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  • #298809
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    I’d probably go for a calendar that kept the European heartland firmly intact, and in the end the newest track left is Abu Dhabi…

    Test 1 UAE (Dubai)
    1 Australia (Albert Park)
    2 Malaysia (Sepang)
    3 Brazil (Interlagos)
    Test 2 Spain (Valencia Ricardo Tormo)
    4 San Marino (Imola)
    5 Spain (Barcelona/Valencia Ricardo Tormo)
    6 Portugal (Portimao)
    7 Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    Test 3 Turkey (Istanbul)
    8 Canada (Montreal)
    9 USA (Austin)
    10 Germany (Nurburgring/Hockenheim)
    11 Austria (Red Bull Ring)
    12 Great Britain (Silverstone)
    13 France (Paul Ricard/Magny Cours)
    14 Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
    15 Italy (Monza)
    Test 4 Italy (Mugello) (Young Driver Test)
    16 Bahrain (Sakhir)
    17 China (Shanghai)
    18 Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
    19 Japan (Suzuka)

    #298782
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    I think that’s shown when you don’t see any motorsport other than F1 mentioned on the BBC Sport website at all unless there is a major accident. Before the crashes this season, I think the last Indycar article was Franchitti’s crash.

    #298628
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    That would be great, maybe 4 days/sessions that we can use to try different settings for fuel and wing levels?

    #298557
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    Personally, I think fuel level, front wing angle, rear wing angle, ride height and gear ratios (chosen from a limited number of sets, perhaps 5 or 6 different sets so we get some top speed and acceleration variation) would be great, quite a broad range of adjustments can be made then. Out of interest, what does the pitstop1setting and the others do under the general heading?

    #298528
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    This number of big crashes is unnerving, and the fact that there will only be a higher number of incidents as a result of pack racing means this year’s race could unfortunately be a scary one to watch.

    #298523
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    The more I think about the use of fuel load rather than laps to determine stops and then also the different setup possibilities we could get to tune the cars, the more excited I get about how much things could be shaken up.

    #298456
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    That sounds great! how complex will the setups be?

    #298430
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    Really enjoyed that one, great circuit and the cars looked amazing going over the Flugplatz and through the Karussel. Van Lagen looked really quick although he was held by Schmitz. I’d love to get every FIA World and European championship to run on here over the course of a week, that would be an amazing event, though of course it can never happen because it simply isn’t safe enough for most cars.

    #297546
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    Now that is a great idea, maybe put our test/young drivers in the cars!

    #297543
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    I’ve had a similar problem, the other day I ended up with 380 odd emails saying I’d been mentioned, right back from the start of my time here. Then today I had a further 517… My phone went mad!

    Nice to know how many times I’ve been mentioned though!

    #297495
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    I was watching some GT racing the other day and Markus Winkelhock in the Phoenix Racing Audi came up, of 2007 European Grand Prix-leading fame, I suppose he’s faded into relative obscurity now in terms of F1.

    #297491
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    I’m happy either way as well, the strategy is a nice element for us to have control over, but if it can’t be sorted it’s not a real issue for me.

    #296735
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    @Jamiefranklinf1 Congratulations! We’re happy to offer our cars as the wedding transport, after all, you want the winners don’t you? ;)

    #296618
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    Quite honestly, I think we need F1 to collapse before anything major will be done. It needs to go back under the full control of the FIA. Reduce costs through a modest but manageable budget cap, and open up the grid. Get more independent teams racing, the manufacturers are important, but when they inevitably leave, we need a solid base of dedicated teams that can keep the show going.

    I’d like unification of the open wheel championships throughout the world anyway, with a clear ladder. It’s never going to happen but I can dream.

    First step out of karting would be national F4 championships, much like the set up they are workin towards now. The different chassis and engines that are being used would however be balanced, allowing for a world final of the most successful drivers from each series.

    Next up would be Formula Three. This would be more regional, with the European F3 as the model. Add in support for an Asia-Pacific, North American and South American championship and all of the major land masses would be represented. The chassis rules would be much as they are now, and the idea of a world final in Macau would be maintained.

    Formula Two would be much like GP2 now, but with open chassis and engine competition, run to a balance of performance regulations. The chassis can be bought from a supplier or built by the team. There would be a European based International series, and it would run as the main championship on the bill, visiting the world class circuits F1 currently misses. Keeping the costs low with a cap in this would enable this series to be a viable option for career drivers rather than only being a stepping stone for F1. There would be Asia-Pacific and Pan-American Championships as well, perhaps attempting to unify Super Formula and IndyCar as the basis for these championships.

    Finally would be F1. It would be where the manufacturers play, but the regulations would be close enough to F2 that any team that builds their own F2 car could relatively easily make the jump up to F1 with some upgrades and a new engine, while the manufacturers would be restricted to the same cost restrictions.

    It might not be a good idea in the end, but I would love to see a single seater ladder where there is a viable career below the top level (I know there is now in Indycar, but the cars are different enough to restrict their opportunities for getting a drive in Formula One) and where teams are able to pick talent ahead of money due to far more reasonable costs.

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