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2nd March 2015, 22:52 at 10:52 pm #293430
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…11th February 2015, 14:34 at 2:34 pm #292023
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.9th February 2015, 12:19 at 12:19 pm #291923
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.5th February 2015, 21:21 at 9:21 pm #291821
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.2nd February 2015, 15:41 at 3:41 pm #291468
The hugely experienced Marc Gené 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.2nd February 2015, 0:51 at 12:51 am #291412
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?19th January 2015, 19:33 at 7:33 pm #290581
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.2nd January 2015, 21:15 at 9:15 pm #289945
UK here, too. Born in the midlands but now living down on the south coast.1st January 2015, 16:00 at 4:00 pm #289890
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.3rd December 2014, 15:51 at 3:51 pm #288041
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.21st November 2014, 1:30 at 1:30 am #286360
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.17th November 2014, 15:53 at 3:53 pm #285978
@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.16th November 2014, 10:41 at 10:41 am #285678
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!
Of course, I couldn’t talk about mid-90s CART without bringing up this gem from the great Alex Zanardi.2nd November 2014, 0:02 at 12:02 am #281974
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.12th October 2014, 18:58 at 6:58 pm #278641
Gutted I missed it. Decided to get a good nights sleep to be awake for the races in Russia. Definitely picked the wrong one.