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    Good point James_mc!

    The speed trap for Spa is at Radillion, right after Eau Rouge so that might be a reason why. I know that the RB7 can deploy it’s DRS well before the opposition thanks to it’s rear downforce like Turn 10 China, 3rd apex of Turn 8 in Turkey and so on…

    Perhaps the RB7 is just a better all round car than it’s previous iterations.

    I would have personally liked a dry qualifying to see which cars could take Blanchiomont with DRS open!

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    Just Drive is my favourite and certainly one I listen to every time I go on a long car trip!

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    Icthyes, if by professional opinion you mean by the comments of Dan Cross and Maurice Hamilton (which I have collated along with my views on the subject in a more verbose manner here http://literalf1.com/2011/08/24/%e2%98%af-grand-prix-killer-years/ ).

    There are many many inaccuracies in the film, from pronouncing surviving drivers dead to using F2 and F3 races material. The agenda behind the film seems to be over dramatising and creating an added artificial impact on something that really does NOT need to be over dramatised.

    We don’t need graphic videos of Bandini played multiple times and we don’t need incorrect facts to realise that a driver (or marshall or spectator) has died. A death is a death and a death too many in my view. I find the need to exaggerate taking away from the sanctity of the message the documentary aimed to provide.

    Also I touched in my article on how I was disgusted at the publics callous attitude towards driver deaths and almost accepting F1 as a death game! What are people’s views on that? I’m just 19 myself so obviously can’t fully comprehend the mindset then but it sounds shocking to me!

    If there was another thread on page two, I’m sorry I didn’t see it! Will look harder next time :)

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    I’m pretty sure Hamilton will not go to Renault. He comes across as the driver who will only be satisfied when he is in possession of the fastest car.

    I agree with George, if Senna doesn’t perform in this half season (assuming he is given that) then it will be Grosjean getting the seat.

    However, how about Heikki Kovalienen? I know he is dedicated to Lotus but if he wants to build a team, surely there are better prospects at Renault with the infrastructure already in place than Lotus.

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    Thanks for the great long conmment Geoff. That was like the complete anti argument to the one I was making.

    Whist I agree DRS has added something to F1 this is, the question I pose is… Was it worth it?

    I agree with Ned that DRS is good for flat flats with no undulation and elevation. I understand the problems with that since then applying DRS was sort of admitting the track is not good for overtaking.

    I agree Geoff that most of the good passing has been outside the DRS zone. Infact, I don’t think there will ever be a “good” DRS overtake.

    The problem I have with DRS is it setting the precedent for overtaking. I agree that Lewis chasing Vettel in Barcelona was great and close. But my friend who was also watching it with me, for him it was unfair. Lewis’s closing speed was insane (agree exaggerated by the McLaren straight line speed difference). He thought Vettel was disadvantaged and as if put out for slaughter. He felt he letterbox kind of system was artificial and actually laughed at it.

    I agree that people who are in terms with F1 will realise it is perhaps a way of negating the ‘dirty air’ effect but the casual viewer does not know that. That’s exactly the problem. New viewers are key, not the “old fans” like us. Most “new fans” I feel will like overtaking to be artificial.

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