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  • #275775
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    Keith Collantine
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    Time to bring all these together I think, thanks for the updates so far especially the diligent work by @wsrgo!

    January 11th – 24 Hours of Dubai – Adrian Amstutz, Christian Engelhart, Mark Ineichen, Rolf Ineichen, Marcel Matter – Round 1 of 1 – Race 1 of 1
    January 18th – Dakar Rally (Bikes) – Marc Coma – Race 1 of 1
    January 18th – Dakar Rally (Quads) – Ignacio Casale – Race 1 of 1
    January 18th – Dakar Rally (Cars) – Nani Roma (with Michel Périn) – Race 1 of 1
    January 18th – Dakar Rally (Trucks) – Andrey Karginov (with Andrey Mokeev and Igor Devyatkin) – Race 1 of 1
    January 19th – F3 Brazil Open – Felipe Guimaraes – Round 1 of 1 – Race 1 of 1
    February 1st – New Zealand Motor Cup – Martin Rump – Round 1 of 1 – Race 1 of 1
    February 9th – New Zealand Grand Prix – Nick Cassidy – Round 1 of 1 – Race 1 of 1
    February 9th – Toyota Racing Series – Andrew Tang – Round 5 of 5 – Race 15 of 15
    February 9th – Bathurst 12 Hour – Peter Edwards, John Bowe, Craig Lowndes, Mika Salo – Round 1 of 1 – Race 1 of 1
    February 16th – MRF Challenge F2000 – Rupert Svendsen-Cook – Round 4 of 4 – Race 14 of 14
    February 26th – WinterFest Pro Mazda Championship – Spencer Pigot – Race 4 of 4
    July 6th – Masters of F3 – Max Verstappen – Round 1 of 1 – Race 1 of 1
    August 17th – Auto GP World Series – Kimiya Sato – Round 7 of 8 – Race 14 of 16
    August 24th – Indy Lights Series – Gabby Chaves – Round 10 of 10 – Race 14 of 14
    August 24th – Pro Mazda Championship – Spencer Pigot – Round 8 of 8 – Race 14 of 14
    August 23rd – USF2000 – Florian Latorre – Round 7 of 7 – Race 14 of 14
    August 30th – Verizon IndyCar Series – Will Power – Round 15 of 15 – Race 18 of 18
    September 6th – Formula Renault 2.0 Alps – Nyck de Vries – Round 6 of 7 – Race 11 of 14
    September 14th – DTM – Marco Wittmann – Round 8 of 10 – Race 8 of 10
    September 14th – Italian F4 – Lance Stroll – Round 5 of 7 – Race 15 of 21
    September 14th – British F3 – Hong Wei (Martin) Cao – Round 7 of 7 – Race 21 of 21
    September 20th – German F3 – Markus Pommer – Round 7 of 8 – Race 19 of 24
    September 20th – ADAC Formel Masters – Mikkel Jensen – Round 7 of 8 – Race 20 of 24
    September 20th – Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic – Joonas Lappalainen – Round 7 of 7 – Race 15 of 16
    September 21st – Formula Renault 2.0 NEC – Ben Barnicoat – Round 7 of 7 – Race 15 of 15
    September 21st – Protyre Formula Renault – Pietro Fittipaldi – Round 5 of 6 – Race 13 of 15
    September 21st – Blancpain Endurance Series GT Pro – Laurens Vanthoor – Round 5 of 5 – Race 5 of 5

    #274988
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    Keith Collantine
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    If you’re going to this year’s race and are going to be tweeting from it do let me know below as I’ll be on the lookout for feedback from fans at the track from the weekend in Tweets articles.

    #274764
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    Keith Collantine
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    Sainz was unlucky in qualifying for the first race – the red flag came out when it did and left him 14th. From there he drove a great first lap, made a couple of good passes. He seemed a bit ineffective against Gasly though.

    In race two he didn’t start well from the front row (as in race one he was on the dirty side again), and his car seemed to cut out at the exit of turn one on the first lap which cost him a couple more places. He then made his mistake when behind Rowland.

    I’d say he had a slightly unlucky weekend, amplified by a couple of untimely errors. But he’s going to be feeling the heat now – Merhi is really bearing down on him.

    #274741
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    British Touring Car drivers not covering themselves in glory on the open roads lately (see also: Frank Wrathall).

    #274733
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    @ssm0304 Wasn’t the bit at the bottom which says “from F1 Fanatic” with a link a bit of a clue?

    Here’s where it’s from:

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2014/09/12/f1-fanatic-round-up-1209-2/#translation

    #274718
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    He finished second in race two after starting from pole position but Carlos Sainz Jnr slipped from second to sixth. Oscar Tunjo was fortunate to escape injury after being flipped at the start, Norman Nato won:

    http://youtu.be/j2Vlb4fyuWs

    #274565
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    Keith Collantine
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    Here are the highlights from the race – look out for Merhi going from seventh to second on the frist lap (and Sainz Jnr climbing eight places to sixth).

    http://youtu.be/6aym510_-tw

    #274556
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    That was a seriously impressive drive from Merhi. Single spec-cars, damp track and nearly 30 seconds clear at the chequered flag having started seventh. He’s really coming on strong in Formula Renault 3.5 at the moment and we could be in for a thrilling end to the season with him and Carlos Sainz Jnr going head-to-head for the championship.

    There’s 26 points between them with 125 left on the board. It could be Spaniard versus Spaniard in Spain for the season finale at Jerez!

    #274516
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    Well #FormulaE certainly set the bar high in terms of last-lap drama! If that disgraceful move from Nicolas Prost doesn’t deserve a race ban nothing does.

    Up until then the race was not without its moments of interest – many of them courtesy of Montagny who put on some great passing moves.

    The action tailed off at times but I think the blame for some of that must go to the awful track layout. Some of the forthcoming venues look more promising.

    The pit stops were novel but doesn’t the fact the drivers have to change cars highlight the shortcomings of electric powered racing at the moment?

    And while we’re on it, the elephant in the room is that the cars look slow. Sub-F3 slow. No wonder they haven’t got any support races and are avoiding using the same tracks as other championships. If the point of this series is to develop electric racing technologies that can’t come soon enough. Hopefully they’ll unlock more performance from these cars as the season goes on.

    I was glad I didn’t notice Fanboost once the race had started – hopefully it will be dropped as soon as possible. And they can chuck the silly sound effects and music as well. Surely the last-lap incident proved proper motor racing doesn’t need such naff ‘enhancements’?

    We’ve now got a long, two-month wait until round two in Malaysia. I’ll definitely be tuning in but the question now is whether Formula E can sustain a following beyond those who looked in for the novelty value.

    #274376
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    To belatedly answer my own question, I think Sato’s last start without a Honda engine was 15 years ago, in the Formula Opel series in the UK. If anyone can find a more recent start than that let me know…

    #274370
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    #274305
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    Add another ex-F1 driver to the grid. Antonio Felix da Costa has DTM duties this weekend so he won’t be participating in the inaugural Formula E round at Beijing – Takuma Sato takes his place instead.

    Anyone know when was the last time Sato raced a car which didn’t have a Honda engine? Must be a fair while…

    Amlin Aguri, a new racing team sponsored by London-based global insurance company Amlin, has today confirmed its driver line-up for the inaugural race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. Takuma Sato will join Katherine Legge for the opening ePrix in Beijing on September 13, with Fabio Leimer acting as the team’s reserve driver. Portugal’s Antonio Felix da Costa, already confirmed for the team, is unable to compete in Beijing due to his DTM commitments.

    Takuma Sato began competing in Formula 1 in 2002 driving for Jordan Grand Prix and Super Aguri F1. In 2010, he moved to IndyCar driving for KV Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing before joining A.J. Foyt Racing for the 2013 season where he became the first Japanese driver ever to win in IndyCar at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

    Takuma Sato said: “I’m very much looking forward to making history with Amlin Aguri as we compete in the first ever Formula E race. I’m excited to join the team especially reconnecting with good old friends from Super Aguri F1 team days and going racing together again. I’ll be pushing hard to make sure we’re doing our absolute best in Beijing. Racing electric cars is something fascinating and it will take motorsport into a new direction and I’m thrilled to be playing a part in these early stages.”

    Fabio Leimer, 25, joins the team as reserve driver for the Beijing race having tested with Amlin Aguri over the summer. He is one of motorsport’s brightest talents, being the reigning GP2 champion, and currently drives for Rebellion Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

    Fabio Leimer said: “I’m proud to play a role with Amlin Aguri during the first Formula E race in China. The
    team has been working hard to be ready for this moment and we have a great opportunity in Beijing to
    make a name for ourselves on the world stage.”

    Aguri Suzuki, Executive Chairman of Amlin Aguri, said: “On behalf of everyone at Amlin Aguri it is my
    pleasure to welcome Takuma and Fabio into our Formula E team. This new electric series is showcasing the
    bright future of motorsport and we’re all looking forward to embarking on this journey together. Takuma is
    a proven driver and his presence will provide unity and experience for the team. He has great knowledge of
    how to race on street circuits which will also be an important attribute for us.”

    Team Principal Mark Preston said: “It’s great to have Takuma and Fabio on board with Katherine at Amlin
    Aguri. Takuma is a street circuit specialist and his experience in IndyCar will bring a wealth of knowledge
    into the team. Fabio knows what it takes to succeed in a one-make championship and when he gets his
    opportunity we know he can perform. Everyone wants to win the first Formula E race and Amlin Aguri
    certainly won’t be passing up this opportunity to etch our name into the history books with a podium result
    on the streets of Beijing.”

    Charles Phillips, CEO of Amlin, said: “This is the automotive technology of the future, ideal for the world’s
    largest cities, many of which suffer from very poor air quality. The innovation from this championship has
    the potential to radically reduce our reliance on carbon based transport solutions.”

    #274300
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    Keith Collantine
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    @raikkonen25 I don’t think there are any English language biographies of Raikkonen – or Alonso for that matter.

    #274278
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    Somewhat cheesy footage of the changes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8bvcUQ8SPU

    #274096
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    Keith Collantine
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    @andae23 That Kvyat video makes the incident look much less dramatic! Thanks for that one.

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