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  • #299640
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    di Grassi did manage one thing of note – crashing on his way to the grid in Suzuka.

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    Jacques Villeneuve in 1997
    Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill,Jacques Villeneuve and Ricardo Zonta in 1999 (this is where the name came from)
    Jenson Button in 2005
    Kamui Kobayashi in 2010
    Sebastian Vettel in 2011 (practice)

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    Another thing that was lacking in the new graphics was the indication as to which drivers had crossed the start/finish line after the end of each part of qualifying – previously there would be a chequered-flag icon by the driver’s name.

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    1959 British GP saw Brian Naylor, Henry Taylor, and Mike Taylor qualify for the race, and Trevor Taylor and Dennis Taylor both fail to qualify.

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    IMO the main problem is not that the cars are different, but that the drivers (with the odd exception) drive for the same team throughout the season. This makes it very difficult to ascertain who the best drivers actually are (e.g. how much has Alonso been held back by Ferrari, how much did Ricciardo improve from 2013 to 2014?). Obviously there is the team-mate comparison, but this is of limited use given that a driver only has 1 team-mate, and a driver’s performance relative to their team-mate is determined as much by the team-mate as by the driver. Also, some teams give one driver preferential treatment, and others often use different race strategies for their drivers.

    The best solution (which has been suggested in various forms before, possibly by me!) would involve something like the following:

    21 drivers
    20 cars (10 teams of 2)
    21 races

    Each driver competes in all bar one race, driving a different car in each race (with mid-season development being banned), with a different team-mate in each race (although this isn’t really necessary), everything being drawn at random. Obviously there are some issues with this, such as:

    1. Deciding which drivers should compete – perhaps a promotion/relegation system with a series such as GP2?
    2. Making it possible for viewers to identify both the driver and team – possibly using split liveries.
    3. What happens if a driver is unable to compete in one or more races? Should a replacement driver (if there is one) be allowed to score Drivers’ Championship points?

    Obviously there is a big ‘lottery’ effect here, but it does mean that if one driver runs away with the title, then it is (barring an extraordinary amount of luck) because he is the best driver, and similarly for the teams.

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    Surely the best thing is not to wait until the lapped cars have caught the rest of the field up, just bring the safety car in at the end of the lap on which the lapped cars are released.

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    M Schumacher in Canada 1998 won despite a stop-go penalty for taking Frentzen out of the race.

    Raikkonen in Japan 2005 had an engine change, although he was bizarrely not moved back on the grid as he qualified 17th ahead only of 3 drivers who did not set a time, and he was allowed to start ahead of them.

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    Don’t have many vivid memories before 2003:

    2003: Brazil (missed Britain that year) (real WTF? race)
    2004: Monaco (some crazy moments here)
    2005: Japan (San Marino and Europe were both edge-of-seat thrillers as well)
    2006: Hungary (Button winning from 14th)
    2007: Europe (Markus Winkelhock etc)
    2008: Brazil (edge-of-seat stuff!)
    2009: Australia (backmarkers to 1-2 without changing a driver)
    2010: Canada (some genuine passing for the lead)
    2011: Canada (coming down to the final lap after 4+ hours)
    2012: Brazil (had everything!)
    2013: Monaco (a few crazy moments!)

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    Here’s a few suggestions:

    1. Only allow DRS to be used when the car is being affected by turbulent air from the car in front (i.e. the flap shuts as soon as the car is alongside the car in front) – this is really what the purpose of DRS is.

    2. Possibly bring back single-lap qualifying – fewer tyres will be used, the top-10-start-on-same tyres rule can be abolished, and the smaller teams will get more exposure. Also, it will be low-fuel, unlike when we had it 2003-05. The running order could be determined by the finishing order in P3.

    3. Enforce a budget cap, or alternatively decree that the amount that a team spends in excess of a certain limit is then deducted from their prize money (e.g. if the cap was £40m and the prize for finishing 1st in the Constructors’ Championship was £100m, then if the team spent £40m or less, they would receive £100m at the end of the season, but if they spent £50m, they would only receive £90m).

    4. Don’t red-flag qualifying sessions or races just because it is raining, but perhaps stop the session if no drivers are going out onto the track. If this is not possible, adjust the tyres such that only one type of wet tyre is needed.

    5. Something that would be a radical overhaul of F1 – have 20 races, 20 drivers, and 20 cars (10 teams with 2 cars each). Each driver drives each car in one race. This way, the Drivers’ Championship will give a measure of who is the best driver, and the Constructors’ Championship will give a measure of who is the best constructor. Obviously, there will be issues with this (such as the need for the livery of a car to be able to identify both the driver and the team).

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    Martin Brundle in the early part of Brazil 2008: “I’m not sure Vettel’s got a car capable of threatening Hamilton for the whole race” (or words to that effect).

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    First one is correct, second one is true but is not what I was looking for.

    #141481
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    My question – John Watson’s win at the 1983 USA West GP resulted in 2 records being set that still stand (unequalled) today – what are they?

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    San Marino GP (held in Italy)
    Luxembourg GP (held in Germany)
    1982 Swiss GP (held in France)

    #141446
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    Correct! The 14th Century nationalist was Robert The Bruce, and the other king of England was William IV.

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    Another hint: this driver only competed in 1 season in the 1980s.

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