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  • #274058
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    I always hear great things about Montreal during the Grand Prix weekend. Shamefully, I’ve yet to attend the GP even though I live less than 2 hours away from Montreal, but I hear that they shut down part of the downtown core so that it’s pedestrians only. Not to mention the circuit itself is on an island downtown and getting to all the great stuff in Montreal afterwards isn’t supposed to be difficult.

    It’s not an exotic location, but with the way the city takes on the GP weekend, it seems like it’d be a great atmosphere to be a part of and to experience.

    #273347
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    GP2 has been great fun; I only managed to catch some of the races starting halfway through the season (I finally found a source for GP2 but it’s not always reliable), but it has been tremendous, close racing.

    I actually find myself looking forward to GP2 races more than some F1 races.

    #272550
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    It’s a bit silly, but ultimately, penalising the drivers through race bans and such are going to be damaging to the team as well.

    I’d propose something like taking away FP1/FP2 time and giving it to a reserve or young driver; it makes the Merc driver lose out on setup/data collection time, but still leaves them with the equipment to be ahead of the rest of the pack.

    Anyways, most solutions (that I can think of, anyway) would be damaging to the team. I think it’s up to the drivers to come to some sort of gentleman’s agreement. The precedent has been set within the team where drivers can ignore team orders anyway.

    #272542
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    I find very few watch F1 where I am to begin with; I’m in Canada, and with the majority of races being early Sunday morning broadcasts (and replays being inconsistent) there are very few others with whom I can discuss F1 (other than some friends who have a passing interest in motorsport, only because they are such large sports fanatics to begin with). I would think that Quebec has a greater interest, since their sports broadcaster (RDS) is much more consistent in having F1-related programming, not to mention the only worthwhile Canadian F1 drivers have been from Quebec (both Villeneuves).

    Declining viewership in Europe is a concern, since races are broadcast at more palatable times (I don’t get up early on Sundays). There’s also the fact that F1 doesn’t get a lot of exposure due to the fact that schedules aren’t always consistent (i.e. there’s back-to-back race weekends, some with 3 weeks between, then the August break) compared to NFL football, NHL hockey, etc. which are nightly/weekly and very consistent.

    I’d imagine that if there was a national icon that most can get behind (Schumacher, Alonso, etc.) then it would be easier to get the interest of the more casual viewers. That sense of comraderie between fans is engaging; the Olympics are a great example, where most viewers are only going to have a casual interest in the particular sport(s) but will cheer on their fellow countrymen/women. This is why I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a Canadian driver to enter F1, but it doesn’t look likely anytime soon.

    Having outspoken drivers, or more explosive rivalries like Prost/Senna can help draw in viewers, but ultimately it’ll be the races that have to keep viewers hooked.

    #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.

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