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7th July 2016, 12:24 at 12:24 pm
I’ve sat at luffield, brooklands and stowe before, although I was in a grandstand at stowe, unfortunately I haven’t been at becketts but there is general admission areas throughout that sequence (they fill up incredibly early, take a book and a camping chair). I found when I went in 2013 that “general admission” applied to anywhere that wasn’t a grandstand to be honest, I spent 45 minutes sat in front of the main grandstands on a bit of grass, on the pit straight watching gp2.
My experience at stowe was great but I think it may have been better for quali or practice, since the high speed meant overtaking was at a premium, the direction change was something to behold though. The general admission area at vale/club, just round the bend from stowe gives you the best of a high speed exit followed by the braking and acceleration zone at club, there’s a chance of overtakes there and there’s the pit entry too. The only issue here is that you’re quite far away from the circuit.
Luffield was great on race day, again it fills up very quickly since there’s some concrete terracing there, try and get a spot higher up the bank and you get a good view of a decent sized bit of track. If you sit further round towards the old pit straight, you can see cars entering brooklands (end of the DRS zone, incidents, overtakes etc etc) and then see them balancing the throttle onto the old pit straight through luffield.
I think brooklands was probably the worst of the three spots since you only get once chance to see the cars as they go past you and the view isn’t hugely elevated, however you’re very very close to the circuit and you get to see the cars braking (if you stand at the entry) or wobbling around on acceleration (If you stand at the exit). Thankfully It was wet at that point and so you get to see the rooster tails and braking lockups at full speed, which more than made up for the lack of actual car viewing time.
5th December 2015, 12:38 at 12:38 pm
My thought towards this matter has always been “if your front wing is in danger, you’re not far enough alongside and the other driver is entitled to take the line”. For me, this applies to turn-in and exit.
For example, if you go steaming up the inside and only end up halfway alongside the car in front, the likelihood is that you will lose your front wing if contact occurred and you’d likely come off worse if the driver in front closed the door. In the case of Max Verstappen at China, he ensured he was ahead in the split second before turn-in. Personally I thought it was a divebomb, but when applied to this theory, it works – his front wing was ahead and out of the way of potential danger when they turned in, hence he was able to take the line.
If you’re trying to effect a pass on the outside, you have to engineer a situation where the car on the inside has a greater chance of coming off worse if contact occurred, ie. you have to be alongside, if not ahead in order to hold the high ground and take the line. Rosberg at COTA for example, wasn’t fully alongside Hamilton enough to put his front wing out of danger (had rosberg kept turning in, he’d have most likely damaged his front wing)
So for me, the critical distance (which OP highlighted as being the front wheel halfway alongside the car in front) is more to do with the position of your front wing relative to the car in front. In simple terms, I guess I’ve just made a long explanation of saying “If you’re ahead, you’re entitled to take the line”.
25th August 2015, 16:05 at 4:05 pm
Kovalainen’s only victory was inherited when massa’s ferrari motor gave up 3 laps from the end at hungary 2008
23rd November 2014, 23:54 at 11:54 pm
This is just genius!
29th July 2014, 10:27 at 10:27 am
Hamilton on JEV for me, absolutely outrageous
5th February 2014, 13:37 at 1:37 pm
Ah fair point, didn’t notice that. Makes it look even worse for me the fact that the wheelbase is still the same.
I suppose the aero will be just about equal to last year then. Still not understanding why they want to go with it, there must be some benefit apart from “demonstrating the versatility of a tourer”.
5th February 2014, 12:38 at 12:38 pm
It’s hideous! I mean, it’s even got the roof rack mounts from the standard production car…
On a more serious note though, surely the increase in wheel base is detrimental to handling and stability?
12th February 2013, 19:38 at 7:38 pm
just a quick one regarding ear defenders. I went to the GP in 2009 and 2011 and in both cases i found the support races kind of built you up to be able to withstand the sheer ferocity of an F1 engine.
I genuinely thought the formula BMW engines were the loudest things i’v ever heard and then gp3 came along… the engines steadily grew louder and louder and by the time you get to the GP, your ears are fairly accustomed to it.
Nothing matches the sound of an f1 engine, so if you’re not planning on seeing support races, ear defenders are a damn good idea, however you should be fine without if you’ve been watching all the support races.
I’ll definitely reiterate the getting there early for general admission, i arrived at 06:30 on race day and struggled for a 3rd/4th row spot anywhere.
the park and ride is brilliant. most of the sites are a good 10 miles outside of the circuit, so you won’t experience too much traffic driving down and then the buses run pretty regularly between there and the middle of the circuit.
do not rely on weather forecasts… prepare for all weather. in 2011, we got an absolute deluge before the race and then ended up sun bathing on the grass after the race.
Take food and drink, especially for general admission, you risk losing your hard earned spot while queuing for food and drink, plus it’s quite pricey.
after the podium ceremony, providing there’s no classic car races, get onto the track and walk to the pit straight, there’s great photo oppertunites with mechanics on the pit wall, cars coming in and outof scrutineering and then being taken apart in the garages.
7th June 2011, 16:55 at 4:55 pm
..you crave an accident at bahrain to stop you falling asleep
7th June 2011, 11:18 at 11:18 am
i’v always liked chandhok’s commentary on fridays for BBC R5L, he’s brilliant!
5th June 2011, 17:46 at 5:46 pm
-you drive round a bend and think “this would be a great f1 corner; tilke should have a look at this!”
-someone says “f1 is just cars going around in circles” and you feel like pummeling them into the floor they’re standing on
-you make circuits comrpising of roads and streets in your town.
-you shift down from 7th to 2nd on your bike when negotiating a tight hairpin, to get the best drive out of the corner
-before a race weekend you get on the nearest f1 game and drive some laps to get into the swing of things
-after qualifying you get on an f1 game again to show vettel how it’s done
-you have to know every new circuit like the back of your hand before the drivers race on it
-you become engulfed with rage when the commentators miss something
-after the race, you watch the highlights, the bbc 90 second edit followed by the FOM race edit a week later
can’t think of any more, but im sure ill think of some later
8th January 2011, 13:23 at 1:23 pm
yh i read that, but was just wondering why they would release all the clothing in black and red :)
7th January 2011, 22:40 at 10:40 pm
just wondering on the possible black and red mclaren livery, if you take a look at their eshop, all of their brand new clothing for the 2011 season is black and red, no sign of silver anywhere :S
since the clothing usually matches the livery, is this saying we are going to see a red and black mclaren this year?
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