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  • #347726
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    In regards to the Ruiz/Wagner incident, I don’t think there’s any one party to blame. Ruiz goes for the inside, but has to quickly switch to the outside when Wagner cuts in front. This leaves Wagner very tight on the corner and because of the line he’s taken, as Ruiz comes around the outside, naturally comes away from the corner and understeers into Ruiz. If you take a screen by screen shot, Wagner comes away from the kerb, so there is space, but the natural line being taken was always going to come away at that angle.

    Meanwhile, Ruiz tries to take a line on the outside, on the dirty side of the track after having to switch back, so naturally wants to stay fairly tight as to not lose time or understeer off the circuit.

    That’s my view on it anyway, I feel it’s more of an unfortunate racing incident from both parties. Very similar to Klaas and Hoskins I think it was, Klaas was further along, but Hoskins’ trajectory was always going to take him away from the corner because of the line he took, which again was another unfortunate incident.

    #347716
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    SPOILERS

    Real opportunity missed here I feel. Whilst the pace was very close to a few other teams and not really in contention with the win on merit, I do feel we were robbed in some places. For example, North Star seemed particularly hell bent on doing anything to ensure Franklin drivers would not be able to get passed, whilst seemingly letting others through quite casually.

    All in all, whilst there was some great driving out there, it was spoiled by some equally appalling driving as well from a few different drivers.

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    Very close quali session, and very surprised to see as many on softs as there are considering the temps.
    Without Downton I think it would be a colossal battle for the win, but instead I think it’s going to be a big fight to see who grabs that final podium spot.

    #345829
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    You don’t seem to understand what I’m getting at. I’m all for change. I’m all for fixing issues. But that’s not what was suggested. A suggestion was made to not allow Ocelot to race. Since then, instead of apologising for that remark, or better yet, coming up with a better, more acceptable solution, you’ve acted as if you’re the victim in this.

    As aforementioned, please feel free to voice opinions, just not ones that will ultimately effect someone else’s fun of the game.

    Now, having said that, I’m all for voicing views kayfabe, but if the lines are blurring between reality and character, then people will get offended and it will create an unwanted toxic atmosphere.

    #345826
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    I’m saying get on with it because you’re not creating solutions, you’re just creating problems.

    When “I wonder if the gap is too large to have them racing,” are ushered, what is that supposed to mean?

    What are you going to try and impose then? Forced development so that they don’t hold people up? Perhaps only let them qualify until they’re fast enough to race, meanwhile never having a chance to score points or gain prize money. How far does that go? Should every backmarker be considered a threat if they don’t get out of the way? Should they all be disqualified?

    No, because it’s been a mainstay of the series since its inception and if there was something Nic could have done about it, then he would have.

    Now, if you’re able to create a solution to a problem which has existed for the past 4 years, then please, by all means, voice your opinions. Until then, there’s no need to persecute a team for something other teams have been guilty of in the past.

    #345823
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    I’m sorry, but whether it was said or not is irrelevant at this point. Nothing needs to be done, and to suggest such action is ludicrous. Top teams have been putting up with awkward backmarkers, rightly or wrongly, for 4 years previous to this.

    Whilst we’ve all been annoyed at a backmarker interfering in the result in the past, nothing can be done, or it would have already. Imposing a qualifying system like the 107% rule only serves to handicap them more. So, in the nicest possible way, just get on with it.

    #345732
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    Lots to say after that race, I won’t bother tagging anyone in case of spoilers.

    Firstly, very impressed with the team, we were never going to match our quali pace, but did a solid job, only let down by the strategy of the medium tyres I think. Although perhaps Giodano just isn’t as good in race trim. But a stunning job from Ruiz to nearly beat one of the Downtons.

    I do agree that it was harsh commentary on Ocelot. Now, I’m no stranger to “heel” commentary, or even playing the villain in this series full stop, but even logically they’re not last in the Championship, they’re clearly working on an alternative strategy and if you discount the meta game side of things, they’ve created a technical partnership with the most successful team in the series, so seems a bit silly to be reprimanding them.

    Also, whilst it’s impressive Powers won with all of his injuries, no-one mentioned that both Ruiz and Giodano had the flu, and had previously suffered injuries during the week after a team building mountain climbing accident when each of them fell 50 feet and broke numerous bones in both their arms and legs only 2 days before…

    They just didn’t want to whinge about it ;)

    #345548
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    Didn’t want to comment after practice in case it was just a fluke, but with both drivers locking out the front row, it seems to be we have some genuine pace here, which is rather surprising after recent races.

    I won’t hold my breath just yet though!

    #342626
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    Nope.

    #342434
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    My only advice from when I went in 2014 is to get there as early as possible, and know exactly where you want to be (if you’re not in the grandstand) as it fills up so quickly.
    Again, if you’re not in the grandstand, then take a couple of seats, otherwise you may find yourself forking over nearly £80 for two chairs.

    And finally, other than the essentials (water, sun cream etc), try to get near a big screen, it makes it much easier to keep up with the action.

    #341224
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    Is Judson Sikes really worth 6 million?

    #341015
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    @sirspuddington – I posted that before Nic, but the site delayed it.

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    Franklin “disgusted” by recent Ruiz comments

    Enrique Ruiz has suffered some backlash after his comments coming off of the back of the Chinese V-prix.

    When asked to comment, Team Principal Jamie Franklin has claimed to be “disgusted” by the comments that other teams have made.

    “I’m sorry, but who are they to comment? We have the data here to prove that he is one hundred percent correct in the statement that he made, and he has no reason to take fault for the incident, because it was a car issue. I’m absolutely disgusted by some of the comments made by the other team principals. Enrique has done more than enough to prove that he is the best talent on the grid today and doesn’t need armchair experts telling him that they’re ‘disappointed’ in him, or that he should take responsibility. How about this…when all of your teams are as successful as Franklin, then you can comment, until then…keep your ridiculous opinions to yourselves,”

    With that said, Jamie proceeded to drop the mic and walk off…

    #340986
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    Glad to hear it :) didn’t want it to sound personal, but nice to see another team that likes to follow the more controversial “bad guy” side of this Virtual world ;)

    #340984
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    Whether this is in character, or a genuine opinion, I don’t know, but cash has little to do with being at the front. A lot more goes into it than that.

    The system works with its own budget cap, because teams can’t spend their way to the front in one race, and those teams that do do well have to spend more on retaining their drivers, therefore come the time to give prize money, most teams will be fairly equal.

    As I said, I don’t know if this is a genuine opinion, or one to merely create conversation, and if it’s the latter, I apologise for the lengthy lecture, but unlike Formula One, Formula Virtual is not built on rewarding the “top teams” with continued success. Our successes shouldn’t be disminished as easily as “oh, it’s because they have so much money,” because that’s not the case.

    Cash can bring you a small amount of success, great strategy gives you sustained success.

    And to suggest otherwise after four races, which depict a very variable grid, heading into the European portion of the season where a lot could well change is quite ludicrous.

    Perhaps I should get off my high horse now, but with three Constructor’s titles, three driver’s championships, one of only two teams to win at least one race every season since its inception, and statistically the most successful team in the series thus far, I feel I’m qualified to weigh in on how this series works and what makes a team successful.

    And if I wasn’t so attached to winning, perhaps I’d start again to prove it.

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