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    The race that springs to mind for me was the 2011 Indy 500. Dan Wheldon was (and still is) my absolute hero and I’d boycotted watching the first few races out of contempt for the fact that Panther had replaced him with JR Hildebrand. I was following this race intently, with the live timing on the computer to keep track of Dan’s progress. I watched him pick off the positions in those final few laps and when Hildebrand hit the wall I held my breath because I knew who was just a few seconds behind… when Wheldon crossed the line I practically screamed, it was such a joyous occasion. Still my favourite moment in my 12 years of watching motorsport. Obviously, I shed a few more tears later in the year…

    Another emotional moment was when I went to the British Grand Prix in 2008. The crowd was already going nuts with Hamilton winning, but it was during the podium presentation when Barrichello received his trophy after dragging that wretched Honda to 3rd place, and the crowd erupted once again, that got me.

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    It’s a very interesting point. A centerpiece race is something that I’ve always thought F1 lacked compared to other championships, but perhaps the difference is that the IndyCar Series and the WEC are effectively championships formed as a supplement to the Indy 500 and Le Mans, almost as a way of giving the drivers and teams something to do for the rest of the year. It’s difficult to explain. Of course, races like Indy and Le Mans did not become legendary overnight and if Formula 1 did want to have a focal race then it couldn’t be forced.

    To be honest, though, I don’t think Formula 1 needs a centerpiece race because the championship IS the centerpiece. It’s what the teams are all thinking of when they design and test their cars, and having a focal race would probably cheapen the championship, in the same way that the Indy 500 and Le Mans cheapen their respective championships. A few months ago Anthony Davidson said he’d rather win Le Mans than defend his world championship. Imagine if Hamilton said the same thing about Monaco.

    My other concern is that if Formula 1 did choose to make one race more special than the rest, it would almost certainly end up going to the highest bidder, which would almost certainly be Abu Dhabi.

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    1) Bring Formula 1 back to free-to-air TV in its major territories and halve the cost of ticket prices. Formula 1 may well be the best show on Earth, but that’s irrelevant if nobody can afford to watch it.

    2) Have Pirelli reduce their selection to 3 compounds, and allow teams to bring as many or few of each tyre as they choose to each race. No restrictions or compulsory use of both tyre rules.

    3) Strip back downforce to IndyCar levels. Introduce ground effect and larger tyres, and remove DRS.

    4) Completely free up engine development. No freezes and no compulsory use of 1.6l V6 turbos — but keep fuel limits to ensure efficiency and road relevance are still part of the game.

    5) Distribute all revenue fairly. No more grease payments to keep the top teams involved. The money given to the 13th placed team should be enough to actually run a Formula 1 team. Also include a small emergency reserve fund to assist teams in any dire financial situation.

    6) Disband strategy group and keep all power of the rules in the hands of the FIA.

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    I think that move from Verstappen on Bottas was fantastic. Brilliantly intelligent and opportunistic.

    The one on Sainz was just as good, although it was mentioned that it was orchestrated by the team, so not too sure about that.

    #298786
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    1. Losail
    2. Sakhir
    3. Singapore
    4. Hockenheim (new layout)
    5. Baltimore Street Circuit
    6. Buddh
    7. Yeongam
    8. Valencia Street Circuit
    9. Barcelona
    10. Sochi
    11. London Street Circuit
    12. Shanghai
    13. Moscow Raceway
    14. St. Petersburg (USA) Street Circuit
    15. Detroit
    16. Abu Dhabi

    I reckon I couldn’t possibly ever be excited about the thought of a Grand Prix on a Sunday if that was the calendar.

    #298574
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    Definitely Rothmans for me. Every car/bike with that livery was gorgeous.

    #298547
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    Oh my goodness. This is getting rather frightening.

    #298452
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    It’s not quite a farce… yet. We’ll have to see how much further IndyCar goes with its changes. As far as I know, both Castroneves and Newgarden’s crashes happened while running in “race trim”, so making the cars run qualifying in race trim only reduced the chances of the drivers spinning out, but the risk of flipping is no different.

    I do sympathise with the Honda teams – it’s not their fault the Chevy cars keep flipping. But it is in the best interest of the race to find a constructive solution that ensures the Greatest Spectacle in Racing lives up to its name. Hundreds of thousands of people, some from all over the world, will come to Indy next Sunday expecting to witness one of the biggest races on the planet. Having a race where half the cars are forced to withdraw, or worse still, letting these obviously dangerous cars race, would be terrible for all involved. That’s why I think the Honda teams should “take one for the team” as it were – do what’s best for the sport. If they refuse to compromise for the sake of the race, then I’d say they’d be just as guilty of any farce as Chevrolet is.

    Of course, as Derek Walker said, just because the first 3 cars to flip were Chevys, there’s no guarantee the next one won’t be a Honda.

    #298075
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    Looks like Nakajima will be racing at Le Mans after all — he’s had an operation on his spine that looks to have dramatically accelerated his recovery.

    “Medically there is no reason to stop me racing as soon as possible but I will see what happens with my body but I can move almost normally, not 100 per cent, as I will need some rehabilitation but I still have the hope to be at Le Mans.” – Motorsport.com

    #297811
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    @fastiesty I don’t think there were any clashes with Super Formula, which is a shame because it enabled Nakajima to have a full year in the WEC. So yeah, having Kobayashi is more than doable. However, Toyota spent half of last year with 2 drivers in their lead car, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t bother with a substitute for the 6 hour races.

    #297494
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    I often forget that Alex Zanardi raced for Williams in 1999 — a shame that a man with so many inspirational successes had such a disappointing time in F1.

    Patrick Friesacher is a name that I often forget about. Raced half a season for Minardi in ’05 before his funding ran out, although did score a few points (by finishing last at the infamous US Grand Prix).

    Sakon Yamamoto is another name I’ve only remembered while combing through Wikipedia, I recall he seemed to turn up out of nowhere as mid-season replacements multiple times.

    #297329
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    1) Fangio
    2) Senna
    3) Prost
    4) Schumacher
    5) G. Hill

    Senna and Schumacher are usual staples in these top 5s, but I’d like to justify my other choices. Fangio has always been my top driver of all time. Considering he was in his 40s when he won his 5 titles, I do wonder just how well he would’ve done if he was 10 years younger, or if Formula 1 had existed 10 years earlier. Although, of course, modern standards for driver age are completely different to the standards of the 1950s, I still believe Fangio would still have won more championships than anyone if timing had been a little different.

    As for Prost, I feel that he is terribly underrated for a quadruple champion — I reckon the legend of Senna, and Prost’s status as his rival, harms the perception of him. The fact is that during Formula 1’s “golden era” of the 1980s, Prost was pitched against some of the best drivers of all time — and Prost was the most successful of all of them.

    As for Hill, again, I feel an underrated driver for what he achieved. Not just in F1, but elsewhere. He remains the only driver to win all three legs of motorsports’ triple crown — by both definitions, too.

    So that’s my top 5.

    #297054
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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!

    #296617
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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.

    #296592
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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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