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  • #182312

    codesurge
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    The link to the purchase site seems to be broken at the moment, but it’s frustrating as heck to see the Turn 1 seats being made available for 400USD, the same as what the Turn 12 seats were going for. On hindsight, I probably should have waited till this point when COTA got desperate enough to sell away the PSL-reserved seats that they couldn’t find PSL buyers for.

    #182219

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    Unfortunately, I won’t be attending the race this year, but I’ve always purchased my tickets through the official site (http://www.singaporegp.sg) and picked them up from the local post office. Pretty sure you can collect them onsite when you arrive in Singapore.

    #205812

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    Unlikely that the series will be saved at this point. It was already an uphill fight to get enough teams signed up to do the whole ‘2 cars per manufacturer’ deal using what were basically GT3-spec cars. Credit where credit is due cos Ratel’s fought tooth and nail to keep it going over the past few years, but it just reached the point where it’s no longer a sustainable series.

    #182278

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    In case anyone is still looking for places to stay, check out airbnb.com for a list of more cost effective B&B locations in Austin. Hotel prices really are skyrocketing beyond what I’d consider reasonable for a GP weekend!

    #182161

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    For those attending this year’s race, try standing under the Esplanade Bridge when the cars are going over it. It’s quite the experience to have glorious V8 howls shake you to the bone. Bring earplugs!

    Also worth trying if you’re near the Bay Grandstand is the section where the cars pass under the grandstand itself. If you’re early enough with a GA ticket, go up the stairs inside – there’s a vantage point where you can see the cars zoom below you through the grandstand.

    Personally, the value in having a ticket to the Bay Grandstand itself is to have a guaranteed seat on race day itself as there’s not much to see in the short accelerate/brake stretch of tarmac. The GA viewing areas fill up really fast and you’ll need to be really early to get a good spot (and there’s not much to keep you busy while you wait – the quality/variety of support races has been sorely lacking) so the Bay tickets were a hedge against that.

    #180571

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    I’ve only been to the 2011 race, but I was seated at the K1 grandstand and can attest to the awesome view it provides of the main straight, pit lane, pit exit and turns 1, 2 and 3. You can see 4 in the distance if your seats are high enough.

    Given that the majority of the overtaking was done on the main straight (courtesy of DRS), the K1 stand gives you the one of the best views of the action. It was pretty awesome watching Webber bang wheels with Massa through turns 1 and 2.

    If you purchase your tickets early enough, you can get them at half price which makes it even more of a bargain. Well worth it given that it’s covered and hence protects you from the burning sun and torrential downpours.

    #173144

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    Well, I’ve heard rumors saying that BMW will pull out of endurance racing next season in favor of their new DTM program. In other words, they won’t be running the M3 GT2 next season and will only provide factory support for their Z4 GT3 customer cars. Can’t see them moving to a full LMP1 campaign in that light.

    #155212

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    I don’t think Loeb should be pigeonholed as a pure rally one-trick pony. His racing experience has been multi-disciplined, even if you discount his wins in the ROC. He’s competed at Le Mans in 2005 and 2006 (finishing 2nd overall) and was pretty successful in minor GT campaigns on the side.

    Given his pace on tarmac and experience in wheel-to-wheel racing (as opposed to the point-to-point WRC style), I would expect him to be decently competitive in an F1 race and it’s a pity that his age will likely prevent us from seeing him do a reverse Raikkonen, even if only for a single race.

    #151261

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    I was fortunate enough to have a chance to visit the Williams garage in Singapore and had a quick chat with one of the engineers about the future of their flywheel KERS.

    What they basically told me was that the packaging for the flywheel KERS isn’t nearly as space efficient as that of a battery KERS – i.e. it’s a better match for GT/endurance racers like the GT3 Hybrid, but not as good a fit for the demanding space/weight/CofG requirements of F1. As such, they are looking into commercial and alternative applications for their flywheel KERS while going with battery KERS in F1 (they declined to state whether it would be developed in-house or a customer system).

    #142623

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    Well, Meeke has signed on for Mini, so if they can turn out a decently competitive car, then we might see another potential contender for the title.

    Similarly, Petter’s been turning out some outstanding performances in outdated machinery. Remember how he wrestled that Xsara onto the podium as a privateer last year? He’s definitely not short on the desire to win ‘cos a lesser driver would’ve just packed it in till another factory drive became available. Can’t imagine what it’s like to drive on the limit knowing that any repairs would hit you straight in the pocket.. Give him a works slot again and I’m pretty sure he’ll be a title challenger too.

    #146659

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    Wouldn’t central Asia be covered by the Indian Grand Prix? It’s not technically a central Asian country, but proximity wise I thought it’d suffice..

    #146292

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    @icthyes

    “Hamilton has always trusted his team too much in costly situations; I don’t think Vettel has ever had that problem!”

    So true. Hamilton unquestioningly followed his team’s orders in Australia ’10 to his detriment (and subsequently griped about it over the radio), whereas Vettel soldiered on to a podium position with damaged brakes in Spain despite being told by his team to retire the car.

    #142621

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    The problem with the WRC is that it’s not an easy sport to broadcast live or to follow in person (unless you’re a hardcore fan); it’s far more easily digested as a highlight summary on a daily or per-rally basis.

    There is hope though. With the shift towards lowering costs (next year sees a move to 1.6L turbocharged engines from the current 2.0L standard), there should be a new influx of manufacturers to boost the series’ popularity. As it is, the return of the Prodrive-run Mini works team and rumors of a possible VW entry in 2012 are hopefully a sign of a return to better days.

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