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  • #288369
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    No, of course not. That would imply he was purposely bad from the start of the season, as there was no race from which his performance dropped off. No reigning champion would deliberately give up on the championship before it even begins.

    A more likely answer is that Vettel, having gone from an RB9 with lots of down force to a RB10 with much less downforce, he has had to adopt a whole new style to compensate for the lack of down force. Undoubtedly, he will not have much confidence in the car. Yet Ricciardo has gone from a low diwnforce torro rosso to the RB10. The STR8 will have much less down force than the RB9 even allowing for the 2014 down force cuts, so Ricciardo is still going to a car with more grip. Thus he will have far more confidence than Vettel.

    Not trying to put a downer on Ricciardos performance, but I think that the car just didn’t suit Vettel. If they were competing in an RB9 I’m sure Vettel would have had the upper hand.

    #283367
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    Any updates on this? I can’t wait!

    #281639
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    In addition to my previous post I’d also change the tyre rules. All teams would have a set amount of tyres for the whole season. They can bring as many sets and whatever types they like to whatever grand prix they like. But if they run out of a tyre type before the end of the season, tough. With the exception of wet weather tyres of course, which must be present at every grand prix. They also would not be required to use both tyre compounds (as all 4 would be available) and the top 10 quali rule would be scrapped.

    It would mean that we would see some people trying to make the whole distance on hard tyres, or 2/3 stopping on super softs. Or a combination. Save some super softs for Abu Dhabi to clinch the championship, or burn them up early in the season to gain an early advantage?

    I’d also give each driver one set of “qualifying” tyres only per race. Drivers can choose to use them early to guarantee a place in the top 10, or try and save them for Q3 and risk someone else beating you to it.

    #280325
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    I read somewhere (can’t find it anywhere now though) that constructors have to miss no more than three races to be a constructor. So I’m guessing that, as they have done all bar three races, they can skip the rest of the season and still be constructors and get the money.

    #279727
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    1 – What is your age, gender, location(country)?
    21, Male, England

    2 – How often do you visit this forum/post on this forum?
    Visit multiple times a day, post rarely.

    3 – Do you feel the F1 Fanatic forum offers a sense of community? How does it differ to the offline F1 community?
    Yes

    4 – Do you find it easier to communicate and voice your opinions online on the forum, than offline face to face?
    Online. Requires very little effort and only a computer, and no one can interrupt you etc.

    5 – Does being part of the F1 Fanatic forum influence the drivers/teams you follow or your opinions on other drivers/teams?
    No.

    6 – Do you think there’s a downside to communicating online rather than just offline?
    No.

    7 – What do you think is the best aspect of communicating in the F1 Fanatic forum?
    Everyone will have an opinion so you can hear things from both sides.

    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?
    Well yes, 2. I’m related to one and marrying the other! Other than that, no (I have not spoken to anyone new as a direct result of f1fanatic).

    9 – Do you communicate with any F1 Fanatic members face to face? If so, give examples.
    Again yes, I don’t think my Fiancee would like it if I didn’t speak to her face to face! But other than her and my brother as mentioned above, no.

    10– Do you communicate with F1 Fanatic members more online or offline? Why do you think this is? Offline.

    #279303
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    The main thing that I would do is change the points system so that it goes right down to the back marker teams.

    In years gone by, how will we know how competitive Virgin, Lotus and Hispania were in 2010? They all scored no points, thus at first glance appear to be equal. Likewise drivers like Kovaleinen looked as talented as Karthikeyen and Yamamoto. Plus a storming recovery drive from last to 11th looks the same points-wise as a disappointing last place, lapped 4 times including by your teammate through no reason other than bad driving!

    It will also emphasise reliability, as DNFs will still get no points.

    Other than that, Id stop all of these stupid “improve the show” ideas. Change DRS (to a set amount of use per lap, used anywhere and anytime the driver wishes – like KERS), no double points (maybe have double points but for double distance etc).

    #275382
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    No, he brings a lot more money than he uses up.

    A quick google search indicates that Maldonado is bringing somewhere in the region of £30m. Another quick google found me a video by Eddie Jordan showing how much crashes can cost. A front wing/nosecone assembley is about £100k, suspension is about £150k a corner etc. He also detailed two big crashes in recent years – Perez’s monaco crash 2011 and the first corner incident at Spa 2012. Perez’s crash would have cost about £600k, and the TOTAL cost of the Spa 2012 would have been about £1.5 million.

    It’s pretty clear that even if he caused £1.5M worth of damage every race weekend, they’d still be making money. Even then, most weekends he causes nowhere near that amount of monetary damage.

    #270331
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    Does that mean it’s available to download? I just dug out my Fiancee’s old iPod touch as I’m too impatient to wait for Android, and I can’t find it anywhere on the app store :(.

    #269696
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    Look back at the video. At 12 minutes, 5 seconds (pause it) they have Tanfield’s strategy window up, at the top it says current weather (rain) and next to it, a sun symbol with 7 mins. So yes, you can predict the weather, sort of. But given the rain in the video stops in far less than 7 minutes, I’d assume that it’s only a vague guide, like in real life.

    #268561
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    Cannot wait for this. You’ve got a guaranteed sale as soon as it’s available on Android! Unfortunately I don’t have any apple devices.

    Do you have any idea at all when it’ll be released on Android? As in, are we talking days, or years?

    #263132
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    My Fiancee has Myalgic encephalomyelitis, otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Among the obvious symptoms (fatigue!) she also suffers from joint pains. Her condition is so severe that she had to drop out of university, and is now studying part time from home. As such, she needed a good quality desk chair!

    I took a chance with this one:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400669815423?referrer=ldoi-widget

    They ship to Europe, but unsure of cost, sorry. If you wish, they also do an identical chair with a massage function, which is only about £15 more, but I only found it after I had purchased!

    I must admit, I was a bit sceptical, due to the low price. But I took a chance, thinking that if it was rubbish then I’d use it and I’d get my Fiancee a decent one. But its absolutely brilliant! The only thing that I would change is the arms – I’d rather they were adjustable, but I didn’t expect to get one with adjustable arms without spending three times the price!

    The padding is lovely and thick, incredibly comfy!
    We’ve had it for about a year now, with quite a lot of use (a few hours every day) and its showing no signs of wear whatsoever. Assembly was very easy too – I did it myself, with my Fiancee occasionally lending a hand holding stuff together while I screwed it in place, but I could have done it on my own if needed.

    Highly recommended!

    #255938
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    To add a few more to the list:

    2011:
    Malaysian GP: Hit the pit entry wall during free practice.
    Monaco GP: Collided with Hamilton on lap 73.
    Canadian GP: Spun
    Belgian GP: Forced Hamilton off track during qualifying.

    2013:
    Australian GP: Spun on lap 24
    Monaco GP: Collided with Chilton

    And, obviously, Sunday’s fiasco with Gutierrez.

    #249743
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    I’m gonna be controversial and say Vettel.
    If we had this discussion after the first few races of last year, Hamilton would be the safe choice, and look what happened!

    #248462
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    1) Hamilton
    2) Rosberg
    3) Button
    4) Alonso
    5) Hulkenburg
    6) Perez
    7) Vettel
    8) Raikkonen
    9) Magnussen
    10) Massa
    11) Bottas
    12) Ricciardo
    13) Kobayashi
    14) Vergne
    15) Grosjean
    16) Vergne
    17) Maldonado
    18) Ericson
    19) Kvyat
    20) Sutil
    21) Bianchi
    22) Chilton

    #247919
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    Bradley Downton, thats not surprising if you know how insurance companies work. Typically, the only people that can afford a new car are older drivers with more experience. You don’t see many 17 year olds driving around in brand new cars, most are driving around in corsas older than they are. Hence newer cars have less crashes than older ones. Also, as they are newer, parts are easier to obtain, thus they are cheaper to repair in the event of a crash.

    I’m in a similar boat to you – 20 year old male driver – and I’ve got an 06 plate Ford Focus Ghia 1.6TDCi. Again, few young drivers get a focus, and those that do usually get a petrol, so my insurance last year was a very respectable £690. My Fiancee has done the same thing by buying a Honda Jazz – never seen anyone else under the age of 60 driving one!
    My brother’s first car was a rover 75 and he got reasonable insurance. But on the other hand, my Mum bought a Vauxhall Corsa, and her insurance has gone up quite a bit.
    “Old people” cars generally offer cheaper insurance for young drivers, or at the very least avoid cars which are driven lots by young people.

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