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  • #265514
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    I’m at work, so I can’t see the videos, but I do recall it was awesome. Really awesome.

    The top speed coming off the Parabolica straight into Curva Grande would be something amazing. Only issue I can think of is the short lap with around 35 cars, as opposed to the 22 F1 cars. I still want this to happen if Monza gets dropped from the F1 calendar, though.

    #265445
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    That would be sweet, as long as they remove that first chicane so the LMP1 cars can go full-throttle from Parabolica down to the Curva Grande.

    There were some testing videos (early this year or late last year) of an LMP1 car (Audi, I think) doing this, and speed it carried was incredible.

    I feel like the great things F1 should be doing are already being done by WEC.

    #265444
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    I propose for F1, they adapt the voting idea and have a list of gimmicks that fans can vote out of the sport. Do you vote to get rid of DRS? Do you vote for proper tyres? Do you vote to get rid of double points?

    The saddest part is that removing even one of those still leaves the other two as major, unresolved issues.

    #263743
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    @deej92 Well, the 2009 regs brought the narrow rear wing and much lower, wider front wing, but a lot of the lost downforce was gained through double diffuser, exhaust blown diffuser, then perfected with engine mapping (I think I may have missed some transitional steps but I believe these are the major ones). Now we’ve lost a huge chunk of downforce because the exhaust blown diffusers are not possible with the new regulations. The way I see it, because these engines create so much more power at lower RPMs, not having that tremendous rear downforce should make the car a lot more difficult to handle.

    I’m no aerodynamics/physics expert, but my understanding of these open wheel cars is that the majority of downforce is created through the floor of the car, so the nose heights affect the airflow going to the floor; I think it’s about creating negative airflow between the floor and the track (or maybe it’s positive, see my first comment in this paragraph), essentially pulling the car onto the track. Most teams opted for the phallic noses because it increases airflow to the underbody by minimizing how much ‘nose’ is blocking that airflow.

    Someone much more knowledgeable that I will be reading this and wonder what the hell I’m on about, but the big change this year is the removal of exhaust blown diffusers.

    I hope someone adds to this because I think what I’ve written is a brief, and woefully inadequate summary of the changes.

    #258012
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    @bradley13 I still remember in Race Driver: GRID they had some basic touring cars (I think they were the WTCC models, a BMW 3 series touring car and a Chevy Lacetti touring car) and they were fun to drive.

    What I want Codemasters to do is leverage all the great tracks they have for their F1 games and include those; surely the tracks themselves aren’t tied into an F1 license? It would also be cool if they expanded on the open wheel/LMP car selections they had in GRID, like having GP2/GP3 cars (the F3 and F2000 cars in GRID were my favourites to drive), more LMP cars, even a few demolition derby tracks (sometimes you just need to crash into things).

    We’ll forget GRID 2 was made and call this the actual successor to Race Driver: GRID.

    #257949
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    That’s hard to say, I think I’d go for a Hamilton/Vettel mix (just to see the team implode), Hamilton/Alonso (well, they’ve imploded once, and I think both have matured a lot since 2007), or a Hamilton/Ricciardo (not sure how this one would go).

    #257947
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    I never really looked at it that way. I had to look up Davidson’s history, since I never got to see him race (only started watching F1 in 2008, although I don’t recall anything really memorable about him from the 2007 races that I have seen). When you say his times at BAR were faster than Schumacher, were those just his testing times? I don’t see him as anything other than a test driver for BAR.

    It sounds like he’s excellent for car development and as a test driver (if we still had regular testing I’m sure he would still have a job), but I don’t hold it against drivers for not making it in F1. It suits some really well, but others not as much. It’s not like Davidson hasn’t found a great spot in LMP1. With everything that you’re saying, it’s surprising he couldn’t manage even a respectable mid-field drive.

    If he had a chance with the Brawn car, I think he would’ve made more of a name for himself, since it would’ve been an opportunity to really show off, but it looks like luck (and probably sponsorship, too) has played against him. Really is unfortunate, since it would’ve been amazing (or hilarious, not sure yet) to see a Super Aguri win a WDC/WCC. The most I ever really knew about them was that they folded when 2008 started.

    #257930
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    That’s really good, I didn’t buy Grid 2 because of the fact that there were no real circuits (or a lack of real circuits). I’m normally not interested in street racing unless it’s arcade style (i.e. NFS Most Wanted).

    I loved Race Driver GRID because of the variety of cars, LMP, Formula 3, F2000, touring cars, demolition derby, etc. and lots of great circuits. If they can pull off that type of game again, I will buy it!

    #257089
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    Well, I don’t think I ever wrote a team off faster than McLaren in 2009. I was hoping to see a proper defence of Hamilton’s WDC, but looks like they put everything they had into 2008 (which doesn’t surprise me, that car has so many aero appendages).

    #255118
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    It’s looking less and less like a joke. It still blows my mind that the double points race was approved.

    #254928
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    @gfreeman I did like the fuel percentages, but it’s not all that useful unless it’s a direct percentage of the fuel actually put in the car, instead of a percentage of 100kg. I thought it was cool to see during the race that Hamilton had used less fuel than others at the front, so if needed, he had the fuel available to push if Rosberg or Vettel had brought the chase to him.

    However, it’s a lot less useful if it says something like Massa – 80% used but doesn’t take into account he may have only been using 90% of the available fuel capacity (so that he’s not dragging around fuel that wouldn’t be used anyway).

    I just read this and I’m not sure if it’s coherent. It’s been a long day.

    Ultimately, I think the more data available to the viewer, the better. It’d be cool to see if during a certain stint if Driver A has their fuel right up to the 100kg/hr limit while Driver B is saving at 90% of the limit, etc. It can give us a better idea if a driver is closing in on pure pace or if it’s due to wildly different fuel strategies.

    #253974
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    In no particular order:

    Spa-Francorchamps
    Circuit de la Sarthe (the modern layout with the chicanes on the Mulsanne)
    Hungaroring (don’t know what it is about this track but I found the recent races good, despite the difficulties in overtaking)
    Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
    COTA
    Suzuka
    Monza
    Road Atlanta/Laguna Seca (alternating)
    Istanbul Park
    Silverstone/Donington (alternating)
    Circuit de Catalunya (but the old configuration where it’s a high speed final turn onto the pit straight)
    Interlagos
    Imola
    Nurburgring

    #253973
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    In Canada, your only choice is TSN, otherwise, there may be the odd race where it may only be broadcast on NBC Sports (I’ve seen this with the Canadian and US Grands Prix).

    If you prefer a French broadcast (French-Canadian, not France), RDS is the best bet, and they typically do shortened-length re-runs of races after the live broadcast.

    Generally, TSN/RDS are your only bet (apart from the odd NBC broadcast) and they will only broadcast qualifying and the race, nothing else. While RDS does have their own French commentary, the TSN broadcast is just the BBC live feed (I don’t recall if they use the Sky feed, but they must since some races are broadcast live by Sky and some by the BBC).

    Motorsports broadcasts are scarce in Canada, and SPEED used to be decent for other series (V8SC, DTM, ALMS/WEC) between their NASCAR programming.

    What’s good is that TSN/RDS are typically part of lower cable packages, whereas SPEED will likely require an add-on package. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any live web streams, but I believe SPEED does air practice sessions and such which would normally not be aired on TV anyway.

    The best way to watch motorsports programming in Canada is to turn to online sources (their legality can be questionable). Live streams are usually of very poor quality (and being GMT -5 most live Grands Prix occur while I’m asleep) so I’ll typically resort to bittorrent. I won’t go any further than this or post any links.

    #253424
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    It’s very strange, because I use the Canadian version and it’s definitely on Google.ca

    #253417
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    I think that’s it: worldwide, we know Senna because of his relentless speed and amazing talent. In Brazil, he’s known for his charity work, his pride in his home country, and his compassion for its people. Just watching his funeral in the Senna documentary shows the love that the Brazilian people gave back to him. It’s not just the racing (which was phenomenal) but his compassion.

    At least that compassion lives on in the foundation which carries his name.

    Another thought: I actually liked that the Google Doodle (Goodle? Doogle?) was on his birthday rather than on the anniversary of his death.

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