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  • #184333
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    Alessandro is a living legend, i am deeply admired by the way he turned his life around after that horrible accident. A shining example for all of us.

    #176214
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    This is wonderful, i just can’t stop laughing. Thank you!

    #167594
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    it is not hard at all

    the question is are they going to bother at all implementing it

    marketing department says “nope” i reckon

    #175150
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    That’s a slight relief actually.

    And no other source seems to rush the publication of story just yet.

    The saddest thing would be a story of a website editor simply googling for pic for the true news.

    I believe the floodgates won’t open until official statement, if there will be any.

    #175094
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    well, last time V6 1.5 liter turbos were racing around grand prix circuits they produced more than 1000 hp in qualifying. my guess is the figures for 2014-spec engines will be around 800 hp. i may be wrong though, because turbochargers will be more restricted than they were back in the days. but the technology went further since then as well.

    #175030
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    Flyaway races at the start of 2005, because there was absolutely no way i could watch them. No sports bar satellite because of start times, no local broadcasting whatsoever, no internet connection at home.

    But the worst miss was Suzuka 2000, for many reasons – for a Schumacher fan it was a miss of epic proportions – to finally witness him taking his third title – but i didn’t care at the time at all, cause my father had a massive stroke at the day of qualifying and was in heavy condition in hospital.

    Apart from that i haven’t missed a single race since 1996 grand prix in Estoril.

    #172579
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    Piquet’s second title.

    #166624
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    http://twitter.com/Aodhan92/status/82611446332141568

    i had a good laugh reading this tweet)

    #167576
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    I not taking about full simulation PM, no way. We would have to employ setup engineers at home, you’re right :)

    About the space. I would say that about 85% (if not more) of disk capacity is taken by models and textures, rest goes for the code itself. The problem is not the space. We both know that Codies is far from limit with F1 franchise, but as i said – let’s give ‘em more time.

    #167572
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    Given the computing powers available these days i’m sort of frustrated by how little Codemasters went beyond Crammond series. But hey, Crammond was closest to perfection with his fourth attempt, so Codemasters should be given more time.

    Nevertheless, i feel their effort is lacking accessibility. They try to find some midway point between hardcore and casual gaming. But you have to admit that you can reach both sides with nowadays resources through the path of more complex customization options. But will they care? The heads at Codemasters marketing are smarter than me, so…

    On the other hand what we are dealing with now in gaming industry is a more console-oriented games, rather that solid PC games ported to consoles. Industry has a full right to follow the money.

    Being a huge fan of Crammond work since early 90s and knowing each game of the series mechanics inside out (made a few award-winning mods as well as a kid) i can tell that some of the solutions implemented by Crammond were simply genius, but he lacked computing power and development resources to add more real depth and detail (not graphically) to his model. Codemasters have a real chance of producing something even f1 drivers will find a great tool, but i’m not sure they’ll bother to do so.

    My biggest wish for F1 2011 is pretty simple, but i’m sure they wont present me with a gift of ability to save my game at any time…

    #168631
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    Big rear wing angles will make DRS more effective – the drag reduction will be more severe.

    Pit straight is good option, because in case of danger they can run through inside of St.Devote or drive in escape pocket outside of it.

    Makes sense.

    #168583
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    Oh, this is going to be quite a funny list…

    When they began broadcasting in 96 we had to endure with a commentator who used to comment on tennis. If i knew about things to come, i would enjoy it more…

    Then we had to catch pretty dull aerial signal of russian channel, because no one broadcasted it in Ukraine and at the time online streaming was not possible

    Mind you that they all didn’t bother to show qualifying at all, by the way.

    Then it came back to national TV with a commentator who was…a chess specialist. Jonathan Legard was a god of commentary compared to him, absolutely. But he invited various guests as a second commentators – most of them were racing people or enthusiasts, which added to commentary. But anyway it was way better to switch the sound off most of the races. Showing qualifying (but not live) was an improvement.

    Then in 2004 they moved all broadcasts to night. 2AM was the time, and no qualifying again. With chess specialist involved you simply had to switch the sound off not to fall asleep.

    Nevertheless, came 2005 and no one was broadcasting anything at all. So all you could do is go to a pub to watch it on satellite from Russia and pray that race won’t interfere with some football game, because the pub would choose it instead of F1.

    Also for all times coverage was interrupted for adverts.

    But from Monaco that year came the good times. One of the smaller channels secured a deal, employed a good commentator and managed ads the way that the race was uninterrupted. Happiness! And it lasted for a few years. Live quali, live race, good speech – who could ask for more? Even when they moved qualifying to sunday morning i wasn’t disappointed really, because there was a good chance to catch it live online from ITV and BBC later on.

    This year no one bought rights at the start of the season again, so online was the only way to watch. Glitchy, banned for copyright infringement, overcrovded with people – doesn’t matter, no other options exist. But from Turkey onwards first national channel bought the rights and guess who’s back in a commentary box? That’s right – chess beast. I simply won’t watch. And they’re not live either, race was scheduled to broadcast one hour after the actual start.

    So here i am, stealing BBC feed and considering buying myself a British VPN to watch it like a normal person.

    It’s like that in some countries :)

    #168458
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    I think Martin Brundle in his latest column offered an absolutely wonderful idea – limit the amount of times driver can deploy DRS during a race.

    #167350
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    Turkey:

    This is actually turned out to be pretty tricky. Startfinish straight isn’t long enough to gain full DRS effect, so we have only one alternative which is back straight with a fast kink in the middle of it. In my view, to make DRS really work for the driver it should be detected on the exitentry of a slow chicane before back straight and activated right before the kink of turn 11 and going on until braking for turn 12. If they’ll all be safe through the kink with their wings open the it will be fine. Otherwise i think they’ll move the zone to startfinish straight for safety reasons since it is longer than the backstraight pre & post turn 11 parts.

    Spain: Pit straight. Right before braking into Elf & Renault. It could be a nice option placing it before hairpin of La Caixa, but i don’t think it will work well, because we got Campsa before it – an ultra-fast right hander. Look for Melbourne DRS zone right on the out of fast corner to see how well it works. No really well, isn’t it.

    Monaco: Should be in tunnel, but the kink in the tunnel is not that easy at all, i think safety will come into play here as in Turkey as well. But where are the alternatives? I don’t believe in a DRS zone between Anthony Noghes and St.Devote, at all. On the other hand, zone from St.Devote up through Beau Rivage and into Massenet and Casino looks like fun with some options in terms of racing line. Although very easy to defend still. This is one of the circuits where FIA will consider is it necessary at all to have a DRS zone in the race.

    Canada: Back straight between hairpin and chicane, as many said. No doubts here. Plenty of room for detection line and activation zone itself. Could be real fun into last corner.

    Valencia: Straight after bridge and turn 10, detection is straight on the exit of 10 or in the middle of the bridge before it. But in the interest of spectators they might use pit straight, right from last turn. Turn one shouldn’t be a problem with wing open, but you never know.

    UK: Hangar straight, Wellington straight does not looks credible for the job – it is shorter, and opens with a slow speed turn. Passing move assisted by drag reduction doesn’t seem realistic. It is the new pits the year, by the way! First lap madness at the Arena and diving into the pits straight after the Stowe sounding like fun!

    Germany: My guess is they’ll use it either before the chicane at the end of the lap or put in before turn one. The latter seems more realistic, because of solid straight length, slow turns before and after and lots of grandstands around.

    Hungary: Pit straight zone, no options.

    Belgium: Kemmel straight seems like it, with detection line into Eau Rouge. It could be neat to have a zone before Bus Stop, but Blanchimont can be tricky with race fuel and wing opened and it is bloody fast without lots of runoff. Safety first!

    Italy: This track is one big DRS zone! I think, given that there’s no more F-Duct this season, FIA will look closely whether it is really necessary to use DRS in Monza at all. If it will be used, it is going to be pit straight, for many many reasons.

    Singapore: Straight before Turn 7, the only place when you really have a chance to pull DRS-assisted move.

    Japan: This is a tricky one, isn’t it? My guess it will be pit straight. Back straight looks less likely simply because of a fast exit out of Spoon and completely flat out 130R – there will be no brakes applied to automatically shut down the wing and i think nobody wants to see a car spinning out of control at around 300 kmh. To add even more question marks to the puzzle, the entry of turn one is really late and almost flat as well. But with the fuel on i think there will be a bit of braking into turn one for most of the race.

    Korea: Back straight, nice and simple. Detect into turns one and two, open up before braking at turn 3.

    India: No real guess, but back straight looks like a solid host to DRS zone.

    Abu Dhabi: They are going to make changes to the layout this year, aren’t they? If not, straight after turn 7 hairpin is the way to go in my opinion.

    Brazil: Start finish straight, i’m pretty sure about that. Detection at the exit of Juncao, activation after Subida Dos Boxes. Back straight after never ending Curva Do Sol doesn’t looks like a healthy option, to be honest.

    #163660
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    I don’t think Felipe was anywhere near Ferrari wanted him to be last year. They would have been at least second in the constructors championship. At least.

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