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10th April 2014, 12:45 at 12:45 pm #256567
I doubt manufacturers will be giving a lot of thought to F1 at the moment. It’s just too toxic, politically, and all you see on an almost daily basis is pretty much everyone within F1 complaining about almost every aspect of the sport, including its promoter. I can’t see why anyone in their right mind would want to get involved with it as a major manufacturer, and that’s without taking into account the severely restrictive technical and homologation rules which make it very difficult for manufacturers to use their own engineering creativity and make their own car technologically distinct.
WEC is where the party is at, and I really hope it goes from strength to strength. We could be on the verge of another golden age of endurance racing; maybe even better than the Group C days.27th March 2014, 12:09 at 12:09 pm #254064
I wonder what the fuel usage is on these new cars, and how it compares to the new F1 engines. Interesting that they have three different tiers of hybrid power they can choose from under the P1 rules, and Audi have chosen a different one to Toyota. Definitely a lot more technical freedom for teams to choose their own path, and it’s a testament to the rules that the cars always seem to end up so closely matched despite massive technical differences.14th March 2014, 12:28 at 12:28 pm #252216
I’ve done a very small amount of rally driving and a lot of drifting, but nothing competitive. I would love to, and do plan on getting a racing license at some point. But I would much prefer racing tin-tops than open-wheelers.13th March 2014, 21:33 at 9:33 pm #252003
There is something which does irk me a bit though which is when you see comments like Hamilton’s about it being some kind of test of character. It implies that this is a situation over which the victim can have some kind of influence, and that brings the implication that if the sufferer does not pull through, then the have somehow failed a test. When in fact, the reality is that if Schumacher does never wake up, it is because the man we all love and support effectively left us in December.
It’s like when people talk about someone ‘losing their battle’ with a terminal illness. Death is an inevitable fact of life; everyone reading this sentence will die one day, myself included, and there is no act of will which can change this fact. When my life does inevitably reach its terminus, I would rather people didn’t think that I had died because I had somehow failed to stay alive through willpower.13th March 2014, 21:21 at 9:21 pm #252000
I can totally understand why people would want to take comfort from the idea that when bad things happen to good people, there is ultimately some greater good which is being served.8th March 2014, 18:01 at 6:01 pm #251274
If it’s a pure cooling issue then there’s a lot that RBR can do. If the problem is reliability from the Renault PU, then realistically it’s between Renault and the FIA. The engines are homologated now, but there are exceptions which allow for changes to help reliability. We have no idea how much potential power the Renault PU has, since none of the teams have run anywhere near the potential yet, so it’s possible that if they can make tne engine more reliable they can also start to exploit the power potential as well. The RB10 still looks like a really neat little race car, so it’s entirely possible that with just a few small improvements in reliability, it could be right up there. Of course the tight packaging would appear to be a contributing factor for the reliability problems, but frankly Renault should have been able to provide a PU system which would work to the requirements of the team, and certainly plenty of other cars appear very tightly packaged and don’t seem to be suffering the same issues. This is F1 after all, and pushing things to the limit is the name of the game.
Of course, with the restrictions on power units the teams can use through the season, if they suffer a few failures in the first few races, they may be hobbled by penalties later in the season, even if Renault can get it all working properly.16th February 2014, 16:58 at 4:58 pm #248811
I’d be up for some of that :)15th February 2014, 22:11 at 10:11 pm #248737
It does seem like quite a few people are losing the enthusiasm for this game. I wonder if it’s something about GT6 which is just less fun than GT5. It is definitely a lot more buggy.9th February 2014, 11:13 at 11:13 am #236848
The whole single player experience is terrible. It’s basically something you have to grind through in order to get cars and money so that you can have proper races online. I got loads of extra cars with mine when I got it, and then I did the credit hack to get loads of money to buy loads of good cars, so I can play online no problem. But if you were starting from scratch then you’ve got many hours of miserable repetition before you could afford anything remotely interesting.8th February 2014, 12:59 at 12:59 pm #247825
Guys if I’m not online at the start please just start without me. Something has come up I’m afraid.7th February 2014, 17:21 at 5:21 pm #248583
On the basis of the first test, you’d have to say it looked like the power delivery of the Mercedes was working a lot better than the Ferrari, even if the ultimate power didn’t seem any different.
But I can guarantee that none of the engines were running at their potential output during the first test anyway, so the speeds you saw there were basically meaningless. All of the manufacturers will be coy about what the engines are putting out, so when a Renault guy says that the engine is capable of 600bhp, it’s not going to be a realistic appraisal of what their particular engine is capable of. It may be more, it may be less, he’s just quoted the ‘official’ figure. We can maybe be more confident of the figure quoted for the Mercedes engine, and at the very least we can extrapolate that the engine is more powerful than predicted and the cars will be quite a bit more powerful than the V8s. But how the three engine manufacturers stack up against each other is pretty much anyone’s guess until we see the cars driven at anything approaching their potential.7th February 2014, 14:33 at 2:33 pm #247823
Ok. I’ve done a 2:00 in testing and I reckon if I pushed it I could probably just about squeeze out a 1:59. I’ve managed a 1:58 in the C60, but probably best to stop banging on about that now, eh.
Spa is a reasonable track for me, though I’m prone to ‘wheel on the dirt’ mistakes on the faster corners, so for me, keeping consistent will be the biggest challenge.5th February 2014, 12:26 at 12:26 pm #248486
This is great news. I might actually start watching this series again!5th February 2014, 8:48 at 8:48 am #2478203rd February 2014, 12:50 at 12:50 pm #248369
For anyone going to this, make sure you head over to St Saturnin on the Friday before the race, for the Classic British Welcome car show. This year they’re featuring Porsche as the guest car club, so should be some incredible machinery on show.