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  • #205371
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    For me it would be either F1, IndyCar or WEC. These all feature the pinacles of motorsport, Monaco GP, Indy 500, Le Mans. What more could you ask for?

    I’d love to drive in the WEC as the cars are just so damn beautiful!

    #201320
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    I agree that I’d like to see an independent team come back into F1 as these are the teams that have the real passion behind F1 and are there for their love of racing not for the brand exposure that comes along with it. The thing is F1 just isn’t the same place it was 10 or 15 years ago and it is unlikely for a team like that to come in and succeed after watching Lotus, Marussia and HRT do it.

    I think I’d like to see an independent team with strong backing come into the sport so they actually have a chance to race for points.

    #193977
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    Yeah I might have this on in the background this weekend. I’m recording this weekend and it can be a little slow, so this will hopefully provide me with some entertainment

    #191571
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    I read this article, I’m not sure where or how I read it but I didn’t think it was exactly the kind of thing that McLaren would put out so it is no surprise that it was taken down. It was a bit too blunt and to the point and no PR shizzle in there. Maybe that’s why.

    #190473
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    For me Grand Prix 4 by the fantastic Mr Geoff Crammond is by far my favourite F1 game, available for the PC.

    It featured the 2001 F1 season so it featured teams such as Arrows, Prost, Minardi and Jaguar at the back of the field. My dad bought Grand Prix 2 back 1996 I think which featured the 1994 season and I loved it so as soon as this came out I snapped it up quicker than you could say Enrique Bernoldi.

    The graphics were beyond anything I had ever seen and the realism was fantastic. I had started playing F1 games on the PS1 games such as the aforementioned F1 97 and the others in the series but they were always a little arcadey for my liking. Grand Prix 4 featured some really great racing and you had to look after your car and play the right strategy.

    The game is still played by many today thanks to the nature of the game build allowing anyone to create new liveries and even tracks for the game. I remember fond days playing the 2005 and 2006 seasons inbetween terms at uni when I had access to a PC. Unfortunately I don’t have a PC these days but I’d love to revisit the game at some point.

    http://www.pcgameshardware.com/screenshots/medium/2008/04/2002_Grand_Prix_4.jpg

    #188976
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    Yeah I think Mr Brickles could be right

    #176017
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    Hi @nickdeville I’m afraid this championship has been and gone.

    #188353
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    @dam00r I’m not sure what version of the game you have but F1 2011 is nowhere near a masterpiece. Anywhos. This sounds interesting if they can actually pull it off. As @ajokay says if it is just Aryton Senna cars racing non licensed cars then that’s just not as much fun. Yes it’s just some colours and a name to distinguish but that wouldn’t be great.

    I’ve never played Game Stock Car, is it any good?

    I’ll never play it as I don’t have a PC but sounds interesting nonetheless

    #187728
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    Ryan Giggs was one of my favourite footballers, I grew up with his career and I remember reading his ‘Soccer Skills’ book very thoroughly indeed! Football fell out of favour around 2002/3 with me and I rarely watch a game. However if I watched Manchester United I would always want him to do well. Everyone would always think he was such a nice guy off the pitch and you’d definitely want to go for a beer with him, even though he might seem a little dull.

    When the news came out about what he had done I was shocked and appauled that my once favourite football player could have done such a thing. However this all passed quite quickly and when I see him on the field now all I think of is his talent.

    I feel this would be different with an F1 driver as I am a bigger F1 fan than a football fan, hence I’m writing this on F1Fanatic, not FootballFanatic. I am more involved with the drivers and know a little about their lives outside of the race track by following their twitter accounts, reading their books or watching interviews. So this probably makes me react differently to how I did with Giggs.

    I think I would lose some respect for that driver and for a while I might not want them to do so well in races. But after a while, if they are talented enough you get past that and see them for their skill.

    So I feel that people will react differently to drivers they like and dislike. Say if a driver who people don’t think deserves a spot on the grid does this then people will use this as another way of putting said driver down. However if it happens to a popular driver who has bags of talent people tend to just forget those things. Just look at Villeneuve who has been mentioned above, and Graham Hill. People love those guys.

    p.s. sorry for the length

    #188015
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    Sorry to be pedantic but it was the RB7, and the MP4-26 :p.

    Anywho I think by this stage of the season Vettel was so confident and only needing 1 point to take the title gives a driver that little edge over everyone else. It is true that the car just seems to handle beautifully and the car seems to go exactly where you want it. I think this has always been the case with Red Bull’s last three cars and Suzuka is a great place to show this. The esses are the best place to see this as he makes it look so effortless. If you look at how Hamilton gets his quick quali laps in the MP4-26 then there is a lot more action going on at the wheel. Correcting oversteer and understeer. What would be great is to see his lap from this session but I couldn’t find it.

    What strikes me the most about the car is the fact DRS can be left open around 130R without a lift. Now that is some mega downforce and shows that the rear wing only provides a small amount of it (relatively).

    Also Vettel seems to be the king of Suzuka so that probably means a lot to why it looks so good.

    #187581
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    Vettel

    1. (Proper Noun) German family name of current F1 champion
    2. (Verb) Making a brilliant start and building a gap over 1 second to your closest driver. “He did a Vettel there, they won’t be able to use DRS”

    #186282
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    @dragoll I’m sure Keith has enough on his cards without a wiki to moderate as well. I’d love a reliable online encyclopedia but the fact we are 62 seasons in makes it a little bit tricky ;)

    #186279
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    I completely agree. Wikipedia is great for statistics but that’s about all I can get out of it. The race reviews are poorly written and due to the sites nature doesn’t allow for interesting reads.

    I do enjoy going through old F1 seasons and finding drivers I don’t know much about and following their career through their own driver page. It’s good for that.

    #183002
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    Webber on Alonso at Spa. Such bravery and respect between the two drivers. I could watch that overtake time and time again. Everyone has said enough about it above so I won’t go on.

    #185319
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    1. Vettel: Just in a class of his own. You only have to look at the difference between him and Webber (who is no slouch) over qualifying and the race. It proves to me that it is not just the car that is quick. What impresses me the most about Vettel is his qualifying speed and how he just turns it on when he needs to. Also the first few laps of the race he manages to pull out a gap of over a second normally which is just crazy.

    2. Button: One of the best seasons by Button. In the second half of the season he almost beat Vettel in terms of points. If it wasn’t for the British and German GP’s then he would have been a lot closer. The first driver to beat Hamilton and everyone betted against him. He shown some real pace in the races and actually attacked a lot more than he used to. Shame his qualifying lets him down but he more than makes up for it in the races.

    3. Alonso: Like Vettel you only have to look at his team mate Massa to see how good Alonso has been. He achieved 10 podiums this year whilst Massa didn’t even get one. He out drove that car all season and lucked in on a mid season rule change at Silverstone. You have to believe he can win championships with Ferrari with signing such a long term deal and I hope we see him up there at the front again.

    I won’t rank all the other drivers as that would take too long however drivers that have impressed me this year are:

    Adrian Sutil: Best of the rest finishing 9th overall. Started off badly but really got it together towards the end of the season and out qualifying his quick team mate Di Resta.

    Di Resta: great debut year and got some solid points.

    Alguersuari: beat his team mate and had a good middle part of the season. Hope to see him next year.

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