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20th November 2015, 0:39 at 12:39 am #309291
They’ve also thrown Sebastien Loeb under the bus by not giving him a WTCC seat despite moving to that series together. Didn’t properly inform him either.
I honestly don’t know if I should feel bad for the WTCC because it’s always been like this. First Seat, then Chevrolet, now Citroen, I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up calling it a day on the series if they don’t manage to keep some manufacturers on board, or rather find some that won’t ditch the WTCC as soon as their marketing budget undercuts their sporting budget.16th November 2015, 18:11 at 6:11 pm #309166
I’d call him one of the best drivers not to win a title of the current era, but only when this era is over and Hulkenberg and Grosjean never get a go at a top team. At the same time, history usually isn’t kind to drivers who finish second and weren’t that popular during their careers. Villeneuve was and still is a hugely popular driver and could have won the 1979 title, but no other season had him so close. It’s mainly the fact he hasn’t won more than he did (but he so obviously had the talent for it) that adds to his legacy. Drivers like Moss and Ickx have many accolades outside of F1, leaving it more at a ‘it’s a shame they never won an F1 title’-sentimental type legacy.
Rosberg meanwhile has by and large always scored to his best and it hasn’t been enough. He never got close to the title in the second best (or worse) car like Schumacher in 1998, or Raikkonen in 2003 or even Alonso in 2012. I think of him more as a driver who would have won the title under different circumstances, someone like Berger, Webber or Ralf Schumacher (minus his Toyota days). He might need to either win the title or have another close season like 2014 before his profile is boosted any more than his current general perception.2nd November 2015, 1:06 at 1:06 am #308341
I’m loving the ideas of standardizing more in F1 and having F1 facilities that can be used by smaller teams, as well as the idea of structuring the sport more like US sports in the sense of franchising.
One thing I do note in this tread is that it’s rather forceful; changes like the ones described above me would have to be pushed through by the FOM/FIA or a breakaway council. To follow up my original question; how do you think that F1 should change these things? Have F1 break away from either FIA or FOM (or both?), have the Strategy Group decommissioned?
Personally I’d prefer a ‘fresh start’ for F1 in the shape of a Indycar/NASCAR type franchise. This would allow for an overhaul of pretty much everything that’s been talked about in this thread, but also would allow for parties to stay behind. One element of a ‘breakaway series’ that has come up on previous discussions on this forum is the possibility of a team staying behind in an FIA/FOM series and raking in the rewards, while the new series has to rebuild its appeal.25th October 2015, 22:48 at 10:48 pm #307673
I only now realized I completely forgot my own deadline. Sorry for the delay! (Though it serves as a good indication why I haven’t taken part in this challenge lately, I keep forgetting the deadlines!)
I liked all the entries, the ones from Phil and Browny went neck a neck, with Browny’s perhaps being more realistic for 2015 circuit design, however @philereid takes the win with a nicely flowing track.19th October 2015, 13:19 at 1:19 pm #307225
Awesome, thanks @browny
A couple of years ago, the province of North-Holland figured it’d be a good idea to demolish Zandvoort and build a new racetrack somewhere near Den Helder or Den Oever. This challenge is inspired by that.
-Build a purpose built circuit near either Den Helder or Den Oever in the Netherlands
-Between 4.5 and 7.5 kilometers long
-You cannot demolish houses, but you can build over waterways or small roads
-The small islands north of Den Helder are off limits
I’ll probably announce the winner around 21:00 GMT+1 on Thursday.18th October 2015, 22:53 at 10:53 pm #307203
Volzhsky, near Volgograd (aka Stalingrad). Actual track is a little over 6 kilometers long.21st September 2015, 21:21 at 9:21 pm #305682
While agreeing it’s a kind gesture from Vettel to have Kimi’s name on the pit board as well, part of me wonders why Ferrari has him sitting there but hadn’t included his name in the first place. Then again, this is Ferrari, I guess.6th September 2015, 16:51 at 4:51 pm #304572
Another one set in my hometown, the actual track is 3.3235 KM (gmaps displays the length+pitlane+backtracking to draw pitlane).
Chose a route that shows off some of our inner city landmarks; the station, the museum, the Martini clock tower and AA-clock tower. There are some bottlenecks (the satellite images are from 2010 or earlier, and some traffic dividers) but my city likes to waste tons on re-paving the city, so that should be no problem for a FE round.3rd September 2015, 15:30 at 3:30 pm #304241
It’s been a while since I entered, but a hometown design round I can’t skip!
Pretty simple design, with a number of bends you’d really need to nail in order to get the right acceleration and some overtaking spots.18th August 2015, 14:13 at 2:13 pm #303316
I quite liked the exhaust placement on the Ferrari F300, sending the exhaust air over the rear wing.
Though I wasn’t a fan of what it eventually became around 2003 (another aero appendage)11th August 2015, 13:44 at 1:44 pm #303107
I’ve never been a fan of most 1990s backmarker liveries, ironically there’s a bunch I do like already posted! Most of them are just incoherent and not ugly per se. But some are.
For instance the 1990 Larrouse:
Or the 1997 Minardi: (largely due to there being no regard to the Mild Seven decals in the rest of the design)
Not that the 1998 Minardi was much better:
Mind you, I’ve got a thing against plain grey F1 cars.
As for more modern F1, I found the later Earth car to be much worse than the first:
The two ‘racing stripes’ just mess with my head.
I was never a fan of BMW Williams’ nor BMW Sauber’s livery either, but looking at this thread I’m not sure they belong here.2nd August 2015, 21:27 at 9:27 pm #302819
Found it a bit hard this time around as there are no real stand-out seasons in progress in my opinion.
Hasn’t made a lot of mistakes and generally has been performing to the top of his ability this season. It’s almost refreshing to see him perform like this, not riddled with rumors or complaints.
Making the most out of a Ferrari that isn’t fit to fight the Mercedes’. Apart from Bahrain he’s had a very good season as well, little to no complaints from me.
After these two, I find myself to be in a bit of limbo, as the grades I’d give the drivers on races all put them very close.
Appears to be a little less strong (or lucky, depending on who you’d ask) than 2014 and hasn’t had any real stand-out performances. He’s in the race for the championship, but to me, it doesn’t feel like his chance is as big as last year – so far. Especially his early season deficit was too large.
Didn’t have an amazing start to the season, but has been on it recently. Mainly meeting and exceeding expectations puts him so high up my list, though I wouldn’t know who else to put 4th if I went by gut alone.
Another driver who seems to be a little less strong compared to his team mate than in 2014, but his results so far have been good. Victim of Williams’ inconsistency recently and needs the team to turn their luck around or Kimi to keep having bad luck to stay in front of Kimi in the championship.
Performance wise a lot closer to Bottas this season and has done little wrong. Also needs Williams to turn the tide after Hungary to stay where he is in the championship.
Romain’s season has been a bit of a mixed bag for me. He’s scoring points again in a car that has an odd performance window, but he isn’t always as far clear from Maldonado as you expect him to be, sometimes even when Pastor starts behind him they still encounter each other on track.
Higher up on my list than any other posted here so far, but mainly due to the races where he finished, he finished decently. Rather than it being a good season for him, the others are having similar seasons in my opinion.
Had a clear advantage over Kvyat, suddenly had Kvyat doing to him what he did to Vettel and then came Hungary. If he can keep his head up now and Renault can finish the races, I don’t see why he shouldn’t be in a position to improve in the standings. If he gets beaten by Kyvat regularly still, his momentum might dwindle.
Not where I expected him to be at the beginning of the season, then got into form and has delivered. Not too much to say about him.
Despite not having some of the peaks Verstappen has reached, he does come across as a more secure driver. Has held himself against a much talked about team mate, but musn’t get distracted by poor reliability.
Fast, mature for his age, but there are times where you can tell his age and perhaps, more importantly, his lack of experience. Monaco and Silverstone kind of blemish a season that’s otherwise been very good.
Hard to judge. Finishes sort of above expectations, but at the same time, the current McLaren isn’t a F2012 or even a R28. I wouldn’t say he has, explicitly, done a worse job than the others, but I can’t grade a world champion driving for a top team a 10/10 for a DNF or finishing outside of the points, driving in the gap between the midfield and Manor.
A very solid first season so far, but apart from his points finishes, has been exactly where you expect him to be.
Despite the difference in ranking, is close to Hulkenberg in how I grade him; he’s just had less noteworthy races. Has been kind of invisible lately.
As with Alonso, hard to judge. Loses a few decimal points per race to Alonso for my grades and ends up here. Again, not because of poor driver performance, but because I don’t really have much to award him for.
It might not be 2011/2012 Pastor, but a large number of DNFs and incidents have him with just over half of Grosjean’s points despite keeping up with him from time to time on track. Hungary is a bruise on a season that has failed to deliver, while not being as crash prone as before.
Simply forgettable. Not bad, not good, he’s there. Scored points, finishes behind his team mate usually. Really struggling to say anything other than that.
Does what he can with the Manor.
Does what he can with the Manor, which typically seems to be a little less than Stevens can. Gap is too high sometimes, but he has been managing to finish in front of Stevens.
Basically, 6 through 16 can change on a race to race basis for me, as my grades stand now.28th July 2015, 20:02 at 8:02 pm #302635
Fernando Alonso – Brazil 2003. Crashed into debris left there by Mark Webber’s crash. Fernando’s crash ended the race, which had him miss the podium.
Kimi Raikkonen – Europe 2005. Flat spotted his tyre, kept going and had his suspension break on the final lap. Cost him a lot of points which enabled Alonso to ease to his maiden championship more so than had Raikkonen won this race. He nearly took out Jenson Button as well, closer than Hulkenberg came to taking out Bottas last Sunday.28th July 2015, 19:56 at 7:56 pm #302634
One of my first favorite podiums happened at the 1998 Italian GP; M Schumacher, Irvine, R Schumacher. Nothing like seeing your favorite driver win with his teammate and little brother next to him. Europe 1999 is another great one, with Herbert-Trulli-Barrichello. The 2003 Brazilian GP is a little odd in that I like the top 3 finishers, but that podium ceremony got a little weird with the wrong result and Alonso not being there. Definitely one of the more memorable, though!
The 2004 Monaco podium was something else as well, Trulli-Button-Barrichello. If you’d told me Button would be the one to end up winning the most races out of the three of them I’d probably laugh at the time. Felt like Trulli was going to win more, which makes this one a little bittersweet. 2005 San Marino race had Alonso-Schumacher-Wurz, which was quite vindicating for Wurz and I enjoyed having him on the podium. That year’s Monaco GP also had a nice podium, with Raikkonen, Heidfeld and Webber. The 2008 Canadian GP is also up there, with a 1-2 for BMW Sauber, but also DC getting a podium for one of his two points finishes that season. Similarly, the 2009 Belgian GP had Raikkonen scoring his only win that season, Fisichella his only points finish with a 2nd place and Vettel in 3rd and suddenly looking like he could be a factor in the championship.
Valencia 2012 has a special place in my heart, though. Seeing my top 3 favorite drivers on the podium again after all that time was something I did not expect but was very welcome.28th July 2015, 19:19 at 7:19 pm #302630
I’m sad to see Renault go, but I’m pretty happy they’ve gone the way of finding a solution and/or new manufacturer immediately, rather than face into the abyss for too long. Superlicence points or not, it’s a good championship and drivers who win the title generally have been successful elsewhere, so perhaps over the years they’d still have gotten enough to get into F1 after the category.