75 – 60 – 50 – 42 – 35, then the same number of points as every other race for 6th downwards. I just don’t see why a poor performance should be worth more at some events than others. That’s my real gripe.

    And obviously there is no sporting reason to have double points at Sonoma, but that goes without saying.

    #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

    #285978
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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.

    #285678
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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.

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