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  • #257217
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    These designs remind me of various half-hearted street circuits we’ve seen in series like A1GP..

    #257215
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    I’m going to give it to @qingwa. All entries were pretty close, but I think his stands out as the most challenging.

    #257152
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    Alonso: Have you been on the phone with Flavio lately?

    Sutil: Do you have any special memories to any Chinese GP?

    Arai: Does Honda feel any pressure now some media are denouncing the new engine formula only 3 races in?

    Fry: Which do you expect to be closer right now; your last victory, or your next?

    #257090
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    @matt90 Rosberg’s podiums were rather a surprise, though. They never really looked like a top 3 team all weekend in 2010, imo. And I imagined they’d get more than 3.

    @Kingshark I imagined Ferrari would bounce back in 2005 up until the British GP. Even though they were handed the USGP victory, both Schumacher and Rubens were looking good the races before. But after the British GP they never really seemed like they were on it.

    I think Ferrari will probably end up winning a race. Despite being rather lucky with the circumstances sometimes, Ferrari typically manage to be around the top to win a race when circumstances provide. Exploding Michelins at the US GP in 2005, having KERS at Spa in 2009 or the one race ban on off-throttle blown diffusers at the 2011 British GP.

    I’m not too sure where to put McLaren yet, they’re not doing as bad as in 2013, but it’s not exactly looking like 2010 or 2012 either.

    If we’re talking writing off teams in general, I’d like to say I had 0 faith in Spyker F1 the moment they announced to have bought Midland. Nor had I any faith in Midland, and I sometimes forget they were a thing.

    #257088
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    @RetardedF1sh I did not know that!

    You don’t have to use the tarmac already there, by the way. You can imagine the entire area is paved for a permanent facility.

    #256931
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    @ajokay, thanks! It does seem this thread is drying up a little, but I haven’t seen some of the regulars of this thread around much at all.

    The Long Beach GP organizers decide to stick with Indycar. Bernie, some private US investors and you are teaming up to build a track just inside of Los Angeles. http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6271143

    Rules:

    The track has to be within the borders presented above (it won’t be policed up until a meter, but try not to be too liberal with the borders.)
    The track has to be between 4.5 and 7 kilometers long.
    The track has to include a first corner of another F1 track currently on the calendar. La Source is just as valid as Bahrain’s T1. Again, the measurements will not be policed, but please specify with corner you went with.

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    It’ll work in your favor if you account for run-off areas. You can build a corner right on the border, but that could compromise the run off.
    Despite my entry in the last round, I don’t enjoy long-slow sections. Neither do the people of Los Angeles.

    Entries close Thursday at 20.00 GMT.

    #256841
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    While I’ve seen some great racing this weekend, I can’t help but feel the grid this year is a lot less respectful of others’ lines than before. Could be because it’s the first race of the season, but I’m not too sure about that.

    Again, Beitske Visser looked really out of depth, especially going through the chicanes (which are a huge part of Monza). Her defensive driving was great, though. I just preferred her to be top running in FR2.0 over this..

    #256799
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    I really don’t see why Renault would use Dacia of all brands to enter F1. Dacia is often marketed as ‘cheap but good’ cars and are often called ‘Renaults from 10 years ago’ by people I know. Their branding doesn’t really seem to match with an F1 team, even if they’re going to play the green/efficiency angle.

    If Renault is somehow involved in this, I think it’d be a lot more likely they’d want to promote their Alpine brand, now they’ve stopped working with Caterham. But then the Romanian connection would be lost.

    Honestly, Colin Kolles has done some great work, but this is a little shady.

    #256797
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    I like the general look of the cars a lot (more than post 2009 F1, anyway), but the fat noses look really inefficient to me. The think I liked about 2003-2008 F1 cars was how insanely efficient and aerodynamic they looked, even if they did provide some of the most boring races I’ve ever walked way from.

    It looks a lot better than the current (and previous) GP2 chassis’ that’s for sure.

    #256773
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    They’re owned by a ‘Marrussia communications’ now, at that, they could just adopt the name. Plenty of former F1 teams were named after something random. McLaren hasn’t been owned by someone with the last name McLaren in ages too.

    If they finish 10th in the standings, they’ll probably include Marussia regardless, in the same way Sauber was named BMW Sauber in 2010 (thanks, Bernie!).

    #256772
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    Sorensen gets a grid penalty for his move, leading to his flip:

    Stockinger overtook under SC and gets a time penalty.

    #256770
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    F1 is excellent at pretending its nose bleeds, so I think the EU would have to speak out on teams going to Russia (like the French government prevented Renault and Ligier from going to 1985 S-A GP) before F1 even discusses it.

    As long as Russia doesn’t start putting up UniF1ed banners..

    #256769
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    Well, Lotus cars stopped sponsoring Lotus F1 Team officially and they’re still called Lotus. Slim chance they’ll go back to using Manor, if no ‘title’ sponsor is found.

    #256762
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    Nightmare mode: Haas and Forza Rossa don’t make it onto the grid, Caterham and Marussia fold, Red Bull withdraws.

    Mercedes
    Lewis Hamilton
    Nico Rosberg
    Daniel Ricciardo

    McLaren Honda
    Jenson Button
    Kevin Magnussen
    Stoffel Vandoorne

    Ferrari
    Fernando Alonso
    Kimi Raikkonen
    Sebastian Vettel

    Force India
    Nico Hulkenberg
    Sergio Perez
    Daniel Abt

    Williams
    Felipe Massa
    Vatteri Bottas
    Felipe Nasr

    Sauber
    Esteban Gutierrez
    Jules Bianchi
    Sergey Sirotkin

    Lotus
    Romain Grosjean
    Pastor Maldonado
    Jean-Eric Vergne

    #256758
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    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6268160 Perhaps a little more Fiorano than I imagined, but I like it as a test track.

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