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    Rather than implement new rules to help keep cars equal, I’d much rather like to see rules to try and make the teams equal instead.

    How about, I don’t know, a budget cap, perhaps…?


    Yeah, Toyota spent seven years building and testing prototype chassis ahead of their joining the grid in 2002…


    My sister is crushed.


    Competition cautions (NASCAR)

    Actually, when it comes to NASCAR, ‘Competition Cautions’ are used for safety reasons rather than sporting reasons and tend to be mainly shown early in the races.

    If, for whatever reason, the teams have been unable to complete a lot of long runs in practice either due to red flag interruptions or sessions being rained out (NASCAR doesn’t race in the race), then NASCAR will designate a lap early on in the race for a ‘competition caution’, usually about 30-40 laps in, in order for all teams to bring their cars in, change tyres, and gauge how severe tyre wear is. Also, they use competition cautions in extreme instances (such as the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis in 2008) when tyre wear was excessive to dangerous levels and became a measure to ensure that no one would run the tyres long enough to dangerous levels to try and gain an advantage.

    The contentious thing with NASCAR cautions are the ones known as ‘invisibris cautions’. Normally, NASCAR will throw a yellow if there is any form of debris on the circuit and the majority of the time it’s quite obvious what the danger is. However, there have been many occasions, particularly near the end of races when one driver just happens to be far out in front, that NASCAR will suddenly throw a caution for ‘debris’ where it’s not entirely obvious where the ‘debris’ actually is and just happens to have the effect of closing the field back up again.

    NASCAR will never admit to it, but there have been too many examples of phantom debris cautions being shown near the end of races for it to be pure coincidence. That’s the point of contention between those fans who don’t mind races being tightened up in the final few laps and those who feel it’s a blatant ploy to artificially spice up races at the expense of ‘true’ racing.


    No way am I finishing last based on a joke post….

    France 1 – 1 Germany (GER to win on penalties)

    Brazil 1 – 2 Colombia

    Belgium 2 – 1 Messi+10

    Netherlands 2 – 0 Costa Rica


    @Andae23 Can it not be a sport with entertainment elements? After all, the champion is still going to be the driver who puts the best performances in over the course of the entire season. One single 2.5 second boost a race will only do so much. You could even argue that DRS provides more of an advantage to a driver over the course of a Grand Prix than one of these FanBoosts.

    I just think that to completely dismiss the idea of this series purely because of this one element is a bit excessive.


    I think a lot of people are taking Formula-E far too seriously, and I’m not sure that’s the right way to approach it. I think if the teams, drivers and fans look at is less as an out-and-out pure competition and more of a bit of ‘fun’, this could actually be a really enjoyable series to follow.

    A bit like how NASCAR embraces its fans and tends to sacrifice pure racing elements in order to provide entertaining races for its fans. Sure, it can be a bit contrived at times, but NASCAR is awesomely entertaining if you accept it for what it is and the drivers are perfectly happy to go along with things in the spirit of providing a good product.

    I like the idea of Formula-E being a ‘casual’ racing series. This is a bunch of former F1 drivers racing electric cars around ridiculous street tracks! Why not go all-out with the ‘entertainment’ elements? Make it motorsport’s equivalent of Twenty-20 cricket! And considering the ‘FanBoost’ is just for a single, 2.5 second boost that may or may not result in an overtake to begin with, is it really all that ridiculous?

    I’m really looking forward to the series starting and I’m going to treat it like a bit of fun. Formula-E doesn’t have any heritage or legacy to live up to, so it can be as gimmicky as it wants, as far as I’m concerned, and I’ll be watching it with a different approach and attitude to how I watch other major racing series.

    The difference with Formula 1 is that the F1 World Championship has a heritage, a history and a concept of being about the ultimate drivers and the ultimate machines trying to complete a set distance around a track as quickly as possible. Introducing gimmicks like a FanBoost or standing starts after Safety Cars into Formula 1 does offend me, because it goes against the very core of what the sport stands for.

    I get that a lot of people might not like the idea, but I do feel that many are approaching Formula E with the same mindset they do Formula 1 or IndyCar. I think if we all see it as being something far less ‘serious’, there could be a lot of fun to be had.


    Jaime Alguersuari, because he is the hottest driver in the world by far. <3

    Also, this is all for a single 2.5 second boost?

    Really not that big of a deal, is it? That might not even result in a single overtake.


    A lot of fairly amateurish driving in that highlights clip…

    Seemed yesterday was a pretty good day for Colombia, overall.


    Thanks for that @s162000! That’s a good shout.


    Good. Hope he gets a serious punishment for it.


    Mexico 2 – 1 Camerooon

    Spain 1 – 1 Netherlands

    Chile 0 – 7 Australia


    Dr. Ullrich has confirmed that Duval is conscious and has been talking to medical staff. No more news about his condition at this stage.


    Loic Duval in the Audi #1 has had a monstrous accident in the first practice session. Currently receiving medical attention.


    @andae23 I just assumed that the ’23′ just stood for your IQ.

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