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    Antonio Nartea

    I’ll update this for Romania where, surprisingly(!!!), IndyCar is shown live:

    1. What country are you in (and state, if applicable)

    2. Which channels broadcast IndyCar near you?
    Digi Sport

    3. Do they show all the races live or only a limited number (if so, how many?)
    All races from the 2014 calendar are live (or in some cases delayed).

    4. If they are a subscription channel, what does a full year’s subscription cost (excluding limited time offers)?
    A subscription to RCS-RDS Digital (~80.00€/year), Analogue Cable (~68.00€/year) or Satellite Television Services (~65.00€/year) is required. More info here:

    5. Do they broadcast coverage online? If so please post link/s
    Yes, on Digi Sport Live TV:
    Available to RCS-RDS Internet Services subscribers only.

    6. Please supply any other relevant information such as alternative viewing options

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    Hi Keith,

    Thought I’d update this for Romania as well.

    1. What country are you in (and state, if applicable)

    2. Which channels broadcast F1 near you?
    Dolce Sport

    3. Do they show all the races live or only a limited number (if so, how many?)
    All races are live.

    4. Do they also show qualifying live?
    Yes. All qualifying sessions are live.

    5. Do they also show practice sessions live?
    No practice sessions are being shown live. No highlights either.

    6. If they are a subscription channel, what does a full year’s subscription cost (excluding limited time offers)?
    A subscription for Dolce Digital Television Services (starting at ~156.00€/year) or Dolce Satellite Television Services (starting at ~78.00€/year) is required. More info here:

    7. Do they broadcast coverage online? If so please post link/s
    Yes, on Dolce Web TV:
    For Dolce Digital Television Services and Dolce Internet Services subscribers access to Dolce Web TV is free of any extra charge.
    For non-subscribers, access to the “Sports Pack” on Dolce Web TV (includes Dolce Sport 1, 2, 3, 4) can be purchased for 1.50€/day or 4.00€/month.

    8. Please supply any other relevant information such as alternative viewing options
    A good alternative (and the only one as far as I know) is RTL Germany, included in the “DTV Maxim Pack” for UPC subscribers. The price for the whole channel pack is ~150.00€/year.

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    Best Driver: Magnussen
    Worst Driver: Gutierrez
    Best Team: McLaren
    Worst Team: Lotus
    Best Overtake: Bottas on Raikkonen
    Funniest Moment: McLaren’s “porcelain” nose
    Most Surprising Result: both Torro Rossos in the points
    Least Surprising Result: Mercedes winning
    Special Mention to: Bottas, Ricciardo, Button
    Race Rating: 8/10

    World feed rating: 7/10

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    There’s very good rationale for introducing double points for the Indy 500 but not so much the others.

    I’m guessing it’s related to the Triple-Crown promotion they reinserted last year. If you think of it like that and add the fact that all Indianapolis, Pocono, and Fontana are all special racetracks in their own way, it’s still much more rational than what F1 does.

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    1. Ferrari
    2. Mercedes
    3. Force India
    4. Red Bull
    5. McLaren
    6. Williams
    7. Torro Rosso
    8. Lotus
    9. Sauber

    Marussia might position themselves ahead of Sauber or even Torro Rosso (Bianchi – Nasr or Bianchi – Frijns could prove at least interesting) while Caterham. I assume, will have the worst line-up on the grid.

    Ferrari and Mercedes do have the best line-ups but I for one rate Force India very highly for next year.

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    Penske have probably got the strongest lineup

    @jackysteeg – I don’t know about that. I rate the Dixon – Kanaan pairing very highly for next season, on par with the Castroneves – Power one, BUT I seriously doubt Montoya will be able to keep up with these four from the get-go. On the other hand Ganassi have Kimball as a consistent upper-midfielder to rely on, and if they’re truly trying to lure Paul Di Resta in, a rather solid fourth driver as well. Especially one that has driven something other than stock cars for the past years.

    I’ll go on a stretch here and say Ganassi (might / will) have a marginally better line-up than Penske.

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    Lotus: Grosjean / Perez – Grosjean is set and Perez proved he’s worthy of a decent drive. This might actually turn into a better option than McLaren for him.
    Sauber: Hulkenberg / Sirotkin – Hulkenberg needs to stay put if he’s eyeing a Ferrari seat, or simply to prove he’s capable of commiting to a team for an extended period of time. Sirotkin is an unknown quantity, but it will be massively interesting to see what he’s capable of. Also, it sorts out Sauber’s financial issues.
    Force India: Sutil / Calado – Sutil will probably stay put for continuity while Calado should get a shot, in my opinion. Di Resta looks set to fill the 4th Ganassi seat in IndyCar.
    Caterham: Kovalainen / Van Der Garde – Kovalainen should get another shot, not because he’s the best driver on the grid but for the experience he can bring in a crucial year. Van Der Garde hasn’t done a lot, but looks to be in ascending form. Could prove a better prospect than Pic.
    Marussia: Bianchi / Vandoorne – Bianchi stays while McLaren should get Vandoorne into the other seat. This could be a strikingly good pairing.

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    McLaren either know something and are looking to bring Button, Brawn and Honda in the same sentence again, or they are simply emotionally incapable of sending Jenson home with a retirement cheque in his hand.

    Now really, as much as I think Magnussen deserves a seat, I also think Perez went from being slightly overrated to being massively underrated in less than one year… McLaren asked him for a miracle in that car and he couldn’t deliver, but that doesn’t mean he can’t drive a car fast around a track for god’s sake. At least give him a decent drive for a couple of races and see what he’s capable of, instead of dismissing him like this…

    The saddest part is that if they ditch Perez this late in the “transfer window” it’s a career breaker, really. McLaren did nothing other than take a driver off the market. Perez won’t find a decent seat for next season, in my opinion.

    Bottom line, yes, Magnussen should get a McLaren drive. Button’s. Not Perez’s.

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    Best Driver: Vettel
    Worst Driver: Raikkonen
    Best Team: Red Bull
    Worst Team: Sauber – bad luck or not, they had a good car but blew their own weekend away
    Best Overtake: Massa on Hamilton and Sutil
    Funniest moment: nothing stood out
    Most Surprising Result: Di Resta – 6th, Webber – anywhere across the line
    Least Surprising Result: Vettel – 1st, Grosjean near the podium
    Special Mention to: Rosberg, Perez, Massa, Sutil
    Race Rating: 4/10

    World feed rating: 5/10 – Graphics issues.

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    Best Driver: Vettel – this isn’t even a contest anymore
    Worst Driver: Di Resta – 3 shunts in a row can’t be called a coincidence
    Best Team: Red Bull
    Worst Team: Torro Rosso were pretty much invisible bar a shunt and a close-call
    Best Overtake: Raikkonen on Button
    Funniest moment: Hulkenberg’s “What?!”
    Most Surprising Result: Raikkonen 3rd, McLaren actually fighting for the podium with a chance at some point.
    Least Surprising Result: Vettel 1st, Alonso 2nd, again
    Special Mention to: Alonso, Raikkonen, Webber & Gutierrez
    Race Rating: 6/10

    World feed rating: 6/10

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    I could see an all-french, Grosjean – Pic driver line-up at Caterham, to be honest. It could do wonders for their Renault partnership, Grosjean has Total backing and Van Der Garde looks to be on his way out either way.

    Other than that, Torro Rosso are set, Force India won’t hire him, Sauber have Sirotkin and Bianchi as a very good counter-argument against Grosjean, Williams probably won’t replace either of their drivers and if they do decide Bottas isn’t good enough for them they always have the Merc-backed DTM squad to promote (Juncadella or Wickens) and Marussia will hire the highest bidder if Bianchi needs to be replaced.

    Caterham is a perfect fit.

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    Here we go. I applied it to 2014:

    30.03 – Miami Bayfront Park Street Circuit (Street)
    06.04 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Road)
    20.04 – Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico (Road)
    04.05 – Twin Ring Motegi, Japan (Oval)
    18.05 – Watkins Glen International (Road)
    25.05 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Oval)
    08.06 – Milwaukee Mile (Oval)
    15.06 – Pocono Raceway (Oval)
    29.06 – Belle Isle, Detroit (Street)
    13.07 – Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst (Road)
    27.07 – Exhibition Place, Toronto, Canada (Street)
    03.08 – Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (Street)
    17.08 – Brands Hatch, UK (Road)
    24.08 – Autodromo Nationale Monza, Italy (Road)
    07.09 – Road America, Elkhart Lake (Road)
    14.09 – Daytona International Speedway (Oval)
    28.09 – Streets of Baltimore (Street)
    12.10 – Sonoma Raceway (Road)
    19.10 – Texas World Speedway (Oval)
    02.11 – Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Australia (Street)
    16.11 – Streets of Long Beach (Street)

    21 race calendar – Oval – 6, Street – 7, Road – 8
    I stand by my opinion that IndyCar should end the season with a reputable street race instead an oval race with 3/4 of the grandstands empty.

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    I disagree. Continuity isn’t exactly the first thing in the world Lotus should aim for considering their current slump in form, their financial issues and the fact that they look set to miss out on their target (3rd in the WCC) again.

    If they manage to get Hulkenberg behind one of those two wheels available I think they might as well take a risk and replace Grosjean too. Despite Massa’s string of counterperformances at Ferrari and the fact that Grosjean is arguably faster than him, I still think Felipe would be a cleaner, more experienced and more consistent option than the frenchman. Ergo, a better option altogether. Especially if the move proves to be an escape from the “Alonso complex” for the brazilian.

    The reasonable questions would be:
    1. Can Lotus afford losing the Total sponsorship Grosjean brings in?
    2. Can Lotus afford two non-paying drivers? (even though, frankly, I expect both Hulkenberg and Massa to accept huge pay cuts, considering the fact that Lotus is, in theory at least, the best option available for both of them)

    Keeping Grosjean and choosing Massa over Hulkenberg as a replacement for Raikkonen would be idiotic though.

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    Best Driver: Nico Hulkenberg
    Worst Driver: Paul Di Resta
    Best Team: Red Bull – unbeatable
    Worst Team: Force India
    Best Overtake: Alonso on Webber
    Funniest moment: Red Bull’s “gearbox issues”
    Most Surprising Result: Hulkenberg 5th, Raikkonen no-score…again
    Least Surprising Result: Vettel and Alonso – top 2…again
    Special Mention to: Hamilton, Ricciardo, Webber, Massa
    Race Rating: 7/10

    World feed rating: 8/10 – Generally good. Good to see FOM finally pointing their cameras to the midfield. We didn’t see this much of Vettel cruising to the win this time. With hindsight, fitting that thermal camera on Di Resta’s car was a bad idea.

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    I’ll get on the boat as well.

    1. Sebastian Vettel – His season has been absolutely impeccable so far. Period.
    2. Lewis Hamilton – Considering the fact that he’s theoretically in an accomodation year, having a real shot at the WDC is quite impressive. Also his win in Hungary was probably the best win this season, of all drivers.
    3. Kimi Raikkonen – A consistency monster. His season is and will probably prove to be even better than 2012. Quali is still a soft spot for him though.
    4. Fernando Alonso – Everyone expected Alonso’s season to start stronger than this. Truly great and skillful driving in most races, brilliant starts and overtakes, all kind of overshadowed by a number of mistakes and bad strategic decisions.
    5. Nico Rosberg – Proved he can be a real contender for the title with a little help from his team. A bit impatient at times this season and struck by a heap of bad luck. Still a great qualifier, mighty fast and undisputably the best no.2 driver on the grid.
    6. Paul Di Resta – His recovery drives this season have been stunning, to say the least. Has managed to get the car in the points from the back of the grid on numerous occasions. Force India constantly shooting themselves in the foot doesn’t help though.
    7. Mark Webber – Bar all the weird Malaysia episode and his retirement announcement, his season hasn’t looked that much different from his others. Manages to pull off brilliant drives once in a while and he keeps it all professional. However, the whole state of affairs inside the team and with F1 as a sport probably took their toll on his general enthusiasm levels.
    8. Jenson Button – Considering the car he’s forced to drive this season, I’d say he does a fairly decent job. Doesn’t really perform above the level of the car but he’s still doing his best behind the wheel on most occasions.
    9. Adrian Sutil – Another unlucky driver. Has performed well generally with a couple of sparks here and there. He would have been higher in the rankings if Force India would have capitalized on their advantage at the beginning of the season. Slightly outperformed by his team mate though.
    10. Romain Grosjean – Has showed flashes of brilliance and proved he’s one of the fastest drivers on the grid, but that’s still not really enough to compensate for his usual sheer idiocy behind the wheel.
    11. Daniel Ricciardo – His best season so far. Definitely upped his game in order to have a shot at the empty Red Bull seat. A bit more luck and better strategic calls wouldn’t hurt though.
    12. Nico Hulkenberg – I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes right now. He’s struggling to perform but he seems more and more frustrated, race after race. No major mistakes but not a clean sheet either. Performing slightly above the level of the car.
    13. Sergio Perez – Withmarsh was right saying Perez is, in a way, McLaren material. He proved in Monaco that he can take the battle to pretty much everyone on the grid, given a better car. He still needs to gather some more experience though.
    14. Felipe Massa – Five decent races, five bad ones. He simply doesn’t seem to be able to shake off the slumps in performance at the moment. But I don’t think his season was as disastrous as some people make it to be.
    15. Valtteri Bottas – Finished all but one race so far and managed to understand the car better than his team mate. Made everyone aware of his presence on the grid in Canada. Probably a future Raikkonen in terms of consistency.
    16. Jules Bianchi – His start of the season was explosive, to say the least. Marussia however seem to be losing out to Caterham in the development game and that threw him into anonimacy lately. Still, clean and consistent. He is probably Marussia’s best driver so far.
    17. Jean Eric Vergne – Purely average. Except for two decent back to back races in Monaco and Canada. 40% retirement rate and off Red Bull’s radar for 2014.
    18. Pastor Maldonado – Never really managed to get a grip of the car and the tyres except in Hungary. I expect he’ll do better and score more in the second part of the season, but so far, he’s been dull, to say the least. Drives a little bit cleaner than he did in 2012 though.
    19. Charles Pic – Should have done better but he wasn’t really horrible either. Average driver in an average car. Same thing, race after race for him.
    20. Esteban Gutierrez – wouldn’t say he is a disappointment as I don’t think anyone here expected him to do a good job this year. Actually, I thought he was gonna do much worse. Still, same as the following two guys, he didn’t do much to prove he deserves his seat in F1.
    21. Giedo Van Der Garde – same as Gutierrez, no real surprises here.
    22. Max Chilton – dead last. That’s all.

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