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  • #251274
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    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.

    #248811
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    I’d be up for some of that :)

    #248737
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    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.

    #236848
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    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.

    #247825
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    Guys if I’m not online at the start please just start without me. Something has come up I’m afraid.

    #248583
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    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.

    #247823
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    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.

    #248486
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    This is great news. I might actually start watching this series again!

    #247820
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    @magnificent-geoffrey

    This is now £20 from Amazon

    #248369
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    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.

    #248413
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    There is no such thing as a ‘spirit’ of rules. There are the words of the rules, and nothing else. If something complies with the wording of the rules, then well done to them. That’s what F1 is all about.

    The only thing I think may be slightly dubious is that the intention for the rules with regard to the nose, was to create a structural component low down to prevent the danger of a car launching or causing a nasty t-bone. It seems that while the noses may pass crash tests, on some the forward protrusion isn’t actually a strong structural component and so may not necessarily be safe. In which case the FIA may want to issue a clarification. But as it stands, it’s all legal. And, in the case of the noses, was obvious and predicted as soon as the rules were published.

    #247818
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    It’s definitely not super high level (Except David and Chris Allan) so you can be pretty competitive and have a good race even if you’re not absolutely brilliant. Very few people are absolutely metronomic so even if you were quite far off the pace, you could still score good points if you can run cleanly and consistently. That’s been my main focus for improvement.

    #248263
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    No, not God. Thank the engineers who designed and built the cars, and the excellent medical staff. Credit where it is due.

    #247811
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    If others were happy to chip in, i’d be happy to donate some cash your way

    #247809
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    Great race, I really enjoyed it. I had a poor patch in the middle part of the race but otherwise I’d say this was by far my most consistent, and for the most part I was able to battle very fairly. My battle with Bald Gye for the first few laps was ace, I don’t know how we didn’t touch.

    Apologies again for having an accident with sgillies right near the end. I had just pitted which had put me down in sixth but I was much faster than the cars in fourth and fifth, so I felt it was a pretty certain thing for me to get those places back. I had a decent little battle with Spud to put me back to fifth, then I had a battle for fourth with about three laps to go. Into the first corner sgillies got a bit hot on the apex; correcting the oversteer compromised his exit and gave me the momentum to get right up behind. He struggled to get his rhythm back going through turns two, three and four, and I had to drive slowly to avoid running into the back of him as it’s single file through those turns. Coming out of turn 4, onto the short straight downhill towards the hairpin, I again had the momentum so moved to the right as I lined up the overtake. This is where the accident happened. Presumably still a little out of shape, and possibly on worn tyres, he braked suddenly, several car lengths before I expected him to, and in the middle of the track. I was already going quite a bit faster than him, and was very close to the rear of his car, which caused me to run into the back of him. It wasn’t a massive shunt but it was enough to put him off the road. A moment later and I would have been fully to the right and would have passed cleanly, but I didn’t anticipate there being such a big speed difference between our cars at that point. It was an accident and I am sorry it happened. I think it was a racing incident, really. I hope there are no hard feelings, because this is a race series which is meant to be about having fun and I’d feel dreadful if I thought that I’d prevented sgillies from enjoying the race.

    Anyway, otherwise it was a great race, very enjoyable. Annoyed that the weird tyre bug persists – my second set of tyres seemed spent after about seven laps so what should have been a comfortable one stopper turned into a two stopper. Felt like David and I worked well as a team, with me letting him through while he was recovering, and him letting me unlap myself to go on to have a go at taking fourth place. Shame I just wasn’t on the pace today, really, but I think my mistakes on the middle part of the race are really what cost me, ultimately.

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