Keith Collantine

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  • #184713
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    Lots of previous debate on this:

    Should F1 cars have cockpit covers?

    Closed cockpits aren’t a perfect solution – but they may be an improvement

    Interestingly, both of these pre-date Massa’s crash in 2009.

    #182981
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    Just one race to go this year, keep your nominations coming in as we’ll be voting on these soon…

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    Well that’s something at least. But as you say the question here is when this engine is finally going to materialise.

    #184650
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    The World Motor Sport Council meeting on December 7th is the last likely point at which changes are likely to happen.

    I’d be surprised if there’s any major alterations, though of course the United States Grand Prix is now looking very iffy, which could have repercussions for the end of the calendar.

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    @daver Might be better off asking here:

    Where to stay near Spa-Francorchamps?

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    I can’t see them asking Hirvonen to pull over for Loeb.

    I can.

    #184574
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    We did a poll on this last year, most people were in favour of relaxing or completely scrapping the rule:

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2010/03/22/should-blue-flags-be-banned-poll/

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    British HRT team members wearing poppies:

    http://yfrog.com/nxiij

    @maksutov See: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance

    #184480
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    Putting a six-hour race at Bahrain up against the fantastic Petit Le Mans is a hilariously dumb move.

    That aside, this is a pretty good calendar.

    China is going to be Shanghai, presumably? That and Bahrain make it a pretty weak end to the season.

    But the bottom line is it’s great to see a proper endurance racing championship again.

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    Busch’s sponsor M&Ms has dropped him for the rest of the year:

    As a proud member of the racing community, Mars and the M&M’s brand strongly support the partnership we have with Joe Gibbs Racing and are committed to NASCAR. Yet, Kyle’s recent actions are unacceptable and do not reflect the values of Mars, While we do not condone Kyle’s recent actions, we do believe that he has shown remorse and has expressed a desire to change. We believe our decision will have a positive impact on Kyle and will help him return next season ready to win.

    http://www.nascar.com/news/111110/kybusch-will-race-phoenix-but-without-sponsor-mms/

    However they have said they will resume sponsoring him in 2012, which makes this nothing more than a cynical and hypocritical gesture. He doesn’t “reflect their values”, but give it eight weeks and apparently all will be well again.

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    Can’t help but be pessimistic on this one. We’ve seen other series turn up at random street tracks in China that were terrible and didn’t last – DTM in Shanghai, A1 Grand Prix in Beijing.

    At any rate I think the series already has its fill of street circuits. I wasn’t blown away by Baltimore, and with Detroit returning next year I think the calendar’s going to be a bit heavy on street tracks.

    As @jholland says it pretty much guarantees Ho-Pin Tung will get a seat in the series. Hopefully he won’t squeeze a more talented driver out of a place.

    #184320
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    I was impressed by James Hinchcliffe’s driving throughout 2011 in IndyCar.

    My respect for him has increased after reading his recent comments on Twitter:

    The more I think about it the more Kyle Busch makes me angry. Got off way too easy. He’s a repeat offender. Motorsport is dangerous enough without stunts like that. Should be banned for remainder of 2011 and on probation for all of 2012. I was a fan. Now I think he’s a jackbag.

    http://twitter.com/Hinchtown/statuses/134692598085455872
    http://twitter.com/Hinchtown/statuses/134692690477584384

    A bit harsh, maybe, but given recent events Hinchcliffe knows whereof he speaks.

    #184164
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    @pjtierney If I haven’t already said so before, that Japan one is ace.

    #184118
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    Those suspension are made to take punishment and if the Ferraris are breaking after one thump on a curb that low, then they’ve got some problems.

    Perhaps, but Alonso’s car was fine.

    That tells to me the problem was not the kerbs, nor the car, but Massa.

    #182684
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    Here’s a Goodyear advert from 1988 featuring Enzo Ferrari, not long before he passed away:

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