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    @ damonsmedley

    I believe that you can use Tor to access region coded material on the web although I’ve not used it myself. Tor is free and open source software that works with most OS so it may be worth a try.

    Tor website:

    How To Use An IP From A Specific Country While Running Tor:



    Well a more cynical person than I may just suggest that Mr Tilke’s company earns a fair bit of money redesigning pit entrances and other areas of the track and as such designs in little errors like this to make sure he’s always got work, or it could just be that sometimes it’s hard to tell how all of the different aspects of the track will work until you’ve actually built the thing and ran a few cars around it at high speed and that problems like this are an inevitable feature of any large scale construction project.

    Your point of view probably depends how much of a conspiracy theorist you are, personally I go with the later explanation – especially at Korea, if the track had been finished a few weeks earlier they’d have been able to run a car around there at full speed to see if anything like the pit entrance was causing problems so that they could try to fix it before the race weekend. Singapore being a street circuit also limited the amount of testing they could do before the race weekend which probably contributed to the pit entrance problems there.



    automotive: The FIA’s on-line magazine

    Technical Focus: Articles by Will Gray (a few years old but some good info)

    The book “The Ford Cosworth DFV: The Inside Story of F1’s Greatest Engine” is well worth a read, it’s got loads of information about the early development of F1 engines and is also the time when manufacturers really started using F1 as a design & testing bed for production technology.

    F1 tech races into ordinary life

    Ferrari F1 to GT technology transfer

    Formula One technology and the British Army



    For me the most important thing is to be honest and to tell it exactly how you see it.

    It isn’t an exam and there isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s a comment on a blog and people want to know what you think and why you think it. A lot of the enjoyment I get from this site is the varying opinions that many of the posters on here have and then finding out the reasons for those differences.

    If you disagree with someone then tell them and give them the reasons why but try not to make it personal and always remember that sometimes you have to agree to disagree and then leave it at that.

    If you have any personal knowledge or experience of a subject being discussed then don’t be afraid to tell people, it doesn’t have to be exactly the same as obviously few of us have any first hand experience of F1 but there are many aspects of the sport that you may have experienced in another situation and I always find it very interesting when people post their experiences as part of the discussion.

    Don’t try to post a Comment of the Day and don’t write what you think Keith wants to read, nobody likes to trawl through a load of sycophantic rubbish and perfectly composed posts can lose a lot of the emotion you’re trying to include so try to keep it natural and genuine.

    Don’t be afraid to disagree with Keith or the guest writers, as long as you give a fair argument in defence of your opinion they won’t take it personally or hold it against you.

    Remember to turn the Caps Lock off when appropriate.

    Don’t get offended when people disagree with you.



    Steph: The end isn’t great but when he gets the championship it’ll be a much more cheery ending.

    That’s a great quote Steph, I’m loving the blind optimism and faith and it’s good to know I’m not the only one who thinks he should, could and hopefully will win a Championship sometime !

    I just hope it’s next season’s Championship and he does it in a Ferrari !



    Sounds like a lot of fun !

    I’ve been karting a few times when it was wet and found it to be almost impossible, whenever I thought I’d figured out how much grip there was on a section of the track I’d end up sliding there next time through and it’s a constant battle just to stay pointing in the right direction.

    I’m also a biker and the effects of the rain when you’re on two wheels is even more dramatic and you have to really watch out for painted road markings in the corners and breaking zones.

    I’ve always had the utmost of respect for drivers who could still push the limits in the wet and I’d have to agree with you about Senna; the guy was simply awesome in the wet and could find grip where common sense told you there was none.



    You can get tickets direct from some of the circuits by checking their website.

    I don’t know if it is the case for F1 but I got tickets for a DTM race cheaper from the track website than they were being sold for elsewhere so it may be worth checking them out first even if it’s just for a price comparison.

    If you’re a member of an F1 fan club it may also be worth checking their website, the Ferrari fan club generally has tickets for races with varying levels of hospitality extras that you can add on as well as events such as meeting members of the team, tours of the garages and paddock and such. I’m sure many of the other teams will have similar offers too.



    Joey was one of the greatest racers ever as well as being a bloody good bloke.

    His family run the Joey Dunlop Foundation to help people with disabilities, you can find more information here:

    They’ve got some great merchandise at affordable prices too and all profits go to a very good cause.

    Whenever it comes to helmets I’ve always preferred the simple designs, it makes them easy to spot at high speed and they always seem to be more memorable too. If you’re getting a custom job done it’ll probably work out a fair bit cheaper as well (if that’s a factor) plus it also leaves you with plenty of scope for developing the design over time while still keeping the original feel.

    Like a lot of people one of my favourites is Senna’s, it’s simple yet still has personal significance because he’s used his national colours.

    In the end though it’s got to be something you like, and I hope you’re going to post a few pictures once it’s done !



    @ Steph

    I appreciate what you’re saying and I do agree with you, I don’t want overtaking to be easy (and definitely not made artificially easier) and I enjoy watching a great defensive drive as much as anyone. The problem now (for me anyway) is that defensive driving isn’t normally the reason the guy behind can’t get past; it’s because as soon as he gets within a few car lengths of the car in front he loses front end grip and overall balance which reduces the performance of his car making it much more difficult to overtake. It’s not that the other guy is necessarily driving well, it’s that his car is creating turbulence that is effecting your cars performance.

    If you don’t get past within a couple of laps your car then starts to overheat and you have to drop back or move onto the dirty side of the track to get some colder air into the radiators which further reduces the chances of you making an overtaking attempt.

    Relying on aerodynamic grip for optimum performance will always lead to this problem due to the turbulence created by the leading car and the aerodynamic packages have now become so advanced that almost all aspects of performance depend on the cars getting as smooth an airflow over them as possible, if the aerodynamics were refocused to providing the minimum possible drag with performance coming from mechanical grip and power/transmission then the distance to the car in front becomes irrelevant to your performance. You can run right up to their gearbox and pile on the pressure rather than hanging back a few meters so you don’t lose the front end.

    Every time I watch an old race these days the one thought I keep on getting is that I wish I could see the current F1 drivers in cars with their performance characteristics, seeing them visibly balancing the power and grip as they take the corners, drafting past each other down the straights before trying to outbreak each other or really having to block off the corners so the guy behind has to go the long way round to get past. If we could match up those characteristics with modern safety standards I would be the happiest F1 fan in the world.



    Talking to a German TV interviewer:

    How big is the queue (to talk to Vettel), do I need a ticket like at the cheese counter ?

    A nice clip of him & Berger chatting (with a brief cameo from Schumi):



    <i>I like overtaking but personally I still think it should be very hard to do as F1 has never been about masses of overtaking anyway.</i>

    I hate to disagree with you Steph but there was an awful lot of overtaking when I started watching F1 in the early/mid 1980s and if you watch videos from the 1950s-1970s you’ll see quite a few races where the lead changed every couple of laps and loads more overtaking than we get these days.

    The advent of effective front wings was the turning point for this, I can’t find the quote but I’ve heard Jackie Stewart say that the day they introduced front wings was the day they ruined the racing aspect of F1 as it meant that drafting became an awful lot more difficult because whenever you got up close to the car in front you started to lose front end grip and the car becomes unsettled.

    These days front wings are so important to the cars handling that it’s become even more difficult to attempt an overtaking manoeuvre unless you’ve got a much faster car or the guy in front makes a mistake.

    I’m not saying everything was perfect in the old days or that every race was an edge of the seat experience with constant overtakes and I hate to keep banging on about the uselessness of aerodynamics but the fact remains that as long as the modern obsession with aerodynamic down force continues, the more dull the sport will become and the more ridiculous the rules will be as the FIA try to artificially prevent processional races.

    Aerodynamics may be a wonderful technical and engineering exercise but it is an expensive and ultimately worthless route to follow as there are very few real world applications and every time an improvement is made it only leads to the banning of other, more relevant, technologies in an effort to keep cornering speeds down as well as making the cars more aerodynamically sensitive and therefore more difficult to overtake.

    Over the years we’ve seen turbo chargers, active suspension, laser ignition and many other technologies banned in an effort to keep speeds down when what the FIA should have done was limit or ban devices that create down force. Not only would the teams have been able to develop many technologies that they could then sell to car manufacturers but it would also mean that we wouldn’t have cars that are almost impossible to overtake in normal conditions.

    Being honest, when was the last really great F1 race you watched that wasn’t either rain effected, Safety Car effected, the result of irregular tyre wear or a top driver qualifying lower down the grid than normal ?

    A race that was great because of the racing not because of some external factor or freak occurrence ?

    Take a look at these statistics (You will have to register but it is free):

    They show that the average number of overtakes has reduced from over 40 in the early 80s to below 15 for the 2009 season, we’re on 28.75 so far this season but obviously there are now more cars at each race, it’s not been a full season yet and there are still a few bore-fests to come. Amazingly it went down to just 10.74 overtakes per race in 2005 !



    @ Dan Thorn

    Count yourself lucky mate, I’ve lost a couple of girlfriends who just couldn’t handle motorsport Sundays, especially when it turns into a full 24 hour marathon on those special (and far too rare) days when F1 is on the same Sunday as other series and you get to watch them all live as they’re on in different time zones.

    She never said as much but I’m sure Le Mans 1999 was the major factor in another break up too, come to think about it I’m beginning to spot a recurring theme here as taking one girlfriend to TT week for her birthday didn’t go down too well either :-)

    As for falling asleep on race day, there were a few races in my early twenties when I’d been out on Friday and not got home until Sunday and even though I always managed to get home for the start I’d be asleep before the first pit stops.

    There are a couple of tracks, Valencia for example, where I’ve struggled to stay awake watching races in the past few years, although these days the live blog is often far more interesting than some of the races and laughing at some of the comments helps keep me awake when there’s nothing happening on the track.



    Rossi tests gyroscopic on-board camera

    I know it wouldn’t work in F1 but it’s really good.



    I agree with Foxy, I like the way they’ve kept the overall theme the same for the last few years. I also think that the current livery is the best one yet, the dark blue contrasts well with the red bull and yellow sun and the metallic finish looks great in the sun and underneath the spotlights too, the stripes also add a nice retro look to the car without making it look old fashioned.

    From a marketing perspective I think the fact that the Red Bull Racing livery stays roughly the same and is very similar to all of the other Red Bull sponsored/owned teams in many other series and sports is a very useful marketing tool for the parent company as there’s the added prestige of F1 then given to those teams and the company by association (even if it’s only subliminal for the majority of us).

    It also gives their merchandise a nice look, especially the clothing which I think is some of the best looking in F1 at the moment (after Ferrari, of course). I got a Red Bull t-shirt as a gift and when I wore it to work on dress down Friday all of the fashionably dressed young guys (of which I am not one) were asking where I’d got it from. That’s not the response I get wearing other motorsport related clothing :-)




    I’m Ben from Merseyside.

    I’ve been watching F1 since the early 80s and was lucky enough to find F1Fanatic a few years ago and have been hooked ever since !

    I became a Ferrari fan in 1985/6 when I saw some pictures of the F40 that was still in development, I can’t remember the exact date (I was only 6 or 7) but I fell in love for the first time that day and it was about this time that I was becoming aware of motorsport and so started a lifetime passion.

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