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  • #296744
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    @spaceman1861

    I think there are a lot more factors to consider regarding the number of races in the WEC calendar than the duration of the races per se.

    First of all I do believe it’s a financial decision and that it strongly relates to the restrictions on the number of engines and components used by the teams. More races = more engines, more components and automatically higher costs for the entrants. It might not affect the LMP1 class and the factory teams that much, but it would definitely mean a chunky budget increase for the privateers (most of which are even struggling now, with full-season costs being around 500.000E in LMP2). Adding 3-4 races to the calendar might throw the whole LMP2 class into extinction and it might affect some of the GT privateers as well. And since Neveu is trying to position his championship as further away from F1 as possible, teams dropping out due to increasing running costs is the last thing he needs. From this point of view I don’t think more races are going to happen until they figure out a decent cost capping solution for LMP2, especially. Or until they manage to attract the interest of more sponsors and/or investors or get more outfits involved.

    Second of all, the whole championship is built around the Le Mans 24H, a race which is radically different than any other race in its approach and which takes A LOT of preparation. Le Mans is not a weekend event, it’s a whole week event. Maybe more if you add up the scrutineering and the whole logistical chaos implied by running a 24H race. The teams need every bit of that month between Spa and Le Mans to put everything in its place in order to stand a chance to be competitive. So the problem is the organisers simply cannot cram more races in before Le Mans. They could probably push for one more race before Silverstone, in March, but that’s it! Even that is a long shot given the fact that the current (ultra-relaxed) calendar saw two LMP1 teams not making it to the grid for the season opener.

    The third issue is overlapping with other competitions, especially F1. Sure, Formula One might be losing viewers and attendees at an alarming rate, but when you’re a 3 seasons old endurance championship, you’re not going to be too keen on running on the same weekends and at the same time as your main rival competitor. Plus, the WEC has an immense roster of drivers, out of which (inevitably) many will be committed to other series as well, during the course of the season.

    It’s also so many tracks capable of hosting an endurance race in perfect conditions. I’ve heard Neveu on Radio Le Mans talking about how much he wants to take the championship to Australia and so on, but… where would they race other than Bathurst (which, even though it’s a brilliant touring track, it doesn’t really do the prototypes any favours)? I’ve also heard talk about getting more classic circuits on board the WEC calendar, but I don’t see that happening either considering the current legal and financial status of many circuit administrators out there.

    Add that to the fact that the WEC could do (in my opinion) without at least two current circuits (Shanghai and Bahrain) and it doesn’t really leave you with that much room for a quality “12 race per season expansion”.

    I for one don’t see it happening in the immediate future.

    #295179
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    @fastiesty I don’t see either Wurz/Sarrazin/Davidson/Buemi leaving Toyota anytime soon. Kobayashi could be set for Nakajima’s seat as he not the most impressive driver out there. Or Conway’s if he’s thinking of taking on other commitments next year (otherwise he’s a pretty quick and reliable driver to replace).

    However, a 3rd car at Le Mans is slowly becoming a necessity for them. Toyota is yet to win the 24H race since its comeback and the fact that this year they’re outnumbered 9 to 2 isn’t really doing them any favours again. The problem is Toyota isn’t really keen on the costs implied by running a 3rd car and I don’t think Kobayashi is enough of a reason to change their mind. If they do finally(!) decide to run a 3rd car in 2016, I’ll bet my a#&! that Kobayashi is going to be in it, though .

    #295119
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    I like what they did with the headlights to be honest. That’s a proper oldschool look they went for there. And it’s pretty much in (high) contrast to the Audi and the Nissan.

    LMP1 is a looker this season!

    Also, that Kobayashi story is good news. Could pave the way for a full season drive in 2016. Or for a 3rd car at Spa an Le Mans, hopefully.

    #259163
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    I’ll update this for Romania where, surprisingly(!!!), IndyCar is shown live:

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

    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: http://www.rcs-rds.ro/personal-tv

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

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

    #259154
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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)
    Romania

    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: http://www.romtelecom.ro/televiziune.html

    7. Do they broadcast coverage online? If so please post link/s
    Yes, on Dolce Web TV: http://www.dolcetv.ro/
    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.

    #253350
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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
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    World feed rating: 7/10

    #253339
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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.

    #247892
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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.

    #245179
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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.

    #245347
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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.

    #230183
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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.

    #244496
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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.

    #241417
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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

    #229871
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    @rjoconnell:

    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.

    #241355
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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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