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  • #279846
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    And I’ve got massive news about my livery…

    It’s going to be red again. And have a liver bird on the engine cover.

    #279502
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    I can’t wait for the move to rFactor 2, I’m hoping the AI is vastly better!

    #279435
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    If I replaced Bernie, I’m afraid I’d try to make as much money as he has out of it. But I’d even out the current prize money arrangement if I could so each of the teams gets a more equal cut of the current prize money so I at least left a bit of a legacy people would be happy with. But if somewhere wanted to pay me big money to get a race, then I’m all for the 2017 Grand Prix of the Sahara Desert or the 2018 Outer Mongolian Grand Prix.

    #279418
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    1 – What is your age, gender, location(country)? 18, male, United Kingdom
    2 – How often do you visit this forum/post on this forum? Multiple times daily.
    3 – Do you feel the F1 Fanatic forum offers a sense of community? How does it differ to the offline F1 community? It’s a place to talk to like minded individuals about not only Formula One, but other aspects of motorsport, and indeed any aspect of life. It’s so much easier to find someone to talk to about Formula One than offline – I don’t personally know anyone who follows F1 to the extent that I do.
    4 – Do you find it easier to communicate and voice your opinions online on the forum, than offline face to face? Far easier, if only because of physical distance.
    5 – Does being part of the F1 Fanatic forum influence the drivers/teams you follow or your opinions on other drivers/teams? Not at all, I followed every team and driver prior to joining the forum and still do afterwards.
    6 – Do you think there’s a downside to communicating online rather than just offline? Not really, it might be nice to meet up at a race to meet each other, but the ease and speed of getting good conversation is something that nothing else can provide.
    7 – What do you think is the best aspect of communicating in the F1 Fanatic forum? It’s so easy to use, and within minutes you usually get a response or answer to a question.
    8 – Do you communicate with any F1 Fanatic members on Facebook/Twitter or any other messenger? If so how many, how often, in depth conversations or small talk? I talk with one in particular almost daily, and others a small amount.
    9 – Do you communicate with any F1 Fanatic members face to face? If so, give examples. I have never communicated face to face with them.
    10– Do you communicate with F1 Fanatic members more online or offline? Why do you think this is? Solely online, because it’s not practical to get to the South of England, never mind the South of Australia to chat with someone, no matter how nice it would be!

    #279347
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    Great to see someone else that is obsessed with the sport as many of us here are! I’m by no means the best person to ask, but I hope I can give you a little information before someone who really knows what they are talking about – of which there are many here! – gives you all the information you want!

    The power unit manufacturers make a single engine that is then sold to other teams, however it isn’t as clear cut as this. For instance, the Mercedes unit was developed as a part of the Mercedes F1 car development, which means that the Mercedes engine has been heavily optimised as a part of the overall Mercedes team package. This means they have the engine exactly as they require for the car and they get the greatest benefit from it. The other Mercedes teams get this same power unit, and part of the reason they are behind the Mercedes team on the track is because for 2014 they received the final details of the power unit later than the works team who were heavily involved in the design from the beginning, so couldn’t get their car perfectly designed around the Mercedes power unit, meaning they in some instances overcompensated for cooling and other things, compromising aerodynamics, or undercompensated, resulting in reduced performance from the power unit, with overheating and engine failure being the worst case scenario. Ferrari’s engine was produced in a similar way, with the Ferrari team having an awful lot of input, then supplying the engine to their customers. However, they started development later than Mercedes which is some of the reason they haven’t found as much performance. Renault haven’t really got a ‘works’ team as such, so all of the Renault runners didn’t get much of a chance to optimise their car to fit the power unit, which could be seen in pre-season with the Red Bull overheating an awful lot as a result of their aerodynamics being too tightly packaged. Their problem has been compounded by the relative lack of power to the Mercedes and Ferrari units.

    2) The FIA rulebook does restrict the car design a lot, and within the framework they provide, it is often seen that teams converge on one or two different design ideas, as generally they will all find a common solution they find to be the most effective – whether they are the first to discover it, or perhaps they spot it on another car and attempt to adapt it for their own car. Each of the teams do design a new car each season, however they also will never forget what they have learned over the previous seasons. If they find a solution that works particularly well, and it fits within the following season’s rules, they are likely to refine the idea and attempt to perfect it rather than start all over again, and this is why the cars from each team season after season generally have areas that look particularly similar. The aerodynamics are within an FIA framework, but the teams are the ones that come up with the designs within that framework, so while the FIA almost point them in a general direction, the path the team takes is generally down to their engineers and design teams. However, as I say, within the framework there is often one solution that will work particularly well, so teams will tend to use similar designs, particularly as similar rules become used for a greater number of seasons. As the rules are used for longer, the development stagnates, as teams struggle to find more and more improvements from their designs year on year.

    I hope I haven’t confused you, and I certainly look forward to reading everyone else’s responses to your questions – I think the best way to enjoy F1 is to learn from others! :)

    #279305
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    Hopefully there will be a few kits on the grid, it’ll be nice to have a bit of variety in the looks! Does this mean Chevrolet have got development underway sooner do you think or is it simply a case of this being the first image leaked?

    #279300
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    Are Penske making a bespoke kit for their own use, and if so are they selling it to other teams? If it isn’t a bespoke kit, will it be manufacturer engine based or something else?

    #278463
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    @pezlo2013 I totally agree! Gerrard for the title!

    #278270
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    That’s part one, we’ve got the pole. So which will it be this week? Retirement from back marker? Engine problem? Suspension problem? Collision to take each other out? A silly overtaking attempt that takes the front wing off? A silly overtaking attempt from someone else that takes the rear wing off? Or maybe, just maybe, this is our turn to have a small amount of good luck?

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    @jamiefranklinf1 Keep dreaming, there’s a reason I got rid :P

    #278201
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    Looking forward to hearing the new sponsors @formula-1 ! And I’m looking forward to seeing how Suarez gets on!

    #278092
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    Today has been all about learning. Karl has done another great job, and Adrien was on the pit wall to give the team a drivers eye view for us, he’s a future team principal for sure! However, today’s biggest thing for us was to get Jamie settled in the car, and to be in the top ten and so close to Karl already was amazing progress. From next season I think you’ll be seeing him in the car a lot more.

    #277714
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    Once again you have proved your class both as a motorsport journalist and as a human being in difficult times. I haven’t seen any other media outlet treat these circumstances with such respect and reverence, and for that you should be applauded hugely.

    #277514
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    @JamieFranklinF1 We found out the master plan to get Ruiz cheaper so you’ve reversed the decision? I reckon Hirvonen will replace Hoskins soon, so Hoskins will be cheaper once you’ve signed Ruiz! :P

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