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    According to Grandprix.com/AMuS, Mercedes use/used their joker after Monza.

    “–it was on the long straights at Monza last weekend that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg used eighth gear for the very first time.

    “It (eighth gear) was too long for all the other circuits,” admitted designer Aldo Costa.”

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    I live in Finland and yes, the drivers definitely have an impact on our ratings. Formula 1 used to be hugely popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, mostly due to Mika Häkkinen winning back-to-back world championships. Some of the races pulled up to 1.5 million viewers – that is a huge number for a country with just 5.5 million residents! However, F1 moved to pay-per-view in 2007, and the ratings naturally dropped like a stone. Even though Kimi won the championship that year, the F1 boom was over. I’m not sure if MTV (our broadcaster) publishes any exact figures, but a few years ago some statistic claimed that they had some 200,000 or 300,000 subscribers. But I’m pretty sure that even if F1 was to become free-to-air here, it would not pull over million viewers. The public simply does not care about the sport that much any more.

    One of the things to keep in my is that the Finnish people love success. Basically it doesn’t matter what sport is happening, if a Finnish athlete or team is successful, people will watch it. Ice hockey is a good example of this: if Finland makes it to the finals of the world cup, the entire country goes insane. If the team drops out during the group stage, the finals do not interest the public. Another prime example was curling during the 2006 Winter Olympics: the Finnish team was rather successful, and the previously laughed at sport suddenly became the national sport, at least for a short period of time.

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    To your second question, I’m guessing that it is a simple calculation based on every car starting with 100 kg of fuel onboard.

    #251254
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    I suppose it could turn out like Bahrain: many people say the race should not take place, some do not comment, and Bernie plays down the whole debacle. And in the end the race goes on as normal, and a week afterwards no one remembers that there even was a political conflict.

    #247207
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    According to La Stampa, Kimi’s preference is 7 (and Alonso’s 14).

    #247190
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    By the way, has the FIA ruled that leading zeros are not allowed? Kimi could apply for 07 instead of 7, and so on.

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    @full-throttle-f1

    Jenson Button. Hill, Surtees and Mansell all won their first Grand Prix in the European Grand Prix: Phill Hill 1960 Italian/European GP, John Surtees 1955 Ulster/European Motorcycle GP and Nigel Mansell 1985 European GP (at Brands Hatch). :P

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    Can’t really isolate one corner, so here’s a bunch:
    - Shanghai: Turn 14 (the hairpin at the end of the back straight). Mostly because the exit kerb is just so strange, I can’t understand why it can’t be smoother like any other hairpin.
    - Catalunya: that chicane, mentioned 107 times already.
    - Silverstone: new Club. I dislike the current double-apex configuration.
    - Spa: Chicane. The good old bus stop was a pretty much universally hated corner, but at least it had some character (and those slowmo replays of cars bouncing over the kerbs). This one doesn’t.
    - Monza: the first chicane. It’s like two hairpins. Again, the old one was much more fun.
    - Yas Marina: too many to mention. The (almost) unnecessary chicanes at T5-6 and T11-13 stand out mostly.

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    If I’m allowed to go back to 2002, then Japan from that year always comes to my mind first as a boring race. Absolutely nothing happened in that race, the only event of the weekend I remember is McNish having his huge accident.

    #236485
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    Pretty amazing job by Koiranen, new team and a 1-2 in just their second race. Solid engineering from Finland :)

    #228665
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    Team F1 Free 2013 is great for general info and news, and checking up on things like session start times (although those are on the F1F calendar as well).

    #141401
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    @ryanwilliams correct (but according to 8W it was Marlboro Lights :P).

    #141399
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    What were the two main colours of Keke Rosberg’s McLaren in the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix?

    #224493
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    Fisichella at Brazil 2003 – I’d disagree with this (if you take into account the whole 15 years of the teams existence). Jordan was competing for the drivers’ world championship just a few years before (in 1999).

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    I’m guessing it’s certain M Schumacher, as some/most lap records are still from 2004.

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