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7th July 2014, 5:26 at 5:26 am #2659548th June 2014, 9:42 at 9:42 am #262700
You must have a good memory Keith, like a few that have already contributed, I was at the first round in Melbourne.
I’ve been to Albert Park every year for the past 5 or so, and before that a few times (1999 for the race and other years for practice sessions), plus a few years at Adelaide that I was probably too young to really remember (93 and 95). So I’ve been fortunate enough to see V12s, V10s, V8s and V6 Turbos in action.
My impressions of the engines were that the quality of the sound was good, even if the volume was significantly quieter. I was actually walking to my viewing position when I heard the first cars doing their outlaps and I thought it wasn’t an F1 car but rather a motorbike doing show runs.
I liked quite a few aspects of the new engines:
I didn’t need earplugs
It was easy to distinguish between the different engine manufacturers
The engine note was now multi-dimensional – no longer just a high pitched scream there is now different sounds on corner entry and exit.
I could actually hear the circuit announcer (ever the anorak I normally have a pocket raio, but everyone else can hear it now too) – Neil Crompton did a pretty good job of building up the tension with Ricciardo holding 2nd on the road.
I normally watch the race from the hill overlooking T9 which is directly across the lake from the pit straight – and this was my only major issue with the engines; there was no crescendo at the moment the lights were about to go out.
The other thing I found interesting was I was there with some relatively F1 neutral friends, who were there just because they got free tickets. Their normal motorsport fix is drifting, so they loved the sound of the new engines. The lower volume was a really good aspect in this regard too, as during the race I could explain what was happening to them.
Compared to the V8s, that were just shrill in timbre the V6 Turbos are much more pleasing to the ear – a *slight* volume increase wouldn’t go astray, in their Melbourne guise F1 engines were quieter than some of the support categories (V8 Supercars & Carera Cup).28th March 2014, 12:38 at 12:38 pm #254293
What country are you in? – Australia
2. Which channels broadcast F1 near you? – Qualifying on One, full race on Ten
3. Do they show all the races live or only a limited number? – All races live
4. Do they also show qualifying live? – Yes
5. Do they also show practice sessions live? – No
6. If they are a subscription channel, what does a full year’s subscription cost? – Ten and One are free to air channels
7. Do they broadcast coverage online? – Yes, http://tenplay.com.au/sport/formula-1
8. Please supply any relevant information such as alternative viewing options – Qualifying is shown live on One, which is an HD sports/entertainment channel owned by Network Ten. Races are shown on the network’s main channel, Ten, in Standard Definition only. The coverage uses the Sky F1 commentary and feeds, with ad breaks a plenty. There is typically half an hour of discussion by the Australian team before and after each session.
@mitch has got it all there for Aussie viewers
I’d only add;
Really disappointing to watch races in SD, especially when they were broadcast HD previously (until mid last year).
Also sad that there is no legal way to watch FP1/2/3 in Australia for any other races than the Aus GP.
The quality of analysis on One/Ten is poor (although it has improved with the addition of AJ), so whether possible I have a live stream going before and after the race to watch the coverage from Sky/BBC. Handy to use the stream to fill in ad breaks too.
Finally, strangely I prefer watching European races than Asian ones. Watching the race from 10-12 on a Sunday night really suits me.21st February 2014, 5:21 at 5:21 am #249327
I’ll be there again too.
Will probably watch Practice and Quali from various points on the track and watch the Race from the hill on Turn 9.20th January 2014, 4:22 at 4:22 am #248164
I don’t really follow NASCAR, so take my opinion with a grain of salt – but surely this is going to produce some strange entrants into ‘The Chase’, Juan Pablo Montoya and Marcus Ambrose have both never won on ovals but both won on road courses.29th July 2013, 2:49 at 2:49 am #239261
Just wanted to revive this discussion after Grosjean’s penalty in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix. If you would allow drivers to overtake while exceeding track limits, that wouldn’t work simply because there is so much tarmac on the edge of the track. For an example, turn 4 where Grosjean passed Massa: there is an enormous tarmac patch on the apex, while the outside if basically a pristine tarmac paradise.
So in my opinion, they should replace the tarmac run-off areas with grass patches, at least the first meter on the outside of the track (also the ridiculous astroturf has to go). Then you can be a bit softer with the track exceeding regulations: it basically becomes the driver’s responsibility to judge whether keeping your foot in is the sensible thing to do. Of course if a driver cuts the corner completely, a penalty should still be handed to him.
There is of course a safety issue: the tarmac is there for safety reasons, because the friction of the tyres with the tarmac surface is actually a really effective way to slow a skidding car down. That’s why I say the first meter or two alongside the track should be grass and further away from the track it should remain as it is right now: tarmac.
I think that 1-2 meters of grass on the verge of the track is an ideal solution. Not only does it prevent passes outside the boundaries of the track but it also prevents gaining an advantage by not respecting the track limits on a regular lap.
It would also lead to better racing too as drivers would be punished for mistakes – when running wide at the moment they just use the run off and there’s no issue, if there’s grass in the way then they’ll have to make a decision, go wide onto the tarmac run-off or back off and stay within the track.
Would love to see the impact on safety of having grass verges – if they’re too soft it just provides a cushion to roll.
The other alternative that I’d like to see investigated is the Paul Riccard style blue and red zones – would these work for F1?17th May 2013, 8:03 at 8:03 am #236696
With the (almost) what cars are you missing?15th April 2013, 5:43 at 5:43 am #231956
Five years is a long deal for a bloke who’s 36 years old… particularly one who has regularly said F1 is the pinnacle of motor racing and might want to just catch some waves instead.28th March 2013, 4:04 at 4:04 am #230652
Yep, I think @Pelican has probably found the most common sense reason why this wouldn’t happen – weather.
Particularly the races on the American continents as they traverse the equator seeing extreme weather from winter to summer.
The same problem would exist for the Asian races, but is minimised as many of the races are located in/around the tropics.27th March 2013, 4:56 at 4:56 am #230498
Surely they are trollin’26th March 2013, 6:49 at 6:49 am #22958225th March 2013, 1:53 at 1:53 am #229449
Will be interesting to see if we hear any more about the chop, or if the conversation stays on teh team orders22nd January 2013, 10:09 at 10:09 am #224226
V8 Supercars often try convoluted Quali systems, often so as to involve a second driver.
See, that’s a time when aggregate qualifying actually would be a good idea. Both drivers will use the car in the race, so the grid should be made up by adding the regular driver’s time to the co-driver’s time.
Yeah I like the idea of aggregate qualifying a bit better for races where multiple drivers are sharing the same car. It adds the dimension of “team X would have qualified better if driver Y hadn’t done a poor lap”.
Agreed, aggregate qualifying makes perfect sense for multi driver lineups.
One of the examples V8 Supercar tried was two races, in which one you had to make a put stop but the other you didn’t (where the choice of which race to pit in was up to the team), the results of which were combined with the lowest average place across the two drivers starting from pole.
Following quali at the circuit is haphazard at the best of times for these races it was madness22nd January 2013, 5:33 at 5:33 am #224218
Gotta say it’s still better than any qualifying session that had ‘fuel-burn’
What a pointless waste of time that was.
V8 Supercars often try convoluted Quali systems, often so as to involve a second driver. Can’t say it detracts from the overall event, but it doesn’t particularly engage me.5th January 2013, 13:17 at 1:17 pm #220911
I’m currently reading Analysing Formula 1 by Roger Smith, it was written at the end of the 2007 season.
He doesn’t produce a formal top 10, but using statistics nominates the following top 7:
Stewart, Moss, Senna, Prost