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  • #171404
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    If the driver’s championship was abolished, F1’s TV ratings would take a huge nosedive. The popularity of F1 in any particular country depends on the success of drivers from that country. For example, Germany and Spain didn’t care for F1 before Schumacher and Alonso started winning. But once they did, it became big news in those countries and F1 ratings soared. Similar things have happened in England with Mansell-mania and then Hamilton-mania.

    Also, aside from Ferrari, most fans don’t really care about the teams. Manufacturers come and go as their executives see fit. And teams are bought and sold and change their identities at a businessman’s whim.

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    An onboard of Senna’s 1991 pole lap at Spa.

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    Hamilton has this ability to make a bad car quick which makes him a great driver, he wrestles that thing until it does what he wants which is great to see.

    I don’t think Hamilton “wrestles” the car as much as you all say. Since F1 changed to slicks in 2009 he’s been just as smooth as Button.

    Look at his qualy lap from Abu Dhabi last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wamUuKMZdqU

    His Q2 lap from Spa last year: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xi8rud_lewis-hamilton-spa-q2_auto

    Or this video comparing his and Button’s laps at Malaysia 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5ooAeo0w0A

    As a contrast:

    Hamilton sliding at Monza 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxBEve5P5Vg

    Look at how much he has to correct the car in this 2007 pole lap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt8Gt61gUQg

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    Vettel’s helmet is cool. Liuzzi’s helmet is hilarious!

    #153982
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    yeah i completed the extreme events and i won a Ford Falcon.. =.=

    Didn’t you say you’re in the middle of the FGT championship? Then you haven’t finished the extreme events yet. Here’s the list of gift ticket prizes: http://www.ps3trophies.org/forum/gran-turismo-5/83431-unlock-prize-guide.html#post1347502

    #153978
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    Can you win the f1 cars, or do you have to save 10 million for the pleasure?

    You get a Level 24 gift car ticket when you win all the extreme events. With that you get either the F2007, the F10, or the FGT.

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    Yeah the V10 era cars were awesome. But the racing wasn’t necessarily more or less exciting. I’ve watched a few races from the 80s and they weren’t that much different from races today.

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    They are very good, but they make a lot of mistakes in the rain. That proves that they aren’t perfect and can make mistakes when it’s harder to drive – so if the cars were harder to drive, there’d be more mistakes.

    And about making less and less mistakes, it’s not based on any evidence. I think that we have very consistent drivers on the grid at the moment, and they’re not making many mistakes – and from what I know they used to make more mistakes. But I could be wrong, just like many people were that there used to be more overtaking in f1.

    Drivers make more mistakes in the wet because different parts of the track have different amounts of water on it. Which means that the car could feel fine in one corner, but then the next corner has standing water and you aquaplane off the track. You can’t recreate that on a dry track. Even if the FIA decided to change the rules to make the cars harder to control, the drivers and engineers will just adapt to them so the car will be drivable.

    And I really don’t think drivers of the past made that many more mistakes. Especially with the risk of death being much higher than it is now.

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    Don’t get me wrong, I realise that these drivers are the best in the world and that f1 cars are nearly impossible to drive. But, how often do we see someone make a mistake? Apart from overtaking crashes and wet track mistakes, we almost never see any mistakes. Circuits are getting safer and safer, and the drivers are making less and less mistakes – should that really be the case?

    And I’m sure there’d be a lot more overtaking if drivers made more errors – remember Abu Dhabi? Had Petrov out-braked himself once in the 40 laps, Alonso would very likely get through.

    I think F1 drivers aren’t making many mistakes for two reasons:

    1. They’re just that good. As you said, they’re the best in the world. A top-class racing driver’s powers of concentration are much stronger than yours or mine.

    2. They can’t afford to. When high-profile drivers like Alonso or Hamilton make even a single mistake, they suffer all sorts of criticism. And if you’re driving for a midfield or backmarker team and making mistakes every race, you’ll sully your reputation and eventually lose your seat.

    Also, what makes you think drivers are making less and less mistakes? At what point were mistakes at an all time high?

    #153968
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    You have to do the whole thing by yourself. Or with some friends. :)

    #156725
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    Kate’s Prudish Cousin.

    #153954
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    I’m now Level 16 A-Spec, Level 6 B-Spec, 31% done. I’m only now starting to finish the license tests, and after that it’ll be Special events.

    I have to say my only true gripe with this game is that there are so many brilliant cars I want to drive, but reading about people grinding endlessly for credits makes it sound like I won’t be able to drive most of them. For example, I want to get the F10 and the F2007, but together they cost 22 million credits and you can’t use them in any A-Spec or B-Spec races. Instead I have to save 5 million credits for a fantasy Formula GT car I don’t want. Ridiculous! So now I’m afraid to spend any money, lest I run out of it right when I really need it. :(

    #153946
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    Hey guys check out an onboard lap of the X1 at Suzuka: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYuh_Oxh1BQ

    Here’s an RB5 lap for comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c7PWlml970

    #153936
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    You all think the game is small? I got the game on saturday (7% done, level 10) and there’s a lot of stuff I haven’t even touched yet, like the photomode, B-Spec, some of the new tracks, and the only thing I’ve done online so far was one practice session.

    #151831
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    “McLaren rather failed to stay top after the Newey years of 99 and 98.”

    But a big reason for that is Ferrari’s dream team was there to beat him. Ferrari and Mclaren don’t have anyone to match his talent. Maybe Ross Brawn at Mercedes can come up with something special again?

    “Newey himself said he’s thriving on fresh regulations, as his teams generally do.”

    There are a couple of reg changes coming next year, like the adjustable rear wing, and the return to single-deck diffusers. At the start of 2009 the Red Bull was the best single-decked car so I don’t expect Ferrari or Macca to come up with anything better two years later. I think the competition’s only hope is that the new Pirelli tyres don’t suit the Red Bulls. Otherwise I think the gap to Red Bull will increase.

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